|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
The “Farm' apartment (100 m²) is composed of a large living/dining room with fireplace (which can also function as a barbecue), kitchen (equipped with an oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine), 3 double bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms with shower. Original Florentine terracotta tile floors, wood coffered ceilings, and antique furnishings embellish the inherent beauty of this apartment. The private courtyard includes garden furniture.
An unforgettable holiday in this historical villa in the heart of Chianti, only a few km from Florence, Siena and San Gimignano, where you will find tranquillity.
Panzalla Castle has remote origins dating back to ancient Rome. During the Middle Ages, the property came into the possession of the Buondelmonti family, and the house was transformed into one of the many family castles. The Fabbroni family renovated the villa in nineteenth century style and made it their hunting cottage. When Florence was the capital of Italy, King Vittorio Emanuele II was a guest at the villa. The land surrounding the castle was rich with game and fruitful vineyards, which produced a wine very similar to “Bordeaux”. The “Padronale” is the most important apartment. The apartment is composed of a large living area with a fireplace, 5 bedrooms (3 of which have private bathrooms), a dining room, kitchen (equipped with an oven, a microwave, and a dishwasher), and 4 bathrooms with shower. The aesthetics of this apartment include original terracotta tile floors, wood coffered ceilings, and antique furnishings.
Our accommodation at Villa Fabbroni was charming and atmospheric, the distinctive furnishings evoking another era. Our hosts were also charming, and helpful. When we had a question about how to work something, Stefano was there in a flash and it was quickly resolved. The position is ideal. We drove to Florence, Lucca and Siena and also managed to squeeze in a few Tuscan hilltop towns. We prepared some meals in our apartment, but the lure of the cosy restaurant, with its vaulted ceilings and delicious aromas, was too strong. We ate there on weekend nights when it was open (exclusively for guests of the villa) and even had their take-away pizza another night. There’s also a terrific restaurant, La Posta, down in the village. The estate is bigger than I expected with quite a number of apartments tucked away in the grand old Castello. Our accommodation was very private, but it was nice to meet up with the small enclave of fellow travellers in the gardens and restaurant. All very convivial. Although the road is paved on the way out of the village, it does eventually become an unmade road, but it is still quite navigable and wasn’t a problem for us as we’re accustomed to country driving. Our early morning strolls through the still woodlands (glimpsing deer and families of wild boar which delighted our children) were pretty special. I’m sure the absence of cars, save for the occasional local heading off to work, helps maintain the seclusion and tranquility.
Très beau lieu . Grandes pièces confortables et joliment décorées. Accueil très chaleureux du propriétaire.
Mais isolé dans la colline . ( éviter de venir en Porsche car la fin du chemin est une piste !!) sans télé ( je n'ai réussi à recevoir qu'une seule chaîne italienne mais pas important) ni téléphone ( pas de réseau mais pas grave non plus ) . Un peu de réseau internet sur une petite partie d'une chambre ( suffisant pour passer des vacances tranquilles et reposantes !)
Bien situé pour se rendre à Florence ( 40 minutes environ de voiture) et de Sienne ( une heure ).
Je recommande ce bel endroit pour y venir à plusieurs entre amis et/ou en famille.
GPS: N 43.68752 E 11.37565
Highway A1 Bologna-Firenze-Roma, exit FIRENZE SUD
After exiting the highway, stay right for “Statale 222” in the direction of Greve in Chianti-Grassina.
Once in Grassina, pass the main square and make a left in direction of San Polo in Chianti.
At San Polo in Chianti, turn left (at the corner of the post office) onto Via di Rubbiana. After 300 meters, the main road divides into 2 roads: take the one for Pieve di Rubbiana (NOT for Fattoria di Rubbiana). You will come upon a church, and the asphalt will become a dirt road. Continue straight for about 2000 meters until you find the red sign “ Villa Fabbroni”.
Go straight down the road with the 2 small columns, and after about 500 meters, you will find our property.