Additional Info: Independent 'ROME COUNTRYSIDE BREAK' - Montepulciano
You will be struck by the charm of this room: the 19th century bed (1.8 mt wide) with its unusual olive wood headboard and the splendid wardrobe are spotlighted by two windows, one facing onto Piazza San Francesco and Val D’Orcia, and the other over the roofs of Montepulciano to Val di Chiana. The bathroom, with a large shower stall (1.8 m x 1 m), has a striking view onto the square.
Dominated by orange and yellow, personalised by the precious queen-size bed and the hand-painted wardrobe, this light and welcoming room opens onto the lakes of the Val di Chiana seen through the broad window let into the ancient city walls. The spacious bathroom and large shower (1.8 mt x 1 mt) has two windows with the same charming view of Montepulciano that can be enjoyed from the room. The hand basin has been fitted into an broad niche discovered in the original master walls of the palace.
The large 19th century bed (1.8 mt wide) with its unusual olive wood headboard and quality furniture distinguish this room. The walls in soft yellow get their light from a large window, let into the ancient city walls, that opens onto the Val di Chiana and its lakes. The windowless bathroom has a spacious shower (2 mt x 1 mt).
Delight in the charming atmosphere of the suite. One wall of the spacious room is common with the church of Saint Francis and reveals much of the history of the building. Such as the brickwork arch behind the bed that is a vestige of the large stone arches of the church. Inside the suite we find La stanza secreta, brought to light during the restoration and reached by a spiral staircase. It has a common wall with the church and has been turned into a pleasant sitting room with an unexpected glimpse of the Val di Chiana. The access hatch to the bell tower and rope go are now covered by a sheet of glass let into the terracotta floor. The king size bed (1.9 mt wide) in the master bedroom was crafted by a local artisan.
The bathroom will take your breath away. You will be struck by the gothic brick arch, portal of the church of Saint Francis and brought to light during restoration, which is reflected in the mirror covering the opposite wall. The large circular shower, the double wash basin embedded into the arch, and the splendid window that dominates the square make this room unique. INTRODUCTION
Above the historical centre of Montepulciano sits a magnificent palazzo from the 14th century, recently restored to its ancient splendour and looking onto one of the most beautiful squares in town, Piazza San Francesco, and out across the Val D’Orcia.
This site, so full of history and with unparalleled views onto the valleys of Chiana and D’Orcia, has become La Locanda di San Francesco, an exclusive retreat to enjoy the real Tuscany.
The unique atmosphere of La Locanda is created by the antique furnishings, the exclusivity of just four accommodations and the breathtaking views across the two valleys and the lakes of Trasimeno, Chiusi and Montepulciano.
The incomparable position, at the sunniest and highest point of the town, ensures light-filled rooms even on winter days. The owners are proud to welcome you to La Locanda’s atmosphere of comfort and hospitality, for a holiday immersed in emblematic Tuscan panoramas, but at the heart of the historical centre of Montepulciano, just a few steps from Piazza Grande.
La Locanda di San Francesco occupies what was once the Oratorio di Sant’Emidio e della Misericordia, rising above the ancient city walls that surround the oldest part of Montepulciano. It is attached to the 14th century church of Saint Francis and dominates the square of the same name.
Careful restoration, commissioned and supervised with great passion by the present owners, has brought to life the historic gothic portal of the church, secret rooms and ancient bell towers, giving new life to the building and the whole square.
The rooms are situated on the first floor and are fitted with independent air conditioning, bar fridge, 21” LCD satellite TV, telephone and internet connection. Beds are queen or king size and each room is personalised by sophisticated and exclusive furnishings. High quality parquet and elegant fabrics complete the atmosphere.
La stanza secreta, discovered during restoration,is a cosy evocative sitting room with views onto the Val D’Orcia and two stone walls that once formed part of the bell tower of the church of Saint Francis. It now completes one of the two suites. The roomy bathrooms have large windows with the same views that can be admired from the rooms. They feature large shower stalls (1.8 m x 1 m), are equipped with hair dryers and universal power sockets with courtesy Hermès toiletries.
The large reception room situated on the ground floor features a cross vaulted ceiling, sitting room, substantial library, lounge bar for guest enjoyment and is reserved for guest breakfasts.
As you may forget about the rest of the world during your stay at La Locanda there is an free internet connection point on the accommodations floor. You can conveniently drive right to the entrance of the palace.
The owners, Cinzia and Luca, live in the same building and are at your disposal for the length of your stay for any requirements.
THE WINE BAR
The '…e lucevan le stelle' wine bar-bistrot and La Locanda di San Francesco are under the same ownership and situated in the same building that faces onto Piazza San Francesco. Enter through the two magnificent wooden doors to an extensive panoramic terrace to enjoy the Tuscan sun from early morning and to admire unforgettable sunsets over the Val D’Orcia.
Taste prized Tuscan wines, well-know Italian and French wines, and some of the best specialities of the local cuisine in the wine bar whose stone walls reveal traces of ancient windows and 14th century arches, the perfect setting for periodic art exhibitions.
Guests have exclusive use of the terrace for breakfast, and rooms for specialized tastings are available on request. Access is through an internal passageway reserved for guests.
On request guests can arrange private visits, wine and food specialty tastings to the Tenuta Valdipiatta winery, producer of Nobile di Montepulciano wine and other prestigious red wines.
Off-site laundry services.
Guided visits and photographic tours.
Rates are for 3 nights amd include breakfast and local taxes.
Standard room (rooms 2 &3) - € 295.00 pp
Suites (rooms 1 & 4) - € 325.00 pp
Check in and check out times personally arranged.
WINE TASTING TOUR
For those wishing to sample the wines of the area, we can arrange the following for you during your stay. The tour lasts 2-2.5 hours, and includes;
1. Private guided tour of the winery Tenuta Valdipiatta with explanation of wine-making process.
2. Private wine tasting (4 wines) with explanation of basic tasting methods. Tasting includes: Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG "Tosca", Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Single Vineyard Vigna D'Alfiero, Supertuscan "Trefonti" IGT.
3. The wine tasting is accompanied by a tasting of Pecorino di Pienza (sheep milk cheese) aged in Tenuta Valdipiatta Vino Nobile marc, made by one of the most well known cheese producers of the region, Caseificio Cugusi.
4. At the end of the visit guests receive a Bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano RISERVA 1995, sealed with a wax seal and personalized with their name, and a piece of Pecorino di Pienza, aged in Tenuta Valdipiatta marc made by Caseificio Cugusi.
Price per person: € 90 (euros).
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