An Italian historic and exclusive Villa in the wonderful Val d'Orcia. You just can't miss it!The Resort is an Italian Historic House and its gardens are world-famous.
It was originally built at the end of the XVth century as a wayside tavern, but soon became the centre of a vast estate owned by the great Sienese Hospital and Monastery of Santa Maria della Scala.
Owing to wars and pestilence, the estate – and indeed all the valley of the Orcia (Val d'Orcia) – ran into extreme poverty and was mainly abandoned, until in 1924 it was bought by Antonio and Iris Origo, who turned it into their comfortable home. From here they farmed and developed the land, bringing prosperity and social progress to the farmers. The Resort is connected to the Fattoria, from where the agricultural estate is still run.
The house is built on three levels, following the lie of the hill, and is surrounded by the now famous gardens created by Iris Origo and the English architect Cecil Pinsent – a 'labour of love' lasting many years. Parts of the garden are open to the public on certain days (strictly guided tours – see below), though the garden by the house and the pool remain private. The interior is full of old-world charm, not showy, but with beautiful antique furniture, comfortable beds, and lots of lovely rooms which offer both both privacy and opportunities for family gatherings. There is free wi-fi throughout the house and a piano in the music room.
Three gardeners look after the premises, including the swimming pool opposite the 'limonaia' (orangerie). Two full-time maids (including a local cook) care for the house and its inhabitants.
Meals are often held under the pergola in the garden, where guests relax in the shade of roses and wisteria, lulled by the sound of water from the fountain nearby. The Resort includes an independent apartment on the top floor, with its own kitchen: a perfect retreat for children and nannies, or younger guests.
The house is extremely child-friendly. There is a children's playroom with TV, games, and many children's books; and the old cellar now boasts a ping-pong table.
There is a delightful library with fireplace and sofas, a sunlit living room with satellite TV, a central frescoed and balconied dining room for very special evenings, a second dining room closer to the kitchen, a breakfast room with double glass doors facing the private 'fountain' garden, and a study. An ample music room and living room, with fireplace and many comfortable sofas and armchairs, offers great opportunities for entertaining friends and family gatherings. Upstairs, there is another lovely sitting room and a second kitchen.
All rooms and bedrooms have stunning views over the garden and valley.
Two satellite TVs. Stereo. Books everywhere, and our postcards in every bedroom.
It is available for rent either by the week or for events such as weddings and family celebrations, and is also available as a filming location.