'Casa Capannina (4-6 persons)
(approx. 90 sq.) 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 kitchen with dining area , spacious livingroom (sat tv, dvd, stereo, terrace
Groundfloor: from the livingroom (TV, dvd, stereo, ) , with corner fireplace and large window doors to the terrace an archway opens into the fully eqipped kitchen (4flame gas stove, oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezew combination, toaster, American & Italian coffee maker etc. etc. ) with additional dining space. also here a direct access to the terrace, that stretches along the complete housefront. Straight on the spacious bedroom no. 1 (2 singles, 1 sofa bed) with ensuite bathroom.
Upstairs in the airy living tower a 2nd bedroom (double, queen size, double sofa bed), again with ensuite shower/toilet,+ ceiling fan. All bedroom windows have mosquito screens
individual heating, electricy and water supply, private access road and parking
The lovely cottage 'Casa Capannina', a small semiattached quarrystone villa, is set slightly aside with its back to the other 3 buildings of Poderi Val Verde, which guarantees much privacy.
It was constructed with quarystones by the farmers when clearing woodlands and macchia slopes to prepare land for vineyards and olivegroves .Stones that traditionally were use for building houses or terrassed-walls. Its original use was as stable for cows . Prove of this gives the typical long house structure, its low ceilings and separate position.
This cottage, completely restored in 2009, when we also added additional living space (the 'tower') is the perfect location for honeymooners, 2 couples or a small family looking for privacy and peace - and is the perfect starting point for sightseeing since most important sights can be easily reached within an hours drive.
Especially here is the 'rule' - enjoy the sunset in complete silence from your terrace with its shady pavillon, garden furniture, sunbeds as well as a bbq. Gaze onto onto the extended gardens, the romantic creek and the surrounding maddows and vast macchia covered hills of this private property of more then 76 ha.
Start your hiking and biking directly form your doorsteps on well marked trails. Or simply take a stroll on our meditation trail along the small creek with its waterfalls, walk up to the waterlily pond or through the valley to the nearby town of Castellina in Chianti .
Or take a dip in the large community swimming pool that you share with very few other guests (5,5x11x1,50m and 2x3m splashpool entrance platform for the smallest, ). during cooler months of april and oct you may use the owner's covered (unheated) pool on request
The extended leisure areas and wellcared gardens of more then 2 ha , equipped with garden furniture, the childrens playground with soccer field, ping-pong table, sandbox with fairhouse and swing, .are the pride of the German owner and her staff. Cascades of flowers, rose bushes, citrus fruits as well as the surrounding meadows with many rare types of orchids and wild herbs create the unforgettable image of a lost paradise..
Animated is this small paradise by various cats, 2 freeroaming wellbehaved dogs (1 male, 1 lively female), a pictoresque small herd of cameroon sheep, chicken, geese, ducks, pigeons and more. Stunning the variaty of birds and butterflies as well as fireflies. And with a bit of patience one may also see wild boars, deer and roe deer, foxes, badgers and porcupines as well as the rare Tuscan eagle that breeds in our valley.
The housing complex is surrounded by grass, gravel - as well as terracotta paved walks and stairs which join the different levels with their romantic porches and apartments. Several natural quarry stone terraces with solitary trees like cypresses, acacia, pine and oak trees are leading to the small creek where the real wild nature begins.
Admire the increditable variaty if wild flowers and walk along small trails that we cut right through the maddows - amazing the spectacle of fireflies in late May and June, the rare songs of the our numerous nightingales and the concert of hundreds of birds in the morning and evening. Because of its privacy and our efforts this is still a rare paradise - and only minutes from the next town center !!!
When planing your trip take in consideration that due to our perfect location, most important sights can be easily reached within 1 hours drive. Also please dont forget to leave some space for one of the many concerts, horseback riding or some evening with newfound friends or maybe a halfday cookery course with local dishes. Extremes like biking on the new trail up at the Apennin mountains or island hoping on the Tuscan coast are also possible.
Enjoy a dream vacation in Tuscany's heart - the 'Chianti Classico' region - only few miles from Florence and Siena, easy to reach from Pisa and Florence airport - surrounded by the the world-famous landscape of extended vineyards, silvery olive groves, vast forests, colorful macchia and solitary estates.
The 16th century privately owned Val Verde - a 76 ha large property, is situated inmidst the natural resort area of the 'Oasis del Chianti'- which guarantees absolute privacy and peace. Its various farmhouse accommodations are situated only 2 kilometres from the famous wine town Castellina in Chianti with shopping facilities and restaurants.
Other famous towns and cities such as Florence, Siena, Greve, Radda, Gaiole, as well as San Gimignano, Lucca, Pistoia, Arezzo are very close, some less then 1 hour by car.
If you drive a bit more, you will find Cortona, Perugia or Pisa; even day trips by train or car to Rome, Milano or Venice are possible.
In this small family style hamlet our sophisticated guests will find undisturbed and unspoiled nature, silence, sun, good food (cookery courses) and fantastic wines.
total property: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baQB1Dqlzvo&feature=player_embedded
“Two Couples' Pleasant Stay”
Reviewed April 11, 2014
My boyfriend and I joined my parents in Castellina in Chianti for a week during their 3+ week excursion to Italy in celebration of my mom's 50th birthday. Staying at Poderi Val Verde with Ulrike as our host was the cherry on top of the sundae that was this wonderful trip.
The property itself is beautiful; an authentic working farm nestled into the rolling hills of Tuscany. The farm-life includes sheep, a chicken coup, and even a peacock. Ulrike also has two charming dogs that will welcome you home every day and several cats that peruse the property. The majority of the natural flora on the property is edible, as we learned during our cooking lesson, including wild growing asparagus. There are two gorgeous pools, which we unfortunately did not get to take advantage of during our stay as it was not yet warm enough, and many recreational areas (swings, a ping pong table, soccer/football nets, etc.).
Our villa was a 2-bed, 2-bath with a patio overlooking some of the recreational areas and a view of the surrounding hills where the sheep graze. The interior was nicely updated with modern appliances, a fully equipped kitchen, and Wi-Fi and was tastefully decorated while maintaining the distinctive Tuscan style. The villa was spotless upon arrival and stocked with fresh linens and Ulrike's "starter kit" of homemade jams, olive oil, and choice goodies which are available for purchase. She will also lend you her co-op card to purchase anything you might like to have on hand during your stay from the local market. In my opinion the accommodations were just as good as, or better, than a hotel - minus the maid service, and perhaps less fancy linens. The bathrooms were spotless, I found the beds comfortable (I prefer a firm mattress), and the shutters completely blocked out all light. A+!
The location is fantastic, but in my opinion requires a car unless you don't intend to explore much of the area outside of Castellina. Aside from being picturesque, we found Poderi Val Verde to be a very convenient starting point to visit surrounding towns and local wineries, as well as an easy drive to Florence, Siena, and Cinque Terre while still being definitively in the countryside. Highly recommend if you plant to rent a car, may not be as convenient if you are relying on public transportation.
Finally, Ulrike was an incredibly helpful, informative, and entertaining host - not to mention her cooking was delicious. We opted i
The German owner Ulrike with her son Fabian (presently in Germany) both English speaking outgoing and openminded people that will gladly be of assistance and share their experiences with their many international guests.
Was infected with the 'Tusan virus' after my first visit (like so many others) some 30 years ago and after various vacations decided to finally settle in the heart of Tuscany - the Chianti Classico' area. Here I found everything I ever longed for - nature, peace, clean air, good food and fantastic wines and culture of the highest level. After some years I decided to share my experiences (also cooking) with guest from all over the world and opened a rental activity.
there are few places that are so central to everything, and offer so much - located only 500 m from the main road but in absolute silence of the surrounding nature (the only nature preserve area in the Siena region) - you are closed to most important sights and places of Tuscany - 5 min to the next town, so social contacts are guaranteed - less then 1 hours from the next major airport (Florence) so getting here is no problem - fantastic marked trekking trails starting from your doorstep (stunning nature in winter or spring) , biking of the finest (on the tracks of the Giro d'Italia, golfing with the elite, or simply enjoying a glass of wine, some pecorino cheese on your personal patio, watching deer and wild boar pass by, Tuscan eagles soaring above this magnificant privately owned valley - what can one ask more for
Poderi Val Verde - an authentic farm estate from the 16th century – located only 2 km from the wine town of Castellina in Chianti and within 1 hours drive to most famous sights of Tuscany is a real “living” farm – with farm and court yard animals , free roaming dogs and cats - in a surrounding and live style of “once up the time” .
Its a place for the individual travellers, looking for something different – for the feeling of solitute, peace and untouched nature. For people that like good original food (on-site dinners and cookery classes) and good wines.
For people that like to explore the country side by bike or by foot and next to visiting the countless cultural sights will also find time to attend one of the many cultural events such as opera, concerts, etc.
For people that include in the plans a visit to the many Thermal springs and spas as well as the beaches and marble caves of the Versiglia.
For people that enjoy travelling in the colder months when Tuscany seems to hibernate into the past. When in restaurants you find only locals and tourists are greeted with a welcoming smile , museums and other cultural places are empty and the Chianti belongs to only you.
When the air is heavy with the smell of the many fire places, the new young wine , the freshly pressed olive oil, grilled game meat and the famous bistecca .
Poderi Val Verde (Farmhouses in the green valley) was restored in 1998 and retouched in 2012. It was left itentially rustic – original fire plces, cotto floors, beams, roofs and many little architectural particularities that mark centuries of living in this place. We are fully aware that with this we are going against the usual main stream of modern design.
When you step into our accommodations – you seem to step back into the past – rooms , setting and furnishing are according to the “Arte Povera” – as it used to be – as you saw it in films such as “under the Tuscan sun” or in “Romeo and Juliette” - but functional as in any modern house. Shady rose-covered loggias and sunny terraces with nices views are part of this all.
As most really old farm houses it was built in a large, open, sun-filled valley, thus protected from cold north winds and wet fogs, ventilated by warm south winds in the afternoon, with pleasant cool night temperatures due to the surrounding macchia and woods and with unlimited supplies of fresh well water.
The famous ancient “mules trail” passed through here – mules transported salt from the salt mines of sicily to the north – trails that always followed the course of water and wells and developed into important traffic venes. Prove of this are the many monastries and cloisters and farm houses that you find along this old road, which i salso part of our trekking “network”.
Here you can spend your dream vacation – right in the heart of Tuscany – the Chianti Classico”
- only a few miles from Florence and Siena – in a region of vineyard covered hills, silvery olive groves, vast forests and colourful macchia slopes - and admidst hidden ancient farm houses guarded by cypresses and towering pinetrees
Surrounded by more then 2ha of wellcared parklike garden – unlike any other you might find - sits the imposing guest house complex which is dived in 3 apartments (2-4 Pers.) , and/or 2 semiattached houses 'Casa Pineta (8-13 pers.) + 'Casa Acacia (6-8 pers.) as well as the lovely small villetta 'Casa Capannina ' (4- 6 pers.).
The community pool of 5,5x11 m with extended leisure areas and surrounding gardens as well as sports facilities is open as of mid may . During the cooler months you may use the a small covered (not heated) pool of the property owner, the only of its kind in the area.