ARCO AL POGGIO Arceno Rentals Club Tuscany Pool,Concierge, WiFi, WineCocktails,
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About Anna Crawford
Anna and James Ross found home in Arceno some twenty years ago and have never left this little piece of paradise. Having busy lives in the cosmopolitan cities of London and Milan, they enjoy the serenity and tranquillity that Arceno and Tuscany offer. As founders of Arceno Rentals Club, born out of their own experience in renting their property as a holiday rental, they aim to make their Guests feel as welcomed and contented in their Tuscan home as they do and enjoy the charms and experiences of the true Tuscan lifestyle.
Anna Crawford purchased this Apartment in 1997
Why Anna Crawford chose Castelnuovo Berardenga
THE ESTATE OF VILLA ARCENO The estate of Arceno is 1000 hectares of forest, vineyards, olive groves, cypress avenues, dotted with traditional farmhouses 'the Casali', of which, some are enigmatic ruins awaiting restoration. The 'Villa' of the estate dates from the 16th century with its own chapel, romantic park and lake. Its original owners would have managed the estate directing the workers who once lived in the Casali. Casanova once a working Casale is now with modern benefits for those who wish to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Chianti.
What makes this Apartment unique
The region is stuffed with history, art, food and wine. With Italy’s excellent road network, in Tuscany Florence, San Giminiano, le Crete, Pienza, Montalcino, Cortona, Arezzo and in Umbria Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio and Todi are within easy reach for day trips. Restaurants, wine tours, visits to the nearest towns and hamlets in Tuscany to breath in art and history, sports and more. Around Arceno, the nearby little towns offer all kind of Italian cooking, from the traditional “trattoria” that offers the most typical Tuscan food to a Michelin starred restaurant. A favourite restaurant is ‘La Bottega del Trenta’ in Villa a Sesta for a fantastic fine food experience and a warm welcome by Hélène the owner. While Arceno is blessed by fantastic wines produced on the estate, in the surrounding territory there are some other wine producers whose mantra is “excellency”. A visit to these cellars and vineyards cannot go amiss during a vacation in Tuscany. During the year the territory offers events whose roots stem from the past. The famous ‘Palio’ horse race is the main event in Siena held twice annually on 2nd July and the 16th August. Some of the experiences to live in full are in May the “Millemiglia” through Siena, an ancient car racing from north to south of Italy and making a stop in Piazza del Camp, in October the “Eroica”, a cycling race inspired bu the values of a noble sport as interpreted in the past and the “Ecomaratona” a marathon that runs through the vineyards of Arceno. When visiting Siena around these dates, Arceno Rentals Club can arrange the purchase of tickets, for an ‘unparalleled experience'! A car or a small van for bigger groups are necessary to travel around and all areas of the estate are reached by ‘strade bianche’, literally, white roads which are unpaved. Although most are public these roads are quiet, allowing walking, cycling and jogging in peace along with horseriding. The area is also popular with cyclists and motorcyclists.
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Our group of two couples looking for a true Tuscan experience of a lifetime found “il pogglio” an amazing home away from home. Its farmhouse charm is intoxicating - from the inside layout, to the veranda, the outside amenities (pool, gardens, vineyards), and most especially the views to the hills and distant mountain peaks. We spent 8 days exploring the area from Siena to Montepulciano and everything in between. We highly recommend Cresti’s just a few miles southwest for an awesome Chianti wine tasting treat. Then walk to the tree-studded hilltop that is their label/logo and discover the ancient pyramid - not in any of our guidebooks.
Anna & Gaia (our concierge) were a joy to work with. The villa was sparkling clean and well provisioned throughout our stay. We would rate the accommodations and management team a 10 out of 10 and eagerly await our return. Ciao!!!
Luxurious apartment in a great location. Really enjoyed walks and cycle rides round the estate and in the local area. Very comfy bed, very high quality crockery and glassware, great view from the loggia and garden. Brilliant hamper, wine and drinks. Recommend 100%
Beautiful Tuscan Getaway
We enjoyed every moment of our stay at Il Poggio. The email communication and arrival information were clear and easy. We were met by Gaia upon our arrival. What a gem! Even though we had visited the area previously and know many of the inns and outs, she was a wealth of information, giving restaurant suggestions and day trip ideas. The house itself was wonderful. We were four people (my husband and 2 boys~ ages 8 and 11) and we had everything we needed. After a long journey, the welcome basket was a fabulous treat. The house itself was tasteful, and we felt as though we had really come home. The book collection, music selection, sat tv etc. made for an easy transition for all. The bathrooms were modern and the kitchen use was a wonderful bonus. We had an excellent week and enjoyed coming home at the end of each day. The Arceno property is stunning at any time of year and is always fun to explore. I'd give more stars if I could. We will be back for sure. Grazie Anna and Gaia!
Peaceful Tuscan Getaway
Arco il Poggio was the perfect property for our family of four (two adults, two young men in their twenties). Comfortable, clean, quiet, and homey. The setting among vineyards and olive trees looks like a postcard of Tuscany. Gaia, the concierge, was very helpful and met us on arrival. The welcome basket included enough food for dinner that evening and breakfast the next morning; we really appreciated not having to go to the grocery store right away. Kitchen is stocked with all the pots, pans, utensils, etc. any cook could need. The mid-week cleaning and linen change was a nice way to refresh things. Bathrooms are clean and modern. Master bedroom very spacious with a huge wardrobe for clothing. Cozy bathrobes were a welcome touch.
We used Arceno as our base for excursions to Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Montepulciano, Gaiole in Chianti (highly recommend Tuscany Bicycle there), and Lago Tresimano, as well as nearby Castelnuovo Berardenga. (Fabulous meal at AnonimaX in CB: the pecorino cheese souffle with fresh shaved white truffles was a standout.) In the evening we spotted deer and a wild boar but none of the local porcupines.
If you are looking for a scenic, quiet Tuscan location, thoughtfully restored and beautifully maintained, this is the place for you. We hope to return in the summer when we can use the pool!
Great loggia at Il Poggio
The biggest attraction for me is the unusual spacious loggia with a wonderful view, great for breakfast, lunch and dinner or just lounging, no matter what kind of weather. The house itself is very welcoming: it is clean, kept up well, with tasteful interior, well equipped kitchen and good mattresses. The house, garden and pool are beautiful situated in the quiet Tuscan landscape. It feels secluded, but in the near neighborhood are some lovely villages to go to the market or just to have coffee or for great Tuscan food (Castelnuovo Berardenga, San Gusme and Ambra (leather factory). And Siena is also not very far.
Fantastic summer break
Great stay. The apartment is lovely and peaceful. The owners are very generous with a great welcome package and unlimited wine and olive oil. Highlight was to be invited to enjoy the wonderful celebration dinner in the local town square.
Famous for food and wine there are many places to go and see in order to discover the flavours of Chianti. As passive or active participants, you may either eat and drink the local produce or take cooking lessons or learn about wine making at source. The more active may have a round of golf or go horse riding. There are thermal spas or the seaside should sheer relaxation be preferred. Packed full of history and art, an almost endless list of galleries, exhibitions, museums, churches, palaces and other diversions are here to be discovered.
San Gusmè is not far from Il Poggio a short walk though the vineyards to lunch or coffee at one of the local bars and restaurants and panoramic views towards Siena and the ‘Torre del Mangia’.
A favourite restaurant is ‘La Bottega del Trenta’ in Villa a Sesta for a fantastic fine food experience and a warm welcome by Hélène the owner.
One of the main events in Siena is the famous ‘Palio’ horse race held annually on 2nd July and the 16th August. If visiting Siena around these dates Arceno Rentals Club can arrange the purchase of tickets, for an ‘unparalleled experience'!
From Il Poggio there are views towards the famous Crete, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and towards Monte Amiata.A car is necessary to travel around and all areas of the estate are reached by ‘strade bianche’, literally, white roads which are unpaved. Although most are public these roads are quiet, allowing walking, cycling and jogging in peace.
The region is stuffed with history, art, food and wine. With Italy’s excellent road network, in Tuscany Florence, San Giminiano, le Crete, Pienza, Montalcino, Cortona, Arezzo and in Umbria Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio and Todi are within easy reach for day trips.