Beautiful 5-storey air-conditioned home in a medieval hilltop village with stunning Tuscan views. Very pretty private garden with cool splash pool for hot summer days. This four-bedroom 16th century home-from-home sleeps up to 8 adults comfortably.
Set in the centre of a small medieval Tuscan village, you will feel at home in Casa Valerio.
The living space has everything you could want for a relaxing and comfortable stay in Tuscany including:
- a fully equipped modern kitchen with dining area seating 8, a cosy working log fireplace and small seating area, with patio doors opening onto the terrace and garden beyond
- comfortable lounge area on the ground floor with log fire stove and honesty bar
- master bedroom with juliet balcony and exceptional views
- second bedroom with en-suite shower room, juliet balcony and fantastic views
- twin bedroom (can be converted to a double) with en-suite shower room
- further twin bedroom in the attic with beautiful original wall paintings and an en-suite toilet and basin
- spacious family bathroom with free-standing bath and separate shower
- mosquito nets on all windows and patio doors
- air-conditioning units in all rooms
- pretty private garden with exceptional views, dining table seating 8 under the outdoor pergola, sun-loungers and cool splash pool
Guests will have access to the entire home for the duration of their stay.
I live just a few houses away in the same village and so will be on-hand to assist you during your stay. I run a Tuscan travel business arranging bespoke creative breaks through my company Montisi Magica and can organise activities for you during your stay should you wish and provide advice on the local area.
Montisi is a very beautiful medieval village with excellent access to other towns and villages in Tuscany. I would highly recommend that you hire a car for the duration of your trip as public transport in this part of Italy can be restrictive.
Casa Valerio is a fully furnished home from home with many antiques and unique furniture pieces. Guests will be expected to treat the home with due care.
Montisi is a small quiet Tuscan village and guests should behave appropriately and with decorum in the evenings particularly when walking through the village late at night.
The house is non-smoking throughout.
Small, well-behaved pets considered.
"I didn’t go to Italy in the summer of 2010 intending to buy a house nor to set up a travel business. But it ended up being a chain of events that had an unstoppable inevitability about it."
My love affair with Italy began years ago and after I sold my law firm I wanted to start indulging my passion in a more serious way. So having completed a month’s intensive Italian course I rented a house and immersed myself in Tuscan life for a while.
A quite extraordinary series of coincidences led, one morning in June 2010, to my turning up in the main street of Montisi to look at the house now named Casa Valerio, after its previous owner, the popular local blacksmith). After a massive reconstruction project, my many visitors and I started to explore Montisi and the richness of the surrounding area.
The village is full of deep local pride and tradition mixed with the influences of artists and musicians from around the world which have made it their home. And there can’t be many villages of 400 people who mount a magnificent 3-day medieval pageant every year. Stunning Siena – one of my favourite places in the world – is just 40 minutes away and the countryside is peppered with hilltop villages, olive groves and wide golden chalky vistas punctuated by the exclamation marks of the signature cypress trees. Then there are the markets, the food, the cheeses, the olive oils, the wine…
"None of my visitors ever wanted to leave!"
I set up Montisi Magica ( to share all this with individuals, couples and small groups of people for whom the colours, tastes and textures of the area would be as magical as they are for me.
A pilot week in October 2012 was a huge success. A group of complete strangers when they arrived left a group of firm friends through sharing the experiences of painting and cooking together, tasting wines, cheeses and olive oils, wandering the streets of Siena and enjoying food and wine at the same table each evening.
And since then I have organised many wonderful holidays for my guests from all over the world who have come to stunning Tuscany to enjoy a huge range of activities. They have stayed in B&B's, 'agriturismi' (farmhouse accommodation), hotels and villas. They have cooked, walked, eaten delicious food, sampled wonderful wines, visited historic towns, simply relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful countryside and much, much more. And I have arranged add-on trips to Florence, Rome, Venice, the Amalfi coast and elsewhere in Italy.
Now I have started the restoration of a second home in the village and Casa Valerio is available for you to stay in and enjoy everything the house and the area has to offer. And I shall be delighted to organise activities and experiences to help you make the most of your trip and have a fantastic holiday.