Cottage, 38 m², Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom , 1 bathroom
La Scuola was the old schoolhouse of the village; all children, regardless of age, studied together in these two rooms. It is just outside the castle gate.
The living room has a terracotta brick floor and the kitchen is fully equipped, with full size stove and refrigerator. There is no heating, but the corner fireplace provides ample midseason heat and ambiance when needed.
The bedroom has a queen-size bed (separable into twin singles); there is a bathroom with shower and a walk-in closet. The cottage has beamed ceilings throughout.
At the rear of La Scuola is a secluded terrace with table and chairs for two, nestled in the trees, that provides a quiet area for dining or relaxing and direct access to the woods.
Montalto is a private estate, not a hotel. Check-in time is between 4 and 7 pm; please let us know in advance if you need to arrive after 7 pm so that we can make arrangements to receive you after hours. Please check out by 10 am.
The minimum stay is 3 nights. Bookings shorter than minimum stay can be accepted only 10 days or less before arrival, based on availability.
A 30% booking deposit must confirm each reservation. The rent balance is due one month before arrival. Please be sure you have read and agree to our Cancellation Policy before making your reservation.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal. Prices are in euros (credit card payments will be addebited in euros). If you use our online booking system, you will be requested to enter your payment information securely. If you prefer to complete your reservation by contacting us, we will give you instructions on how to make payments on-line.
Rental prices are per house, regardless of the number of occupants. Italian law requires us to remain within the limits of the authorized maximum number of occupants of each house or apartment. An extra bed can be added at extra charge (where space permits) only for an infant or a child up to 12 years of age.
There is a Local tourist tax of 1,50 Euros per person/day for the first 7 days (not applied to children under 12 years)
Pets are allowed in some, but not all, houses; they are subject to an extra cleaning fee of 50 Euros and require special permission, so please be sure to ask in advance.
Reservations at Montalto are not final without a booking deposit of 30% of the full amount of rental.
If a cancellation is made at least 4 months before arrival, this deposit will be returned, except for 75 Euros per house for expenses. Within 4 months of the arrival date no refund is possible.
The rent balance is due and payable one month before arrival and cannot be returned after that date.
We regret that we cannot extend cancellation policy exceptions; we strongly recommend that guests take out travel insurance to cover any unexpected events.
Groups of 15 people or more, weddings and other special events may receive special pricing with special cancellation terms; please contact us to inquire.
All homes include:
Shared common areas:
Many other special services are available upon advance request, such as cooked meals, cooking classes, guided tours, group or individual transportation, horse-back riding, bike hire and tours.
We also offer wedding or special event planning: contact us for more information.
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: July 1 - August 31
Mid Season : May 15 - June 30, September 1 - October 15, December 24 - 31
Low Season : March 15 - May 14, October 16 - December 23, January 1 - 10
Originally, La Scuola housed the castle smithy, making and repairing everything ferrous needed for agriculture and daily life. The blacksmiths were highly skilled: look at the dragon’s head knocker on the heavy wooden door to the castle court.
In the 1950s and ‘60s La Scuola (which means The School) was used as a one-room schoolhouse, where the overseer’s wife taught reading, writing and whatever seemed important for life on a farm to the children of the peasants from around Montalto. Tacked on the walls we found a drawing of a poisonous snake and one of an ear of wheat. The schoolhouse was outside the walls, to make it accessible to those who lived on the poderi, the sharecroppers’ farms.
From 1967 on, La Scuola was no longer used as a school, as a little yellow school bus scoured the countryside and took all the children from the farms and the castle to the elementary school in Castelnuovo Berardenga. The bus trip was the best part of the children’s day.