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Tuscan Villa with Gardens & Panoramic Views - Near Florence/Siena/Arezzo

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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Independent half of Villa on 2 floors: 6 rooms (2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, sleeps 4-5)

The CASA COLONCA: a spacious, independent apartment on two floors in a traditional Tuscan Villa, with private entrances and garden areas [sleeps 4 to 5]. Available for short lets, longer vacations and sabbatical stays. Ideally located for tourism of all types. Thick walls ensure cool summers (fans provided for your convenience). Allergy-sensitive furnishings and appointments. For more pictures of the villa, gardens, views and environs, as well as information on the region, see featured website link.

The CASA COLONICA has been renovated with modern conveniences (such as WI-FI internet) and luxury details in every room: beamed ceilings, antique and traditional furniture, original prints. The Casa Colonica offers charm, comfort and convenience.
- UPSTAIRS there are two comfortable bedrooms with beamed ceilings, antique wardrobes, writing tables and large windows that frame views onto the gardens and the Valley of the Arno. The huge bathroom (also with beamed ceiling) features a tub/shower, a window onto the garden... and a large cotton rug for morning yoga exercises!
- DOWNSTAIRS are the daytime living quarters with two arched doors on either side and windows giving out onto the garden. The sitting room has two daybeds and wicker armchairs, a SAT-TV+DVD, and 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 fully equipped kitchen ('taverna') to make morning espresso and practice your Tuscan cooking skills just warm up the gourmet fare from a local "gastronomia". You will enjoy the traditional chestnut cabinets, and barrel-arched brick ceiling. Through a large arch is a living/dining room, with a large tables to spread out food and maps, lots of chairs (seats 6-8 ), and more wicker armchairs for relaxing, reading and enjoying Tuscan wine.
- FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE you will also find a microwave, dishwasher and clothes washing machine. There are drying racks 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 and warm in the cold seasons. For extra comfort 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 deer that graze in the fields at twilight (sometimes often on the garden bushes!). The garden features large terracotta pots of flowers (in bloom according to season), a table with chairs for dining al fresco, and lounge chairs + sun umbrella - do not miss watching the sunset ! From Il Poggiolo you can see the Valdarno valley, the Apennine 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), as well at to the other major points of interest in central Italy. While a car is necessary for your stay, the center of Florence can be reached by train from Montevarchi (free long-term parking) in just 35 minutes, as can a number of other destinations such as Arezzo, 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 - pool/beach towels provided). Excellent wine and fine restaurants in the area, as well as informal village trattorias and pizzerias. Numerous designer outlets nearby for clothes, shoes, household items, etc. Fabulous local food markets. 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.
Charming, comfortable and spacious accommodation with luxury appointments, fine antiques.
Gardens 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.
Child gate on stairs
Recreational reading library and guide books, maps.
Fans provided in summer
Screens on windows.

KEYWORDS: Tuscany, Villa rental, Tuscan tourism, Short Lets, Sabbatical stays, Honeymoon haven, gastronomy, slow food region, luxury appointments, holiday home, vacation in Italy, furnished gardens, panoramic views, no pets allowed, allergy-sensitive.


Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, french, german, italian, for the rest, google translator!
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/24/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 130 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Child cot or low child bed available upon request. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking not allowed in house, but in garden is permitted....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Pets are absolutely not allowed, neither inside nor outside....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 baby crib

    Baby crib or child cot can be added upon request...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single, 1 child bed

    Third (real) bed can be added upon request...moreless

  • 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

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    LARGE bathroom, with enough room for morning yoga!...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books:

    Guidebooks, Maps, Recreational Reading, Cookbooks, Classics, Art + Art History, Mystery stories .........moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Cards and board games for children...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    Satellite channels...moreless

  • Toys:

    Toy chest for children , parents please check what is appropriate according to the ages of your children (Duplo small parts etc.)....moreless

  • Video Library:

    DVDs in multiple languages available for guests, please inquire....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Appenine mountain range in distance, with lovely trails and stupendous views. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Hilltop in countryside, private gardens. Lovely views onto Arno Valley, Chianti hills and Appenine mountains. Scenic walks starting right at your front door. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Tables both inside and outside in the garden. Place mats and tablecloths provided....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Heating authorized by local municipality between 15th April and 1st November each year. Heating charged at cost (individual meter) €4.50 per cubic meter....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, towels, kitchen towels, provided. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Two day beds + two armchairs, flatscreen SAT-TV, DVD...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking on site....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Private parking in Il Poggiolo parking area, near accommodations....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Thermal spa/pool/beach towels provided ....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    You will find a clothes-washing machine + drying racks provided (have the sun dry your clothes, they will smell wonderful!)....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Bring your computer already set up for WIFI, you will be furnished a password upon arrival. Guests are required to fill out a form for internet access....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Local prize-winning 'Gastronomia' in Montevarchi will provide four star meals - just drop in to pick up dinner, or order ahead from their extensive menu.Take-out pizza nearby....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Moka (espresso) coffee pots of varying sizes + French press....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    For tea drinkers, there is a kettle and teapot; for coffee fanatics there are real espresso pots and a French press. Plan to bake a cake or a pie - you will find all you need....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Many many more dishes and utensils than you will probably need, but the Casa Colonica is also a real home !!...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Works best if you dishes are rinsed a bit before being put in....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped country kitchen with built-in chestnut cabinets and granite tops. Dining table seats up to 6 with room to spare. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Located on top of 'fridge...moreless

  • Oven:

    Electric Oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    A 'welcome basket' awaits new arrivals with some simple refreshments. You will also find some basics such as sugar, salt and pepper...etc. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Refridgerator is also equipped with freezer compartment....moreless

  • Stove:

    5 burner stovetop...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two pieces of toast at a time....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    You may rent Bicycles in either Montevarchi or San Giovanni, and have them delivered to the house....moreless

  • 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

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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2017 season
Mar 15 - Nov 6, 2017
4 night min stay

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Rates are based on 4 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $217.44


Municipal Visitor Tax (Comune di Bucine) of €1.50/adult/night for first 4 nights (=total €6/adult) payable on arrival.

DISCOUNTS: Casa Colonica for two guests only: 10% 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 .through 15 April : GPL heating charged at cost (individual meter) = c.€4.00 per cubic mt.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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  • Florence

    "Florence now has a pedestrian historic center - no longer must tourists look out for cars wh..."

  • Historic Centre of Siena

    "Siena is a 45 minute drive from Il Poggiolo, through beautiful Tuscan countryside, fields of..."

  • Arezzo

    "Arezzo has fewer tourists than Florence and Siena, despite the fact that it has wonderful mu..."

  • prada space

    "The Prada outlet is only 2.5 km from Il Poggiolo, and guests usually make a pilgrimage at so..."

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70 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Florence (Peretola) + Pisa (Gallileo Gallilei)
3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Mercatale Valdarno + Bucine
6.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Montevarchi-Terravnuova station
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Autostrada A-1 (Florence-Rome)
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Lo Schicchero in Mercatale Valdarno
145 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Grossetto, Castiglione della Pescaia, Uccellina

Car: Necessary

A scenic rural retreat in a central area of Tuscany surrounded by 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.


Owner info

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 Bucine, Arezzo, Italy:
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.

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Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/24/2017

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  • Casa Colonica sitting/dining room

    Casa Colonica sitting/dining room

  • Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

    Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

  • Kitchen corner (fireplace no longer in use)

    Kitchen corner (fireplace no longer in use)

  • Sitting room with summer colours

    Sitting room with summer colours

  • Arched stairway with light and shadows that change during the day

    Arched stairway with light and shadows that change during the day

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master bedroom with antique furniture, prints ... and reading!

    Master bedroom with antique furniture, prints ... and reading!

  • Casa Colonica bathroom - it is spacious!!

    Casa Colonica bathroom - it is spacious!!

  • Twin bedroom from another angle

    Twin bedroom from another angle

  • Il Poggiolo just before sunset. Photo courtesy of Amy Rubin

    Il Poggiolo just before sunset. Photo courtesy of Amy Rubin

  • Different flowers at different seasons of the year

    Different flowers at different seasons of the year

  • Prints, antique and modern, in every room.

    Prints, antique and modern, in every room.

  • 5 burner stove top and kettle.

    5 burner stove top and kettle.

  • Sitting room in winter colours

    Sitting room in winter colours

  • Comfy chairs and lots of light, recreational reading and guidebooks.

    Comfy chairs and lots of light, recreational reading and guidebooks.

  • There is a child gate on the stairs that can be closed if needed.

    There is a child gate on the stairs that can be closed if needed.

  • Master bedroom from another angle

    Master bedroom from another angle

  • Guidebooks and recreational reading in the lending library

    Guidebooks and recreational reading in the lending library

  • Twin bedroom

    Twin bedroom

  • Il Poggiolo - landmark stone at entrance to property

    Il Poggiolo - landmark stone at entrance to property

  • Il Poggiolo Tuscany - seen from another hill.

    Il Poggiolo Tuscany - seen from another hill.

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Sunday, March 26, 2017

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