italy - spring has sprung
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Italy - Spring Has Sprung

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The Facts
Flight timefrom UK: 2hrs 30mins; from US: 8hrs 20mins
Ideal length7 Days
PriceFrom £1,299 pp
When to goMarch - November

Look forward to...

Exploring the blissfully unspoiled 1000-acre nature reserve, also a UNESCO heritage site, that the farmhouses resides within.

Enjoying the impeccable service from husband and wife team John Voigtmann and Ondine Cohane – a leading music industry figure and a top travel journalist.

Getting back to nature in the Val d’Orcia - the gorgeous countryside south of Siena, with its rolling pasture land, olive groves, monasteries, and fortified stone villages that have hardly changed in 500 years.

''''This is one of the most stunning properties we at Black Tomato have had the pleasure to see. It combines a classic Tuscan look with a refreshingly contemporary design that is so hard to find in this region.


The effect is the best of both worlds – a modern hideaway that still feels like it connects with the soil of the rolling hills and valleys around it. Clearly it is the product of years of insight into what makes the contemporary traveller tick and a passion for celebrating the best of Italy.

rock & roll beginnings

John spent his previous years managing some of the world's greatest rock bands and pop acts, from The Strokes to the Kings of Leon, which means he knows just a thing or two about what it means to offer exceptional and incredible quality service (not to mention how to handle challenging projects, given the rider of his previous clients). John's wife Ondine is a leading travel journalist who writes for the top travel and lifestyle magazines in the States, and is also the denizen of the cool lists for many publications. And they have just built this house in Italy.

supreme peace and serenity

It's refreshingly unlike the tried and tested farmhouse feel; in our eyes La Bandita offers a wonderfully unique combination of the best Tuscan ambience with outstanding up-to-date comfort and attitude to service. Formerly a derelict farm, La Bandita is set high up in a two thousand acre nature reserve. This stunningly beautiful location boasts 360-degree views of the Val d'Orcia (the gorgeous countryside south of Siena), with its rolling pasture land, olive groves, monasteries and fortified stone villages that haven't changed much in 500 years.

the ultimate taste of tuscany

The four acre property features outdoor dining areas, an infinity pool overlooking the valley and gorgeous, airy guestrooms with sweeping views, modern furnishings, luxurious linens and great little extra services (from as much cappuccino as you can drink, routes for local countryside walks, to free Wi-Fi and local chefs cooking for you in the beautiful grounds).

la bandita from the road

La Bandita sleeps up to 16 and is available for complete hire or as individual rooms by the day.

So whether it's the perfect group summer retreat or a romantic and stylish weekend away you're after, please get in touch so that we can share this secret hideaway with you.


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