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Rustic Retreat.... for Families & Double-Dating Couples

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Last updated: 04/02/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Barn
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Former convent hay a cattle barn, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves

Echoes of the Past.....
An atmospheric and quirky residence, resonant with echoes of its past as a hay and cattle barn. Situated on a typical Tuscan raised outcrop, or 'poggio', surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, 4 miles from San Gimignano and 25 from Florence and Siena.....
Vineyard walks, stunning views, wine-tasting and tours at next-door winery, 20% discount on local health spa...
The characteristic charm of the building is its visible links to its history as a convent hay and cattle barn. The long manger and some of the original tie-up hooks have been preserved and incorporated into the main bedroom, while the sunbeams pouring through the tessellated brickwork of the living room remind us that this was where the hay was once kept fresh and aerated during storage.
This is not just a pretty hill-top retreat, it is an atmospheric and quirky residence, resonant with echoes of its past.
If you listen carefully, as you relax in the high-beamed living room, you may just catch the lingering murmurs of its ruminating former occupants echoing in the rafters…..


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/02/2017

Property Type

  • Barn
  • 90 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Children Welcome:

    There are young, very well-behaved children among the neighbours who congregate quietly on the neighbours' steps, and are friendly and welcoming to guests' children. A great opportunity for non-Italian families to expose their children to the Italian language in a natural, safe play context....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smokers are asked to smoke outside in such a way as smoke does not waft backwards into the house and to dispose of their burnt-out butts in the inside rubbish bins, not by throwing on the ground outside....moreless

  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

  • Granary Bedroom: 1 double


  • Manger Bedroom: 1 king, 1 child bed, 1 baby crib

    Fold-away camp-cot for youths; crib for infants/toddlers...moreless

  • Bedroom 1 King with en-suite shower bathroom; fold-away cot available for 5th person; Original manger provides high-sided, secure place where infant bedding might be placed. Bedroom 2 with French double, immediately across corridor from Clock Bathroom....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Clock Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, bidet

    Huge clock; Vintage 1960's plastic ducks for children's play...moreless

  • Manger Bathroom: toilet, shower, bidet

    Big, characteristic wash-basin converted from former manger...moreless

  • Bathroom 1 with shower cubicle, en-suite to Bedroom 1 Bathroom 2 with bath tub and shower attachment...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 10 minutes from railway station on Florence-Siena line, with trains every half hour in both directions and large, free parking lot. Mostra del Chianti wine festival in Montespertoli 1st week of June (30 minutes away) Mercantia International Street festival in Certaldo 3rd week of July (15 minutes away) Mostra del Chianti wine festival in Montespertoli 1st week of June (30 minutes away) English-Speaking Tuscan Cookery School in Certaldo (15 minutes away)...moreless


  • Television


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


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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Undulating hills with vineyards, olive groves, hamlets, farms, small towns, food festivals. Vineyard walks, stunning views, free wine-tasting with next-door winery, 20% discount on local health spa....moreless

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    On request...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Incorporated in very large kitchen/dining/living room. Sofa-bed for 2 people....moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided:

    On request...moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    American filter coffee maker, 6-Cup Italian mocha, large and small...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden:

    Herb garden and outdoor seating area with spectacular valley views...moreless



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4 night min stay
$618 $2,079
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Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $38.30
  • Cleaning $98.47
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $54.71
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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

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Last updated: 04/02/2017
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Florence; Pisa
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Badia a Elmi
40 Miles
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Raccordo Firenze-Siena (SI-FI)
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Badia a Elmi: Latini
70 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary


Owner info

About the owner: Hi, I am retired from the US Air Force and my wife and I spent many years in Italy and other European countries both during my military service and afterwards. We always lived in Italian communities among Italians rather than on military bases so that our children, now grown, went to Italian schools and we all learned to speak Italian fluently. We love Italian food, wine and the great small-town markets where you can pick up all kinds of quirky stuff! Travi Risonanti is our Tuscan retreat, and we would like to share it with you!

The Unique Benefits at this Barn:
Tours and wine-tasting at next-door winery; 20% discount on local health spa Experience more of genuine local culture by living among rural, working Tuscans, rather than surrounded by other tourists in a resort.

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Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/02/2017

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  • Hay Day Room living area, with 2 adjustable armchairs and a wicker love-seat

    Hay Day Room living area, with 2 adjustable armchairs and a wicker love-seat

  • The 'Travi Risonanti'....

    The 'Travi Risonanti'....

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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