The FIENILE is an independent cottage on a private villa property with resident owners available for short or long term stays. This historic agricultural outbuilding was converted in 2006 to contain 3 bedrooms, a large kitchen and 2 common rooms. It boasts designer appointments and a very convenient location: only 30 to 45 minutes away from Florence, Siena and Arezzo. You have all the benefits of the countryside to rest and relax after a day of tourism, wine-tasting tours in the area, trekking in the hills or outlet shopping. The Fienile is a real home-away-from-home to come back to for that simple fresh pasta dinner, a bottle of local wine and a Skype call with your friends about your day in Tuscany.
Upstairs are two bedrooms - can be either doubles or twins - and a bathroom with a 90 cm2 shower (and a view)! The bedrooms are furnished in traditional Tuscan style and have beamed ceilings with terracotta appointments. The upstairs windows frame views onto the Chianti hills and Valley of the Arno. Even the stairway has a panoramic vista. Downstairs is a third bedroom/study and the second bathroom. The entire ground floor has beamed ceilings with antique brickwork and respects the decorative tradition of Tuscan country homes. This floor also hosts a panoramic enclosed veranda with a 180° view onto the Chianti hills. Furnished with cushioned benches and deckchairs, it is a peaceful place to read, write, or share a bottle of prosecco. In addition, the ground floor features a sitting room with SatTV-DVD and a lending library of guidebooks and recreational reading, as well as a fully equipped kitchen big enough to eat in (with granite counter tops and solid wood cabinets). All modern appliances (microwave, electric oven, 5-range gas burner stove, dishwasher and fridge/freezer), in-floor heating, washing machine (and clothes drying racks, iron & ironing board) as well as other amenities (satellite TV & DVD & Wi-Fi).
The Fienile also has two garden areas with chairs, tables and loungechairs from which to admire the views. The small patio area off the veranda and the larger garden on the other side of the house are set up for al fresco dining, sun worship, watching the sunset, and stargazing.
NO PETS & NO SMOKING (inside) please - allergy controlled environment.
Il Poggiolo is situated in an ideal location for day-trips throughout Tuscany and Central Italy (by car or train). If some days you do not feel like venturing very far, in the immediate area are historic towns and quaint villages, vineyards, comunal pools, thermal spas, country walks, food markets and restaurants, as well as designer outlets.
Central location for tourism and convenient trains.
Comfortable and spacious accommodation.
Gardens (furnished) with lovely views.
Private parking area on the property.
WI-FI, SatTV, DVD, recreational reading library and guide books, maps.
Country walks and trekking (from gentle sloping dirt roads through vineyards to mountain trails through forests)
Local markets for local produce (especially vegetables and fruit, wine and olive oil).
Marvellous eating - from pizza parlours to five-star restaurants.
Major designer outlets and malls.
In 1994 Allen and I bought the property we had been renting for over 10 years. We are both Renaissance historians, working for American university centers in Florence, where we commute to work. The reasons why we ended up in Tuscany - on a hilltop in the Valdarno - are totally serendipitous, and entirely too long to go into here. But we did it, and lived in happy nonchalance, raising our daughter and commuting to work in Florence until the economic crunch began to make itself felt. In 2005 we had the belated realization that this property had better help maintain itself, otherwise we would find it very difficult to keep up the land and buildings after we retired. I keep buying lottery tickets with blind faith, but in the meantime we bit the bullet, hocked our souls to the Banca Toscana, and decided to carry out a dream: to restore and convert the villa’s barn into a rental cottage, and renovate the half of the villa once occupied by Allen's mother (who is now happily ensconced on the Italian Riviera). The idea was that holiday rentals would help with the mortgage, garden maintenance, and miscellaneous upkeep until – when we are well into our dotage – we downsize and move into the converted barn ourselves. Read the first installment of the saga about this renovation process on the 'Wandering Educators' site (under 'Barn conversion')
Tuscany is not only a tourist mecca, but the climate is better than Paris and London (where we had been living before), and Florence is within an easy commute, so it is possible to live in the countryside and work in the city. The people in the area are wonderful. In fact, the Tuscans are the main reason why my husband and I opted to stay in Italy, to buy the family villa (divided into two large apartments) and make a life here. The 'Fienile' was originally one of the agricultural outbuildings (a barn) in which we used to park the tractor and the car, store tools, and hang laundry. It has become a charming dwelling, where we plan to retire one day. In the meantime, we have had marvellous guests.
N°1. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION: you can have the calm of the countryside, Tuscan sunsets to die for, and the fun of exciting daytrips to major points of interest, even leaving planning up to the last minute.... For both gastronomy and shopping, the Valdarno offers excellent wineries and restaurants as well as a number of designer outlets (Prada outlet 'SPACE' a 5 minute drive from Il Poggiolo). N°2. SPACE SPACE SPACE: every accommodation at Il Poggiolo has the advantage of spacious quarters and far many more rooms than are usual with vacation rentals. Always check the number of rooms when looking for a holiday apartment as this can make the difference between feeling cramped and getting grumpy to the privilege of a quiet corner when travelling with a group of friends or family.
This scenic area of Tuscany provides both a country retreat and quick and easy access to numerous historic towns, from main sites (Florence, Siena, Arezzo) to picturesque local castles, monasteries and hamlets. There are numerous markets with local produce + fine wines. Many privately managed + municipal pools in area. Thermal Spas 30-45 min. drive. Easy country walks at your doorstep, serious trekking trails in nearby hills. Designer outlets in the area (VAT tax rebates for non EU citizens). Cooking classes, painting lessons, bike rental and winery tours are some of the favourite activities after cultural tourism. There is something to do for visitors of all ages and interests. Bring a bathing suit, good walking shoes and a camera!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event||Minimum Stay|
Apr 15 2014 - Oct 18 2014
My Standard Rate
|Minimum 25% non-refundable deposit due at booking.
Balance by Bank Transfer/Paypal 60 days prior to arrival OR in Euros at check-in
(please note: + 5% surcharge by banking transaction intermediaries).
|Stay 7 nights for the price of 5 !! €50 supplement for setup extra child cot/crib.
Incremental DISCOUNTS for stays of 2 weeks or more.
Italian Tourist Tax (‘Imposta di Soggiorno’) included in rental rate.
Take both the Casa Colonica and the Fienile Villa Cottage simultaneously for a family reunion or small group
(= 5 bedrooms 3 baths) with a 5% discount/week !!.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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