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Panoramic Views from Enchanting Two Bedroom Flat in Medieval Fortress Town

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Medieval archway leading into the hamlet which dates back to the year 1202

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Last updated: 10/27/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Barberino Val d'Elsa condo description

This well appointed two-bedroom apartment located within the walls of a quaint fortress town dating back to the year 1200, was featured in an architectural design magazine. Located on the second, and top floor of an ancient palazzo in the heart of the Chianti wine region (2 short flights of stairs - 23 steps in all), this lovely apartment offers panoramic views over the Chianti wine region of Tuscany. Midway between Florence and Siena (30 minutes by car in either direction), the property and hamlet offers guests the perfect solution for visiting both cities and the numerous hilltop villages surrounding them. The owners (American and Florentine), were faithful in preserving the property's medieval charm during the renovation project. The eclectic mix of antiques and Asian art makes for a cozy spot to hang one's hat while visiting this magical region of Tuscany. The apartment centers around a spacious living room/dining room and well appointed kitchen alcove (the owner is a private chef/culinary instructor who has written a cookbook/memoir). Thus, everything one needs to create a savory Tuscan meal can be found in the fingertip kitchen (including toaster, microwave, dishwasher). Adjacent the kitchen alcove sits an antique marble-top table that comfortably seats six. Two comfortable sofas, along with a cd player, complete this central room (the t.v. with English channels is located in the master bedroom).

Off the kitchen sits one of the two bedrooms. This bedroom has two twin beds and an armchair/convertible single bed, making it a comfortable spot for two to three guests. The bedroom window opens onto extensive views of the Tuscan countryside. The Italian tiled bathroom, with walk-in shower, sits next to this bedroom.

From the central room a lovely stone and wrought-iron staircase leads up to the master bedroom with its queen size bed, comfortable sofa and t.v. with satellite disk. A cozy, private terrace with bistro table, sun umbrella and barbeque is located off this bedroom. The extensive views from the bifora window and rooftop terrace makes it the perfect spot to admire the region’s patchwork vineyards and silvery olive groves, especially at sunset. For early risers, make it a point to peek out the bedroom windows at sunrise to view the beauty of a Tuscan dawn. A memorable site one will always treasure.

Guests choosing to vacation in a hamlet are generally those wanting to mingle with locals; thus experiencing everyday Tuscan life. The charming wine bar 'Canto di Baccio' in the hamlet's tiny square is the perfect spot to do just that. And for those who feel that the choice of village life means giving up an important summer creature comfort (i.e. lounging around a poolside) I am happy to say there are a few lovely country pools within a 10 minute drive of the property where one can have a dip or simply relax after a long day of sightseeing. Just toss swimsuits and towels in the car before setting out for the day. I will supply information on the whereabouts of two lovely pools I feel guests will enjoy.

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Property Type

  • Condo
  • On floor 2
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Private Chef

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

                The sleep chair makes into a single bed...moreless

              • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) portable camping style crib, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) single sofa chair/bed...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Other Amenities

                  • Owner is happy to help guests organize anything that might make their time in Tuscany memorable (i.e. putting them in touch with guides for sightseeing or wine tasting; booking private dinners in Florentine homes...)...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    There is a large selection of books in the house as well as maps and information on the area...moreless

                  • CD Player
                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Cable for receiving CNN, BBC and a few other English speaking as well as foreign channels is in place....moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    There is a radio/cd player in the living area along with a handful of cds (Pavorotti anyone?)...moreless

                  • Television:

                    The t.v. is located in the master bedroom....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic

                  Attractions

                  • Churches
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Water Parks
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Monument View:

                    Extensive views of neighboring medieval hamlets and fortress towns resting on knolls. San Gimignano or Tuscany's OZ can all be admired in the distance from the property's rooftop terrace. ...moreless

                  • Village:

                    Medieval Fortress town dating back to the year 1200...moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Swimming

                  Dining

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 6 people

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning:

                    There are two units in the flat, both are situated in the bedrooms. With doors open, the units also cool the central sitting/dining area....moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    There is an 8.00 euro per day supplemental charge for heating during the winter months (Nov 1 - April 1). ...moreless

                  • Internet:

                    The property is equipped with wireless internet with password entrance. There is also a small computer for those who do not have iphone or ipad for reading emails....moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking Off Street:

                    There are two parking lots, free of charge, just outside the gothic archway leading into the hamlet. Both are a two minute stroll from the property....moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Land line for incoming calls. Outgoing calls will be charged international rates...moreless

                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine

                  Kitchen

                  • Catering Available:

                    Owner is the author of La Mia Toscana - Food Tales and Recipes available on www.lulu.com id 14474352. She also conducts private culinary workshops in-house. Ask for details...moreless

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Italian mokka...moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen:

                    complete with four burner stovetop, electric oven, micro-wave, dishwasher, fridge/freeze, toaster...moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    This small roof top patio, with its breathtaking views, bistrot table and chairs, is a lovely spot to watch the sun set over Tuscany. ...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    A built-in grill is located on the terrace for barbequing....moreless

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Communal Pool:

                        Two lovely country pools are within a 10 minute drive of the property. Ask owner for details....moreless

                       

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                      4 night min stay
                      €125

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                      • Taxes Included

                      Notes:

                      A supplemental heating fee of 8.00 euro per day will be applied to stays from November 1st to April 1st.

                      An additional final cleaning fee of 30.00 euro will be added to minimum stays of 4 nights.

                      30% deposit upon booking; balance upon arrival


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                      Last updated: 10/27/2014
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                      Location

                      35 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Florence (Peretola)
                      7 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      Poggibonsi

                      Car: Recommended

                      Barberino is connected to the neighboring village of Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa (2 km) by a lovely walkway that runs through vineyards and olive groves. Every Thursday the village of Tavarnelle has its weekly market. A walk to the market and back is recommended. There are also numerous village fairs and festivals in the area happening throughout the spring and summer months. November is also olive picking season. A trip to the hamlet’s ancient olive pressing mill is a must. Florence is merely 35 minutes by car, Siena is roughly 40 minutes. Both cities are highly recommended; as is Certaldo Alto (15 minutes by car). The home of Boccaccio - (The Decameron) is located in this lovely medieval fortress town constructed of red terracotta bricks. Park in the square in the lower city and take the Funicular up the side of the hill to the village above. San Gimignano is also just a 25 minute drive away. Volterra (another monumental fortress town) is less than an hour’s drive. There is plenty of information in the apartment with maps and suggestions of places to see and things to do. I am always happy to send folks off in the right direction to discover the many treasures (hidden and non) of this beautiful region of Tuscany. Not to forget, the property sits in the western Chianti region... thus lots of wineries to visit and tasting to be had for those so inclined. There is a great organic wine bar in the hamlet itself.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1988

                      About the owner: When my husband and I took on the immense job of restoring our property back in the late eighties it quickly became our third child. So much so that upon its completion in 1992 I insisted we move in rather than use it as our second home. And we did just that. But, after just four years of hamlet life, work took us to Florence. And although we spent weekends in our cozy country gem, our jaunts to the hamlet became less and less frequent as the boys began their soccer engagements and city activities. Since I am a firm believer that homes are to be lived in, I decided to share our enchanting spot with those who would like to experience authentic Tuscan life in an 800 year old fortress town. And believe me, it is an authentic experience. The villagers are very friendly and always happy to open their arms to our guests. Being a cooking instructor and writer (I am the author of a book entitled: Tuscan Life - Food Tales & Recipes found on-line through www.lulu.com), I've made sure my fingertip kitchen has everything one needs to prepare savory Tuscan feasts. I also conduct hands-on culinary workshops up at the property when asked. Simply email me for particulars about my courses or private dinners hosted in our penthouse apartment in Florence.

                      Why the Owner Chose Barberino Val d'Elsa:
                      Upon relocating to Tuscany from my native California in the late 70's, I happened upon this tiny hamlet on a Sunday afternoon drive through the countryside. I immediately knew I had to have a piece of this paradise. After nearly 10 years of waiting, the day my Florentine husband came home and told me there was a small property in the hamlet for sale, I didn't hesitate. Whatever it was, it would be ours. Patience is a virture I always say. Though our property isn’t large, the 800 square feet we own in the hamlet sits high above everyone, dominating the countryside. I venture to say it is the best spot in the village. How many can boast of having bird eye views of Tuscany in all directions from their bedroom? The restoration of the property took nearly 2 years (the hamlet is protected by the state's historical society making permits difficult and time consuming). Once finished, the property was featured in the design magazine - Case di Campagna. Needless to say, I was proud. All the money I spent buying that very magazine to get decorating and restoration ideas for two years really paid off! For when a friend of a friend sent the magazine over to see the property I was thrilled.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
                      Enchanting panoramic views, mingling with the locals and excellent country fare, coupled with the tranquility of hamlet life is what our property has to offer its guests.


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                      Photos

                      • Medieval archway leading into the hamlet which dates back to the year 1202

                        Medieval archway leading into the hamlet which dates back to the year 1202

                      • Dining area with its ‘pietra serena’ staircase leading to masterbedroom

                        Dining area with its ‘pietra serena’ staircase leading to masterbedroom

                      • dining area

                        dining area

                      • Another shot of kitchen with terrace off of master bedroom above

                        Another shot of kitchen with terrace off of master bedroom above

                      • sitting room

                        sitting room

                      • bifora window in master bedroom

                        bifora window in master bedroom

                      • master bedroom and terrace

                        master bedroom and terrace

                      • Sunset from the terrace

                        Sunset from the terrace

                      • Downstairs twin bedroom

                        Downstairs twin bedroom

                      • view from down stairs bedroom

                        view from down stairs bedroom

                      • Wine bar in hamlet's quaint square.

                        Wine bar in hamlet's quaint square.

                      • views from the hamlet

                        views from the hamlet

                      • The main cobblestone street where the property is located

                        The main cobblestone street where the property is located

                      • another shot of staircase

                        another shot of staircase

                      • The well equipped kitchen alcove in Carrara marble

                        The well equipped kitchen alcove in Carrara marble

                      • sitting area in main room

                        sitting area in main room

                      • Master bedroom with door opening onto panoramic terrace

                        Master bedroom with door opening onto panoramic terrace

                      • View from bifora window

                        View from bifora window

                      • cozy terrace off master bedroom

                        cozy terrace off master bedroom

                      • church view from bifora window in master bedroom

                        church view from bifora window in master bedroom

                      • another view of down stairs twin room

                        another view of down stairs twin room

                      • Bathroom with large walk-in shower

                        Bathroom with large walk-in shower

                      • The village square during the rose festival in May

                        The village square during the rose festival in May

                      • The Abbey in Passignano seen in the distance from rooftop terrace

                        The Abbey in Passignano seen in the distance from rooftop terrace

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                      2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 5

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