A romantic 1-bedroom cottage with quiet sunny garden, forest and olive views
- English, Italian
About Simon Zimbler
Simon Zimbler - owner, manager, olive farmer. 'I live and work on our family’s olive oil Agriturismo in the heart of Chianti with my wife Verity and our three children. We moved to Italy in 2007 to take over the business founded over 25 years ago by my Italian mother. I'm a keen cook, I love wine, and I have an extensive knowledge of the restaurants and wineries around here. For 7 months of the year my main job is to help and advise our guests and to make sure they make the most of their time in Tuscany. The rest of my time is devoted to my beloved olives, and to making sure my extra virgin olive oil is the envy of our neighbours. And there’s always time for a swim with the kids in the pool.' Verity spends much of her time tending her organic 'orto' (vegetable garden), cooking her 4 course weekly banquets for guests, preparing fresh loafs of bread for new arrivals, looking after our chickens and dogs and boys! Verity sources all of our food from local producers and will be more than happy to share her top shopping tips.
Simon Zimbler purchased this Cottage in 1985
Why Simon Zimbler chose Barberino Tavarnelle
"My mother moved to the UK when she was 14, but always vowed to move back to her native country at some point. She started looking for a suitable 'project' in Tuscany in the early 80's, and finally settled on Patrignone on 1985. And who wouldn't! She picked Patrignone because she wanted somewhere completely isolated, not overlooked by neighbours, and with a private road not used by anyone else. And, of course, she fell in love with Patrignone's amazing sunset views." Simon & Verity work hard to make this a home from home and you will be greeted with a welcome pack containing freshly baked bread, local cheese and sliced meats, fruit, tea & coffee, salt & pepper, a bottle of local organic Chianti and our own organic olive oil. We have lots of knowledge about the local area and will be happy to help advise you on places to visit and to eat at.
What makes this Cottage unique
Well, it really is very beautiful here. You can offset the carbon you have used to get here as we are 'carbon positive', getting our power, hot water and heating from the sun and our woods. We're surrounded on all sides by cypress trees, vineyards, and our olive groves. We're on top of our own hill so we have the most amazing views as far as the Apennines. So it's very peaceful and quiet here, and yet we are perfectly situated, just 45 mins from Florence, 35 mins from Siena and surrounded by beautiful hill-top Tuscan towns, the nearest of which is Castellina in Chianti, just 10 minutes away, and well-stocked with shops, bars, excellent restaurants, a brilliant butcher and a good supermarket.
Pool / Spa
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Rustic and beautiful stone cottage in Tuscany
The property was exactly as described. The owners spend a lot of effort to make sure everything is very clear and even prepare a "book" for you about the property and things to do in the area (day trips, restaurants, wine tasting, etc.) My wife and I loved it here. The property is very central in Tuscany and is great for making day trips. The arrival snacks and honesty bar are a great touch.
If you are a couple looking for a romantic place to relax in Tuscany that is central enough for day trips, this cottage could be for you. It is old and rustic, which means it's not like staying in a 5-star hotel. But it has loads of charm and is quite cosy - perfect for a romantic getaway.
We enjoyed the property and hiking through the woods and olive groves. We would definitely stay here again on another trip. Highly recommended.
Dan & Ashley
Hi Dan & Ashely, and thank you for choosing Podere Patrignone for your 10th anniversary celebrations. We're very glad we could play a small part in your fabulous holiday. It was a pleasure to meet you both. All the best to you both, Simon.
A once in a lifetime, very special experience
Nine of us, four children and five adults, just returned from an Italian adventure of a lifetime. The highlight of our trip (agreed by all) was a wonderful week at Podere Patrignone with Simon, Verity and the boys.
The beauty of the property and Tuscany can be viewed in photos, but, in reality, exceeds all expectations. Patrignone is the perfect, stress free base to relax, enjoy and explore. The opportunities to visit, dine and experience authentic Italy are easy and numerous. Cycling in the area is sublime - the rolling hills, good roads and low traffic made for unbelievable and challenging road bike riding. Our best day was spent on rented e-bikes (with the kids age 12 and 13) touring San Gimignano and surrounding area. Although the boys (age 11, 12 and grown up) might say our evening encounter with the "wild" boars was memorable!
We stayed in the 7-bedroom villa which was historic, charming, well appointed and extremely comfortable. We loved unwinding, and comparing stories and tips with fellow travellers while enjoying sunsets, swims and Chianti each evening.
What made our visit so extraordinary was the effort, personal touches and hospitality of Simon and Verity. From the pre-arrival information, to the welcome snacks (olive oil, fresh baked bread, cheese and wine), the homemade Tuscan feast, the walking maps of the area, the well stocked hospitality bar, to the assistance with reservations and help with the local bike shop, the family went above and beyond to ensure our stay was easy, perfect and memorable. We are so grateful to have found this idyllic, and joyful place - and hope to return!
Wonderful country setting; marvelously welcoming people
We could not have picked a better place or hosts for our first week in the Tuscan countryside. Simon and Verity's place is well off the beaten path but worth it in terms of intimacy and privacy. The apartment is smallish but just right for 2, the grounds of Podere Patrignone are breathtaking - the middle of an olive farm, with vistas of the valley and mountains, a gorgeous veranda to do work on or just enjoy the sunset with a glass of locally grown organic wine, and a welcome pool to take the edge of the hottest Tuscan daytimes.
Dear Brian & Pauline
Thanks guys! Was lovely to meet you both and spend time with you. You are the perfect guests, so feel free to come back as often as you like!
All the best
rustic, relaxing and very enjoyable
This lovely working farm, with its friendly hosts Verity and Simon is a real treat. It is the ideal place to get away from it all. The apartment is well appointed, and the welcome of fruit, ham, milk, and bread was a real treat. The guest lounge is a perfect facility to check your internet or have a cool wine. The pool is gorgeous and the vistas and views are simply breathtaking. Hedges of rosemary, swallows in the evening and what more can you ask for.
Wilma and Alicia
What a lovely review! I think you've captured the essence of Podere Patrignone perfectly. Thank you both for spending time with us.
Wine tasting, local markets, bird-watching, nature trails...There are many fantastic vineyards in the area that allow you to go and sample their wares