|As more and more Italians
reclaim family property in the countryside or buy and restore their
own abandoned castles, people such as the Baccheschi family are moving
into more affordable, lesser-known areas. They left behind a
successful fashion business to come to this quiet southern part of
Tuscany where they bought the ruins of a 13th-century stone
castle/ex-convent and have completed putting its pieces back together
to form their own private residence and rooms for guests.
The houses and grounds are situated a few hundred
meters from the castle, in a beautiful environment and in absolute
privacy. The location offers a breath taking panorama of the
surrounding woodland, from Mount Amiata to the Tirrenian sea.
Two adjacent stunning stone guesthouses are
available, plus three suites in the main castle. The smaller house, I
Sassi, has one bedroom, a large bathroom, and glassed-in living room
taking in the sumptuous view of virgin territory. La Chiesina has a
kitchen and spacious living room with intarsia parquet flooring, two
bedrooms, and two bathrooms. They are appointed sophisticatedly with
family antiques and colonial pieces from Indonesia, and are worthy of
an article in Architectural Digest. The suites, decorated in the same
vein, share a large kitchen and living room.
The travertine swimming pool hangs on the edge of
the manicured garden, which drops down into untamed landscapes.