Two bedroom flat in a romantic setting with breathtaking views over Tuscany
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About Cindy Harding
Born and raised in California, I relocated to Tuscany in 1979 after meeting my Florentine husband on a vacation the year before. I fell in love with Tuscany and especially Barberino Val D’Elsa. For an American, the village was a fairytale spot. I was bound and determined to own something in that fortress town. It took 10 years, but finally in 1989 a small tower property came up for sale. We bought it within 10 minutes of seeing it. It took nearly two years of restoration (binding laws, thick walls and slow workers) to finish our home. Initially it was to be our vacation spot. But, after the renovation I insisted we move in and live the authentic life of Tuscan villagers. And that we did for 4 years. Once our boys became of school age we moved to Florence where sports and school trumped the serene village life I preferred; keeping our small tower apartment in the Chianti wine region for our weekend retreat. Although we live in Florence, the first sixteen years of my Italian life were spent in this region. The first twelve years in a two hundred year old farmhouse near the hamlet, then in the hamlet. Thanks to the women in this area (moms and grandmothers) who took me under their wings, I soon became a Tuscan mother myself. Knowing my passion for food and cooking, they shared their culinary secrets with me, shared their kitchens, and shared their stories. Once I relocated to the city, I decided to share my Tuscan life by writing a food memoire/recipe book in honor of what these ‘fine’ chefs taught me: La Mia Toscana - A collection of food tales and recipes can be found on - id 14474353. Coupled with my hands-on experience in the culinary field, I now conduct Tuscan culinary workshops in and around Italy and occasionally in the US.
Cindy Harding purchased this Apartment in 1989
Why Cindy Harding chose Barberino Val D'elsa
Set in a unique spot, surrounding by Tuscany’s patchwork vineyards and silvery olive groves, as a writer and lover of nature and history, I was swept away by the fortress town, its authenticity and its people. And I still am today.
What makes this Apartment unique
The views from our master bedroom are simply breathtaking. Every time I open the bifora window in our bedroom, or walk out onto the cozy rooftop terrace, a smile crosses my lips... 'this is Tuscany,' I think. I am truly blessed to have relocated to this enchanting corner of the globe some four decades ago.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 5
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
An Ideal Tuscan Hilltop Experience
If you have ever thought of living in a small hilltop town in Tuscany, you should consider Barberino Val d'Elsa. We spend a week in this wonderful apartment, located in the heart of the old walled town. The apartment has character, is well-equipped, and yes , just like the movie, has a "Room with a View" as well as terrace looks out over the Tuscan countryside. Barberino is a small town, but has several excellent restaurants, cafe/bars, and food shops within a few minutes walking distance. It is also perfect for exploring Tuscany. San Gimignano, Volterra, the Chianti, region, Sienna, and other areas of Tuscany are within easy reach by car. And, Florence and its airport are roughly an hour away, although the peace and quiet of Barberino make it seem further. Finally, there is a helpful, responsive owner ready with suggestions on things to see and do. All in all, a perfect place for a Tucsan holiday.
Quiet, charming location
This was a nice place to stay. Located in a very quiet, medieval town, with easy access to all the great places to visit in Chianti. The apartment was very comfortable, with all the conveniences and lots of space. The views from the upstairs bedroom, and balcony are awesome. Cindy was helpful and informative. There were several good restaurants just a few steps from the apartment. We would recommend this place to stay if you want to get closer to life in Chianti.
Great Week in Tuscany
Perfect location to explore the Chianti region, Florence, Siena, and other places. Barberino Val D’elsa is a romantic and charming community with so much to offer. The apartment was a great place to relax and immerse ourselves into the great wine, food, and culture of this beautiful area. We loved our stay here !
So happy you enjoyed your stay in our home and fortress town.. Too bad I was in Sicily during your stay. I would have loved to share a glass of wine with you in my friend’s wine bar in the hamlet... maybe next time!
Such a quaint place to stay with views that are breathtaking! We enjoyed dinner in the village and in the next village. We loved the wine tasting place to unwind. Well situated to tour Tuscany!
So pleased you enjoyed your stay, our home and the fortress town. Sorry I missed you.
Wonderful apartment in beautiful town
Our family if 5 had a great 4 night stay including a fantastic cooking class with Cindy. The apartment was well appointed with plenty of charm. Cindy was very responsive and a lovely person to meet, as is her husband. We dined at two of the local restaurants which we were very happy with. Many great towns are only a short drive away and an escape from those crowds. We were there in a heat wave so suggest avoid July when seeing this must see region.
Simon and Family, it was a true pleasure meeting the five of you. I am happy you enjoyed our home and the hamlet. It was really fun cooking with you all. Hope to reconnect either back here in Tuscany or in the USA sometime in the future. Happy travelling.. Cindy
Medieval Fortress towns: San Gimignano, Volterra and Certaldo Alto to name a few. All within a quick drive from the property.
Wine tasting: Greve, Castellina in Chianti and local organic vineyards all within 5 - 30 minutes.
Siena, Florence and Pisa are all within one hour from the hamlet.
For those who would like to have an afternoon swim or spend the day lounging around a pool, I can direct guests to two different pools. One is at a nearby agritourism and the other at a private tennis/pool club with restaurant on site. There is a nominal fee of 7.00 euro x person (with discount family rates for children).
A drive to the seaside and Le Cinque Terre is an easy day trip from the property; either by train or by car.
The Badia di Passignano (Abbey) is a quick drive from the property and a wonderful spot to visit on Sundays. The restaurant Le Scuderie adjacent the abbey is the perfect place to sample first rate Tuscan fare. The wine list that Stefano the owner presents is exceptional, as is the food his wife Maria prepares.