Tuscany; 16 miles south of Siena [20-25 minutes drive]
Podere La Pannice
sleeps up to: 25
Podere La Pannice is a wonderful, medieval country estate in the middle of the Crete area, south of Siena, famous for its rolling ochre hills.
The countryside has woods, cultivated fields and deep gorges that make the scenery unique. Virtually all you can see in any direction is part of the Tenuta, and you are free to walk or bicycle anywhere on the estate.
The country estate is made up of several buildings of historical and artistic importance.
The most beautiful is the main house with its typical Tuscan architecture.
The buildings have recently been restored and now you can enjoy a relaxing stay here, surrounded by the splendid landscape of the Crete Senesi, by the art and history of this unforgettable corner of Tuscany and by the food and wine of this region, with the famed white truffle.
The beautiful master villa is a traditional old Tuscan house over two floors. Sleeping 11, it has a large living room, dining room, card room, TV room, bathroom, a large kitchen with fireplace, a service room and a cellar. There is a billards room and a selection of double, twin and single rooms, all with their own bathrooms.
The 9 apartments for the guests are nearby in two other buildings.
All the apartments have been carefully renovated with beamed ceilings and terracotta floors.
They are spacious, and furnished with antique furniture which makes them especially charming.
Each apartment consists of a large living-room with fireplace, kitchen (equipped with oven, cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher), two or three bedrooms and always two or three bathrooms with shower or bath.
A private area outside, or a terrace furnished with table and chairs for dining out are provided for each apartment.
This is an ideal resort for a country holiday with culture.
Surrounded by tall trees and flowering hedges, it also has a tennis court, a beautiful swimming-pool (16 x 8 m) with wonderful views of the countryside, boules ground and a children's playground.
There is a barbecue area and well-equipped laundry room.
Trekking routes inside the Estate (it is very large - you can walk all day without leaving the grounds)
Just 25 minutes from Siena, the properrty is in an ideal location for visiting many of the other fascinating old town such a Montalcino (treat yourself to a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino), Montepulciano and San Gimignano.
No visit to Podere La Pannice would be complete without a visit to the nearest restaurant 'La Pievina' where the many courses are presided over by the rather extrovert proprietor! An experience not to be missed.
Le Crete area is ideal for those who love nature, trekking and mountain-bikes.