Discover sprawling green wonder at this Tuscan Estate.
Sensational gardens, breathtaking views, and a sprawling romantic countryside to explore—what more could you want in a luxury Italian stay?
La Foce was originally built at the end of the XVth century as a wayside tavern, but soon became the centre of a vast estate owned by the great Sienese Hospital and Monastery of Santa Maria della Scala.
Owing to wars and pestilence, the estate – and indeed all the valley of the Orcia (Val d'Orcia) – ran into extreme poverty and was mainly abandoned, until in 1924 it was bought by Antonio and Iris Origo, who turned it into their comfortable home. From here they farmed and developed the land, bringing prosperity and social progress to the farmers. The Villa is connected to the Fattoria, from where the agricultural estate is still run. The house is built on three levels, following the lie of the hill, and is surrounded by the now famous gardens created by Iris Origo and the English architect Cecil Pinsent – a 'labour of love' lasting many years. Parts of the garden are open to the public on certain days (strictly guided tours), though the garden by the house and the pool remain private. The interior is full of old-world charm, not showy, but with beautiful antique furniture, comfortable beds, and lots of lovely rooms which offer both both privacy and opportunities for family gatherings. There is free wi-fi throughout the house.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
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Villa La Foce can only be rented as a whole thing for a minimum stay of 3 nights; it can accomodate 19 guests in 11 bedrooms (6 doubles, 2 twins, 3 singles) and 8 bathrooms. Daily breakfast and cleaning is included in the rental; additional meals can be organized upon request with our staff. If needed, the Garden can be rented just for the day of the event without renting the Villa. All the costs involved in the organization of the event (caterer, lighting, decoration, photographer, music, etc.) must be added on top of the rental fee.
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4 double bedrooms in the B&B Palazzolo (1 km. from Villa La Foce) can be rented for a minimum stay of 3 nights. We can accomodate another 100 people in apartments and farmhouses throughout the La Foce estate, but only on a weekly basis (Sat. to Sat.).
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The property of La Foce lies on the hills overlooking the Val d'Orcia, a beautiful and miraculously intact valley in Southern Tuscany. Midway between Florence and Rome, it is also within easy reach of Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto. Renaissance and medieval gems such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello and Montalcino are only a few miles away.
The countryside abounds in lovely walks among woods and the characteristic crete senesi (clay hills); the food is among the best in Tuscany and famous wines such as the Vino Nobile and Brunello can be tasted in the local cellars. The Val d’Orcia has recently been included among the World Heritage sites of UNESCO.
Known as an important settlement from Etruscan times (a burial-place dating from the 7th century BC to the 2nd AD has been recently excavated on the property), La Foce has been continuously inhabited for many centuries. Later, its strategic position on the historical Via Francigena leading to Rome greatly increased its significance.
The Villa itself (available for weddings, celebrations, events, family reunions etc) was built in the late 15th century as a hostel for pilgrims and merchants travelling on this busy road. In 1924 it was lived in by Antonio and Iris Origo and the Villa became full of life and a prosperous faming center.
The renowned gardens, designed for Iris by the English architect Cecil Pinsent, are considered today to represent the ideal combination between the natural landscape and XXth-century architecture, blending Italian and English traditions and taste. Standout Venue Features:
When Antonio and Iris Origo bought the estate of La Foce, they engaged the English architect Cecil Pinsent, who had previously done extensive work on Bernard Berenson's Villa I Tatti in Florence, to restructure the main buildings and create a large garden. The latter was conceived to enhance the Renaissance house and expand the spectacular view over the valley of the Orcia and the Amiata mountain. The harmony between buildings, garden and nature makes La Foce an ideal example of Tuscany's architectural and cultural evolution in the XXth century.
The garden grew gradually, between 1925 and 1939. The house is surrounded by a formal Italian garden, which is divided into geometrical ‘rooms’ by box hedges with lemon trees in terracotta pots. Travertine stairs lead to the rose garden and a winding wisteria-covered pergola bordered by lavender hedge. Gentle informal terraces climb up the hill, where cherry trees, pines and cypresses grow among wild broom, thyme and rosemary, and a long cypress avenue leads to a 17th-century stone statue. Through the wood, a path joins the garden and the family cemetery, considered one of Pinsent's best creations.
Awards & Notables
New York Times, Financial Times, Telegraph Travel, Town and Country, Vanity Fair (Spain), Condé Nast Travel, BBC, Garden Illustrated, Architectural Digest
Garden La Foce:
The house is surrounded by a formal Italian garden, which is divided into geometrical ‘rooms’ by box hedges with lemon trees in terracotta pots. Travertine stairs lead to the rose garden and a winding wisteria-covered pergola bordered by lavender hedge. Gentle informal terraces climb up the hill, where cherry trees, pines and cypresses grow among wild broom, thyme and rosemary, and a long cypress avenue leads to a 17th-century stone statue.
- View: The garden lies on the hills overlooking the Val d'Orcia, a beautiful and miraculously intact valley in Southern Tuscany.
- Max Capacity: 150
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Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
In 2012, La Foce opened its own ‘Bar-Restaurant’, Dopolavoro La Foce, at walking distance from the Villa. The ‘Dopolavoro’ was originally built in 1939 as a meeting place for the workers on the estate. Today, the restaurant serves traditional Tuscan dishes, flavoured with the delicious La Foce extra-virgin olive oil and created with the best seasonal local produce. The restaurant boasts its own vegetable garden across the road, guaranteeing a genuine farm-to plate process. Special rates are offered to La Foce clients.
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