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Air Conditioned 15th Century House with Pool on Wine Estate

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Welcome to Casa delle Rondini, part of the 16th century farmstead San Giovanni, located in the middle of the Chianti vineyards of the beautiful and renowned Villa D'Arceno estate. Refurbished and fully air conditioned, Casa delle Rondini offers you peace and tranquility amongst some of Chianti's finest scenery 20 kilometers east of Siena.

Bright and spacious with 130 sq metres of living accommodation over two floors, Casa delle Rondini was reconstructed with locally sourced materials combining the authentic chestnut beams, cotto ceilings and floors and travertine finishes of a typical Tuscan farmhouse with modern and stylish convenience.

The present owners have completely refurbished the house with beautiful and comfortable furniture, linens and soft furnishings

A large ground floor living area with dining for six, a comfortable sitting area and a fully equipped kitchen with all appliances.

An internal staircase leads to two big double bedrooms and one single bedroom. The master bedroom has a king size bed. The second bedroom has a queen size bed (convertible to two singles) whilst the third bedroom has a small 4 foot double bed capable of accommodating one adult or two small children. The master and second bedrooms are double aspect and all three bedrooms have wonderful far reaching views over the vines, olive trees, woodlands and surrounding countryside to Monte Amiata to the south, to Siena to the west and north to San Gusme. There is a second shower room which serves the second and third bedrooms.

An ensuite shower room to the master bedroom is lined in traditional travetine with fully fitted walk in shower, wc/bidet wash basin, heated towel radiator and heated travetine floor. A separate shower room is also fully lined with travetine with shower enclosure,wash basin, heated towel radiator, wc and bidet.

The original farmhouse external staircase leads off the outside dining terrace giving easy access to the first floor from outside.

A very private and secure south and west facing top garden is accessed direct from the living area and leads through flower beds to a terrace at the end of the garden which has fabulous sunset views of Siena. Guests love their sundowners on the terrace.

From the upper garden there are steps down through the lower garden to the pool area. There is a gate at the top of the steps to prevent unsupervised access to the pool and for those who prefer, there is a gravel path without steps leading to the pool from the front of the house.

The dining terrace protected by a covered pergola and with its travertine dining table and elegant wrought iron chairs is the perfect place for long lazy lunches or romantic dinners. There are sun loungers and sun umbrellas ready to use.

The pool (18m x 4m) is set among olive trees, vines and scented herbs with stunning views to Siena. It is cleaned daily. The pool is lit at night and is open from 15th May to 30th September. It is shared by the 6 other houses in the condominium but with most other owners only using their houses occasionally, it is never busy.

Tenuta Villa D'Arceno is an important and historic privately owned estate. There are over 1000 hectares of vineyards, olive groves and woodlands which are home to deer, wild boar, porcupines and any number of birds, especially swallows (rondini) which will keep you amused in the early evening as they skim the pools. The American winery owned by the Jackson family (part owners of the famous Kendall Jackson wineries), produces excellent quality wines from the estate which you can sample and buy in the estate enoteca.

The estate is on the southern edge of the Chianti Classico area and many famous wine towns, villages and fattoria are within easy driving distance - Greve, Radda, Castellina, Bossi, Felsina to name a few. Fifteen minutes drive away is the market town of Castelnuovo Berardenga with a choice of supermarkets, local shops, restaurants and other local services. The charming villages of San Gusme, Villa a Sesta and Montebenichi are all within a ten minute drive and have good restaurants . The Unesco world heritage site of the fabulous 'crete senese' is twenty minutes away.

Good, fast roads take you easily to Siena with its famous Campo (30 minutes), Arezzo and Monteriggioni (45 minutes) and Montepulciano, San Gimigniano, Montalcino, Cortona (one hour) and countless other fascinating, romantic and beautiful towns. In ninety minutes you can be in the center of that jewel of the Renaissance, Florence, and not much longer will get you to Pisa, Lucca, Orvieto and even a day out on the Tuscan coast.

The nearest airports are Perugia (one hour), Florence (one and a half hours) and Pisa (two hours).

You will need a car!

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Steven Booth
Member since: 2008
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This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Steven Booth

Susan and Steven live in London and are both still working full time as lawyers. They have two married children and two grandchildren. All the family enjoys the time they can spend in Casa delle Rondini and Susan and Steven can't wait to be able to spend much more time there when they retire.

Steven Booth purchased this house in 2007

Why Steven Booth chose Castelnuovo Berardenga

Like a lot of Brits before them, Susan and Steven have had a love affair with Tuscany for nearly twenty years. They were married in Siena and spent some of their happiest holidays on the Villa Arceno wine estate in the middle of the wonderful Chianti country side. When the opportunity came for them to buy there it was just too good a chance to miss. This will be their full time home eventually but in the meantime they wanted others to enjoy what they have enjoyed over the years.

What makes this house unique

Peace and quiet amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in the world with the delights of Renaissance Italy on the doorstep.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Photos on the internet do not capture the beauty of this place. Very comfortable and relaxing and great value. We loved our stay and will recommend to friends and clients.
May 2010
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Castelnuovo Berardenga House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , The toilet is a combination toilet and bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , This bed can be split and set up as twin beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Please note that Bedroom 3 is not air-conditioned. It is however a cool bedroom and has an electric fan and floor standing cooling unit for the hottest of weather
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming


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Air Conditioned 15th Century House with Pool on Wine Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews
San Mateo, CA USA

Picture postcard perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We just finished a 7 night stay at Casa Rondini with our family of 5 and absolutely loved it. The photo’s don’t capture the full beauty of the property nor the extremely well equipped home and kitchen. Everything has been catered for, including a very generous welcome food basket plus wine from the winery. With the hot August temperatures the pool was particularly inviting and looked more like a resort pool! In summary, the property, location, hospitality of the owner and caretaker were just perfect and we definitely will recommend it to our friends and family as well as we plan to return again sometime soon hopefully!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Tuscan Experience!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an unforgettable stay at Casa delle Rondini! The home was beautifully decorated, the furnishings were impeccable and the bedding was reminiscent of an upscale hotel! The open kitchen was our favorite part, it was fully stocked and we enjoyed starting and ending our days in this beautiful space. The garden and grounds are gorgeous, opening up the shutters every morning was a delight. We had meals outside and enjoyed the wonderful scenery. The property is located on an estate where there is a vineyard that you drive through once you exit the main road to get to the villa. The owner Susan was so accommodating and the manager Barbara felt like a member of the family! They have thought of every detail and the welcome basket of food upon arrival was fantastic after a long journey! We highly recommend this property! My two young sons did not want to leave! We can’t wait to return to this wonderful villa!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquility in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Our week at Casa delle Rondini was fabulous. This property is exceptional in every way. The owners were so gracious and easy to work with in setting up our stay. The hostess, Barb, was very responsive, and the generous welcome basket that she puts together is as wonderful as all the reviews say. The accommodations were spotless, with spacious rooms, comfortable beds, a well-appointed kitchen, and lovely grounds. My worries that it might not feel private enough were totally unfounded. Every evening we sat on the terrace (in complete privacy) to take soak in peaceful surroundings and utterly breathtaking sunsets over the olive groves and vineyards---pure tranquil bliss. The location, being at the southern end of the Chianti Classico region, make it ideal for scenic drives and wonderful wineries in every direction. A tasting at Tenuta di Arceno on the property is highly recommended (and free for those staying on the property + discounts on purchased wines). Another absolute highlight was having Chef Matisse cook us dinner one night. Thank you Susan and Steven (and Barb) for a memorable Tuscan vacation that we will always treasure.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Evergreen, Colorado

Casa delle Rondini, Tiscany Italy-October 2017

  • 5 of 5

The villa was perfect! The kitchen was fully and completely stocked with all utensils required, accommodations were stellar with the villa and grounds beautifully maintained. This villa is a centrally located Tuscany jewel accentuated by the resident manager, Barbara, who was very helpful with area directions and organization. I will definitely return to Casa delle Rondini upon my next visit to Tuscany. Truly Tuscany as it should be!

Dr, Robert T. Marks

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa delle Rondini, San Gusme, Tuscany - Property ID 167796

  • 5 of 5

Having read reviews prior to our stay our expectations were high.

We were not disappointed!

The superb quality of the accommodation and beauty of the surroundings are the perfect recipe for a very memorable, relaxing and enjoyable vacation.

The time and effort that has been given in order to provide excellent facilities, detailed and comprehensive information to enhance our stay were exemplary and much appreciated.

Our thanks and best wishes to all concerned from Phil & Lynda Graham and Bill & Denny Garside.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Melbourne Australia

Stunning. Elegant. Tranquility.

  • 5 of 5

This place exceeded our expectations. It was simply beautiful. Every part of this villa was well thought out. The attention to detail in the styling and decor was exquisite. The kitchen had every implement possible which allowed us to easily cook.

The welcome basket was unrivalled. It contained so many thoughtful items - especially the wine.

We relaxed in the garden, swam in the pool and made many day trips to nearby places.

Our meal at La Bottega del 30 was wonderful!

We thoroughly recommend this place. My 12 and 13 year olds loved it too.

We hope one day to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
San Gusme
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Siena - Bettola - Perugia
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
San Gusme
Car: necessary

Wine tasting on the estate.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $408.5

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.