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ANCIENT HILL TOWN NEAR home at first's rural tuscany ESTATE

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Rural Tuscany: The rugged landscape of the southern Tuscan province of Grosseto appears very different from the prosperous, agricultural, rolling Tuscany plains often portrayed in the sumptuous backgrounds of classical Renaissance paintings. Dotted with walled medieval hill towns and agricultural villages, and noted for its meandering river valleys and high volcanic mountains, eastern Grosseto provides a more dramatic Tuscan landscape than the gentler, pastel farmlands of neighboring Siena province.
        Home At First's estate apartment lodgings in rural southern Tuscany may appear isolated and remote, yet they are ideal touring bases within day-trip reach of Pisa, Lucca, and Assisi (just over 2 hours); Florence, the Chianti region, Arezzo, t
he wine town of Montepulciano, and Perugia (under 2 hours); Siena, Montalcino (hill town famed for its Brunello wines), and some of Italy's best west coast beaches near Grosseto on the Tyrrhenian Sea (under 1 hour). Tuscany is easily explored from Home At First's rural Alta Maremma Estate in eastern Grosseto province. A stay of a week (or longer) in rural Tuscany may be readily combined with visits to other locations in Italy and with many other Home At First European destinations.

ALTA MAREMMA ESTATE

THE NEAREST TOWN IS LESS THAN A MILE AWAY FROM THE ALTA MAREMMA ESTATE.
THIS ANCIENT HILL TOWN HAS THREE SMALL RESTAURANTS.

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Tuscany Estate Apartments: Home At First offers holidays of a week or longer at a hilltop farm that has been converted into a comfortable southern Tuscany holiday estate. Here are four comfortable vacation apartments in two former traditional stone farm buildings. The estate's 144 acres include olive groves, forest, and a wild creek with waterfalls, hot springs, and swimming holes. Guests need not hike to the stream to go swimming, however. The estate's kidney-shaped swimming pool is for guest use just a few yards from the four estate apartments. More details follow:

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TWO TRADITIONAL STONE FARM BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO FOUR
COMFORTABLE ALTA MAREMMA ESTATE APARTMENTS. GUESTS HAVE DESIGNATED
PARKING WITH DRIVEWAY ACCESS FOR DROPPING  OFF LUGGAGE AND GROCERIES
AT THE APARTMENT ENTRIES. LAWN FURNITURE AND PICNIC TABLES ARE PLACED
IN SEVERAL COMMON-USE AREAS OF THE MANICURED ESTATE GROUNDS.

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HOME AT FIRST's ALTA MAREMMA ESTATE APARTMENTS

         HOME AT FIRST offers four vacation apartments on an expansive (144 acres) forested estate in the rugged hill country of southeastern Tuscany. All four apartments are decorated and comfortably furnished in traditional Tuscan style. The apartments are clean, well cared for, and well-equipped. A rental car is necessary here. Short drives of 5-10 minutes or so are required to reach stores, services, and the several local restaurants. Each apartment has secure entry and reserved parking. The converted farm estate is accessed only by a private lane leading uphill from a rural secondary road. The Alta Maremma Estate Apartments come with a caring, accessible English-speaking host on-site.

 

THE TWO HOUSES OF THE ALTA MAREMMA ESTATE SHARE ACCESS TO THE POOL.
THE CONVERTED FARMHOUSE CLOSEST TO THE POOL HAS TWO SMALL GROUND
FLOOR APARTMENTS AND A LARGE APARTMENT WITH TERRACE ON THE 2ND FLOOR.

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THE FOUR APARTMENTS: The Alta Maremma estate apartments are homey, clean, comfortable, quality lodgings which, while not opulent, are thoughtfully furnished with the understated elegance of authentic Tuscan style. Each is unique. All come with private with views of the estate, and all have use of the pool and the grounds. The four apartments are of different sizes & capacities

 

APARTMENT A: 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom bi-level apartment on the ground floor (sleeps 2-3) of the converted farmhouse. The open-plan kitchen, living & dining room are on the lower lever with flat-screen TV, sofa-bed for a third person (by request), Wi-Fi, & small furnished outdoor dining area. The kitchen has refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, and oven. Three steps up are the bedroom (with twin beds put together as a double) and bathroom with shower. Guests share the laundry facilities in a common area with guests of Apartment B.

 

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APARTMENT B: 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment on the ground floor (sleeps up to 5) on the ground floor (sleeps 2-3) of the converted farmhouse. Open-plan kitchen/dining/living room kitchen (oven, refrigerator, dishwasher) with flat-screen TV, oven, fridge/freezer and table for up to six persons. Two double bedrooms (with twin beds put together as double beds). Bathroom with shower. An extra single bed is available by request, increasing capacity to 5 persons. Comes with Wi-Fi. Has outside seating gazebo by apartment entry. Laundry facilities shared by with Apartment A guests in a common area.

 

 

APARTMENT C: 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment on the second floor on the ground floor (sleeps 2-3) of the converted farmhouse (sleeps up to 7). Spacious open living-dining-kitchen with large TV, fireplace, sofa , open-beamed ceiling, dining table that seats six; fully-equipped kitchen (oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher). Three double bedrooms with twin beds put together. Two bathrooms with showers. An extra single bed can be added by special request to increase apartment capacity to 7 persons. Wi-Fi. Private laundry facilities. Guests have private outside seating on the covered terrace with superb views.

 

 

 

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APARTMENT D: 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 2-story apartment in the estate cottage across from the farmhouse. The double bedroom (twin beds put together) and bathroom (with tub) occupy the ground floor. The upper floor of the cottage is one large room under exposed wooden beams: living/dining/kitchen. Upper floor access is via an outdoor staircase (9 steps) that is exposed to weather. The well-equipped kitchen has a large fridge/freezer, range, oven. The dining table seats four. The apartment has Wi-Fi and comes with its own laundry machine. There is a small outside sitting area between the apartment access points.

 

 

 

THE SMALL ESTATE COTTAGE CONTAINS A 2-STORY APARTMENT.  STAIRS LEAD
TO THE LIVING/DINING/KITCHEN AREAS UNDER AN OPEN-BEAMED CEILING.

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AMBIENCE: The apartments are not air-conditioned, instead relying on thick, stone walls, high ceilings, and windows with functioning shutters to effectively cool the apartments in the time-tested Tuscan manner. Happily, guests of all four apartments have access to the comfortably furnished, landscaped estate grounds, and to the secluded estate swimming pool with its views of classic Tuscan scenes.

 

COMFORTABLE, STYLISH, & WELCOMING. TRADITIONAL FURNISHINGS, FABRICS,
COLORS, TILE FLOORS, AND HIGH CEILINGS REMIND YOU THIS IS TUSCANY.

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FLOOR, PARKING, & ENTRIES: The apartments are on the ground and 2nd floors and even the ground floor apartment has some stairs. Therefore, the apartments are not wheelchair compatible. Private, designated parking is 50-75 yards from the apartment entries. However, guests with cars may drive to their apartment entries to drop-off luggage and groceries before parking their cars in the parking area.

 

ALL FOUR ESTATE APARTMENTS ARE FURNISHED IN TASTEFUL TUSCAN STYLE, WITH
COMFORTABLE UPHOLSTERED CHAIRS & SOFAS, AND NUMEROUS ACCENT PIECES
INCLUDING ANTIQUES, PAINTINGS, AND PRINTS TYPICAL OF THE REGION.
ABOVE IS THE LIVING ROOM OF APARTMENT C.

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CARE AND CLEANLINESS. The apartments have been thoroughly cleaned prior to your arrival, but are not maid-serviced during your stay. Apartments are non-smoking and do not permit pets. Basic starter kitchen and bathroom supplies are provided.

 

ALTA MAREMMA ESTATE APARTMENT BATHROOM WITH TWIN WASH BASINS
IMMACULATE, SPARKLING, WELL-EQUIPPED

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WELL-EQUIPPED: Alta Maremma Estate apartments have, as a minimum, at least one bedroom, 1 bathroom with a shower, living/dining room, and well-equipped kitchens. Bed, bath, and kitchen linens and towels are provided. Flat-screen TVs and WiFi are included. Laundry facilities for 2 of the 4 apartments is shared; Apartments C & D have their own washing machines. Shown above is one of two bathrooms at Apartment C, the only apartment with multiple bathrooms.

 

THE ALTA MAREMMA ESTATE HAS A SECLUDED PICNIC AREA WITH
COVERED FIELD KITCHEN, BARBECUE FIREPLACE, AND PICNIC  TABLE.

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HOSTING & ACTIVITIES: Importantly, the Alta Maremma Estate apartments come with the welcoming, enthusiastic attention of the resident host as well as the two off-site English-speaking owner/hosts, who are committed to making your stay at the estate delightful and problem-free.

        The host meets you upon your arrival at the estate and introduces you to your apartment and its operation.

        Your host is available throughout your stay for any questions, problems, or emergencies, and to advise you

 

ESTATE OWNER/HOSTS ANNA & CLAUDIA
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when you wish to organize extra-cost

 

activities, such as:

GUIDED TOURS OF RURAL TUSCANY &/OR SIENA: owner/hostess Claudia a registered tour guide leads tours through Tuscany and Siena providing insights you might not otherwise discover on your own.

Cooking class in your apartment: a local chef and wine expert brings all the ingredients and shares her expert knowledge of Tuscan cucina as you prepare a typical local dinner together.

WINE-TASTING IN MONTALCINO: a day-trip to the Tuscan hill town of Montalcino to see how the renowned top-quality Brunello wines are produced.

HOT-AIR BALLOONING OVER SIENA: an unforgettable morning flight above medieval Siena and the neighboring Tuscan countryside.

HORSEBACK RIDING IN RURAL TUSCANY: trail-riding or riding lessons at an equestrian center about 11 miles from the Alta Maremma Estate.

 

 

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