MAGICAL VIEWS FROM ENCHANTING TWO BEDROOM PROPERTY IN MEDIEVAL FORTRESS TOWN

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Cindy Harding

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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MAGICAL VIEWS FROM ENCHANTING TWO BEDROOM PROPERTY IN MEDIEVAL FORTRESS TOWN

Barberino Val d'Elsa Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4 - 5)

This well appointed two-bedroom flat, located within the walls of a quaint fortress town dating back to the year 1200, was featured in an architectural design magazine. Situated on the second and top floor of an ancient palazzo in the heart of the Chianti wine region, midway between Florence and Siena (30 minutes by car in either direction), this beautifully renovated property boasts of a prime position as well as breathtaking views of the countryside; literally one has Tuscany at their fingertips. The owners (American and Florentine), were faithful in preserving the property's medieval charm during the renovation project. The apartment's eclectic mix of antiques and Asian art makes for a cozy spot to hang one's hat while visiting this magical region. The apartment centers around a spacious living room/dining room and well appointed kitchen alcove (the owner is a private chef/culinary instructor who has written a cookbook/memoir); thus, everything needed to create a savory Tuscan meal is found in the fingertip kitchen. The dining area, with its antique marble top table comfortably seating six guests is adjacent the alcove. Two comfortable sofas, for an afternoon of quiet relaxing after a day of sightseeing, complete the main room.

Off the central room, down two steps, is a bedroom with two twin beds and an armchair/convertible single bed. The bedroom's large window opens onto extensive views of the Tuscan countryside. An Italian tiled bathroom with walk-in shower is also located on this level.

The lovely stone and wrought-iron staircase in the main room leads up to the master bedroom with its queen size bed, comfortable sofa and t.v. with satellite disk. A cozy and private terrace, with bistro table, sun umbrella and barbeque completes the upstairs. The extensive views from the terrace makes it the perfect spot to enjoy Tuscan sunsets. To see the region’s patchwork vineyards and silvery olive groves cloaked in rose is nothing short of magical. The bedroom's bi-fora (double arch window) opens onto yet another postcard view of hilltop hamlets, rolling hills and vineyards. Do make it a point to wake at sunrise at least one morning during your stay to view the beauty of a Tuscan dawn. A living picture one will never forget.

Guests choosing to vacation in a hamlet are generally those wanting to mingle with locals; thus experiencing everyday Tuscan life. The charming wine bar 'Canto di Baccio' in the hamlet's tiny square is the perfect spot to do just that. And for those who feel that the choice of village life means giving up an important summer creature comfort (i.e. lounging around a poolside) I am happy to say there are a few lovely country pools within a 10 minute drive of the property where one can have a dip or simply relax after a long day of sightseeing. Just toss swimsuits and towels in the car before setting out for the day. I will supply information on the whereabouts of two lovely pools I feel guests will enjoy.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Cindy Harding

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2002
Speaks english, italian
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When my husband and I took on the immense job of restoring our property back in the late eighties it quickly became our third child. So much so that upon its completion in 1992 I insisted we move in rather than use it as our second home. And we did just that. But, after just four years of hamlet life, work took us to Florence. And although we spent weekends in our cozy country gem, our jaunts to the hamlet became less and less frequent as the boys began their soccer engagements and city activities. Since I am a firm believer that homes are to be lived in, I decided to share our enchanting spot with those who would like to experience authentic Tuscan life in an 800 year old fortress town. And believe me, it is an authentic experience. The villagers are very friendly and always happy to open their arms to our guests.

Being a cooking instructor and writer (I am the author of a book entitled: Tuscan Life - Food Tales & Recipes found on-line through www.lulu.com), I've made sure my fingertip kitchen has everything one needs to prepare savory Tuscan feasts. I also conduct hands-on culinary workshops up at the property when asked. Simply email me for particulars about my courses or private dinners hosted in our penthouse apartment in Florence.

Cindy Harding purchased this condo in 1988

Upon relocating to Tuscany from my native California in the late 70's, I happened upon this tiny hamlet on a Sunday afternoon drive through the countryside. I immediately knew I had to have a piece of this paradise. After nearly 10 years of waiting, the day my Florentine husband came home and told me there was a small property in the hamlet for sale, I didn't hesitate. Whatever it was, it would be ours. Patience is a virture I always say. Though our property isn’t large, the 800 square feet we own in the hamlet sits high above everyone, dominating the countryside. I venture to say it is the best spot in the village. How many can boast of having bird eye views of Tuscany in all directions from their bedroom?

The restoration of the property took nearly 2 years (the hamlet is protected by the state's historical society making permits difficult and time consuming). Once finished, the property was featured in the design magazine - Case di Campagna. Needless to say, I was proud. All the money I spent buying that very magazine to get decorating and restoration ideas for two years really paid off! For when a friend of a friend sent the magazine over to see the property I was thrilled.

Enchanting panoramic views, mingling with the locals and excellent country fare, coupled with the tranquility of hamlet life is what our property has to offer its guests.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Magical Views From Enchanting Two Bedroom Property In Medieval Fortress Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
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Barberino Val d'Elsa Val d'Elsa
5

Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
Three friends and I stayed at Cindy's apartment in the country, & it was everything we had hoped for! Our goal was to find a place outside of the hustle of Florence, but also located within a small town to get the "real" Tuscan feel.

If you're looking for a good base to visit this part of Tuscany, look no further. We rented a car in Florence and within 30 minutes, we were in Barberino. It was very easy to find. The small town has everything you'd need even if you don't want to go on day trips to the surrounding towns. There is a butcher, a wine bar/coffee shop, and several restaurants to choose from for lunch or dinner. We had an amazing time visiting with Danila in the enoteca - a very local feel and a welcome break from the larger cities of Italy.
Walking around the quiet cobblestone streets of the town center was a great experience. You really do feel like you've gone back in time when you hear the church bells begin to ring.

The apartment itself is great for a couple with kids, or two couples. The view from the master bedroom window which overlooks rolling hills is breathtaking.

Most of all, Cindy is extremely helpful in suggesting other towns to see, places to eat, and various other things to do. She even set us up with a driver to visit some vineyards and taste different wines without worrying about driving. We've definitely made a new friend!

We were only here four nights. If we had to do it over again, we'd stay twice as long. We were able to see Montepulciano, Certaldo, San Gimignano, Siena, & Greve from our base in Barberino. There is so much more within a very short drive.
We'll definitely be back!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I am truly happy you had such a wonderful experience exploring Tuscany even if it was all too short. Looking forward to having you in our home again sometime soon. Cindy
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Barberino Val d'Elsa Val d'Elsa
Newton, NH USA
5

Just wonderful

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
My wife and I stayed here during our second week of a three-week anniversary trip. What a charming apartment and such a beautiful hamlet. The size was perfect for the two of us although the second bedroom would allow another couple to join us (But...anniversary trip, remember). We spent lots of time exploring the area, but also lots of lazy afternoons enjoying the "downtime" in our "Home away from home". the three restaurants, a mere one-minute walk from the front door, allowed us lots of choices for dinner, and the local grocer, butcher, etc. made it easy to eat in. All in all a wonderful experience.
Ttwo 55+ travelers from New Hampshire USA
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure meeting you and your wife. I am thrilled you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again in the future. You can never get too much of our lovely region. Right? Cindy
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Brunei
5

The complete Tuscan experience

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
Our Tuscan visit was the key factor to our European holiday, as a family member was getting married to a local Tuscan. Staying at Cindy and Sandro's Tuscan villa was without a doubt one of the greatest holiday experiences we have had. As per other comments, this medieval apartment is set within this 13th century hamlet, complete with stunning views from every window. They have kitted out the apartment with every possible amenity to satisfy the holidaymakers' needs. The various restaurants and cafes within the hamlet negate the need to drive, which is a bonus with such great local wines to be enjoyed with the fabulous Tuscan food on offer. Everybody within the hamlet knows Cindy and Sandro very well, which instantly gave us a connection with them too. We have three children, Cindy played a big part in arranging a child minder (babysitter) for us whilst my wife and I attended the wedding. The kids had a fantastic time as the lady is a professional potter and they spent the majority of the night making various pottery items. The village also had a fair on that night and the child minder was more than happy to chaperone our kids.

We also took the opportunity of the 'Cindy Harding Tuscan Cooking Lessons'. It was an absolutely fun experience for us all. I can now confidently make tender calamari!

Cindy's presentation of the accommodation on this website is very accurate both in written description and photographic presentation. The property is very clean and well maintained. It accommodated my family of 5 very comfortably and was a joy to come back to after a full days sightseeing.

We highly recommend Cindy and Sandro's apartment as a Tuscan destination.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Enjoyed meeting your lovely family and spending time together... especially in the kitchen.
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Barberino Val d'Elsa Val d'Elsa
Clarkston, Michigan USA
5

Awesome experience

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
We have just returned from our dream Italia vacation. Staying at this beautiful Barberino apt. was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. The views of the countryside were spectacular. With assistance from Cindy, we rented a car and in addition to Barberino Val d'Elsa, drove to Greve in Chianti, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra. Also quaint and lovely hill towns. We ate at 3 of the local restaurants in the hamlet all of which were great experiences. Also fixed some morning and afternoon meals in the apt. and since we were traveling light, we made use of the washer and felt like locals hanging them out on the balcony to dry.
We met back up with Cindy and her wonderful family in Firenze for a fabulous cooking lesson. This truly was an experience we will never forget. We feel honored to have been able to prepare a Tuscan meal, learn about the different herbs and oil and share great conversation with Cindy, Sandro, Matteo, Andrea and Marcella. After such a short visit, we consider them our friends and hope to visit sometime again.
Grazie Grazie Grazie.

Ken & Sally Coe
Clarkston, Michigan
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was great having you in our home. And most of all, it was a pleasure sharing the secrets of Tuscan cuisine with both of you. Food, Friends and Fun times... that's Tuscany!
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Barberino Val d'Elsa Val d'Elsa
Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
5

10 Perfect September Days in Barberino Val d'Elsa

10 Perfect September Days in Barberino Val d'Elsa
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
Upon return from our month-long retirement vacation to Italy, friends and family often asked my husband and I where our favorite place was to visit. Our immediate response was Barberino Val d'Elsa at this lovely condo in the hamlet's medieval wall. During our 10 days, we felt as though we were immersed in the traditions and culture of the area, not some tourists peering mournfully from a distance. We met a few other tourists, all from nearby European countries, and we began to know some of the local residents -- truly wonderful and welcoming people! The condo could not have been more perfect! We often began our morning or our afternoon enjoying our cup of coffee or our glass of wine at Canto di Baccio, just a few steps along the narrow street, then strolled along to the butcher's for eggs or meat or other delicacies, so we could cook a few of our own meals. As we walked the few remaining yards to our condo's door, we passed Cafe Bijou (internet cafe), knowing full well that we would probably stop by late at night for the camaraderie, food, and wine, before falling exhausted into bed. Yes, the surrounding area is crowded with interesting places, fascinating history, and gorgeous landscapes -- and yes! we drove our rental car over many miles of winding and hilly roads, but it was our accommodations in this lovely condo and our welcoming, friendly, and helpful hostess that made the 10 days absolutely perfect! -- from South Dakota, USA
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Florence (Peretola)
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Poggibonsi
Car: recommended

Barberino is connected to the neighboring village of Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa (2 km) by a lovely walkway that runs through vineyards and olive groves. Every Thursday the village of Tavarnelle has its weekly market. A walk to the market and back is recommended. There are also numerous village fairs and festivals in the area happening throughout the spring and summer months. November is also olive picking season. A trip to the hamlet’s ancient olive pressing mill is a must. Florence is merely 35 minutes by car, Siena is roughly 40 minutes. Both cities are highly recommended; as is Certaldo Alto (15 minutes by car). The home of Boccaccio - (The Decameron) is located in this lovely medieval fortress town constructed of red terracotta bricks. Park in the square in the lower city and take the Funicular up the side of the hill to the village above. San Gimignano is also just a 25 minute drive away. Volterra (another monumental fortress town) is less than an hour’s drive. There is plenty of information in the apartment with maps and suggestions of places to see and things to do. I am always happy to send folks off in the right direction to discover the many treasures (hidden and non) of this beautiful region of Tuscany. Not to forget, the property sits in the western Chianti region... thus lots of wineries to visit and tasting to be had for those so inclined. There is a great organic wine bar in the hamlet itself.

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Barberino Val d'Elsa Condo Rental Rates

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Refundable damage deposit €150.00
30% deposit upon booking
Notes A supplemental heating fee of 8.00 euro per day will be applied to stays from November 1st to April 1st.
An additional final cleaning fee of 30.00 euro will be added to minimum stays of 4 nights.
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Amenities

Barberino Val d'Elsa Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning ...
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large walk-in shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The sleep chair makes into a single bed
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) portable camping style crib, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) single sofa chair/bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • playground
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • hot air ballooning
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
Notes:
Owner is happy to help guests to organize anything that might make their time in Tuscany memorable (i.e. putting them in touch with guides for sightseeing or wine tasting; booking private dinners in Florentine homes...)
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