|Minimum Stay||3 - 6 nights|
The main house 'Casa Vecchia' is a very old farm, dated around 1200, on the road which goes from Belforte to the sea. Casa Vecchia is exposed to the south, between the forest and the valley of the cultivated fields surrounded by tranquillity and nature. We are not far from Belforte, only 300 meters on foot, along the panoramic and characteristic old footpath. The other way to reach the village is the dirt road (800 meters) by car. The farm is located along the route of migratory birds; wild animals, common to the area, can frequently be seen. Our family lives in this agricultural farm and practices traditional agriculture according to biological criteria. We produce cereals, corn, sunflowers and olive oil.
'La Ripa' is found in Tuscany within an hour's drive from Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, the sea side town of Follonica , the Chianti area,the green Sienese hills , the abbey of S.Galgano.
The main house is exposed to the south, between the forest and the valley of the cultivated fields surrounded by tranquillity and nature. The farm is from the medieval town of Belforte 800 meters by car and 300 meters walk to the old road.
Summer holiday rental, self-catering, romantic view, city of art, Siena, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra, Monteriggioni, Certaldo,Radicondoli, Belforte,San Galgano, Massa Marittima, Populonia.
For the atmosphere, the landscape and the tranquility.
For the relative distance to all the main historical and artistic attractions of Tuscany
Beautiful house and pool with great views in Tuscany . We have been here several times, in different houses that Graziano (the owner) has in agriturismo La Ripa. We have been in both the home that is fixed to his own house and the detached villas below and slightly further away ( la Madonna ). First time in 2006, the last time in 2013 and several times in between !
What makes that we have been multiple times? The great kindness and hospitality of Graziano, several beautiful houses , in terms of decor fine (including dishwasher, washing machine , very nice especially with children ), the fantastic views from the houses, but also from the pools ( at the house a little further down the lawn and at la Madonna these are private pools, wonderful, all of which are held perfectly clean).
On the site there is one small friendly dog and a few cats around, if you do not like cats , it is fine to send them away, but our kids loved it to pet them!
Graziano already been appointed by me as very welcoming; a drink , even a dinner at his home, that all makes you feel very welcome ! And our son got a ride with Graziano in the motor mower and a combine harvesting corn, fantastic for a 5/6/7 year old boy !
Graziano can recommend some nice or beautiful lesser known places to visit , such as a monastery with very well-preserved frescoes and Radicondoli Beach , a bend in the local river where you can swim.
Belforte , which in terms of distance is to walk , there's a nice restaurant (incl delicious wood-fired pizzas) , Radicondoli , 5 to 10 minutes by car , has several wonderful restaurants and two supermarkets, a butcher , a cafe , etc.
Belforte is quite central in Tuscany , which make the most important places like Siena , San Gimignano , Volterra and Florence all easily accessible by car (about an hour ) .
We have been here more often, but definitely come back another year to La Ripa !
This is a tough review for me to write. I will start off with the positives. Mr. Graziano or Graziano as he will tell you, his mother’s sister Francesca and his help are wonderful people. It is an operating farm/agri property and there is a bit of off road driving to get to the property. The views are fantastic and the property has wifi, LCD TVs, a DVD player, microwave (find in Italy believe it or not), dishwasher, decent sized refrigerator, two family rooms, two bathrooms, two bedrooms and a washer. The unit is tiled and sound travels very easily including when you use the upstairs restroom. So, it’s perfect for families, a couple or people very comfortable with each other. Light sleepers will be challenged with the acoustics and the early morning meowing by cats. The unit also has a number of screens so you can leave windows open. The pool is clean and is really all yours to use! It is a great place to relax and a good value for what it has to offer.
The figs were ripe on the tree and were a treat!
1. There are a number of cats you need to wade through and while cats usually aren’t a problem, I think people feed them and so they come around begging incessantly. This can be annoying. They also will try to get in the place so be careful!
2. I worked through Vacasol who works with a local broker who is supposed to work with the local owner. See problems below.
3. It turned out that Graziano had the wrong dates for our arrival and departure. He had no idea we were showing up and the negotiated time. We arrived and the place was not ready for us to take possession and we arrived 3 days after the original start date and this was communicated months in advance (our booking dates were 28 Sep – 5 Oct and we planned to arrive 1 Oct). We had to go running into Rosia (which has a nice coop you cannot miss) for a few hours. That was fine as we needed groceries but missing a booking can be a disaster. This is primarily the reason for my rating. I have to write this and suggest others if it happened to write as well. Graziano felt horrible (mortified were his words) and I hope this is only a one time occurrence but I cannot tell if this was his issue or a communication gap between Vacasol and the local company and himself. Bottom line: Nothing is worse when you have paid and drive in later to find they don’t expect you and you are in a rural area with limited to no options.
Graziano made us very welcome with coffee and cake on arrival. The apartment was very clean, and spacious for 2 adults and 2 kids sharing good sized bedrooms, with a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable dining and lounge area. Lovely views from the garden and surrounds and although I didn't get to see any wild boar, there were plenty of cats and a friendly dog wandering around.
Short steep walk to nearby village of Belforte although we didn't try the pizza restaurant here or in Radicondoli as they were bit deserted in the off season. Well located for days out in Sienna, Florence and the very many scenic medieval hill towns and sites of interest nearby.
We very much enjoyed our stay and even though it was a bit unseasonably chilly for much of the week we still managed a couple of days sunbathing. The pool wasn't available till May but I can imagine they would be very nice sun traps in warmer weather.
All in all, a very nice place to stay, run by friendly people at a reasonable price in a lovely area - would definitely recommend if you're looking for bit of peace and quiet in the countryside.
We rented Casa Vecchia for 2 weeks in July -- When we arrived we found the house is better than it looks in the photos and it is everything that was described. Graziano was a wonderful host and received us with an espresso. The house is nice, very cool with a well equipped kitchen. The pool is not very big but big enough with amazing views!! The area to relax by the pool is a very pleasant place to sit at. The main terrace is in the sun at the end of the day but there is a possibility of using another terrace or moving your chair underneath the trees.
The steep walk to Belforte is do-able, even with a three year old and the espresso at the local bar, La Mura is excellent and very cheap. it is a brilliant location to get to know the Sienna area, including San Gimignano and the "Fumoles" (thermal activity), Volterra and Massa Maritima (all within max. 1 hour drive). A larger supermarket is a 30 minute drive away. All villages and towns close to Belforte are beautiful and worth a visit including Radicondoli.
The luxury of having a dishwasher and washing machine is wonderful.
For us a wonderful holiday, to a place to come back to. It is hot in the region in July but since the house is at 500 mtr high you can still sleep well and find a cool spot during the hot afternoon.
Well worth staying at Casa Vecchia, we would come back, maybe in during a different time of the year -- hopefully we will see the wild bore then!!
We've stayed here 2 years running & will definatley be returning.
The description is very accurate & alot of the amenities are new. We found the apartment very clean & well maintained.
The village is a short but steep walk away but I definatley think a car is required unless you plan to spend all your time at the pool. The village has a restaurant, pizzeria, cafe & a small shop with basic groceries - but you need to go in the morning if you want fresh bread.
The place itself is magical. The view is spectacular & there is no visible road & only a handful of houses in the distance. If you can get out of bed between 5am & 6am you will be sure to see wild boar & deer rumaging in the field infront of the swimming pool!
The owner is very nice, friendly & very helpful.
Definatley a place where you will want to return again & again!
Nous avons passé 2 semaines à la Casa Vecchia cet été 2016. Ces vacances étaient magiques. Nous sommes venus avec nos enfants de 3 et 5 ans. L'hébergement répondait tout à fait à nos besoins : simple mais super bien équipé, pratique, au rez-de-chaussée, beaucoup d'espace, supers terrasses, piscine nickel, espace jeu dehors avec un ancien bateau pirate...
La campagne environnante est superbe. De nombreux petits villages sont nichés en haut des collines. Même si les guides ne leur dédient que quelques lignes voire aucune, ils valent le détour pour leur ambiance et leur histoire, loin de la foule des grandes villes (même si Sienne vaut le détour :-)
C'est aussi la chaleur de l'accueil de Graziano et ses attentions durant le séjour, la rencontre de quelques membres de sa famille qui ont vraiment contribué à ce que ces vacances en Toscane aient été si belles !
La Ripa is a farm in the peaceful and relaxing country of Tuscany, near a typical village called Belforte (300 mt), originated around the year 1000 as a fortified castle. It is a ideal place for a relaxing holiday in the heart of Tuscany, nearby the main towns of art.