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Peaceful Chianti vineyard, comfortable apartments, close to Florence - Vista

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 322 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

Description

Vista

Vista is a detached cottage recently renovated. With picture windows across the valley, it has attractive views of extensive vineyards, distant hills and part of the town below. The unit makes an easy holiday base for two people. It consists in a large open plan living area with sofa, large dining table and kitchen, plus bathroom (with shower) and double bedroom. Air-conditioning fitted and free wifi. Outside the apartment has its own private south facing terrace, again with views across the valley.


About the property

Borgo di Sopra

Escape into rustic Chianti Rufina and enjoy the timeless pleasures of Tuscany - less than 30 minutes from Florence!

This small group of buildings was once part of the first line of defences of Renaissance Florence. Now on a working vineyard, they have been converted to create an attractive villa and apartments. Situated in a prestigious Florentine estate which produces an impressive Chianti, there is a panoramic hilltop castle within walking distance. Florence is an easy train ride away, saving the headache of city parking. For 2 people, you can choose between Cipresso, a mini apartment with kitchenette, or Alba and Vista, which both have full kitchens and separate bedroom. If you are travelling in a group of up to 4, select the tab for Villa, the converted barn with two spacious panoramic terraces, two double bedrooms and bathrooms. For larger groups, up to 7, select Antica & Cipresso. Alternatively, groups of up to 13 can rent the whole Borgo. All apartments have their own private terrace with views across the valley.

Approach Road: Please note that there is a 1km rough, farm road to approach the property. The surface of the road is in loose stone and not tarmac. Most of our guests arrive in small hire cars without problems. Ask us for more information if you are concerned.

More Details

Owner
Jane
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 9, 2017

About Jane

I live at Borgo di Sopra with my family. I am English and my husband is Italian with a lifetime's knowledge of places to visit and eat throughout Tuscany. We are happy to share our knowledge with you and help you get the most out your holiday in this part of Italy. Can we offer you a glass of wine, spread out the map of Tuscany and help you draw up your itinerary?

Jane purchased this bungalow in 2005

Why Jane chose Val di Sieve

Borgo di Sopra is a fabulous mix.

You truly feel away from it all, in the midst of a nature in a place of enormous beauty. There is lots of wildlife here, from deer to pheasants, hares, porcupines and all sorts of birdlife. Our apartments all look out onto the vineyards of the Castello di Nipozzano. These are cared for almost like a garden. It is wondeful to watch the passage of the seasons from winter when the vines are bare to summer when a tractor in the vineyard looks like a small boat on an ocean of green, to the autumn when the leaves turn gold. At the end of the day, everyday, the light softens and intensifies ........and it is always beautiful.

Yet, if you get in your car and drive our bumpy stone road and then the leafy country lane, in 6 minutes you find yourself in the bustling town of Pontassieve. Restaurants and shops, banks and the train station - it all feels a world away from our Borgo and yet it is so close.

What makes this bungalow unique

At Borgo you can walk uphill to the lovely Castello di Nipozzano. There has been a castle here since 1000, and you can understand why. The position dominates the surrounding countryside. But there is also a handsome Villa from the 1700s. Its nonchalant aristocratic elegance, charms and intrigues you into wandering into the wine store, perhaps even into booking a tasting. It is worth it. The wines are impressive and the laid back, welcoming style is uniquely Tuscan.

Available Rentals

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Notes

All rates include bed and bath linens and final cleaning.
Air conditioning is available in this apartment but is not included in the rental fee. When opting to use aircon, electricity consumption is payable according to start/end meter readings applying the electricity supplier's own rates.
A 40% deposit is required to secure a booking, with the balance payable on or before arrival.


Amenities

Pelago Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 322 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • A car is necessary to stay here. Access is by a 1km private farm road so there is no passing traffic (cannot be reached by bus or taxi.)
  • This getaway location is reached by a 1km loose stone road which is bumpy. Most guests use small rental cars (Fiat 500). Ask for info if concerned.
  • In summer please use the air-conditioning judiciously and turn it off when you are not in the house.
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews
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5

Delightful property, peaceful location, good base for exploring Florence and surrounding area

  • 5 of 5

This was a very comfortable, well equipped property. The terrace has great views over the surrounding countryside, although it's only a couple of miles out of the nearest town. The air con was particularly welcome during the heat wave! We not only thoroughly enjoyed staying here, but it was a perfect base for exploring the area. It was very easy to get the train into Florence, much less stressful than taking the car. Giampero and Jane were very informative hosts, giving us lots of good ideas about places to visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Absolutely Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. Vista Cottage is perfect: spacious with beautiful finishings and furnishing, private, and lovely. The bed is outstanding, and the kitchen is well equipped. We especially appreciated the gas stove and the excellent convection oven. There is a large Coop supermarket nearby where you can stock up on groceries. The view from the back windows over the vineyards is stunning. The family who owns the spacious property is also wonderful, friendly, kind, and helpful. Life at the restored farmhouse seems idyllic, with Jasper the dog and Peggy the cat frolicking in the garden. You can walk on footpaths that depart from the property, up to a winery or to some of the towns and villages in the hills above. This area of Tuscany is beautiful and less tourist heavy than others. Absolutely recommended. We wanted to move in permanently and hope to return and stay for much longer than a week.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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A new Toscana

  • 5 of 5

We are a couple from Brazil and we just knew Toscana, but in this we discovery a new place. We felt how living in lovely small city in our home. Jane was kind and sought us out in everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the Vista apartment in April. It was lovely! The apartment was very clean and tidy. The bed and pillows were super comfy! The kitchen was stocked with everything you need to cook a meal. The location was perfect for catching the train to Florence or driving to nearby villages and Sienna. We were only able to stay 4 short days but Jane was a wonderful host and provided a wealth of information about the area. We are already planning a return trip!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Borgo di Sopra

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay at Borgo di Sopra far exceeded our expectations. The amenities were first class through out . The bed was very comfortable. But beyond that the property was incredible, as it is a beautifully restored 500 year old stone manor located on a hillside in the middle of a vineyard, below a castle converted into a winery. The hosts are gracious and provided great suggestions for day trips as well as tips for the best restaurants locally and in Florence. We are definitely going to return as this was the highlight of our tour of Italy.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Alba - Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

First, Jane and her husband are excellent hosts and we enjoyed the opportunities we had to visit with them. They provided us excellent advise on where to visit and the hillside drives of interest. As we are big history buffs we listened intently to their advise. Magnificent views of the surrounding area greet you at every turn. And the peacefulness is so sweet.

Second, the apartment Alba was perfect for us. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom is very sizeable. We love to cook and eat in and Alba was well furnished for us, including a large refrigerator. The supermarket in town had everything one could desire. Speaking of town, the apt is in the countryside but only about 7 minutes from town where you can park the car and take a train into Florence (or other nearby cities), thus avoiding parking issues in the big city. And if you drive into the hills, the beautiful drives are amazing.

We truly hope we can return one day to stay in this perfect Tuscan home again. We feel so lucky we were able to do so (and you will too!).

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Pontassieve
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Firenze Sud
Car: recommended

The 2 main airports in Tuscany (Pisa and Florence) are easily accessible . Short breaks are feasible all year round! You'll know you have made an escape from routine, though, when you drive down the winding approach road. You pass through vineyards with a historic castle and our property above you in the distance. You are now in the Nipozzano estate of the noble Florentine family of Frescobaldi. From your apartment, a pleasant walk, with superb views, will take you up to the castle. There the wine is aged in the historic cellars and you can taste and buy all Frescobaldi wines. Numerous other panoramic walks dot the area (the historic monastery of Vallombrosa is not far either). For renaissance culture, we are near Florence and Arezzo. Regular trains from Pontassieve station (5 minutes away) to central Florence take only 20-25 minutes. Alternatively, designer outlet discounts from Gucci, YSL, Todds etc are to be found at the Mall, outside Leccio, 15 minutes away.

Other Activities: Wine tasting.

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