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Traditional villa with gardens & panoramic views - near Florence/Siena/Arezzo

Sara Matthews-Grieco

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Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Sara Matthews-Grieco

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German, Italian, for the rest, google translator!
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2015
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Traditional villa with gardens & panoramic views - near Florence/Siena/Arezzo

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday villa in Montevarchi

Independent half of Villa: 6 rooms (2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, sleeps 4-5)

The CASA COLONCA, a spacious, independent section of an historic Villa on two floors with private entrance [sleeps 4 to 6] for short or longer-term stays. For more pictures and information on the region, see featured website link.


The CASA COLONICA comprised the original owner's apartments, now renovated with modern conveniences (such as WI-FI internet), luxury appointments, traditional furniture and original prints.

- UPSTAIRS there are two comfortable bedrooms with beamed ceilings, antique wardrobes, writing tables and large windows with stunning views onto the gardens and surrounding countryside. The huge bathroom features a tub/shower and enough floor space for morning yoga exercises!

- DOWNSTAIRS are the daytime living quarters with arched doors and windows giving out onto the garden. The sitting room has two daybeds, a SAT-TV+DVD, a lending library with recreational reading, guidebooks and cookbooks. Flooded with afternoon sunlight, this room is a perfect place to curl up and plan your day trips, read, or enjoy an glass of wine. The downstairs also features a well-equipped 'taverna' kitchen to make espresso for breakfast, and practice your Tuscan cooking skills. You will enjoy the traditional Tuscan chestnut cabinets, two tables to spread out food and maps, and lots of seating arrangements.

- FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE you will also find a microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. There are drying racks for clothes, and an iron & ironing board.

- ALL ROOMS have large windows with views. The house has 60 cm thick walls, which means it is delightfully cool in summer, but for extra comfort there are there are fans in every room. All bedroom and bath windows have screens. Banister and child gate on stairs.


Outside is an extended, rustic garden area with a panoramic view over the rolling hills and vineyards of the Valdarno. Both sunny and shady areas. Do not miss the breathtaking sunsets and the deer that graze in the fields at twilight. The garden also features large terracotta pots of flowers (in bloom according to season), a table with chairs and lounge chairs and benches. In the garden you can breakfast and dine 'al fresco,' or just watch the sunset with a glass of wine. From Il Poggiolo you can see the Valdarno valley, the Appennine mountains, the Sienese hills, and on a good day, all the way to Vallombrosa.

- PRIVATE PARKING on the property.


Guests appreciate the fact that Il Poggiolo is located in the tranquility of the countryside but conveniently close to Florence, Siena, and Arezzo (30-45 minutes drive). While a car is necessary for your stay, the center of Florence can be reached by train from Montevarchi in just 35 minutes, as can a number of other destinations such as Pisa, Assisi, Cortona, Orvieto, etc.. Nearby are historic sites (medieval and Renaissance towns, towers and castles). There are also picturesque villages, national parks, thermal baths and, a bit farther, seaside beaches. Swimming nearby in a number of local pools (10-15 minutes drive). Excellent wine and fine restaurants in the area, as well as informal village trattorias and pizzerias. Numerous designer outlets in the area for clothes, shoes, household items, etc. Perfect for day trips to all the historic attractions of Tuscany, for sports enthusiasts and gastronomic tourism, for family vacations, or just to get away from it all.

NO PETS & NO SMOKING (inside) please - allergy controlled environment.


Convenient location for tourism and good train service.

Comfortable and spacious accommodation with luxury appointments, fine antiques.

Gardens (furnished for all tastes) with lovely views.

Country walks and trekking (from gentle sloping dirt roads through vineyards to serious mountain trails through forests)

Local markets for local produce (especially vegetables and fruit, wine and olive oil).

Marvelous eating - from pizza parlours to five-star restaurants.

Major designer outlets and malls.

Private parking area on the property.


Recreational reading library and guide books, maps.

KEYWORDS: Tuscany, Villa rental, Tuscan tourism, agriturismo, B&B, gastronomy, slow food region, luxury appointments, holiday home, vacation in Italy, furnished gardens, panoramic views, allergy-sensitive.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sara Matthews-Grieco (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2015

About Sara Matthews-Grieco

In 1994 Allen and I bought the property we had been renting for over 10 years. The reasons why we ended up in Tuscany - on a hilltop in the Valdarno - are totally serendipitous, and entirely too long to go into here. But we did it, and lived in happy nonchalance, raising our daughter and commuting to work in Florence until the economic crunch began to make itself felt. In 2005 we had the belated realization that this property had better help maintain itself, otherwise we would find it very difficult to keep up the land and buildings after we retired. I keep buying lottery tickets with blind faith, but in the meantime we bit the bullet, hocked our souls to the Montevarchi bank, and decided to carry out a dream: to restore and convert the villa’s barn into a rental cottage, and renovate the part of the villa once occupied by Allen's mother. The idea was that holiday rentals would help with the mortgage, garden maintenance, and miscellaneous upkeep until – when we are well into our dotage – we downsize and move into the converted barn ourselves. Read the first installment of the saga about this renovation process on the 'Wandering Educators' site (under 'Barn conversion').

Sara Matthews-Grieco purchased this villa in 1994

Why Sara Matthews-Grieco chose Montevarchi

Tuscany is not only a tourist mecca, but the climate is better than Paris and London (where we had been living before), and Florence is within an easy commute, so it is possible to live in the countryside and work in the city. The people in the area are wonderful. In fact, the Tuscans are the main reason why my husband and I opted to stay in Italy, to buy the family villa and make a life here. When Allen's mother moved to the Italian Riviera, the dowager apartments in the 'Casa Colonica' were used on and off by friends and family until we decided to restore them for vacation rental. So far we have been very fortunate with having marvellous guests. We are grateful to Home Away/VRBO for having been such good intermediaries for Il Poggiolo!

What makes this villa unique

N°1. PERFECT LOCATION: Il Poggiolo is within easy reach of the major Tuscan sites of interest, perfect for day trips. At the same time you have the calm of the countryside and vibrant sunsets over the Chianti hills. For both gastronomy and shopping, the Valdarno offers excellent wineries and restaurants as well as a number of designer outlets (the Prada outlet 'SPACE' is a 5 minute drive from Il Poggiolo).

N°2. LUXURY OF SPACE : The Casa Colonica has the advantage of spacious quarters and far many more rooms than are usual with vacation rentals. This can make all the difference when travelling with a group of friends or family, and the garden also offers the possibility of sunning in lounge chairs, reading in the shade of the evergreen oak , or dining al fresco.

N°3 OUTFITTED LIKE A REAL HOME: The Casa Colonica offers you all the advantages of a home, with all the conveniences and more beside. There is free parking on site (but you do not need to look at your car - only the view!), the gardens are comfortably furnished, inside there is a flatscreen SAT-TV, DVD player, and fast WI-FI. Bedrooms have extra pillows, and cozy blankets and quilts for cool nights. If anything is missing, please let us know !!

n°4- EXPERIENCE of LOCALS: You have someone next-door who can give advice about restaurants and places to see that are off the usual tourist itinerary. You will not see your hosts unless you need them, but having someone on hand to help with the details of a stay or an emergency can be a blessing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Casa Colonica is a great place to stay while in Tuscany. Sara, the owner, provides wonderful accommodations, complete with technically enough food for the entire week we were there, although we enjoyed visiting the local markets and coop's for added treats.

The villa is set atop a hillside with amazing views all around -- we were greeted by a breathtaking sunset on our first night. Inside, there's a spacious and elegant dining room, then an inviting kitchen that begs cooking, followed by a quaint TV room in which we enjoyed cartoons (can you say "Captain Cave-maaaaaaaannnnnn!") in French and Italian via the satellite (Sara was also nice enough to supply us with DVDs to watch as we were a little under the weather on our trip).

Upstairs features two very spacious bedrooms and a ginormous walk-in bath. The home is lovely, spacious, and well-kept, but the hospitality was even better. The surrounding area has easy access via trains and car to other towns -- we visited Siena, Pisa, Arezzo, and Firenze. This is a great place for families looking to experience the real deal in Tuscany.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member who stayed in the Casa Colonica in April 2008. See original commment on the Slow Travel website (Review 3497: Il Poggiolo, Casa Colonica).
Oct 2008
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Traditional villa with gardens & panoramic views - near Florence/Siena/Arezzo
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

La dolce vita!!!

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons beaucoup apprécié l’accueil et le grand sens de l’hospitalité de Sara et Allan. Ce sont des hôtes disponibles et avec plein de petites attentions (beau panier d’accueil, invitation à un 5 à 7 à leur domicile et à se joindre à une fête de village). Nous avons trouvé fort intéressant d’échanger avec eux. Ils ont su nous faire partager leur passion de l’histoire et de la culture italienne.

La Casa Colonica , où nous avons séjourné, est une vielle maison de campagne qui a été restaurée. Elle est spacieuse, bien entretenue et très confortable. La cuisine est particulièrement bien équipée. Elle est située entre les montagnes des Apennins et celles du Chianti. Le paysage extérieur est enchanteur. Les couchers de soleil sont superbes. En dépit de l’absence de climatisation, la maison reste fraîche l’été en raison de ses murs de pierres et du vent provenant des montagnes. Elle est située à proximité des régions de Sienne, Florence, Arezzo, Chianti... Toutefois, il faut savoir que les routes sinueuses rendent les temps de déplacement plus long notamment en suivant les indications des GPS. La gare de Montevarchi est une alternative intéressante et à proximité pour accéder aux principales villes. Aucun doute que les amateurs de la campagne Toscane y trouveront un lieu merveilleux de vacances.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carissimi, c'était un vrai bonheur vous avoir pour "voisins", et votre sympathique message nous fait très plaisir. On est ravis d'une si gentille parole de voyageurs si experts - Mille mercis !
Westborough, Ma. USA

Two Wonderful Weeks

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Il Poggiolo and it felt like coming home. The villa was perfect, Sara and Allen are friendly and helpful and the location is an easy ride to major tourist destinations. It also allows you to visit the small and charming Tuscan hill towns that are less well known. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Tuscan lifestyle. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a joy to have you back again as hilltop neighbors. Your expertise as seasoned travelers and old hands at European lifestyle makes your kind words especially appreciated. Do come back soon!
United States

FANTASTIC experience in villa in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

I booked this villa 8 mos prior to our trip and had been in contact w/the owner numerous times. Sara was so very helpful before the trip and during the trip in regards to travel, distance, restaurants, town, etc. Upon arriving, Il Poggiolo was more than we could have expected. It was private, landscaped nicely w/a hammock that one could relax in while taking in the views. The views, WOW - we live in the mountains; but this was panoramic views of the mountains, vineyards, olive groves, a villa in the distance. This was a WONDERFUL experience and Sara helped to make it so. Thanks again, Sara!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
United States

Wonderful Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a two-week stay at Il Poggiolo and it was perfect in every way! The owners welcomed us with a lovely basket of local products. The entire house was spotless and everything we could possibly need for cooking, relaxing, and enjoying our stay was provided. The rooms are spacious and furnished in an authentic Tuscan style. The location of the house is convenient to the Autostrada (but don't worry- you won't know you're anywhere near it!) We easily travelled to all the highlights of the region including Siena, Florence, Orvieto, San Gimignano, Arezzo, and Volterra. The views were breathtaking from our outdoor benches -- the sunset is spectacular. Best of all Sara and Alan were so helpful as we planned each day, giving us suggestions and information based on their years of experience in the region. We could not have asked for better hosts or a more perfect place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear all three of you, we enjoyed having you as next-door neighbours, and it was a pleasure to share our knowledge of the region and its treasures. So glad you enjoyed the restaurant suggestions, the restaurant in Starda is quite a find! I am sure it is just a question of time until it gets discovered by one of those guides that rates with stars or forks or whatever. All best wishes for the coming academic year.
Coventry, RI

A Lovely Apartment in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Casa Colonica is a warm, inviting setting on a little hill with easy access to tiny villages and historic art centers. It is spacious, has gorgeous views, and fascinating details within the house. Sara provided all the information necessary to locate it, and was completely accommodating when we needed some assistance or guidance. Since we "brought rain" during our stay we could not always enjoy the wonderful sitting areas outside - there are lawn chairs, benches, a table and umbrella for shade. The house has beautiful, large windows, and the kitchen is completely equipped for cooking all that fresh market produce found in the co-ops and markets. Sara also thoughtfully provided a large basket full of food items for that first night, morning breakfast and later snacking. It was hard to leave, especially after nearly 2 weeks where we really felt "at home".

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great Tuscany Living

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time to Tuscany and Casa Colonica was perfect for us (family of 5) and we would definitely stay there again. The views were beautiful, the setting was peaceful yet you are only a few minutes drive from town. We used it as a base for our day tripping which worked perfectly. The house itself was well equipped with everything we needed. Be sure to touch base with Sarah and Alan at the beginning of your stay for great ideas about the region and time/money saving tips.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Florence (Peretola) + Pisa (Gallileo Gallilei)
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Mercatale Valdarno + Bucine
Nearest Train
6.5 Kilometres
Montevarchi-Terravnuova station
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Autostrada A-1 (Florence-Rome)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Lo Schicchero in Mercatale Valdarno
Nearest Beach
145 Kilometres
Grossetto, Castiglione della Pescaia, Uccellina
Car: necessary

Located in an agricultural area and nature preserve, this scenic area of Tuscany provides both a country retreat and easy access to numerous sites of interest, from Medieval & Renaissance towns (Florence, Siena, Arezzo) to charming local castles, monasteries and hamlets. There are numerous markets with local produce + fine wines, oulet shopping nearby. Many privately managed + municipal pools in area. Thermal Spas 30-45 min. drive. Easy country walks at your doorstep, serious trekking trails in nearby hills. Designer outlets in the area (VAT tax rebates for non EU citizens). Cooking classes, painting lessons, bike rental and winery tours are some of the favorite activities after cultural tourism. There is something to do for visitors of all ages and interests, and in the morning and evening you will see the roebuck deer in the fields around the house.


Prices & Availability

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Prices for this holiday villa in Montevarchi, Montevarchi area

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2015 Season
27 Jun 2015 - 24 Oct 2015
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Notes Visitor Tax of €1.50/adult/night for first 4 nights payable on arrival.
DISCOUNTS: Casa Colonica for two guests only: 5% discount. Take both the Casa Colonica and the Fienile Villa Cottage simultaneously for a family reunion or a group of friends (= 5 bedrooms 3 baths) : 5% discount !!
01 Nov.-15 April : GPL heating charged at cost (individual meter) = €4.00 per cubic mt.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Montevarchi in Montevarchi area

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 130 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , LARGE bathroom, with enough room for morning yoga!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Baby crib or child cot can be added upon request
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , Third (real) bed can be added upon request
  • Bedrooms furnished with traditional Tuscan furniture and antique prints. Sheets, extra pillows, cozy blankets and quilts (anti-allergic) provided. Bedrooms give out onto garden, with views onto the hills of the Valdarno. Screens on windows. Fans provided for summer (usually not necessary, the house has such thick walls it stays very cool !!).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The owners live on-site, and are available for travel tips and restaurant suggestions (they commute to work in Florence). Il Poggiolo is situated in the Valdarno, a convenient distance from Florence, Siena and Arezzo !!. Good walking and hiking in the area, amazing food and fabulous views. Guidebooks and language aids for adults, toys and games for children, a real home away from home... Tuscan style!

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