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A. Verde

Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english, german, italian

Old charming and characteristic farm house with Pool - 10 km from Siena

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

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Sovicille Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

7000 m² on hill, pool, quiet, near village, 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, all comforts

This is a charming and characteristic farm house (200 sq. m) which has been created from the careful restoration with bio-architecture technicians and is situated on the hill in front of the small town of Sovicille. Within a 1 km radius are all kinds of shops and it is only 12 km from Siena's historic town centre and 8 km from the wild romantic river Merse where you can take a bath. There are beautiful views of the countryside and the woods and is set in an absolutely peaceful position. There is approx 6,000 m² of grounds with equipped outdoor areas and parking. The ground floor is equipped with an living room (satellite TV), 1 double bedroom with an extra armchair bed, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bedroom with bed for 1 1/2 places (120 cm large), 1 bathroom with hip bath, 1 bathroom with shower. The 1st floor has a kitchen/dining room (dishwasher), 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 single bedroom, 1 bathroom with bath (washing machine) and 1 bathroom with shower. (All together: 6 bedrooms= 11 persons; 4 bathrooms)

Trips: Bus Sovicille - Siena (14 times from Monday to Saturday; 4 times on Sunday. 7 minutes by feet from our house to bus stop. But for trips in the area around Sovicille (Montagnola Senese; Chianti, etc.) you need an own vehicle, bicycle or car. Many guides in different languages in the house.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
A. Verde (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german, italian

About A. Verde

I'am coming originally from Germany, but I live in Italy since 1976. My wife Anna and me are married sind 1979 und we have two children, who actually study at University.

Why A. Verde chose Sovicille

We bought this house, because it was our dream: 20 years we lived in the village of Sovicille and this house was our dream: it was the best situated house of Sovicille (alone on the hill, but also near the village with all comforts) and at the same time an old house with a history, which is rooted deep in the middle ages.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

We have bought this old house, where the plants grew into the cracks of the walls, in 1999, and we restored it completely with traditional materials and new (bio-) technics. The columns of the 12th century, the absolute peace of the wood, the meadow behind the house with birds, deers, sqirrels etc., which we can see: simply an idyll, in the summertime, in spring, in autumn and also in the winter. In the summertime also the pool does his contribute to relax and refresh.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Old charming and characteristic farm house with Pool - 10 km from Siena
average rating of 4.714286 based on 15 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Nous somme partis à 2 familles de 5 personnes, soit 10 personnes, la, maison est suffisament grande par nous accueillir. Quand nous sommes arrivés nous avons été accueillis par Clara, la niece du propriétaire, qui nous a bien aidé par ses conseils et sa disponibilité. La maison est très agréable, beaucoup de calme, beaucoup d'espace intérieur et extérieur, nous avons également profité de la piscine ( indispensable pour se rafraîchir au mois d'août quand il fait 40º). Deux petits problèmes pendant notre sejour : chaudières en panne ( mais grace à Clara, le problème a rapidement été réglé), un jour à cause de la forte chaleur, la piscine a tourné ( et encore une fois Clara est venu en urgence pour régler le problème). En conclusion, nous étions vraiment ravi de ses vacances !! C'était super! Je recommande. Autre plus : on a apprécié les moustiquaires a chaque fenêtre et le barbecue en dur. MERCI ENCORE A CLARA POUR SA DISPONIBILITE!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Home away from home in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

My family and I rented Podere Il Sole from Bernhard last autumn. First of all, it's worth saying, Bernhard is an excellent host/holiday owner. In all our dealings, from accurate descriptions, to destination advice, provision of necessary items, and timely, helpful responses to queries, he has our full recommendation. What we saw and read was what we got, and more.

From the moment we arrived we all felt immediately relaxed and welcome. In fact, if it wasn't for the beautiful sunshine every day, we would have thought we were at home!

It was not easy for a family of six people, including four children under the age of 9 years, to find suitable holiday accommodation in Italy, but at Podere Il Sole, we found the perfect fit.

The house had everything one would have in one's own house, from kitchen utensils to bed linen. The large garden space, pool, hammocks, BBQs and other general facilities provided enough entertainment in their own right for the children (and us!) There is complete privacy, yet one lives close to all the necessary amenities in the historic, peaceful town of Sovicille: supermarket, pharmacy, playground, soccer pitch ... restaurants. Sovicille is also on the edge of a beautiful forest, with endless walking and cycling paths, and our walks regularly took us past the wonderful Trecciano winery and vineyards - Chianti on the doorstep to complement the evening's dining!

In this gem of a villa, located perfectly to visit the many beautiful Tuscan towns, like Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Montalcino, Pienza, not to mention Florence, Pisa, Perugia/Assisi, the only problem is that there is so much to do, see and enjoy within a five-mile radius of your home, you'll have to either stay longer, or make a return visit to fit everything in!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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A month in Tuscany.

  • 5 of 5

This year being our 40th wedding anniversary we decided to hire "podere di Sole" as a base and invite our extended family to come and join us at various times during the month of September.

Firstly the booking was made very simple by Bernhard, and all questions were suitably dealt with speedily.

Being already familar with this part of Italy, we picked this particular location because it was particularly suitable for visiting the Major Tuscan Cities, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo not forgetting Siena which was a 10 minute drive away. Also it was within 30 kilometres of the Chianti district with all it's beautiful hills, towns and villages.

If you were feeling a little adventurous, Assisi, Orvieto, and lake Trasimeno are all within easy reach.

Should you just wish to relax then the "farmhouse was ideal being situated as it is amongst woodland, close to Sovicille an old small Italian town with a very picturesque square. There is a Supermarket located there, within walking distance which had most things we required.

In the Farmhouse Bernard had left several sheets of information about emergency services local restaurants etc,and all around were leaflets telling us about the local area, so we were very well informed.

Clara who looks after the Farmhouse was at the other end of a phone so should we require her assistance she was always ready to help.

We hugely enjoyed our stay at the Podere di Sole and would thoroughly recommend to anyone wishing to stay in "Toscana"

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
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Great house; wonderful pool!

  • 5 of 5

...the peace and quiet of the villa, the garden, swimming pool, the living room, sat tv, internet... it all worked and was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us. We took day trips to Siena, Florence, the Chianti region and the Brunello region and even Rome in our own car. So the location was also great: quiet and yet not too far from all these beautiful (but busy) places... If we come back to Italy again, this place will be on the top of our list!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
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Home away from home

  • 4 of 5

We decided to take this property in Sovicille for three weeks to celebrate our Ruby Wedding anniversary with our children and grandchildren, and afterwards for a week of peace and quiet with a couple of friends.

When we arrived, we were a little disappointed by the property … our last visit to Tuscany was in a smart purpose-built villa, and whilst spacious, this property showed signs of needing some maintenance work. As made clear by the description, parts of this property date back to the 13th Facilities were good, though – plenty of bathrooms, good WiFi upstairs (very little downstairs unfortunately) and a landline which the owner is happy for guests to use for calls within Italy.

However, what made the holiday for us was the attitude of the owner and the resident manager (his niece). We were welcomed on arrival with a couple of bottles of local wine, which was a nice touch, and whatever issues were raised were dealt with promptly and efficiently. We asked for a couple of travel-cots for our two baby grandchildren, for high chairs, for fans (like most properties in Tuscany there’s no air-con), for a replacement parasol for the pool … all were provided with no argument and no cost within 24hrs of request (high chairs came courtesy of Amazon Prime!). We had frequent phone calls whilst at the property to check that all was Ok, and a couple of bottles of ‘fizz’ to celebrate our anniversary, for which my children arranged a five-course Tuscan meal in the garden, cooked by a local caterer.

Sovicille is well located, a few km South-West of Siena, close enough for shopping and not too close to the noise and bustle. The town itself is typical medieval Toscana, with a church, a café and little else. Suited us: we wanted some peace and quiet. It’s within reach of Volterra and Montepulciano, which both provided good days out. Needless to say, any number of places to eat within a short drive .. or if like us you have young children in tow, you may prefer the inbuilt barbeque in the garden and just to chill be the pool.

All in all, within a very short time we felt ‘at home’. My children and guests were complimentary, all feeling that it was a place they could relax. It provided the perfect setting for a time of family togetherness and celebration.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Schöne Unterkunft, sehr netter Kontakt

  • 4 of 5

Wir (3 Familien mit 7 Erwachsenen und 4 Kindern) hatten eine sehr schöne Pfingstwoche hier. Sehr genaue Beschreibung des Ferienhauses bezüglich Lage und Ausstattung. Die Anlage ist sauber und gepflegt. Der Vermieter ist sehr zuvorkommend vor, während und nach unserer Reise. Wir können das Haus absolut weiterempfehlen.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Florence / Pisa
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
La Compagnia / Bar in Piazza / Bar Per Caso
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Autopalio Siena Ovest
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
La Compagnia / Il Castello in the village
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
River Merse
Car: recommended

The house is set at the border of the wildlife reserve of the 'Montagnola Senese' a hilly area that is characterized by beautiful holm oak woods and is famous for its castles, farm estates and countless Romanesque parish churches. The area, which is full of paths, is ideal for those who love going for walks and trekking. - Special events: July 2 and August 16 the world-famous Palio of Siena! You can reach Siena easily by bus from Sovicille (look at Wikipedia).


Rates & Availability

Sovicille Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Herbst (ohne Pool)
Sep 24 2016 - Nov 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 5 2016 - Dec 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Ostern 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Frühjahr 2017 (ohne Pool)
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
Frühsommer mit Pool
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Hochsommer 2017 mit Pool
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Frühherbst 2017 mit Pool
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Herbst 2017 (ohne Pool)
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $337

Wir vermieten wochenweise von Samstag auf Samstag.
Die Preise enthalten die Poolbenutzung nur für die Hochsaison vom 6. Juni bis 26. September 2015, und vom 4. Juni bis 23. September 2016. Für den Pool außerhalb der Poolsaison berechnen wir 350 Euro pro Einzelwoche, 200 Euro pro Woche bei 2 Wochen oder bei 'Anschlußwoche', d.h. wenn in der Zeit vorher oder nachher der Pool in Betrieb ist.

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Sovicille Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 floor - toilet , shower
    Bathroom groundfloor - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Sitting bath
    Badezimmer 4 - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • A Bedroom Oak 1st floor - 1 queen
    B Bedroom 'Leandro' 1 floor - 2 twin/ single , 1 bed; 1 extra bed
    C Bedroom 'Arianna' 1st floor - 1 twin/ single
    D Squirrel-Bedroom D groundfloor - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Doublebed and extra bed
    E fountainroom groundfloor - 1 double , Bed one and a half places (large 120 cm)
    F Sleeping room 'Piazzetta' groundfloor - 2 twin/ single , The single beds can be putted together to a doublebed
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The typical Tuscany yellow reddish gravel around the house and at the terrace sites is stabilized by a special processing and solidified, so that he dusted at all and even in the rain no annoying dirt arises. Hammocks between the trees are located and the large trees also offer in the summer heat, a superbly cool shade. The ventilated Korkisolation the roof increases the insulation capacity in summer and in winter by 30% compared to conventional insulation materials. Children have much free run on the large plot of land available. Toys available. Landline telephone, broadband internet access for free. Pool exclusively for tenants from22nd June to 30th August (included in price). Outside of the pool season on demandand a price of 240 euro per week.

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