Proceed for one kilometre, past some stone houses tucked away in the evergreen oak (quercus ilex or holm oak) forest. You may even encounter a rider and his horse or two.
The farm is called Ebbio and the building hails from the 1200s, when nearby Monteriggioni and its towers were newly constructed by the Sienese as a defence against the Florentines. Quite probably the farm, sitting in its protective hollow, was an outlying settlement which worked the surrounding land to feed the garrison at the fortification.
|the pond where small waterfalls trickle down and create summer cool|
|at the front door|
|yoga-meditation room towards garden|
|one end of the meditation-yoga room|
|detail from one of eleven bedrooms|
|the living room with its huge original fireplace|
|this special bedroom used to be the summer kitchen|
|another pretty bedroom|
|massage room, former chicken coop with niches for hens to brood in|
|sculptures perched on the roof - San Gimignano can be seen from this window, looking north|
|the owner's cottage|
|original terracotta floor tiles pave the whole house, apart from the warm timber of the meditation room|