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Tuscan Villa Cottage: Gardens and Views - Near Florence/Siena/Arezzo

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Il Poggiolo Tuscany - the Fienile and one of the garden areas

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Last updated: 12/08/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Montevarchi farmhouse description

'We have traveled through more than 50 countries over the last 30 years and this was by far our best vacation ever! '
(Couvreur testimonial, August 2013)
The FIENILE is an independent cottage on a private villa property with resident owners.This historic agricultural outbuilding was converted in 2006 to comprise 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen, a living room and a sunny enclosed veranda. It boasts designer appointments, interesting architectural features, and an extremely convenient location: only 30 to 45 minutes away from Florence, Siena and Arezzo. Discounted rates for 5-7 nights (or more) please inquire!

The Fienile provides all the benefits of the countryside to rest and relax after a day of tourism, wine-tasting tours in the area, trekking in the hills or outlet shopping. The Fienile is a real home-away-from-home to come back to for that simple fresh pasta dinner, a bottle of local wine and a Skype call with your friends about your day in Tuscany.

INSIDE:
- Upstairs are two bedrooms (can be either doubles or twins) and a bathroom with a 90x90cm shower (and a view)! The bedrooms are furnished in traditional Tuscan style and have beamed ceilings with terracotta appointments. The upstairs windows frame views onto the Chianti hills and Valley of the Arno. Even the stairway has a panoramic vista. For extra comfort there are fans in every room. All bedroom, bath and veranda windows have screens. Banister and child gate on stairs.
- Downstairs is a third bedroom/study and the second bathroom. The entire ground floor has beamed ceilings with antique brickwork and respects the decorative tradition of Tuscan country homes. This floor also hosts a panoramic enclosed veranda with a 180° view onto the Chianti hills. Furnished with cushioned benches and deckchairs, it is a peaceful place to read, write, or share a bottle of Prosecco. The ground floor sitting room features a SatTV-DVD and a lending library of guidebooks and recreational reading, as well as a fully equipped kitchen big enough to eat in (with granite counter tops and solid wood cabinets). All modern appliances (microwave, electric oven, 5-range gas burner stove, dishwasher and fridge/freezer), in-floor heating, washing machine (and clothes drying racks, iron & ironing board) as well as other amenities (satellite TV & DVD & Wi-Fi).

OUTSIDE:
The Fienile has TWO garden areas with chairs, tables and lounge chairs from which to admire the views. From Il Poggiolo you can see the Valdarno valley, the Apennine mountains, the Sienese hills, and on a good day, all the way to Vallombrosa.The small patio area off the veranda and the larger garden on the other side of the house are set up for al fresco dining, sun worship, watching the sunset behind the medieval tower of Galatrona, and stargazing in the limpid evenings. In August there are many falling stars!
PRIVATE PARKING on the property.

NO PETS & NO SMOKING (inside) please - allergy controlled environment.

LOCATION:
Guests appreciate the fact that Il Poggiolo is located in the tranquility of the countryside but conveniently close to Florence, Siena, and Arezzo (30-45 minutes drive). While a car is necessary for your stay, the center of Florence can be reached by train from Montevarchi in just 35 minutes, as can a number of other destinations such as Pisa, Assisi, Cortona, Orvieto, etc.. Nearby are historic sites (medieval and Renaissance towns, towers and castles). There are also picturesque villages, national parks, thermal baths and, a bit farther, seaside beaches. Swimming nearby in a number of local pools (10-15 minutes drive). Excellent wine and fine restaurants in the area, as well as informal village trattorias and pizzerias. Numerous designer outlets in the area for clothes, shoes, household items, etc. Perfect for day trips to all the historic attractions of Tuscany, for sports enthusiasts and gastronomic tourism, for family vacations, or just to get away from it all.

MAIN ASSETS:
Convenient location for tourism and good train service.
Comfortable and spacious accommodation with luxury appointments, fine antiques.
Gardens (furnished for all tastes) with lovely views.
Country walks and trekking (from gentle sloping dirt roads through vineyards to serious mountain trails through forests)
Local markets for local produce (especially vegetables and fruit, wine and olive oil).
Marvelous eating - from pizza parlours to five-star restaurants.
Major designer outlets and malls.
Private parking area on the property.
WI-FI, SatTV, DVD
Recreational reading library and guide books, maps.

KEYWORDS: Tuscany, Villa rental, Tuscan tourism, agriturismo, B&B, gastronomy, slow food region, luxury appointments, holiday home, vacation in Italy, furnished gardens, panoramic views, allergy-sensitive.

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Farmhouse
  • 130 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Events Allowed
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Low Allergen Environment
              • Children Welcome:

                Safety gate at the top of the stairs. Enclosed patio area off veranda with gate = de facto playpen for small children....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking permitted outside...moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed:

                Allergy-sensitive environment. We cannot avoid all possible allergens, but have furnished the house with allergy-proofing in mind. See our website for more information....moreless

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single, 1 child bed

                Twin beds can make Kingsize bed. Child bed on request....moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

                This study/bedroom has ensuite bathroom...moreless

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 baby crib

                Double or Twin beds. Child crib on request....moreless

              • Accommodates 6 adults + 1 child, an extra crib or child bed can be added into either the Master or Twin bedroom. UPSTAIRS: King-size bed in Master bedroom (1) can be divided into Twin beds. Twin beds in bedroom (2) can be combined into a King-size bed upon prior notice. DOWNSTAIRS: One or two twin beds in study/bedroom (3) + ensuite bathroom. Please note that the two beds in this bathroom cannot be joined into a double bed. . Bed linens and cozy covers provided. Lots of pillows (allergy-free). VIEWS from bedrooms over Tuscan hill ranges: Apennines from Master bedroom (1). Chianti hills from upstairs twin bedroom (2). Garden from downstairs bedroom (3). Furnished with antiques and traditional Tuscan furniture. Fans for summer, warm (anti-allergic) quilts and in-floor heating for winter (charged at cost-independent meter). Screens on windows, child gate at top of stairs, hand rail on stairs....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

                ...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

                ...moreless

              • Designer bathroom fixtures. Antique beamed ceilings !! Upstairs bathroom has a view onto the Chianti hills. Bath linens and Hairdryer provided. LOTS of hot water!...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Il Poggiolo is located on a hilltop with 360° views onto the Valdarno, the Apennine mountains and the Chianti hills. If you get tired of the car, park it at the nearest train station (6 km) and take the train!! The owners live on-site, and are available for travel tips and restaurant suggestions (they commute to work in Florence). Recreational reading library includes guidebooks, cookbooks, DVD library, books for children. Beautifully furnished and comfortable rooms with those small details that make you feel you are staying in a real home. ...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Recreational reading in various languages (mostly English, some French and Italian and German). Guide books, children's books, recipe books .......moreless

                  • Books For Adults
                  • Books For Kids
                  • DVD Player
                  • Games:

                    Board games and cards, etc....moreless

                  • Games For Kids
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television
                  • Toys:

                    Toy chest. Parents please check suitability of toys according to the ages of your children (small parts of lego-duplo etc.)...moreless

                  • Video Library:

                    DVDs in multiple languages available for guests, Guide books and information on local attractions also provided. Recreational reading library in various languages....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Attractions

                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Duty Free Shops
                  • Festivals
                  • Forests
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Pond
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Photography
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain View
                  • Rural

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis

                  Dining

                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    Depending on the weather, guests may dine either inside or outside on the garden table. Table cloth and place mats provided....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 7 people

                  General

                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Bottled Water
                  • Ceiling Fans
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Floor heating charged at cost (individual meter). Regional authorization for heating restricted from 15 April-01 November....moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Sheets, towels, kitchen towels, provided. ...moreless

                  • Living Room:

                    Guidebooks and recreational reading. Sofabed, armchairs, tables, large arched door-window onto garden and Apennine mountain range...moreless

                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Private parking in Il Poggiolo parking area, near accommodations....moreless

                  • Sofa Bed
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided:

                    Towels, kitchen towels, provided. Pool/Beach towels also provided....moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    Washing machine in unit + two drying racks....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Bring your computer already set up for WIFI, you will be furnished a password upon arrival. Guests are required to fill out a form for internet access (Italian anti-terrorism laws)...moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Blender
                  • Catering Available:

                    Local prize-winning 'Gastronomia' in Montevarchi will provide four star meals - just drop in to pick up dinner, or order ahead from their extensive menu. Take-out pizza nearby....moreless

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Espresso (Moka) pots of different sizes + French press....moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    For tea drinkers, there is a kettle and teapot, for coffee fanatics, real espresso pots. Plan to bake a cake or a pie - you will find all you need....moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    A generous amount of dishes is provided, and the utensils are those of a 'real' kitchen!...moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Freezer
                  • Kitchen:

                    Fully equipped country kitchen with built-in chestnut cabinets and granite tops. View over sink frames the Chianti hills. Extendable table can seat up to 8 with room to spare....moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven:

                    Electric Oven...moreless

                  • Pantry Items:

                    Guests will find a 'Welcome Basket' with light refreshments on their arrival. Some condiments (salt, pepper, sugar) provided. ...moreless

                  • Refrigerator:

                    Refridgerator is also equipped with freezer compartment....moreless

                  • Stove:

                    5 burner gas stove top....moreless

                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Beach Towels
                  • Bicycles:

                    Available for rent in San Giovanni ro Montevarchi. Can be delivered to house....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Two sitting areas outside with chairs, tables, umbrellas and views of the Tuscany hills. One has morning sun, the other afternoon/evening sun. Views of the Tuscan hills and a medieval tower....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Furnished with tables, chairs, lounge chairs, sun umbrella .... and views !!...moreless

                  • Patio
                  • Tennis:

                    Montevarchi has tennis courts that can be reserved for a small fee....moreless

                  Payment Type

                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Communal Pool:

                        There are 5 pools (private, municipal, public) within a 10-15 minute drive of Il Poggiolo. Throw suits & towels in the back of the car and take a dip on your way back from a day's sightseeing....moreless

                      Forms Of Payment

                          • Accept Credit Card

                          House Cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Optional
                               

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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              2015 Season
                              Jun 29 - Nov 2, 2015
                              4 night min stay
                              €300
                              €1,450

                              Rates are based on 5 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest

                              My Standard Rate
                              7 night min stay

                              €1,450

                              Rates are based on 5 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest


                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees:

                              • Taxes Not included

                              Notes:

                              Visitor Tax of €1.50/adult/night for first 4 nights due on arrival, not included in rental fee.

                              DISCOUNT for 2 people only, please inquire.Take both the Casa Colonica and the Fienile Villa Cottage simultaneously for a family reunion or a group of friends (= 5 bedrooms 3 baths) with a 5% discount per week !!.

                              01 Nov.-15 April : GPL heating charged at cost (individual meter) = €4.50 per cubic mt.


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                              Location

                              70 Kilometres
                              Nearest Airport
                              Florence + Pisa
                              3 Kilometres
                              Nearest Barpub
                              Mercatale Valdarno + Bucine
                              6.5 Kilometres
                              Nearest Train
                              Montevarchi-Terravnuova station
                              8 Kilometres
                              Nearest Motorway
                              Autostrada A-1 (Florence-Rome)
                              3 Kilometres
                              Nearest Restaurant
                              Lo Schicchero (Mercatale Valdarno)
                              145 Kilometres
                              Nearest Beach
                              Grossetto, Castiglione della Pescaia, Uccellina

                              Car: Necessary

                              This scenic area of Tuscany provides both a country retreat and quick and easy access to numerous sites of interest, from Medieval & Renaissance towns (Florence, Siena, Arezzo) to picturesque Castles, Monasteries and Hamlets. There are numerous markets with local produce + fine wines, handbags and clothing. Many privately managed + municipal pools in area. Thermal Spas 30-45 min. drive. Easy country walks at your doorstep, serious trekking trails in nearby hills. Designer outlets in the area (VAT tax rebates for non EU citizens). Cooking classes, painting lessons, bike rental and winery tours are some of the favorite activities after cultural tourism. There is something to do for visitors of all ages and interests. In the morning and evening you will see the roebuck deer in the fields around the house :-)

                               

                              Manager info

                              Year Purchased: 1994

                              About: In 1994 Allen and I bought the property we had been renting for over 10 years. We are both Renaissance historians, working for American university centers in Florence, where we commute to work. The reasons why we ended up in Tuscany - on a hilltop in the Valdarno - are totally serendipitous, and entirely too long to go into here. But we did it, and lived in happy nonchalance, raising our daughter and commuting to work in Florence until the economic crunch began to make itself felt. In 2005 we had the belated realization that this property had better help maintain itself, otherwise we would find it very difficult to keep up the land and buildings after we retired. I keep buying lottery tickets with blind faith, but in the meantime we bit the bullet, hocked our souls to the bank in Montevarchi, and decided to carry out a dream: to restore and convert the villa’s barn into a rental cottage. The idea was that holiday rentals would help with the mortgage, garden maintenance, and miscellaneous upkeep until – when we are well into our dotage – we downsize and move into the converted barn ourselves. Read the first installment of the saga about this renovation process on the 'Wandering Educators' site (under 'Barn conversion')

                              Why Montevarchi:
                              Tuscany is not only a tourist mecca, but the climate is better than Paris and London (where we had been living before), and Florence is within an easy commute, so it is possible to live in the countryside and work in the city. The people in the area are wonderful. In fact, the Tuscans are the main reason why my husband and I opted to stay in Italy, to buy the family villa, and make a life here. The 'Fienile' was originally one of the agricultural outbuildings (a barn) in which we used to park the tractor and the car, store tools, and hang laundry. It has become a charming dwelling, where we plan to retire one day. In the meantime, we have had marvelous guests.

                              The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
                              N°1. PERFECT LOCATION: Il Poggiolo is within easy reach of the major Tuscan sites of interest, perfect for day trips. At the same time you have the calm of the countryside and vibrant sunsets over the Chianti hills. For both gastronomy and shopping, the Valdarno offers excellent wineries and restaurants as well as a number of designer outlets (the Prada outlet 'SPACE' is a 5 minute drive from Il Poggiolo). N°2. LUXURY OF SPACE : The Fienile has the advantage of spacious quarters and far many more rooms than are usual with vacation rentals. This can make all the difference when travelling with a group of friends or family, and the two gardens also offer the possibility of sunning in lounge chairs, reading in the shade of the Sofora tree, or dining al fresco. N°3 OUTFITTED LIKE A REAL HOME: The Fienile is a real home, with all the conveniences and more beside. There is free parking on site (but you do not need to look at your car - only the view!), the gardens are comfortably furnished, inside there is a a large flatscreen SAT-TV, DVD player, and fast WI-FI, In the kitchen you will find the necessary equipment to make a cake or pie, or roast that free-range chicken you picked up in the market. Bedrooms have extra pillows, and cozy blankets and quilts for cool nights. If anything is missing, please let us know !! n°4- EXPERIENCE of LOCALS: You have someone next-door who can give advice about restaurants and places to see that are off the usual tourist itinerary. You will not see your hosts unless you need them, but having someone on hand to help with the details of a stay or an emergency can be a blessing.


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                              Photos

                              • Il Poggiolo Tuscany - the Fienile and one of the garden areas

                                Il Poggiolo Tuscany - the Fienile and one of the garden areas

                              • Aerial view of the Fienile.

                                Aerial view of the Fienile.

                              • Fienile kitchen - fully equipped, with chestnut woodwork and modern conveniences

                                Fienile kitchen - fully equipped, with chestnut woodwork and modern conveniences

                              • Fienile sitting room - bookshelf with recreational reading, guidebooks, etc.

                                Fienile sitting room - bookshelf with recreational reading, guidebooks, etc.

                              • Downstairs study/third bedroom with ensuite bathroom. A second bed can be added.

                                Downstairs study/third bedroom with ensuite bathroom. A second bed can be added.

                              • New garden furniture, and new trellis with a flowering vine on the wall.

                                New garden furniture, and new trellis with a flowering vine on the wall.

                              • The flowering vines on either side of this trellis have grown considerably!

                                The flowering vines on either side of this trellis have grown considerably!

                              • Groundfloor - sketch layout rooms

                                Groundfloor - sketch layout rooms

                              • Twin bedroom upstairs (beds can be joined to make a kingsize bed).

                                Twin bedroom upstairs (beds can be joined to make a kingsize bed).

                              • Gate on stairs can be closed should there be small children or sleep-walkers!

                                Gate on stairs can be closed should there be small children or sleep-walkers!

                              • Il Poggiolo - park your car below the garden for an unobstructed view!

                                Il Poggiolo - park your car below the garden for an unobstructed view!

                              • Il Poggiolo, in the distance the Arno valley and Appennine mountains

                                Il Poggiolo, in the distance the Arno valley and Appennine mountains

                              • Il Poggiolo in evening light

                                Il Poggiolo in evening light

                              • Poggiolotuscany - Fienile veranda, with a 180° view onto the Siena hills

                                Poggiolotuscany - Fienile veranda, with a 180° view onto the Siena hills

                              • Fienile living room with pietra serena stairs leading to upstairs.

                                Fienile living room with pietra serena stairs leading to upstairs.

                              • 15th century columns frame entrance to kitchen

                                15th century columns frame entrance to kitchen

                              • View from Fienile patio, the gate makes sure toddlers don't stray

                                View from Fienile patio, the gate makes sure toddlers don't stray

                              • Fienile sitting room arched door, the view is reflected in the glass!

                                Fienile sitting room arched door, the view is reflected in the glass!

                              • Fienile master bedroom, with 'nido d'ape' (honeycomb) brick work in far windows.

                                Fienile master bedroom, with 'nido d'ape' (honeycomb) brick work in far windows.

                              • Upstairs bathroom - with a view!

                                Upstairs bathroom - with a view!

                              • Top floor - sketch layout rooms

                                Top floor - sketch layout rooms

                              • Landmark stone at the entrance to Il Poggiolo.

                                Landmark stone at the entrance to Il Poggiolo.

                              • Galatrona tower at sunset - view from Fienile patio at Il Poggiolo

                                Galatrona tower at sunset - view from Fienile patio at Il Poggiolo

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