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Historic Villa, Large Garden and Panoramic Views-Near Florence/Siena/Arezzo

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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Montevarchi villa description

The CASA COLONCA, a spacious, independent section of an historic Villa on two floors with private entrance [sleeps 4 to 6] for short or longer-term stays. For more pictures and information on the region, see featured website link.

INSIDE:
The CASA COLONICA comprised the original owner's apartments, now renovated with modern conveniences (such as WI-FI internet), luxury appointments, traditional furniture and original prints.
- UPSTAIRS there are two comfortable bedrooms with beamed ceilings, antique wardrobes, writing tables and large windows with stunning views onto the gardens and surrounding countryside. The huge bathroom features a tub/shower and enough floor space for morning yoga exercises!
- DOWNSTAIRS are the daytime living quarters with arched doors and windows giving out onto the garden. The sitting room has two daybeds, a SAT-TV+DVD, a lending library with recreational reading, guidebooks and cookbooks. Flooded with afternoon sunlight, this room is a perfect place to curl up and plan your day trips, read, or enjoy an glass of wine. The downstairs also features a well-equipped 'taverna' kitchen to make espresso for breakfast, and practice your Tuscan cooking skills. You will enjoy the traditional Tuscan chestnut cabinets, two tables to spread out food and maps, and lots of seating arrangements.
- FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE you will also find a microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. There are drying racks for clothes, and an iron & ironing board.
- ALL ROOMS have large windows with views. The house has 60 cm thick walls, which means it is delightfully cool in summer, but for extra comfort there are there are fans in every room. All bedroom and bath windows have screens. Banister and child gate on stairs.

OUTSIDE:
Outside is an extended, rustic garden area with a panoramic view over the rolling hills and vineyards of the Valdarno. Both sunny and shady areas. Do not miss the breathtaking sunsets and the deer that graze in the fields at twilight. The garden also features large terracotta pots of flowers (in bloom according to season), a table with chairs and lounge chairs and benches. In the garden you can breakfast and dine 'al fresco,' or just watch the sunset with a glass of wine. From Il Poggiolo you can see the Valdarno valley, the Appennine mountains, the Sienese hills, and on a good day, all the way to Vallombrosa.
- PRIVATE PARKING on the property.

LOCATION:
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.

NO PETS & NO SMOKING (inside) please - allergy controlled environment.

MAIN ASSETS:
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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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 130 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Catering Available

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Events Allowed
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome:

                Child cot or low child bed available upon request. ...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking not allowed in house, but in garden is permitted....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed:

                Pets are absolutely not allowed, neither inside nor outside....moreless

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 baby crib

                Baby crib or child cot can be added upon request...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single, 1 child bed

                Third (real) bed can be added upon request...moreless

              • Bedrooms furnished with traditional Tuscan furniture and antique prints. Sheets, extra pillows, cozy blankets and quilts (anti-allergic) provided. Bedrooms give out onto garden, with views onto the hills of the Valdarno. Screens on windows. Fans provided for summer (usually not necessary, the house has such thick walls it stays very cool !!). ...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

                LARGE bathroom, with enough room for morning yoga!...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • The owners live on-site, and are available for travel tips and restaurant suggestions (they commute to work in Florence). Il Poggiolo is situated in the Valdarno, a convenient distance from Florence, Siena and Arezzo !!. Good walking and hiking in the area, amazing food and fabulous views. Guidebooks and language aids for adults, toys and games for children, a real home away from home... Tuscan style!...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Guidebooks, Maps, Recreational Reading, Cookbooks, Classics, Art + Art History, Mystery stories .........moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • Games:

                    Cards and board games for children...moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television:

                    Only satellite channels...moreless

                  • Toys:

                    Toy chest for children , parents please check what is appropriate according to the ages of your children (Duplo small parts etc.)....moreless

                  • Video Library:

                    DVDs in multiple languages available for guests, please inquire....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Attractions

                  • Churches
                  • Festivals
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Photography
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain View:

                    Appenine mountain range in distance, with lovely trails and stupendous views. ...moreless

                  • Rural:

                    Hilltop in countryside, private gardens. Lovely views onto Arno Valley, Chianti hills and Appenine mountains. Scenic walks starting right at your front door. ...moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis

                  Dining

                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    For dining inside, place mats and table cloths provided....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 8 people

                  General

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Heating authorized by local municipality between 15th April and 1st November each year. Heating charged at cost (individual meter) €4.50 per cubic meter....moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Sheets, towels, kitchen towels, provided. Thermal spa/pool/beach towels provided on request....moreless

                  • Living Room:

                    Two day beds + two armchairs, flatscreen SAT-TV, DVD...moreless

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Private parking in Il Poggiolo parking area, near accommodations....moreless

                  • Towels Provided:

                    Weekly change...moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    You will find a clothes-washing machine + drying racks provided (have the sun dry your clothes, they will smell wonderful!)....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Bring your computer already set up for WIFI, you will be furnished a password upon arrival. Guests are required to fill out a form for internet access....moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Catering Available:

                    Local prize-winning 'Gastronomia' in Montevarchi will provide four star meals - just drop in to pick up dinner, or order ahead from their extensive menu.Take-out pizza nearby....moreless

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Moka (espresso) coffee pots of varying sizes + French press....moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    For tea drinkers, there is a kettle and teapot; for coffee fanatics there are real espresso pots and a French press. Plan to bake a cake or a pie - you will find all you need....moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Many many more dishes and utensils than you will probably need, but the Casa Colonica is also a real home !!...moreless

                  • Dishwasher:

                    Works best if you dishes are rinsed a bit before being put in....moreless

                  • Kitchen:

                    Fully equipped country kitchen with built-in chestnut cabinets and granite tops. Dining table seats up to 6 with room to spare. ...moreless

                  • Microwave:

                    Located on top of 'fridge...moreless

                  • Oven:

                    Electric Oven...moreless

                  • Pantry Items:

                    A 'welcome basket' awaits new arrivals with some simple refreshments. You will also find some basics such as sugar, salt and pepper...etc. ...moreless

                  • Refrigerator:

                    Refridgerator is also equipped with freezer compartment....moreless

                  • Stove:

                    5 burner stovetop...moreless

                  • Toaster:

                    Two pieces of toast at a time....moreless

                  Outside

                  • Bicycles:

                    You may rent Bicycles in either Montevarchi or San Giovanni, and have them delivered to the house....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Personal garden area with views of the Tuscan hills and stupendous sunsets. Dining and lounging outside with chairs, tables, shade trees and umbrellas. Roebuck deer graze in the fields at evening....moreless

                  Payment Type

                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      2015 Season
                      Jun 27 - Oct 24, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      €225
                      €1,200

                      Rates are based on 4 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest

                      My Standard Rate
                      7 night min stay

                      €1,200

                      Rates are based on 4 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest


                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      Visitor Tax of €1.50/adult/night for first 4 nights payable on arrival.

                      DISCOUNTS: Casa Colonica for two guests only: 5% discount. Take both the Casa Colonica and the Fienile Villa Cottage simultaneously for a family reunion or a group of friends (= 5 bedrooms 3 baths) : 5% discount !!

                      01 Nov.-15 April : GPL heating charged at cost (individual meter) = €4.00 per cubic mt.


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                      Location

                      70 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Florence (Peretola) + Pisa (Gallileo Gallilei)
                      3 Kilometres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Mercatale Valdarno + Bucine
                      6.5 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      Montevarchi-Terravnuova station
                      8 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Autostrada A-1 (Florence-Rome)
                      3 Kilometres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Lo Schicchero in Mercatale Valdarno
                      145 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach
                      Grossetto, Castiglione della Pescaia, Uccellina

                      Car: Necessary

                      Located in an agricultural area and nature preserve, this scenic area of Tuscany provides both a country retreat and quick and easy access to numerous sites of interest, from Medieval & Renaissance towns (Florence, Siena, Arezzo) to charming local castles, monasteries and hamlets. There are numerous markets with local produce + fine wines, oulet shopping nearby. 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, and in the morning and evening you will see the roebuck deer in the fields around the house.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1994

                      About the owner: In 1994 Allen and I bought the property we had been renting for over 10 years. 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 Montevarchi bank, and decided to carry out a dream: to restore and convert the villa’s barn into a rental cottage, and renovate the part of the villa once occupied by Allen's mother. 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').

                      Why the Owner Chose Montevarchi:
                      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. When Allen's mother moved to the Italian Riviera, the dowager apartments in the 'Casa Colonica' were used on and off by friends and family until we decided to restore them for vacation rental. So far we have been very fortunate with having marvellous guests. We are grateful to Home Away/VRBO for having been such good intermediaries for Il Poggiolo!

                      The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                      N°1. PERFECT LOCATION: Il Poggiolo is within easy reach of the major Tuscan sites of interest, perfect 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). N°2. LUXURY OF SPACE : The Casa Colonica 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 garden also offers the possibility of sunning in lounge chairs, reading in the shade of the evergreen oak , or dining al fresco. N°3 OUTFITTED LIKE A REAL HOME: The Casa Colonica offers you all the advantages of a 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 flatscreen SAT-TV, DVD player, and fast WI-FI. Bedrooms have extra pillows, and cozy blankets and quilts for cool nights. If anything is missing, please let us know !! n°4- EXPERIENCE of LOCALS: 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.


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                      Speaks: english, french, german, italian, for the rest, google translator!

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                      Photos

                      • The Casa Colonica is perfectly square, corners = cardinal points of compass.

                        The Casa Colonica is perfectly square, corners = cardinal points of compass.

                      • Il Poggiolo just before sunset. Photo courtesy of Amy Rubin

                        Il Poggiolo just before sunset. Photo courtesy of Amy Rubin

                      • Casa Colonica cooking corner: granite counters, chestnut cabinets, garden view

                        Casa Colonica cooking corner: granite counters, chestnut cabinets, garden view

                      • Tea and coffee are provided for guests' arrival, in case you need a pick-me-up!

                        Tea and coffee are provided for guests' arrival, in case you need a pick-me-up!

                      • Sitting room gives out on back garden. Stairs lead up to top floor

                        Sitting room gives out on back garden. Stairs lead up to top floor

                      • Arched stairway with light and shadows that change during the day

                        Arched stairway with light and shadows that change during the day

                      • Master bedroom with antique furniture, prints ... and reading!

                        Master bedroom with antique furniture, prints ... and reading!

                      • Twin bedroom

                        Twin bedroom

                      • Guidebooks and recreational reading in the lending library

                        Guidebooks and recreational reading in the lending library

                      • Entrance to sitting/dining area with small gate to keep out summer lizards!

                        Entrance to sitting/dining area with small gate to keep out summer lizards!

                      • Springtime in Casa Colonica garden - in summer there are pink + white oleanders

                        Springtime in Casa Colonica garden - in summer there are pink + white oleanders

                      • Il Poggiolo - landmark stone at entrance to property

                        Il Poggiolo - landmark stone at entrance to property

                      • Casa Colonica (sustainable) back garden. Rainfall = more or less grass /gravel :

                        Casa Colonica (sustainable) back garden. Rainfall = more or less grass /gravel :

                      • Dining/Living room leading through arch to cooking area + Sitting room in back

                        Dining/Living room leading through arch to cooking area + Sitting room in back

                      • Cooking area is actually very light - but I couldn't get the exposure right

                        Cooking area is actually very light - but I couldn't get the exposure right

                      • Kitchen corner (fireplace no longer in use)

                        Kitchen corner (fireplace no longer in use)

                      • The sitting room changes colour with the seasons. Books are everywhere.

                        The sitting room changes colour with the seasons. Books are everywhere.

                      • There is a child gate on the stairs that can be closed if needed.

                        There is a child gate on the stairs that can be closed if needed.

                      • Master bedroom again (different color bedspread).

                        Master bedroom again (different color bedspread).

                      • Twin bedroom with antique chestnut wardrobe

                        Twin bedroom with antique chestnut wardrobe

                      • Casa Colonica bathroom - it is spacious!!

                        Casa Colonica bathroom - it is spacious!!

                      • Different flowers at different seasons of the year

                        Different flowers at different seasons of the year

                      • Another view from Casa Colonica garden (sorry, I am not a good photographer)

                        Another view from Casa Colonica garden (sorry, I am not a good photographer)

                      • Il Poggiol seen from a distance, Arno valley and Appennine hills beyond.

                        Il Poggiol seen from a distance, Arno valley and Appennine hills beyond.

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