Sunny hilltop house, large terrace with pool, easy reach Florence / Arezzo etc
- english, french, italian
Why Debora/ Samuele chose Poppi
It's an artists' house, sitting on its own little hill ( now farmed by a wonderful biodynamic farmer so no pesticides in this valley!) and with a huge protective oak by its side. When we first had it there were chickens, rabbits and doves living in the ground floor, and we camped for years with just basic furniture and relying on fruit from the trees and an ancient vegetable garden, particularly as there was no road at first, and the track we made to the house was undrivable ( drivable now!) if it rained or as happened one year, when it turned from hot and sunny to a blizzard and 2 feet of snow the next day (Christmas Day!) . The children love it, it's great way to have a real family holiday, and because it's not touristy it's easy to settle into an Italian way of life. Theres a nice organic fresh vegetable farm shop across the field ( past the goat family) , its close to Poppi but feels completely secluded, and if you have a dog, its a long way to run and find a road. The nearest road is a track to the village. The road to the house is very basic but makes you feel like you are really off the beaten track!
What makes this House unique
Fresh air beautiful unspoilt view, hot and sunny in summer, snowy and like something out of a Breugel painting, magical events like a field of fireflies, lots of nightingales, close to a town and all the amenities yet away from it all. Unpolluted view, huge skies. Beautiful summer and winter. Easy striking distance of many major cities. Good place to unwind and remember what it's like to do things together.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Events allowed subject to discussion
subject to agreement to keeping area clean.
No jumping into the pool. No diving. It is not deep enough. No throwing food into the pool.
no fires. local firemen will fine you if seen
all rubbish to be removed on leaving
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Hidden Gem in Tuscany
From the moment we arrived at the hidden cottage through the picturesque hills of Tuscany, devoid of tourists and resplendent with views of times past, fragrant with lavender and an ever-constant hum of pollinating bees, we knew this was exactly the place where we could discover the simple beauty of this unspoiled valley.
The house exceeded all expectations and was filled with details normally reserved for honored family guests like gorgeous, hand-stitched linens of such high quality my mother swore she'd not even use them for herself if they were hers. The spacious house allowed us all moments of quiet from the exuberant playings at the basketball hoop, pingpong table, and fantastic pool. A pergola of decades-old wisteria mixed with grapevines shades a lovingly maintained patio with a near-perfect view of Poppi Castle and the town that surrounds it.
The home is clearly loved and it was a privilege to stay as a guest. Deborah was extremely helpful (well beyond what we would have expected): each of her recommendations for dining, horseback riding as well as things to do and see were happy successes.
We all were already dreaming of returning to this beautiful place marking this as the kind of great vacation spot so good you plan your next visit while still there.
Thank you! What a nice review and we are so so pleased you enjoyed it! It is a magical place and we love to share it with such great guests , and we are particularly pleased you mentioned the bees! Everyone adored you so please come back!
Blissful Week In Poppi
Perfectly positioned overlooking Poppi, this is a lovely Villa. Perfectly equipped for the 6 of us, everything about it was spot ons. From the good sized bedrooms, kitchen, living area's and with plenty of space for relaxing. Plus table tennis, boules and a good sized pool, we really enjoyed our stay. Deborah could not have been more attentive and helpful. Her help and advice, throughout our week was outstanding and made our stay very special.
Thank you so much! I have to say that you could not have been nicer guests!
Very homely, gorgeous views. The approach to the property was amusing! Private and secluded
The property has a well worn feel to it. The kitchen was well equipped although the dishwasher racks have lost their wheels and needed to be handled with care. Some light bulbs indoors and out were missing or not working.
The bedroom layout was good and the bed linen very attractive. More clarity re the cleaning/bed changing needs to be made (I may have asked Brunella to do too much, but I was there for a month)
I totally understand the need to be careful with water use, but we found that the hot water for showers was variable.
We had a problem with the pump for the swimming pool, but after contacting the owner it was fixed and maintained quickly.
Contact with the owner was efficient via text.
The DVD player was not working (playing in black and white only) until my son-in-law fixed it during the second week. I would not have known what to do had it not been for him!
Wifi efficient (until a storm knocked it out) but I was able to fix it with help from the owner.
The property is on the side of a hill and the garden has some steep slopes up to the car parking area. The stairs in the house are steep, so children should be careful!
Overall we had a lovely time.
We have to say this is a really unusual review to receive after such friendly happy messages from you.
And because you have been so detailed in your criticism I felt it would be sensible to respond.
You are the first person to rent for a month so perhaps it was a learning curve. I am very disappointed to see that despite your enthusiastic messages and thanks, that you have given such a review. It’s a first! Helpful criticism is good but it was never apparent from any communication that you were less than happy.
Sorry to hear there were light bulbs out. This has just been checked. Every single room is very well illuminated with not only numerous overhead lights and numerous table and bedside lights.
3 out of 63 basic bulbs including 2 x 5 arm chandeliers in a large house - some will go sometimes - but since there is a handyman, cleaner , gardener, pooand someone at the phone for any queries/ assistance, including booking taxis I’m surprised you did not mention this at any point.
Of course it may be the fairy lights that are provided for fun and are not a necessity. They were put up just for fun and will certainly be remove.
You did not mention that literally every possible help is on hand .
Assistance and advice and speedy help when there was a p given whenever you asked, I’m sorry you haven’t mentioned this.
Storms happen and turning just one switch was I hope not difficult . It’s highly unusual that it happens so it must have been a serious storm.
Hot water - no one mentioned this! No previous guest has so this is a surprise. A plumber has checked it today to be sure.
Thank you re the dishwasher- it’s less than a year old - we always trust that guests should they break something, will report it but it’s good to know now.
Thank you for adjusting the dvd! Again it’s one of the things that when you provide a lot, some things that are not mentioned as a guest leaves, may go unnoticed when cleaning and preparing! We supply connections plus wireless speakers for iPhones and Mac laptop so that you can watch your own channels etc as well as of course our Netflix etc.
Im sorry you were offended at being asked to be sensible with water, it is not good to leave water running for no reason.
But this is not a hotel, just a very well and broadly equipped house with everthing one might need to have a good time and hosted by people who try to make guests as happy as possible.!
And I have to say I understood you were among the 99.9 happy!
Relaxing, nice fires, lots of books, great walks
Snow on the mountains, a bit of skiing great wine, comfortable stay. Would go again in February !
Beautiful place and we arrived when the wisteria was in full bloom. Benedetta was very helpful too!
The house is well organised and interesting and relaxing.
lovely house in a beautiful setting
We had a wonderful time here, the house is fantastically appointed among the hills and there is the scent of lavender when you sit on the terrace in the evening .There are wonderful, completely unspoilt views over the hills from the pool side as well as the terrace and many of the rooms in the house. The house itself is clean, spacious, comfortable and characterful. Many places we have stayed in as holiday homes feel somewhat corporate and lacking personality wheres this is a gorgeous home with many lovely touches. The surrounding area is lovely and quiet and un touristy. Poppy itself is an interesting town with the lovely old castle area and its an easy drive to Arezzo and Sienna.
Off the beaten track, in a quiet valley close to Florence but overlooked by the casual tourist , due to the lack of motorway, the town of Poppi commands a central positiion in the Casentino ( the “enclosed valley”), where Dante Alighieri lived wrote and fought . Poppi Castello holds an impressive collection of 25,000 books and manuscripts as well as a description of the battle between the Guelfs and the Ghibelines. Walk up the colonnaded streets to the Castle and sit at the bar overlooking the whole valley. Ancient castles and churches and monasteries including , St Eremo and La Verna ( St Francis of Assiss lived here) are worth visiting. In the sweet chestnut forests of Camaldoli one can buy local monastery honey and soap and walk in the cool fresh air of the National Forest. Golf in Poppi, antique fairs in Arezzo and small village celebrations and fireworks all summer in the valley. Visit works by Perro della Francesca,Vasari, Della Robbia, spend a hot day in Firenxze and recover with a swim in the Arno, or at home in the pool, or go for a ride ,a bike ride , hire a Vespa, or just try the local produce and wine. Numerous festivals take place throughout the summer in the valley including the famous Moggiona Festa in mid August.