- Villa2152 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay3 - 7 nights
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Oct 2018
I am Francesca mother of Alice and wife of Francesco, I live and work at Siena as a freelance architect and I've put all my soul in this house. The house belongs to my family from 1960 but at the time, it was a hayloft. My father, who was an engineer, had the dream to build his studio. He died when I was 19, without accomplishing his dream. Therefore, I signed myself into the architecture school of Florence, and as soon as I graduated, I renovated the hut trying to shape that dream, into reality. I have lived in this house for 6 beautiful years, until 2009, when my princess Alice was born and I decided to move near my mother, since my husband had a restaurant and was never at home. Since then, I rent the house to my guests, I always try to make them feel at home and try to pass onto them the great passion that connects me to this place.
Francesca purchased this Villa in 1960
Why Francesca chose Castelnuovo Berardenga
I believe that renting the hut is the best way of keeping the place efficient, beautiful, and take care of it year round, trying to share what this magical place has to offer.
What makes this Villa unique
Great privacy but not isolated, panoramic, with breath-taking views on the vineyards and the Chianti hills, extremely quiet and filled with peace. Very close to the historical centre and all the amenities, equipped with all commodities. From here, numerous paths to explore Chianti start, either on foot or bicycle. It offers the possibility to organize events such as birthdays, weddings, baptisms, thanks to its large garden, but also cooking courses and much more. I am available for the guests to organize any type of tour, either eno-gastronomic (wine tour), or any art and culture trip, exploring the neighbour cities like Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, private and exclusive visits to wineries, where you can find the owner personally that will show you the process of the wine production, cooking courses, personal trainer on site and much more.
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Heaven in Siena
The villa has an absolutely amazing view, which we enjoyed every evening with a refreshment in the pool. The villa is very well maintained, comfortable and includes everything you need to enjoy your stay.
Francesca is a fantastic hostess and was very helpful with restaurant recommendations, which were excellent, and touring suggestions. Her and her husband are great chefs-they prepared 2 wonderful dinners for us.
When we return to Siena, we most assuredly will stay at this villa.
Thank you Joe, you were wonderful guests and it was a pleasure to cook for you! It would be great to meet you again in my house, really great!
Beautiful home , fabulous views !
Lovely Villa with outstanding views and a friendly and helpful owner
We had a great time with our family, including a toddler, at the villa. It was easy to drive into Siena and although there are no restaurants within walking distance we were happy to cook for ourselves, or have a bbq and relax with a glass of wine, enjoying the view over the countryside from the terrace. It was great to have the hot tub and pool and there were children playthings as well. Francesca was very welcoming and even set up a cot with soft toys for our grand-daughter. She was very helpful with suggestions of places to go and to eat. We would thoroughly recommend the villa as a great place to stay.
A bit too rustic for the price
This was our first trip to Tuscany so we were happy to pay a high price for a good villa, the reviews on this one were all good and the photos looked great. Francesca could not meet us on arrival which was disappointing as there were several issues. The bedrooms and bathrooms were all clean but the kitchen Was not. Bread and crumbs were in the toaster, coffee maker was not clean, the bin was not emptied and it was dirty, opened packets of food in the cupboards had attracted ants, so we felt we had to give the kitchen a complete clean. Outside, the garden had not been attended to for some time with weeds growing tall everywhere and the pool needed skimmed. Francesca met us at the villa next morning and apologised for the state of the house and agreed to waive the end of week cleaning fee. While we were out that day all these issues were addressed.
Overall the villa has a well used look and feel, the outdoor patio set is small and uncomfortable, the rear garden has no grass, just dirt, the driveway is loose stones with lots of grass and weeds growing, the front side gardens have very dirty kids toys on one side and decaying old patio furniture on the other, not very inviting as first impressions go. On the plus side the views are great, the pool is nice and the hot tub was amazing, three reasons why I gave this villa a fourth star.
Dear Stephen, I am sorry you disappointed me not to be at the villa at your arrival: you arrived 1 hour in late and without calling me to say you were in late, so I had to send my mum to open the villa: As you know I had a hip replacement few weeks ago and the day of your arrival I had a visit at the hospital so was not able to verify the job of the cleaning lady and I am very afraid of that because she made a terrible job on the kitchen. About the “packets of food”: I was used to let in th kitchen sugar, brown sugar, salt, pasta, coffe, garlic, onion, to help guest arriving late at the villa and not having time to go to the grocery store; maybe I should move them, just to be sure that somebody would not think (as you did) that they are leftovers! About ants I am really sorry, they are a big problem of coutryside. In the back garden you have found a new lodge: it was built 1 month before your arrival, that is why the green grass was a “baby grass” still growing up (I did hope the new lodge was a surprise for you but I understand that It was not apreciated). The sofas and armchairs are all new such as the steal table with 8 seats in the second lodge, all new forniture! Only in entrance lodge we have 2 ancient tuscan benches in wood and iron (tipically tuscan made). You were 2 couples of adults so I did not made clean the kids area after the wind and rain storm of your arrival day. It is the first time that somebody makes a complain about this. I put in this villa all my soul: I give to my guest a free assistance for all their stay from the reservation of restaurans, taxi, doctor at the villa if they need, I give to them an iphone to have free calls and free internet connection everywhere to make them feel home.I really try to do my best in any moment: I will try to do better than this: your review will be a reason to do better. The green grass was not cut, because you arrived after 19 days of everyday rain: impossible to cut the green grass , same for the pool neede skimmed: it was a rain and storm wind half an hour before your arrival. I am sorry for all your complains expecially because at your departure you told me “thanks for all Francesca we had a great time here and we want be back”. I am afraid 'cause my impression is that you had a bad time in my house, that I you spent your time there to check defects more than enjoy your time there and for me this is a very sad sad outcome that will remain in my mind and in my heart.
Very comfortable home, beautiful sunrise view
Excellent base for day trips around Tuscany.
Beautiful Tuscan Vacation house with the best host, Francesca
My wife and I spend almost a full week at Capanna and we loved it! The house was clean and well stocked. Its on a beautiful hillside with amazing views of the vineyards of Chianti. We stayed over new years so it was cold but the fireplace and hot tub made us forget about the weather. A very convenient location for visiting all of Chianti and only 10 mins from Siena city center so the best of both worlds. My wife got sick during our stay and Francesca was so so very helpful. As it was the holidays most Dr. were closed however, she took the time to find us a Dr. who was able to visit the house.
Great vacation house. we definitely recommend this house and hopefully we get to come back again in the summer and use the pool.
The hut is located at the gates of the city of Siena and on the slopes of Chianti, at 3 minutes from the Siena-Florence junction, 5 min by car from the historical centre of Siena. It is ideal for whoever that wants to visit the historic town or take a tour to the historical city of San Gimignano, Montalcino, Monteriggioni, Pienza, Montepulciano, and many more.
Heating €2,00/mc Tourist tax in high season 4,00 euro per person per night Fire wood 30,00 euro per week tourist tax 4,00 euro per person per night final cleanings 70,00 euro Ulteriori informazioni sul sito: www.capannadelpodere.com