Authentic Farmhouse on Chianti Eco Farm Between Florence & Siena
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- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Casa Pineta (8 - 13 persons)
(approx. 200 sqm) - 4 BR, 4 BA, 1 large live-in kitchen with pantry, livingroom ( fireplace ,sat tv, dvd, cd, wifi, ) diningroom, stunning roofterrace, very large terrace with loggia and bbq, , 2 community parking lots.
'Casa Pineta' is the second oldest house of all. It was built in various steps over a time period of at least 350 years, repeatedly extended as needs for more space arose. Therefore the various levels within the house that create a particular flair. Once it stood separate from the neighboring 'Casa Acacia' - but then the gap was closed - thus creating its stunning, unusual roof terrace. At the beginning of the 19th century the bread oven with vault ceilings was added, which we now use as breakfast room.
This house, like all others, was constructed with quarystones by the farmers when clearing woodlands and macchia slopes to prepare land for vineyards and olivegroves .Stones that traditionally were use for building houses or terrassed-walls. Its original use was as living quarters for the farmers and workers. Prove of this give the typical ceilings, built with handcut oak beams, some of the original cottofloors, narrow doors, the old fireplace that people used to literally sit in to warm themselves, the original sandstone sink and many more little signs, that we shall gladly point out to you. Stair and doors sills of local grey sandstone show obvious signs of wear - signs that thousands of feet leftover the last few hundred of years.
This farmhouse was renovated some years ago and retouched in 2012 , the typical Tuscan structure of old oak beam ceilings and terracotto floors remained intentially untouched. All rooms are handpainted in the typical warm colours of a Tuscan country home : shades of yellow, orange and green. this and some pieces of typical 'arte povera' furnitures give you the feeling of living in an ambiente of ...once upon the time ....
More then 200 sqm offer plenty of space for 8 to 13 persons. Access to the house by some steps up to the diningroom. To the left is the large livingroom with old fireplace. From there to the right the spacious kitchen with additional dining space and pantry. The kitchen is equipped with a 3ring gas stove+ 1 electric hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, toaster, American & Italian coffeemaker , etc. etc.
To the left 4 steps lead up to BR 1, a cosy small suite with a queensize doublebed and large ensuite BA (shower/wc) with washing machine and dryer. On ground level bedroom no. 2 with 3 single beds and ensuite bathroom (shower/wc.) Also on ground level no. 3, the largest one, with 2 large single beds as a double as well as a small queen size bed. Here the private ensuite BA has a i tub with integrated shower and wc. bedroom windows with mosquito screens
Passing the dining room straight ahead you enter into a small reception area with a corner fireplace. To the right some steps down is the spacious BA no. 4 with very large double bed as well as a single sofa bed. There is of course also a private ensuite bathroom with shower/wc. From this room one may access directly to the roofterrace.
Straight ahead from the reception area again some steps lead down to the small summer kitchen, that may be converted into a seperate bedroom with single sofabed. Large glass window doors open completely to the stunning roofterrace that towers like an eagles nest overlooking in an 180° angle valley and swimmingpool area
In front of the house the very large sun terrace with a spacious covered patio for alfresco dining. A linden tree gives shade and small lemon and orange trees give the typical mediteranian flair. Terrace and loggia are very well equipped with garden furniture as well as a barbeque grill. Also here is a magnificent – almost 300° view - onto the surrounding hills, forest, maddows as well as the garden park and pool area.
This house may be even enlarged by integrating the small downstairs suite “Il Rifugio” (sleeping 2 pers.).
Enjoy the sunset in complete silence from your terrace, garden furniture, sunbeds as well as a bbq. Gaze onto onto the extended gardens, the romantic creek and the surrounding maddows and vast macchia covered hills of this private property of more then 76 ha. Start your hiking and biking directly form your doorsteps on well marked trails.
- 200 m²
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Optional
they will love the animals(2 dogs, 9 cats, chicken, geese, sheep etc.) and sports grounds (soccer, basketball, volleyball, ping-pong table, sandbox and fairyhouse) collection of toys, games, puzzles and Lego available small water park nearby...moreless
- Pets Considered:
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 11-13
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
Our Specials: - homecooked Tuscan welcome dinner (4course meal) incl. beverage € 35/person (stressfree arrival - no cooking, no hurried shopping, no search for parking or restaurant, no dressing up...moreless
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- Child's Highchair
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- Living Room seats 13:
- Wood Fireplace:
- we also offer breakfast services, cookery courses or dinner activities (our Tuscan welcome dinners are famous) we may arrange special dining events for our guests. trekking with visits to winery and restaurant , concerts, etc. etc,. - we gladly assist you with advise. fantastic hot springs facilities only 45 min drive away ...moreless
- Satellite / Cable:
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Ping Pong Table
- CD Player
Pool & Spa
- Communal Pool:
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Equestrian Events
- Massage Therapist
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Cross Country Skiing
- Winery Tours
- Live Theater
- Botanical Garden
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Outlet Shopping
- Theme Parks
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Poderi Val Verde - an authentic farm estate from the 16th century – located only 2 km from the wine town of Castellina in Chianti and within 1 hours drive to most famous sights of Tuscany is a real “living” farm – with farm and court yard animals , free roaming dogs and cats - in a surrounding and live style of “once up the time” . Its a place for the individual travellers, looking for something different – for the feeling of solitute, peace and untouched nature. For people that like good original food (on-site dinners and cookery classes) and good wines. For people that like to explore the country side by bike or by foot and next to visiting the countless cultural sights will also find time to attend one of the many cultural events such as opera, concerts, etc. For people that include in the plans a visit to the many Thermal springs and spas as well as the beaches and marble caves of the Versiglia. For people that enjoy travelling in the colder months when Tuscany seems to hibernate into the past. When in restaurants you find only locals and tourists are greeted with a welcoming smile , museums and other cultural places are empty and the Chianti belongs to only you. When the air is heavy with the smell of the many fire places, the new young wine , the freshly pressed olive oil, grilled game meat and the famous bistecca . Poderi Val Verde (Farmhouses in the green valley) was restored in 1998 and retouched in 2012. It was left itentially rustic – original fire plces, cotto floors, beams, roofs and many little architectural particularities that mark centuries of living in this place. We are fully aware that with this we are going against the usual main stream of modern design. When you step into our accommodations – you seem to step back into the past – rooms , setting and furnishing are according to the “Arte Povera” – as it used to be – as you saw it in films such as “under the Tuscan sun” or in “Romeo and Juliette” - but functional as in any modern house. Shady rose-covered loggias and sunny terraces with nices views are part of this all. As most really old farm houses it was built in a large, open, sun-filled valley, thus protected from cold north winds and wet fogs, ventilated by warm south winds in the afternoon, with pleasant cool night temperatures due to the surrounding macchia and woods and with unlimited supplies of fresh well water. The famous ancient “mules trail” passed through here – mules transported salt from the salt mines of sicily to the north – trails that always followed the course of water and wells and developed into important traffic venes. Prove of this are the many monastries and cloisters and farm houses that you find along this old road, which i salso part of our trekking “network”. Here you can spend your dream vacation – right in the heart of Tuscany – the Chianti Classico” - only a few miles from Florence and Siena – in a region of vineyard covered hills, silvery olive groves, vast forests and colourful macchia slopes - and admidst hidden ancient farm houses guarded by cypresses and towering pinetrees Surrounded by more then 2ha of wellcared parklike garden – unlike any other you might find - sits the imposing guest house complex which is dived in 3 apartments (2-4 Pers.) , and/or 2 semiattached houses 'Casa Pineta (8-13 pers.) + 'Casa Acacia (6-8 pers.) as well as the lovely small villetta 'Casa Capannina ' (4- 6 pers.). The community pool of 5,5x11 m with extended leisure areas and surrounding gardens as well as sports facilities is open as of mid may . During the cooler months you may use the a small covered (not heated) pool of the property owner, the only of its kind in the area. ...moreless
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great locationGuest comment entered by owner
“Great location!” Reviewed June 12, 2011 2 people found this review helpful A large group of family and friends rented the main villa and cottage for a week. The owners Urlike and her gorgeous son Fabion were the perfect hosts! They were very anxious to offer advice on daily trips and local events. The rooms were clean and the villa was spacious, had all the amenaties and perfect to be with with family and friends. (I highly recommend if you rent the villa and want to be away from the group to get the downstairs room, your own terrace, side living area with kitchen, very cute). The property was adorable, centered in it's own valley, surrounded by flowers, farm and wildlife(although I could have done without the rooster). One of my highlights was being able to hold a one day old sheep and seeing a porcupine that Fabion killed with his bow and arrow (with assistance from Todo one of the family dogs...it might be road kill to some, but an adventure for a Florida girl). I could not have imagined a better location!! You must check out the small towns and vineyards nearby, they were by far my favorite, above the touristy areas like Florence and Siena (which were only 30-45 minutes away). Rada, San Gimingano, Castel Brolio and their own town of Castellini are MUSTS! (For the ladies out there, do not pass up the leather purses in San Gimigano for hopes of better prices in a large city, it will not happen and I regret waiting!). I was staying on the property at the same time as the previous reviewers(they would not talk to any of the guests)...please do not let their view taint you . I will only agree that the beds were not the best regarding comfort, a little lumpy, but after day 2 we were so tired from all of our adventures that you were out as soon as your head hit the pillow. Yes it is not a frilly or fancy it is like a home. For me, you make romance anywhere you are and I would much rather enjoy experiencing the locals, they way they live and the area, than be secluded, isn't that what traveling is all about? One other piece of advice for those that do not like to follow the tourist buses and mobs. On the drive up from Rome go up the coast to the villa and stop by the island of Monte Argentario, then when you go back to Rome you have to stop by Oriveto! Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
- Guest scoutaby
- Date of stay 06/12/11
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
everything is what they say it isGuest comment entered by owner
everything is what they say it is
“Everything is what they say it is” Reviewed July 15, 2011 1 person found this review helpful To anyone who wrote a bad review of this place, go stay at a boring all inclusive resort! My favorite complaint is the one where the guy was upset by being 3.5 km from town. Where did you think you were going, to a city? Ulrike was an amazing host! She has a lot of energy and opinions that she will share. She is also a FABULOUS cook and we thoroughly enjoyed the meals we had with her and the places she recommended. If she talks you into going on a hike from one of her favorite restaurants back to the house, be ready to climb! the final hill through the valley getting back up to the house is steep! If you enjoy nature and beautiful views this is a great place to go. I also have to comment on the negative review that stated they didn't like looking at power lines. WHat the hell kind of complaint is that? I'd like to know how you think electricity gets to remote locations such as this? That one also really cracked me up! Anyway Ulrike I really want to come back with my wife and son! J. Michael Stayed June 2011, tr
- Guest michael
- Date of stay 07/15/11
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
most wonderful ....Guest comment entered by owner
most wonderful ....
"Most wonderful, enchanted place to be in Italy!" We actually stayed in the 4 bedroom villa with our family which was amazing. Very charming with full amenities. Waking up to beautiful, Italian countryside with the sounds of nature was surreal. The landscaping was quite beautiful with a lovely pool and activities for the kids. Ulrike cooked a welcoming dinner for our family and other guests the following night which was absolutely delightful. She's an incredible cook! We had gorgeous, early morning nature walks which, if you want, could lead you to the small town of Castellini for coffee, groceries or just to admire the buildings and scenery. We would have loved to stay much longer as we had also enjoyed the company of other guests from around the world. Our 10 year son and his little cousin found the grounds to be an exciting, adventurous place with lots to do. The swimming pool was their most favorite. We also found Ulrike to be quite accommodating and wonderful to speak to. By far, this place was my favorite in all of Italy and we would definitely return if given the opportunity.
- Guest murray
- Date of stay 07/05/12
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
home away from homeGuest comment entered by owner
home away from home
"Home away from Home" We thoroughly enjoyed our time with friends staying here while in Tuscany (20 of us in total--but 8 of us stayed in Casa Pineta--we took over the whole property). It felt like home. It felt like our Nonna's home. We wanted a true Italian experience and you couldn't find it better anywhere than here. The extraordinary views, the living space, the look and feel of a authenic farmhouse...in a word, spectacular!
- Guest vincelli
- Date of stay 03/14/11
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
heaven in chiantiGuest comment entered by owner
heaven in chianti
""Heaven in Chianti" Poderi Val Verde was the setting for a fabulous vaction with extended family (12), including teenagers. The location was great as we could take a number of day trips to explore Tuscany, from Florence to Siena and small, quaint town throughout the Chianti area. At the end of our long days, we returned to share our stories and much laughter with Ulrike and Fabian, her son. As the weather was unusually hot, it was wonderful to jump in the pool to cool off and relax. The grounds of Poderi Val Verde were terrific. We hiked on the trails, fed the goats, played ping pong, wandered through fragrant gardens and many hours on the patios, playing cards and making great memories. Each morning Ulrike had a terrific breakfast lined up for us. Fresh eggs from her chickens, homemade jams, a variety of cheeses, yogurts and other goodies. The dinners Ulrike prepared were out of this world-- wild boar, venison, pastas and one night an amazing variety of cheeses. Ulrike and Fabian were terrific hosts, helping us learn about the culture and the region. Ulrike's expertise was instrumental in guiding us so well with our planning. Our teenagers and young adults were never bored and so enjoyed the company of Fabian and Ulrike. Of course, nearby Castellina in Chianti with amazing gelato was the hit on most nights! We had so much to do and a week wasn't enough to take it all in. We dream of returning in future years. If you go, and you really should, stay two weeks and have the time of your life!
- Guest amy
- Date of stay 03/17/11
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
great chianti getawayGuest comment entered by owner
great chianti getaway
"Great Chianti getaway" Poderi Val Verde is a well-managed vacation rental 5 minutes drive from Castellina in Chianti. The location is good, giving access to Chianti area, San Gimignano, Florence and Siena (and the rest of Tuscany). Poderi Val Verde has several houses in a peaceful valley up on the hills. Our choice was Casa Pineta with 4 bedrooms (2750€/week), comfortably large enough for 4 adults and 5 kids. During our stay, from the very beginning we felt welcome. The first evening we gathered together with the residents of all houses to a truly memorable welcome dinner hosted by Ulrike, our landlady. She introduced us to Tuscan cooking and during our stay helped us by giving recommendations about which places to visit, where to go shopping, what to do in Siena etc. Casa Pineta is beautifully decorated, all bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, and the kitchen is really well equipped. Wifi connection is available which is useful as the valley has no mobile phone service. The lack of air-conditioning could be a minus for travelers not accustomed to a bit higher night temperatures. Outside, nights were below 20 C, but inside well above it. We were provided with fans that made this easier for us. Kids loved the place, particularly the pool! Pool area was nice and clean, water refreshing after daily excursions. There were also other possibilities for outdoor activities. On the grounds, children made friends with Ulrikes cats, dogs and goats, and from a distance we saw deer in their natural environment! Occassionally, the dogs barking or sound of the rooster disturbed us in the night. All-in-all we had a memorable holiday. Beyond Castellina there are many places to explore, beautiful landscapes to see and the road network is in good condition. The check-out time is 9 am, check-in 4 pm, a schedule we considered as a small minus. Still, you can always go an ask Ulrike if something is troubling you. She keeps Poderi Val Verde is well organized (she's German...) but still authentically Italian!
- Guest eric
- Date of stay 08/24/12
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
authentic tuscanny vacationGuest comment entered by owner
authentic tuscanny vacation
"Authentic Tuscanny Vacation" My family of 11 stayed at Casa Pineta for 1 week this July. It was truly a wonderful experience. The villa was very roomy, clean and an authentic Tuscan Home. The grounds are beautiful with blooming flowers and breathtaking views. The pool was spotless and we usually had it to ourselves. We used this as our home base and drove to nearby towns very easily. The location is perfect, being about 30 minutes away from several great towns that we visited. Castellina, the town the villa is in, is very quaint & beautiful also. I would definately recommend this to friends & I hope to return one day. The owner Ulrike is very friendly & helpful. When our rented car broke down on our way to the villa the first day, Ulrike came & got us & brought us & our luggage back to the house. She is also a great cook. We had the welcome dinner the first night. It was absolutely delicious and varied for all tastes.
- Guest baroncelli
- Date of stay 08/07/12
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
what a great timeGuest comment entered by owner
what a great time
"What a great time!!" Poderi Val Verde was the perfect place to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. There was 3 couples sharing the Casa Pineta Villa which provided us with plenty of space. The villa was well equipped, very clean - we were pleasantly surprised that it did not have a musty smell being such an old villa and the property was beautiful. Poderi Val Verde is located central to most attractions -Florence, Sienna, Cortona - (1.5 hours travel time)- we would leave in the morning for a day trip and then returned to the villa to enjoy the well kept property - the pool was the perfect spot for gathering to chat about our adventures and enjoy a refreshing swim before dinner. Casa Pineta allows for entertaining both inside and outside the villa. The kitchen had all the essentails for us to prepare our meals that we enjoyed overlooking the grounds and the beautiful view of the mountains. From the villa, you can also hike into the village of Castellina. Castellina has shopping, grocery stores and great gelato. Ulrike offers a welcome dinner which was delicous. She prepares a homemade feast of Italian cuisine including appetizers, pasta, wild bore,dessert and her own wine. It was the perfect way to unwind after a long day of travel. Thank you for such a wonderful time and we hope to visit again!!!
- Guest bea
- Date of stay 08/16/12
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
rustic eleganceGuest comment entered by owner
“Rustic Elegance” Reviewed August 4, 2011 1 person found this review helpful When I chose Poderi Val Verde, I had something different in mind. I thought it would be a bit more luxurious. However, I was NOT disappointed. The grounds are gorgeous and the views are stunning. Could the linens be upgraded - sure. Could the beds be a bit more comfortable - sure. But keep in mind, the feel of warmth and peace is overwhelming. The accommodations are basic and clean. Urlike is a character and has great knowledge. She is helpful and will give you so much advice! That is a compliment, I assure you. We encountered a bit of a buggy time but we managed. Fans throughout the house would be a welcome addition for the evenings (just ask Urlike for one or two). The consensus from the group was that breakfast was a bit pricey but in all the meals were delicious. We had a wonderful time. Castellina as a town is small and warm. Be sure to take the time and explore San Gimignano. All the locations Urlike mentions are extremely accessible. It's nice to come "home" to Val Verde after touring all day and have a swim or simply relax with wine on the loggia. We rented the large apartment for 2 weeks. It was a wonderful experience. Enjoy your time and be sure to give Ulrike and Fabian our best! Hope to see them one day again! Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
- Guest cm
- Date of stay 08/04/11
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
such a beautiful placeGuest comment entered by owner
such a beautiful place
“Such a beautiful place!! Will be back again!” Reviewed November 25, 2012 This is not the first time ive stayed here with my family, i started coming as a child. We are actually on the website from the first time we stayed here, the little chefs. It is still as beautiful as it was so many years ago. It is a beautiful atmosphere and the owner Ulrike and her son Fabian are so welcoming and the nicest people you will ever meet. I find it funny that people are complaining that it is "too rustic" you're renting a farm house... not staying at the Hilton. On our stay here we went olive picking with Ulrike it was SO FUN! If you come in November its a must do! The bedding is fabulous! We are stayed in November so it was cold and the comforters keep you so warm! The animals add an extra special touch to it. They are all so sweet and friendly! I HIGHLY recommend staying here. The food is fabulous, the owners, the animals, the atmosphere and the location. If you base your decision on the rude reviews from the other people on here, you are missing out on what could be the best vacation of your life. -Francesca Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
- Guest francesca
- Date of stay 11/18/12
- Review Submitted 01/13/13
Apr,Oct €1850/wk, May-June,Sept €2450/wk,July/Aug €2750/wk, nov/march €1500/wk rates for standard occupation of 10 Pers., sofa-bed surcharge €50/week *incl.: stand. utilities (except heating), insurance, sat-tv, bed+table/bath linen pool towels, bathrobes, room fans, final cleaning, firewood, starters of spices, coffee, tea, toilet paper, soap and detergent extra: visitor's tax, wifi, heating, baby bed+chair, pets, welcome dinner, breakfast service, cookery courses, guided hiking earlybird 10%,last minute 15%, 2nd week 10% (except earlybird, sat - sat bookings
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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- Nearest Airport: florence at 60 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Castellina scalo at 16 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: A1 (Bologna-Rome), speedway Florence-Siena 10 km at 35 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Grosseto at 150 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Castellina in Chianti at 2 Kilometres
- Nearest Ski: Abetone at 150 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Florence at 40 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Castellina in Chianti at 2 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 1997
About the owner: The German owner Ulrike with her son Fabian (presently in Germany) - both Englishspeaking outgoing and very openminded people that will gladly be of assistance and share their experiences in Italy with their many international guests
Why the Owner Chose Castellina in Chianti:
Was infected with the 'Tusan virus' after my first visit (like so many others) some 30 years ago and after various vacations decided to finally settle in the heart of Tuscany - the Chianti Classico' area. Here I found everything I ever longed for - nature, peace, clean air, good food , fantastic wines and culture of the highest level. After some years I decided to share my experiences (also cooking) with guest from all over the world and opened a rental activity.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
there are few places that are so central to everything, and offer so much - located only 500 m from the main road but in absolute silence of the surrounding nature (the only nature preserve area in the Siena region) - you are closed to most important sights and places of Tuscany - 5 min to the next town, so social contacts are guaranteed - less then 1 hours from the next major airport (Florence) so getting here is no problem - fantastic marked trekking trails starting from your doorstep (stunning nature in winter or spring) , biking of the finest (on the tracks of the Giro d'Italia, golfing with the elite, or simply enjoying a glass of wine, some pecorino cheese on your personal patio, watching deer and wild boar pass by, Tuscan eagles soaring above this magnificant privately owned valley - what can one ask more for
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'Casa Pineda' with loggia
Swimming pool 5,5x11m with leisure area
Livingroom with open fire place
bedroom no. 2 - sleeping max. 3 pers.
bedroom no. 4 - sleeping max. 3
Spacious full-fledge kitchen with dining area
we are ready for the traditional Tuscan welcome dinner on arrival day
thats where we do our cookery classes
spectacular roof terrace
closeup view of 'Casa Pineda'
small covered, unheated, pool for cooler periods
loggia with barbeque for al-fresco dining
bedroom no. 1 - sleeping 2
bedroom no.3 - sleeping max. 4 persons
one of the 4 bathrooms - this one (bedroom no. 4) with bathtub/shower
separate dining room
cookery classes for everybody
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