|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
RECEPTIVE STRUCTURE. Built in the early 20th century as a farmhouse, part of an old farm in the area, Buca delle Fate is now a private country house, hospitable and convenient for travelling around, ideal for a holiday lived at a slow quiet pace, dedicated to nature and sport. Renovated according to the dictates of local tradition, with rustic rooms in classic Tuscan style, the house has a spacious common area that stretches outside to the pergola and a beautiful garden, cloaked by the silver of a thick clump of olive trees that border the property. Located in the Valdarno, between the ridge of the Pratomagno and the neighbouring region of Chianti, halfway between Florence and Arezzo and just a few kilometres from the A1 Motorway of the Sun, Buca delle Fate (Hole of the Fairies) owes its name to the geography of the place in which it is located. We are in the middle of one of the most beautiful and alluring landscapes of the valley, characterized by the presence of the so called balze (crags), rock erosions formed as a result of the drying up of a large lake that covered the valley of the Arno, and which many believe were portrayed in the backgrounds of the paintings of the great Leonardo da Vinci. The balze offer beautiful scenarios at sunset, when the shadows creep into the cracks cut into the steep walls, which here are called buche (holes), and which legend wants inhabited by fairies. From the Setteponti road, the old road between Arezzo and Vallombrosa along which the property is located, wind numerous CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) routes that allow you to explore on foot or by mountain bike the whole area of the balze, dotted with a large number of rural buildings and Romanesque churches, with a rich past in history and art, such as the famous basilica of Gropina which dominates the borgo of Loro Ciuffenna, ranked among the most beautiful villages in Italy. NB: About 50 m from the house is an annex where the owners live who could be a useful point of reference for the guests to whom, however, complete privacy is guaranteed.
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The house has two floors. The main entrance on the ground floor opens, through a French window from the outside pergola, directly into the open-plan living area with a cosy sitting room, dining area and spacious kitchen. A single bedroom communicating with a double bedroom and sharing an ensuite bathroom with shower complete this floor. Both ground floor bedrooms have direct access to the garden via French windows. From the living room a stone staircase leads up to the first floor where, around a hallway, we come to a single bedroom (with direct access to a terrace with seating area), a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and two bathrooms, one with shower and the other with shower and tub. And, finally, the laundry is to be found outside in a wooden structure next to the main entrance.
The house is set in an estate of about 8000 square metres, most of which destined to the cultivation of olive trees that produce an excellent extra virgin olive oil. The fully fenced-in garden surrounding the house is characterized by areas of lawn bounded by borders of Mediterranean herbs and dotted here and there by olive trees, rose bushes and oleanders and by many fruit trees such as peaches, plums, walnuts, apples and apricots. At the guests' disposal is also a vegetable garden, cultivated by the owner, for them to help themselves to seasonal vegetables. A large pergola in front of the kitchen, framed by passionflower vines and climbing roses, has been set up as a relaxation area with sofa and armchairs and table for outdoor dining, with a built-in barbecue just a short distance away. At the back, a second pergola enveloped by fragrant climbing wisteria is the perfect spot for relaxing in the silence of the countryside. Just past the entrance gate to the property is the parking area, about 50 m from the house.
The pool, open from the last Saturday in April to the first Saturday in October, is located in the centre of the garden, at a slightly higher level than the house which is a few metres away and is reached along a flight of five steps. The attractive bean-shaped pool, with stone border and PVC lining, has an area of 40 sq m and Roman steps on one side. It is equipped with a cold-water shower and lighting both inside the pool and in the surrounding garden. The purification system is chlorine. The sunbathing area, wood and stone along the perimeter and lawn dotted with olive trees in the surrounding area, is provided with sunbeds, an umbrella and a wooden gazebo furnished with armchairs and a hammock. Another pool, available to the guests but not for their exclusive use, is located about 50 m from the house, near the annex where the owners live. This rectangular pool measures 12 x 6 m with the depth varying from 1.20 m to 1.70 m. It also has an outdoor cold-water shower and a large sunbathing area planted with grass.
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The villa is beautiful from the inside and the outside. It was very clean, it has a nice kitchen and lots of room to sleep and to spend your time when inside. Although there are 8 beds I wouldn’t recommend to stay with more than 6 persons (if all adult couples). One single bedroom has no door and another single bedroom cannot be accessed without walking through another bedroom. Maybe they can be used by small kids but I prefer bedrooms with some privacy. The beds themselves are not the best I have slept on. The mattresses are pretty hard.
The garden is really nice! You will have no problem spending time outside when the weather is good. The pool is clean and it is larger than I expected. You can also use the larger pool which is a little downhill next to the house of the owners. Our only problem with the garden were the mosquitos. In late afternoon and during the evening they become active and we had to wear long trousers or had to stay inside. The area around the house mainly consist of trees and there are just a few houses, none of which are close. It is a very quiet piece of land.
The owners are very friendly. They live on the same property a little downhill and you will have complete privacy during your stay, also in the garden and around the pool. You will only see them from a distance when they leave the house because to access the road you must use the very back of the garden.
The house is located in a convenient geographical position, thanks to which connections to the many places of historical, artistic and gastronomic interest are insured by an excellent road system. The motorway is a few minutes away, as is the Chianti route which passes through many picturesque villages along the way to Siena and Florence. The house is easily accessible from the airports in the region, first and foremost that of Florence, just a few kilometres away. It is also served by two railway stations that connect directly with the major cities thus avoiding the problem of parking. Leisure activities and shopping malls are close at hand in the nearby towns of Loro Ciuffenna and Montevarchi. And finally, for those who do not want to miss the exciting experience of quality shopping, the house is located within walking distance of many outlets with important labels such as The Mall, Dolce e Gabbana, Prada. Half an hour from Florence, finally, is the other major outlet of Barberino del Mugello.
Firenze 74km, Pisa 135km, Bologna 159km, Roma Fiumicino 271km
San Giovanni Valdarno 13km, Montevarchi 15km
A1 exit Valdarno 12,5km
Attractions within 100 km
Firenze 60km, Siena 64km, Arezzo 46km, Gaiole in Chianti (32km), Greve in Chianti 35km, Radda in Chianti 36km, Montepulciano 77km, Pienza 85km, Cortona 86km, San Gimignano 98km
Services and shops
Montemarciano 2 km (coffee bar), Loro Ciuffenna 4km
Tyrrhenian sea: Castiglione della Pescaia 154km, Punta Ala 174km
300m of close and unpaved road
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
- To be paid at the time of booking: 25% as DEPOSIT (non-refundable) calculated on the listed price;
- To be paid within 60 days prior to the beginning of lease: 75% as BALANCE to be paid by bank transfer or credit card.
5,9% Emma Villas Commissions INCLUDED in the final price of the reservation: this includes costs for opening and management of the practice, customer assistance service 7 days per week, agency commission, EUROP ASSISTANCE POLICY to cover penalties in case of cancellation of the stay).
At your arrival will be requested (by the property owner) the damage deposit (totally refundable in case of no damages at the end of the stay).
Damage Deposit: 600,00€