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Romantic, Spacious, Historic Tuscan Rental with Garden

Bucine AR, Italy
  • Chateau / Country House1614 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay3 nights

2 Apartments, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Bath, (Sleeps 4-10)

This stylish 16th century property is perfectly situated for day trips to Florence, Arezzo and Siena. At the South-East border of the 'Chianti Classico' area, this perfect location is not only a short distance from Tuscany's most famous cities of art, but is also surrounded by countryside of outstanding beauty scattered with woods, vineyards and olive groves.

Castellino Bucine is conveniently situated in the historic centre of the village, where local amenities such as restaurants, bank, post office, shops, cafés, supermarket and a free parking area are just a five minute walk away.

Both 75 m²/ 750 square feet apartments comfortably accommodate 4 people each, 2 in the bedroom and 2 in the living room on a sofabed (although to 2 additional single beds and two baby cribs, thus max. 10 people in the whole unit) can be provided. The apartments are available, for a minimum of three nights, throughout the whole year, individually or combined. High speed internet is available in the apartments and on the terrace.

This holiday rental is full of character and offers everything a Tuscany enthusiast desires: a wonderful view, a panoramic terrace and a fantastic garden which once belonged to the Medici family.

In a peaceful setting surrounded by cypresses and pine trees, you can while away the days relaxing or sightseeing and, in the evenings, take advantage of our outside fireplace with a glass (or two!) of wine and just enjoy being 'away from it all...'

If you like to book the whole unit please check the calendar of the other apartment (first floor) first: Listing ID 729244 and make sure that both apartments are available at the same time ;-)

Keywords: Apartment, Cottage

Owner

Rosina-Maria Juganar

Member Since 2007
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within a few days
Speaks:
english, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
Mar 16, 2018
About Rosina-Maria Juganar

We are a German couple and went to live in Italy for two years about forteen years back. Well, we ended up staying a bit longer as we bought this beautiful property 13 years back now and rented out one of the two apartments and lived in the other. For a variety of reasons we needed to go back to Germany and now rent out both (when we are not in Bucine ourselves).

Rosina-Maria Juganar purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2002

Why Rosina-Maria Juganar chose Bucine

Basically we wanted to stay only for a year or two on the Tuscan country side as Florence, where we worked at the time, was just too expensive (this was 2001/2). But when looking for places to rent we've seen the Castellino Bucine and just fell deeply in love with this house - In the historic center of a village, but with a huge garden - and all this on a hill top with a marvellous view - so we bought the house and just hope to be able to keep it until our old age (and then live there again).

What makes this Chateau / Country House unique

In the Castellino Bucine we love - staying outside on the terrace late in warm spring and summer nights and enjoying the view and the air - relaxing a whole day in the garden - visiting the beaches or surrounding Tuscany for day trips - the beautiful old stones - the fire place in the winter

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom ground floor
        1 king, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon, 1 murphy bed, The sleep sofa is a double bed for 2 people
      • Bedroom first floor
        1 king, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon, 1 murphy bed, The sleep sofa is a double bed for 2 people
      • King size beds (1), Child Beds (1) Children normally sleep well on the sleeping couch in the living room right next to the bedroom of their parents., Baby Cribs (1) A baby cot is provided free of charge, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)

      Bathrooms

      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom ground floor
        toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub, bidet
      • Bathroom first floor
        toilet, shower, bidet

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            Absolutely STUNNING - Bucine is on a hill top between two huge valleys and the Castellino Bucine is on the top of Bucine. This view at sunset is something you will forever remember for its beauty and emotion.
          • Village
            In only 1 min. walk from the Historic Center you are in the middle of Bucine a little village with friendly and helpful people. It is still original and not touristically overcrowded as Chianti..

            Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

                Meals

                  • Guests provide their own meals

                    General

                      • Living Room
                      • Broadband Access
                        You'll need to bring your own laptop
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Weekly fresh bed linen and towels are included.
                      • Gas Fireplace
                        Stovetop works with gas and the oven is electric. We bought a new one which is really fantastic and easy to use.
                      • Parking Off Street
                        There is a free parking area in only 2 minutes walking distance.
                      • Telephone
                        You can use Skype via Internet..
                      • Towels Provided
                        You'll get one set of towels and bed linen every week. On demand also more often.
                      • Washing Machine
                        The laundry is in the ground floor unit and not shared with others.
                      • Wireless Internet
                        You'll need to bring your own laptop. Internet Access is included
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        Big open fireplace in the cosy kitchen.

                        Kitchen

                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Italian coffee maker in the ground floor apt and italian and german coffee maker in the first floor apt.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            This kitchen is REAL fun and the best we've ever had or built (completely equipped kitchen: fridge & freezer, microwave, oven, stovetop, dishwasher etc.)
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Oven
                            Both stoves are quite new and easier to handle for non Europeans :) The stoves work with gas whilst the oven is electric.
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Both stoves are quite new and easier to handle for non Europeans :) The stoves work with gas whilst the oven is electric.
                          • Toaster

                            Dining

                              • Dining
                                In the first floor apartment and ground floor apartment we have 6 chairs each around the dining table
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 12 people

                                Entertainment

                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Stereo

                                    Outside

                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        There is a huge sundrenched terrace with a stunning view into the garden and the Valdarno Valley..
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        The huge and beautiful garden is 1000m² big and well equipped with sunloungers and small tabels. The pinetrees & cypresses will spend you lovely shadow during the midday heat.

                                        Suitability

                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                There is a huge public pool in Capannole, which is only 5 minutes drive from Bucine.
                                              • jetted tub
                                                Jacuzzi style bath tub.

                                                Attractions

                                                  • churches
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • ruins
                                                  • water parks

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • swimming

                                                                Notes

                                                                  • High quality teak garden furniture. Sun loungers, chairs, huge table with sunshade for having meals outside on the sundrenched terrace...

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    3 Reviews

                                                                    3.3/5

                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Wonderful House, Wonderful People

                                                                    CsavNew York

                                                                    We stayed at Castelino Bucine for 2 weeks this spring during the Easter holiday. The place is situated in what was a deMedici home and is absolutely charming. The apartment maintains its original tuscan charm but has been completely renovated with modern amenities. All is very clean and well maintained. The house also has a large garden and terrace which we loved each night over a glass of local wine. Really well connected to Florence, I would also highly recommend exploring the village of Bucine which is traditional tuscany without the hordes of tourists. We cant recommend the place enough.

                                                                    Spacious, but rather dark and sparsely furnished

                                                                    Karen O.Savannah, GA

                                                                    My husband and I stayed here for a week during a 7-week tour of Europe where we were stayin in a variety of vacational rentals. The unit was definitely spacious and had all the basic amenities, but was rather ill-lit throughout and lacked charm and comfort. Please note, also, that you have to park in the center of town and walk to the apartment, which was kind of inconvenient, and on market day you have to move your car way out to the outskirts of the village until the market is over. It also was rather noisy at night if you had the window open in the bedroom, as the train station is directly behind the house and trains go by (tooting their horns) on a regular basis! On the good side, however, it was centrally located in the region and had convenient access to a train station, making a car not an absolute necessity and the little town did have all the basics--a few small cafes, a bank, post office, etc.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    We took the review from the O'Briens seriously and given that a few other guests from the USA told us that they are used to more lights we installed more lamps so that we have now a well-lit allover. Regarding the quantity of furniture we and all the other guests like it as it is, because it is not crowded with so many things. Charm and comfort is a quite individual matter we think. So please have a look at our website in order to assure yourself that the Castellino Bucine is a really cosy and romantic rental.

                                                                    Looking very much forward to have you here with us,

                                                                    Rose & Phillip

                                                                    decevant

                                                                    VALERIE l.

                                                                    décevant

                                                                    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

                                                                    nous avons passé quelques jours en Italie et loué plusieurs logements; celui ci restera sans contexte le moins agréable. Passée la deception de ne pas trouver une piscine à proximité ( piscine annoncée à l'époque dans l'annonce, en fait à plusieurs km), nous sommes allés de mauvaises surprises en petites deceptions... intérieur sombre, voire lugubre, mobilier de jardin dans un état déplorable, pas de parasol, donc impossible de manger sur la terrasse le midi, pas de lumiere exterieure, donc pas de soirée non plus sur la terrasse... jacuzzi ne fonctionnant pas, manque de matériel de base, cafetiere pour une à deux tasses, pas pratique, proximité de la gare, donc bruit important, ... un supplement ménage, pour trouver un logement pas tout à fait propre!

                                                                    quant à la caution, plus de deux mois et un long échange de mails pour la récuperer!

                                                                    la situation est par contre agréable, village central en Toscane permettant de belles promenades.

                                                                    voici une location que je ne recommanderai pas, contrairement à toutes les autres louées cette année en Italie

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    We do take the fact that our French guests didn’t enjoy their stay very serious. However, she booked our place thru a machine translated French website copy of VRBO. To put all this into perspective: Her main critique is the fact that there is no pool in our garden, which she claims had been advertised. This had never been advertised. Advertised was the fact that in a 5 minutes car drive there is a very nice public pool nearby in Capannole. On the pictures published in our ad this pool was (and is) visible with many people around, so we deem it obvious that this was (and is) not a private pool in our garden. We actually think she got confused about different places she looked at while booking, and misbooked our place.

                                                                    Her second major complain is about the repayment of the deposit which took over two months and which should have indeed been handled in a smoother fashion by Abritel.fr. We tried several times to get support from VRBO, but they couldn't do anything for us because the payment went through the French site Abritel.fr where you can speak only French; what we don't do unfortunately. However we then paid this directly from our private bank account to her, just in order to settle and not letting her waiting more time for her money. We didn't even know if Abritel.fr would do the same with us.

                                                                    Overall we are really sorry for the fact, she didn’t enjoy her stay, but deem this to be caused both by her not looking very well at what she actually booked (historic building with private garden (no pool in the garden)) as well as to the handling of the deposit by the French site Abritel.fr which seems to be member of the HomeAway Group as well as VRBO is.

                                                                    As a consequence we asked VRBO to delist us from the French website. This listing is now not public any longer, so that in the future we’ll have guests that speak the language we do speak (English, Italian, German). Hopefully this will make sure, that nobody will have any surprises when arriving, but know what they’re booking and thus being able to enjoy their stay. It's not by chance that we have many happy guests who turn back every year..

                                                                    Location

                                                                    Bucine AR, Italy

                                                                    Wine Tasting, Very good Dining, Beautiful Landscape, Nice people in nice village (basically Natives), Chianti-Area but not as touristic as 20 miles west (Central Chianti Classico), important outlets nearby like The Mall (Reggello) and PRADA (Levanella).

                                                                    Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    Please note: The rates are based on up to 2 people/day, any additional person is 15€/day/sleeping couch and children under 6 years are free of charge. The security deposit of 150 Euro is kindly requested at arrival. On departure the housekeeper will refund the deposit minus the final cleaning fee of 50 Euro. For pets it is 75 Euros (on demand).

                                                                    $84avg/night
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                                                                    For booking assistance, call 888-829-7076

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