Cozy Lowcost Studio on Chianti Bio Farm Between Florence & Siena
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Despise enormous tax increases we will try to nooot raise our rates for 2013
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 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, ).
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
on youtube you find a small video - searching for poderivalverde or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw8ucANYcTw!!!!
- 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...morecollapse
- 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
- Bedroom 1
- 1.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
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 ...morecollapse
- 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...morecollapse
- Ping Pong Table
- CD Player
Pool & Spa
- Communal Pool:
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Live Theater
- Cross Country Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Outlet Shopping
- Eco Tourism
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Botanical Garden
- Winery Tours
- Theme Parks
- Bird Watching
- Hot Air Ballooning
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. ...morecollapse
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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
relaxing in the tuscan sunGuest comment entered by owner
relaxing in the tuscan sun
"Relaxing in the Tuscan Sun" Ulrike was a fab host, and made everyone feel very welcome during the welcome dinner. The complex was expansive and the views were outstanding. We liked being on our terrace at night star gazing with some vino. It was a bit hard to find, however if you had a sat nav no issues. The accommodation was exactly what was expected, and in Tuscany you are out all day and most nights we found, so just needed place to kip and wash. The pool was perfect, private and allowed for engagement with other families and children. Our five year old learned how to swim on holiday, and this was brilliant. our daughter was fascinated with the sheep, cats, dogs and bugs around the property. The village close, Castillina in Chianti was the prettiest one we encountered, with friendly restaurants and shops. A must is gettin a couple scoops of gelato from the shop in the village, it is a favourite. Easy access - 25 mins to Florence and Siena. It was nice to have Ulrike make us breakfast to start our day, and in summer would recommend site seeing in am, then the pool in afternoon as it does get hot. We enjoyed some wine tasting and tour about 10 mins away at a lovely vineyard, Casa Emma and brought home some lovely vino. A dont miss is Panzano, and Dario the famous butcher...anyone in the village can direct you to his shop- the pork and salami are to die for and make good lunches w/bread and cheeses. We will be returning and was one of the best holidays we have had. plus the guaranteed sun is great coming fro
- Guest nancy
- Date of stay 08/17/12
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
tuscan charmGuest comment entered by owner
"Tuscan Charm" If you want a great central location, comfortable accommodations,a great home base for your stay in Tuscany, stay here. Poderi VV is within 25km of every major site you want to see, easy access to Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra and only a couple minutes away from Castellina. Castellina is a nice home base - small, charming town with several nice restaurants, two coffee shops (1 w/Wifi), a good grocery (co op), lovely old italian architecture and town square. The apts are comfortable and nicely appointed with kitchen gear, towels, everything you need for a short or long stay. Great spot for families and couples alike. Great pool. note: if you are looking for 5 star hotel type accommodations, this is not your place. If you want a comfortable home away from home, then this should fit your needs. The owner is very helpful in recommending restaurants, sites to see and how to get to them. The welcome dinner on Sat night is excellent local fare-lots of food and wine and a great way to meet others staying there at the same time. highly recommended. ( Note that they do have dogs and cats on premise and they are friendly and will visit occasionally. ) we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, beauty and privacy of this spot. Note that the studio called "il rifugio" is quite small but very functional and with a large patio. We will definitely stay there again.
- Guest cp
- Date of stay 10/03/12
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
Refuge in the hills
Refuge in the hills
We spent three nights in this studio apartment. The studio is located on a working farm and occupies part of a building with other apartments. There are several buildings on the property. The studio is small, but it had everything we needed. The shower is one of the biggest we have ever had in an apartment. There are cats, dogs, chickens, etc. on the property, and we were visited daily by one or two of the cats. If you are not an animal lover or are allergic to animals, then this is not the place for you. The cats are sweet, but they will want love and attention if you sit outside :). We took day trips from the apartment to Sienna, San Gimignano, and other towns—the apartment is in a good location for that.
- Guest Mary T
- Date of stay 10/16/12
- Review Submitted 12/04/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, pet owners, age 55+.
general reviewsGuest comment entered by owner
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- Guest various
- Date of stay 11/12/12
- Review Submitted 11/12/12
Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec - €500/wk - €80/night - May,June, Sept. -€550/wk - €85/night July, Aug. -€650/wk - €95/night - minimum stay: 3 nights, low 5 nights rates for standard occupation of 2 pers., sofa-bed surcharge €50/wk incl. standard utilities (except heating), insurance, bed+table+bath linen, pool towels, bathrobes, room fans, final cleaning, starters of spices, coffee, tea, toilet paper, soap + detergent extra: visitor's tax, heating,baby bed+chair, pets,welcome diner, breakfast servic cookery courses, hiking - earlybird 10%, lastminute 15%, 2nd week 10%***
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
This owner accepts: Credit cards.
Call the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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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