Mulino d'Anna

Southern Tuscany

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Accommodation

  • Lower Ground floor: Living room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with doors to terrace. Open plan kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Shower room (washing machine). Central heating (payable locally).
  • Upper Ground floor: Sitting room with doors to covered terrace. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom.
  • First floor: Double bedroom. Double/twin bedroom (low sloping ceiling). Bathroom.
  • Outside: Dining terrace with pergola. Garden. Woodland. Brook bordering the property. In-built barbecue. WiFi. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 5.5m) with Roman steps. Open late May to end September.

Set amidst legions of well ordered vines alongside a meandering brook, this converted mill is full of character and might just be the ideal location for plenty of leisurely days out exploring both Tuscany and Umbria.

Olive groves, sloping vineyards and woodland surround the house yet the charming hilltop town of Chianciano is just a five minute drive away. The secluded swimming pool is complemented by a dining terrace which overlooks the ‘andante’ flow of water from the brook below and is the perfect spot for reading and relaxation.

The mill retains all its architectural integrity with plenty of individual and characteristic furnishings, art and décor divided between three floors resulting in a truly original country home. On the lower ground floor, a kitchen and dining area adjoins the living room, which is dominated by a large fireplace and has handy access to an outdoor terrace and the pool area. A second living room and the bedrooms are found on the upper floors, one of the highlights being a free standing tub in its own bathroom.

If you can drag yourself from the mill, Chianciano (3km), a traditional spa town, has plenty of bars and restaurants whilst glorious Montepulciano (7km) is a 15 minute drive. The valley town of Chiusi is just 20 minutes away where you can leave your car and take convenient and direct trains to both Florence and Rome for the ultimate day out. Lake Trasimeno (28km) provides an excellent diversion for children and adults alike with ample water sports available as well as boat trips to the island in the middle of the lake.

  • There is a steep slope down to the brook bordering the property and younger children may need some supervision in this area.
  • Local access is via an unmade track, which is not ideal for low slung vehicles.
  • The owner lives within the grounds but does not use any of the facilities and your privacy will be respected at all times.

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Great Things to Do Near Mulino d'Anna

Take a boat trip

You can book a private boat trip across Lake Trasimeno from Castiglione del Lago or Passignano. There are also public ferries that leave from the lakeside villages of Tuoro, Passignano and Castiglione regularly throughout the summer to Isola Maggiore in the middle of the lake.

Enjoy a spa treatment

Chianciano Terme is a spa resort, the word ‘terme’ being the Italian for thermal bath. Its heyday was in the 50s and 60s as you’ll note from the hotels. The baths themselves have a surprisingly sophisticated set-up with multiple pools, baths and treatments available.The staff at the main spa in Chianciano are incredibly helpful with plenty of information in English.

Visit a winery

Montepulciano is home to the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano wines. Situated under the Palazzo Tarugi and Palazzo Sinatti (two of the oldest buildings in the town) is the Talosa Cellar. Take a tour of these 16th century cellars which include an Etruscan tomb and then enjoy tasting these renowned wines or try the Cantina Contucci just off the Piazza Grande, where you can view how the city's jail was converted into a wine cellar.

Take a walk around Montepulciano

A beautiful Italian town full of Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, and charming squares. A walk through Montepulciano is the best way to view the town and its landmarks as well as enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Piazza Grande is the heart of Montepulciano and the setting for its main events, including the barrel-racing Bravio delle Botti contest held at the end of August.

Train trip to Florence

Trains leave from Chiusi, just 20 minutes drive from the house and in 1 hour 30 minutes you will be pulling in to Florence. One of the most beautiful cities in Italy, if not the world, Florence (or Firenze in Italian) must be visited, if only for a day. Surrounded by the beautiful Florentine hills, the city sits either side of the River Arno in a natural bowl. The ‘centro storico’ consists of an overwhelming abundance of Renaissance ‘palazzi’, museums and churches that are world famous for their beauty, art and history.

Train to Rome

Leaving from Chiusi, you can be in Rome by train in under 2 hours ready to explore the many sights of this city which has captured the imagination of visitors for millennia. The world's largest open air museum, a walk around the city will take you past the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps - to name just a few of the famous landmarks. With so much to see a day’s sightseeing will only afford a tantalising glimpse of what it has to offer.

Visit Siena

Often described as Florence's rival, Siena is well worth a visit. More gothic in style, this striking medieval town spills across three hill tops. Siena's heart is its unique central piazza, Il Campo, shaped like a shell with scalloped edges and known worldwide for the famous Palio run, a horse race that is run around the piazza every summer. The painters Duccio, Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti brothers made Siena their home and were among a host of brilliant artists who created the distinctive Sienese style.

Visit Perugia

The capital of the region and its largest city, Perugia is one of Umbria’s best preserved medieval hills towns. A beautiful and elegant place, it teems with history, architecture and art yet at the same time, it is very much a modern city, vibrant and full of life with lots to see and do throughout the year. You may wish to take the ‘Perugia City Tour’ bus, which leaves Piazza Italia throughout the day or you may simply want to start wandering and discover the city at your own pace, stopping for a cappuccino at one of the many cafés, or to look in the windows of the stylish shops lining the Corso Vannucci.

Pienza - the city of cacio (cheese!)

This charming village is widely known as the ideal city of the Renaissance, the creation of the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II. Pienza is also the city of cacio, which means cheese! The Pecorino of Pienza is a tasty cheese made from sheep's milk, renowned worldwide and delicious. The town streets are full of small charming shops selling various types of pecorino that you can taste together with a number of other typical local products, such as fine wines, spices, and pici (handmade pasta). We recommend stopping and tasting!

Round of golf

There is a 9 hole golf course approximately 30 minutes drive from Mulino d'Anna, the Golf Club Valdichiana.

The Gardens of La Foce

These formal gardens at Chianciano Terme are one of the grandest in Italy, and a main cultural attraction in this area. Designed by Cecil Pinsent and commissioned in the 1920s by an Anglo-American historian and biographer who became the Marchioness of Chianciano. Not to be missed but plan carefully as visits are by guided tour only on weekends and Wednesday afternoons.

Chianciano Terme

Just 3km from the house, this local spa town has plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat. There are also two museums in the town: the ‘Delle Acque’ museum has archaeological and historical exhibits, including Etruscan and Roman artefacts and a reconstruction of rooms from an Etruscan farmhouse; and the ‘Museum of the Collegiata’ contains various frescoes, paintings, carvings, sculptures and silverware by renowned Siena artists.

Get active

Tennis and bicycle hire are available at the sports centre in Chianciano, and horse riding can be practised in nearby Chiusi.

Assisi

A beautiful pink-hued town which is famous for being the birthplace of St. Francis, the patron saint of Italy, of animals and of peace. The first thing you will see as you approach the town is the huge and imposing Basilica of San Francesco. You will also come across yet more stunning churches and palazzi in the town. Assisi is worth visiting either early in the day or late afternoon.

Città della Domenica

This animal and amusement park opened in 1963, and is still a favourite! Occupying 100 acres on a hillside overlooking Perugia, it is a lovely setting for a family day out. There is plenty of parkland to roam, or enjoy the views from the comfort of the little train. There are many animals to see, including kangaroos, ostriches, llamas, donkeys and many birds. In the farm area, children can get hands on and help to milk the cows! There are also themed areas to explore such as Pinocchio’s Village and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, a Medieval zone, a space shuttle and the Wild West. A programme of activities and shows runs each day. Other attractions include mini-karts, mini-boats, slides, a maze and inflatable play area.

Lake Trasimeno

Just to the east, over the border in Umbria, Lake Trasimeno is Italy's fourth largest lake and its environs are a protected regional park covering 13,200 hectares, including the Oasi la Valle wetlands which are an important habitat for migratory birds. You will find some good waterfront fish restaurants around the lake and eight public beaches, with opportunities to practise water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and wake boarding.

Nearby

Towns

Chianciano 10 mins
Montepulciano 15 mins
Castiglione del Lago 40 mins
Orvieto 60 mins
Siena 60 mins

Airports

Perugia 75 mins
Florence 97 mins
Rome Ciampino 121 mins
Rome Fiumicino 133 mins
Pisa 138 mins
Times are approximate

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