Enchanting Tuscan Farmhouse 16th Century, Private Country Home(9 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:Contact owner
- Property type:Farmhouse
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)
The house has a lower floor with a 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.
Just repainted the entire house at the end of May, so it is pristine.
Rina is an excellent cook and is willing to share her secrets for the perfect lasagna or tiramisu upon request. She treats all guests as family. [She cooks upon request and cleans the house once during your stay unless you wish more frequent cleanings for an additional fee]. Due to its age, the house can become quite dusty. I normally sweep every other day, especially the kitchen.
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, 650-year-old renovated Farmhouse, Unique Private Country Home
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Member since: 2009
- 1935 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Non Smoking Only:
- Not Suitable For Children:
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- 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 625-year old farmhouse....moreless
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- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Duty Free Shops
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
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- Covered Parking:
- Hair Dryer
Satellite wifi internet service. Fast and dependable, however there is a limit to usage. Only connect when actively using. Disconnect at all other times. Unlimited usage after midnight to 7 AM. ...moreless
- Iron & Board
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Rina 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
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From $1660-$2400/week (Approx.) LOW SEASON 4/15-6/15: $300+ balance of 900 euros upon arrival, heat extra. High Season (6/16/-10/20): $500.deposit + balance of 1300 euros cash. Basic rent up to FIVE people. Reduced rate for 2+ full weeks; will prorate for less than 2 full weeks; 150 extra €300 Refundable Deposit Against Damages to be paid upon arrival to Elisa €70 Cleaning per week (1x While in Residence, + Final Cleaning). €45 Tip to Elisa/Rina per week
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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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. Innumerable 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.
During the month of July, there is a series of gorgeous concerts offered by the Origo family at various venues near Pienza. Incontri in Terra di Siena.
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, social activism, and photography. I am working on two memoirs and serve on several boards, including Chinese Adoptees Links International. Am a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center. Co-Founder of Gender and International Development Initiatives at Brandeis WSRC, and Director Emerita of Polaris Project [leading national and international anti-human trafficking organization based in Washington, DC. In 2013 I co-founded the An-Ya Project , a series of anthologies written by adult adopted individuals for the younger generations and their parents. I spend three to four months a year at Il Vallone, between the spring and fall, both because I adore being there, and to check on upkeep. It is always wrenching to leave the peace, beauty and access to fresh fruit and vegetables that taste 100 times better than even organic equivalents in the States.
Why the Owner Chose Lucignano, Arezzo, Italy:
When my mother bought Il Vallone in 1970 she lived there year round. After many years in Florence, she was seeking tranquillity and an idyllic setting in the countryside. Yet, given her age, she wanted a location within easy driving distance of the hilltop villages and major cities. [For the first 5 years, she attended weekly concerts at La Pergola in Florence during the winter months]. Due to my professional commitments I cannot live in Italy full time, much as I would like to. However each week spent there is steeped in beauty. One cannot help but change one's life rhythm, slow down and savor the privilege of being immersed in the Tuscan countryside.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Delectable food, great wines and cheeses, prosciutto crudo, 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 lovely piano, television set and a boom box with a small collection of CDs (mostly classical music) 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, flag throwers, a colorful procession of local inhabitants dressed in Renaissance costumes all made to order by a local seamstress. The last weekend in September, during Le Memorie del Passato, the village steps back into the past (19th century), adopting sumptuous 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, cheeses, and pageantry. Other surrounding villages also hold an increasing number of small fairs, festivals, '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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View of the front of the house. Beehive oven is under the archway.
Walkway in front of the house with geraniums and oleander in bloom
Wood for cool spring and autumn days stacked by owner
View of two upstairs living rooms separated by archway
Second Floor living room, East end
Second floor living room with fire place and chaise longue, West end
Scenery as one drives from Il Vallone into the village.
Large lake, open at all times
West side of the house with stairs leading up to the loggia
View of the front lawn with small fish pond
Mezzanine room with half bath
Upstairs bathroom with tub and bidet
Ceilings of most rooms have exposed beams, many original
Terrace with travertine table - outdoor furniture not visible
Beautiful semi-circular steps of the main church called the Collegiata, 1700s.
Procession during La Maggiolata of musicians and flag throwers.
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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