A lovely cottage in the old farmhouse "Podere Maltaia" that overlooks the Unesco's Heritage protected area Orcia Valley, surrounded by large farmyards and 3 ectares of private land that includes a swimming pool, garden, outdoor dining area and BBQ.
The 'Podere Maltaia' farmhouse is a place for the relax and enjoyment of all those who stay in there. Therefore we kindly ask our Guests to avoid any noise or behavior that might alter the quietness of the place and the countryside.
When convenient, please find the time to go through the "House Rules" listed below and feel always free to reach us or the care takers for any clarification or request.
1. Private garden
1.1. In order to respect the privacy of all persons present at the farmhouse, everyone is requested to follow the paths around the house hence avoiding to walk close by the entrances of other cottages.
1.2. The parasol umbrella, when present, needs to be kept close during the nights and during those days with windy weather or probable gusts of wind.
1.3. Please pay always attention to not leave outside during the night or windy days anything that falling might break into sharp pieces (i.e. glasses, bottles, dishes, etc)
1.4. In order to avoid attracting animals to the proximity of the house, do not leave food on the outdoor table outside the time of meals or snacks.
1.5. Remember to turn off the external light when going to sleep and do not leave it on all night.
2.1. To allow anyone present to relax and enjoy the quietness of the place, it is asked to avoid as much as possible any noise that can be of annoyance to others.
2.2. Specifically, during the period till 9 AM, between 2 and 4 PM, and after 11PM it's mandatory to avoid noises that can be heard by the neighboring apartments.
2.3. It's allowed to use speakers for listening to music as long as is outside the mentioned time slots and anyway without a volume that might cause disturbance to the neighbors.
3. Access road and Parking areas
3.1. The driving speed while in the gravel road leading to the property, should never be higher than 25 Km/hour (16 Mph) avoiding as much as possible to lift any dust especially on the proximity of people walking or of the property.
3.2. Pay maximum attention to not do great accelerations by car when departing from the property to avoid displacing the gravel or even worse, throwing stones.
3.3. The cars must be parked in the indicated parking area.
3.4. To allow the loading and unloading of luggage it's allowed to park temporarily close to the entrance of the cottage.
4. Swimming Pool
4.1. The opening and closure of the pool is seasonal and strictly depends on the weather conditions, without precise dates. The indicative period during which is expected to be open is from May 20th till end of September.
4.2. The pool is not guarded hence the usage is at own risk.
4.3. Before entering the pool, please refresh yourself on the panoramic shower located by the pool on the left corner.
4.4. Kids younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult who’s their responsible.
4.5. Please do not bring glasses, dishes, bottles or any other thing that falling on the ground could break into small sharp pieces.
4.6. It is not allowed to have lunch or dine within the area of the pool, including within the pool itself. It is possible though, to have short snacks, drinks or aperitifs making sure to remove then any left over and leave the area as clean as found.
4.7. Each cottage has 2 deckchairs available to use at the pool. In case the other ones are not used by anyone, is possible to use more than 2 deckchairs. Upon the arrival of other Guests though, the deckchairs in excess have to be left available without the arrived Guests having to request it.
4.8. Water games need to be contained in noise and extension, always paying attention to avoid water coming out of the pool. Moreover, sprays of water should never reach other people present.
4.9. Dives and plunges are not allowed.
4.10. Upon leaving the pool, please place the deckchairs in their original position.
4.11. Parasols should be closed upon leaving the pool and kept close during the windy days.
5.1. The usage of BBQ is allowed only to Guests older than 18 years old.
5.2. It's requested to pay maximum attention to avoid high flames, and anyway fires that might extend beyond the confined area of the BBQ structure.
5.3. It is required to keep in the proximity of the BBQ a bucket with at least 10 liters of water or a fire extinguisher throughout the duration the fire is lit.
5.4. Once finished to cook the food, please ensure there are no more fire flames left burning.
6. Services available
6.1. Laundry & dryer
6.1.1. included is 1 per week/staying
6.1.2. any further usage has a cost of 5 Euro
6.2. Change of towels
6.2.1. included is 1 set of towels per week/staying (provided already in the cottage)
6.2.2. any extra change has a cost of 5 Euro and implies the return of all the used ones.
6.3. Change of bed linens
6.3.1. included is 1 set of sheets (provided already in the cottage)
6.3.2. For staying longer than 10 nights, it will be provided a change every week or around half the duration of the staying.
6.3.3. any extra change has a cost of 10 Euro and implies the return of all the linens used.
6.4. Extra cleaning of the cottage
6.4.1. Upon request of the Guests, it includes also the change of towels and bed linens.
6.4.2. It requires to leave the cottage vacant for 2 hours.
6.4.3. Every extra cleaning has a cost of 30 Euros.
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Italian, grown up in Tuscany on a village outside Florence, I left Italy together with my (later became) wife few years after the university to work abroad. Lived in California, Germany and since more than 10 years in the Netherlands. When possible, we like to go enjoying some relaxing time back in Tuscany and listen to the silence..