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Le Stalle - A beautiful hill-top apartment with pool and sunset views
Podere Patrignone is a beautiful 15th Century estate ('podere') which has been lovingly and tastefully restored. A working organic olive farm with all of it's power, hot water and heat coming from renewable energy, it is a guilt free holiday in heaven. Patrignone is set on top of it's own hill reached by a long, winding private road that ends at Patrignone. It is set in 150 acres of forest, olives and vines, with uninterrupted 360 degree views over the Tuscan hills and valley below.
It's the perfect setting for peaceful walks, sunbathing, cycling and exploring. It has a lovely pool with one of the best vistas in Tuscany. Wake up to the mists rising through the trees and the beautiful views of surrounding vineyards, or catch an amazing sunset over the towers of San Gimignano and the snow-capped Apennines on the horizon.
It is divided into five self-contained apartments and the Villa, all beautifully furnished in a traditional style. The main Villa can be rented as a whole (7 en-suite doubles) or you may rent individual rooms for short stays on a B&B basis.
This apartment, Le Stalle, has a covered entrance that leads to a very light spacious kitchen/dining/sitting area with a large arched window. The ceilings are beamed with cypress and chestnut and the floors are paved with terracotta. It has two magnificent bedrooms with double beds (King size, one can be made up as a twin), walk-in wardrobes, and bathrooms en suite. One bedroom also has a daybed suitable for a child as well as a large sculpted arched window, giving the room a feeling of peacefulness and space. It is very cool in the summer and has its own outdoor sitting area. As with all our similar apartments, you have your own private patio dining area for al fresco dining, with stunning views over the Tuscan valleys below, or you are free to use the large Terracotta Terrace. The pool with its amazing panoramic views is a short walk away (but far enough away so that you will never be disturbed).
We have 4 other apartments plus Villa Patrignone, two 2-bedroom apartments with a similar description to this one. So if you find that this apartment is not available for the dates you wanted, be sure to check out Il Caminetto and La Terrazza on our website.
Two of our other properties are advertised here:
Il Forno: VRBO #179137
Villa Patrignone: VRBO #163783
The others can be found on our website: follow the 'Links to more information' below or Google 'Podere Patrignone' to find our dedicated website.
If Le Stalle isn't available for the dates you want then please email us and we'll let you know what else is free.
Patrignone is right in the middle of Chianti, at the epicentre of Tuscany's cultural treasures, just 10 minutes from the beautiful hill-top town of Castellina in Chianti, with its full compliment of restaurants, cafés and shops (and a small supermarket). Siena is just 35 minutes away, and Florence 40 minutes in the other direction, San Gimignano is 30 mins away, with Volterra the next village along. You really couldn't pick a more central location. There's no doubt that you'll need a car to get the most of Chianti's nooks and crannies, but if you feel like venturing further afield, within a 1.5-hour drive you'll find white sandy beaches, typically beautiful seaside resorts, dozens of hot springs, and the majesty of the snow-covered Apennines, clearly visible from Patrignone's terracotta terrace. And if you're into cycling, tennis, golf, ballooning or fishing, these activities and more can easily be organised. Just let us know what your interests are, and we'll give you some options.
Dinner at Patrignone
A four-course evening meal can be prepared and served, either in the Frantoio Dining Room or out on the Terracotta Terrace, weather permitting, for 40€/head including wine. Please make your requirements known at least 7 days prior to arrival, though ad-hoc arrangements can be made later, and we will always try to accommodate your wishes, if we can.
The Terracotta Terrace, pool & Koi pond
There is a large terracotta terrace with breathtaking sunset views across the valley towards the sparkling towers of San Gimignano the snowy peaks of Abetone. Guests often have their sunset drinks here, or take their evening meals here under the stars. The natural stone-tiled pool area is a tactful 50 metres from the house, and offers amazing sunset vistas, as well as the opportunity to watch the cheeky swallows having an evening dip in the pool. There are plenty of deck-chairs and sun-loungers, as well as umbrellas, the natural shade produced by trees surrounding the pool, and a shower. NB There is no pool supervision, so NO children under the age of 14 may use the pool unsupervised. The Koi pond is a peaceful landscaped area made up of a stone built circular pond, with a seating area. It is very quiet and is shaded by large trees. It is NOT a safe area for young children to roam unsupervised.
Follow the link below or Google 'Podere Patrignone' to find our dedicated website with more photos and information.
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Simon Zimbler - owner, manager, olive farmer. 'I live and work on our family’s olive oil Agriturismo in the heart of Chianti with my wife Verity and our three children. We moved to Italy in 2007 to take over the business founded over 25 years ago by my Italian mother. I'm a keen cook, I love wine, and I have an extensive knowledge of the restaurants and wineries around here. For 7 months of the year my main job is to help and advise our guests and to make sure they make the most of their time in Tuscany. The rest of my time is devoted to my beloved olives, and to making sure my extra virgin olive oil is the envy of our neighbours. And there’s always time for a swim with the kids in the pool.'
Simon Zimbler purchased this apartment in 1985
My mother moved to the UK when she was 14, but always vowed to move back to her native country at some point. She started looking for a suitable 'project' in Tuscany in the early 80's, and finally settled on Patrignone on 1985. And who wouldn't! She picked Patrignone because she wanted somewhere completely isolated, not overlooked by neighbours, and with a private road not used by anyone else. And, of course, she fell in love with Patrignone's amazing sunset views.
Well, it really is very beautiful here. We're surrounded on all sides by cypress trees, vineyards, and our olive groves. We're on top of our own hill so we have the most amazing views as far as the Apennines. So it's very peaceful and quiet here, and yet we are perfectly situated, just 45 mins from Florence, 35 mins from Siena and surrounded by beautiful hill-top Tuscan towns, the nearest of which is Castellina in Chianti, just 10 minutes away, and well-stocked with shops, bars, excellent restaurants, a brilliant butcher and a good supermarket.
A Fairytale Tuscan Wedding...
Where to begin? We first visited Podere Patrignone (PP) the summer of 2009 as a last minute booking prior to a week or so wedding venue hunting around Tuscany...
After a week or so wedding venue hunting around Tuscany, we realised the place that we really wanted was... our first resting spot, the unassuming, beautiful Podere Patrignone.
It was the winning combination of the most stunning location and views, the freedom to ‘make it as you want it’ and informal - yet brilliant – hospitality from the hosts Simon and Verity. No stuffy “this is how you must do things”, we gelled and it worked.
We were supported through the whole build up with frequent reminders (and even project plans!) of things to complete via email, phone and skype meaning any stress regarding long-distance planning was (virtually) all removed. Simon and Verity ensured all the pre-requisite registrations and paper-work were in good shape, welcome support given the crazy run-up including ash-clouds and bride-to-be chickenpox outbreaks which otherwise could have caused calamity.
We hired the Villa for the week, which worked out perfectly as it gave us several days to finalise all those last minute details and socialise with guests as they arrived.
Wedding Day minus 4: The soon-to-be ‘happy couple’ arrive in Pisa and slowly meander towards PP stopping off for a lovely lunch and robust red on the way. Well, it is the middle of Chianti... Settled in nicely with Simon and Verity confirming the military process ahead.
Wedding Day minus 3: Mums and Dads, Brothers and Sisters, over-enthusiastic friends arriving. Great excitement at the driveway down to the villa. A lovely relaxed supper of meats, cheeses and cakes on the fabulous terrace. Oh, and a few bottles of red.
Wedding Day minus 2: Getting a little antsy now. A morning trip to Siena to submit final registration etc at the ‘Palazzo Pubblico’ in Piazza del Campo with Simon, followed by a high-pressure trip to the flower market – which met all our needs. The enormity of it all now full appreciated! Fortunately nerves abated with a long family lunch at a restaurant recommended by S&V, which happened to sell some nice local red... Lots of guests arriving separately at PP, chilling by the pool and loving it.
Remainder on TripAdvisor
The perfect way to enjoy and explore the Chianti region. A superb location, with a relaxed atmosphere that entices you to participate and absorb all the great thing that Tuscany has to offer.
Podere Patrignone, is without a doubt, the best way to experience the Chianti region (as well as some superb Chianti Classico).
Simon and Verity, make you feel right at home in a charmingly restored property. Their friendliness, knowledge and expert ability to set you at ease made the seven days we were with them the highlight of our Italy visit.
The location could not be better - you are within reach of all that Tuscany has to offer and what is best, at the end of the day you are in a place that invites you to sit back, raise your wine glass and enjoy the fantastic views and wonderful atmosphere of a real organic farm.
When you need assistance to make up your mind on how to enjoy your stay, your hosts have the advantage of looking at every available opportunity with the eyes of a true local and the mindset of a weary tourist. Their suggestions, guidance and helpful assistance with reservations scored a bulls-eye every time we availed ourselves - The best suggestion, partake of their in-house dinner!
To bottom-line this review, Podere Patrignone is without a doubt my number one recommendation to anyone who wants to visit Italy.
Our stay in La Tinaia at Patrignone was one to remember. The views of the Tuscan countryside were amazing. The car ride to get to the property isn't super easy but the journey was still exciting and part of the overall Tuscan experience. Simon and Verity were pleasant hosts. No real complaints except staying in a converted wine cellar in the middle of summer wasn't for the faint of heart due to the heat. Eventually we were provided a fan which helped a bit. The dogs were also a fun surprise. Being a dog owner myself, it was a little reminder of home and made the experience that much more comfortable.
This property was exactly as described, when we arrived it was even better from the owners outgoing yet helpful manner to the property itself. The owners knowledge of local items to see and visit plus local guides to take you around if you so decided. No pretense was given and none expected, however there was never a question unanswered, a point to consider nor a minutes of wasted time. Truly a relaxed yet fully wonderful local, owners, and property, Five stars seems to underrate our experience
It was perfect for our needs. If you like to get up in the morning and walk a block to get a Cappucino then this is not a place for you. If you want country peacefulness, friendlines, quiet, open space, beauty and views then get here as quickly as you can. No, internet is not in every room as the walls are 2' thick limestone. This is a wonderful property. We will return.
If you are looking for a quiet, remote Tuscan hideaway in an area that is easily accessible (by car) to all the quaint hill towns in Tuscany, Podere Patrignone is the place for you. We planned our week's stay in this quaint farmhouse as one of the last stops after a summer of travelling through France, Switzerland & Austria. The week was too short. Simon, Verity and their trusted helper, Donna, went out of their way to make us feel welcome and completely at home. We were so pleased to enter our adorable little farmhouse apartment (Il Forno) to find a warm loaf of Verity's home made bread, jam, olive oil, & wine, along with a plate of cheese & salami. The extensive property with it's gardens (hedges of rosemary!), olive trees and a fabulous views of San Gimignano and surrounding villages from the gorgeous pool terrace. If you enjoy walking & pets, you won't be disappointed here. We settled into daily walks accompanied by Lola & Charlie as faithful companions & they even led us home one day when we got lost. Our stay at Podere Patrigone was so much more than we ever expected. Verity's home cooked dinner was fabulous. In addition to Simon & Verity's willingness to answer any questions and help us with plans for daily excursions, they went a step further in allowing us to "foster parent" Lola & Charlie. It was a tearful farewell, made a bit less painful by the fact that we're going back next year. This time for two weeks!
We stayed in La Stalle and simply loved it. Fantastic apartment with a lovely outdoor seating area for lazy lunches. Simon, Verity and family are perfect hosts, who go out of their way to make you feel at home. Verity's dinners are simply amazing. I can still taste the lemon linguine! And overall, just a really lovely property in the heart of the Chianti region - a great base for exploring but an equally wonderful place to do absolutely nothing!
Wine tasting at many of the local vineyards and wineries, restaurant trails for those keen on sampling local foods, art trails for those intent on getting the most from world's greatest collections of Renaissance art.
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Please get in touch with us with your proposed dates and we'll get straight back to you with an accurate quote. If you prefer to book & pay via the VRBO site, that's great, but incurs an additional 3%. Anyone considering a stay longer than 7 nights would be better off getting in touch, as we can offer additional discounts not possible on this site.
Easter is always charged at summer rates.