C’era una volta due Inglesi, chi sono venuti in Toscana per rinnovare un abbandonata incollinata. Lui voleva luce, spazio e tecnologia. Lei voleva arte, design e animali…
We arrived in Tuscany in 2004 with our 3 month old daughter and big ideas. We had clear ideas of the home we wanted to create using the ruin that Malvin had purchased back in the year 2000, and By 2006 the restoration work was done and we moved in.
During 2006-7 we turned our attention to the gardens. We replanted the olive terraces with 150 baby Olive trees, planted a good number of Cypresses, dedicated corner to growing vegetables and settled in. We licensed the property as an Agriturismo (farm stay) in the same year but did not expect do anything ‘serious’ in hospitality terms. Full time hotelling began much later; as between until 2011 Malvin had a property investment nearby and Amanda was painting and exhibiting her work worldwide, as well as taking care of our little daughter, Scarlet Kiki Peonie, at the time.
In 2010 we took the bold step of borrowing a sizeable sum to finally install a swimming pool, and in 2011 our lives changed drastically when we were attacked by an ‘Italian Torpedo’ (as it is called in European business circles); a tactical legal attack that causes damage by failing to provide timely justice. This attack froze Malvin’s investment for 10 years. ‘Siena House’ came into being during this time, no longer an occasional hotel we bit the bullet and entered the market properly to support ourselves: fighting rather than capitulating. We were surprised by our success as hoteliers: guests from all over the world were coming to stay and loved the house. By 2012 we were #1 B&B in Tuscany and #4 B&B in all of Italy (on TripAdvisor) The home that we had created, fortunately, was unique in the area, being ‘modern’ inside and filled with art.
Years passed, with lively Summers of healthy hard work with interesting international guests and gloomy Winters (with court hearings and many disappointments). We knew the documents upon which the case against us was founded were forged, but could not get the court to even consider that, in time to repair the damage they had done…almost 10 years later we ‘won’ the legal case, but in the meantime had lost the entire investment and created a successful alternative business by accident!
Tuscany has certainly been an ‘adventure’, and definitely not been easy, but our love for and dedication to our home and our way of life has been our castle, our rock – our source of strength in so many ways.
Never did we let our reality muddy the romantic image of Tuscany enjoyed by our guests, many of whom returned year after year and to whom then, as much as now (post the 2020 travel collapse) we owe our deepest thanks for your support !
Lovely old Tuscany on the outside, discreetly techy and contemporary within, Siena House is the dream home restoration of a Wall Street trader and an Artist. Set within organically farmed land, fully enclosed by a wall and fence with a good access road, the property has magnificent views through huge picture windows – and is luminous, spacious and luxurious inside. In a non touristy spot close to Sinalunga and central for Tuscany’s most wanted wines, hill towns and landscapes the house an ideal base to explore from – whatever the weather. The (salt water) pool is large (95m2) and set well away from the house in a scenic, private garden. Our true suites and ensuite bedrooms are modernised for a luxurious experience that goes beyond aesthetics. Bathrooms are particularly special. Our super location offers 5 excellent places to eat out within 2 minutes’ drive (more at 10 minutes) and easy access to Rome & Florence.