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La Corbina, a farmhouse on a hill in Tuscany.

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Last updated: 11/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

La Corbina sits by itself near the top of a hill, with an astonishing view of surrounding hill-top villages, the unblemished valley below and undulating hills in the distance. La Corbina is surrounded by a vineyard and olive groves and is part of a small working farm. The house itself is a restored stone farmhouse which was originally built in the 18th century. This freestanding house is the only rental unit. The two of us live in a small stone house next to the farmhouse with our cat and three dogs.

We lovingly restored the farmhouse using the building materials we found on the site, supplemented, where necessary, with antique building materials such as terracotta floor and roof tiles and stone sinks. It was for years our own home and therefore feels like a home, not a rental property. Our design philosophy is 'less is more' and everything is of the highest quality. The furniture is a mix of new designer pieces and antique, rustic furniture with simple, straight lines.

We make our own wine and olive oil and have two vegetable gardens. The crop depends on the season and includes a wide variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini, eggplants, peppers, tomatillos, peas, beans, leaks, artichokes, cabbage, sun chokes and many more. We use organic methods for the cultivation of our plants. The property also has fruit trees and berry bushes. If you enjoy cooking, you can pick your vegetables and herbs right in front of the house.

Our large (14 x 7 meter) infinity pool sits above the house on top of the hill and has breathtaking views. There are several areas with tables and chairs around the house which invite to al fresco meals. The kitchen is very well appointed and a dream for the passionate chef.

If you want to ever leave this place, Siena, Montalcino, Arezzo, Cortona and Florence can all be reached in around an hour or less by car. We can also help you find the best vineyards and restaurants in the area.

Accommodations
The house is about 160 square meters (about 1,700 square feet) on two levels with a split level kitchen. The bedrooms are spacious (25 square meters / 270 square feet). The upstairs bedroom has a large bathroom with an open shower. The downstairs bedroom has a bathroom with a big, deep custom made bathtub and a separate shower. The kitchen is also spacious with 30 square meters / 320 square feet, has a lot of white marble counter space, two big sink areas, and an antique kitchen table that can be expanded to seat up to ten people. The living room is relatively small (20 square meters / 215 square feet) but cozy with a large wood burning fire place.

Outdoors
The covered upstairs balcony never gets too hot, even on the hottest days. There is always a light breeze to keep you cool. The deep teak bench with its thick mattress is the ideal space to 'recover' from a long, lazy lunch. The balcony also has stunning views of the valley below and the hill top villages nearby. Outside the kitchen there is an enormous marble table which seats twelve guests and which has beautiful morning sun. Here you are also surrounded by potted herbs and have a view of the small vineyard next to the house. There are many more spaces around the house and the pool which wait for you to be discovered!

How to reach La Corbina
La Corbina is a rural, isolated place and the access roads for the last five kilometers are not paved, but are maintained gravel, stone and dirt.







Keywords: Farmhouse

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+39 0577 734011 (Italy)

Owner

Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/28/2016

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 160 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    We do not want to give an age limit, but there are many breakable items, antiques and beautiful Oriental carpets in the house and parents will be responsible for any damage caused by their children. The house is not toddler or child proof....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed outside the house....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Full assortment of Riedel wine glasses, hammocks, vegetable and herb gardens, fruit trees and berry bushes for the use of the guests (depending on the season)....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Sweeping, panoramic view of the surrounding hills, valleys and distant mountains with typical Tuscan hill top villages...moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available:

    Mac computer...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Large, beautiful wood burning fire place....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central floor heating....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    500 count cotton bed sheets, Egyptian cotton bath towels...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    on demand...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    All-clad pots and pans, le Creuset oven ware, Zwilling/Henkel chefs knives, hand painted dishes and serving bowls...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Bosch...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Top of the line gourmet kitchen, big 5 burner stainless steel gas stove with 2 electric convection ovens and griddle plate, meat slicer, Kitchen Aid stand mixer, toaster, espresso/cappuccino maker, two separate sink areas...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    and separate freezer (Bosch)...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    Several roofed and open outdoor spaces with table and chairs for al fresco breakfast, lunch and dinner...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Fantastic, large (14 m x 7 m) infinity pool with breathtaking, panoramic view....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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Oct 29 - Dec 23, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,930
medium-low
Dec 24 - Jan 6, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,145
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Jan 7 - Mar 3, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,930
medium-low
Mar 4 - Apr 28, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,252
medium
Apr 29 - Jun 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,413
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Jun 3 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,895
medium
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,413
medium-low
Sep 30 - Nov 3, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,252
low
Nov 4 - Dec 22, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,930
medium-low
Dec 23 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay

$2,252

Additional information about rental rates

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Notes:

The local tourist tax is €1.5 per person per day for the first seven days.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: We met when bidding against each other on the same pieces at an auction for modern furniture. Our shared passion for contemporary design and clean lines is a thread that runs through our lives and is certainly visible at La Corbina, inside and out. We also love to cook and eat good food and enjoy fine wine. To support these hobbies we grow our own organic vegetables and fruits and produce our own wine and olive oil on this small farm. We take great pleasure in sharing our house and our gardens with guests who appreciate similar things in life.

Why the Owner Chose Gaiole In Chianti SI, Italy:
It was the expansive view, the feeling we had looking around in all directions from the top of the hill, that made this place magic to us, that made us fall in love. When we found La Corbina in 1999 during our (week-long) wedding reception nearby, it was a ruin, abandoned for over forty years. There was no water, no electricity, no phone. As everybody was staying in the area for the week, we took our families to look at the property. They all thought we were crazy. The realtor said: I know you are in love with the house now, but when you get back home you will wake up and say: 'what were we thinking?' Hew was wrong. It took us two years to buy La Corbina and several more to bring in the services and painstakingly renovated the house. But we never regretted our decision. For us this is the most beautiful place in the world.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
La Corbina is unique because it is exceptionally large for a two bedroom rental (160sq.m/1700sq.ft). We renovated it for ourselves and wanted to keep it spacious and luxurious. We did not want to maximize the number of bedrooms. There are not many freestanding buildings for four guests for rent in Tuscany. Freestanding buildings are normally for larger parties. Two bedroom accommodations, on the other hand, are usually part of a larger complex where several parties have to stay close together. If you stay at La Corbina you may have more privacy than in your own home: our property is 6.5 hectares / 16 acres and the closest neighbor is 1.8 km / 1 mile away. We have a 'less is more' design philosophy, so La Corbina has a light, minimalist, boutique kind of feel. La Corbina also has a fully equipped kitchen and a vegetable garden to prepare gourmet meals.


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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/28/2016

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  • La Corbina, a farmhouse on a hill in Tuscany.

    La Corbina, a farmhouse on a hill in Tuscany.

  • Take in the panoramic view over Tuscan hills from the pool.

    Take in the panoramic view over Tuscan hills from the pool.

  • Both bedrooms are big and have modern and antique furniture.

    Both bedrooms are big and have modern and antique furniture.

  • Step out to the vegetable garden and harvest fresh produce every day.

    Step out to the vegetable garden and harvest fresh produce every day.

  • The covered porch stays nice an cool even on the hottest days

    The covered porch stays nice an cool even on the hottest days

  • You even get your own Mac with huge screen!

    You even get your own Mac with huge screen!

  • Take in the aroma of the lavender in the evening sun.

    Take in the aroma of the lavender in the evening sun.

  • Relax on the comfortable padded loungers at the pool and listen to the silence.

    Relax on the comfortable padded loungers at the pool and listen to the silence.

  • In spring all the flowers around the house explode!

    In spring all the flowers around the house explode!

  • La Corbina sits by itself on a hill. There are no neighbors for a mile!

    La Corbina sits by itself on a hill. There are no neighbors for a mile!

  • Prepare delicious meals in the well equipped kitchen.

    Prepare delicious meals in the well equipped kitchen.

  • Make your own cappuccino with this semi-professional espresso machine.

    Make your own cappuccino with this semi-professional espresso machine.

  • Enjoy a dinner surrounded by flowers and aromatic herbs.

    Enjoy a dinner surrounded by flowers and aromatic herbs.

  • The upstairs bedroom is spacious and bright with windows to the east and west.

    The upstairs bedroom is spacious and bright with windows to the east and west.

  • The downstairs bedroom has French doors opening to the vegetable garden.

    The downstairs bedroom has French doors opening to the vegetable garden.

  • The living room is cozy and has a big fireplace as well as a library of books.

    The living room is cozy and has a big fireplace as well as a library of books.

  • The en-suite bathroom upstairs.

    The en-suite bathroom upstairs.

  • The downstairs bathroom reuses the original kitchen sink of the house.

    The downstairs bathroom reuses the original kitchen sink of the house.

  • The endless view over the valley and the distant hill tops.

    The endless view over the valley and the distant hill tops.

  • Slow down and enjoy the calm of the water

    Slow down and enjoy the calm of the water

  • Amazing, sweeping views, surrounded by nothing but nature and the odd farmhouse.

    Amazing, sweeping views, surrounded by nothing but nature and the odd farmhouse.

  • The stone stairs leading into the kitchen from the living room.

    The stone stairs leading into the kitchen from the living room.

  • The spacious kitchen is the center of the house, inviting you to experiment.

    The spacious kitchen is the center of the house, inviting you to experiment.

  • The lanterns cast a warm and romantic light at night.

    The lanterns cast a warm and romantic light at night.

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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