The Villa and History
Villa Poggiano nestles amid 6 hectares of parkland, on a crest above the gentle hills of Val d’Orcia, just 2 kilometres from Montepulciano. After long and meticulous reconstruction work, the present owners have at last restored the 18th century Villa to its original splendour.
Guests to the Villa will find a refined and exclusive environment, nevertheless characterised by the sort of warm welcome that only a family-run establishment can offer. The Villa is luxuty hotel in Tuscany. There can be no better way to start the day than with a superb breakfast, in a luxury b&b.
Every morning guests are treated to a display of delicious cakes, biscuits and pastries all made by our chef. We have selected a range of pecorino cheeses, Tuscan cured meats and numerous other specialities which vary according to the season.
We aim to make a stay at Villa Poggiano a truly peaceful one where time passes at a gloriously gentle pace and so as to reflect this philosophy, breakfast continues to be served until 11.00am. The elegant suites and rooms are elegantly furnished with antique furniture, paintings and fittings, while the spacious marble bathrooms are fitted with showers or/and bathtubs. All the luxury suites and rooms have satellite TV, strongbox, mini-bar, direct access to Internet and an external telephone line.
The Villa boasts a magnificent marble swimming pool decorated with statues and fountains, built at the beginning of the1900s. Villa Poggiano is the ideal place for those in search of an exclusive location, peaceful and discreet, as well as a family welcome.
Villa Poggiano is a Boutique Hotel centrally located for day trips to the great cities of art (Siena, Florence, Perugia, Assisi and Rome), as well as for visiting the smaller nearby towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, Monticchiello, Montalcino and Cortona, places well-known the world over.
Built in the 18th century as a summer house, the villa belonged to the noble Gagnoni family of Siena. Old maps show that the house was called Villa Gagnoni and its property consisted of 200 hectares of land, producing both wine and olive oil.
Documents recording the transfer of ownership from the Gagnoni family have yet to be located, but it is known that a German general by the name of Henkel purchased the villa at the beginning of the 20th century and lived there until the end of World War II. The local townspeople nicknamed the house the “Villa del Tedesco,” the German’s villa, and to many, it is still remembered by that name. Passionate about the villa and the serene landscape surrounding it, General Henkel did much to preserve and enhance its beauty. He was responsible for building the pool and the fountain, adding the statuary and travertine tables in the garden, and thus creating a strong neoclassical style.
As a high-ranking official in the German Army, General Henkel entertained many important people, both military and civilian, during this period. Evidence was later discovered in the attic where a stash of old German newspapers, photographs and autographs had been hidden. Forced to return to his defeated homeland at the end of the war, General Henkel left his beloved villa for good. Unfortunately, the house and grounds fell victim to the feverish anti-nazi sentiment of the local people, who inflicted a lot of damage to the “German’s Villa”, destroying and removing much of its ornamental statuary and vases. In the following years, the house passed from one owner to the next, but was used only as a summer residence. Little was done to preserve the house.
When the Savini Family purchased the house, it was nearly abandoned and in almost total decline – the house was completely empty inside, the garden and the park were overgrown, the pool destroyed, overgrown with weeds and shrubs, a refuge for frogs and snakes. The Savini family members suffer from an affliction, affectionately known as “la malattia del mattone,” the brick illness. Those who have this disorder have an insatiable desire to breathe new life into old things. The restoration of the house took two years, and another six months for the pool. In 2003 they open the villa for guests as an inn. During the winters, when the villa is closed for guests, they continued the renovation of the others buildings, used before as a store-house and a large building for wine production. Step by step they renovated and converted it into bedrooms, suites and what you can see today. The renovation ended at the beginning of 2008.
The Savini family members have faced the many challenges of restoration with enthusiasm and love, not just for a structure of impressive beauty and history, but also as a place to call home. “Villa Poggiano is not a hotel,” Stefania Savini emphasizes, “but a home we wish to share with guests to our beautiful Montepulciano area, where life is simple, the silence magical, and the daily pattern of one’s days follows the time-honored rhythms of nature. These are some of the memories that I hope my guests will take away with them.”