About the property
- Cottage861 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
Farmhouses/Apts (4BR,3BR, 2BR,1BR) with community pool & garden, Castellina (3km
Casa Pineta" is part of the 76 ha large property of Poderi Val Verde and lies inbedded in 2 ha of parklike welcared gardens - The farmhouse offers the rare flair of an authentic Tuscan country home of more then 400 years , combined with modern comfort.
More then 200 sqm offer plenty of space and privacy for 8 to 13 persons. - - 'Early bird" Discounts of 10% for 2019 bookings finalized prior to 31 dec. 2018
In front of the house the very large sun terrace with a spacious covered patio for alfresco dining. Terrace and loggia are very well equipped with garden furniture as well as a barbeque grill. Magnificent views .
The very large fenced community swimming pool (5,5x12 ) and extended leisure areas is situated on the windprotected sunny slopes slightly below the guesthouse. Pavillions and solitary trees provide shade. The comfortableshallow entry platform (3x3m) offers space and security also for the smallest of our guests
Access the house by some steps up to the diningroom. To the left large livingroom with old open fireplace. From there to the right the spacious fully equipped kitchen with additional dining space and pantry ( 3ring gas stove+ 1 electric hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, toaster, American & Italian coffeemaker , etc. etc.)
To the left 4 steps lead up to bedroom 1, a cosy suite with kingsize bed +large ensuite bathroom (shower/wc) with washing machine and dryer. On ground level bedroom 2 with 3 single beds and ensuite bathroom (shower/wc.) Also on ground level bedroom 3, the largest one, with 2 large single beds as a double as well as a small queen size bed. Here the private ensuite bathroom has a tub with integrated shower and wc.
From the dining room straight ahead through a small reception area access to the spacious bedroom 4 with large double bed as well as a single sofa bed - ensuite bathroom with shower/wc. direct access to the roof-terrace
important note: our sofa-beds sleep 1 person only (flipkey lists sofabeds for 2 person only)
From the reception area some steps down to small summer kitchen, that may be converted into a bedroom with single sofabed. Large glass window doors open to the stunning roofterrace that towers like an eagles nest overlooking in an 180° angle valley and swimmingpool area.
activities all year around: hands-on cooking courses, hiking/trekking, archery lessons and 3d range, wild asparagus picking in spring, mushroom picking in autumn, help us pick olives and make extra virgin oil in november, celebrate xmas and new years with us
during low season guests may use my private indoor pool (unheated though)
the house may be extended to sleep up to 16 pers. by adding the downstairs dependance "rifugio"
Attention "snowbirds" !!!! - Tuscany offers pleasant temperatures, low rates, all major Italian sights within 1 days drive, hot springs and spa, dining and wining at its best.
- private 3D archery range - and archery lessons (Take some archery lessons (long bow or recurve) or try your skills on our 3D archery ranges (1 x 14, 1 x 28, 1 x 30 positions) , the only ones of its kind in Tuscany
- flint knapping
- marked trails for short or extended hikes
- Home cooked Tuscan welcome dinner (4course meal) incl. beverage € 35/person,children € 25 or 15
(stress free arrival - no cooking, no hurried shopping, no search for parking or restaurant, no dressing up - just sit down with our other guests + let us spoil you with a delicious al fresco dinner
- Half day cookery courses of typical local dishes (group lessons €90/pers. , 2 pers. € 105 /pers., 1 pers. €210 (incl. meal & beverages) - no need to miss out on your days activities - we offer a late afternoon or lunch cooking (approx. 3 hrs) - non-cookers may eat too €35/pers.
- Breakfast service € 70/week (large continental breakfast)
- Or do you have something to celebrate or want an authentic farm-style wedding
We also offer: biological products of our own production: olive oil, vinegar, spice salts, bio honen, low-sugar jams, jellies some of them even from wild fruits like rose hips, elder and acacia flowers, wild plums etc. etc. .
As most really old farm houses and hamlets - Poderi Val Verde - Farmhouses in the Green Valley - was built in a large, open, sun-filled valley, thus protected from cold north winds and wet fogs, ventilated by warm south winds in the afternoon, with pleasant cool night temperatures due to the surrounding macchia and woods and with unlimited supplies of fresh well water.
The famous ancient “mules trail” passed through here – mules transported salt from the salt mines of sicily to the north – trails that always followed the course of water and wells and developed into important traffic venes. Prove of this are the many monastries and cloisters and farm houses that you find along this old trails, which are also part of our trekking “network”.
Here you can spend your dream vacation – right in the heart of Tuscany – the Chianti Classico”
- only a few miles from Florence and Siena – in a region of vineyard covered hills, silvery olive groves, vast forests and colourful macchia slopes - and admidst hidden ancient farm houses guarded by cypresses and towering pine trees
Hidden in the middle of this ever-green valley, but only 500 m from the main road and 5 min drive from the famous wine town of Castellina in Chianti and surrounded by more then 2ha of wellcared parklike garden, olive groves and fruit covered terraces – unlike any other you might find - lies the small hamlet Poderi Val Verde with its 5 houses in 1 of them lives the owner. 1 house is dived in 3 apartments (2-4 Pers.) , 2 more semi-attached houses are 'Casa Pineta (8-13 pers.) + 'Casa Acacia (6-8 pers.) . Separately sits the lovely small villetta 'Casa Capannina ' (4- 6 pers.).
'Casa Pineta' is the second oldest house of all. It was built in various steps over a time period of at least 400 years, repeatedly extended as needs for more space arose. Therefore the various levels within the house create a particular flair.
Once it stood separate from the neighboring 'Casa Acacia' - but then the gap was closed - thus creating its stunning, unusual roof terrace. At the beginning of the 19th century the bread oven with vault ceilings was added, which we houses the archery office.
This house, like all others, was constructed with quarystones by the farmers when clearing woodlands and macchia slopes to prepare land for vineyards and olivegroves .Stones that traditionally were use for building houses or terrassed-walls. Its original use was as living quarters for the farmers and workers. Prove of this give the typical ceilings, built with handcut oak beams, some of the original cottofloors, narrow doors, the old fireplace that people used to literally sit in to warm themselves, the original sandstone sink and many more little signs, that we shall gladly point out to you. Stair and doors sills of local grey sandstone show obvious signs of wear - signs that thousands of feet leftover the last few hundred of years.
All rental units of Poderi Val Verde - Farmhouses in the Green Valley - are intentionally rustic – with original fire places, old cotto floors and roof beams, their roofs, window and door fixtures and many little architectural particularities mark centuries of living in this place. We are fully aware that with this we are going against the usual main stream of modern design in old walls , but we want to keep this place special and authentic hoping that our guests appreciate our efforts. .
When you step into our accommodations – you seem to step back into the past – rooms , setting and furnishing are according to the “Arte Povera” – as it used to be – as you saw it in films such as “Under the Tuscan Sun” or in “Romeo and Juliette” - but functional as in any modern house. Shady rose-covered loggias and sunny terraces with nice views are part of this all.
All houses and apartment have their own private terrace, each equipped with barbecue and plenty of garden furnitures. Naturally a valley. even as vast as ours, can not offer miles of views , but guests still consider the view onto olive groves and terraces, forests and meadows as well as the macchia particular. Only there you may see boars, deer or other wild game as near as 100 m .
And its protect position offers warmer temperatures, cool afternoon breezes and protection from the freezing Tramonta winds that make swimming and outside sitting on hill-top positions often impossible. Its close surrounding green environments is responsible for the cool night temperatures, the Chianti Classico hills are famous for. And wait until you see our clear night sky . When was the last time you saw a shooting star or fireflies?
Enjoy the sunset in complete silence from your terrace, garden furniture, sun beds as well as a bbq. Gaze onto onto the extended gardens, the romantic creek and the surrounding meadows and vast macchia covered hills of this private property of more then 76 ha. Start your hiking and biking directly form your doorsteps on well marked trails.
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About Ulrike Eder
The German owner Ulrike and her son Fabian - both English and Italian speaking outgoing and very openminded people that will gladly be of assistance and share their experiences in Italy with their many international guests
Ulrike Eder purchased this Cottage in 1997
Why Ulrike Eder chose Castellina In Chianti
because its location and charm are unique and we treat you like family -
What makes this Cottage unique
there are few places that are so central to everything, and offer so much - located only 500 m from the main road but in absolute silence of the surrounding nature (the only nature preserve area in the Siena region) - you are closed to most important sights and places of Tuscany - 5 min to the next town, so social contacts are guaranteed - less then 1 hours from the next major airport (Florence) so getting here is no problem - fantastic marked trekking trails starting from your doorstep (stunning nature in winter or spring) , biking of the finest (on the tracks of the Giro d'Italia, 3D archery ranges (WBHC 2017), golfing with the elite, or simply enjoying a glass of wine, some pecorino cheese on your personal patio, watching deer and wild boar pass by, Tuscan eagles soaring above this magnificant privately owned valley - what can one ask more for
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Attractive place, good location
I have stayed in several of the apartments over the last few years and have been delighted with them all. The location is, of course, the beautiful Chianti hills--nothing better. I have traveled and lived all over Italy and find nowhere more lovely. The grounds are well kept, the apartments furnished with everything you could possibly need, and if something is lacking, simply ask. Ulrike is a gracious hostess. She will assist you in making touring and/or transportation arrangements; she is a terrific cook of the local cuisine, and I recommend that you participate in her Saturday night suppers served family style around a huge table indoors or outdoors depending on the weather (it is a wonderful chance to meet other travelers from all over the world and there are always others at the table who speak your language); or she will leave you completely to yourself if you do not wish the company of others. I have recommended it to friends both Italian and foreign, and all have been delighted with their stays.
We had a wonderful time in the farm run by Ulrike.
The great space, beautiful setting, a garden to die for and an excellent pool space made our week in the heart of Chianti enjoyable.
The cottage was clean and full of all essentials. A delicious welcome meal with plenty of local information to make our stay more pleasurable.
It was only a few minutes away from Castellina with lovely restaurants and shopping.
Our family thoroughly enjoyed it!
I highly recommend this property we stayed in the cottage for 2 and it was wonderful, very quiet lovely views and Ulrika's cooking is great and I would go back just to tatse her dinners, we will deffinately return
Juliet and Stuart
Empfehlenswert! Alles stimmt. Aber über alles die Gastfreundlichkeit und die Hilfsbereitschaft der Vermieterin und ihres Sohnes.
Schöne geräumige Wohnung mit sehr gut ausgestatteter Küche. Selbst verregnete Tage sind vor dem Kamin Erholung. Vermieterin ist äujßerst hilfsbereit und hat immer gute Tipps auf Lager.
Das Tal ist genial: ruhig und doch zwischen Siena und Florenz absolut zentral gelegen.
Traumurlaub Poderi Val Verde
Nachdem wir vor 8 Jahren schon einmal hier Urlaub machten, glaubten wir, eine Steigerung sei nicht mehr möglich! Sie war es aber doch! Super gepflegtes Außenterrain, rustikale urgemütliche Ferienwohnung mit Kamin, Terrasse, vollständige, moderne und gepflegte Ausstattung, einschließlich zeitgemäßer Küchengeräte. Beratung über Ausflüge, Reservierung von Restaurantplätzen, Kochkurs, geführte Wanderung, kulinarische Highlights beim Begrüßungsessen, Spitze! Ohne Probleme wurden Tickets in Florenz vorbestellt ( Uffizien, Accademia), Tips für Anreise nach und Parken in Florenz waren Zeit und G(o)eld wert. Super Kontakt zur Besitzerin, jederzeit ansprechbar und auskunftsbereit, fundierte Landeskenntnisse, polyglott..., was will man mehr? Man fühlt sich vom ersten Tage an wie zu Hause. Bitte immer ein Quartier für uns freihalten, mit uns und unseren Freunden ist jederzeit zu rechnen!
GPS: 43.4842304 - 43°29’3.23“ N 11.2704373 - 11°16’13.57 F Val Verde - an authentic Chianti estate from the 16th century – located within walking distance (only 3 km) of the wine town of Castellina in Chianti and within 1 hours or less drive to most famous sights of Tuscany. Poderi Val Verde is a real “living” farm – with farm and court yard animals in the rare surrounding and live style of “once up the time” combined with modern comfort. Its a place for the individual travellers, looking for something different – for the feeling of solitute, peace and untouched nature. For people that like good original food (on-site dinners and cookery classes) and good wines. For families because of its outdoors activities for children on the playground such as 3d archery, soccer, basket ball, volley ball, ping pong, etc. not to speak of the fun they may have feeding the chicken or sheep and lambs or caressing our dogs and cats. All this will make you forget time and stress. Its also a place for dedicated archers or future archers that will enjoy our lessons and courses (long bow and recurve) or want to try their skills out on our 3d archery rangen, the only ones of its kind in Tuscany and the Chianti hills. Its perfect for people that like to explore the country side by bike or by foot and next to visiting the countless cultural sights will also find time to attend one of the many cultural events such as opera, concerts, exhibitions etc. For people that include in their itinerary a visit to the many Thermal springs and spas as well as the beaches and marble caves of the Versiglia. For people that enjoy travelling in the colder months when Tuscany seems to hibernate into the past. When in restaurants you find only locals and tourists are greeted with a open welcoming smile , museums and other cultural places are empty and the Chianti belongs to only you. When the air is heavy with the smell of the many fire places, the new young wine , the freshly pressed olive oil, grilled game meat and the famous bistecca . Poderi Val Verde (Farmhouses in the green valley) was restored in 1998 ,retouched in 2012 and refurnished in 2014. The setting is intentially rustic – authentic - with original fire places, cotto floors, beams, roofs and many little architectural particularities that mark centuries of living in this place. We are fully aware that with this we are going against the usual main stream of modern design. When you step into our accommodations – you seem to step back into the past – rooms and setting are according to the “Arte Povera” – as it used to be – as you saw it in films such as “under the Tuscan sun” - but they are functional as in any modern house. Shady rose-covered loggias and sunny terraces with nices views are part of this all. As most really old farm houses it was built in a large, open, sun-filled valley, thus protected from cold north winds and wet fogs, ventilated by warm south winds in the afternoon, with pleasant cool night temperatures due to the surrounding macchia and woods and with unlimited supplies of fresh well water. The famous ancient “mules trail” passed through here – mules transported salt from the salt mines of sicily to the north – trails that always followed the course of water and wells and developed into important traffic venes. Prove of this are the many monastries and cloisters and farm houses that you find along this old road, which is also part of our trekking “network”. Here you can spend your dream vacation – right in the heart of Tuscany – the Chianti Classico” - only a few miles from Florence and Siena – in a region of vineyard covered hills, silvery olive groves, vast forests and colourful macchia slopes - and admidst hidden ancient farm houses guarded by cypresses and towering pinetrees On a private property of 72 ha and surrounded by more then 2ha of wellcared parklike garden – unlike any other you might find - sits the imposing guest house complex which is dived in 3 apartments (2-4 Pers.) , and/or 2 semiattached houses 'Casa Pineta (8-13 pers.) + 'Casa Acacia (6-8 pers.) as well as the lovely small villetta 'Casa Capannina ' (4- 6 pers.). The large fenced community pool of 5,5x12 m with its shallow entry platform , a natural play area for smaller children, is filled with purest well water and is open as of mid may or if weather permitting even earlier. Its surrounded by extended leisure areas and gardens as well as sports facilities. Due to the fact that each accommodation has its own terrace with garden furniture the pool area will never be crowed. During the cooler months you may use the a small inside (not heated) pool of the property owner, the only of its kind in the area. Attention 'snowbirds' !!!! - Tuscany offers pleasant temperatures, low rates, all major Italian sights within 1 days drive, hot springs and spa, dining and wining at its best
Additional information about rental rates
open check-in schedule, though sat. to sat preferred - preferred minumum stay - 7 nights refunds for cancellations possible - ask us day our rates are all inclusive prices in Euro (€), calculated per week and rental unit and include all standard utilities such as electricity, water, most taxes and house insurance as well as final cleaning. also included are weekly change of bed, bath and table linen, pool towels,bathrobes (on request) fire/barbecue wood (1 load per day) , use of washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board, as well as a starter package of spices, coffee, espresso, black or green tea, toilet paper, creme soap and detergent . depending on your requirements, seperate charges may be: visitor's tax (€ 1,50/day/adult pers.) , heating (depending on your actual consumption during legal heating periods) , expenses for animals (€ 50/week) , wifi internet (€ 14/week), baby cot and highchair (€ 42 + €12) , 4 course tuscan welcome dinner incl. standard beverages (€ 35/adult , €25 respec. €15 for children, continental breakfast service (€ 70/pers/week) ,extra meals (according to your requirements) , cookery courses (€ 70/pers. groups as of 4 pers., 2-3 pers. €90,1 pers. privat lessons €210 , this rate incl. dinner + beverages) early bird discount for 2017 bookings - 10% last minute discount (arrival within 1 week) - 15%