Villa I Giardini di Val D'Orcia was originally built at the end of the XVth century as a wayside tavern, but soon became the centre of an estate belonging to the great Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena. In 1924 it was bought by Antonio and Iris Origo and turned into their comfortable home, from where they farmed and developed the land. The Villa is built on three levels, following the lie of the hill, and is surrounded by the now famous garden created by Iris Origo and the English architect Cecil Pinsent – a ‘labour of love’ lasting many years. The house is full of old-world charm, not showy, but with beautiful antique furniture, comfortable beds, and lots of lovely rooms which offer both privacy and opportunities for family gatherings.There are many cultural activities organized by and around I Giardini di Val D'Orcia, held mainly in the Castelluccio, a medieval castle only 1 mile away, such as the well-known music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena, that gathers numerous music and art lovers to this beautiful and unspoilt part of Tuscany, the Val d’Orcia, recently included among the World Heritage sites of UNESCO.
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