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Lovely Cottage in Chianti, on Tuscan Organic Ecoturismo with Pool & Sunset Views

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Tuscan Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 bath, Sleeps 2, orchard & vinyard views, pool

Podere Patrignone is a beautiful old 15th Century estate ('podere') which has been lovingly and tastefully restored. It is working organic olive farm providing it's own power, hot water and heat from renewable sources. Patrignone is set on top of it's own hill reached by a long, winding private road that ends at Patrignone.

It is set in 150 acres of forest, olives and vines, with uninterrupted 360 degree views over the Tuscan hills and valley below.

It's the perfect setting for peaceful walks, sunbathing, cycling and exploring. It has a lovely pool with one of the best vistas in Tuscany. Wake up to the mists rising through the trees and the beautiful views of surrounding vineyards, or catch an amazing sunset over the towers of San Gimignano and the snow-capped Apennines on the horizon.

We are 10 minutes away from San Donato, a similar distance from Castellina in Chianti, 40 minutes from the centre of Florence, 30 minutes from Siena, San Gimignano, Panzano, and Greve and around 90 minutes from Pisa Airport.

It is divided into five self-contained apartments plus the Villa, all beautifully furnished in a traditional style. The main Villa can be rented as a whole (7 en-suite doubles) or you may rent individual rooms for short stays on a B&B basis.

Il Forno is a cosy cottage apartment sited where the old bakery used to be for the farmers and their workers - hence the name. It has been transformed into the loveliest 1-bedroom ground-floor apartment with views over our olive trees and the forests and vineyards beyond.

You have your own out-door space that you can use for your al-fresco breakfast in the sun, and is still complete with its original oiled chestnut beams and terracotta tiles.

There is an open plan kitchen, dining area and living space, and a small but functional bathroom with w/c, shower and basin. It also has its own antique terracotta wood-burning stove for those autumn evenings if it gets a bit chilly.

This cottage apartment is very picture-postcard Tuscan, quite small, but well-proportioned, and is a favourite with our family and friends who come to stay.

Other accommodations

We have one other 1-bedroom cottage similar to this one. So if you find that this apartment is not available for the dates you wanted, be sure to check out La Tinaia:

La Tinaia – 1 bedroom cottage 1011343

Our other villas here at Podere Patrignone include:
Villa Patrignone – 7-bedroom villa 163783
La Terrazza – 2-bedroom apartment 1012036
Il Caminetto – 2 bedroom apartment 884529
Le Stalle - 2-bedroom apartment #147492, 175709
Il Forno - 1 bedroom cottage 179137
Podere Patrignone – the whole thing! 15 bedrooms 700132

The others can be found on our website: follow the 'Links to more information' below or Google 'Patrignone' to find our dedicated website.

If Il Forno isn't available for the dates you want then please email us and we'll let you know what else is free.


Patrignone is right in the middle of Chianti, at the epicentre of Tuscany's cultural treasures, just 10 minutes from the beautiful hill-top town of Castellina in Chianti, with its full compliment of restaurants, cafés and shops (and a small supermarket). We're surrounded by some of the most amazing wineries. Siena is just 35 minutes away, and Florence 40 minutes in the other direction, San Gimignano is 30 mins away, with Volterra the next village along. You really couldn't pick a more central location. There's no doubt that you'll need a car to get the most of Chianti's nooks and crannies, but if you feel like venturing further afield, within a 1.5-hour drive you'll find white sandy beaches, typically beautiful seaside resorts, dozens of hot springs, and the majesty of the snow-covered Apennines, clearly visible from Patrignone's terracotta terrace. And if you're into cycling, tennis, golf, ballooning or fishing, these activities and more can easily be organised. Just let us know what your interests are, and we'll give you some options.

Dinner at Patrignone

A four-course evening meal can be prepared and served, either in the Frantoio Dining Room or out on the Terracotta Terrace, weather permitting, for 40€/head including wine. Please make your requirements known at least 7 days prior to arrival, though ad-hoc arrangements can be made later, and we will always try to accommodate your wishes, if we can.

The Terracotta Terrace, pool & Koi pond

There is a large terracotta terrace with breathtaking sunset views across the valley towards the sparkling towers of San Gimignano the snowy peaks of Abetone. Guests often have their sunset drinks here, or take their evening meals here under the stars. The natural stone-tiled pool area is a tactful 50 metres from the house, and offers amazing sunset vistas, as well as the opportunity to watch the cheeky swallows having an evening dip in the pool. There are plenty of deck-chairs and sun-loungers, as well as umbrellas, the natural shade produced by trees surrounding the pool, and a shower. NB There is no pool supervision, so NO children under the age of 14 may use the pool unsupervised. The Koi pond is a peaceful landscaped area made up of a stone built circular pond, with a seating area. It is very quiet and is shaded by large trees. It is NOT a safe area for young children to roam unsupervised.

Follow the link below or Google 'Patrignone' to find our dedicated website with more photos and information.

Keywords: Apartment, villa, agriturismo, cottage, farm, Tuscany, Chianti, Castellina, wineries, vineyards, San Gimignano, Radda, Siena, Florence


Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 0
  • 30 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage


  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • European Queen size bed, and baby cot/crib if required. Forno is on the small side (though very cute!) but there is still room for your baby and we have plenty of cots/cribs here so no need to bring yours....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • A very small, but entirely functional bathroom.

Other Amenities

  • We have a lovely pool with one of the best pool-side views in Tuscany. And the stunning sunset views can be seen from the Terracotta Terrace which overlooks the whole of Tuscany (almost). See the glittering towers of San Gimignano framed by the snow-capped Apennines on the horizon....moreless


  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table


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


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    We're surrounded on all sides by vineyards, olive groves and forests, with stunning sunset views across the valley to San Gimignano...moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village:

    Just 10 minutes away you'll find the charming towns of Castellina in Chianti and San Donato in Poggio, with Radda and Panzano just 10 minutes further on, and Certaldo, San Gimignano, Greve close by....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    A laundry service is provided...moreless

  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    We provide a full range of basics for every apartment...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles:

    Bikes are available for hire...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Just 30 mins away...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 5
from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 17
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
4 night min stay
$949 $2,960
Summer 2018
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2018
4 night min stay
$949 $2,960
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$800 $2,565
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 13%


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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Podere Patrignone Di Simon Gerrard Zimbler

    "Here is the true position of Podere Patrignone (, where Il Forno (http://..."

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35 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
San Donato
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
90 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
65 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Wine tasting, local markets, bird-watching, nature trails...There are many fantastic vineyards in the area that allow you to go and sample their wares


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1985

About the owner: Simon Zimbler - owner, manager, olive farmer. 'I live and work on our family’s olive oil Agriturismo in the heart of Chianti with my wife Verity and our three children. We moved to Italy in 2007 to take over the business founded over 25 years ago by my Italian mother. I'm a keen cook, I love wine, and I have an extensive knowledge of the restaurants and wineries around here. For 7 months of the year my main job is to help and advise our guests and to make sure they make the most of their time in Tuscany. The rest of my time is devoted to my beloved olives, and to making sure my extra virgin olive oil is the envy of our neighbours. And there’s always time for a swim with the kids in the pool.' Verity spends much of her time tending her organic 'orto' (vegetable garden), cooking her 4 course weekly banquets for guests, preparing fresh loafs of bread for new arrivals, looking after our chickens and dogs and boys! Verity sources all of our food from local producers and will be more than happy to share her top shopping tips.

Why the Owner Chose Barberino Val D'elsa FI, Italy:
My mother moved to the UK when she was 14, but always vowed to move back to her native country at some point. She started looking for a suitable 'project' in Tuscany in the early 80's, and finally settled on Patrignone on 1985. And who wouldn't! She picked Patrignone because she wanted somewhere completely isolated, not overlooked by neighbours, and with a private road not used by anyone else. And, of course, she fell in love with Patrignone's amazing sunset views. Simon & Verity work hard to make this a home from home and you will be greeted with a welcome pack containing freshly baked bread, local cheese and sliced meats, fruit, tea & coffee, salt & pepper, a bottle of local organic Chianti and our own organic olive oil. We have lots of knowledge about the local area and will be happy to help advise you on places to visit and to eat at.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Well, it really is very beautiful here. You can offset the carbon you have used to get here as we are 'carbon positive', getting our power, hot water and heating from the sun and our woods. We're surrounded on all sides by cypress trees, vineyards, and our olive groves. We're on top of our own hill so we have the most amazing views as far as the Apennines. So it's very peaceful and quiet here, and yet we are perfectly situated, just 45 mins from Florence, 35 mins from Siena and surrounded by beautiful hill-top Tuscan towns, the nearest of which is Castellina in Chianti, just 10 minutes away, and well-stocked with shops, bars, excellent restaurants, a brilliant butcher and a good supermarket.

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Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The front door of Il Forno

    The front door of Il Forno

  • The bedroom in Il Forno

    The bedroom in Il Forno

  • The pool at sunset

    The pool at sunset

  • The pool at sunset

    The pool at sunset

  • The kitchen in Il Forno

    The kitchen in Il Forno

  • The view out your window

    The view out your window

  • Forno's kitchen and dining area

    Forno's kitchen and dining area

  • The wood burner in Il Forno

    The wood burner in Il Forno

  • Enjoy a meal in our restaurant once a week.

    Enjoy a meal in our restaurant once a week.

  • The main gate

    The main gate

VRBO #179137

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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