Sleeps 10: 6 in Villa-Farmhouse + 4 in adjoining s/c apartment as extra option
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We had barely landed back in Canada before we were discussing how and when we can return to Italy, and, more particularly, the villa Podere Borgacciano! We spent a week at the villa in early July 2019 and had the most wonderful time and experienced the most wonderful scenery and towns of this region of Tuscany. The day trips to Castiglion Fiorentino, Cortona, Siena, Anghiari, Citerna, Sansepolcro, Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, etc. were just fantastic. We would generally drive to these towns in the morning and return to villa in the late afternoon to enjoy the beautiful pool and some of the fine organic PB wine… who could ask for better!? The villa is lovely and we appreciated the air conditioning in the bedrooms, the ensuite bathrooms, and all the kitchen amenities! The gardens, patio and pool area are beautiful and well maintained and the views are breathtaking.
We usually ate breakfast outside on the patio, enjoying the peace and quiet (but for the singing birds), cool and stillness of the morning, and the beautiful views of Monterchi. It was heaven on earth.
We made several trips to Marcello’s market, and he was always warm and friendly and as helpful as he could be given our limited Italian. Our lively interactions with Marcello and his staff were always very enjoyable, though, as we were made to feel as welcome as all the locals who frequented his shop.
Danny and Janette were lovely hosts. They provided us with a huge amount of information on the culture and history of the area, and introduced us to some lovely restaurants that we otherwise wouldn’t have experienced if not for their recommendations. We shared a dinner at the restaurant in Monterchi’s main piazza one evening, and as luck would have it, there was an outdoor concert in the piazza as well, which made for a magical evening under the Tuscan moon. We also had a lovely lunch with them at Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, another gorgeous medieval hill-top town we would probably not have known about if it wasn’t for Danny’s and Janette’s local insights.
It was such a pleasure meting you all and to find out how little we knew about Newfoundland !
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and we would love to welcome you all back soon.
Better than any pictures!
We had a wonderful time at Podere Borgacciano! Danny and Janette were absolutely amazing hosts and ensured we had everything we needed. The grounds are nothing short of spectacular. I would have been happy to stay there for the entire time, but we did venture out on day trips (Florence, Cortona/Arezzo, Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza...all easy drives). We made sure to take a few days to just relax at the house. Pool and hot tub area were wonderful and relaxing, and the movie selection for quiet nights was pretty great! Something for everyone!
Highlights of our stay included a wonderful walk into Monterchi to explore for the day (it is an absolutely lovely town), the hospitality of Marcello's market, gelato and pizza at Bar Caronte, a home cooked meal by the lovely Graziella, and for the 6 year old... the chickens and looking for eggs. :)
I booked this myself after researching and the reviews don't lie... it was truly amazing. One of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. Wouldn't hesitate to come back!!
Thank you for the lovely review. We are so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. It is a wonderful feeling for us to be able to share the beauty our beloved Podere Borgacciano.
First of all - the photos do not do this place justice. It is much more beautiful and scenic in real life !
We really enjoyed our week at the house. Is in a very quiet, beautiful part of the countryside. Completely void of tourists, but still plenty to do within a short drive. The house itself has everything you could want. The pool area is huge and amazing. Not quite warm enough for the pool when we were there, but made great use of the hot tub and other amenities including the ping pong table. The house has many sitting areas and views around the property. Great places to sit and admire the views with a glass of vino.
Our 12 yr old daughter enjoyed all the extra touches that Janette & Danny have done including the trampoline, foosball table, and of course that hot tub. Also enjoyed checking the chooks for eggs each day.
The local area had several hilltop villages that were worth visiting and even the ancient monastery of La Verna was not too far away and worth a visit.
Couple of quick tips: Nearby restaurant of La Pieve Vecchia has beautiful reasonably priced food & wine, definitely our favourite. Also, if you are in the area on a Sunday , go to the local Monterchi market and get a porchetta roll (pork). They are delicious.
Overall we had a fantastic time and would love to return one day.
A botanical garden straight out of a movie set; on a Tuscan hillside overlooking a fertile valley
The house, pool, house wine and amenities are five star. The experience was a two week blend of old Tuscan and 2018 life styles; featuring wood fired cooking on the property’s many hearths to the day trips to and through the hill towns and coastal cities within an easy drive, though sometimes made interesting by highway repairs.
Overall, if you want quiet and recharging this is the place; if you want touring and finding your way into the heart of ancient Tuscany for a lunch, then this is the location. We did both and to come home after a morning tour to a beautiful spa experience at the pool was the perfect “taste” of Tuscany.
Dear Chuck, our only regret is that we were not in Italy at the time of your visit and did not have the opportunity to welcome you personally. Hopefully next time !!
It is our great joy to be able to share our beautiful "Podere Borgacciano" and are delighted that we were able to contribute to the success of your holiday.
Alla Prossima !!
Amazing week in this amazing villa!
Sometimes the pictures on the internet make things look better than they are but this was not the case for this villa. It's hard to believe but it was even better than the pictures. The pool is beautiful with plenty of shade and the outdoor kitchen was perfect. Having Grazielle cook a pizza lunch and then a steak florentine dinner were the highlights of our trip. She and her friend couldn't have been more gracious and the homemade food was by far better than any restaurant we went to while in Italy. Sitting at the outdoor patio and looking out at the Tuscan hills while eating was truly magical. We slept each night with our windows wide open enjoying the wonderful hillside breezes. The beds were very comfortable and we appreciated that there were en suite bathrooms for each of the three bedrooms. We fed the chickens and wandered through the beautiful gardens taking in the lavender and enjoying fresh tomatoes and basil. There were six of us and we had to force ourselves to explore other parts of Italy while there as all we wanted to do was stay at the villa the whole time. Our hosts were wonderful checking in to make sure that we had everything we needed. We were so grateful for the bottle of wine, pasta and bread that were there waiting for us the first night as we got there late and were hungry. This was the highlight of many trips over the years and we're already trying to figure out when we can go back and stay longer!! Loved everything about our week in this wonderful villa!!
Thank you Shelly for your glowing review.
It is indeed, heart-warming for us to receive such positive feedback that all the little details we provide to welcome you and make your stay so comfortable and relaxing are greatly appreciated.
We and others, over the past 23 years, have been attempting to capture the definitive photos of the breathtaking views from our villa, across the valleys and up to the Apennines. It is almost impossible to do justice to these beautiful views in a photograph - one HAS to experience them for oneself ! During our time here in Tuscany, we have, of course, visited some other fabulous villas, but we can honestly claim that none could compete with views like ours.
It certainly gives us so much pleasure to know that you and your group had such a great time at "Podere Borgacciano" and Graziella will be thrilled to know how much you all enjoyed her excellent "Pizza Pranzo" and "Cena alla Fiorentina", as so many of our guests have done.
We really look forward to welcoming you all back to our "Angolo di Paradiso", perhaps for a longer stay so that you can experience all that our beautiful corner of Tuscany, bordering Umbria, has to offer the discerning traveller.
Hopefully, on your next visit, we look forward to meeting you all personally.
Warmest regards, Janette and Danny.
Possibly the best view in Italy!
From the moment we arrived at the farmhouse we were blown away by the absolutely stunning scenery from the property. We described the view from the house like looking at an oil painting and it never ceased to amaze us every time we looked out of the windows at home picture postcard the view was. We were lucky enough to see, on the first evening, two deer wandering through the garden.
The house itself is also stunning, with a rustic charm and immaculate fittings and furnishings its easy to see how people would fall in love with this place. The rooms are spacious, well decorated and comfortable - with air-conditioning to all of the bedrooms and mosquito nets to all of the doors and windows throughout the house. A welcome pack or tea, coffee, milk, pasta, sauce, and home baked bread was a nice touch.
Quality family time. We took lots of pool games and pool inflatables with us and spent the majority of our time enjoying the fantastic pool and pool house.
The location was perfect for enjoying some peace and quiet, but also perfectly positioned for exploring the surrounding picturesque towns and villages.
The owners make this place a real "stand out" property. They live in the adjoining house and were there to meet us when we arrived. They gave us a tour of the house explaining everything we needed to know. Its clear to see that they are passionate about the house, gardens and local area. They were a wealth of knowledge suggesting the best places to shop, eat and visit. Genuinely lovely people who made us feel so welcome, they even invited us round to their house one evening where we enjoyed a few drinks and fascinating conversation.
We'd highly recommend this house to everyone we know. Thank you Danny and Jeanette for a truly magical holiday in a location we'd love to visit again.
Dear Holly, It was a pleasure for us to meet you and your lovely family and have the opportunity to spend a little time together. We are blown away by your review and are delighted that "Podere Borgacciano" came up to your expectation, against an "Oil Painting" view as a backdrop !! Looking forward to your next visit.
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