Il Giardino e l’Oliveto is a charming 250 year old villa-farmhouse, which has been beautifully restored by the Anglo-Irish artist/owner. The house is on two floors, built of warm Sienese stone and brick, encircled by wide terracotta terraces, ancient mulberry trees and huge old cypresses, olive groves, lawns and gardens of aromatic shrubs and fragrant herbs.
Ground floor: it is entered by a shady loggia, country dining room kitchen with open fireplace, study, one double bedroom, bathroom with shower, utility room. First floor: large living room with fireplace, large double bedroom with hand-basin room. At the other end of the living room a corridor with fitted wardrobes takes you to the master bedroom and its en-suite spacious bathroom with tub. All the rooms have got a beautiful view.
Pergola covered by jasmine and roses, travertine marble table, barbeque.
The back door leads to a terrace with the old well and bread oven, and a path through the gardens brings you to the swimming pool (the water is ozone treated, and virtually chemical free), surrounded by terracotta sun terraces, immersed in luxuriant aromatic herbs, decorative shrubs, roses and lavender, and overlooked by the silvery olive groves.
Across the courtyard there is separate accommodation in the old barn, refurbished as a guest cottage, consisting in a large double bedroom, a bathroom with shower, a kitchen area, and its own private terrace to one side.
Persian blinds and mosquito screens are fitted throughout, ceiling fans in the bedrooms.
House plan:Il Giardino e l’Oliveto
Ground floor: kitchen-dining room, study, one double/twin bedroom, bathroom with shower, utility room. First floor: sitting room with fireplace, large double/twin bedroom with hand-basin room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom( tub). Barn across the courtyard: big room with sofa, double bed, bathroom (shower), kitchenette with fridge.
Satellite TV, video and DVD player, stereo CD set, telephone with ADSL, fax and answering machine, dishwasher, washing machine, iron, food mixers, Bosch refrigerator, large oven, etc.
The village of San Giovanni has a bank, supermarket, general store, bakery, bar with newsagent and tobacconist, post office, doctor surgery and chemist, butcher, wine tasting and local delicacies shops ….thermal baths, horse riding, tennis courts, restaurants and speciality wine bars are all at a short distance.
In the castle, a beautiful “hotel de charme” with an excellent restaurant has ben recently opened, offering tasteful and refined dinners, together with many other little restaurants located all around the whole region, full of many historic sites and towns to visit, summer festivals, pageants, concerts and art exhibitions.