|Minimum Stay||7 - 14 nights|
Le Terrine is a traditional stone farmhouse set amongst fields of sunflowers, tobacco and sweet peppers. It looks south and west across a valley to the tiny village of Ripoli. Recently renovated with traditional materials (chestnut beams, terracotta floors etc), Le Terrine provides comfortable, spacious accommodation for 8 adults plus children.Outdoors there is a large tiled 'portico' to provide shade for eating, a large terrace lined with lavender and rosemary, a large garden planted with shrubs and fruit trees and a pool (12m x 6m) on a lower terrace with shaded seating as well as ample full sun.
Despite its tranquil location, Le Terrine is only a 3 minute car journey from the medieval hilltop town of Monterchi. Monterchi, famous for the 'Madonna de Parto' painting by Pierro della Francesca has a good supermarket, bars, restaurants, shops, banks and a local market. The grander cities of Florence, Arezzo, Sienna, Perugia and Rimini are all readily accessible in under 1 1/2 hour
Services: The house is cleaned and maintained by Fausto and Monica who live locally. They can also provide a taxi service to airports or for a night out.
Babysitting (English speaking) and meals catered at the house can also be arranged if booked in advance.
Before booking this house, I desperately tried to find a mediocre or negative comment in the earlier reviews. After having spent 9 nights at the place, I now know why I had no success.
Right on our arrival we (7 persons) learned that we had made a perfect choice by booking our holiday in this spacious house. Not only the large area around the house (table tennis, pool and a big garden which is suitable for sportive activities like badminton etc.) did overly satisfy our expectations, we also found the house to be in an excellent condition. Especially the well equipped kitchen (e.g. dishwasher, cooker, oven) and the overall cleanliness did contribute to our comfort. Since the property is so big, each of us could always decide to hang out with the group or find a private spot to relax.
It was very easy and pleasant to get in touch with the owners to clear minor things up, but the service we benefited the most from was their house book. It is a clear description of the functionalities in the house and a helpful guide for activities and food shopping in the region.
We definitely want to come back and can very well recommend this property!
A sympathetically modernised old farm house located in a quiet valley growing sunflowers, maize and tobacco! Very well equipped and spacious. The house has four good sized bedrooms with more on the second floor stairs which we did not use. At the side of the house is a pleasant loggia terrace area with superb views overlooking the valley. The excellent pool is reached by steps down from the same terrace.
Many hill top towns are within easy reach of the farmhouse. Our favourite was Aghiari where there was a music festival in full swing during our stay.
We hired road bikes from BikingTeam in Arrezzo who were very friendly and cycled up to a few of the hill top towns, including Citerna, Monterchi and Aghiari as well as up to and around the reservoir Montedoglio.
All in all a very pleasant week.
From the moment I first saw the pictures of this truly stunning property to the ease and friendliness of communicating with Harriet, the entire process was totally hassle free!
Upon our arrival to the beautiful 'Le Terrine', a sumptuous Welcome Basket was waiting for us which honestly covered everything had one not wanted to venture out to our very local nearby supermarket. This was very appreciated!
The property itself is simply amazing!! The attention to detail & personal touches throughout really make you feel 'at home' the instant you walk through the door and then begin to explore the many other rooms & period charm & love that has been bestowed on this charming farmhouse.
Every consideration has been made to what you as a guest might need, there really was nothing that I could not find or wish I brought!
The main objective of our trip was so that my husband & I could have a total break away from it all & wow did this deliver!!
The sheer bliss of having the huge pool greedily all to ourselves, surrounded by lavender, birdsong & busy bees or sitting on the shaded terrace over looking Tuscan landscapes whist sipping wine & eating local delicacies really was pure bliss!
We both could not recommend this property more highly, location, amenities, cleanliness, decor etc etc. This really does have it all!
Thank you again Harriet & Adam, can't wait to return, we absolutely loved it!!! Michelle & Nick xxx
Planning this trip was very straightforward, the house owners are prompt and responsive and they seem concerned to ensure that we had a good stay; booking and paying was a straightforward process. We received a welcome booklet for the property before our holiday, this was usseful in planning activities for the holiday. We were sent the key before we left and very clear instructions enabling us to find the property effortlessly, (something that we are usually hopeless at).
We arrived at the property at about 3.30 on a glorious August afternoon. We had seen the pictures but they did not prepare us for what a lovely house this is. It really felt idyllic, sensitivity planted with lavender, figs and peaches. The house has many lovely rooms, well furnished with comfortable and pleasing furniture. And there is loads of room,there were only 4 of us so we never went up to the top floor. The house was well stocked with games and activities, including a full sized table tennis table. Everyone was very pleased with their rooms. The kitchen worked well, but was the only place that we could find a socket to charge our phones and laptops so those sockets were busy. There was good wifi coverage. There are many books, many DVDS, games and 2 bikes. The swimming pool is large and in a beautiful location, a really tranquil place to relax
I strongly recommend this farmhouse and I hope at some point in the future to go back again, with a few more people.
This is the perfect venue for a family, extended family or family plus friends holiday! The farmhouse has a grand, yet comfortable feel. There is plenty of room for guests either to come together in the comfortable sitting room, large dining room, or scenic terrace, or to spread out and have quiet time - depending on your preferences!
The gardens a wonderful, planted with fruit trees, with the most beautiful views across the country. The swimming pool is ideal for energetic games, swimming lengths or wallowing in quietly to cool down. There is also a table tennis table - perfect for a tournament between guests. Great fun!
The property is extremely well equipped for all needs. You don't have the frustration of having one knife, fork and plate for each guest - there is plenty for everyone! Just like being at home!
The whole ambiance is tranquil and you can be as relaxed or active as you want to be.
The property is well positioned to have day trips to the main cities and sites in Tuscany and parts of Umbria. We have visited Florence, pizza and Perugia on day trips as well as more local towns and sites.
I would recommend this property to anyone - and we fully intend to revisit! Thank you for a most wonderful holiday.
The Farmhouse has been lovingly refurbished and has everything you need for a relaxing family holiday. The layout is perfect with many secluded spots to relax; whether you want the sunshine or the shade, all are very private and the views are wonderful. We could have spent all the time in the villa but there is so much to do on the doorstep, fantastic local restaurants and walks, plus we visited Sienna and Assisi. Great attention to detail, the owners are more than happy to help with anything before you depart plus useful information on the local area in the Farmhouse. We would highly recommend this and would love to return.
The house is just 5 mins drive from Monterchi, famous for Piero della Francisco's 'Madonna del Parto' or pregnant Madonna. The medieval town is steep and walled with fantastic views from the top of the surrounding hills, and despite its small size Monterchi also has a modern part with plenty of restaurants, shops and banks.
Monterchi has a tennis court which can be hired in the local bar (that serves superb ice-cream) and a children's play park.
10 minutes drive away is the Villa Caldese a Golf and Country Club that also offers spa treatments and horse-riding. Just over the road from this is a buffalo farm producing fresh mozzarella and ricotta daily.
If you want to venture further afield, Citta di Castell and Sansepolcro are 30 mins away, elegant Perugia is 45 minutes away and Florence, Sienna and the coast are about 90 minutes drive.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Rental includes a weekly change of bed linen, towels, pool towels, a weekly clean of the house and pool cleaning and a welcome pack.
Pool may not be open before mid May or after mid September, depending on weather.
Central heating (metered) and wood for log burner available at extra cost.
Additional cleaning services available on request.