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A cluster of traditional stone cottages with stunning views, set within the olive groves of Tuscany's breathtaking Maremma region.

A stay at Il Baciarino isn't just a relaxing break, but a beautifully unique and warmly welcoming immersion into the unspoilt natural beauty of Tuscany.

Comprising five stone cottages set within an eight-hectare olive and oak grove in the wild and natureful Maremma region, outstanding views are assured. Endless rolling Mediterranean hills greet your arrival, with the Tyrrhenian Sea sparkling on the horizon.

Blissfully off the beaten tourist track, you'll feel at one with nature and ready to relax just as soon as you arrive...bellissima! Yet with the ancient village of Vetulonia nearby and ready to explore, and with Pisa, Rome and Florence all accessible within two hours, Il Baciarino is also the ideal base from which to explore the very best of Italy.

Your friendly hosts, Andrea and Clelia, are locals with a genuine passion for food, wine and hospitality...and it shows. Each cottage is a true home-from-home, lovingly restored with natural stone, chestnut wood and terracotta tiles that perfectly complement the stunning surroundings.

Whichever you choose, you'll have plenty of space and privacy to enjoy, along with a cosy double en-suite bedroom and a wood-covered outdoor kitchen (trust us, you'll be converted to cooking outside in no time at all!) There's also an al fresco dining table and chairs, primed for you to feast your eyes as well as your stomachs...oh, and a comfy hammock to while away long, lazy afternoons in - perhaps with a glass of local wine?  

If you're feeling sociable, chat to new friends on the communal terrace or spacious sitting room, or take a short stroll to the local coffee bar and drink espresso like a native!  

There's also a small shop nearby to stock up on dinnertime delicacies, though if you'd rather let someone else do the cooking for a change, let Andrea whip up a special seafood feast, complete with delicious wine, all served by sunset for just a small extra charge. If you're feeling inspired, why not learn how to make some of the region's finest dishes with Andrea's cookery classes...what better excuse to invite some friends over for a lively evening once you're back home?  

Of course, there are plenty of restaurants in the local area if you'd rather head out, perhaps after a hectic day spent at the beach?  The sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages of Castiglione della Pescaia are just 20km away, while if you'd rather sightsee, the medieval village of Pitigliano makes for a culturally captivating day out.

Further afield, Siena is a must-visit, 65km from the site and boasting the ornate Piazza del Campo, as well as a breathtaking Gothic cathedral and a host of art galleries. And of course, Florence, Pisa and Rome are all easily accessible, for those hankering after a taste of big city life on a uniquely artful and historic scale.

All that's left to do is return to the simple sanctuary of your stone cottage, pour another glass of wine, then sit back and marvel at the beauty of the stars in the clear night sky. Time to relax...the Tuscan way.

Things to note

Please note that most 2018 dates are already fully booked except for some dates in La Quercia, early booking is advised for 2019. 3 night minimum stay (5 nights July/August). One dog per cottage is permitted at a cost of €10 per night.

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The basics

Region: Vetulonia, Tuscany
Cost (from): £63 per night
Sleeps: 2 per cottage
Bedrooms: 1 per cottage
Bathrooms: 1 per cottage
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 889

Facilities

La Quercia sleeps 2, double bedroom, ensuite bathroom, shower, outdoor kitchenette, covered patio, dining table, open private garden area, wood-fired hot tub, sunbeds.

La Dolce Vita sleeps 2, double bedroom, bathroom, shower, living room, outdoor decks, shaded patio, dining table, outdoor kitchen, private garden, deck chairs, sun beds, wood-fired hot tub.

La Farfalla sleeps 2, bedroom, bathroom, living/dining room, small kitchen, terrace, private rooftop swimming pool.

La Lucciola sleeps up to 3, double bedroom, ensuite bathroom, mezzanine, kitchenette, dining area, sofa, balcony, private garden, garden furniture, hammock, deck chairs.

La Medea sleeps 2, double bedroom, bathroom, outdoor kitchen, dining table, lounge area, patio, deck chairs, sun beds, hammock, private garden.

Local activities

Cycling, archeological sites, wine tasting, massage, hiking.

At a glance

  • Five privately spaced stone cottages for two, set within an expansive oak and olive grove close to the ancient village of Vetulonia, in Tuscany's Maremma region. Expect outstanding natural views and exceptional hospitality!
  • Fly to Pisa or Rome, and hire a car for the two-hour drive to the site. The nearest train station is Grosseto, with a pick up service available for a fee.
  • Each cottage is self-contained with en-suite double bedroom, an outdoor kitchen and a private garden/dining area. A hammock and sun loungers are provided, while communal areas include a shared terrace and lounge area.
  • Cookery classes can be arranged, and a special seafood meal can be prepared for you by request, for an additional charge.
  • The site is an excellent base from which to explore Rome, Pisa and Florence, with beaches and medieval villages in easy reach. A coffee bar and a grocery store are accessible in walking distance.
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