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Enchanting Tuscan Farmhouse 16th Century, Private Country Home

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Il Vallone as seen driving up the hill. South East exposure.

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

Arezzo farmhouse description

A charming private home, nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, Il Vallone is a mere 4 km. from the medieval village of Lucignano. A glassed-in loggia overlooks the distant fields, the garden and small pond, teeming with goldfish. The house is cozy enough for two but can sleep up to 5. From my point of view, for comfort, 4 to 5 is the ideal number. Almost all rooms have high ceilings, exposed beams and tile floors. Though we remodeled after purchasing the house, we have respected the original architecture of this 600-year old farmhouse that boasts a windmill and solar panels, as well as high speed internet.

The house has a lower floor with king size bed, small bathroom with shower, living room dining room with piano, fireplace, original travertine sink and manger used for our large collection of books.

There is a small room on the mezzanine with a half bath, and upstairs two bedrooms [one with a double 4 poster bed, the other with an antique 3/4 bed for one person]. The upstairs living room runs the entire length of the house and is divided by a wide arch. The round travertine topped dining table is at one end of the living room. Books cases filled with an eclectic choice give a homey feel to all rooms.

Elisa and Rina are excellent cooks and are willing to share their secrets for the perfect lasagna or tiramisu upon request. They treats all guests as family. [They take turns cooking and cleaning the house].

Though no other houses are in sight, Il Vallone is centrally located and the perfect pied-a'-terre for avid sightseers, as well as the ideal refuge for musicians, writers, artists. Rental period: from April 15 through October 15th, one week minimum stay. I prorate for longer rentals, even if less than two weeks, but there is additional charge for this. I am flexible in terms of day of arrival as it costs less to fly on a week day.

Fun fact: In the summer of 2009, Juliette Binoche (best actress at Cannes Festival, 2010), starred in 'Certified Copy,' mostly shot in Lucignano.

Keywords: House, 600-year-old renovated Farmhouse, Private Country Home

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Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 1935 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Suitability

      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

        Must be 21 or older....moreless

      • Non Smoking Only:

        Nobody has smoked inside the house in over 30 years. Two of the owners are severely allergic to smoke. Any smokers are kindly requested to smoke outdoors....moreless

      • Not Suitable For Children:

        The house is full of antiques, glass-topped tables, stone staircases. I welcome infants [have 1 crib] and children over twelve. If you have a child in between these ages, feel free to contact owner to discuss issue. ...moreless

      • Pets Not Allowed:

        We did have a cat you may see mentioned in comments, but she sadly passed away three years ago. She was an outdoor cat....moreless

      • Wheelchair Accessible:

        the bedroom/apartment on the ground floor is wheelchair accessible. See previous posting....moreless

      Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

      • Bedroom 1

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      • Bedroom 2

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      • Bedroom 3

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      • Bedroom 4

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      • King size bed (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) One 3/4 antique French bed, only large enough for one adult [despite the number of beds, I only rent to a maximum of 5 people]...moreless

      Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

      Other Amenities

          • Private country home, 2 living rooms with fireplaces, excellent collection of books, lovely piano, private lake and riding 5 min. away, cook/maid available 13 Euros x hour-cleaning if you wish additional cleaning [one cleaning during your week stay plus final cleaning included in rental price], cooking lessons (homemade pasta etc.) 16 Euros x hour. Intimate atmosphere, true privacy yet village with many amenities only 10 minutes away. Charming garden, wooded terraces and small fish pond. Idyllic setting. Il Vallone is a 600-year old farmhouse....moreless

          Entertainment

          • Games:

            scrabble, cards...moreless

          • Music Library:

            there is a small collection of CDs, mostly classical music...moreless

          Theme

          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Romantic
          • Spa
          • Tourist Attractions

          Attractions

          • Churches
          • Duty Free Shops
          • Festivals
          • Health/Beauty Spa
          • Live Theater
          • Museums
          • Restaurants
          • Water Parks
          • Winery Tours

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Babysitter
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services

          Leisure Activities

          • Antiquing
          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Horseback Riding
          • Outlet Shopping
          • Photography
          • Scenic Drives
          • Shopping
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking

          Location Type

          • Mountain View
          • Rural

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Cycling
          • Equestrian Events
          • Hiking
          • Hot Air Ballooning
          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
          • Swimming
          • Tennis

          Dining

          • Dining:

            There are two dining areas, upstairs the round travertine table sits 6, as does the downstairs rectangular glass topped table. ...moreless

          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 6 people

          General

          • Air Conditioning:

            No air conditioning but we have fans and place bottles of frozen water in front of them! ...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            A traditional clothes line where clothes dry quickly under the hot sun!...moreless

          • Covered Parking:

            There is covered parking but I usually leave my car at the top of the driveway, under the large oak....moreless

          • Fireplace:

            Original open hearth fireplace with a wood burning stove at one end of the living room on second floor that runs the length of the house....moreless

          • Hair Dryer
          • Heating:

            Gas furnace. The price for heating is exorbitant so I have to charge extra for heating according to meter. As a rule I do not rent in the winter months....moreless

          • Internet:

            Have just installed satellite wifi internet service. Very fast and dependable. Use skype for phone calls. There is a limit to usage, specified upon arrival....moreless

          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided:

            All linens are provided: sheets, pillow cases, blankets, puffs. ...moreless

          • Living Room:

            Two living rooms upstairs, one downstairs. ...moreless

          • Mobile Phone:

            Most US cell phones work but you have to make arrangements with your service provider for international calling. Also have to choose a specific location in the house for best reception! ...moreless

          • Parking:

            Plenty of room to park beyond the house or below if you prefer not seeing any cars....moreless

          • Telephone:

            Telephone calls are extra. I leave a calling card that gives up to 300 min. When you call from landline, you only pay local calling fee which is calculated by the phone company. Most cell phones work...moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Hand, bidet, bath towels, washcloths, dish towels, plus beach towels....moreless

          • Washing Machine
          • Wood Fireplace:

            Smaller fireplace in 1st floor living room. ...moreless

          • Wood Stove:

            A large and very handsome wood stove with a access through large glass window in front or from side. Plenty of wood. Can also be used to cook. ...moreless

          Kitchen

          • Catering Available:

            Elisa is a wonderful cook and you can order from a bilingual menu. She always cooks dinner for the night of arrival and buys staples for breakfast. She can cook for vegans, vegetarians, people who are gluten or lactose intolerant when necessary....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Traditional Italian coffee maker [not electric]...moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            All normally required utensils are available....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Both upstairs and downstairs are fully equipped with dishes and cooking utensils, pots, pans, salad spinner, toaster, thunder stick, baking dishes etc. ...moreless

          • Dishwasher:

            In upstairs kitchen....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            There is a full kitchen upstairs, very compact, and additional stove, refrigerator and freezer on the first floor....moreless

          • Microwave
          • Oven
          • Pantry Items
          • Refrigerator:

            (2) One in upstairs Kitchen, the other in the cellar....moreless

          • Stove:

            Two gas stoves, one in upstairs kitchen, the other in downstairs living room...moreless

          • Toaster

          Outside

          • Bicycles:

            One can rent bicycles in nearby Monte San Savino. ...moreless

          • Deck / Patio:

            Large open terrace with travertine table and outdoor chairs....moreless

          • Lanai / Gazebo:

            Enclosed loggia overlooking garden and woods. We have 2 and a half acres of land, mostly terraced, and are surrounded by fields and woods....moreless

          • Lawn / Garden:

            There is a lawn with flower beds in front of the house and several terraced areas leading down to the windmill ...moreless

          Pool / Spa

              • Private Pool:

                No pool but there are two private lakes where our guests can swim, one 5 minutes away by car (or within walking distance), the other 10 min. away by car. Sometimes there is access to large lake only....moreless

               

              Reviews

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Spring
              Apr 15 - May 31, 2015
              7 night min stay

              €900
              High
              Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015
              7 night min stay

              €1,250
              Low
              Sep 1 - Oct 15, 2015
              7 night min stay

              €1,000

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • Refundable Damage Deposit €250
              • Tip for Rina €45
              • Taxes Included

              Notes:

              Normally renters request dinner for the evening of their arrival. Elisa will also shop for basics, including bread, butter, milk [soy/ rice milk], jams, coffee, tea, mineral water, fruit, cereal or croissants and of course wine! If you are interested in renting and obtaining further information, please get in touch with me. I will send you the menu from which to choose plus additional information.

              Weekly quotes are in euros. You may pay in full upon arrival, or in two installments. For 1 week in Spring $250. when locking in dates, plus balance of 625. euros, payable in cash to Rina or Carlo, my caretakers.

              For 1 week in High Season, $350. when locking in dates, plus balance of 850. euros, payable in cash.

              For one week in Fall $250. when locking in, plus balance of 700. euros in cash.


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              Location

              • Basilica di San Francesco

                "Stunning church with affreschi by Piero della Francesca"

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              • Lucignano

                "Medieval walled village with unique elliptical plan. For details, see http://en.wikipedia.or..."

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              110 Kilometres
              Nearest Airport
              Florence
              4 Kilometres
              Nearest Barpub
              Lucignano
              33 Kilometres
              Nearest Train
              Arezzo
              20 Kilometres
              Nearest Motorway
              Autostrada del Sole
              4 Kilometres
              Nearest Restaurant
              Lucignano
              1.5 Kilometres
              Nearest Beach
              private lake

              Car: Necessary

              Il Vallone and Lucignano itself are ideally situated for sightseeing, both to famed Tuscan hilltop towns, renowned wineries, outlet shopping, as well as to Florence, Perugia, Assisi, Rome. Plenty of activities including hot air ballooning, hiking, golf [30-60min. away], museums, churches, the Palio in Siena, wine tours, spas, and of course any number of restaurants.

              From July 19-27 there is a series of gorgeous concerts offered by the Origo family at their castle near Pienza. [click on translation for details]

              http://www.itslafoce.org/?action=home

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1970

              About the owner: Brought up in Italy, I taught Italian literature and film in Boston area universities for 30 years. Since retiring from teaching, I have turned to writing and social activism. I am working on two memoirs and serve on several boards, including Polaris Project, leading anti-human trafficking NGO in the US, co-founded by my son, and Chinese Adoptees Links International. I spend two months a year at Il Vallone, one in the spring and one in the fall both because I adore being there, and to check on upkeep.

              Why the Owner Chose Arezzo:
              When my mother bought Il Vallone in 1970 she lived there year round. After many years in Florence, she was seeking the peace and quiet of the countryside, yet a location that was within easy driving distance of the hilltop villages and major cities. Due to my professional commitments I cannot live in Italy full time, much as I would like to. However week spent there is steeped in beauty and peace.

              The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
              Delectable food, great wines and cheeses, beauty both within the house and surrounding area, privacy without being too isolated. and the invaluable service of Rina. Shelves upon shelves of books, a gorgeous piano and a boom box with small collection of CDs (classical) offer entertainment for those who wish to just spend a day or two relaxing. The last 2 Sundays in May, Lucignano puts on the Maggiolata to welcome summer, a unique festival with floats decorated with thousands of carnations. The last weekend in September, during Le Memorie del Passato, the village steps back into the past (19th century), adopting sumptuod costumes of the time and opening up workshops for the numerous artisans who represent a whole variety of trades. Both celebrations are colorful and culturally fascinating. There are also smaller monthly or bi-weekly festivals, featuring local crafts, olive oil tasting, local foods, truffles, wines, pageantry and more. All surrounding villages also hold an increasing number of small fairs, pageants, 'degustationi' of locally produced products. Each one is unique and helps one to delve deeper into the heart of Tuscan life.


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              Speaks: english, french, italian

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              Photos

              • Il Vallone as seen driving up the hill. South East exposure.

                Il Vallone as seen driving up the hill. South East exposure.

              • First floor bedroom

                First floor bedroom

              • First Floor living room/dining room, North end

                First Floor living room/dining room, North end

              • View of lawn and fish pond from the Loggia

                View of lawn and fish pond from the Loggia

              • Second floor bedroom, Vermont 4 poster bed

                Second floor bedroom, Vermont 4 poster bed

              • Second Floor living room, East end

                Second Floor living room, East end

              • Second floor living room with fire place and chaise longue, West end

                Second floor living room with fire place and chaise longue, West end

              • Terrace with travertine table - outdoor furniture not visible

                Terrace with travertine table - outdoor furniture not visible

              • Small lake, five minutes from house. Not always available

                Small lake, five minutes from house. Not always available

              • On the way into Lucignano

                On the way into Lucignano

              • Re-enactment of a traditional renaissance pageant

                Re-enactment of a traditional renaissance pageant

              • Main Staircase and South West end of the house

                Main Staircase and South West end of the house

              • First Floor living room/dining room, South end

                First Floor living room/dining room, South end

              • The Loggia

                The Loggia

              • Mezzanine room with half bath

                Mezzanine room with half bath

              • Upstairs bathroom with tub and bidet

                Upstairs bathroom with tub and bidet

              • View of two upstairs living rooms separated by archway

                View of two upstairs living rooms separated by archway

              • Second floor living room with travertine dining table

                Second floor living room with travertine dining table

              • Oleander along Walkway in full bloom

                Oleander along Walkway in full bloom

              • Large lake, open at all times

                Large lake, open at all times

              • Market Day in Lucignano

                Market Day in Lucignano

              • Circular steps of main village church, at center of ellipse

                Circular steps of main village church, at center of ellipse

              • Village of Lucignano with unique elliptical  layout.

                Village of Lucignano with unique elliptical layout.

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              Date last modified - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

              €900 - €1,250 per week (EUR)
              7

              4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 5

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              Speaks: english, french, italian
              • Calendar last updated: 09/25/2014
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