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Enjoy Breathtaking Views at Boutique Farmhouse & Infinity Pool

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Farmhouse, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

La Corbina sits by itself near the top of a hill, with an astonishing view of surrounding hill-top villages, the unblemished valley below and undulating hills in the distance. La Corbina is surrounded by a vineyard and olive groves and is part of a small working farm. The house itself is a restored stone farmhouse which was originally built in the 18th century. This freestanding house is the only rental unit. The two of us live in a small stone house next to the farmhouse with our cat and three dogs.

We lovingly restored the farmhouse using the building materials we found on the site, supplemented, where necessary, with antique building materials such as terracotta floor and roof tiles and stone sinks. It was for years our own home and therefore feels like a home, not a rental property. Our design philosophy is 'less is more' and everything is of the highest quality. The furniture is a mix of new designer pieces and antique, rustic furniture with simple, straight lines.

We make our own wine and olive oil and have two vegetable gardens. The crop depends on the season and includes a wide variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini, eggplants, peppers, tomatillos, peas, beans, leaks, artichokes, cabbage, sun chokes and many more. We use organic methods for the cultivation of our plants. The property also has fruit trees and berry bushes. If you enjoy cooking, you can pick your vegetables and herbs right in front of the house.

Our large (14 x 7 meter) infinity pool sits above the house on top of the hill and has breathtaking views. There are several areas with tables and chairs around the house which invite to al fresco meals. The kitchen is very well appointed and a dream for the passionate chef.

If you want to ever leave this place, Siena, Montalcino, Arezzo, Cortona and Florence can all be reached in around an hour or less by car. We can also help you find the best vineyards and restaurants in the area.

Accommodations

The house is about 160 square meters (about 1,700 square feet) on two levels with a split level kitchen. The bedrooms are spacious (25 square meters / 270 square feet). The upstairs bedroom has a large bathroom with an open shower. The downstairs bedroom has a bathroom with a big, deep custom made bathtub and a separate shower. The kitchen is also spacious with 30 square meters / 320 square feet, has a lot of white marble counter space, two big sink areas, and an antique kitchen table that can be expanded to seat up to ten people. The living room is relatively small (20 square meters / 215 square feet) but cozy with a large wood burning fire place.

Outdoors

The covered upstairs balcony never gets too hot, even on the hottest days. There is always a light breeze to keep you cool. The deep teak bench with its thick mattress is the ideal space to 'recover' from a long, lazy lunch. The balcony also has stunning views of the valley below and the hill top villages nearby. Outside the kitchen there is an enormous marble table which seats twelve guests and which has beautiful morning sun. Here you are also surrounded by potted herbs and have a view of the small vineyard next to the house. There are many more spaces around the house and the pool which wait for you to be discovered!

How to reach La Corbina

La Corbina is a rural, isolated place and the access roads for the last five kilometers are not paved, but are maintained gravel, stone and dirt.

Keywords: Farmhouse

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2017

About The Owner

We met when bidding against each other on the same pieces at an auction for modern furniture. Our shared passion for contemporary design and clean lines is a thread that runs through our lives and is certainly visible at La Corbina, inside and out. We also love to cook and eat good food and enjoy fine wine. To support these hobbies we grow our own organic vegetables and fruits and produce our own wine and olive oil on this small farm. We take great pleasure in sharing our house and our gardens with guests who appreciate similar things in life.

The Owner purchased this farmhouse in 2002

Why The Owner chose Gaiole In Chianti

It was the expansive view, the feeling we had looking around in all directions from the top of the hill, that made this place magic to us, that made us fall in love. When we found La Corbina in 1999 during our (week-long) wedding reception nearby, it was a ruin, abandoned for over forty years. There was no water, no electricity, no phone. As everybody was staying in the area for the week, we took our families to look at the property. They all thought we were crazy. The realtor said: I know you are in love with the house now, but when you get back home you will wake up and say: 'what were we thinking?' Hew was wrong. It took us two years to buy La Corbina and several more to bring in the services and painstakingly renovated the house. But we never regretted our decision. For us this is the most beautiful place in the world.

What makes this farmhouse unique

La Corbina is unique because it is exceptionally large for a two bedroom rental (160sq.m/1700sq.ft). We renovated it for ourselves and wanted to keep it spacious and luxurious. We did not want to maximize the number of bedrooms. There are not many freestanding buildings for four guests for rent in Tuscany. Freestanding buildings are normally for larger parties. Two bedroom accommodations, on the other hand, are usually part of a larger complex where several parties have to stay close together. If you stay at La Corbina you may have more privacy than in your own home: our property is 6.5 hectares / 16 acres and the closest neighbor is 1.8 km / 1 mile away. We have a 'less is more' design philosophy, so La Corbina has a light, minimalist, boutique kind of feel.

La Corbina also has a fully equipped kitchen and a vegetable garden to prepare gourmet meals.

Amenities

Gaiole In Chianti Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
Full assortment of Riedel wine glasses, hammocks, vegetable and herb gardens, fruit trees and berry bushes for the use of the guests (depending on the season).

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Stunning, magnificent, hidden piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We definitely wanted to make sure that we gave La Corbina a fantastic review as it is well deserved. We decided to land upon La Corbina for part of our honeymoon travels and we are so beyond glad we did!! We didn’t want to leave...this place is truly breathtaking and you have to experience it for yourself. They had a lot of items on hand to make you feel as though you were home and they had wonderful recommendations of things to do and see in the area. We had an Opal Mokka rental and do recommend driving the area with a vehicle with some ground clearance. Paul & Nicole are also wonderful, wonderful people and we very much look forward to visiting and connecting again soon in the near future!! Thank you again for a memorable part of our honeymoon that we will cherish in our hearts forever! - Daina&Will

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An oasis in the Tuscan hills

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at La Corbina far exceeded our expectations. La Corbina is an subtle blend of modern Euro and old Italian farm house. The kitchen is a cooks paradise (love the stove!!) Rooms are large and appointed very well and with very high quality kept as most important. At La Corbina you are very centrally located. Twenty minutes to the train to Florence, a r0 minute drive to Siena and an hour to Montepulciano with a more wineries than you can count. It was a very pleasant place to land at the end of a people packed tourist destination. Having a chef come in to teach how to cook in the true Tuscan style was just the icing on the cake. Our hosts were the epitome of friendly and helpful with great suggestions of places to visit and eat. If I could post 6 stars I would. Well done Nicole and Paul.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful hilltop retreat

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 wonderful weeks at La Corbina with our daughters and loved every moment. The house is just superb, simple but stylish, and we ended up spending most of our time at the property, not least to make the most of the pool! Paul and Nicole were perfect hosts - so welcoming, with excellent recommendations for restaurants and sites of interest. We enjoyed a truly relaxing holiday in this rural idyll - a real gem. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at La Corbina and loved every moment of our time there. The house is beautifully appointed with everything one can think of. Fantastic kitchen with all the mod cons and gadgets including a slicer, great library of books and magazines, comfortable beds and linen, great showers and many places to sit and relaxed and take in the breathtaking views. The beautiful large pool at the top of the property has stunning views as well and the plentiful vegetable garden just completes the comfortable luxury of La Corbina. Nicole and Paul are wonderful hosts and were very helpful with tips on the surrounding area and restaurants. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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La Corbina, Our week at the little farmhouse on the hill

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this breathtaking property with our 2 children ages 12 and 15. Paul and Nicole were gracious, informative and fun hosts.

I truly can't say enough about the beauty of the property. The pictures don't do it justice. Breathtaking views at every turn. The pool was stunning and we used it every single day.

The house has been decorated and restored with such attention to detail! It should be in a magazine! The kitchen is a dream and we cooked in almost every night.

5++ stars!!!! Don't miss the chance to stay here if you are planning a trip to Tuscany!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

"5 star PLUS - truly amazing in every regard!

Paul and Nicole have thought of everything - no detail has been overlooked!

From incredible scenic views to the best equipped kitchen to be found anywhere, you can't help but enjoy a property that surrounds you with the beauty of nature, olive trees, grape vines, and a personal vegetable garden. The pool is large and immaculately kept - just fantastic.

We've stayed at several similar properties in Croatia, Spain, and Italy but none compare to the beauty and charm of La Corbina!

Paul and Nicole were amazing hosts and helped make our stay totally enjoyable.

I most strongly recommend La Corbina to anyone who wants a peaceful and simple, yet very sophisticated and elegant vacation."

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

The local tourist tax is €1.5 per person per day for the first seven days.

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.

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