|Space||215 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Cipresso is a studio apartment for two. It offers a double bed, bathroom, small kitchen corner equipped with fridge, induction ring and sink. All cooking utensils and crockery are supplied. With double glass doors opening onto a lawn, Cipresso also has its own paved terrace for private use. In the summer it is possble to relax in the shadow of the cyprus trees or stretch out to sunbathe. .
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.
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 apartment in 2005
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.
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.
All rates include utilities (water, electricity) and bed and bath linens for 2 people
A 40% deposit is required to secure a booking, with the balance payable on or before arrival.
I cannot recommend this place more !
Firstly we had a very disastrous start to our holiday, the hire car company didn't take debit cardswhen we went to pick up the car, we were devastated as we knew we needed this car to get to the villa. So there we were me and my girlfriend at 10 o'clock at night stranded after a days travel, I rang Jane the host not expected much more than "I'm sorry to hear but ...."
That didn't happen, Jane was absolutely lovely on the phone and emailed us with directions from the airport to the centre of Florence, where we would catch a train and meet her at the Pontassieve station. Bearing in mind this was very late at night I cannot overstate how Jane basically saved our holiday.
After all of drama and we got to the villa it was beautiful, the pictures don't do it justice. There was a helpful guide in our room with suggestions of restaurants and places to visit nearby. The wine tasting at the Castle just above the villa was a highlight of the trip, a great location and was very welcoming of a complete wine novice such as myself.
To sum up the hosts are lovely, the location is brilliant, a variety of things to do close-by and remember to correctly book when getting a hire car!
Tom and Lola
We spent several days in the Cipresso apartment at Borgo di Sopra and could not have been happier with it. It is in a beautiful wooded area overlooking vineyards and the Val di Sieve. It is just a short train ride from Florence which saved us having to park our car in the city. The apartment was spotless, very comfortable and quiet and had everything we needed. The views from the terrace are a delight. Jane and Gianpiero were so warm and helpful, offering suggestions on travel,shopping and even how to pay the parking ticket we acquired earlier in our trip. They made our stay at Borgo di Sopra one of our favorite memories of our trip to Italy. If we return to the area we would definitely stay there again.
Myself and my wife stayed for a week and found it delightful. Set in the Chianti Hills above Ponttessieve near Florence we found it really relaxing.
The welcome we received from Jane and Giampierre was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble.
The views were astounding and the apartment was spotless. The finish was beautiful- really inkeeping with the Italian Farm style.
We had a great week and would recommend it to anyone.
I had an excellent stay at Cipresso. My friend and I were staying in different places all over Italy and this was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The apartment was pristine, it was so well maintained, it had everything we needed from a tea pot to a colander, to small reading lights by the beds. The terrace has an excellent view of vineyards and other beautiful properties that surround it. The town of Pontassieve was great to walk around, the locals were very nice, it was everything we hoped for.
Jane was also an excellent hostess, she had information on trains going into Florence, where we could go grocery shopping, and winery tours at the castle that was just a 15 minute walk from her property. She was wonderful and her family charming.
I would highly recommend staying here to anyone, it was beautiful, clean, homey, and relaxing. It would be perfect for a honeymoon, a vacation, really any kind of getaway or excuse for visiting. I hope to return to this lovely place someday!
We stayed in the Cipresso studio in this newly renovated 15th century watchtower and found it to be the ideal place from which to explore Tuscany and Florence. The studio is of a decent size with a basic but useful kitchen. It's smaller than the Alba & Vista apartments (which we had a quick peek into while we were there, and which are probably better if you're looking at an extended stay of a few weeks/months), but suited the two of us perfectly for the week we were there. The studio's terrace has a wonderful view across the valley and over to the nearby hills; sitting here at dusk with a wine and antipasto bought from Pontassieve was pretty close to the highlight of our Italian trip.
Pontassieve is about 5 or so minutes down the hill by car (it's 30 minutes on foot - we walked it a few times) and is about 20 minutes to Florence SMN by train. Sitting on top of the hill behind the property is the Nipozzano castle, part of the Frescobaldi family's winemaking 'empire' and a good place for winetasting. If you like walking, which we do, there are a number of small towns about an hour's walk from the property - we tramped over to Pelgao - with good eating and drinking when you get there.
Jane & Gianpiero, the owners of the property, are lovely people and were extremely welcoming. We enjoyed their place so much that we extended our stay by two nights. I cannot recommend this property highly enough. If we ever go back to the area, this is where we staying.
Das Apartment ist wunderschön etwas abseits am Rande eines Weinbergs und unterhalb eines castellos mit Weinproduktion gelegen. Das Apartment war sehr sauber, das Bett bequem und die Ausstattung insgesamt in sehr gutem Zustand. Toll ist besonders die Terasse mit Blick auf den unterhalb gelegenen Weinberges.
Die Vermieter sind sehr nett und hilfsbereit, die zur Verfügung gestellten Informationen zu Einkaufsmöglichkeiten etc. zutreffend und hilfreich.
Ein toller Ort, um abseits des Trubels in toskanischer Landschaft zu entspannen und zugleich die Möglichkeit zu haben, mittels Auto Orte wie Florenz zu besuchen.
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.