Plinius N° 004 | Artist Residence

users 4 bed 2 bath 2

Set in the rolling hills of Tuscany, this 1960s former pottery factory has been transformed into a truly unique place with a stunning view of the mysterious medieval ruins of the castle of Montelifré.

In 1999 the great Austrian sculptor Reinhold Traxl transformed the former pottery factory and this is where the real began…

Traxl being not only an artist but also an innovative architect, teamed up with his friend Peter Thurner, an Austrian architect. Working with the building’s cavernous floor plate, the duo created a flexible ‘box’ with vast glass openings that can be closed by drawing across moveable iron curtains.
A very modern concept that allows the glorious countryside to be present within the large rooms of the apartment, creating a unique living condition, whatever the weather conditions might be (too much sun, rain, …)

For Dreamers

This is a very rare example of modern and visionary architecture in Tuscany, a contemporary interpretation of living in this region that not only respects the beauty of nature but pays homage to it. In 2013 Traxl sold his ‘atelier-house’. The new owner, a free spirit, has seamlessly carried on with the project started by Reinhold, faithful to his vision.
Today, the home remains the choice for artists, dreamers, experimenters, and architects, all of whom want to step away from the beaten path.

The Space

Central to the living area is an open fireplace, an arresting modern creation by Australian artist David McKee. Design furniture, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private wine cellar make this 220 m² space a vibrant, but at the same time, relaxing place with nature on display from all sides through the glass walls.
Two bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom complete with rain showers and completely air-conditioned, are suited to accommodate 4 guests. Both bathrooms have access to a big bathtub and an outdoor shower.

Pool area

The infinity pool (20 meters)has its own private bathroom, located inside the former electricity tower. Nearby is a former naval container that houses a sauna and a terrace in front of it from which guests can enjoy breathtaking views of nature as well as impressive views of the mysterious castle of Montelifré. 
The Tuscan landscape and surrounding private garden are harmoniously integrated with design furniture and contemporary art sculptures are to be found everywhere around the garden.
The open space, next to the loft, is the perfect space for a (business) meeting, a party or just to relax.


This stunning place is located in the rolling foothills of Tuscany and a 5-minute drive from Montisi. Montisi is a tiny medieval hilltop village with fewer than 400 inhabitants and yet it is vibrant, exciting, and welcoming. With its winding streets beautifully decorated with flowers and often with the flags of the Contrade (districts) flying high. This village gives a real insight into Italian life. Unsurprisingly it is known in the area as ‘vivace’ or lively. The community is very active and there are many village parties that everyone is more than welcome to join. 

Plinius Loves

Inspirational: It is such an inspirational place to be, surrounded by art, nature, and contemporary interior design. 

The pool: I have seen many extraordinary pools, but could this possibly be the most beautiful pool?! 

The building: In 1960 built as a pottery factory and later transformed into an artist studio. The renovation has been done in such a unique and ground-break way, which makes this a unique building in itself. However, to find this building in the Tuscan countryside (where most properties are traditional and there are many building restrictions) makes this even more extraordinary.

Extra Services 

Private Chef, Cooking classes, Wine-tasting, Truffle-hunting

Prices & availability


A deposit of 30% of the reservation sum is requested upon reservation. The remainder must be paid no later than 6 weeks before the start of your stay. When booking within the 6-week period, the total reservation sum must be paid immediately. In case of cancellation more than 6 weeks before the start of the stay, 50% of the deposit will be returned. In case of cancellation within the period of 6 weeks no refund will take place. We therefore recommend a cancellation insurance.

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Prices 2023 | Price transparency: Plinius is completely transparent about the prices, we do not charge a booking fee or add any additional charges. 

High season: 01/06/2023 - 30/09/2023 | Min. stay 7 nights | from €576 per night 

Low season 01/01/2023 – 31/05/2023 | Min. stay 7 nights | from €420 per night 

*Occasionally there are special discounts, Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details:

Included in the price: 

Gas | Electricity | Water 

10% Italian VAT

Firewood for fireplace

Final Cleaning 


Additional costs:

Security Deposit: € 500  Paid in cash upon arrival (will be refunded on departure)


Extra Information: 

Children are welcome, for the little ones the owners can provide a cot and high chair



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Fireplace Fireplace
Swimmingpool Swimmingpool
Wifi Wifi
Wine cellar Wine cellar

Eco sustainability

Appliances Class A Appliances Class A
Eco activities Eco activities
Eco-friendly Eco-friendly
Energy-saving Energy-saving
Local economy Local economy
Recycling Recycling
Regional food Regional food
Renewable energy Renewable energy