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Characteristic and charming old farmhouse in the hills of Chianti - Il Colombaio

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights



Il Colombaio

The apartment is situated on the ground floor of the farmhouse and has independent entrance from the courtyard. Inside: large living/dining room with kitchen corner, 1 room with a double bed (160x190 cm), 1 room with two single beds (80x190 cm) which can be joined together, bathroom with shower box. The living room has direct access to the private garden at the rear, equipped with table, chairs and sun chairs. The furniture is comfortable with some antique pieces. All the windows are protected with screens (mosquito nets). Independent central heating. Wi-Fi. The kitchen is provided with a 4 ring stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, fridge with freezer. Washing machine available upon request, at the cost of 5 Euro each wash.

Please be advised that heating is included in the rental price up to a consumption of 2 units per day (example:. one week stay: 2 units x 7 nights = 14 units). Over this amount, heating is to be paid according to the consumption.

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About the property

il Colombaio

Nestled in the hills that extend from the Chianti towards the Arno river valley, on the border between the provinces of Florence, Siena and Arezzo, lies Il Colombaio, a characteristic and charming old farmhouse surrounded by silvery-green olive groves.

The property is composed of three buildings: the farmhouse, the hayloft and the stable.

The farmhouse is partly inhabited by Andrea and Marina; it has an independent apartment on the ground floor, while the hayloft and the stable have been trasformed into two small houses. The buildings are surrounded by an olive grove and an extensive lawn where the swimming pool is located, in an isolated and panoramic position.

Il Colombaio offers you the chance to enjoy the everyday pleasures of life in Tuscany, the beauty of the Tuscan countryside and its authentic rhythms, as well as being the ideal starting point for exploring this region.

Whether you want to visit the popular sights in Tuscany, or to hike or bike amidst the hills of Chianti and the Crete Senesi, at the end of a busy day you can find the warm feeling of coming home and relax.

Each apartment is independent and has a private garden, equipped with table, chairs and sun chairs. Because your privacy is our priority, and we want you to feel right at your own home.

Il Colombaio is the ideal place for those who love ciclying: Andrea is an amateur cyclist, he knows all the routes in this part of Tuscany, and is always willing to provide help and suggestions and, on request, guided tours.

The famous vintage cycling event “L’Eroica” takes place in Gaiole in Chianti, just 12 km from here, the first weekend of October, during the traditional grape harvest.

About INTERNET - Please be advised that here, as well as in many Italian rural areas, the Internet connection may be slower than expected, and the data allowance is limited. This means that you can use Internet for browsing, e-mailing, voice calling, but you'll have to give up live streaming, up/downloading large files, online gaming and video calling. If these activities are your priority, we suggest you to search for an accommodation that ensures a reliable and unlimited connection (cities and towns are generally better served than rural locations).

Please understand that the quality of the internet connection does not depend on us: we share with our guests the same service that the Companies give us. As always happens, rural areas are left behind by technological advancements but, on the other hand, it is precisely this "slow time" that makes the Tuscan countryside so appealing as a holiday destination.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, italian
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Marina

We are a family of 3: Andrea, Marina and our daughter.

Marina purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Marina chose Montevarchi area

We think this is an ideal place to live. Cavriglia is surrounded by the most beautiful places in Tuscany: Chianti, Crete Senesi, the cities of Florence, Siena and Arezzo, just to mention the closest ones; at the same time Cavriglia is an “authentic” village, because it is only lightly touched by the tourist routes.

What makes this apartment unique

Our property combines privacy and comfort, the typical atmosphere of the old Tuscan farmhouses and the quality of being at hand. We are always happy to welcome guests who choose to stay in our region and help them, if they want, get the most from their holiday. Many travelers don’t venture outside the major destinations. For this reason, they sometimes go back home thinking that Tuscany is a mostly touristy destination with lots of tourists everywhere. Quite to the contrary. If you are ready to venture off the beaten path and see more than what you find in guidebooks, you will go home with a completely different image of this amazing region, certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Guestbook comments from the owner

An absolutely fabulous find! What would we do without Holiday Rentals? We had a lovely week enjoying the peaceful, beautiful location. Il Fienile is a great little place full of rustic charm: every thing we needed to relax. Thanks to Marina for being a great host. Will certainly recommend this to friends and look forward to returning (Kev and Dawn,UK).

While we have been to Italy before, this was our first visit to Tuscany. We felt as if we were at our own private villa: the combination of daily sunny skies, the wine and food, the many excursions and coming “home” to il Colombaio these past two weeks have made this our “best vacation ever”. You can be certain that we will return (Ralph and Maggie, Canada).

It would be difficult to imagine a better centre for exploring the beautiful Tuscan scenery. Add to that the charm of the house and Marina’s and Andrea’s welcome and you have an ideal holiday location. (Andrew and Carol, France).
Nov 2007
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THE RENTAL PRICE INCLUDES: hot and cold water, gas for cooking, electricity, bed and bath linens (changed weekly; bath linens are for indoor use only: the towels for the pool are provided on request), initial and final cleaning, heating up to an average consumption of 2 units per day.

NOT INCLUDED: tourist tax (1 Euro per person per night, for a maximun of 5 nights, excluding children under 12) to be paid in cash upon arrival.

EXTRAS: heating over the consumption of 2 units per day (if used, to be paid according to the consumption); use of the washing machine (available on request: 5 Euro each wash).

Refundable security deposit: 100 Euro.
One-time pet cleaning fee: 35 Euro.


Cavriglia Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Farm Holidays
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , i letti possono essere uniti
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Smoking is not allowed inside the apartment. Children are welcome so long as they respect the peace and quiet of the other guests: loud games and ball games are not allowed. Small pets are accepted, only with prior approval; one-time pet cleaning fee of 35 Euro applies.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Il Colombaio
average rating of 4.870968 based on 32 reviews
Mulmur Ontario Canada

Great choice.

  • 4 of 5

The il colombaie spot was a quaint authentic building in a beautiful area around Tuscany. Our spot was clean and a perfect size for 3 or 4 people. The pool is a wonderful addition and the town of Cavriglia is very close and has all you need.

Marina was very accommodating to many changes in our schedule. She was helpful and also let us feel very private. The house has all you need but recommend to bring essentials like shampoo, dish soap etc if you are coming for a longer stay.

We were very happy there and would recommend and return to this spot again.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and delightful

  • 5 of 5

We had a most fabulous time at the farmhouse for 9 days. The views are amazing and you can take advantage of walking around there. If up to it, you can walk down to Cavriglia (the little town down the hill). Montevarchi, the nearest town is quite nice for shopping for food. We walked up the hill to the old church above and were surprised to see the little zoo with peacocks!!! The location is so central...Arezzo is the capital of old towns and within a 45 min drive, you can visit dozens of medieval towns. Of course, Siena and Florence are a must. We went down to the lake which was also very nice. The wine, the food and the vistas were all breathtaking. We miss it already. And thanks Marina for your kind hospitality. We will definitely be there again. Cheers, Daisy and Peter

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Charming

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place and hope to go back. It's in an absolutely beautiful, peaceful location, surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, quaint villages, ancient ruins, and all of the delightful things you might imagine about Tuscany. The stone cottage in which we stayed was homey, comfortable, and clean. The owners live on the property and were kind and helpful about providing directions and recommendations, and Marina spoke very good English. I especially enjoyed that the owners' two cats came to visit me daily and sat outside with me. There are many nearby villages and we had delightful times driving around and exploring them. It's also a wonderful place for taking walks through the countryside, into the nearby village, or up the road to the Roman ruins. We highly recommend it. The photos on the website accurately depict the place.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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An enjoyable stay at the il Columbaio cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had a very relaxing 4 days stay at the cottage. The location is great, though a car is definitely necessary. The nearby village of Cavriglia has a small but well equipped supermarket and a few restaurants (we dined at il Cenacolo and found the food to be of excellent quality and great value for money). The chianti wine region is practically on the doorstep and there are many possibilities for tasting sessions. All in all a great place!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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St Neots, Cambridgeshire

Il Colombaio in August 2011 with young children

  • 5 of 5

We have just stayed at Il Colombaio for 2 weeks in the height of the summer, and we indeed had very hot temperatures especially at night (34 degrees). It was a great gateaway from our British summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. We drove all the way from England and made our journey part of the adventure. Once arrived at Il Colombaio, a little heaven amidst the Chianti hills, we knew we had arrived at a very cosy place. The apartment has all the basic requirements (lack of microwave or toaster but not essential for our stay).

We visited Siena, Arezzo, Florence, Cortona and the Chianti villages around but made the most of the swimming pool too! Be aware of the mosquitoes and come prepared with lots of repellent of all sorts.

We will consider coming back to Il Colombaio one day hopefully!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Den Haag, The Netherlands

House in the hills

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse we stayed in was beautifully renovated and comfortable. The location in a rural setting on a hilltop in Tuscany is excellent. The swimming pool was also very nice.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
13 Kilometres
A1/E35 Valdarno
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
130 Kilometres
Castiglione della Pescaia
Car: necessary

Il Colombaio is located in the surroudings of Cavriglia, a small town at the gates of the Chianti, in the historic heart of Tuscany, equally distant from the cities of Florence, Siena and Arezzo which are approximately 40 km away. The property lies on the side of the hill that descends from Montaio to Cavriglia; Montaio is an ancient hamlet, where you can enjoy the panorama of the entire valley. Although Il Colombaio is located in the open country, it is only 1,5 km far from Cavriglia, 20 minutes walking. In Cavriglia you find coffee bars, restaurants, food shops, laundromat, bank and chemist.

Both the towns of Montevarchi and San Giovanni Valdarno are only 8 km away: here are railway stations and every kind of shops, stores and services, including the open-air market every Thursday morning, in Montevarchi, and every Saturday morning in San Giovanni.

The easy access to the motorway A1/E 35 Milan-Florence-Rome (the Valdarno exit is only at 13 km) allows you to reach numerous interesting spots within a short time, both in Tuscany and Umbria, while few kilometers south of Cavriglia you enter the suggestive territory of the Crete Senesi.

The point of reference for all cycling enthusiasts is "Tuscany Bicycle" in Gaiole in Chianti, 12 km away, where you can rent both modern and vintage bicycles.


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