|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Ground floor large studio composed of living/dining room with fireplace, twin or double bed. Separate kitchen and shower room. It has a patio and a furnished garden beside the house with its own barbecue. It is highly recommended for couples and honeymooners.
To reserve the apartment please connect to our website : www.podereoliveta.it and make the reservation
The landscape surrounding the little hamlet of Gavignano is completely quiet and unspoiled, making a perfect setting for a country holiday, ideal for gentle walks and picnics. The towers of S. Gimignano are just visible across the valley. Podere OLiveta which translates as 'Olive grove Farm' consists of 5 different apartments which enjoy a pretty location up in the hills .Each apartment has its own independent entrance and own garden area with barbecue. Much careful thought has gone into decoration, furnishing and ensuring the apartments are equipped down to the last detail. There is a swimming pool surrounded by a sun terrace which has stunning views overlooking the rolling olive clad hills, the sprinkling of cypresses trees and the majestic towers of S. Gimignano in the distance. Local wine and olive oil can be bought nearby. Podere Oliveta enjoys a location with easy access to the main routes to Florence and Siena.
Podere Oliveta is a good choice for exploring central Tuscany. The main attractions of the region can be reached very easily. The highway which connects Florence to Siena is only 3 km distant. And the villa's location only 3 km from the railway station of Poggibonsi is a good base to visit Florence and Siena even without a car: You can park your car in Poggibonsi (free parking behind the railway station) and take the train in both directions. During the week, trains to Florence/Siena and back go regularly (approx. every 1. hour). The train ride takes about 30 minutes to Siena and 1. hour to Florence. In Florence the train will take you to the main train station which is right in the centre of Florence - it is just a short walk from the station 'Santa Maria Novella' to the Cathedral or the Uffizi. In Siena the railway station is located approx. 1 km from centre, and you may have to take a bus to reach the old town on top of the hill or take the escalator.
Tuscany/Siena Province : visit the world famous Piazza del Campo , for centuries has been the centre stage of the Palio,theindisputable symbol of Siena. Ancients medieval cities like San Gimignano,Lucca ,Arezzo,Firenze ,and many unknown villages,chapels,castles,museum. There are thousands of masterpieces to be discovered. Throughout the year there are a lot of exhibitions,festivals,markets,and sporting events involving residents as well as tourists.
See the official web site from the Sienese Tourist Board ,Terre di Siena, and enjoy exploring.
nearest travel links:
airport : Florence : 40 Km.
railway : Poggibonsi : 3 Km.
Tuscany has 2 international airports , one near Pisa (also low cost flights) the other in Florence.
Checkout for flights on www.ryanair.com ,www.easyjet.com , www.britishairways.com as well as Lufthansa, swissair an so on .
Contact us for further details on the best way to reach the property .
sports and leasure : La Badia Golf Club ( 8 holes) is only 7 km. from the property
Castelfalfi golf club (18 holes) is 25 km. far
Pleasure and relaxation are guaranteed by the treatments with thermal sring water at:
Gambassi Terme ( 15 km.)
Rapolano Terme with beautiful outdoor hot sring water ( 40 km .)
Play tennis at the tennis club ( 1,8 km . )
Walk freely for miles from the property through the hills of chianti passing by vineyards, woods and stunning views .
You can taste our wine directly from the producers nearby .
During your stay you may have cooking lessons nearby (please book in advance)
restaurants: Several of Italy's top reastaurants are within close driving distance including the two Michelin stars 'Arnolfo' Restaurant, in Colle val d'Elsa where you can enjoy renowned chef Gaetano Trovato's delicacies, and famous fish restaurants like ' Alcide ' and 'La Galleria' in Poggibonsi .
the area is full of small ' Trattoria ' where you can enjoy typical tuscan food .
'Dear Fabio, hope you and your wife are well we just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful holiday, we thank you for advice and hospitality. The only problem we had was having to return home.
your faithfully the Mayr family.
'we'd like to thank you for our stay at Podere Oliveta. It's a lovely place and we all enjoyed it very much. It was nice to meet you .
Many thanks, Rosemary, John and Robert.
changeover day is saturday
Il Gufo provides lovely cool accommodation with high ceilings and everything that is needed for a comfortable stay. The property was clean and well maintained.
The owner was welcoming, even though we arrived rather earlier than expected. We would recommend it to family and friends.
We greatly enjoyed being able to visit the Tuesday morning market in Poggibonsi, although the town itself is unremarkable. We certainly would recommend visits to nearby San Gimgnano, Volterra and Siena as well as into Chianti.
Overall - a very good experience.
The owner (Sr. Fabio Cantini) was extremely helpful and wanted to foresee the needs of guests. The apartment (Gufo) was about 2 km out of town at the edge of a small hamlet. The only sound was the clucking of hens in the adjoining property.
Gufo was well equipped and furnished in an appropriate rustic manner. Do not expect too much of the satellite TV unless you speak a European language other than German - this did not bother us. The WiFi link was good and the charge modest.
Poggibonsi centre is to be avoided but there is an excellent Co-op supermarket which has everything near the Poggibonsi Sud turn-off. Another useful one is the PAM supermarket 3 km to the North-West.
The pool was great. Plenty of loungers and so very clean.
Thankyou Fabio - may we please come back?
Hugh and Lyn Willis (UK)
The Apt. in Podere Oliveta was more than we imagined! What a beautiful setting in the Tuscan area of Italy. Sculptured Italian ceilings, Tiled floors, huge walk-in tiled shower, spacious living, dinning room, lots room in kitchen (c/w stove, fridge, toaster oven & micro wave). There were five units in the 2 reno'd farm house buildings. Our Apt. was spotless, king size bed, comfortable & fresh linen once a week. The pool area was a great place to unwind at the end of the day (with a plate of antipasti and wine).
Fabio & his wife Anna-Marie were gracious hosts, helping us with loads of info on thing to see, places to go, restaurant to go to, wineries to visit & what towns in the entire area area to visit. Poggibonsi is very centrally located between Sienna & Florence.
The property more exceeded our expectations. I would recommend t his unit to anyone interested in seeing seeing Tuscany from a farm hose rental prospective. The property is approx. 1.5 km outside of Poggibonsi, a city that is easy to get around in with great grocery shopping, a Farmer market every Tues AM., rail connection to all major cities and great restaurants and shops. Best ice cream at Mario's in main town square.
Excellent value for the cost. There is nothing bad I can say about our stay in Poggi, everything was GREAT!!!
... is this gem of an apartment, one of five at the Podere Oliveta farm. We found the location perfect for day trips around the region... Siena and Firenze are easily within reach as are Volterra and San Gimignano; Poggibonsi makes a very good travel hub. But Podere Oliveta is a few km outside of the small city, so that the immediate environment feels very rural and quiet. The Cantini family has made this a very comfortable place for a week's stay; we enjoyed cooking meals here as well as the availability of an open fireplace for our use. Speaking of comfort, we thought at first we would find the bed too hard... but after six nights of sound sleep we had to admit it was excellent. We appreciated all of the basic necessities (and grocery items!) that were provided upon our arrival; this was a thoughtful touch. We found the apartment clean and even more spacious than the photos suggest. Lastly, the Cantinis are a good resource for local information... we suggest you ask about local restaurants and shopping when you arrive, although an informative binder is there in the apartment for your use. All in all, we were very happy with our stay at Apartment Gufo and look forward to trying it again in the warmer weather when the swimming pool will be an option!
Une location avec une situation ideale pour visiter Florence, Sienne, San Gimignano et toutes cette superbe région. Logement très spacieux , confortable et propre, dans un décor typiquement toscan. La piscine est vraiment la bien venue au retour des chaudes balades que nous avons faites, car elle est propre et bien entretenue, comme le jardin d'ailleurs. Merci à Fabio pour son accueil et qui, de plus, s'exprime dans un excellent français.
Philippe & Christine (france)
La situation : idéalement situé entre Sienne et Florence, c'est le point de départ idéal pour sillonner la Toscane. Au faîte d'une colline, le point de vue est magnifique. La ligne de crête de la colline d'en face, brisée par quelques cyprès...Les paysages de Toscane dans toute leur splendeur (on aperçoit au loin les Tours de San Gimignano). Poggibonsi n'a pas d'intérêt touristique particulier mais son piétonnier et ses places sont des lieux de convivialité idéaux pour une soirée détendue (quelques très bons restaurants)
L'accueil : accueil détendu et sympathique. Hôte attentif à ce que tout se passe bien.
Le logement : nous cherchions un petit nid où vivre les 17 jours de notre lune de miel, ce fût au-delà de nos espérances. Nous dormons et vivons sous le très beau plafond vouté, décoré de manière sobre et charmante, avec toutes les commodités souhaitable, le Gufo est confortable et romantique. Il a fait +/- 35 degrés pendant toute la durée de notre séjour et il régnait toujours une fraicheur agréable à l'intérieur. Seul tout petit bémol, l'extracteur d'air de la salle de bain est assez bruyant.
La piscine : magnifique ! Très bien entretenue, à quelques pas de chaque logement, on peut quasi parler d'une piscine privée car nous y étions quasi toujours seuls. Le panorama est splendide et les transats de qualité (avec pare-soleil pour le visage intégré !), tables, chaises, parasols. Bref, parfait.
Nous sommes tombés amoureux de la Toscane, nul doute que le Gufo nous reverra un jour.
Podere Oliveta is located 200m from the hamlet to Gavignano. Set on the top of the hill which overlooks the whole country side. It is in the center of Tuscany with easy access to main routes towards Florance (30min by car), Siena (20min), Volterra, San Gimignano, the villages and castles of Chianti. In the area you can find good restaurants and shops.
Arriving by car from the north: leave the highway A1 'Autostrada del Sole' at the exit Firenze Certosa and take the motorway Firenze-Siena. Drive along (34km) this road as far as Poggibonsi Nord. At the roundabout folow the directions to Poggibonsi centre and drive for about 500m. Turn left in to the first road on your left towards Gavignano and drive for other 1,8km. Pass the little hamlet of Gavignano and the end of the asphalted road you'll see a sign Oliveta on your right. Coming from the South: drive until Siena and then follow the direction towards Firenze. Take the motorway Siena-Firenze till the exit of Poggibonsi Nord.