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Magical Views from Enchanting Two Bedroom Property 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: 07/04/2014
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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 flat, located within the walls of a quaint fortress town dating back to the year 1200, was featured in an architectural design magazine. Situated on the second and top floor of an ancient palazzo in the heart of the Chianti wine region, midway between Florence and Siena (30 minutes by car in either direction), this beautifully renovated property boasts of a prime position as well as breathtaking views of the countryside; literally one has Tuscany at their fingertips. The owners (American and Florentine), were faithful in preserving the property's medieval charm during the renovation project. The apartment's eclectic mix of antiques and Asian art makes for a cozy spot to hang one's hat while visiting this magical region. 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 needed to create a savory Tuscan meal is found in the fingertip kitchen. The dining area, with its antique marble top table comfortably seating six guests is adjacent the alcove. Two comfortable sofas, for an afternoon of quiet relaxing after a day of sightseeing, complete the main room.

Off the central room, down two steps, is a bedroom with two twin beds and an armchair/convertible single bed. The bedroom's large window opens onto extensive views of the Tuscan countryside. An Italian tiled bathroom with walk-in shower is also located on this level.

The lovely stone and wrought-iron staircase in the main room leads up to the master bedroom with its queen size bed, comfortable sofa and t.v. with satellite disk. A cozy and private terrace, with bistro table, sun umbrella and barbeque completes the upstairs. The extensive views from the terrace makes it the perfect spot to enjoy Tuscan sunsets. To see the region’s patchwork vineyards and silvery olive groves cloaked in rose is nothing short of magical. The bedroom's bi-fora (double arch window) opens onto yet another postcard view of hilltop hamlets, rolling hills and vineyards. Do make it a point to wake at sunrise at least one morning during your stay to view the beauty of a Tuscan dawn. A living picture one will never forget.

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.

Keywords: Condominium

Property Type

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

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Children Welcome

          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

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Catering Available:

            Owner is the author of Tuscan Life - Food Tales and Recipes available on www.lulu.com id 9416032. She also conducts private culinary workshops in-house. Ask for details...moreless

          • Kitchen:

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

          • Coffee Maker:

            Italian mokka...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            6...moreless

          • Dishwasher
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Microwave
          • Stove
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Pantry Items
          • Toaster
          • Oven
          • Refrigerator
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • 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

          • 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

          • Heating:

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

          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Washing Machine

          Other Amenities

              • Owner is happy to help guests to 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

              • 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

              • Books:

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

              • Television:

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

              • CD Player

              Communications

              • 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

              • Telephone:

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

              Pool & Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

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

                  Outdoor Features

                  • 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

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic

                  Location & View

                  • 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

                  Activities

                  • Restaurants
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Swimming
                  • Fishing
                  • Cycling
                  • Hiking
                  • Medical Services
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Laundromat
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Shopping
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Antiquing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Museums
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Water Parks
                  • Ruins
                  • Playground
                  • Churches
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                   

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                  My Standard Rate
                  4 night min stay
                  €125

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit €150
                  • 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


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                  Last updated: 07/04/2014
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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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                  Speaks: italian, english

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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

                  • Cozy living area

                    Cozy living area

                  • The well equipped kitchen alcove in Carrara marble

                    The well equipped kitchen alcove in Carrara marble

                  • Master bedroom with door opening onto panoramic terrace

                    Master bedroom with door opening onto panoramic terrace

                  • View from bifora window

                    View from bifora window

                  • Side view from the master bedroom’s bifora window

                    Side view from the master bedroom’s bifora window

                  • 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. Lovely place to relax and mingle with locals

                    Wine bar in hamlet's quaint square. Lovely place to relax and mingle with locals

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

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

                  • 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

                  • another view of living space with windows looking out onto the village

                    another view of living space with windows looking out onto the village

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

                    Another shot of kitchen with terrace off of master bedroom above

                  • Bifora window in master bedroom

                    Bifora window in master bedroom

                  • Fall view from bifora window

                    Fall view from bifora window

                  • Panoramic terrace overlooking the Tuscan countryside

                    Panoramic terrace overlooking the Tuscan countryside

                  • Another sunset view from terrace

                    Another sunset view from terrace

                  • Another view of twin bedroom with large window opening onto Tuscan countryside

                    Another view of twin bedroom with large window opening onto Tuscan countryside

                  • 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

                  • My cookbook/memoir - culinary workshops and private dinners can be arranged

                    My cookbook/memoir - culinary workshops and private dinners can be arranged

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                  2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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