Cosy 1BR Studio on Eco Farm Between Florence & Siena
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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Castellina in Chianti studio description
Il Rifugio (2-3 Persons)
(approx. 25 sqm) smart kitchenette with dining bar, sitting area, bedroom/sleeping alcove, bathroom, large terrace, 2 community parking lots
'Il Rifugio' is a very cosy 1room studio/suite with well equipped kitchenette (2 electric hobs, fridge, toaster, American & Italian coffeemaker, etc. etc,) a smart dining bar, a sitting area with single sofa bed, a romantic alcove-like sleeping area (standard double bed with single mattresses) with ensuite spacious bathroom. Soft curtains divide the sleeping from the living area. Its perfect for a couple having the size of a spacious hotel suite.
window is with mosquito screen.
The studio is handpainted in warm Tuscan colours such as soft yellow and apricot. The cosy atmosphere is enhanced by linen and towels of the same colours.
Directly in front of the studio is the very large sunny terrace - extending the living space especially during the warmer season - with garden furniture, sun chairs and bbq inviting you to relax and do some alfresco dining. This suite is perfect for singles, a couple or a small family, or may be used as additional sleeping space that might be missing with anyone of our other accommodations.
Enjoy the sunset in complete silence from your terrace, garden furniture, sunbeds as well as a bbq. Gaze onto onto the extended gardens, the romantic creek and the surrounding maddows and vast macchia covered hills of this private property of more
then 76 ha.
Start your hiking and biking directly form your doorsteps on well marked trails. Or simply take a stroll on our meditation trail along the small creek with its waterfalls, walk up to the waterlily pond or through the valley to the nearby town of Castellina in Chianti.
Or take a dip in the large community swimming pool that you share with very few other guests (5,5x11x1,50m and 2x3m splashpool entrance platform for the smallest, ). During cooler months you may use my pool house - unheated water -
The extended leisure areas and wellcared gardens of more then 2 ha , equipped with garden furniture, the childrens playground with soccer field, ping-pong table, sandbox with fairhouse and swing, .are the pride of the German owner and her staff. Cascades of flowers, rose bushes, citrus fruits as well as the surrounding meadows with many rare types of orchids and wild herbs create the unforgettable image of a lost paradise..
Animated is this small paradise by various cats, 2 freeroaming wellbehaved dogs (1 male, 1 lively female), a pictoresque small herd of cameroon sheep, chicken, geese, ducks, pigeons and more.
Stunning the variaty of birds and butterflies as well as fireflies. And with a bit of patience one may also see wild boars, deer and roe deer, foxes, badgers and porcupines as well as the rare Tuscan eagle that breeds in our valley.
The housing complex is surrounded by grass, gravel - as well as terracotta paved walks and stairs which join the different levels with their romantic porches and apartments. Several natural quarry stone terraces with solitary trees like cypresses, acacia, pine and oak trees are leading to the small creek where the real wild nature begins.
Admire the increditable variaty if wild flowers and walk along small trails that we cut right through the maddows - amazing the spectacle of fireflies in late May and June, the rare songs of the our numerous nightingales and the concert of hundreds of birds in the morning and evening. Because of its privacy and our efforts this is still a rare paradise - and only minutes from the next town center !!!
When planing your trip take in consideration that due to our perfect location, most important sights can be easily reached within 1 hours drive.
Also please dont forget to leave some space for one of the many concerts, horseback riding or some evening with newfound friends or maybe a halfday cookery course with local dishes. Extremes like biking on the new trail up at the Apennin mountains or island hoping on the Tuscan coast are also possible.
Enjoy a dream vacation in Tuscany's heart - the 'Chianti Classico' region - only few miles from Florence and Siena, easy to reach from Pisa and Florence airport - surrounded by the the world-famous landscape of extended vineyards, silvery olive groves, vast forests, colorful macchia and solitary estates.
T.he 16th century privately owned Val Verde - a 76 ha large property, is situated inmidst the natural resort area of the 'Oasis del Chianti'- which guarantees absolute privacy and peace. Its various farmhouse accommodations are situated only 2 kilometres from the famous wine town Castellina in Chianti with shopping facilities and restaurants. Other famous towns and cities such as Florence, Siena, Greve, Radda, Gaiole, as well as San Gimignano, Lucca, Pistoia, Arezzo are very close, some less then 1 hour by car.
If you drive a bit more, you will find Cortona, Perugia or Pisa; even day trips by train or car to Rome, Milano or Venice are possible. In this small family style hamlet our sophisticated guests will find undisturbed and unspoiled nature, silence, sun, good food (cookery courses) and fantastic wines.
planned for 2013 - 'bow hunting' lessons and parcour
- Vacation Rental
they will love the animals (3 dogs, 9 cats, chicken, geese etc.) and sports grounds (soccer, pingpong, volleyball, basketball, sandbox with fairyhouse), selection of toys, games, puzzles and Lego available, small water park nearby...moreless
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
Our Specials: - homecooked Tuscan welcome dinner (4course meal) incl. beverage € 29/person (stressfree arrival - no cooking, no hurried shopping, no search for parking or restaurant, no dressing up - just sit down with our other guests + let us spoil you with a delicous al fresco dinner - dinners such as 'pasta, pasta, pasta....', 'cheese and more...', 'veggi evening...' or menue of your choice. - or do you have something to celebrate ? - half day cookery courses € 70/person (incl. meal & beverages) - no need to miss out on your days activities - we offer a late afternoon or lunch cooking (approx. 2 hrs) - non-cookers may eat too - breakfast service € 49/week (large continental breakfast ) we also offer: biological products of our own production: olive oil, vinegar, low-sugar jams, jellies some of them even from wild fruits like rose hips, elder and acacia flowers, wild prunes ...moreless
- Cooking Utensils
- Air Conditioning:
- Linens Provided:
- Clothes Dryer
- we also offer breakfast services, cookery courses or dinner activities (our Tuscan welcome dinners are famous) we may arrange special dining events for our guests. trekking with visits to winery and restaurant , concerts, etc. etc,. - we gladly assist you with advise. trekking: guided trekking - €10/pers. or €25/hrs., cooks and/or maid service on request, English, German and Italian speaking staff, English,German and Italian speaking owner lives on site and is glad to be of assistance...moreless
- CD Player
- Ping Pong Table
Pool & Spa
- Communal Pool:
Location & View
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Outlet Shopping
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Cross Country Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Theme Parks
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
- Wildlife Viewing
- Poderi Val Verde - an authentic farm estate from the 16th century – located only 2 km from the wine town of Castellina in Chianti and within 1 hours drive to most famous sights of Tuscany is a real “living” farm – with farm and court yard animals , free roaming dogs and cats - in a surrounding and live style of “once up the time” . Its a place for the individual travellers, looking for something different – for the feeling of solitute, peace and untouched nature. For people that like good original food (on-site dinners and cookery classes) and good wines. For people that like to explore the country side by bike or by foot and next to visiting the countless cultural sights will also find time to attend one of the many cultural events such as opera, concerts, etc. For people that include in the plans a visit to the many Thermal springs and spas as well as the beaches and marble caves of the Versiglia. For people that enjoy travelling in the colder months when Tuscany seems to hibernate into the past. When in restaurants you find only locals and tourists are greeted with a welcoming smile , museums and other cultural places are empty and the Chianti belongs to only you. When the air is heavy with the smell of the many fire places, the new young wine , the freshly pressed olive oil, grilled game meat and the famous bistecca . Poderi Val Verde (Farmhouses in the green valley) was restored in 1998 and retouched in 2012. It was left itentially rustic – original fire plces, cotto floors, beams, roofs and many little architectural particularities that mark centuries of living in this place. We are fully aware that with this we are going against the usual main stream of modern design. When you step into our accommodations – you seem to step back into the past – rooms , setting and furnishing are according to the “Arte Povera” – as it used to be – as you saw it in films such as “under the Tuscan sun” or in “Romeo and Juliette” - but functional as in any modern house. Shady rose-covered loggias and sunny terraces with nices views are part of this all. As most really old farm houses it was built in a large, open, sun-filled valley, thus protected from cold north winds and wet fogs, ventilated by warm south winds in the afternoon, with pleasant cool night temperatures due to the surrounding macchia and woods and with unlimited supplies of fresh well water. The famous ancient “mules trail” passed through here – mules transported salt from the salt mines of sicily to the north – trails that always followed the course of water and wells and developed into important traffic venes. Prove of this are the many monastries and cloisters and farm houses that you find along this old road, which i salso part of our trekking “network”. Here you can spend your dream vacation – right in the heart of Tuscany – the Chianti Classico” - only a few miles from Florence and Siena – in a region of vineyard covered hills, silvery olive groves, vast forests and colourful macchia slopes - and admidst hidden ancient farm houses guarded by cypresses and towering pinetrees Surrounded by more then 2ha of wellcared parklike garden – unlike any other you might find - sits the imposing guest house complex which is dived in 3 apartments (2-4 Pers.) , and/or 2 semiattached houses 'Casa Pineta (8-13 pers.) + 'Casa Acacia (6-8 pers.) as well as the lovely small villetta 'Casa Capannina ' (4- 6 pers.). The community pool of 5,5x11 m with extended leisure areas and surrounding gardens as well as sports facilities is open as of mid may . During the cooler months you may use the a small covered (not heated) pool of the property owner, the only of its kind in the area. ...moreless
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authentic tusca vacationGuest comment entered by owner
authentic tusca vacation
Authentic Tuscan Vacation” Reviewed September 30, 2013 NEW My husband and I stayed in "Il Rifugio" for 5 nights as part of an Italian vacation. The location of the villa was perfect for traveling throughout the region. We easily made day trips to Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and Montepulciano. The Chianti region itself was beautiful and Ulrike was incredibly knowledgable about restaurants and vineyards in the area! Our apartment was quaint and clean. We had everything we needed and it truly felt like we were staying in a traditional Tuscan home. We were originally concerned that the apartment did not have air conditioning, but the room stayed very cool - it would not have been necessary anyway. The property is breathtaking and is a real, working farm complete with many animals - friendly dogs and cats and a funny peacock named Roberto! One of the highlights of the trip was the cooking class we took with Ulrike. As a "beginner" cook, Ulrike took special care of me and was very patient in teaching me to make chicken liver pate and panna cotta. We would highly recommend Poderi Val Verde for those travelers looking for an authentic Tuscan experience! :)
- Guest cynthia
- Date of stay 09/27/13
- Review Submitted 10/03/13
Authentic Tuscan Experience
Authentic Tuscan Experience
My husband and I stayed in "Il Rifugio" for 5 nights as part of an Italian vacation. The location of the villa was perfect for traveling throughout the region. We easily made day trips to Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and Montepulciano. The Chianti region itself was beautiful and Ulrike was incredibly knowledgable about restaurants and vineyards in the area! Our apartment was quaint and clean. We had everything we needed and it truly felt like we were staying in a traditional Tuscan home. We were originally concerned that the apartment did not have air conditioning, but the room stayed very cool - it would not have been necessary anyway. The property is breathtaking and is a real, working farm complete with many animals - friendly dogs and cats and a funny peacock named Roberto! One of the highlights of the trip was the cooking class we took with Ulrike. As a "beginner" cook, Ulrike took special care of me and was very patient in teaching me to make chicken liver pate and panna cotta. We would highly recommend Poderi Val Verde for those travelers looking for an authentic Tuscan experience! :)
- Guest Cynthia (New York)
- Date of stay 06/30/13
- Review Submitted 09/30/13
mitten in der toskana entspannung purGuest comment entered by owner
mitten in der toskana entspannung pur
Im Mai 2013 haben wir zum wiederholten Mal (10 x und mehr) einen Kurzurlaub in der Toskana auf dem Gut Poderi val verde gemacht. Wir sind immer wieder von der Atmosphäre des gepflegten 350-Jahre alten Bauernhofes in der herrlichen Umgebung eines grünenTales umliegenden Wäldern beeindruckt. Es gibt einem die Möglichkeit, vom Alltag auszuspannen und die Ruhe und Natur zu geniessen. Aber gleichzeitig bietet die zentrale Lage im Herzen der Toskana die Möglichkeit, viele Sehenswürdigkeiten z.B. in Florenz, Siena, Arezzo, Montepulciano, Pisa usw.schenll zu erreichen. In dem 3km entfernten Ort Castellina in Chianti gibt es gute Möglichkeiten zum Einkauf oder aber auch Restaurants, falls man mal nicht die eigene gut ausgestattete Küche nutzen möchte. Die Umgebung des Gutes Poderi val verde bietet auf ausgeschilderten Wanderwegen Möglichkeiten die Natur und Landschaft zu erkunden, oder auf dem Gelände mit einem großen Swimmingpool, großer Liegewiese, Fußballplatz und Volleyballnetz dort aktiv zu werden. Wir haben die kleine Wohnung "Il Rifugio" bewohnt,die im Wesentlichen aus einem großen Raum besteht und die mit guten Betten mit angenehmen, festen Matrazen, richtigen Oberbetten, einer schönen großen Dusche und einer offenen bestens ausgestatteten Küche mit Herd, Kühlschrank, Mikrowelle, Kaffeemaschine, Wasserkocher, Toaster und ausreichend Geschirr ausgestattet ist. Die Fenster sind mit Fliegengittern insektensicher, die große Terrasse hat eingene Sitzmöbel u.Liegestühle und einen eigenen Grill. Sollte man zum eigenen Kochen weniger Lust haben, bietet die Eigentümerin auch einen Kochkurs an und als Muß, einmal wöchentlich das Willkommensessen mit typischen lokalen toskanischen Produkten aus eigener Herstellung. Die Eigentümerin, Frau Eder, kümmert sich liebevoll um die Einrichtung der Wohnungen und des gesamten Geländes und bemüht sich dabei den Charme des alten Bauernhofes zu erhalten. Sie steht in allen Fragen freundlich und hilfsbereit zur Seite, gibt beste Ratschläge für Schön- und Schlechtwetterausflüge und viele Sehenswürdigkeiten. Außerdem bietet sie auf Nachfrage verschiedene einfach leckere Marmeladen, Olivenöl u.a. aus eigener Produktion an. Für die Tierliebe ist mit 2 Hunden, zahlreichen Katzen sowie Hühner und Schafen gesorgt. Insgesamt ist die Anlage für Reisende, die den natürlichen Charme der Toskana, Ruhe und Erholung mit dem Charme eines alten toskanischen Bauerngutes und guter Ausstattung verbinden möchten, eine ideale Reiseadresse.
- Guest tobias
- Date of stay 05/11/13
- Review Submitted 08/25/13
great stay - relaxing stayGuest comment entered by owner
great stay - relaxing stay
“Great stay” Reviewed August 1, 2013 Very beautiful place. My wife and I only stayed there three nights but it was the best stay of our trip to Europe. Ulrike was great. made you feel right at home. Enjoyed the welcome dinner and the pool was fantastic on the warm summer afternoon. Cool and refreshing. The grounds were beautiful. If we are lucky enough to go back to Italy again we will definitely stay here again “Relaxing stay” Reviewed July 29, 2013 Booked Il Refugio - we are a young couple who were after a relaxing stay in a good location to explore the Chianti region. Ulrike very welcoming and the welcome dinner was lots of fun. Il refugio was nice and cool inside, an escape from the July heat, and the kitchen was well-equipped. Nice outdoor patio for eating and sunbathing. Loved that this wasn't a regular hotel or B&B stay - had walks starting from the farm, sheep, pets and a peacock. We could easily have stayed longer. Castellina is a few mins drive with lots of restaurants and a Coop. Set in spectacular hills of Tuscany. Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
- Guest thomas
- Date of stay 08/01/13
- Review Submitted 08/25/13
sehr zu empfehlenGuest comment entered by owner
sehr zu empfehlen
wir waren im August 2011 in der Toskana und haben einen sehr schönen Urlaub in der Poderi Val Verde erlebt. Wir hatten die Ferienwohnung Il Rifugio gebucht. Die Wohnung ist sehr gemütlich eingerichtet und hat eine tolle, große Terasse auf der man bei einer guten Flasche Rotwein, die ruhigen Abende geniessen kann. Die Anlage ist liebevoll gepflegt. Es gibt einen sehr schönen Pool und jeden Tag tolle Tipps und Infos von der Inhaberin. Nicht versäumen sollte man Ihr Willkommensessen. Die Poderi Val Verde ist eine tolle Unterkunft, sie liegt ideal für Ausflüge nach Florenz, Siena und San Gimingnano und u.E. in einem der schönsten Teile der Toskana. Wir freuen uns schon auf unseren Urlaub dort im nächsten Jahr. Vielen Dank für die gute und liebevolle Betreuung an die Inhaberin. Anke und Kai
- Guest anke
- Date of stay 10/16/11
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
heaven in tuscanyGuest comment entered by owner
heaven in tuscany
"Heaven in Tuscany" Poderi Val Verde was the setting for a fabulous vaction with extended family (12), including teenagers. The location was great as we could take a number of day trips to explore Tuscany, from Florence to Siena and small, quaint town throughout the Chianti area. At the end of our long days, we returned to share our stories and much laughter with Ulrike and Fabian, her son. As the weather was unusually hot, it was wonderful to jump in the pool to cool off and relax. The grounds of Poderi Val Verde were terrific. We hiked on the trails, fed the goats, played ping pong, wandered through fragrant gardens and many hours on the patios, playing cards and making great memories. Each morning Ulrike had a terrific breakfast lined up for us. Fresh eggs from her chickens, homemade jams, a variety of cheeses, yogurts and other goodies. The dinners Ulrike prepared were out of this world-- wild boar, venison, pastas and one night an amazing variety of cheeses. Ulrike and Fabian were terrific hosts, helping us learn about the culture and the region. Ulrike's expertise was instrumental in guiding us so well with our planning. Our teenagers and young adults were never bored and so enjoyed the company of Fabian and Ulrike. Of course, nearby Castellina in Chianti with amazing gelato was the hit on most nights! We had so much to do and a week wasn't enough to take it all in. We dream of returning in future years. If you go, and you really should, stay two weeks and have the time of your life!
- Guest amy
- Date of stay 03/17/11
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
charmingGuest comment entered by owner
"Charming and Rustic in the center of the Chianti region" Charming and very tuscan - we loved Il Refugio. The sat nite dinner was fabulous and we loved meeting the other couples/families who were staying there. Ended up spending 3 more evenings together - made our vacation very enjoyable
- Guest the gardenlady
- Date of stay 09/16/11
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
delightful stay in tuscanyGuest comment entered by owner
delightful stay in tuscany
"Delightful stay in Tuscany" My wife and I stayed here for part of our honeymoon after a busy week in Rome. It was the perfect place to unwind and relax, tucked away in a valley teeming with wildlife observed from the pool or one of the various trails leading away from the garden into the hills and neighbouring Chianti Classico valleys. We came without a car and the local village, Castellina in Chianti, is an easy 30min walk through the valley and along a bit of road. Il Rustico is just the right size for a couple looking for a snug getaway. We cooked most of our meals in the kitchen, relaxed on a couple of cooler evenings on the sofa and gathered some wood from the forests to have an open flame barbecue one evening. Ulrike was an energetic host, even taking us into Siena one evening to watch her choir perform in the historic Palazzo Pubblico followed by an uproarious meal in a pizza restaurant with the choir, who all started belting out operatic classics at the end of the meal! We would also recommend the delicious welcome meal, and the cooking lesson was great fun.
- Guest tom
- Date of stay 10/08/12
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
listening to the sounds of silence at nightGuest comment entered by owner
listening to the sounds of silence at night
"Listening to the sounds of silence at night!" Ulrike is a charming host. You have privacy and spend your time as you wish but she is there if you have questions or needs. She is also a great cook and offers a welcome dinner for new arrivals. We arrived too late for that but did take her cooking class later in the week. We will use these recipes when we get home. The country estate was beautiful, there was the sweet aroma of flowers always present. I have allergies but was not bothered here. The studio apt. that we stayed in had everything we needed and a lovely private terrace to enjoy breakfast and a late night meal or glass of wine. The perfect stettng for a romantic Italian escape. It was a great location for day trips to local wineries and historical cities in the area. It was also great for families. There is a big refreshing pool, ping pong, a play area and hiking trails.
- Guest judy
- Date of stay 07/04/12
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
fantatsische locatie ..Guest comment entered by owner
fantatsische locatie ..
"Fantastische locatie - prima appartement" De locatie is perfect, centraal gelegen voor bezoeken aan Florence, Siena, San Gimignano en vele wijntours en proeverijeN in de omgeving. De accommodatie was schoon en groot genoeg voor 2. De omgeving is prachtig en heerlijk rustig. De eigenaresse Ulrike is fantastisch, heel vriendelijk en behulpzaam. Haar kookles is erg gezellig, lekker en leerzaam! Een aanrader, net als het welkomstdiner. We hebben er heerlijk kunnen relaxen en van alles genoten. Vergeet vooral ook niet n fles van haar heerlijke olijfolie mee naar huis te nemen!
- Guest party of 2
- Date of stay 08/06/12
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec €500 - €80/night - May,June,Sept. -€550 - €85/night July, Aug. -€650 - €95/night - minimum stay: 3 nights, low 5 nights week rates for standard occupation of 2 pers., sofa-bed surcharge €70/wk incl. standard utilities (except heating), insurance, bed+table+bath linen, pool towels,bathrobes,room fan,final cleaning, starters:spices,coffee,tea,wc paper, soap,detergent, extras: taxes € 10,50/wk/adult, heating acc/consumption, baby bed+ chair €42+€12/wk,pets €50/wk,welcome diner €35/adult, breakfast €70/wk cookery courses as of€70 , - earlybird 10%, lastminute 15%,
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Year Purchased: 1997
About the owner: The German owner Ulrike with her son Fabian (presently in Germany) - both English speaking outgoing and openminded people that will gladly be of assistance and share their experiences with their many international guests.
Why the Owner Chose Castellina in Chianti:
Was infected with the 'Tusan virus' after my first visit (like so many others) some 30 years ago and after various vacations decided to finally settle in the heart of Tuscany - the Chianti Classico' area. Here I found everything I ever longed for - nature, peace, clean air, good food and fantastic wines and culture of the highest level. After some years I decided to share my experiences (also cooking) with guest from all over the world and opened a rental activity.
The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
there are few places that are so central to everything, and offer so much - located only 500 m from the main road but in absolute silence of the surrounding nature (the only nature preserve area in the Siena region) - you are closed to most important sights and places of Tuscany - 5 min to the next town, so social contacts are guaranteed - less then 1 hours from the next major airport (Florence) so getting here is no problem - fantastic marked trekking trails starting from your doorstep (stunning nature in winter or spring) , biking of the finest (on the tracks of the Giro d'Italia, golfing with the elite, or simply enjoying a glass of wine, some pecorino cheese on your personal patio, watching deer and wild boar pass by, Tuscan eagles soaring above this magnificant privately owned valley - what can one ask more for
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small covered, unheated, pool for cooler periods
thats where the cookery classes take place
little helpers at work in my vegetable garden
red and black devils at work during a cookery class
you may help us feed our sheep
front view of house complex
help us pick olives in november
hiking at its best
newborn girl twins with their godmothers in sept 2013
perfect surrounding for archery - lessons on request
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