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Location:Chianciano Terme, Italy
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:Linens, Phone, Restaurant, Sauna, Swimming Pool, Towels
Description:This house belongs to a a large property which extends over the hills overlooking the Val d 'Orcia, an enchanting and miraculously unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany, listed as UNESCO world heritage in 2004. Midway between Florence and Rome, the estate is also within easy reach of Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Orvieto. Renaissance and medieval gems such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello and Montalcino and the Abbey of Sant 'Antimo are only a few miles away from the houses you can rent at the property. nThe countryside around the estate abounds in lovely walks in the woods and the typical crete senesi (clay hills) of the region. The food is considered the best in Tuscany and famous wines such as the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino can be sampled in the local cellars. nThe name of this house means beautiful view - rightly so, as the entire Orcia valley and the Amiata mountain are spread out below. The house lies at 600 metres above sea level, not far from the medieval castle Castelletto belonging to the estate, where exhibitions and a music festival take place in summer. Fields and woods surround Belguardo, which includes a large stone granary. Over the long, two-storied farmhouse grow vines and roses, lavender and rosemary. nThis farmhouse is divided into three sections, one of which is occupied by the farmer 's family whilst the other two are for rent. The square in front of the house is paved with large flat stones and in Italian is called the aia. This is where the wheat used to be threshed. Behind the house lies a beautifully maintained garden with stunning views. At the far end of the garden there is a pool with sunbeds and deckchairs which is also used by guests staying at Castelletto, an ancient castle about 1 km away. Due to the altitude, even on the hottest summer day pleasant breezes prevail. The overall atmosphere is one of rustic charm and comfort. nA country restaurant where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner is in walking distance (1.5 km), if you feel like a stroll. nPlaces of interest nThe property 's location makes excursions to Siena, Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia, Arezzo and Florence an easy day trip. But the area below Siena, stretching from the monastery of Monte Oliveto to Montalcino and Montepulciano offers some rewarding sites that are well worth a visit. nIn San Quirico d 'Orcia make sure you see the Horti Leonini, an early Renaissance garden, as well as the western door in the city wall and the Collegiata (main church). nMontalcino is beautifully situated on a hill inhabited since Etruscan times, swathed in vineyards and olive groves. It is a quiet, affluent, attractive town with pretty buildings and flower-filled squares, and many shops selling the Brunello di Montalcino. nMontepulcino is a graceful Tuscan hill town, best known for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which was being praised by connoisseurs over 200 years ago and can certainly contend with Italy 's best today. nPienza, the unfinished 'utopian ' city, was commissioned by Pope Pius II in 1459. nChiusi is one of our favourites because of its unpretentious liveliness. Compared to Montepulciano it is uncontaminated by tourism. Chiusi has a railway station - from here it is a quick ride to the city center of Rome. nMonticchiello is a pleasant walled village, whose crooked watch-tower is visible from afar. Next to the church is a small shop which sells local linens (towels, bedspreads) and materials in pure linen. They use traditional methods and patterns and the results are extremely attractive. nVisit the abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and the semi-derelict monastery of Sant 'Anna in Camprena - a very romantic setting which served as location for the film The English Patient. nSant 'Antimo is surely one of the loveliest Romanesque buildings in all of Italy. It is hard to imagine a more sympathetic combination of architectural grace and natural setting. nSarteano fits our picture of an unspoilt Italian village. The main square has a nice bar where you can sit outside. On the square below, in the afternoon a different bar serves excellent take away pizza. nAnd last but not least the landscape in this region of Tuscany is spectacular: The Crete Senesi are the eroded clay hills in the Orcia valley. These strange, pale, barren looking slopes, with their bare cliffs, broken gullies and white Jurassic limestone, look altogehter more lunar than terrestial. nPool in winter? nTuscany is famous for its Hot springs, belonging to a geothermical system that more or less encircles Monte Amiata, the most spectacular being Saturnia in the south west of the region. Steaming water collects in a number of white limestone basins - a rare natural spectacle and great fun to bathe in! Swimming possible both in the natural basins and in smart thermal baths. Saturnia offers a wide range of comforts and even a sauna. nClose to the property is Bagno Vignoni which has been popular since Etruscan times. St. Catherine of Siena is said to have appreciated its thearpeutic qualities, as is Lorenzo the Magnificent, whose family built the splendid arcaded pool - a kind of flooded, bubbling piazza, famously used by Tarkowsky for some of the more surreal passages of his film Nolstalgia. Not far from this antique piazza there is a hotel with a lovely open air swimming pool, fed from hot springs. This is also available to external guests. nBagni San Filippo may go into the books as the world 's smallest thermal spa - a telephone booth, a few old houses, outdoor spring in the middle of the woods with glistening limestone formations and one small hotel with a public pool. nThe Montepulciano thermal springs can also be enjoyed in an indoor thermal swimming pool. nJust 10 km from the property you will find the thermal spa Terme di Chianciano with a highly modern health and thermal centre. Those wanting to combine holidays with a wellness break can enjoy fango baths, cosmetic and therapeutic treatments, solarium, massages and hydromassages. Have yourself thoroughly pampered! Just relax here!
Location:Pian di Sco, Italy
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:Fireplace, Internet Access, Linens, Lounge, Phone, Shower, Towels
Description:Villa al Lago is a wonderful vacation villa in the Tuscan countryside near Arezzo. This fantastic rental home has 8 bedrooms and offers guests a fascinating lake, artistic landscapes and enogastronomic pleasures from the nearby towns of San Sepolcro. n nExternal Description: nVilla al Lago with 2 double bedrooms, 5 twin bedrooms and 1 single bedroom is located on the grounds of an estate that captures all the beauty that the Tuscan countryside has to offer: fascinating roads that wind into the heart of the forests, far from the frenzy of everyday life, your surroundings reflected off the lake, artistic landscapes and enogastronomic pleasures from the nearby towns. Itc3a2e282ace284a2s structure is unspoiled, and allows you to relive the senses and pleasures of days gone by without compromising the comforts that the restorer of this property had the foresight to guarantee. nInternal Description: nThe property is made up of eight bedrooms, of which two are doubles, five are twins, and one is a single, to sleep a total of 15 people, each room with en suite bathroom. Three bathrooms are with bathtub, one with shower, four with bathtub/shower, on the grount floor there is a guest bathroom. There are also elegant lounge areas, and a large dining room. The interiors are furnished with taste, with classic pieces of Tuscan-style furniture, to create a very bright, fresh, and relaxing environment. nItaly's hillside position offers the chance to view some spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The winters are warmed up by the fireplace in the main dining room, while in the summer months the lake on the estate cools down even the hottest days. A floating platform equipped with hut, seats, sun loungers, and parasols are available for the guests's use. Fax and internet facilities are at the clients disposal. nOur Personal Opinion: nVilla al Lago is a classic style Tuscan villa for those who want to live the real Tuscan countryside experience. It is located close to a lake and near many interesting places such as Arezzo, Cortona, Cittc3a0 di Castello and Gubbio on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. nThe property can only be booked from Saturday to Saturday. nPricing Information: nClick on QUOTE PRICE and find out the price for your stay. nWeekly price: high season: 6.330,00 e282ac, low season: 5.400,00 e282ac. nIncluded in the price: Maid service for 4 hours a day and 5 days a week, change of linens (for bedrooms, bathrooms and beach towels) once a week, all utilities (gas, electricity, water, heating and local fax and telephone calls), building maintenance expenses, final cleaning. nExcluded from the price: staff service if required: 10e282ac/h, and the second change of linens per week: 80e282ac nSecurity Deposit: 2500 e282ac to be paid (or guaranteed by credit card) at check-in, refunded at check-out
Location:Citta della Pieve, Italy
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:BBQ, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Full kitchen, Garden View, Kitchenette, Linens, Mountain View, No Pets, Shower, Stove, Swimming Pool, TV, Utensils
Activities:Ping Pong, Restaurants, Shopping, Swimming
Description:This house, a simple, beautiful old stone building divided into 4 comfortably furnished apartments, is the perfect situation for families traveling together. Perched high on a hill with sweeping views of the entire valley, surrounded by incredibly spacious and splendidly landscaped grounds, including a shady terrace and beautiful pool, Podere Tresa is a quiet refuge for vacationers. Podere Tresa is the perfect point of departure for easy day trips by auto to visit the unbelievable array of Tuscan an Umbrian cultural, culinary and scenic delights: Assisi, Perugia, Montepulciano, Cortona, Siena, Pienza, Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey, Orvieto, to name just a few. Situated in southeast Tuscany, close to the border of Umbria, you will be perfectly located to explore both regions. Located just 3 km from Chiusi where a railroad station puts you just 1 hour from both Rome and Florence. This house can be divided in 4 apartments or can be use as a big familial house. Uliv (2 persons)Ground floor: dinning room/ kitchenette/ dining room, double bedroom, bathroom (shower).Pin (2 1 persons)second floor: living room with double sofa-bed/ kitchenette/ dinning room, double bedroom, bathroom (shower). Quercia: (6 persons)first floor: kitchen, double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms, bathroom (shower), bathroom (small tub).Cipress (6 persons)first floor: living room, kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom (tub), twin bedroom, bathroom (shower) second floor : large double bedroom. All rooms offer a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. When renting the whole house, you may have access to a large kitchen and common dining room on the ground floor. Garden: very large and beautiful garden with a vista of the whole valley. Swimming pool : Panoramic swimming pool shared with the discrete, unobtrusive landlords who live nearby (500m).
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:BBQ, Cable/Satellite TV, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Freezer, Full kitchen, Garden View, Home Gym, Laundry, Linens, Mountain View, Oven, Parking, Patio, Refrigerator, Shower, Stove, Swimming Pool, TV, Utensils
Activities:Gym, Restaurants, Shopping, Swimming
Description:The Podere Casanova that traces back to the '600, during the years has suffered several changes. The owners, thanks to the experience made during the restoration of Podere Le Prugnole have tried to preserve the soul and the beauty of this structure trying to exploit the fascination of the old Podere.Sitting room:Near to the dining room there is a comfortable and elegant sitting room where is possible to watch the satellite TV and to listen music.The Study:In this floor there is the study with two beautiful libraries, a useful writing-desk and two sofas beside an ancient fire-place. The wall's colors are hot and restful.Kitchen:On the ground floor is the spacious full equipped kitchen the laundry room with a washing machine and freezer, and a full bath.There are eight bedrooms and that are Blu Room, Red Room, Yellow Room, Gold Room, Gray Room, Orange Room, White Mansard, The Pink Mansard. All with own bathrooms.The Wood:A salient feature of this farm is a beautiful path through the oak trees that stand in the shade and where the owners are fun to collect and place large stones carved by local artist.Winter Garden:In the first floor there is a beautiful room called winter garden with beautiful plants, a billiard an three windows with an excellent views across the valley.
Location:Castiglione del Lago, Italy
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:Fireplace, Laundry, Linens, Oven, Refrigerator, Swimming Pool
Description:Villa Gioianna is an extremely fabulous villa on a hill overlooking Lake Trasimeno, where it commands a superb view of Tuscany, Umbria and the Lake . . . the perfect base from which to explore the stunning Val d 'Orcia and cultural and culinary treasures of southern Tuscany and all of Umbria. n nWe offer warm hospitality, relaxation and the sweet, unhurried Italian lifestyle. n nThe property features: a large, historic villa with 8 wildly romantic bedrooms, 10 gorgeous bathrooms, a kitchen with a huge fireplace and a wood-burning oven, spacious living and dining rooms opening onto terraces, a tiled swimming pool, bocce court, large garden, olive grove, private forest and fruit orchard. Sleeps 16. A world-class winery is steps away. n nWe can provide an exceptionally good cook (an Italian grandmother) who loves to spoil guests with delicious, homemade meals. She gives cooking lessons as well. n nTHE VILLAe28099S LAYOUT AT A GLANCE: nGround Floor: n- large entrance hall n- tiled dining room with fireplace n - large eat-in kitchen with fireplace, wood-burning oven, 2 refrigerator/freezers, modern appliances, doors to large terrace overlooking vineyards n - living room with comfortable sofas and chairs, grand piano, baronial fireplace, doors opening to terrace n - powder room n - grand staircase leading to . . n nFirst floor: n - wide hall with seating area n - 2 bedrooms with queen-sized beds (one with a four poster) n - bedroom with four poster bed n - bedroom with 2 e2809csmall doublese2809d n - 4 bathrooms n - grand staircase leading to . . . n nSecond floor: n - wide hall with seating area and fireplace n - 2 bedrooms with queen-sized beds n - bedroom with 2 e2809csmall doublese2809d n - bedroom with queen-sized bed n - 4 bathrooms n nOutdoors: n - terraces on the front and back, each the width of the house n - 6.5 x 13 meter tiled pool n - jasmine-covered gazebo n - honeysuckle and rose-covered pergola n - bocce court n - private woods n - olive grove n - playing field n - lavender-lined pathways to fountain n - fruit orchard n - large garden n nGioia (pronounced joy-ah) means joy or jewel in Italian, Anna is the name of the owner. n nHISTORY: The padrone, or wealthy landowner, of the surrounding farms and vineyards built the Villa in 1918 on the foundations of an ancient house and lived here until the 1970s. In the early 21st century, the Villa was renovated and updated, but with respect for the original architecture, spirit and history of the house so that the Villa retains the warmth and ambiance of an Italian family country home. The Villa now has modern mechanical systems, beautifully landscaped gardens and a tiled swimming pool in addition to the existing forest, olive grove and typical Tuscan umbrella pines shading the house and cypresses and lime trees lining the front drive. n nTHE VILLA: Terracotta and hand-painted tile floors, walnut doors and wood-beamed ceilings form a simple background for splendid antiques, sumptuous textiles, supremely comfortable beds, hand-painted frescoes and vintage lamps. There are 10 bathrooms in the Villa so that every bedroom has its own spacious, beautifully tiled bathroom. Enjoy them without guilt: in the summer, solar panels generate most of the Villa 's hot water. n nTHE PARK: You arrive at the Villa via an avenue of cypresses and lime trees, passing through a mature park of 4-1/2 acres of woods, vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees and flower gardens. We have plenty of private, outdoor space for dining, relaxing and enjoying the tranquility. n nOLIVE OIL: In late October/early November we harvest the olives by hand in the traditional method of stroking the tree, then quickly press them into oil. Also respecting tradition, we pick the olives before fully ripe in order to maximize the flavor, aroma, and peppery taste. Olive oil from our region - the Tuscan/Umbria border - is highly prized for these qualities. Join us in the olive harvest! We offer special Olive Harvest packages or an annual week-long Olive Harvest Tour led by Dr Carol Firenze. n nBEING GREEN nWe endeavor to use and enjoy the property but to preserve it and its surroundings for the future. To do so, we: n*Recycle 100% of plastic, paper, glass & metal, encourage our guests to do so as well and provide facilities so that recycling is not burdensome. n*Rely on solar panels for most of our hot water. n*Installed low energy appliances and light bulbs. n*Compost all vegetable matter and food scraps. n* 'Solarize ' or simply pull, rather than spray, weeds to remove them. n*Garden sustainably. n*Air-dry linens, instead of using the dryer. n*Use products made from recycled materials or from certified sustainable forests. n*Buy locally. n*Even our furnishings are e2809crecyclede2809d: the Villae28099s dc3a9cor is largely antiques or quirky secondhand furniture imaginatively redesigned by us into beautiful and useful items. n nWe are proud of our area and would love for you to visit. If the Villa does not fit your size or budget, please contact us anyway. We are always happy to recommend alternatives.
Location:Monte San Savino, Italy
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:Air Conditioning, Cable/Satellite TV, Central heating, Coffee Maker, Dishwasher, Freezer, Internet Access, Iron, Linens, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Sauna, Stove, Swimming Pool, TV, Towels
Activities:Massage, Museums, Restaurants, Swimming
Description:20% discount on all 2013 weeks still available. Offer valid as of April 10, 2013 (Minimum of one week rental required) Minimum rental one week rental Saturday to Saturday except for urban apartments. A long driveway, dramatically lined with centuries-old cypress trees, leads up to the impressive Castello San Savino. First built in the Middle Ages, then extended during the renaissance into an aristocratic residence, the Castello, and its private chapel, is situated in a panoramic position upon a hilltop. It is shown on the map of Valdichiana drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503. The property has belonged to the same family for centuries and lies at the center of a large estate where the family produce Chianti wine and olive oil, which is available for purchase directly from the farm. The Castello has recently been carefully renovated, preserving the original rooms just as they have always been, with antique furniture, large 17th century stone fireplaces, splendid floors made in terracotta, stone and marble. It is, however, equipped with every modern convenience: central heating, Internet connection, satellite TV, and laundry service. The garden, which overlooks the valley, is surrounded by centuries-old trees, and on the stone panoramic terrace you will find a large swimming pool with a Roman staircase lined with mosaics, two bathroom/dressing rooms, and plenty of lounging furniture. Next to the pool area is also a hydro massage pool (3.5x2.5 m). From here you also access the gymnasium and sauna. The entire terrace is brilliantly lit up at night by large, wrought iron lamps. nThe Castello is five kms from Monte San Savino where there nare excellent restaurants and other conveniences, and six kms from the A1 motorway exit. Centrally located, must-see places such as Florence, Arezzo, Cortona, Siena, Montepulciano, and Perugia are less than an hour away. Rome is just an hour and a half away. nThe staff who look after the Castello live in an independent apartment at the rear. nIncluded in the price: Maid service two times a week for six hours (12 hours total), one set of pool towels/week, and 1 change of bath and linens during the week. nAt extra cost and upon request: Lunch and dinner prepartation ($45 - $60 per person), additional maid service. nNOTE: THIS PROPERTY CAN BE RENTED FOR LONG WEEKENDS (MINIMUM 3 NIGHTS) DURING LOW AND MID SEASON. PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT PRICE. Castello San Savino is arranged on three floors, each offering its own unique arrangement of bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, and kitchens. The main house sleeps 16 guests, and the annex (with two floors and access from the outside) sleeps six. For supreme comfort, air conditioning and heating are available throughout the Castello (payable upon consumption). The main kitchen is fully equipped with an oven, stove, large refrigerator/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, and American coffee maker. The expansive dining room can seat up to 22 guests and offers direct access out to the garden area. Under the gazebo is a second table, also seating 22, perfect for al fresco dining. The 11 double bedrooms are all exquisitely decorated in a classic, sumptuous, Tuscan style. All have en-suite bathrooms and most come with Satellite TV. Large, stone fireplaces are interspersed throughout the Castello, and floors one and two offer small, but complete, kitchens. The annex has a living room with Satellite TV, a corner kitchen, access to the garden, and three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (two with queen beds and the third with two twin beds). nNeedless to say, Castello San Savino would provide a perfect venue for an intimate wedding, family reunion, or for a special birthday/anniversary celebration. Its location is ideal for exploring all that Tuscany has to offer! Monte San Savino rises in the valley of Chiana, on a hill dominating the valley of the Esse torrent. The local economy is mainly based on the production of cereals, fruit, vegetables, grapes, olives and sugar beets. There are also many factories manufacturing pottery, furniture, and frames. The place name comes from a compound of Monte (mount) and the Latin name of person Sabinius. The first settlements in the territory of Monte San Savino probably go back to the Age of the Etruscans, and later ,the Romans. nAmong the most important monuments to see in Monte San Savino are the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista (Saint John Baptist Church), the Chiesa di Sant 'Agostino (Saint Augustine Church), the Chiesa di Santa Chiara (Saint Chiara Church), the Loggia del Mercato (Gallery of the Market) and the Museo delle Ceramiche (Museum of the Potteries). Numerous celebrations periodically take place in Monte San Savino, including the Sagra della Porchetta Savinese held on the first half of September. The festival celebrates the Porchetta of Monte San Savino, that is, the typical sausage based on pork meat made according to some ancient and traditional recipes. The Porchetta is flavored with fennel, garlic and black pepper and is quite delicious.
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:Fireplace, Internet Access, Linens, Patio, Phone, Shower, Swimming Pool
Description:Casa Il Sassetto is a lovely villa with 6 bedrooms and independent guest house. Dating back to the 15th/16th century, the villa was accurately restored in 2000. With private swimming pool, this acommodation enjoys an amazing view over the Val d'Orcia. n nExternal Description: nThe Estate, dating from the XV-XVI centuries, was restored in 1998 and is situated on a park of over 800 hectares between the Monte Cetone and Val D'Orcia National Park. At the center of the Estate is a thousand year-old Abbey. Surrounded by green hills, cultivated fields, trees and a small lake, it is possible to discover the various characteristics of the Estate. nInternal Description: nIndependent house, 15th/16th century, nrestored in 2000. One can immediately sense something remarkable about this refined and comfortable farmhouse consisting of an ancient main building, a more recent annexed building and also two independent guest suites with a front patio. The interior combines some original items, very well-preserved and contemporary furnishings. nThanks to the extraordinary location, the house and its swimming pool enjoy an amazing 360c382c2b0 view over the Val d'Orcia. nThe sunset in this environment is utterly unforgettable! nMain Building: the ground floor consists of a sitting-room with fireplace and a kitchen (both with direct access to the garden), two twin/double bedrooms (one with direct access to the garden) and one double bedroom, all with en suite bathrooms with shower. Patio greenhouse for lemon trees connects the main building to the annex. In the annex there is a long dining table and a sitting area with panoramic view. nOn the first floor there is a living-room with ancient fireplace and three twin/double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms with shower. nIndependent guest house: on the ground floor there is one double and one twin/double bedroom, both with en suite bathroom with shower. There is also a small patio enjoyable from both rooms. nOur Personal Opinion: nThis property is a perfect accomodation for large groups. It is also possible to rent 6 other big villas located in the same estate. The location, on the beautiful Val D'Orcia is perfect for visiting the towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino as well as Florence, Siena, Rome, Umrbia. nThe property can only be booked from Saturday to Saturday. nPricing Information: nClick on QUOTE PRICE and find out the price for your stay. nWeekly price up to 16: high season: 5.600,00 e282ac, mid season: 4.200,00 e282ac, low season: 3.500,00 e282ac. nWeekly price up to 12: high season: 4.500,00 e282ac, mid season: 3.600,00 e282ac, low season: 3.500,00 e282ac. nIncluded in the rental price: n- Cleaning service 3 days per week n- Bed linens, changed twice a week n- All the utilities n- Garden and swimming-pool maintenance n- Trash disposal nNot included in the rental price: n- Security deposit of 750 euros to be paid cash upon arrival n- Extra cleaning & change of linen on request n- Final cleaning of 200 e282ac n- Use of telephone, e-mail, fax, internet n- Transfers, auto hire n- All reservations, including restaurants, hotels and/or taxis n- Baby sitting (reserve in advance) n- Cook (reserve in advance) n- Breakfast (reserve in advance)
Location:Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:Air Conditioning, Cable/Satellite TV, Ceiling fans, Disability Access, Fireplace, Garden View, Hot Tub, Linens, Mountain View, Outdoor Shower, Patio, Pets OK, Phone, Restaurant, Sauna, Shower, Swimming Pool, TV
Activities:Beach, Golf, Restaurants, Sightseeing, Swimming
Description:Bed & Breakfast in a 13:th century monastry located in the midst of the Castell'in Villa vineyards and overlooking the Tuscan hills. La Gazzara has accomodation for 25 people divided into 13 rooms. Each room is different and individually furnished with its own theme. Every room has its own bathroom with shower or bath, telephone, TV and mini-bar.There is a large living room with open fireplace and a terrace with an outstanding view over the Tuscan hills to Siena on the horizon.La Gazzara was originally a monastry and each of the twelve rooms is unique. Their names and furnishings reflect their heritage inspired by nuns, shells and trees. The Rooms are Cappella, Ciprea, Petronilla and Robinia...
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:Blender, Cable/Satellite TV, Ceiling fans, Charcoal BBQ, Child Friendly, Coffee Maker, Concierge Service, DVD Player, Dishes, Dishwasher, Fenced Yard, Food Processor, Free Parking, Freezer, Full kitchen, Garden View, Hair Dryer, Laundry, Linens, Microwave, Mountain View, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Shower, Oven, Parking, Patio, Pets OK, Refrigerator, Restaurant, Shower, Stereo, Stove, Swimming Pool, TV, Utensils, Wireless Internet Access
Activities:Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hot Air Ballooning, Hunting, Mountain Biking, Movie Theatres, Museums, Parasailing, Restaurants, Shopping, Sightseeing, Swimming, Tennis, Wildlife viewing, Wine Tasting
Description:Borgo Santa Maria: Tuscan Vacation home. Self-catering holiday apartments in the Upper Valdarno.Excellent central location close to all the major art cities of Tuscany and Umbria, on the triangle among Florence, Siena and Arezzo.The property a former farmhouse is set on gentles slopes descending toward the left bank of the Arno river, at the foot of the medieval village of Laterina, near the ancient Sanctuary of Santa Maria in Valle, the origins of which date back to late Middle ages. The place is surrounded by history and it still maintains the magical atmosphere of an old Tuscan farmhouse with cotto floors, and oak beams ceilings. The farmhouse, once upon a time, was part an old estate,where farmers grew tobacco and it has recently acquired the status of historical building. Here you will feel the true old Tuscan energy and will live surrounded by the landscapes that Leonardo da Vinci made immortal in his paintings.The compound ,after the last restoration in 2001, had been divided into one cottage(4 2) and three large apartments :Fontanina(2 3),Carpano(3 2),Soppalco(7 2), is set on a panoramic position on the gentle slopes that descend towards the Arno river.The buildings are surrounded by a large fenced garden equipped with tables, chairs and canopies, with of 7 x 12 meters swimming pool.Luminous stone cottage on two floors with its own private outdoor area for eating in the open.GROUND FLOOR: sitting room with double sofa bed, a normal two places sofa,reading lamp, armchairs, coffee table, writing table , large French windows that open onto the garden, spacious kitchen/dining room with fitted kitchen ,table and chairs. Bathroom with shower. First Floor: access from wooden staircase, double bedroom, twin bedroom. EQUIPMENT: microwave, freezer, electric oven, top stove with 4 fires, kettle, percolator, mini food processor. The kitchen is fully equipped and you will really feel at home. Candle holders. Hair dryer. Reserved garden. The cottage and the apartment il Soppalco have now a Dishwasher. The quiet hilly panoramic area is only 2.5 kilometres from the beautiful medieval Village of Laterina, the lodging enjoys countryside privacy,close proximity to the attractions and amenities of the cities, and it is the ideal base for many excursion in all Central Italy. Being in the centre of Tuscany you will be able to reach easily, Siena, Cortona,Lake Trasimeno, Perugia...and the shopping lover will find nearby many outlets of the most important Made in Italy fashion brands such as Prada, Gucci, Fendi D&G and many others.The area is full of nice restaurants, where you can taste the typical Tuscan cuisine.Supermarket, bank, pharmacy ,food stores, grocery, and a nice restaurant are in Laterina only 2.5 km from the house. More stores and a supermarket are in Levane, Ipermarkets and every kind of stores are in Montevarchi and Arezzo.The train station to go to Florence is 7 km from the house with free parking , all our guests have appreciated very much this facility, since it allows to visit Florence- even every day-and come back in the evening and relax in the quiet surrounding of our house.The rates and availability published here refer to the cottage,Please do contact us for more information,if the cottage is not available we can offer other accommodations.
Amenities:BBQ, Cable/Satellite TV, Ceiling fans, City View, Coffee Maker, Fenced Yard, Fireplace, Full kitchen, Garden View, Hair Dryer, Kitchenette, Laundry, Linens, Oven, Parking, Pets OK, Refrigerator, Screened Porch, Shower, Smoking OK, Swimming Pool, TV, Utensils
Activities:Bird watching, Restaurants, Shopping
Description:Il Vecchio Fienile Country House is situated high on one of the lovely hills surrounding the village of Ponte Felcino. Its position, 285 mt above sea level, dominates this lovely Umbrian valley and on a clear Summer evening the lights of the enchanting town of Assisi can be seen flickering in the distance.Set among olive groves, woods, cultivated fields of sunflowers, wheat or corn, and a plantation of cherry and walnut trees, Il Vecchio Fienile is the perfect place to spend a holiday in total tranquillity surrounded by the beautiful countryside so typical of Umbria. Take long walks along the country paths, go bird watching in the quiet woods or just relax by the pool while admiring the breathtaking view from this magical position.This lovely stone farmhouse dates back to 1874. Originally, the farm workers lived on this large estate with their familes and worked in the fields, harvested the corn, wheat and sunflowers, cared for the vineyards and produced olive oil from the 400 olive trees.The farmhouse was built entirely by hand using large rocks and stones and the very thick exterior walls render the farmhouse cool in Summer and warm in Winter. At that time part of the ground floor was used as the stable to shelter the farm animals and the original wall troughs, where they drank, are still visible today. Passing through an arch you could enter into the area where the farm workers, after harvesting the grapes, crushed them with their feet in massive stone basins. This room is now tastefully furnished and used to welcome our guests.The beautifully restored barn, which is only a few metres from the house, was originally used to store the hay after harvesting time and the massive oak beams that supported the roof can still be seen today.