Within the UNESCO World Heritage Natural Park of Valdorcia, an entire organically conducted Tuscan hill to yourself. Atop, a genuine farmhouse with high-grade specs and 360-degree views of medieval towers, vineyards and olive groves. A unique opportunity to observe wild life within the natural reserve Bona Dea is part of and pick the freshest ingredients from the herbs and vegetables garden. A pool where you can soak up the Tuscan sun, and gym/yoga/spa facilities to maximize your well-being.
Welcome to Bona Dea, a place with no spoilers in sight!
Bona Dea is situated on top of a hill connecting Nobile vineyards of Montepulciano on one side with the rolling hills of Valdorcia on the other. From the villa one can enjoy 360-degree views of all the medieval towers of Montepulciano, Montalcino and Montisi, amongst others.
The 366 sqm villa, dedicated to 8 discerning guests (+ infant) across 4 spacious suites, dates from the 1800s and was completely refurbished to include all modern amenities and comforts, while preserving a focus on traditional, quality, natural materials such as wood, terracotta, wrought iron, linen, silk and cashmere.
One enters the residential quarters from the courtyard connecting the main body of the property and the annex. In the main body of the building, the ground floor comprises a large kitchen and dining area.
The kitchen is equipped with fridge, freezer, dishwasher, electric oven, wood-fired oven, microwawe, gas stove, espresso machine, filter coffe machine, toaster, kettle, milk frother, ice maker, blender, juicer, children dinnerware, baby high-chair and pic-nic baskets for your explorations of the reserve Bona Dea is part of.
On both sides of the archway lie two bedrooms (one double bedroom with baby crib + one double/twin bedroom) with spacious en-suite bathrooms, a storage room and the fully equipped laundry. Washing machine, organic-certified laundry detergents, dryer, steam iron and professional hoover are available in the laundry room together with cleaning kit and organic-certified home detergents.
Walk up to the upper floor (there are an external staircase and an internal spiral staircase with safety gates for children) to enjoy a full view of the surrounding estate. Here, a lounge with a large fireplace give way to two bedrooms (one double bedroom + 1 double/twin bedroom) with large en-suite bathrooms, a storage room and a toilet.
Each room is equipped with laptop-size safety boxes, international adaptor plugs, hairdryer, 42’smart Sat TVs to browse foreign and local TV channels, music, videos, movies and internet, BOSE wireless speakers, hard/soft pillows and bed rails if needed for your child. Mosquito nets will also be available in bedrooms and bathrooms in 2018.
You can watch your own movies or choose from a selection of Italian movies and documentaries with English subtitles in the upper floor lounge and library where a home theatre sound system is also present. Additionally, a vintage jukebox provides a selection of 45’LPs from 50/60/70ies.
Back to the annex, you will find a large wood-fired oven. This area serves as a kitchenette for pizza lovers and cafeteria for our guests using gym and spa facilities.
A large bright room with wood-fired stove was converted into a yoga studio and complemented with exercise and fitness equipment. A toys selection for the entertainment of the younger guests is also available.
From here, you access the bathroom on the same ground floor and the hammam and emotional shower in the second floor of the tower.
The 72-sqm pool, 1.1m deep, in line with organic standards at the farm, is maintained using a salt purification system and is surrounded by a green fence. It is open May through October. From its dominant position, fully exposed to the sun from dawn to sunset, it offers throughout the day unparalleled views of the famed Tuscan landscape.
The nearby pergola is equipped for a pleasant barbeque. With a bit of luck, while comfortably lying in a hammock, you will be able to observe deer, wild rabbits and pheasants that inhabit the surrounding natural reserve. In October 2017 a petanque bocce court will also be available by the pergola.
An outdoor heated air-pool is located in the courtyard and is accessible all year round. This area is also equipped with a projector and speakers for your private outdoor cinema experience under the starry sky.
Wireless internet connection is available throughout the villa and the surrounding garden. Many other necessities and perks are freely provided when staying at Bona Dea (see below section "Other things to note").
Adjacent to the garden is a charming seasonal vegetables and aromatic herbs garden to provide the needed fresh ingredients. Beyond the villa, the property of Bona Dea includes vineyards, olive groves, lavenders, woods, truffle farms and summer/autumn orchards of ancient fruit varieties.
At Bona Dea, you can stroll through the property and literally “pick” your own dinner – which all our guests are welcome and encouraged to do. Your walks on the estate will be accompanied by a peaceful silence broken only by charming brushes with nature such as the chirping of the birds or the rustling of the bushes as wild boar and deer forage past.
So whether you want to spend some time meandering through the medieval cities of Tuscany, soaking up art and history, hunting and eating the freshest truffles, grapes and olives Italy has to offer, or just want to relax, lie in a pool and soak up the Tuscan sun – Bona Dea is the place for you to experience the quintessential Tuscan lifestyle.
Otros aspectos destacables
There are 2 double bedrooms (one on the ground floor with baby crib + one on the upper floor) and 2 twin bedrooms (one on the ground floor + one on the upper floor, both convertible in double bedrooms). In the dasy leading to your arrival we will get in touch with you and check the bedding configuration that suits your needs.
The villa and its facilities are dedicated to a maximum of eight registered guests plus infant. A registered guest checks-in from 3.00PM to 7.00PM and his/her ID details are collected and submitted to local authorities (specifically to police, local government and statistical bureau). We will therefore need your passports to complete registration formalities.
We have included for you a tasty, useful and informative welcome hamper, valued at over EUR400 and including initial necessities (food, drinks, wine etc.), a Michelin Green Guide Tuscany and free use of a mobile (EUR 20 prepaid Italian SIM included) so you can start immediately enjoy your stay. We also provide organic detergents, toilet amenities such as organic certified shower gel, shampoo and hand soap, dental set and flip-flops for additional comfort. We are happy to arrange for you additional groceries that are not included above so you will have all initial necessities when you check-in. Please let us know what you need in advance. The service is freely provided, while the actual cost of groceries is settled in cash upon arrival.
Utilities & Tourist Tax:
At Bona Dea, we are against any large and small surprise on your bill so, differently from what is general practice in the area, we have chosen to include within your package all utilities (water, electricity, gas, wood for barbecue, oven, stove and fireplace) and tourist tax.
Cleaning service and change of bedroom bed sheets/bathroom towels and robes / kitchen tablecloth and napkins / pool towels / gym towels are provided every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. only (or mid and end of week). Cleaning does not include kitchen equipment and dishes. Starting in 2018, cleaning will additionally be provided every Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. only.
Activities & Services on Demand:
Truffle hunting excursions, cooking classes and personal chef, baby sitting, yoga classes and other services can be arranged at your convenience. We would be happy to put you in touch with selected qualified providers.
Special Events at Bona Dea:
Lastly, intimate ceremonies and social events are permitted (upon request only). We would be glad to share with you the contacts of top and tested caterers in the area, florists, photographers and musicians, should you wish to arrange a small private event, celebrate a special occasion or even celebrate your wedding at Bona Dea.
One pet only is welcome
Intimate weddings and social events permitted (upon request only)
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE, please:
• Communicate your preferred bedding configuration at least 3 days prior to your arrival.
• Communicate your estimated time of arrival, which shall be between 3.00PM and 7.00PM.
• Let us know about any food intolerance, so we can adjust accordingly the content of our welcome basket.
• Note that the villa and its facilities are dedicated to a maximum of 8 registered guests (+ infant under 2 years of age, for whom baby crib is provided). Guests' ID details are collected and submitted to local authorities (specifically to police, local government and statistical bureau). We will therefore need your passports upon arrival to complete registration formalities. Upon check-in, we will collect any outstanding fee payable for additional services you may have required.
• Let us know upon check-in your individual dates of departure if different from your booking dates so we can timely report to local authorities.
• Note that while friends and relatives are allowed to visit you during your stay, any person who is not a registered guest cannot access or use any of the property’s facilities.
DURING YOUR STAY, please:
• Comply with our house manual, which is part of your booking resources and is also provided in printed form at the property.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE, please:
• Leave the house in the condition you found it: while we will take care of the laundry, make sure the rest of the property is clean and tidy and put things back where they belong.
• Switch off the lights and all electrical appliances.
• Turn off gas valves located in the kitchen.
• Report any damaged or missing items.
• Take out the rubbish.
• Check you have all your luggage.
• Lock all doors, windows and gates.
• Activate alarm.
• Return the keys.
• Vacate the property by 10.00AM.