|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
'We have traveled through more than 50 countries over the last 30 years and this was by far our best vacation ever! ' (Couvreur testimonial, August 2013)
The FIENILE is an independent cottage on private villa property with resident owners.This historic, agricultural structure was converted in 2006 to comprise 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen with table seating for 8, a living room and a sunny enclosed veranda with panoramic views over the Chianti hills. It boasts designer appointments, interesting architectural features, and an extremely convenient location: only 30 to 45 minutes away from Florence, Siena and Arezzo - as well as most points of interest in central Italy. Available for short lets and sabbatical stays. Min. stay 4 nights, discounted rates as of 6 nights - please inquire!
The Fienile provides all the benefits of the countryside to rest and relax after a day of tourism. Don't miss wine-tasting tours in the area, trekking in the hills and outlet shopping in the area. The Fienile is a real home-away-from-home to come back to, with the fresh pasta and local greens bought in the market, and a bottle of super-Tuscan wine. Skype with your friends about your day in Tuscany and turn your computer around to show them the view of the hills, crowned by the medieval tower of Galatrona.
- UPSTAIRS are two bedrooms (can be either doubles or twins) and a bathroom with a 90x90cm shower (and a view)! The bedrooms are furnished in Tuscan style and have beamed ceilings with terracotta appointments. The upstairs windows frame views onto the Chianti hills and Valley of the Arno. Even the stairway has a panoramic vista. All bedroom, bath and veranda windows have screens. Banister and child gate on stairs. The house is cool in summer due to its insulated walls, and for extra comfort there are fans in every room.
- DOWNSTAIRS is a third bedroom/study and the second bathroom. The entire ground floor has beamed ceilings with antique brickwork and respects the decorative tradition of Tuscan country homes with modern touches. This floor also hosts a panoramic enclosed veranda with a 180° view onto the Chianti hills. Furnished with cushioned benches and deckchairs, it is a peaceful place to read, write, skype or share a bottle of Prosecco. The ground floor sitting room features a SatTV-DVD and a lending library of guidebooks and recreational reading, as well as a fully equipped kitchen with table and seating up to 6-8. Granite counter tops and solid wood cabinets. All modern appliances (microwave, electric oven, 5-range gas burner stove, dishwasher and fridge/freezer), clothes washing machine and clothes drying racks (iron & ironing board) as well as other amenities (satellite TV & DVD & Wi-Fi), as well as many other conveniences not listed here.
The Fienile has TWO garden areas with chairs, tables and lounge chairs from which to admire the views. From Il Poggiolo you can see the Valdarno valley, the Apennine mountains, the Sienese hills, and on a good day, all the way to Vallombrosa.The small patio area off the veranda and the larger garden on the other side of the house are set up for al fresco dining, sun worship, watching the sunset behind the medieval tower of Galatrona, and stargazing in the limpid evenings. In August there are many falling stars!
PRIVATE PARKING on the property.
NO PETS & NO SMOKING (inside) please - allergy controlled environment !
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), as well as the major other sites of interest. While a car is necessary for your stay, the center of Florence can be reached by train from Montevarchi (free long-term parking) in just 35 minutes, as well as 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 - pool/beach towels provided). 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. Wonderful food markets with local produce. Perfect for day trips to all the historic attractions of Tuscany, for sports enthusiasts, for gastronomic tourism, for family vacations, or just to get away from it all.
Convenient location for tourism and good train service if you do not feel like driving.
Comfortable and spacious accommodation with luxury appointments, fine antiques, and mocern designer touches.
Gardens (furnished for dining and lounging) 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.
WI-FI, SatTV, DVD
Recreational reading library and guide books, maps.
KEYWORDS: Tuscany, Villa rental, Tuscan tourism, Short Lets, , Sabbaticals, gastronomy, slow food region, luxury appointments, holiday home, vacation in Italy, furnished gardens, panoramic views, allergy-sensitive.
In 1994 Allen and I bought the property we had been renting for over 10 years. We are both Renaissance historians, working for American university centers in Florence, where we commute to work. 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 bank in Montevarchi, and decided to carry out a dream: to restore and convert the villa’s barn into a rental cottage. 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')
Il Poggiolo in Tuscany purchased this farmhouse in 1994
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. The 'Fienile' was originally one of the agricultural outbuildings (a barn) in which we used to park the tractor and the car, store tools, and hang laundry. It has become a charming dwelling, where we plan to retire one day. In the meantime, we have had marvelous guests.
N° 4 TRAVEL BENEFITS .....
1. PERFECT LOCATION: Il Poggiolo is within easy reach of the major Tuscan sites of interest, ideal 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).
2. LUXURY OF SPACE : The Fienile 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 two gardens also offer the possibility of sunning in lounge chairs, reading in the shade of the Sofora tree, or dining al fresco.
3 OUTFITTED LIKE A REAL HOME: The Fienile is a real 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 a large flatscreen SAT-TV, DVD player, and fast WI-FI, In the kitchen you will find the necessary equipment to make a cake or pie, or roast that free-range chicken you picked up in the market. Bedrooms have extra pillows, and cozy blankets and quilts for cool nights. If anything is missing, please let us know !!
4. EXPERIENCE of LOCAL HOSTS: 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.
Reviewed on Trip Advisor - 5 of 5 stars
My brother, sister and I stayed for four nights in Il Poggiolo. What a wonderful time! The guest house used to be the barn, and it's all been beautifully renovated.
Our hosts Sara and Alan are both professors - Sara of art history, and Alan of the history of food! They were so helpful in pointing out all of their favorite locations in Florence for us to visit. Il Poggiolo is in the middle of the most picturesque Tuscan countryside. Long, dirt roads lead through rolling olive and grape vineyards. One day, Sara dropped us off near Mercatale, a tiny town 15 minutes away. From there, we walked to a giant, medieval watchtower that stood tall and imposing from everywhere nearby. It was a gentle hike, under an hour, and had the most spectacular views of Tuscany. On the way back, we stopped in one of Mercatale's three coffee shops and got a cappuccino for the walk home. I will never forget this trip, and If I ever go back to Tuscany, I will definitely stay at Il Poggiolo again! It was a home away from home.
My wife and I rented Fienile at il Poggiolo with our two grown boys. We also had an Italian cousin stay with us. The house was very roomy and especially the kitchen. It was stocked with everything we needed to cook and enjoy our meals, wine, etc.. It was a very welcome place to come "home" to after drives in the Chianti hills and visits to Florence. The train station in Montevarchi had free parking and it was only a few euros to Florence. Sara was wonderful and was very eager to share her knowledge of the area and assist us with anything we needed. There were some basic supplies when we arrived so we didn't need to go to the store the evening we arrived. There is a wonderful supermarket in Montevarchi. Sara had two baskets filled with brochures and maps of various towns in the region, and there were some guide books as well in her nicely stocked library. We really appreciated having this resource. Late afternoons and evenings were beautiful and there were nice views of the surrounding hills and the sunset, and plenty of room to sit outside. We would love to return and highly recommend staying in the spacious Fienile at il Poggiolo. Thanks Sara for a wonderful and memorable stay and all your great hospitality!!!
Peters family, St. Louis, Missouri
Sar and Alan's beautiful villa made a wonderful home base as we toured Tuscany. It was the perfect size for my husband and I, and 3 adult children. The villa had lovely historic touches but with all the modern updates and was very well equipped. Sara's welcome book includes everything that you could think of to make the visit go smoothly. And Sara, Alan and their daughter Kyra couldn't have been nicer. Wish we could go back next year!
Fabulous!! My wife and I enjoyed two weeks in this beautiful restored Villa. As an architect, I appreciate the respect shown for the original structure in the restoration and we enjoyed the modern conveniences of new bathrooms, windows, kitchen etc all done with elegant taste. The furnishing was equally well done and complemented the Villa architecture as well as one can imagine. The Owners and managers are both history professors who have obviously put their passion into creating a wonderful facility. They maintain the building and the gardens in perfect condition.
The listing is well done and gives a complete description of the facility - it is well furnished with all the little things one needs for an extended stay and it would be a perfect place for a family reunion.
Located near the town of Montevarchi, it is centrally located within Tuscany so we were able to conveniently visit a different historic hill town each day: Bucine, Logo, Pienza, Cortona, Orvieto, Arezzo and Volterra all within a convenient drive.
Yes, we highly recommend this rental and look forward to our next opportunity to visit Tuscany.
We have traveled through more than 50 countries over the last 30 years and this is by far our best vacation ever! Even though we were there in August and it was 40° Celsius around noon :a bit hard to sustain ! But the house remains reasonably cool and allows for siesta or at least good nights . Sarah is very kind and very much in the details when it comes to making sure you're comfortable. The place is extremely quiet. We'll remember Tuscany and Il Poggiolo in particular !! We do expect to get back as soon as we can! Serge, Catherine, Ines, Raphaël and Stéphane COUVREUR.
As we pulled up to Il Poggiolo after a very long travel day from the US we were greeted by Sara and Alan and they welcomed us like old friends. The following three weeks in this lovely location were everything we could have hoped for in our vacation stay. Excellent accommodations, fully-equipped villa with everything we could possibly need, and a fabulous location for our sightseeing trips throughout Tuscany and Umbria. Our Fienile villa was a welcome sight after a long-day out allowing us wonderful relaxation and fantastic views surrounding us. Sara's recommendations and insight were a welcome bonus providing advice on shopping for food like locals and how to easily maneuver train travel up to Florence, a short train ride away. Our stay was wonderful. Thank you to our hosts!
Our family of 6 (2 adults and 4 children) just returned from a great week in Tuscany. The villa Fienile was perfect for our family. It was clean, updated and had everything we needed. My children especially enjoyed the veranda on the back of the villa. The garden area is great for exploring and looking out at the beautiful view. The location is away from the touristy area which was just what we were looking for. As recommended by the owner, you definitely need a car. We enjoyed visiting the surrounding towns while we were there (Sienna and Arrezo). We even took the train into Florence and drove a little further out to Pisa and Lucca. The kids also enjoyed visiting the thermal springs nearby. The only bad thing about our trip was having to leave. Thanks to Sara, the owner, for making sure we were taken care of!
A panoramic country retreat conveniently located in the center of Tuscany in the midst of vineyards and olive groves, provides easy access to numerous sites of interest, from Medieval & Renaissance towns (Florence, Siena, Arezzo) to picturesque Castles, Monasteries and Hamlets. There are numerous markets with local produce & fine wines, handbags and clothing. 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. In the morning and evening you will see the roebuck deer in the fields around the house :-)
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
15 Mar 2017 - 6 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£169|
Municipal Visitor Tax (Comune di Bucine) of €1.50/adult/night for first 4 nights (=total €6/adult) payable on arrival.
DISCOUNTS: Fienile for two guests only: 10% 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 .through 15 April : GPL heating charged at cost (individual meter) = c.€4.00 per cubic mt.