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Set into the beautiful Chianti hills of Villa Arceno, a vast private estate and nature reserve, the apartment comprises three floors within a renovated traditional Tuscan farmhouse split into three properties. Accessed by its own entrance at ground level from a secluded private garden into a small courtyard leading to a porch which also houses a wood fired oven. A stairway leads up to a private patio 'the Loggia' with exclusive use for 'al fresco' dining seating six. The entrance to the apartment is from the Loggia directly into a spacious living area with fireplace and a dining area accommodating up to eight people and kitchen. At one end a twin single bedroom and bathroom with shower, at the other a stairway leads to a spacious and romantic master bedroom with beautiful views over the vineyards and the village of San Gusmè. A second bathroom elegantly finished with a large bathtub and shower serves the master bedroom. Guests also have the use of a tranquil private swimming pool.
THE ESTATE OF VILLA ARCENO: The Tenuta is a vast area (1000 hectares) of forest, vineyards, olive groves, cypress avenues, dotted with traditional farmhouses “the Casali”, some of which are enigmatic, romantic ruins awaiting restoration. The “Villa” (Manor House) of the estate dates from the 16th century along with its own chapel, a romantic park and lake. From the Villa the original owners would have managed the estate directing the farmhands and peasants who were housed in the Casali along with various farm animals. Il Poggio was once a working Casale but is now restored with modern benefits, it now houses those who wish to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Chianti countryside.
AROUNDABOUTS: From Il Poggio there are views towards the famous Crete (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and beyond towards Monte Amiata. To the rear of the Casale lies the medieval walled village of San Gusmè, a short 15 minute walk through the vines where, if one pleases may have a drink at the village café and admire panoramic views in almost all directions to Siena and its Torre del Mangia. All areas of the estate are reached by “strade bianche”, literally “white roads” which are unpaved. Although used by the public these roads are quiet, allowing walking, cycling and jogging at one’s own pace. The surrounding region is stuffed with history, art, food and wine. Siena, with its famous “Palio” an exciting adrenaline fueled horse race (2nd July and 16th August) is only 15 minutes away. With Italy’s excellent road network, Florence, San Giminiano, le Crete, Pienza, Montalcino, Cortona and Arezzo are with easy reach for day trips. In the other direction Umbria with Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio and Todi.
AMENITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT: Famous for food and wine there are many places to see and go to in order to discover the flavours of Chianti. You may be a passive or active participant, either eating and drinking the results or endeavouring to discover by involving yourself in making the results through cooking or winery lessons at source. If you are the more active type you may divert yourself through a round of golf or horse riding. Should you prefer to indulge yourself in pure relaxation a day lounging at the seaside or a spa may be your preference. Packed full of history and art, there are many galleries, exhibitions, museums, churches,palaces and other diverse artisanal places to be discovered. Or you may lounge around the pool......
Twin beds can be adjoined and make a king bed. Ceiling fan....moreless
Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 baby crib
King bed. Bed linen also for the cot are provided.Celing fan...moreless
Both bedrooms, as for the rest of the house, have high ceilings with traditional Tuscan construction of chestnut beams and terracotta tiles, giving a light airy feel even during the heat of summer. Both are decorated in traditional Tuscan style augmented with antique furniture and bed frames.
Through the windows you may view the Tuscan countryside in all directions and sunsets. From the elevated position there is the benefit of cool breezes at night and during the day. Celing fans have been installed....moreless
The house features an I-pod docking station and WI-FI internet connectivity. You may either bring your own music or listen to the music and watch DVDs provided. There is a comprehensive information pack with suggestions for places of interest to visit, gardens, villas, museums, restaurants, etc. This is available in the house along with a selection of guidebooks and maps.
A small welcome basket (including basic household items) is provided on arrival.
The pool may be accessed outside daily cleaning times. It is open from 15th May to 15th September.
In the living room a wood fired stove has been fitted in the fireplace
For English tea lovers there is a proper brown teapot otherwise Nespresso espresso machine is available!
Dinners may be cooked at the house by a talented young lady cook upon request...moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
The outside private loggia is a perfect place for dining outside....moreless
Seating for 8 people
Iron & Board
Local Restaurant Guide
There are two covered parking spaces available for guests....moreless
10 euro of phone calls are included in the price...moreless
4 Ring Stove
Dishes & Utensils
Deck / Patio:
A private 'loggia' is available to dine al fresco....moreless
Lawn / Garden
Porch / Veranda:
A private 'loggia' is at the exclusive disposal of the guests where to lounge and dine al fresco...moreless
Mid season 2015 Jan 1 - Jun 27, 2015 7 night min stay
high season 2015 Jun 28 - Sep 5, 2015 7 night min stay
Mid season 2015 autumn Sep 6 - Dec 31, 2015 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit€400
No additional mandatory fees
Stay Tax *
* This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival.
Does not apply to children under 14 years.
HEATING: it will be charged upon consumption at 3 euro per LPG cubic meter.
VISITORS' TAX: € 1,5 pax/day
CANCELLATION: In the unfortunate event of you needing to cancel all or part of your holiday we will have to charge either:
a) deposit only - if cancellation is received more than 4 weeks before the date of arrival, or
b) total rent - if cancellation is received less than 4 weeks before the
UPON RESERVATION: 30% of the rental fee is required upon reservation.
BALANCE: The balance is due no later than 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the letting period (date of arrival)
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The Casale Il Poggio is situated East of Siena in the South part of the wine region of Chianti near to the villages of Castelnuovo Berardenga and San Gusmè. Historical art and architecture may be found in Florence, Siena, San Giminiano, Arezzo, Pienza and the nearby region of Umbria. The Chianti region is famous for its castles and fortifications, the results of past strife between Florence and Siena. Local amenities include trattorie, restaurants, wine cellars (famous ones like Felsina and Brolio), local markets and fairs. Hot springs and spas (in Rapolano, Bagni San Filippo and Chianciano) are within easy reach and Tuscan seaside resorts are an hour away (Castiglion della Pescaia, Follonica). Golf and horse riding are available locally.
Other Activities: Italian cooking lessons, wine touring and tasting
Speaks: english, italian
Primary:+0039 388 9718829Italian number
Secondary:+0044 (0)77607027416UK number, not available at all times