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We wanted to create a completely different type of holiday rental, unusual for Tuscany, but integrated in a very pleasant way.
This property offers easy COVID-19 cancellation terms:
In case of travel restrictions, Art Loft gives out a voucher valid for 24 months.
We love the contemporary space and the setting of the loft. It’s a rare find in Tuscany.
There is a 20 meter lap pool and a sauna to guarantee your utmost relaxation.
The owners are living on the property and with already 20 years in Tuscany they are happy to share a few of their best kept secrets...
How would you describe Art Loft in a nutshell?
Art Loft, a 2 (or 3 on request) bedroom holiday apartment of 240 sqm is built into a hangar in the middle of nature. The expansive views of San Giovanni D’Asso, south of Siena, Italy, are enticing and only enriched by the swimming pool and fishing pond. There is space for 4 to 6 guests. The former factory’ original soul is still around and was only enhanced by the last owner, an artist, who also created the current sculpture garden. For wellness, guests are invited the new sauna, placed into a container with views at Montelifré ruin.
What was your inspiration to leave Belgium and move to Tuscany?
The decision to leave Belgium was made as we wanted to change our way of life. We got into the hospitality business and first thought about going to France, but ended up in Italy. Here, everything turned out according to our expectations. We have a far higher quality of life here than we had in Belgium.
How did the idea for Art Loft as a holiday rental start?
It started a few years ago. We saw an opportunity to create a completely different type of holiday rental, unusual for Tuscany, but integrated in a very pleasant and natural way.
We tried to keep the original soul of the place, which used to be a factory to make clay discs for skeet shooting. The local community wanted to create a small industrial area for people not working in agriculture. The place then was turned into body shop for cars and when they saw that it did not work out either, it changed into a rural environment. So it’s the only place you can find in the region with what used to be a hangar in the middle of nature.
And before you bought it, the loft was an atelier?
Yes, the last owner was an artist, Reinhold Traxl, working with sculptures and he turned part of the hangar into a big loft apartment and the other part was his atelier. There are still sculptures by him on the ground surrounding the hangar.
When we bought the loft, we moved into the apartment there and created a second apartment that’s about 240 square meters for rent as a holiday home. There’s a about 200 square meters of open space between the apartments to create a buffer so holiday guests can feel entirely private.
What’s been the biggest reward to you personally renting out this holiday home?
The biggest rewards are the friendships that we have made with guests who have stayed here and at our bed and breakfast. We have made some really good friends from all around the world and have been invited to stay with them. The people you meet are the nicest thing about the hospitality business.
The loft has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and there is the possibility of having a third bedroom with seperated bathroom. It is the perfect place for children. So we can have 4 to 6 people stay at our loft rental.
There’s a complete kitchen and living room area, and a large fireplace in the middle of the room, which was made by a friend of ours. He is an Australian artist living nearby over here and he works mainly with wood. The wood is completely wrapped around an iron cylinder, it’s a great place to sit at night and drink a glass of wine.
We also have a swimming pool outside that holiday guests can use, as well as a small fishing pond, where guests can fish. In the container, guests can also use the sauna.
Wine and food are the main reasons why most guests come to this region. We also have olive oil, but the wineries are what most guests want to explore — Montalcino and Montepulciano, which are very famous for Tuscan wine.
Pienza and Siena are worth seeing and the smaller villages nearby each have their own charm. We are also in the middle of immense nature, so walking, hiking and bicycling are very popular things to do. Seeing nature from all the small roads in a 'slow travel way' is definitely a highlight.
If the season isn’t much for relaxing outside, many of our guests will come to do different sports and visit the villages. They might visit somewhere in the morning and come back in the afternoon to relax.
For holiday guests who want to explore the region we can organise regional wine tours, Vespa tours, or even hot-air ballooning. There are also electric bicycles available for rent on the property.
We are in Montalcino (Montisi part) in the southern part of Siena, which is one of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany, even for most Italians. The region is very open with expansive views and gives a great sense of freedom. From here starts the val d'orcia, Unesco heritage.
The holiday home is located quite centrally in Tuscany as we are in the middle of a lot of small villages. Montepulciano, Montalcino and Pienza are all about a 20-30 mins away from the house. Siena is not quite an hour’s drive away.
My favorite seasons are spring and autumn. Everything is blooming in the spring and the changing of color is very beautiful in the fall. The temperatures are still ideal, there aren’t many tourists, and still there are a lot of activities to do at that time. Every season in Tuscany has its own color, food and rhythm.
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