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

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights



Il Fienile

Approximately 30 m. from the farmhouse, il Fienile (the hayloft) is an independent and isolated small structure, entirely stone-built, which maintains the old terracotta tiles and beamed ceiling. Inside: living/dining room with kitchen corner, 1 small room with a double bed, bathroom with shower. It has a private garden surrounded by a hedge, equipped with table, chairs and sun chairs. Rustic-style furniture. All the windows are protected with screens (mosquito nets). Independent heating and air conditioning. Wi-Fi. The kitchen is provided with a 4 ring stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker, toaster, fridge with freezer. Washing machine available upon request, at the cost of 5 Euro each wash.

Please be advised that heating and air conditioning are included in the rental price up to a consumption of 2 kwh per day (example: one week stay: 2 kwh x 7 nights = 14 kph). Over this amount, if used, they are 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
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Marina

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

Marina purchased this barn in 2003

Why Marina chose Cavriglia

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 barn 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 and air conditioning up to an average consumption of 2 kWh 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 and air conditioning over 2 kWh per day (to be paid according to the consumption); use of the washing machine (available on request: 5 Euro each wash); extra person: 20 Euro/night.

Refundable security deposit: 100 Euro.


Cavriglia Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Budget
  • Farm Holidays
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
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. Small pets are accepted, only with prior approval; one-time pet cleaning fee of 35 Euro applies. About air conditioning: consider that it is quite uncommon in Italian homes, especially in the old buildings, as the thickness of the stone walls, tile floors and wooden shutters to keep out the midday sun, helps to keep homes remarkably cool naturally. If you plan your trips for April, May, June or September keep in mind that the weather is pretty balmy in these months, and chances are you will use A/C just occasionally during July and August.


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Il Fienile
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 36 reviews
United Kingdom

Comfortable small dwelling in a lovely location

  • 3 of 5

Lovely setting, property and surroundings immaculately maintained and whilst the accommodation was compact it was comfortable and clean.

We would have liked more kitchen equipment, an oven rather than a dishwasher, a television or dvd player. Some guidance on where to go and what to see in the area from the owner would have been useful.

It was a great location, quiet, peaceful and we appreciated the privacy.

There were restrictions placed on electricity usage and internet usage but in fact we didn't go over the allowance. However with no other form of entertainment in the house, the internet is really needed.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay at beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Two of us stayed in the Il Fienile for a couple of nights during a brief trip through Tuscany. We wished we could have stayed the whole week (and next time we will!) It is a beautiful property in the hills and the town is a close drive if you need to pick up provisions or a quick pastry or cappuccino before heading out for the day. The area is fun to drive through (if you are not shy of curve hugging roads) and is very lush and scenic. The property is a good location to stay if you plan to visit neighboring Tuscan hill towns. Could not recommend enough.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Georgetown Ontario Canada

Very well maintained. Romantic!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage, magnificent view and fresh air. Lovely pool! Excellent restaurants and hospitality of the owner Marina.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Picture Perfect

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely placed! My husband and I stayed for week at Il Fienile, and would have happily stayed many more. The farmhouse itself is perfect, very quiet and quaint. The property itself is a delight with lovely grounds and great views. The pool area is lovely to laze by and read a book and lovely and refreshing for a dip from time to time to cool down. Marina is a gracious and lovely host.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Tiffin OH

Quaint Tuscan hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We loved Il Fienile, it was everything we expected in a Tuscan holiday home! The grounds are well kept, the home itself was very welcoming and comfortable. We loved the location in the Tuscan hills, yet close proximity to a small village with a market and choices of restaurants. It was also within 10-15 minutes from a train station with easy access to Florence and Rome. Marina was attentive to all of our needs, and even folded our load of laundry--we certainly did not expect that! I would recommend this home to anyone looking for great Tuscan travels, it is a relaxing and hospitable place!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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All you need

  • 5 of 5

Il Fienile was a perfect place to stay for my husband and I looking to enjoy the delights of Chianti. The converted hay shed was small but functional. A small lounge and kitchenette upon entry, then a bedroom down a short flight of stairs and bathroom. The window from the bedroom looked out over the olive trees to the hills beyond. The only negative was that the only windows in the lounge/kitchen were up high so did not afford much light.

The local town of Cavriglia had a lovely restaurant and trattoria but if you wanted to go further afield, the villages of Chianti were only a short distance away.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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