truly central, in the heart of walled city, very easy walking distance to all sites as well as restaurants and shops, but facing away from traffic and onto gardens.
great for groups/families/children - 3 bedrooms + large living/fourth bedroom
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK ME ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE BOOKING - don't let the instant booking option put you off; you can still ask me questions before booking by selecting the contact host option.
I have tried to tell you everything you need to know in my description, but please do not hesitate to ask me questions before booking.
After the great experiences I have had renting my home in London (see my other listings), I am now starting to rent my holiday home in Siena, my home town.
The flat can sleep a maximum of 10 adults plus 1 baby in a travel cot (or more babies if you supply your own cots for which of course I shall not charge).
The flat is on the ground floor, on the same level as the street so coming in with suitcases/pushchairs/prams/heavy shopping is like a dream - something to consider as very few old buildings in the centre of Siena have got lifts.
As you enter there is a large wardrobe room where you can hang your coats, put your shoes and store your suitcases, so that they do not clutter the flat.
The flat has a large living room, with a double sofa bed, another sofa, an armchair and 2 single beds dressed as sofa; this becomes the fourth bedroom if you are a large group. The living room opens to a small covered loggia.
The kitchen is small, but still has a 4-ring hob and normal size oven, plus a dishwasher and large fridge - if you are like me, you may however find yourself doing very little cooking as it is so easy to go out to a restaurant from the flat or buy a cold meal at the many delis. The table in the kitchen sits 6 very comfortably. Please note that there is no microwave, but a normal size oven. There is no electric toaster, but a special pan to toast bread on the hob - as Italians do. There is no electric coffee filter machine as the French use, but there are mokas for Italians, cafetieres for English people and paper filter holders for Germans.
Along the corridor there are 3 bedrooms; one double (with two single beds that can be made up as singles or as one double), one small single or twin and a large double with a little terrace overlooking the garden and the back of the old hospital and the cathedral's bell tower - this is a very pleasant room, where my partner, an artist, sits to draw during the day and likes to take an aperitif watching the sunset.
There are 2 bathrooms in the flat, one small and one large, with bathtub and separate shower cubicle, as well as washing machine - two or three family members can easily use it at the same time.
The flat is great for families and a cot, highchair and pram can be provided on request. It is not wheelchair accessible, but OK for people who find stairs difficult as there are one 2 steps to go into the kitchen and bedroom and another 2 to access the large bathroom (no steps from the bedrooms to the small bathroom). The flat is large enough for long stays.
The flat has no fixed WIFI, but a portable web pocket is provided, which is actually better as you can keep it with you when you go sightseeing and have continuous WIFI access. We do require a fully refundable deposit of EUR50 for its use.
The whole flat overlooks the very large garden at the back, originally planted in the romantic style, with a large orangery, which is not accessible to guests as I am still in the process of restoring, but this does mean that there is no traffic noise. As everywhere else in Siena, however, you may hear music and/or singing, especially during the days around the Palios (the historical horse race - 2 July and 16 August) or when shows are held in the city. The windows are new and well insulated and you can always join the festivities!
There is no air-conditioning in the flat - I personally do not like it but it is also true that the flat is in a very old building with very thick walls and high ceilings so I do not think that it gets too hot.
Please note the obvious: the more you are the less comfortable you are going to be. The flat is large (125m2), but a group of more than 6 people require using the living room as a bedroom.
Please also note that this is my family's holiday home, not a luxury hotel. It has not undergone a complete refurbishment and still has many quirks that reflect the age of the property. In particular, both bathrooms and kitchen are new but the floors are not. I have also equipped it with the things I use and enjoy while avoiding the stuff I hate but these may be different to what you require - as you can see I have taken a lot of time to provide a truthful and detailed description, but please do ask before booking if there is something that you consider essential for your wellbeing: I really much prefer you do not book on discovering that I do not provide it than you booking and being unhappy afterwards.
SPECIAL NOTE ON PALIO: The race is held on 2 July and 16 August every year. Mine is the perfect flat to attend the race as you can walk everywhere and come back to it easily for some peace and quiet. However, please note that I have a minimum stay of 4 nights around those dates; this is because I strongly believe that if you want to experience the race you have to live the whole run up to it - indeed a full week would be preferable as surely you also want to see all the art as well in Siena. It really does not make sense to just come for a day - the Palio is not for tourists, who are only mildly tolerated, so either be prepare to live it as Sienese do or come to visit Siena at other, quieter times. Finally, please bear in mind that traffic and even pedestrian routes are severely restricted on the days around the palio so the logistics of arriving and departing during those days are complicated.
Accès des voyageurs
You will have exclusive use of the whole flat but the garden is at present not accessible pending its restoration.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
I will be always available before and during your stay but as I live in London my cousin and his staff at the Piazza Paradiso B&B next door will also be on hand to help and check you in and out.
My flat is right in the centre of the walled city so in an area of restricted car access. You will be able to get in to unload on arrival and load on departure but only following carefully the very detailed guidelines I shall send you. You will then need to park the car at easy walking distance from the flat - for free in the marked parking bays or at the large public parking lot (fee payable); you cannot just park anywhere and certainly not leave the car in front of the flat for any length of time. Again I can provide guidelines and the staff at the Piazza Paradiso B&B who help me manage the flat can even provide a valet service for an extra charge payable to them if booked in advance and if you arrive before 17:30. Sorry it is complicated but Siena is a medieval town built well before cars were invented, and my flat is right in the middle of it.
Strictly no smoking anywhere - please do not rent my home if you are smokers.
No music/loud noise after 11pm, as per Italian law.
Maximum occupancy as per booked. No one else apart from the guests booked to stay to be in the property at any time. Strictly no parties of any type.
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I love my home and I love to share it!
I like to talk to my guests and suggest restaurants and places to visit as well as help with practicalities.
I am a mother with two almost teenage children.
I have worked in publishing and in the city as a financial editor and now work for myself as a tutor in economics and finance.
I love classical music and play the piano when I've got time - sadly very rarely.
I like cooking very much, especially baking bread.