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The view from the large upstairs terrace--San Gimignano and Volterra from here!

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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Fully renovated luxuriously furnished 4-level town home in the center of a thriving medieval village 45 minutes west of Siena and an hour south of Florence. 2 bdrms/2 baths with tub and shower (one ensuite with 2nd floor bdrm, the other on main living level), central heat and air conditioning, 2 terraces. Bedrooms are on the 4th floor and the 2nd floor; living, kitchen and dining room on 3rd floor (which is one flight of stairs up from street level). Total living space is approx. 160 sq meters. Upstairs bedroom has a very large terrace with dining table and chairs, potted garden and chaises. The 2nd floor bedroom has a queen sized bed and space for up to two additional twin beds which are stored in the cellar and can be set up upon request. Large, L-shaped modern sofa with down wrapped cushions is comfortable for sleeping on additional person. Comfortably the house sleeps 5, but 2 more people can stay for an extra fee.
That's the house. It is positioned on the northern side (with the best view) of the loveliest little storybook village of 700 residents. We are right next door to La Pergola Pizzeria on one side and the smallest theater in Europe (67 seats) on the other. And two doors down is an artisan's workshop, Ammos, a treasure trove for those seeking original art to bring home from their travels. Radicondoli is like a trip back to sweeter, more innocent times. It has four bars, three restaurants, four churches, a variety of shops and services, two grocery stores, a butcher, a tourist office, a bank with ATM, and locally staffed volunteer ambulance service and the friendliest people you will ever meet.
There are festivals throughout the year: May 1 is Primo Maggio. The last weekend of June is the San Giovanni Festival; late July-first week of August is a major theater, dance, music and art festival with concerts in village spaces, piazzas and out in the countryside. Every Thursday night in July and August, Via Garibaldi (my street) is closed to traffic and an evening festival takes place with food, cocktails, live music and dancing--it's called the Notte di Giove, and it's a no-miss event! In early July and mid August the famous Palio di Siena horse race takes place in Siena, and I can connect you with a great tour guide and the option to purchase bleacher tickets to view the trials and main race. In late September we have the Festa della Madonna, which culminates in a candlelight procession through the village with our medieval Madonna della Mercedes fresco. In late October we have the Festa di San Simone e Giuda in the main piazza with roast chestnuts, sausages, chestnut cake and wine, as well as old fashioned children's games. Day trips to Chianti villages and wine country, Volterra, San Gimignano, Florence, Siena, San Galgano Abbey, Massa Marittima, Arezzo, Cortona, Pisa, the Mediterranean coastline and a great many more beautiful destinations are possible, though you will want to carve out some serious loafing in the village and at home time, because Radicondoli is such a beautiful slice of Paradise you will fall in love with it the moment you arrive!

Owner

Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 12/03/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 160 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

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

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Discuss with owner if you are a young group. This house has valuable items so is not suitable for wild parties!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    One queen bed in a large room in which 2 twins can be added ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Upstairs bedroom with large terrace has one queen bed, an armoir and dresser for guests. Its triple panel glass door opens out onto a large terrace with dining table, chairs, chaises and potted plants. The view is breathtaking!...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, bidet

    En suite with lower bedroom. Also has clothes washer...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    On main living level, 1 flight of stairs below upstairs bdrm...moreless

  • Downstairs bedroom is quite large, and has a bathroom en suite which also houses the washing machine. We dry our clothes on drying racks indoors or on the terrace (depending on weather). The lower bedroom has space to add two twin sized beds in addition to the queen sized bed....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Private chef can be arranged for special meals and occasions. Please book ahead. Driving service can be arranged and should be booked well ahead. Cooking lessons in the house or surrounded farms can be arranged--ask owner. As a tour operator, I have all the possible fun things to do right at my finger tips--but do book well ahead as things can get quite busy in the high season!...moreless

Entertainment

  • Music Library:

    There is a collection of CDs....moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    From our terraces and windows you can see numerous hilltop medieval villages near and far, including Casole d'Elsa, San Gimignano and Volterra. Star gazing, sheep counting, dining al fresco and more....moreless

  • Rural:

    We are in a thriving little village set in a beautiful, unspoiled Tuscan countryside. You can hike on local farm trails and country roads , or rent bicycles and ride the back roads free of traffic...moreless

  • Village:

    Casa Illuminata, in the center of a thriving medieval village, is next door to the pizzeria and a live theater, just steps to all restaurants and bars, and has a grand panoramic view to the Appenines....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    If you use more than one set per week there will be a surcharge for laundering and ironing....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Spacious and light with high exposed beam ceiling, has large Tuscan fireplace, very comfortable sofa, bookcases and a desk. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Public parking is free and available 50 meters from house as well as other locations in village....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Surcharge for excess usage....moreless

  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you need and more! Yes, there are even a sandwich press and a Kitchen Aid mixer....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Small but complete kitchen was completely remodeled in 2013. It is custom made, hand crafted, has top level appliances and includes a very quiet dishwasher....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Replace what you use and always leave a carton of long-conservation milk in the cupboard for the next guests. The grocery stores are closed on Wednesday afternoons and Sundays....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Can be rented and delivered on request--any number and size. Order in advance during the high season....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    One off each bedroom....moreless

  • Golf:

    There is a golf course near San Gimignano. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Old fashioned kind that takes charcoal. ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Courts just outside the village. Ask Michele, the bartender/owner at Nazionale in the center of town where to go--he is a tennis fanatic!...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning fee $120
  • Property Damage Protection $79

Notes:

No pets or smoking are permitted in the house.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

I am a Tuscan tour operator and can arrange for you bike rentals, hot air balloon rides, cheese farm visits, winery tours, cooking lessons and more. Just ask.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: I came here to write about this sweet little village with its self-sustaining life style in 2009, and started a cooking school called Il Campo Cucina which features local men and women who teach visitors how to make old Tuscan recipes as well as some exciting new interpretations. I live in the house part of the year and rent it out when I'm not here, so it is quite comfortable, with all the things that make me feel at home. You will find a beautifully stocked and outfitted kitchen, nice rugs and furnishings, books, and WIFI throughout. I don not own a television because I'm here to enjoy the peace, but if I want to watch a soccer match or something else, I just go to one of our bars and sit down with the locals to take it in--it's so much more sociable that way!

Why the Owner Chose Radicondoli SI, Italy:
Because it is simply the best places on earth--a comfortable, luxurious home with magnificent views from all levels in a hidden pocket of gorgeous Tuscany an easy drive to anywhere. The village has everything I need, and sometimes I don't leave for weeks!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This house is several cuts above the local rental properties, which are furnished as rentals. It is very comfortably furnished, authentically renovated with traditional style but an open, flowing floor plan, and the location couldn't possibly be more convenient. You only have to walk ten steps to the best pizzeria in all the world!


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Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 12/03/2016

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Photos

  • The view from the large upstairs terrace--San Gimignano and Volterra from here!

    The view from the large upstairs terrace--San Gimignano and Volterra from here!

  • Another view of 2nd floor bedroom. There is space for 2 extra twin beds.

    Another view of 2nd floor bedroom. There is space for 2 extra twin beds.

  • LIving room view.

    LIving room view.

  • Hand crafted custom kitchen with all amenities built in 2013.

    Hand crafted custom kitchen with all amenities built in 2013.

  • Entryway stair landing reflects into dining room.

    Entryway stair landing reflects into dining room.

  • A prosecco break in the dining room with our chef instructor Francesco.

    A prosecco break in the dining room with our chef instructor Francesco.

  • Dining room table just before a dinner party.

    Dining room table just before a dinner party.

  • Downstairs bathroom has  tub w/shower, clothes washer, toilet & bidet.

    Downstairs bathroom has tub w/shower, clothes washer, toilet & bidet.

  • A view in the village from the main piazza looking south to Porta Olla.

    A view in the village from the main piazza looking south to Porta Olla.

  • View to the west from the upstairs terrace.

    View to the west from the upstairs terrace.

  • This one has zucchini blossoms and anchovies and it was delicious!
La Pergola.

    This one has zucchini blossoms and anchovies and it was delicious! La Pergola.

  • Upstairs terrace in June.

    Upstairs terrace in June.

  • Lower bedroom, 2nd level, has en suite bathroom with tub, shower and washer.

    Lower bedroom, 2nd level, has en suite bathroom with tub, shower and washer.

  • Upstairs bedroom--light and airy opens out onto large terrace with dining table!

    Upstairs bedroom--light and airy opens out onto large terrace with dining table!

  • Another view of the living room. Those windows have the best view in the village

    Another view of the living room. Those windows have the best view in the village

  • Another view of the kitchen--top end cook top, oven and dishwasher.

    Another view of the kitchen--top end cook top, oven and dishwasher.

  • Cooking lesson underway in the dining room. We are making pici, fatto a mano!

    Cooking lesson underway in the dining room. We are making pici, fatto a mano!

  • Dining room with table in its smaller format seats 6; extended seats 10.

    Dining room with table in its smaller format seats 6; extended seats 10.

  • View from kitchen through dining room into living room.

    View from kitchen through dining room into living room.

  • Main floor bathroom has tub w/shower, sink, toilet; a flight below upper bedrm.

    Main floor bathroom has tub w/shower, sink, toilet; a flight below upper bedrm.

  • Clock tower in Chiesa Collegiata in the main village pizza overlooks an enoteca.

    Clock tower in Chiesa Collegiata in the main village pizza overlooks an enoteca.

  • One of Tommaso's fabulous pizzas. Right next door!

    One of Tommaso's fabulous pizzas. Right next door!

  • Sunset view from La Pergola Pizzeria right next door to Casa Illuminata.

    Sunset view from La Pergola Pizzeria right next door to Casa Illuminata.

  • From this terrace you might as well be in heaven. Enough said!

    From this terrace you might as well be in heaven. Enough said!

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Saturday, December 03, 2016

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