Hilltop House

  • Location: Countryside
    Closest restaurants and shops: 5km (5 mins by car)
    Beach and coast: 20km (25 mins by car)
    Beautiful Grosseto: 35km (40 mins by car)
    Tarot Garden by Niki de Saint Phalle: 40km (45 mins by car)
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO): 160km (1h 50mins) by car
    Pisa Intl. Airport (PSA): 190km (2h) by car
    Car recommended
    Free parking

The Maremma area of southern Tuscany is a wonderful area to explore, still off the touristic paths.
The contemporary architecture, the setting and the beautiful pool will make it hard for you to leave.

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An introduction to Hilltop House

How would you describe Hilltop House in a nutshell?

Hilltop House was designed to be integrated into the landscape, with a strong relationship between the two. It’s a contemporary building but it frames the landscape while using materials that fit within its environmental setting.

How would you describe the atmosphere and architecture of Hilltop House?

Firstly, we wanted to design a house that was comfortable but also experimental as a place for us to test various ideas. Our design aesthetic is generally contemporary or abstract, drawing on lessons of the modern movement but also looking back at history for architectural inspiration. The streamlined architecture fits with the tradition of the place — if you think about Mediterranean houses, they tend to have flat roofs and large stucco walls. So we tried to make a building that drew on that tradition and having water views was important in understanding the character of the house.

It’s designed somewhat like a boat, with a wooden “deck” on top that feels like it’s been stranded in the hilly “waves” of the countryside. Below is a striking white middle layer while the ground floor is constructed using tuff stone sourced from a nearby quarry. All of the furnishings are custom-made, including the radiators, which are designed from copper pipes.

When it comes to the atmosphere of the house, it’s very serene and with harmonious views. There’s a sense of tranquility and a feeling of being close to the sky. But while the setting feels quite isolated, it’s also in close proximity to beautiful villages and lots of restaurants, so you’re never far from people if that’s what you need.

What was the inspiration/story behind Hilltop House?

We wanted to build a house for our family to use mostly during the summer — we reserve the property for ourselves during the month of August but it’s available to guests for the rest of the year. Having views towards the sea was a requirement when we were looking for land - even if it was set in the middle of vineyards and olive groves, it needed to have a connection with the sea, which is what we found.

Aerial view
Kitchen and fireplace
Living area
Living area
Downstairs bedroom 1
Downstairs bedroom 2
Interior staircase
Upstairs bedroom
Upstairs bedroom
Roof terrace
Living area

Hilltop House rooms & rates

When you arrive at the house, you can either park in the carport or drive directly next to the house to unload your luggage. It’s then a short walk through the garden to the travertine stairs, which lead to the main loggia where you’ll be greeted by sea views. The loggia connects through glass sliding doors to the open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, as well as featuring a swimming pool that’s open year-round.

Downstairs are two bedrooms with double beds (one also has an additional kids bunk bed) and a bathroom while upstairs is the master bedroom with an en-suite. Each of the bedrooms has its own private deck or outdoor entry, which offers freedom for guests to come and go as they please. There’s also a pool house with a bathroom and sofa bed that can be used as an additional bedroom.

  • Hilltop House for 8-10 people / 200 m²
    800 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 2 Bathrooms (ensuite)
    • 2 Bathrooms
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates are per week and on a self-catering basis.
Optional extras
Additional maid-cleaning services can be arranged prior or upon arrival.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. There is no space for extra beds. A baby high chair is available on request.
Minimum stay
7 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • BBQ area
  • Toys for kids
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair dryer

The house boasts a fully-equipped kitchen and a barbecue for cooking meals, as well as a fireplace with wood provided. There’s a laundry with a washing machine and clothes dryer, as well as internet available throughout the property, although no television (on purpose). We don’t provide a chef service at this stage but can offer cleaning during the week. Otherwise, the cleaners will come once a week and change the linen at this time. If you’re traveling with kids, there’s also a trampoline in the garden for them to use.

Things to do in Tuscany & Pereta

  • Art / Culture
  • Wine tastings
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

Maremma is still relatively unexplored by mass tourism, so it has an authentic feel and is dotted with old Tuscan villages that will appeal to those interested in architecture. The house is set within the Morellino wine country, which is named after the red wine that’s produced by many of the vineyards and you can spend entire days just wine tasting. There are also a number of farm shops where you can buy cheese, honey and other products produced at the property or dine at their restaurants.

We’d recommend visiting Niki de Saint Phalle’s Giardino dei Tarocchi, which is dotted with large sculptures covered in mosaics and popular with both adults and children. If you’re visiting in the summer months, then definitely explore some of the beaches, which range from long strips of sand with beach loungers and umbrellas to hidden, rocky coves that are ideally accessed by rental boats. In the cooler months, the Terme di Saturnia hot springs are very appealing for a soak.

Hilltop House reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
A wonderful house for a family holiday. Excellent both outside - incredible pool, views, and a beautiful building - and inside - everything you need, comfortable, plus stunning art and interior finishes. The hosts were helpful and generous with their time and information about the locality, and all in all have created a truly incredible and special place. In addition, there were some toys our children could play with, plus a trampoline; the pool was crystal clear and the garden is very well kept. We hope to visit again!
Benita B.
stayed at Hilltop House in July 2022
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
The Hilltop house is a gorgeous place. The architecture is beautiful, designed with a keen eye for detail, and stunning views, all the way to the sea.

We loved the spacious garden, and the outdoor terrace next to the pool. The kitchen has everything you need, and the bedrooms are very large with luxury linnen. When it got colder outside we lit the well functioning fireplace in the living room creating a very cozy atmosphere. There’s a couple a very pretty small villages around, and lots of wineries worth visiting, all in all a very nice and quiet part of Tuscany.

The hosts Luca and Andrea were truly amazing. When travel restrictions suddenly changed because of COVID they helped us figure out what travel documents we had to bring with us. It was a relieve to have such reliable hosts, and on top of that they also arranged two yoga mats to be available in the house, for our daily yoga exercise. We loved everything about the Hilltop house, and highly recommend it.
angie s.
stayed at Hilltop House in October 2020

The location of Hilltop House

The house is located in Maremma near the beautiful medieval village of Pereta, which has a number of old churches and restaurants, while Magliano in Toscano is five kilometres away and has grocery stores, banks and a post office. It’s around 20 kilometres from the coast and a number of historic harbour towns, as well as beautiful beaches to explore. There are also many wineries in the immediate surrounds, some of which are very famous.

When is the best time to visit Tuscany?

It’s difficult to say when’s the best time to visit Maremma as each season has its charms. In the summer, you have much longer days and can go to the beach or enjoy the swimming pool at the house, with beautiful sea breezes and no mosquitoes. Because it’s nestled in the country, it’s also very beautiful in the spring and autumn while still being generally warm. We also love the winter and feel it has a special atmosphere. You can soak up the views with the fireplace on and most of the village restaurants are still open.