ENCHANTING TUSCAN FARMHOUSE 16TH CENTURY, PRIVATE COUNTRY HOME

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Mei-Mei

Speaks english
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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ENCHANTING TUSCAN FARMHOUSE 16TH CENTURY, PRIVATE COUNTRY HOME

Lucignano Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

A charming private home, nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, Il Vallone is a mere 4 km. from the medieval village of Lucignano. A glassed-in loggia overlooks the distant fields, the garden and small pond, teeming with goldfish. The house is cozy enough for two but can sleep up to 5. From my point of view, for comfort, 4 to 5 is the ideal number. Almost all rooms have high ceilings, exposed beams and tile floors. Though we remodeled after purchasing the house, we have respected the original architecture of this 600-year old farmhouse that boasts a windmill and solar panels, as well as high speed internet.

The house has a lower floor with king size bed, small bathroom with shower, living room dining room with piano, fireplace, original travertine sink and manger used for our large collection of books.

There is a small room on the mezzanine with a half bath, and upstairs two bedrooms [one with a double 4 poster bed, the other with an antique 3/4 bed for one person]. The upstairs living room runs the entire length of the house and is divided by a wide arch. The round travertine topped dining table is at one end of the living room. Books cases filled with an eclectic choice give a homey feel to all rooms.

Elisa and Rina are excellent cooks and are willing to share their secrets for the perfect lasagna or tiramisu upon request. They treats all guests as family. [They take turns cooking and cleaning the house].

Though no other houses are in sight, Il Vallone is centrally located and the perfect pied-a'-terre for avid sightseers, as well as the ideal refuge for musicians, writers, artists. Rental period: from April 15 through October 15th, one week minimum stay. I prorate for longer rentals, even if less than two weeks, but there is additional charge for this. I am flexible in terms of day of arrival as it costs less to fly on a week day.

Fun fact: In the summer of 2009, Juliette Binoche (best actress at Cannes Festival, 2010), starred in 'Certified Copy,' mostly shot in Lucignano.

Keywords: House, 600-year-old renovated Farmhouse, Private Country Home

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • not suitable for children
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Mei-Mei

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2009
Speaks english

Brought up in Italy, I taught Italian literature and film in Boston area universities for 30 years. Since retiring from teaching, I have turned to writing and social activism. I am working on two memoirs and serve on several boards, including Polaris Project, leading anti-human trafficking NGO in the US, co-founded by my son, and Chinese Adoptees Links International.

I spend two months a year at Il Vallone, one in the spring and one in the fall both because I adore being there, and to check on upkeep.

Mei-Mei purchased this farmhouse in 1970

When my mother bought Il Vallone in 1970 she lived there year round. After many years in Florence, she was seeking the peace and quiet of the countryside, yet a location that was within easy driving distance of the hilltop villages and major cities. Due to my professional commitments I cannot live in Italy full time, much as I would like to.

Delectable food, great wines and cheeses, beauty both within the house and surrounding area, privacy without being too isolated. and the invaluable service of Elisa and Rina.

Shelves upon shelves of books, a gorgeous piano and a boom box with small collection of CDs (classical) offer entertainment for those who wish to just spend a day or two relaxing.

The last 2 Sundays in May, Lucignano puts on the Maggiolata to welcome summer, a unique festival with floats decorated with thousands of carnations. The last weekend in September, the village steps back into the past (19th century), adopting costumes of the time and opening up workshops for the numerous artisans who represent a whole variety of trades. Both celebrations are colorful and culturally fascinating.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Enchanting Tuscan Farmhouse 16th Century, Private Country Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
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Lucignano Cortona area
United States
5

Amazing Summer Trip Spent in Beautiful Tuscany

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
Il Vallone is the perfect place to relax and soak up the warm Tuscan sun. We spent a lot of time just reading and eating on the shaded terrace, looking out into the beautiful landscape. The charming rustic house had tons of amazing flowers in full bloom with gorgeous scents, which meant we would wake up and go to sleep with the scent wafting through our bedroom. It's also perfectly situated to go on short 30-45 min drives to many interesting cities and small medieval towns - from Siena, Cortona, to nearby Lucignano. The best part of being in Italy for us was going to the local markets and getting fresh fruits and vegetables, which are far tastier (and cheaper) than the ones in the US. The kitchen has everything you could want so we were able to feast regularly at home and spend less money that expected on the trip. Overall, Il Vallone proved to the be perfect place for us to unwind, re-ground ourselves in what's important (food!), get re-charged to return to our normal life with new vigor.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Lucignano Cortona area
New York
5

Beautiful Home Bathed in the Tuscan Sun

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
We had a wonderful time at Il Vallone. It is the Tuscan farmhouse where we felt completely at home--authentically preserved, tastefully decorated, with the comforts of our own country house, but bathed in glorious Tuscan sun.

From the moment we first opened the door to Il Vallone, we felt like we walked into a personalized Tuscan retreat. It's both rural, (literally off our google map) and yet located in a part of Italy that made day trips possible to Pisa, Florence, Cortona, Siena, and a host of other lovely places.

Hidden away in total privacy down a winding dirt road past olive groves, Cyprus trees and vineyards, Il Vallone is surrounded by lavender, rosemary and a small vineyard out back. The loggia and gazebo were perfect places to read and share our adventures in cooking truffle dishes. The charming nearby town of Lucignano doesn't make the tourist books, which is all the more reason we loved it.

It's a little gem of a place, we will hold tight to our memories of Il Valone.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. Am so happy that you enjoyed every aspect of staying at Il Vallone and were able to pack in far more than a week's worth of amazing experiences. You took full advantage of all opportunities in terms of sightseeing, culinary exploits, some relaxation and soaking up perfumes, sights and sounds that make Il Vallone unique. Next time you should try ballooning!
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Lucignano Cortona area
Newbury Park, California, USA
5

Beautiful Authentic Country Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
We stayed here in July 2012. The days are warm but the nights are nice and cool. We loved sitting around the house after a full day of sightseeing and wonderful Italian food and wine. The house is in a very quiet location about 5 mins drive from Lucignano. Lucignano is a wonderful old walled hilltop town with a few great restaurants and cafes. The house is a great place from which to explore Tuscany. There are great little villages nearby and it is about 1 hours drive from almost every Tuscan city you can think of.
In summer the house did get warm in the afternoon but it cools off nicely as soon as the sun goes down. It is situated in a quiet part of the countryside so it is a perfect place to relax in. It is like stepping back in time a little. The house has been modernized where necessary but it still retains the ambiance of an old comfortable farmhouse. The furniture is mostly antiques but yet is still very comfortable. There are several wood burning fireplaces that would be great to enjoy in the cool weather. If you want to experience a true taste of Tuscany, Il Vallone is the perfect place.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Lucignano Cortona area
Yardley, PA
5

Lovely honeymoon in Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
You know a house is special when it has a name and a personality!
We had wonderful adventures to Siena to meet friends, to Arezzo to see the Piero frescoes, Montalcino to drink wine at the fortezza, just to name a few. We loved Orvieto and the wild Signiorelli frescoes in the duomo. We relaxed at the warm baths at Rapolano Terme. In Lucignano, we dined twice on La Tavernetta's beautiful terrace and went frequently to Cafe Bio for wifi and organic coffee.
But we were also just content to spend a lazy morning on Il Vallone's terrace watching salamanders. We read endlessly! Even in hot July most of the days were like perfect ripe plums--clear blue skies and gorgeous breezes. The quiet of Il Vallone made a perfect setting for our honeymoon.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It is heartwarming when guests take full advantage of all the riches my little corner has to offer, AND find time to enjoy Il Vallone as well. So glad that you had a perfect honeymoon!
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Lucignano Cortona area
Cape Cod
5

Tuscany and Il Vallone - an incomparable vacation.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
Il Vallone, is the very picture of an authentic 16th century Tuscan farmhouse. Situated just a few miles outside of the lovely town of Lucignano in a very secluded area, it is charmingly rustic. After the short time it took us to abandon any expectation of automatic coffeemakers, talking heads on television, or frivolous text messages, we settled into how life was meant to be lived here... in quiet solitude or among the local people who still inhabit walled 14th century towns like Lucignano. Although we visited several other beautiful towns, it was right there in Lucignano that we enjoyed our favorite days, dining in local restaurants or enjoying a smooth gelato among the little shops along cobbled streets. We were fortunate to visit in late May when Lucignano was celebrating a colorful festival with music, characters and floats parading through its narrow streets.

The lush and spacious views of vineyards and olive groves surrounded us everywhere, providing breathtaking vistas as we traveled to the nearby larger cities of Sienna and Florence. But it was the beautiful, small Tuscan towns, vineyards and scenic views that we enjoyed the most.

Il Vallone was just right for two couples with my wife and I taking the upper level and the our friends staying downstairs. Over a glass of fine Italian wine, we enjoyed a wonderful collection of books on Italy and other subjects which filled several bookcases and helped familiarize us with the area and customs.

Our week's stay was made all the more enjoyable with the cooking of Concetta who provided several dinners, most notable of which was her lasagna which was as good as we have ever enjoyed.

The memories are lasting and treasured by all of us.

--Arthur and Paula
--Ed and Kathy
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The posting by our most recent guests regarding Il Vallone, Lucignano and surroundings was heartwarming to say the least. It is lovely to know that they appreciated the house and this part of Tuscany for all the right reasons. Their ebullient descriptions touched us and made us hope that they will return in the near future.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Map

Basilica di San Francesco
"Stunning church with affreschi by Piero della Francesca"
Lucignano
"Medieval walled village with unique elliptical plan. For details, see http://en.wikipedia.or..."
Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Train
33 Kilometres
Arezzo
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Autostrada del Sole
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
private lake
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Lucignano
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Lucignano
Nearest Point of Interest
Lucignano
Nearest Point of Interest
Il Vallone
Car: necessary

Il Vallone and Lucignano itself are ideally situated for sightseeing, both to famed Tuscan hilltop towns, renowned wineries, outlet shopping, as well as to Florence, Perugia, Assisi, Rome. Plenty of activities including hot air ballooning, hiking, golf [30-60min. away], museums, churches, the Palio in Siena, wine tours, spas, and of course any number of restaurants.

From July 19-27 there is a series of gorgeous concerts offered by the Origo family at their castle near Pienza. [click on translation for details]

http://www.itslafoce.org/?action=home

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Availability & Rates

Lucignano Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Spring
Apr 15 2014 - Jun 15 2014
€1,100
7 nights
 
 
High
Jun 16 2014 - Aug 31 2014
€1,400
7 nights
 
 
Fall
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 15 2014
€1,100
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €250.00
Tip for Elisa or Rina €45.00
I have quoted the entire weekly rental in euros, but I ask to be paid in two installments:
For 1 week in Spring and Fall, $300. when locking in your dates, plus the balance of 900 euros, payable in cash to Elisa or Rina, my caretakers.
For 1 week in High Season, $500. when locking in your dates, plus the balance of 1,030. euros, payable in cash to Elisa or Rina.
Quotes include 2 cleanings.
Notes Normally renters request dinner for the evening of their arrival. Elisa will also shop for basics, including bread, butter, milk [soy/ rice milk], jams, coffee, tea, mineral water, fruit, cereal or croissants and of course wine! If you are interested in renting and obtaining further information, please get in touch with me. I will send you the menu from which to choose plus additional information.
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Amenities

Lucignano Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1935 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Telephone ...
  • Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Catering Available ...
  • Stove ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5+
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size bed (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) One 3/4 antique French bed, only large enough for one adult [despite the number of beds, I only rent to a maximum of 5 people]
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • water parks
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • health/beauty spa
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • hiking
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • hot air ballooning
  • equestrian events
Notes:
Private country home, 2 living rooms with fireplaces, excellent collection of books, lovely piano, private lake and riding 5 min. away, cook/maid available 13 Euros x hour-cleaning if you wish additional cleaning [one cleaning during your week stay plus final cleaning included in rental price], cooking lessons (homemade pasta etc.) 16 Euros x hour. Intimate atmosphere, true privacy yet village with many amenities only 10 minutes away. Charming garden, wooded terraces and small fish pond. Idyllic setting. Il Vallone is a 600-year old farmhouse.
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