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  4. 1 salle de bain
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1 bedroom, 1 bath, panoramic medieval hill town & valley views on 1 1/2 acres

La Ginestra is a newly renovated cottage nestled inside Tuscany’s most romantic landscape, southern Siena Province.

It's nestled halfway between Florence (1¾ hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour’s drive from Siena. It’s an exceptional independent house for two, offering privacy, a perfect location, and stellar views. La Ginestra is an easy trip to some of Italy’s best sights.

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1 bedroom, 1 bath, panoramic medieval hill town & valley views on 1 1/2 acres
Available year round, 3 night minimum stay. Rates are seasonal, with reduced weekly rates an option. Low season rate is: 120 euros nightly/720 euros weekly. High season: 150 Euros nightly/900 euros weekly. 40 euro cleaning fee.

Welcome to La Ginestra, a newly renovated cottage nestled inside Tuscany’s most romantic landscape, southern Siena Province.

La Ginestra is nestled halfway between Florence (1¾ hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour’s drive from Siena. The cottage is an easy drive to some of Italy’s most revered sights, mostly through breathtaking countryside. It’s an exceptional independent house for two, offering privacy, a perfect location, and stellar views.

La Ginestra has off street parking on the property behind a lockable gate. The house has one bedroom and bath, and is fully equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. There are terracotta floors throughout, with French doors in both the living room & bedroom that open to the outside. You can enjoy a meal or a glass of wine on one of the two patios. The modern, sleek and fully equipped kitchen has a professional style stove, quartz counter tops, dishwasher, and a full sized refrigerator with freezer. The bathroom’s oversized shower has locally quarried travertine. There is no air conditioning but two fans are provided. At 1740 feet, La Ginestra’s elevation keeps temperatures cooler in the summer. There is WIFI in the house.

The house's additional amenities include a fireplace (firewood provided), CD player with iPod/iPhone direct dock, CDs, wide screen Samsung Smart TV with Sky satellite dish, washer/dryer, iron, ironing board, first-aid kit, and hair dryer. There are area maps, guidebooks and recommendations on local restaurants, museums, shopping, walking and biking trails, and sights.

The house offers privacy without isolation. The closest village, a five-minute walk, is the charming medieval hill town Celle Sul Rigo, pop. 400. It has been singled out for its wine, olive oil and beauty. Celle offers dining options that range from trattorias to full scale fine dining. The village also provides a bakery, butcher shop, pharmacy, and grocery stores. There is also an Emergency Response facility with ambulance and first responder services a few blocks away.

There is an outdoor bathtub with hot and cold water with a spectacular view for you to enjoy while soaking in the tub. There is no smoking allowed inside La Ginestra.

The changing seasons all offer their own magic. The cottage is located on a ridge between the Val d’Orcia and the Val di Chiana, Tuscany’s evocative and most classically characteristic areas. It has a spectacular view overlooking fascinating hill towns, the occasional vineyard, pasturing sheep, olive groves and rolling hills.

La Ginestra offers something for everyone. Nearby are wonderful local food and wine options ranging from simple to sublime. Dotted with Etruscan sites, the area is a treasure trove of history and art. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. (There’s an equestrian center minutes away.) Also there is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away. Tuscany's unspoiled coastline is a 2 hour drive. Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating the local hand made pasta.

La Ginestra is named for the wonderfully fragrant yellow-flowered plant that perfumes the Tuscan air all summer long. The cottage sits on two and a half acres of olive and fruit trees. It produces its own olive oil from its 155 trees. It’s in a quiet and undiscovered part of Tuscany, untrammeled and off the beaten path, yet close to Tuscany’s hot spots.

The cottage lies twelve miles from the ski slopes of Monte Amiata, the extinct volcano (the highest mountain in southern Tuscany), that still fuels some 40 local thermal springs. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni’s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe. San Casciano is a five-minute drive from the cottage and is one of the area’s most beautiful hill towns, an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It’s been acclaimed as one of the 'Borghi Più Belli d'Italia', one of the loveliest villages in Italy.

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Celle Sul Rigo, Toscana, Italie

Here are some of the things our guests are saying...

Casa la Ginestra is a real gem! This is by far the most comfortable vacation rental I have had the pleasure of staying at. The location is ideal; close to many charming villages but remote enough to offer peace and privacy. The house its self is superbly remodeled, offering simple yet elegant furnishings, a gorgeous and functional kitchen, and all the modern amenities that a discerning traveler could ask for. It's obvious that Casa la Ginestra's owner takes pride in this home, its location, and the warm and welcoming local populace. If you're looking for a home to rent in the Tuscany region then look no further. You won't be disappointed by Casa la Ginestra!

We arrived at La Ginestra to a beautiful sunset followed by a full moon. The property overlooks the Tuscan hill country and the on site olive grove. The house is very well appointed and private, perfect for a romantic getaway or for a honeymoon. It is a short walk into the small town for groceries or a nice lunch. We strongly recommend going to Daniella's in San Casciano Dei Bagni as well as Fighine, a small renovated Castle with a Michelin-starred restaurant (chef antontio previously at La Pergola in Rome). Amazing food at both locations! Also not to be missed is FontaVerde, the Tuscan resort and spa. La Ginestra was an amazing home, minutes away from so many beautiful, ancient towns...we thoroughly enjoyed our time there and we will return!
lovely property, quiet and private
5/5
Stayed Nov 2017
nancy k.Virginia Beach, Virginia
Nicely renovated home in a beautiful setting. Upscale kitchen, comfortable bed, amazing views; we enjoyed our stay here.

Published Nov 17, 2017
Owner's Response:
Thank you for the kind review. We thank you for taking care of our house and we hope that you will return some day. Our property manager had nothing but good things to say about you also.

Ciao for now...Richard

A wonderful honeymoon!
5/5
Stayed Sep 2017
emily g.
My husband and I stayed at La Ginestra for five days during our honeymoon. We had been searching for something in Tuscany that would be suitable and private for two people. La Ginestra is located in the most beautiful spot, perfect for us two. The view was incredible, we spent many mornings and evenings sitting outside listening to the nature around us and taking in the views. La Ginestra was also a great home base for many day trips (We visited Siena, Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza and more!). Richard provides great resources for local restaurants, recommended day trips, and a variety of things to do! La Ginestra was the perfect start to our honeymoon and will always have a special place in our hearts!

Published Sep 28, 2017
Owner's Response:
Ciao Emily...My wife and I are very happy that you enjoyed your "Honeymoon" at La Ginestra! When she and I are here we feel like we're on OUR honeymoon..(even though we've been together 27 years)!

Perhaps you will return to La Ginestra to celebrate one of your anniversaries!

Thank you for your kind words and we wish you and yours a safe, healthy and happy marriage!

Richard & Kelly

Absolute Paradise!
5/5
Stayed Aug 2017
Siobhan K.
We had the most amazing 7 nights in La Ginestra. It was everything we hoped for and more! Sitting outside looking at the beautiful view, we felt like we had the whole of Tuscany to ourselves as the cottage is so private. You would never know the local shops were literally five minutes walk away! Definitely the best of both worlds. Richard's file full of information on things to do, where to eat etc was most useful. Our favourite piece of information was on the man who comes to the village twice a week with a truck full of fresh local produce. We have never tasted more delicious nectarines, apricots and tomatoes! When we needed any assistance with anything in the cottage, Stefania was literally minutes away, and she and Massimo were so incredibly helpful. The kitchen is very well stocked so we enjoyed numerous meals sitting out on the terrace under the vines with a bottle of wine or two! La Ginestra is just magical, thank you for sharing it with us Richard and Kelly. We would love to come back again!

Published Sep 4, 2017
Owner's Response:
Dear Siobhan,

Thank you for the very kind review. It makes Kelly and I very happy to hear that our guests are appreciating La Ginestra. That is precisely our intention. And you're right..it's a magical property where one can "slow down" and literally smell the roses!

La Ginestra will be waiting for your return with open arms!

Ciao for now...Richard

Amazing Views, Beautiful House
5/5
Stayed Jun 2017
Elizabeth M.
This house is as wonderful as the other reviewers indicate. The house is beautiful with everything you could need. It's also very thoughtfully decorated. We appreciated the attention to detail and little touches that make it feel unique. The views are simply breathtaking. The area where it is located is quite perfect--nearby markets, stores, and restaurants but when you are at the house you feel tucked away in the countryside. We loved every minute of our time at La Ginestra and hope to return someday.

Published Jul 3, 2017
Wonderful
5/5
Stayed Mar 2017
Katie H.
We were so grateful for our time at La Ginestra. It was beautiful, clean, modern, and quaint all at the same time. We loved the quiet, peace, and incredibly beautiful surroundings. We would absolutely go back if we're able to make a trip to Tuscany in the future!

Published Apr 12, 2017
Owner's Response:
Ciao Katie,

Thank you for the great review! We hope that you do return to La Ginestra some day. There is so much more to discover in our area and the surroundings. Being here during the summer, town festivals and events is also a must.

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay Katie...ciao for now...Richard

Perfetto!
5/5
Stayed May 2016
Dean S.
Since this was our second trip, Maurizio gave us the “short briefing and welcome” which was just perfect as we remembered how helpful he was on our first stay and we came right from Rome airport! For tired American travelers, we thoroughly appreciated the comfortable bed, well-appointed kitchen, great shower and romantic fireplace and outdoor tub (a great addition!). Thanks for all the details to keep Americans happy in Italy while feeling like locals! Much appreciated Richard! Love the non-tourist but central location and our ability to walk and wander from a very charming home.

Published Aug 24, 2016
Home away from Home, or better....
5/5
Stayed Oct 2015
Jonathan B.Pacific Grove, CA
When traveling we generally do our best to "live like a local"... We try to get way from touristy places and attractions. Italy is one of the most visited countries on the planet, so if you want your space, you have to work for it (a little). We planed our trip to Italy around spending some time away from the crowds and boy is the southern part of Tuscany the answer!! But that doesn't mean you have to rough it, That's where La Ginestra comes in: An amazing little oasis located in the middle of one of the most spectacular places on earth.

The house itself is a typical country cottage you would expect to find on a hillside, but it has been recently and thoroughly renovated. Fantastic fit and finish in every detail. And full amenities; this is a house you can LIVE IN. Stainless steal kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fireplace..... The furnishings were ample and comfortable. Everything was clean and fresh.

The location is another great plus (for us anyway) Tucked away in a tiny Tuscan hill town, once we arrived at the house I understood why Richard insisted on meeting us in the next town over. Even with GPS you would be unlikely to find it yourself... It was wonderful just to be there, but also to explore the Marama by car.... within an hour there are hill towns, hot springs, Etruscan ruins and great hiking trails etc...

And let me tell you about your hosts; Richard and Kelly. They clearly love this house and stay there when not graciously hosting us.... Their love is evident in the personal touches around that house, the furniture they've collected, etc. (but not so personal as to be uncomfortable). We were fortunate enough to be met by Richard himself, who provided a very thorough explanation of the house and its features and procedures. Kelly's contribution (again VERY thorough) was a binder of information for your visit. I think you could stay for a year and not exhaust the suggested places to visit and to eat....

If you have gotten so far as to be looking at vacation rentals in Tuscany, then we know you too want to get away from the tourist bustle. We highly recommend Richard and Kelly's wonderful cottage. It is perfect for a couple and very romantic....

Published Oct 25, 2015
Home away from home, maybe better...
5/5
Stayed Oct 2015
Jonathan B.Pacific Grove, CA
When traveling we generally do our best to "live like a local"... We try to get way from touristy places and attractions. Italy is one of the most visited countries on the planet, so if you want your space, you have to work for it (a little). We planed our trip to Italy around spending some time away from the crowds and boy is the southern part of Tuscany the answer!! But that doesn't mean you have to rough it, That's where La Ginestra comes in: An amazing little oasis located in the middle of one of the most spectacular places on earth.

The house itself is a typical country cottage you would expect to find on a hillside, but it has been recently and thoroughly renovated. Fantastic fit and finish in every detail. And full amenities; this is a house you can LIVE IN. Stainless steal kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fireplace..... The furnishings were ample and comfortable. Everything was clean and fresh.

The location is another great plus (for us anyway) Tucked away in a tiny Tuscan hill town, once we arrived at the house I understood why Richard insisted on meeting us in the next town over. Even with GPS you would be unlikely to find it yourself... It was wonderful just to be there, but also to explore the Marama by car.... within an hour there are hill towns, hot springs, Etruscan ruins and great hiking trails etc...

And let me tell you about your hosts; Richard and Kelly. They clearly love this house and stay there when not graciously hosting us.... Their love is evident in the personal touches around that house, the furniture they've collected, etc. (but not so personal as to be uncomfortable). We were fortunate enough to be met by Richard himself, who provided a very thorough explanation of the house and its features and procedures. Kelly's contribution (again VERY thorough) was a binder of information for your visit. I think you could stay for a year and not exhaust the suggested places to visit and to eat....

If you have gotten so far as to be looking at vacation rentals in Tuscany, then we know you too want to get away from the tourist bustle. We highly recommend Richard and Kelly's wonderful cottage. It is perfect for a couple and very romantic....

Published Oct 23, 2015
Owner's Response:
Thank you very much for your kind words. You certainly described our house well and our intention to provide a comfortable, private environment. As you say, we consider this our home away from home and have outfitted it accordingly. We love our stays at La Ginestra and never tire of the many medieval hill towns to visit, foods to eat and most of all, the Italian people to interact with. We have been coming to Italy since 2001 and it just keeps getting better and better!

Amazing!! The most perfect location
5/5
Stayed Aug 2015
Steffi D.
La Ginestra was beautiful - the pictures really don't do it justice - tucked away on the most amazing hillside over looking a gorgeous valley with beautiful sunsets, sunrises and clear star filled nights.

The cottage was perfect with everything a couple could need, small but perfectly formed. Richard provided lots of great advice and tips for our stay and his property manager Maurizio was beyond helpful giving us a tour of the village and local areas on our first night even though we were hours later than expected due to Rome traffic.

The area of Tuscany is beautiful and there are lots of great day trips from the area and San Casciano Dei bagni is the perfect neighbour town for a lovely meal and the chance to enjoy local Tuscan life and you can even bathe in the hot springs for free! There is so much to see and do far to much to mention - every neighbouring town seemed to be a perfect medievil hill town (Montapulcino, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, Sovana etc..) lots of fantastic archaeological sites if you like those - I would recomend the via Cave at Pitigliano even if you dont like history these spooky roads are carved out of the rock and make beautiful walking trails. You can reach further afield - Siena was easy by train. The coast is two hours away but Bolsena is much closer and is a lovely lake side town with markets and a gorgeous old town plus you can swim there! So much to do we didn't have time to squeeze everything in although a day relaxing in the property was just magic in itself!

I would definately recomend this property (though I'd rather no one knew about it so we could go there always!!) perfect for a couple it was a little slice of heaven. We'll definately be back....

Published Sep 13, 2015
Owner's Response:
Thank you for the awesome review! You really summed up what La Ginestra is all about!

Totally relaxing yet very close to all of the "hot Spots" and exciting things to do in our area. I'm very happy you enjoyed your stay and also happy that you might return some day! I'm constantly making improvements inside and outside of LG...gardening...art on our walls...outdoor patio improvements...etc.

Once again..I thank you for your kind words and based on this review..you really got around!! My wife and I love Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano and the Via Cave hikes. We're avid walkers and we constantly discover new walking trails. Italy really marks and maintains the thousands of "sentieri"..(walking trails).

Ciao for now...hope to communicate with you again the next time you visit La Ginestra!

Richard

Tuscany Delight!
5/5
Stayed Aug 2015
Tanya W.
We stayed at La Ginestra for three nights and it was absolute heaven! We booked at the very last minute and Richard was so accommodating and in great communication from beginning to end. The photos are beautiful, but believe it or not, they don't capture the immense beauty of the home and surroundings. The home is so lovely and you can tell Richard has put in so much love and work into it to make his guests stay an unforgettable experience. The views are spectacular and it was so nice to sit outside, enjoy the view with some Prosecco, eat on the terrace area while enjoying the breeze, and even take in an outside bath! The kitchen is well equipped and has everything you will need to cook up a great meal. The bathroom shower is great, with plenty of hot water and there is plenty of space for all your toiletries. The bedroom has a fantastic view of the Tuscan countryside and it is just unbelievable. There aren't enough positive adjectives to describe this place and it was exactly what we needed to get away from all the tourists in Siena and Florence! The location is private, quiet, and Celle Sur Rigo and the surrounding towns are fun to explore. Each day we visited a new town, went to the thermal baths, wine tasting, and inside the various duomos. It was a quick 3 nights and we will be back to stay longer.

Maurizio, the property manager, was great and also in great communication with us throughout. He met us in a neighboring town, took us to the local grocery store, made a reservation at an excellent restaurant, and had lots of great tips. Richard also has an extensive notebook at La Ginestra with tons of helpful information about the area, restaurants, hikes, vineyards, thermal baths, things to do, etc. I only wish we could have done them all! It just means we will need to go back and stay longer. Thank you for an unforgettable few days in Tuscany!

Published Aug 24, 2015
I'd give this 10 STARS
5/5
Stayed Jul 2015
mary v.Greeley, CO
Planning our stay at La Ginestra was smooth from start to finish. Richard was exceptional in all the arrangements. Maurizio happily welcomed us and gave us a magnificent tour of San Casciano dei Bagni and Celle Sul Rigo. He was very thorough is providing us with all the special places that made our stay fantastic! The gentleman at the grocery store was delightful and so very helpful, also the young man who assisted us at il Poggio (specialty market) plus the restaurants staff and organic food/wine were superb.

All the above and we haven't even begun to share our experience at La Ginestra! It's really difficult to describe how incredibly beautiful their home and location was for us. The kitchen had everything one would need or want plus the view of the olive grove right out the window. The CD's were lovely to listen to in the evening and the bedroom provided a most excellent night of sleep with a comfortable bed & pillows. I liked the personal touches and the handmade bed frame. Richards information and the other reviews are very accurate. It was truly awesome from beginning to end. (We wished that we had allowed a couple more days/nights there)

Published Sep 13, 2015

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We are a newly retired American couple from Carmel, CA. I worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for 27 years. I was on board from the beginning of its construction and really enjoyed my job.

My wife was in the restaurant business for many years, most recently as office manager at The Restaurant at Mission Ranch in Carmel. She also loved her job, but was ready to let go of the stress.
I speak English, Spanish and Italian.

Richard Keir purchased this Cottage in 2010

Why Richard Keir chose San Casciano dei Bagni
We've been coming to Italy since 2001, when we first fell in love with it. We bought an apartment in Varenna, Lake Como in 2004 and La Ginestra in 2010. We love Lake Como but Tuscany offers an entirely different environment. We enjoy the history, culture, architecture, food and wine and above all, the warmth and generosity of the Tuscan people.

What makes this Cottage unique
We bought La Ginestra after a long search for a cottage in the country. We finally found this independent house with beautiful, panoramic views. Its 155 olive trees, many fruit trees and acreage were just what we were looking for. It provides privacy with village amenities a five-minute walk away. Also the fireplace, landscaping and its 2 patios add charm. La Ginestra's proximity to Rome, Florence and Siena was of great importance in our decision to purchase it.
We are a newly retired American couple from Carmel, CA. I worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for 27 years. I was on board from the beginning of its construction and really enjoyed…
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