The Villa of Corsano is situated in one of the most picturesque areas of Tuscany, at the start of the Sienese “Crete”, that famed landscape of wide, clay hills just South of Siena, a continual source of inspiration for artists over the centuries. Used on several occasions already by artists, photographers, historians and cooks for specialist courses, and the subject of prestigious coffee table books, this wonderful villa and its caring, professional owners and staff, are internationally renowned.
Approached by an impressive, cypress-lined avenue, the villa itself dates from the 16th. Century and the estate was once one of the most important in the whole district of Siena, dating back more than 1,000 years. A brother and sister, whose family bought it in the nineteenth Century, share the estate. The parkland at the rear has rare trees, grottoes and remains of a 19th. C. aviary, and the whole property is a delight, with panoramic views as far as Siena. The villa has luminous rooms recalling a splendid past, with the addition of high quality kitchens and bathrooms. There are extensive gardens, with tall shady trees on one side. At the rear of the villa there are beautiful, flower filled antique urns, and wooden tables and cushioned chairs provide plenty of possibilities for relaxing. This side, too, is well lit so that it may easily be used for dining, music etc.
At the front is a wide lawn with long box and laurel hedges on either side. Beyond these lawns, the large swimming pool has beautiful views through olive groves and gardens across to Siena and the rolling cornfields of the Crete. The former poultry houses near the pool have become charming changing rooms, a barbecue, shower room and sun furniture store, while pergolas provide shade on the patio and pool surround. Around and beyond the pool an extensive olive grove forms a lovely setting for walks and games.
On three floors, there are delightful reception rooms and a shower room on the ground floor. The enormous dining room has reputably the largest fireplace in Tuscany and comfortably seats 25 to 30 people. There is an elegant drawing room with a vaulted ceiling and walls entirely covered with “Trompe l’oueil” paintings of exotic flowers and plants, birds and oriental tents. French windows from this room open onto the parkland to the rear of the villa. Another reception room has French windows to the gardens. The kitchen has first class professional equipment, including a food processor, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. There is a large double bedroom on the ground floor. From the entrance hall there is access to the colonnaded courtyard of the villa, part of which may be used by guests and provides a delightful place for meals in spring and autumn.
On the first floor, the former ballroom is now an enormous double bedroom with frescoed ceiling, tall windows, a huge Murano chandelier, sofas, chairs and a games table. It has its own shower room. Another double bedroom, with its own bathroom, is frescoed by Dario Neri, a famous Sienese painter. A twin bedroom with a bathtub and a wash basin in the room, a bedroom with a fireplace, three single four-poster beds and a shower room en suite, and another double bedroom with a shower room complete the accommodation on this floor.
On the top floor, there are two double and two twin bedrooms, a particularly attractive large bathroom, a shower room and a kitchen / sitting- room.
Another part of the villa and other parts of the property belong to the owner’s brother. Guests in those parts of the property use different parts of the gardens and a part of the courtyard, but do not have use of the swimming pool A holiday here is a very special treat; a chance to live in an historic villa in extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful surroundings, at a very short distance from the wonderful city of Siena. Villa Corsano lends itself as well to a very special family holiday as for a film setting or business convention. The aristocratic owner is a charming and hospitable hostess. Her staff are able to take care of your every wish. Her son runs the Corsano Agency, able to arrange cooks, baby sitters, photographers and extra staff to suit the most exacting requisites. He will personally organize guides, shopping trips and courses. His knowledge of this wonderful part of the world and its personalities allows him to arrange personal tours for guests around public and private homes, museums and collections, to create an unique and memorable holiday.
Even with the closeness to Siena, this ancient villa is in a rural setting. If you want 5 star luxury and gold taps, perhaps you’d like to choose one of our newly remodeled villas. But this is a magnificent example of Tuscany from a more luxuriant era when the family had high social position and vast holdings. Today, the owners are there to help you have the most enjoyable vacation.