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Le Ripe

Italy, Tuscany

Unwind with expansive views of stunning Monte Amiata

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Le Ripe

Bedrooms

7

Sleeps

7-14

Location

Nearby, San Casciano dei Bagni, is a beautiful Val d'Orcia village with a lovely, stylish vibe

Travel Information

Florence Airport - 2 hours

Le Ripe

Le Ripe is an elegant, gracious and extremely well-run Tuscan luxury villa in a truly exceptional setting. Its elevated position offers stunning views over the rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia towards Tuscany's highest mountain, Monte Amiata. With two hectares of well tended gardens, leading towards a distant horizon, the sense of space is mesmerising.

We have spent many happy summer afternoons and evenings enjoying this view from the loggia with family and friends and a glass or three of chilled Cevaro (Castello della Sala is just over the border with Umbria) to enhance the experience. There are few better places in the world to unwind.
 
Le Ripe, pronounced 'Le Ree-pay', is conveniently situated close to San Casciano dei Bagni, a stylish Val d'Orcia village with lovely shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Citta dei Pieve is not far and Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino are all within easy driving distance.
 
Once the sun drops below the horizon, San Casciano comes to life and draws you in. Ristorante Daniela is our favourite place to be, with good Tuscan fare, a great wine list - featuring well-priced local Brunello's, Vino Nobiles and super-Tuscans - and a lively al-fresco atmosphere spilling out into the square. For Michelin-starred dining, Castello Fighine is just outside town, up a 'strada bianca' track in a beautiful hilltop position. Here the food and service is as outstanding as the wisteria-covered terrace setting. Heinz Beck - of three Michelin star Le Pergola fame - oversees talented Gianlucca Renzi in the kitchen, where the seven course tasting menu is a must.
 
Back at Le Ripe, there is space galore and flexible options for renting just the main house, to sleep up to 7, or the main house and the guest house which can expand to spacious accommodation for up to 14 in seven heavenly bedrooms.
 
Friends and family with children will not have to compromise on amenities. There is a fenced-in pool, AC in the bedrooms and WiFi on the loggia. This Tuscan villa becomes your home upon on arrival with attentive housekeeper and Antoinietta, the excellent chef, available as required. Le Ripe offers grace, space, refinement and warm hospitality.
 
It is no surprise then, that Le Ripe is popular for long and short rentals with families, groups of friends, musicians and famous actors and actresses. It's the easy combination of privacy, generous indoor and outdoor space, views, excellent facilities, exemplary staff and close proximity to the lovely village of 'San Casc' that makes for a stress-free and enjoyable vacation in a truly beautiful setting.
 
Having spent a week there again last summer, we can thoroughly recommend Le Ripe!
 

GROUNDS

  • Gated entrance from well-maintained local dirt road; covered parking for 6 cars.
  • Sweeping 2 hectares of grounds, mostly lawn with accents of roses, oleander, broom, and hydrangea'; vegetable and herb garden. Spectacular views of the natural clay hillocks of the Val d'Orcia, Monte Amiata, Radicofani and surrounding fields of wheat and olive groves.
  • Large fenced pool (12.5 x 6 meters, stairs) fully furnished with a shaded pergola at one end; reached down a flight of stone stairs from the house.

MAIN HOUSE (UP TO 9 GUESTS) - GROUND FLOOR

  • Spacious front loggia off the western end of the house, furnished as an outdoor living and dining room.
  • Large entrance hall with stairs to first floor. Expansive living room seating 14+ with two primary sitting areas, working fireplace. Double doors out to the garden. Study with large antique desk, couch for four. Double doors opens to the garden. Dining room with table that expands to accommodate 18 guests.
  • Spacious country kitchen with central work space. Door to garden. Breakfast nook with table for four. Working fireplace for cooking or pleasure.
  • Laundry room (washing machine, dryer)
  • Guest bath.

FIRST FLOOR

  • Winter living room with working fireplace and desk, DSL line, TV with decoder, Sky, DVD. Door leads to original external staircase and garden.
  • Leandro; double bedroom (queen) with antique bed and exceptional view over pool to view. Walk-in closet. Ensuite bath (enclosed shower stall and tub with hand-held shower)
  • Serena; double bedroom (queen) with walk-in closet. Ensuite bath (Jacuzzi tub with hand-held shower)
  • Ospiti; double bedroom (queen) with iron Baldachino bed, TV.
  • Private bath (tub with wall-mounted and hand-held shower, partition)
  • Figli: double bedroom (French beds, cannot combine) with walk-in closet, TV. Direct entrance from external stairs and garden. Ensuite bathroom (tub with hand-held shower)

GUEST HOUSE (UP TO 10 GUESTS)

  • Adjacent building (approximately 10 meters) from main house and furnished to a similar standard.
  • Deep shady dining loggia can accommodate 18 for meals, lovely panoramic view to the west across grounds, particularly of sunsets.
  • Righe; ouble bedroom (queen) reached directly from loggia. Ceiling fan. TV. Ensuite bath (tub with wall-mounted and hand-held shower, partition)

GUEST HOUSE (UP TO 14 GUESTS)

  • Direct entrance to ground floor sitting room with large couch, TV with Satellite. Open kitchen.
  • Gialla; double bedroom (queen) with ceiling fan.
  • Shared bathroom (tub with wall-mounted shower, partition)
  • Loft; Double bedroom (twins) under eaves, reached from narrow spiral staircase. AC.

 

Contact our Concierge for Summer 2018 availability.



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