About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
Podere Le Monache set on a hillside dominates one of the most picturesque and spectacular landscapes in Tuscany . Originally a convent wrapped in history Le Monache has a magical and mystical atmosphere. Whether you are lazing by the pool or strolling in the olive grove or simply relaxing in your apartment you are in another world. Great care has been taken to restore all of the original features, including vaulted ceilings and beamed ceilings . Meanwhile all the modern conveniences have been incorporated.
The property has central heating, air conditioning is not necessary as the house dates back to the 11thC. and the walls are over a meter thick, keeping the house at a comfortable temperature. There is a laundry room with washing machine for the use of the guests. The kitchen is equipped with very good range of stainless steel utensils and place settings. The sitting room is furnished with large sofa, side tables, lamps and Satellite TV. The beds in each of the rooms are comfortable with sprung slat bases and good quality mattresses. Bathrooms are fully tiled with large pedestal wash basins, bidet, wc, large mirrors and enclosed power showers.
We are 300m above sea level and in open countryside, in the summer heat we have the sea breeze in the afternoon and evening.The swimming pool is 6mx15m surrounded by a terracotta patio, with sun loungers, tables and large parasols. The gazebo has table and 6 chairs. There area 2 large barbecues on wheels, a wood burning oven for pizza or grilling. The gardens are surrounded by hedges of laurel, bay leaf, and oleanders; one area of the garden has rosemary hedges, shrubs or myrtle and pomogranates, fig trees, mulberry and plums. Herbs are placed around the garden for use of the guests. The middle garden is a formal rose garden with box hedges and terracotta pots. The car park is inside the gates of the property shaded by secular oak trees and young lime trees. Beyond the gardens there is 4.5 hectars of olive grove an woodland. We produce some the best Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in the area. Some of our guests join us during the harvest from picking the olives to taking them to the Olive-press and bringing the oil home! Why Podere le Monache?
Le Monache is the Tuscany that many dream of- perfect family vacation destination-- A journey in the past, rolling hills, peaceful, rural, friendly and simple tiny village an excellent location for visiting all the major cultural and historical centres of Tuscany. Podere Le Monache is situated in a small hamlet with all the ameneties you require for a relaxing stress free vacation.
We have 2 excellent restaurants walking distance, where you can enjoy a meal and a glass of wine without having to drive. The small shop/deli offers an excellent choise of local products and fresh fruit and dairy. They have a delivery of fresh bread and croissants every morning. One of the restuarants offers cooking classes and wine Tasting.
The place to be for art enthusiast, gourmet cuisine and wine enthusiasts!
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- english, french, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 2018
Why Cinzia Castellacci chose Iano
Podere Le Monache is situated in a small hamlet with all the ameneties you require for a relaxing stress free vacation. We have 2 excellent restaurants walking distance, where you can enjoy a meal and a glass of wine without having to drive. The small shop/deli offers an excellent choise of local products and fresh fruit and dairy. They have a delivery of fresh bread and croissants every morning. One of the restuarants offers cooking classes and wine Tasting. The place to be for art enthusiast, gourmet cuisine and wine enthusiasts!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
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Special interest holidays: We can arrange for wine tours and cookery courses. Coast/Beach: The nearest seaside resort is Tirrenia with sandy beaches 45 minutes away, further south there is Cecina with water park 1 hour away. And further south the beautiful Isle of Elba. Travel: The nearest aiport is Pisa 1 hour from Le Monache, Florence airport is also 1 hour away but with less flights. Bologna is also a good choise 2.5 hours away and Rome 3 hours away. Distances: The nearest historical towns of San Gimignano and Certaldo are 15 minutes away, Volterra 30 minutes, Vinci 40 minutes, Florence, Siena and Pisa 1 hour. Lucca is 1.5 hours , Rome 3 hours, Milan and Venice 4 hours. Further Details: Iano dates back to 1004, Le Monache was built during this period. Le Monache (the Nuns)was a convent of Dominican Nuns or Poor Clares who worked and lived a life of seclution and silence in a Quiet Place. Over the centuries it passed into the hands of the locals who made their own imprint on the building and continued to farm the land. World War II also left its mark Le Monache with its underground tunnels became the hiding place for the Resistance , and young boys and girls during the retreat of the Germans from Volterra. Today the old road now paved which connects us to Volterrra still runs through the hamlet. We began restoration 1991 with the last phase of restoration completed 2004.
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Booking Notes: For booking procedures please contact the owner. Changeover Day: Change over day is Saturday with the exception of Low season when you can arrive any day of the week. During the Mid and Mid high season changeover can be flexible on request. Notes on prices: Prices shown are for the property per week in Euros . In the price we include all electricity, gas, water, linen with swimming pool towels. Final cleaning charge is not included in the price. Central heating is not included it is paid locally if required during low season. Cots are provided with linen, high chairs. Long winter lets priced per month, please contact owner.