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Sleeping from 2 to 5 people, the self catering cottages on the Papena estate are situated around a central courtyard where the original well of the borgo is still in place. The comfortable and characteristic cottages enjoy a countryside location and the estate specialises in raising and training horses for competition. Some great walks from the doorstep and Siena and the coastal plain of the Maremma are within 30 minutes drive.
GARDENS & POOL
Central courtyard and garden grounds with swimming pool, gazebos, tables and benches.
Swimming pool 14m x 7m. Depth of pool 1.4m to 2.6m with ladders for entry/exit.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
In wonderful countryside south west of Siena, near the Abbey of San Galgano, the 200 ha. farm of Papena is dominated by its tiny, historic, stone built hamlet, a cluster of stone houses set around an ancient well. Reached by a short, rough track, the hamlet is on the top of a gentle hill, with a large swimming pool just below it and extraordinary, panoramic views all around.
Forest and olive groves cover land in the distance and nearby horses and sheep graze cultivated meadows. The English speaking owners moved up from Rome with their horses and dogs some years ago and have skilfully brought back the charm of the ancient hamlet to make six holiday apartments.
The fascinating and verdant countryside is punctuated by peaceful medieval hill villages and by monuments of extraordinary architectural and spiritual tensions. The abbey of San Galgano, a few minutes drive away, was once the chief Cistercian house in Tuscany. An Abbot is said to have sold the lead off the roof to help pay some debts, and the fabulous but roofless abbey is now blessed with excellent acoustics for the frequent concerts held there during the summer.
From Papena you can explore the mountains and woods, home to a rich flora and fauna, on foot, by horse or bicycle as far as the Etruscan necropolis in a wood on the estate. The centre square of the hamlet has an old well, a barbecue, and outside furniture for each apartment.
Florence is just over an hour's drive, Siena is less than half an hour away whilst in the other direction you can easily reach Massa Marittima and the coast in about 40 minutes, or just stay local and explore the many Etruscan towns and remains in the area. On returning after a days sight seeing or a long walk the peaceful atmosphere at Papena provides the perfect place to unwind.
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