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.