My family and a few friends (three couples with 5 young children) just spent two weeks in August at the Grencaïa. We have rented the entire house, which is very charming, nicely decorated, and surrounded by hectares of nature (without any immediate neighbours). This is fantastic is you are looking for nature and quiet holidays. The only downside is that you need to drive for about 15-210 minutes to get to a supermarket.
The house has been very recently refurbished with taste and offers three large rooms which can each accomodate a couple and young children (through a mezzanine or other adjacent small rooms). We used the fourth room for the elder children. The swimming pool is just great and refreshing while it is often 35°C or more outside.
The kitchen is great in terms of size, and you can on top of this benefit from vegetables from the property (spices, excellent tomatoes, basilic, etc.).
The owner is very kind and discrete. He takes care of the garden maintenance on a daily basis (checking the pool, wtareing the plants, etc.). He can arrange for meals at the house if requested in advance. He could also arrange the presence of a very kind housekeeper for us, on average three hours a day, which was really helpful with all the children.
Holidays were just great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The farmhouse has a composite structure. Its oldest part is the watching tower with a scarp wall. It was built in the ancient times by the Republic of Siena. The farmhouse has been completely restored in 2009, according to the principles of bio-architecture; employing building materials such as bricks, slaked lime, wood; walls have been insulated by using cork; the heating system works with bio-masses and solar cells provide hot water. Our hosts will thus enjoy a stay in a healthy structure which takes care for the environment granting at the same time all the comforts required. It is our desire to make our guests feel at home, in a warm atmosphere. The large open areas will allow a holiday in contact with nature. All bedrooms have independent entrance, beamed ceiling, terra cotta floors and bathroom en suite. The largest bedrooms have log fireplaces which you will appreciate in your intimate moments, curled up on the sofa, in winter evenings or in the cool spring and autumn days. All the bedrooms have their own open space equipped with garden furniture to relax in the shadow. B&B accommodation includes a large continental breakfast with home made cakes and salami, the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool, the possibility of having a grill party in the barbeque area equipped with a large wooden table and benches. Room La Capriata: This large double room is characterized by a beautiful truss and a bath. The bedroom is equipped with a fireplace and logs to burn. Room La Torre: This large bedroom is on the first floor of the old tower, with the entrance from the loggia, and is characterized by a hall, private bathroom with bath and shower, a high beamed and decorated ceiling and a mezzanine which can be enjoyed as a study or as an extra bedroom for two people. The bedroom has also a fireplace with logs to burn. Camera La Grancia: This large double bedroom opens onto the garden, it is a bright and airy room with a refined bathroom with double shower. It is characterized by a high beamed ceiling and by cosy a corner fireplace. Camera Il Granaio: This is a slighlty smaller double bedroom with a large bathroom with shower. The bedroom has a privileged position opening onto the garden to the south. ... more less
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