Historic Villa with Gardens & Panoramic Views - Near Florence/Siena/Arezzo
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
The CASA COLONCA, a spacious, independent section of a traditional Tuscan villa on two floors with private entrance [sleeps 4 to 5] for short or longer-term stays. For more pictures and information on the region, see featured website link.
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 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.
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.
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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- 130 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Housekeeper Optional
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6
- 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
- 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 !!. If you get tired of driving, take the train from Montevarchi (free long-term parking) and enjoy the landscape with direct trains to Florence, Arezzo, àCortona, Assisa, Perugia, etc. 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
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
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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
- Housekeeper Optional
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
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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This scenic area of Tuscany provides a rural retreat in the midst of vineyards and olive groves with 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.
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° 4 TRAVEL BENEFITS ..... 1. PERFECT LOCATION: Il Poggiolo is within easy reach of the major Tuscan sites of interest, ideal 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). 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. 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 !! 4. EXPERIENCE of LOCAL HOSTS: 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.
- Primary: +39 0559911058 Please note that Italy is usually 6 hours ahead!
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The Casa Colonica is perfectly square, corners = cardinal points of compass.
Il Poggiolo just before sunset. Photo courtesy of Amy Rubin
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!
Sitting room gives out on back garden. Stairs lead up to top floor
Arched stairway with light and shadows that change during the day
Master bedroom with antique furniture, prints ... and reading!
Guidebooks and recreational reading in the lending library
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
Il Poggiolo - landmark stone at entrance to property
Casa Colonica (sustainable) back garden. Rainfall = more or less grass /gravel :
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
Kitchen corner (fireplace no longer in use)
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.
Master bedroom again (different color bedspread).
Twin bedroom with antique chestnut wardrobe
Casa Colonica bathroom - it is spacious!!
Different flowers at different seasons of the year
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.
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Saturday, November 14, 2015
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