The Bona Dea Residence

pienza, tuscany
4 bedroom - 5 bath
(1 review)
Travel dates:
€515 - €810 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

This Tuscan country house with a pool is in the UNESCO world heritage natural park of Valdorcia and offers 360-degree views of medieval towers, vineyards and olive groves. Set on its own hill, it is an organic farm in a natural reserve with wildlife watching at close hand and a herb and vegetable garden for chefs. It also includes an outdoor pool, petanque court, yoga/gym facilities, an outdoor heated air-pool, an emotional shower and hammam, WiFi, Smart TVs with international channels and a projector for outdoor cinema. The property has been a certified organic farm since 2004; organic bathroom and laundry products are provided. A welcome basket (valued at over €400) includes seasonal vegetables from the kitchen garden, Illy coffee, organic juices, beer, wine, cheese, fruit, a Tuscany travel guide, a guide to the property and other initial necessities. Tours and activities including truffle hunting, yoga classes, cooking classes, personal chef, balloon flights and more can be arranged directly by guests with providers recommended by Bona Dea, a list of which is contained in the guide to the property.

Why Kids Love it

A selection of toys is available in the annex for younger guests. Children love exploring the grounds, picnicking in the woods, picking vegetables from the garden, spotting wild animals, and the pool. With a bit of luck, comfortably lying in a hammock, guests will be able to watch deer, wild rabbits and pheasants in the surrounding natural reserve. Children’s cooking classes can be arranged with advance notice. Two of the 4 bedrooms can be set up with twin beds on request. A baby crib is also provided if requested in advance. Entertainment in the villa includes a home theatre sound system plus a selection of cartoons and Italian movies and documentaries with English subtitles in the upper floor lounge and library.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 3 nights for much of the year, but 7 nights minimum Saturday-Saturday in high season (Christmas and summer). Please enquire with the host for accurate rates for short stays - the listed rates are for weekly stays. The villa is over 2 floors with an internal gated spiral staircase. There is also an external stone staircase - those with younger children may need to supervise them in this area. Electric fences protect the vines from deer and wild boars; they are not harmful for humans but children may need to be supervised near them. The saltwater pool is set away from the house and has a safety fence. It is 1.1m deep and is open May-October. House and pool cleaning and change of bedding and towels 4 times weekly (Monday, Wednesday/Thursday, Friday and Saturday) with change of bedding and towels included in Wednesday and Saturday cleaning. A gardener frequently visits the property. Pre-arrival grocery shopping available for free - request in advance and pay on check in. Please alert the host to any intolerances prior to your stay. Free use of an Italian mobile/cell phone with up to €20 credit is included. All utilities are included in the fees along with tourist taxes. No smoking inside. First aid kits and fire extinguishers provided. No pets allowed. The property is suitable for a maximum of 8 guests plus 1 under the age of 2. The villa is not suitable for mobility impaired individuals. Bedrooms have laptop-size safety boxes, international adaptor plugs, hairdryer, 42” smart Sat TVs, BOSE wireless speakers, radio, mosquito nets.

About the Location

The residence is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Natural Park of Valdorcia, an hour southeast of Siena. The nearest town is Pienza, a 10-minute drive away. Car rental is essential in this rural area; the nearest airport is in Perugia, just over an hour away, with another airport in Florence, 1 hour 45 minutes away. The property is part of a 38-hectare organic farm, surrounded by a forest celebrated for producing some of the most prestigious white truffles in Italy. It is all in a protected area because of its natural beauty. Spread over a hill, the land includes 0.1 hectares of lavender, 0.2 hectares of garden, 0.2 hectares orchard of ancient fruits’ varieties, 9 hectares of olive trees, 3.3 hectares of IGT and Chianti DOCG vineyards, 9 hectares of forests for game, mushrooms, and white truffles hunting, and 15 hectares of rotating crops and greening for pollinators and honey bees. Beyond the estate itself, nearby towns and villages include Montefollonico, Montisi, Castelmuzio, Pienza and Montepulciano. The thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni, San Casciano dei Bagni, Rapolano Terme and Bagni San Filippo e Montepulciano are also a popular vacation spot for guests. The nearest town with supermarkets, banks, post offices, pharmacies, newsagents and a weekly outdoor market is 5 km away. Beaches are found at Castiglione della Pescaia, 111 km away.

Accommodation Details

This 333 sqm villa has 4 spacious suites and is set over a main building, courtyard and annex, with a pool, petanque court, pergola and barbecue area in the gardens. The ground floor of the main building includes a large kitchen and dining area with fireplace, plus 2 bedrooms (a double bedroom and a double/twin bedroom), both with ensuite bathrooms, plus a storage room and laundry. The upper floor has a lounge with fireplace plus 2 bedrooms (a double bedroom and a double/twin bedroom) with ensuite bathrooms, and a storage room and toilet. The annex has a kitchenette for pizza lovers with an unusually large wood-fired oven plus outdoor seating in the courtyard, hot tub and projector for a private outdoor cinema experience under the starry sky. The annex includes a yoga studio with exercise and fitness equipment. There is a bathroom and the hammam and hydrotherapy shower in the second floor of the tower. A herb and vegetable garden for guest use completes the picture.

Style Notes

Nature and harmony. This exquisite property dates from the 1800s and is named after the mythical Good Goddess of Nature. Entirely handcrafted from the original stone and wood collected over centuries from the estate, it has been completely refurbished to include all modern amenities and comforts. The rooms are decorated in traditional Tuscan style, rustic-looking on the outside, modern and functional inside and with a strong focus on quality, natural materials such as wood, terracotta, wrought iron, linen and cashmere. The swimming pool is fully exposed to the sun from dawn to sunset and offers throughout the day unparalleled views of the famed Tuscan landscape. The nearby pergola equipped for a pleasant barbeque and venerable oak tree both offer shelter from the sun or a sudden and brief summer shower. Beyond the villa, the property of Bona Dea includes vineyards, olive groves, lavenders, woods and truffle farms, beehives, and summer/autumn orchards of ancient fruit varieties.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
2 queen
4 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
Member since November 11, 2016
Born and raised in Como, I have then spent over ten years in the bustling Shanghai. Here I met my husband Giulio. We saw for the first time Bona Dea (an organic farmhouse within a UNESCO World Heritage park of Tuscany) in 2013 while looking for a great location to celebrate our wedding. We fell in love with the place and one year after we became the proud owners of this beautiful property. Now we also have a beautiful boy, Enea. Our aim is to be the trusted custodians of a Tuscan heritage and to preserve this immaculate land for Enea, other families and generations to come.

1 review

Catherine C.
Visited in August 2017
Bona Dea residence was a real treat. We loved the house and its surroundings. The kids loved the pooland it was easy to visit lots of beautiful tuscan villages. Alessandra was very helpful and especially her parents in law were wonderful hosts. thanks again

Pienza, Tuscany

Renaissance architecture and Pecorino cheese

Between Montepulciano and Montalcino, Pienza is a town and comune in Tuscany known for its Renaissance architecture and its wine. On the UNESCO World Heritage list for its unique buildings and town plan, Pienza is surrounded by the hills of the Val d'Orcia and has fantastic cheese shops, car-free streets and wonderful places to eat nearby.