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Bettina Röhrig

Member since: 1999
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Charming, elegant chalet apartment with pool! Florence and Siena both 35 km away - Cortile

1 Review
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Certaldo Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartments for 2+1 or 4+1; garden and pool with an amazing view!

Ville Della Torre is an immense historical estate. It is located on a hill, surrounded by nature, in the most coveted region of Tuscany, between Florence and Siena. The beautiful apartments have charm and atmosphere, and were decorated carefully. In the romantic garden, in front of the house, lie green, tended lawns. Rosemary and lavender bushes surround the path to the pool. The pool has a stunning location, even from the water the view rises from beyond the hills of the Chianti region to the famous San Gimignano. Enjoy your holiday in this large villa. What you need is this fantastic view. You can walk to the closest restaurant. The closest city, Certaldo, has a railway station well connected to Florence and Siena. Please, ask for the link to our website for more information. Thank you very much!

The location of this hill is exceptional. From the garden, you can see the vineyards, the olive groves and above the large mountain ranges to the famous, San Gimignano towers. The valley has a scarce beauty. The old tower dates from 1000. The villa and annex buildings originate in the middle of the 18th century and were built in a time of great prosperity. It had the following details: enormous walls, high ceiling bedrooms, decorated wooden ceilings, and friezes and frescos in some of the living rooms.

Not too long ago, the house was used as a summer home by a family from Florence, and has now been transformed into diverse apartments for guests. Each room was designed in harmony with its former elegance, and at the same time, each offers modern comfort for guests. In this estate, privacy can be enjoyed. The apartments are distributed throughout a 900-m² space and each apartment has its own open-air space. The beautiful outdoor seating is in the large garden under the old oak tree, on the terrace or on the small patio at the rear of the villa. The lovely garden is located on the south side of the villa. Rosemary and lavender bushes surround the path to the pool. The ample and elegant pool has an excellent location, on a plateau with an English lawn, on top of the valley. Here, from the pool you can enjoy the charming landscape of the most beautiful valleys in Chianti. This is a fantastic panorama, maybe even unbeatable! The park and the pool feature romantic night lighting. It may sound exaggerated, but we want to say it: from here, you can feel the surface of the globe.

Villa Della Torre is an active agricultural estate; the farm cultivates the surrounding land. Guests can take long walks through the surrounding olive groves and vineyards, as well sample hotel products and purchase them. The estate organises free wine tastings in nearby wine cellars. The recently awarded wine, Super Toscano, and the extracted olive oil are excellent. There is a typical Tuscany restaurant just a short walking distance away (800 m), a small grocery shop, as well as the oldest church in the area. If you like to walk, you should bring a flashlight because the path to the restaurant is not illuminated. Near the villa, there is a great variety of small trattorias and speciality restaurants. Each night, you can try a different restaurant (we can offer you suggestions in this area). A grocery shop, butcher shop, pharmacy, post office, cashpoint, a nice place to eat breakfast, and a large supermarket are two kilometres away. All of the necessary shops and various restaurants are located in Certaldo, which is 7 km away (with a beautiful historic centre).

Villa Della Torre is an ideal starting point to explore Tuscany, located in the heart of Chianti, from which Florence and Siena are quickly reached. Both cities can be reached without a car because the Certaldo railway station is only 7 km away; there is not much traffic in the city centre nor is it difficult to find parking. You can park the car in Certaldo park (there is free parking behind the railway station) and take the railway towards Florence-Siena, whether it be north (direct railway to Florence, changing in Empoli) or south (Siena). During the week, trains pass regularly at intervals of approximately 1.5-2 hours. The train ride is 50 minutes. In Florence, the train stops at the main station, which is located in the city centre; it is a short route from the Santa Maria Novella railway station to the cathedral. In Siena, the railway station is about 3 km from the centre, and from there, you can take a bus that brings you uphill to the old town. The journey to the sea is approximately 1 hour. In a beautiful, illustrated book, a publication about this house appeared: Casa Italiana / Charming houses in Italy for sale, renovation, decoration, from Thomas Drexel, DVA Verlag, Stuttgart Munich 2003.

More Details

Details for Cortile 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5

It features one kitchen with a small oven and dining room, one passage room with a sofa (can be used with the additional bed as a room for one person), two double bedrooms, and two bathrooms (shower). Cortile is a delightful apartment, more modern, built at a more recent date, on the first floor towards the back of the villa (not the park side). It measures 85 square meters. It is especially suitable for two couples because it consists of two distant bedrooms with a shared bathroom. A fifth person can sleep in the passage room. The apartment is well lit, has a vast view over the garden and countryside, and is fresh and delightful on hot days. Cortile is accessible from the patio containing a fountain; the patio is equipped with tables and chairs to eat outdoors. Please, ask for the link to our website for more information and pictures of the apartment. Thank you very much!

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Bettina Röhrig (Property Manager)
Member since: 1999
Call Manager
Speaks: english, german, italian

About Bettina Röhrig

Please, ask for the link to our website for more information. Thank you very much!

Why Bettina Röhrig chose Metropolitan City of Florence

Various 18th-century villa apartments with a tower that dates from 1000. When renovating the apartments, the preservation of the individual and authentic character was achieved. It features excellent lodging in the countryside, and a perfect location for day tours, and visiting the centre of Tuscany.

What makes this apartment unique

The estate is located halfway between Florence and Siena (35 km). You can arrive at both cities without problems, even without a car, because the Certaldo railway station is only 7 km away. There is a typical Tuscany restaurant just a short walking distance away (800 m), a small grocery shop, as well as the oldest church in the area.

Reviews

1 traveler review

Cortile
average rating of 3.0 based on 4 reviews
3

Beautiful building but we got robbed

  • 3 of 5

Very spacious home that was OK, but there were just too many problems that left us disappointed.

My work required internet connection and I was assured that wi-fi was perfect. Unfortunately, it was down for the better part of a business day and when it did work, the transfer time for files was astronomically slow. Don't choose this location if you need to do serious work during your stay.

Lock your valuables even though you're in a gated home. Somebody stole my wife's wallet and some of my cash from our room. The response from the management team was an unenthusastic one of "Oh gee, that's too bad". Later we learned from the on-site manager and owner that they'd had a couple of break-ins in the recent past. It would have been nice to have been forewarned because we would have been much more careful with our belongings. I think they were worried that it would be bad for business, but now the secret's out anyway. Treat this place like any other vacation spot and use the safe or carry your belongings with you.

We also chose the villa because it had a piano in the common area for our son to play but the people staying upstairs treated it as though it was part of their apartments and locked the door most of their stay.

On the upside, the pool's great, the views are gorgeous, the kitchen is spacious (though the fridge either freezes everything or it's not cold enough) and the area around there is quite peaceful and beautiful. A bit of a hike to get groceries, but we were fortunate to be there while Certaldo was holding its annual merchants' fair. We had a great evening roaming around in town with lots of great music and entertainment and tons of people.

All in all, gorgeous setting, but take care of your valuables and don't have any dire need for internet.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Fiano
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Ugolino Golf Club, Florence
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Certaldo
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Tavarnelle
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Fiano
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Pisa

Please take the following into account: Google maps only provides an approximate location. There is a typical Tuscany restaurant just a short walking distance away (800 m), a small grocery shop, as well as the oldest church in the area. If you like to walk, you should bring a flashlight because the path to the restaurant is not illuminated. Near the villa, there is a great variety of small trattorias and speciality restaurants. Each night, you can try a different restaurant (we can offer you suggestions in this area). A grocery shop, butcher shop, pharmacy, post office, cashpoint, a nice place to eat breakfast, and a large supermarket are two kilometres away. All of the necessary shops and various restaurants are located in Certaldo, which is 7 km away (with a beautiful historic centre). Villa Della Torre is an ideal starting point to explore Tuscany, located in the heart of Chianti, from which Florence and Siena are quickly reached. Both cities can be reached without a car because the Certaldo railway station is only 7 km away; there is not much traffic in the city centre nor is it difficult to find parking. You can park the car in Certaldo Park (there is free parking behind the railway station) and take the train towards Florence-Siena, whether it be north (direct train to Florence, changing in Empoli) or south (Siena).

During the week, the trains pass regularly in intervals of approximately 1.5 - 2 hour. The train ride lasts 50 minutes. In Florence, the train stops at the main station, which is located in the city centre; it is a short route from the Santa Maria Novella railway station to the cathedral. In Siena, the railway station is about 3 km from the centre, and from there, you can take a bus that will bring you uphill to the historical centre. The journey to the sea is about 1 hour. Other activities: mountain biking, horseback riding (10 km), Ugolino Golf Club (40 km), and hot air balloon rides.

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Rates & Availability

Certaldo Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High season
May 29 2016 - Sep 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,538
 
 
Low season
Sep 25 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,403
 
 
Low season
Mar 25 2017 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,403
 
 
High season
May 28 2017 - Sep 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,571
 
 
Low season
Sep 24 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,403
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $168

The prices refer to an occupancy of 4 people. Additional bed available. Rent includes: bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, additional bed in Terrazza, wine and oil tasting at the winery, pool cleaning service, visitor`s tax. Rent does not include: security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, air conditioning, additional beds, final cleaning.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Certaldo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 85 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Two bedrooms with a double bed
Entertainment:
  • Piano
Outside:
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Cortile apartment is situated in the attached building in the rear of the villa (not on the park side). Cortile is accessible from the patio and a fountain. The patio is equipped with tables and chairs for both apartments for outdoor eating. All of the apartments are equipped with Wi-Fi internet connection, a kitchen with a small oven, a refrigerator, a water heater, a toaster, a coffee machine, a hair dryer, mobile fans in the bedrooms, and a mini safe. A shared washer and ironer are located in the pool house. Satellite television and a telephone are located only in the villa lobby and are accessible to all guests. A large Grand Piano is located on the second floor living room. Each apartment has outdoor seating. There is an elegant pool in the garden with amazing views, a barbecue, and a car park on the same property.

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