As is evident from previous reviews, this place is excellent! The property sits on a small hill (Poggio) with lovely lawns and gardens all around, and olive trees and a vineyard on one side. Lovely views of the rolling farmlands on three sides, with a cypress lined approach road, and in the distance the mountain town of Rocca d'Orcia. The building has four units (I believe), we had one on the ground floor, and it was lovely, with a blend of traditional and modern styles, very spacious and comfortable. It had a sitting area and kitchenette, a bedroom area and a bath. The pool is lovely but it was too cold to use when we visited.
The host Tiziana is great! Super friendly and helpful, and fixes an excellent breakfast made of farm fresh and natural ingredients - the perfect way to start the day. She is also a good resource for sightseeing and restaurant recommendations.
The area itself is beautiful, with lots to see and do, or if you prefer, just relax and take it easy. Take your pick, we did a bit of all and had a wonderful time. I really hope we can go back again!
If you were trying to design the perfect Agriturismo, Poggio Istiano would be a pretty good place to start. Set on a low hill, and approached on a classic Tuscan cypress-lined drive, there are vistas all around to Castiglione d'Orcia, Pienza, and Monte Amiata. The building is set in beautiful, flower-laden grounds, and looks absolutely picture-postcard. Various sizes and types of accommodation are offered. We had l'Olivo - an apartment that would many urban homes to shame. We had a large bedroom (v comfortable bed!), large living/dining room (with TV and real fireplace), a nice bathroom, and well-equipped kitchen.
The good-sized swimming pool catches the sun most of the day, so you don't freeze when you jump in. A nice touch - it's kept clean mostly by the judicious use of salt, rather than nasty chemicals.
There are plenty of restaurants around within reasonable reach - Castiglione and Bagno Vignoni are only 5' drive away, and Pienza and Monticchiello 15-20'. If you want something simpler, Tiziana, the wonderfully friendly and helpful owner can provide a cold supper by arrangement.
To top it all, the rates are very reasonable as well!
A great place for exploring - apart from the towns already mentioned, you can also do great day-trips north to Siena, east to Montepulciano, or south to Pitigliano.
We promised Tiziana we would return, and we'd certainly love to keep that promise!
We, a couple around our thirties, booked a room here for three nights and very much enjoyed it. It’s beautifully situatied in the hills, completely surrounded by trees but still with a 360 degrees view of the area. It is very nice and quiet (you basically only hear some animals). The breakfast is amazing, everything is home-made and tasted delicious.
Would definitely recommend this to people travelling through the area.
We had the very good fortune of staying here for 5 nights in early May. Beautiful, crisp sunny days, impossibly green vistas and a very comfortable top floor apartment with a wide balcony looking out towards Castiglione d'Orcia and the tower at Rocca.
We believe that southern Tuscany--the area south of Siena--has the most to offer in terms of old-world experience and sheer visual magnificence. To find an agriturismo so perfectly perched atop a hill in this area is a no-brainer, and for a very reasonable price. Close enough to towns for restaurant dinners, but also isolated enough that afternoons are lazy and quiet, and evenings almost completely silent. What wonderful tranquility.
We stayed in the top floor "Il Pino" apartment. 3 double bedrooms, 2 nice full baths (one with a bath tub), a respectable kitchen (though a little light on some utensils), large living area with big dining room table and sitting area, and 2 small reading nooks beside a large fireplace...no doubt for cold nights in Tuscany. Lovely terracotta floors throughout.
The pool is big, deep and crystal clear with large stairs and an outside shower. The owners also took pains to select good quality lounge chairs. The grounds are beautifully maintained, with vineyards and olive groves just steps beyond their expansive lawns. Flowers everywhere and the odd hare.
We didn't get to try their restaurant, but judging by the quality of their farm products--and the quality of food in this area in general--I imagine it's top notch. Two of the best restaurants we found were both in San Quirico d'Orcia: Osteria Del Cardinale and Trattoria Osenna.
It's difficult to criticize any part of our wonderful stay at this agriturismo but one nagging problem was sleep quality: the beds are hard. Hopefully they address this soon.
So you can stop your search. Stay here.