“Once upon a time…” It all started in the 60s, when Elena Ferraris, mother of the present owner Marcello Ferraris, decided to purchase the estate in the middle of the woods and the hills of Siena, close to the historical centre of San Gimignano. The estate included the mansions and several farms at the time used as peasants’ houses and animals’ barn.
Following the exodus of farmers towards the cities, also in light of the end of sharecropping economy, in the early 90s, Marcello Ferraris and his wife Patrizia Giangrossi chose to gradually restructure the various buildings, to make them cosy and charming rooms for family vacations. With a typically rustic Tuscan style, in the hamlet named “La Torre” they built 16 apartments surrounded by a large lawn; from the ancient building located on Mons Caroli, name given in honour of Carlo Magno – now Montecarulli – they built nine rooms with private bathrooms. Even the mansions, called Bandella and Bandellina from the name of the avenue where you are (bandwa, from the ancient German, is translated as “small field with clear boundaries”), were made cosy and comfortable to accommodate up to 25 people, 15 the first and 10 the latter, always a typical Tuscan style.