Villa Cottage with Gardens & Panoramic Views - Near Florence/Siena/Arezzo
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
'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 private villa property with resident owners.This historic agricultural structure 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.
- 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).
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.
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.
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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- 130 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
- 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
- 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 driving, park the car at the Montevarchi nearest train station (6 km) and take the train - a quick and easy trip to places such as Florence, Arezzo, Cortona, Assisi, Perugia, etc. 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
- Books For Adults
- Books For Kids
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Duty Free Shops
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 7 people
- Basic Soaps
- Bottled Water
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street:
- Sofa Bed
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Beach Towels
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:
- Housekeeper Optional
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
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.
Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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This scenic area of Tuscany provides a panoramic country retreat in the midst of vineyards and olive groves, with 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 :-)
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')
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° 4 TRAVEL BENEFITS ..... 1. PERFECT LOCATION: Il Poggiolo is within easy reach of the major Tuscan sites of interest, ideal 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). 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. 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 !! 4. EXPERIENCE of LOCAL HOSTS: 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.
- Primary: +39 0559911058 Time zone: Italy is 6 hours ahead of New York
Links to more information:
Il Poggiolo Tuscany - the Fienile and one of the garden areas
Aerial view of the Fienile.
Fienile kitchen - fully equipped, with chestnut woodwork and modern conveniences
Fienile sitting room - bookshelf with recreational reading, guidebooks, etc.
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.
The flowering vines on either side of this trellis have grown considerably!
Groundfloor - sketch layout rooms
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!
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 evening light
Poggiolotuscany - Fienile veranda, with a 180° view onto the Siena hills
Fienile living room with pietra serena stairs leading to upstairs.
15th century columns frame entrance to kitchen
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 master bedroom, with 'nido d'ape' (honeycomb) brick work in far windows.
Upstairs bathroom - with a view!
Top floor - sketch layout rooms
Landmark stone at the entrance to Il Poggiolo.
Galatrona tower at sunset - view from Fienile patio at Il Poggiolo
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Thursday, November 05, 2015
- Property typeFarmhouse
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