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Last updated: 10/31/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Peaceful hilltop village rural location excellent location for exploring Tuscany

Podere Le Monache set on a hillside dominates one of the most picturesque and spectacular landscapes in Tuscany with distant views over hills out to sea towards Livorno and Pisa. Originally a convent wrapped in history Le Monache has a magical and mystical atmosphere. Whether you are lazing by the pool or strolling in the olive grove or simply relaxing in your apartment you are in another world. Restored with ultimate care to safeguard it's history. Perfect for small or large family vacation rental. Great care has been taken to restore all of the original features, including vaulted ceilings, open fireplace and beamed ceilings . Meanwhile all the modern conveniences have been incorporated.
The property has central heating, air conditioning is not necessary as the house dates back to the 11thC. and the walls are over a meter thick, keeping the house at a comfortable temperature. There is a laundry room with washing machine for the use of the guests. The kitchen is equipped with very good range of stainless steel utensils and place settings. The sitting room is furnished with large sofa, side tables, lamps and Satellite TV. The beds in each of the rooms are comfortable with sprung slat bases and good quality mattresses. Bathrooms are fully tiled with large pedestal wash basins, bidet, wc, large mirrors and enclosed power showers.

We are 300m above sea level and in open countryside, in the summer heat we have the sea breeze in the afternoon and evening. The house is suitable for families as we are situated in a small hamlet with all amenities walking distance . There is a village shop delicatessan, 2 restaurants/pizzerie, post box, and a small Church.
The swimming pool is 6mx15m surrounded by a terracotta patio, with sun loungers, tables and large parasols. The gazebo has table and 6 chairs. There are 2 large barbecues on wheels, a wood burning oven for pizza or grilling. The gardens are surrounded by hedges of laurel, bay leaf, and oleanders; one area of the garden has rosemary hedges, shrubs or myrtle and pomogranates, fig trees, mulberry and plums. Herbs are placed around the garden for use of the guests. The middle garden is a formal rose garden with box hedges and terracotta pots. The car park is inside the gates of the property shaded by secular oak trees and young lime trees. Beyond the gardens there is 4.5 hectars of olive grove an woodland. We produce some the best Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in the area. Some of our guests join us during the harvest from picking the olives to taking them to the Olive-press and bringing the oil home!

Monache 4- has 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms ( 1 en suite),open plan lounge kitchen opening into private cover patio with views of the countryside and gardens.

Woodland and olive-groves surround the hamlet of Iano in this quiet and unsung corner of Tuscany. The location is ideal for those who enjoy walking , with footpaths that start from the property. For an Eco-tourism vacation we area named 'Parco Benestare' Wellbeing/wellstay Park. We have pheasants, cuckoo, porcupine, hedge-hogs and wild boar that roam in our property from time to time we also see a tortoise. We are situated in an area known as the Heart of Tuscany within easy reach of Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca. We are also close to San Gimignano, Volterra, and Certaldo. Castelfalfi less than 10 minutes drive from the house, offers an international standard golf course stables and tennis courts are walking distance.
We can also arrange for wine tours, and cookery courses.
Iano dates back to 1004, Le Monache was built during this period. Le Monache (the nuns) was a convent of Dominican Nuns or Poor Clares until the 19thC. who worked and lived a life of seclution and silence in a Quiet Place. Over centuries it passed into the hands of the locals who made their own imprint on the building and continued to farm the land. World War II also left its mark Le Monache with its underground tunnels became the hiding place for the Resistance and young boys and girls during the retreat of the Germans from Volterra. Today the old road now paved which connects us to Volterra still runs through the hamlet. We began restoration 1991 with the last phase of restoration completed 2004.
In the property there are other 3 apartments for a total of 4 apartments.
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Owner

Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/31/2016

Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    The Villa is suitable for children....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only:

    No Smoking...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single

    2 single beds or king size, night tables, wardrobe , chairs...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    King size bed, night tables, lamps, wardrobe/dresser chairs...moreless

  • All bedrooms, have views of countryside, furnished with wardrobes, dressers, night tables, lamps, chairs . All bedrooms can be with singles or king size beds. Windows and doors with shutters and drapes, terracotta floors, whitewash walls and ceilings. See photos....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

    Power Shower , wc....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet

    Power shower, wc...moreless

  • Modern enclosed glass cubicle power shower, large pedestal basing, Mirror, bidet, wc. tiled walls and floors Soap dish, glass holder, towel racks, shelves....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Footpaths start from the house . Cookery courses Wine tasting tours . Golf course The swimming pool 6m x 15m is surrounded by a terracotta patio, with lounge chairs, tables and large parasols. The gazebo has a table and 6 chairs. There are 2 large barbecues on wheels, a wood burning oven for pizza or grilling. The gardens are surrounded by hedges of laurel, bay leaf and oleanders; one area of the garden has rosemary hedges, shrubs of myrtle and pomegranates, fig trees, mulberry, and plums. The middle garden is formal rose garden with box hedges and terracotta pots. The car park is inside the gates of the property shaded by secular oak trees, and young lime trees. Beyond the gardens there is 4.5 hectors of olive grove and woodland . We produce some of the best Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in our area. Some of our guests join us during the harvest from picking the olives to taking them to the Olive-press and bringing the oil home! (Producers of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil)...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Open views of the hills all the way to the sea....moreless

  • Rural:

    We are situated in Rural Tuscany with views of olive groves, vineyards and woodland...moreless

  • Village:

    We are situated in the tiny village of Iano with a grocery store, 2 restaurant/coffee bars and small country church....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Extenting Oak Table with 4 chairs + 2...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    WiFi available throughout garden and swimming pool. Unlimited access....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linen is provided, bedding, towels, swimming pool towels, kitchen linen all high quality white cotton. Changed weekly for stays of 1 week or more. ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes , bowls, cups, saucers, glasswares, stainless steel cutlery and utensils . Serving dishes and serving spoons etc....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Built cupboards and appliances, 5 burner gas hob, crockery, high quality chinawares and stainless stell cutlery, well equipped with toaster, kettle, microwave, electric over, Table with 6 chairs...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Pots, pans, oven trays, serving dishes, salad dishes. Initial provisions, coffee, tea, sugar, jams, honey, salt, pepper. Iron and Ironing board...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Tall Refrigerator / freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    5 burner gas hob, built in electric oven...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Bicycles:

    Can be arranged ....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    5 minute drive from the house...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis:

    short distance from the farmhouse...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low season
Oct 22 - Dec 16, 2016
3 night min stay
$86
$589
Christmas
Dec 17 - Jan 7, 2017
3 night min stay
$126
$815
Low season
Jan 8 - Apr 7, 2017
3 night min stay
$86
$589
Easter
Apr 8 - Apr 21, 2017
3 night min stay
$126
$815
Mid season
Apr 22 - May 19, 2017
3 night min stay
$113
$772
Mid high
May 20 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$145
$965
High season
Jul 1 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,232
Mid high
Sep 9 - Oct 6, 2017
3 night min stay
$145
$965
Mid season
Oct 7 - Oct 27, 2017
3 night min stay
$113
$772
Low season
Oct 28 - Dec 22, 2017
3 night min stay
$86
$589
Christmas
Dec 23 - Jan 7, 2018
3 night min stay
$126
$815
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$113
$772

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Final cleaning $64.30

Notes:

Prices shown are in Euros for Monache 4 one of the villas.

Final Cleaning charge is: Euros 60.00

In the price we include all electricity, gas, water, linen with swimming pool Towels, private Parking.

Central Heating is not included it is paid locally if required during low season.

Tourist tax is not included. Stay tax € 1,00 per person /per night. This does not apply to children under 14.

Tax ID:IVA 02250800485


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

60 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Pisa and Firenze
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
'La Piazzetta del borgo' in the village
50 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Livorno
8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Castelfalfi
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Castelfiorentino
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Poggibonsi
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
'La Piazzetta del Borgo' and 'Antico Borgo'
200 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Abetone
45 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Tirrenia

Car: Necessary

We situated between Florence and Siena in one of the most beautiful areas of tuscany known as the heart of tuscany- the cultural and historical centre of the region. San Giminignano known as the manhattan of the middle ages is 20 minutes away, Volterra once the etruscan capital of the region is 30 minutes . Certaldo, San Miniato, Vinci, Montelupo are all a short distance.

Castelfalfi once the residence of the medici family has a golf course and nature reserve. Our nearest village montaione has banks, supermarket, boutiques, cafe bars,restaurants, petrol station, pharmacy and post office.

Only 45 minutes from the coast the trendy seaside resort of Tirrenia and 1.5 hr from the elegant up market town of Forte dei Marmi.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: I have been renting Podere Le Monache for the past 20 years. Together with Cinzia and Andrea who manage and look after my property we would like to welcome you to this hidden little gem of Tuscany. Cinzia and Andrea will look after your every need from Wine Tasting tours, Cookery Classes, for foodies Andrea will take you mushroom and truffle hunting and of course involve you in the process of picking and making our very special Organic Extra -Virgin Olive oil from the Estate.

Why the Owner Chose Iano FI, Italy:
Le Monache is the Tuscany that many dream of- perfect family vacation destination-- A journey in the past, rolling hills, peaceful, rural, friendly and simple tiny village an excellent location for visiting all the major cultural and historical centres of Tuscany.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Le Monache is situated in a small hamlet with all the ameneties you require for a relaxing stress free vacation. We have 2 excellent restaurants walking distance, where you can enjoy a meal and a glass of wine without having to drive. The small shop/deli offers an excellent choise of local products and fresh fruit and dairy. They have a delivery of fresh bread and croissants every morning. One of the restuarants offers cooking classes and wine Tasting. The place to be for art enthusiast, gourmet cuisine and wine enthusiasts!


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Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/31/2016

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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