About the property
- Farmhouse1560 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
Designer barn conversion in Chianti Putto area - 3 BR, 2 Bath, Kitchen + 2LR
'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 has been converted to comprise 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen (with table seating up to 8), a living room and a sunny enclosed veranda with panoramic views over the Chianti hills. It boasts designer appointments, traditional 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. The Fienile at il Poggiolo is available for short lets, longer vacations and sabbatical stays. Min. stay 3 nights, discounted rates as of 5 nights, advantageous monthly rates - 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, local markets and outlet shopping. 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 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 wicker armchairs, 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. The fully equipped kitchen with table and seating up to 8 features polished granite counter tops and chestnut wood cabinetry. 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). Guests will also find entertainment amenities (satellite TV & DVD & Wi-Fi), as well as many other conveniences not listed here.
The Fienile has TWO garden areas with chairs, tables, sun umbrella 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. Both 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. Patio and garden are perfect for watching dramatic sunsets 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 Arezzo, 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 modern 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.
Extensively equipped kitchen
WI-FI, SatTV, DVD
Recreational reading library and guide books, maps.
Child gate on stairs
Fans provided in summer
Screens on all windows.
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, LGBT-friendly.
Il Poggiolo in Tuscany
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About Il Poggiolo in Tuscany
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
Why Il Poggiolo in Tuscany chose Bucine
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.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
TRAVEL PERKS ..... 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.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Il Poggiolo was the perfect location for our stay in Tuscany! We stayed with another couple in the Fienile home and found it comfortable and equipped with everything we could possibly need. The setting and location are fabulous and we enjoyed time relaxing in the various seating areas outside. From start to finish, Sara and Allen communicated all the details we needed to enjoy our stay. We found ourselves asking many times, “What did Sara say about (fill in the blank)” and her green information book always had the answer! We appreciated the attention to detail! We would highly recommend this location to anyone considering a stay in Tuscany.
Dear all of you,
Thank you for appreciating the house, the gardens, the comforts and the surroundings .... AND the green "Welcome Binder," which tries to cover most of the predictable questions. It is very gratifying to hear it came in useful - all those years of preparing handouts for classes have come in handy !! :-)
You were perfect guests, and I hope every vacation you have will be as successful as this one.
Perfect location for exploring Tuscany
Il Poggiolo is a perfectly and carefully restored old building, now equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Everything is clean , the kitchen equipment absolutely complete and in perfect conditions. Nice places to sit outside, beautiful surroundings. Firenze (by train), Arezzo, Siena and the other highlights of Tuscany can easily be reached. The communication with the owners before and during our stay was intense and always helpful. Kyra, the owner´s daughter was always available,friendly, communicative and extremely helpful with her suggestions and finding solutions for some minor problems. We will gratefully remember this wonderful stay at Il Poggiolo. Thank you very much to the whole Grieco family!
Tuscany at Montevarchi
I stayed with my family at Poggiolo / Montevarchi and it was fantastic.
The location is perfect to move around Tuscany as it is just 30 - 40 minutes away from Florence, Siena, San Giminiano, etc
Every sunset was espectacular, the views over the wineyards are beautiful
The condo is very well equipped with all kind of housewares
Sara (the owner) was very helpful to organize the trip, ready to provide answers and advices.
Hope we can return soon
Dear Pablo Garcia and family,
I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay in the Fienile at il Poggiolo Tuscany, and I was touched that you mentioned the well-equipped kitchen and house in general ! I always hope to stay in rental places that are well stocked with kitchen items and bedclothes, as just a few creature comforts can contribute to a successful vacation. It is always a pleasure to share our knowledge of the area with guests. I hope the rest of your holiday was equally successful!
Best regards, Sara
Excellent base to explore Tuscany
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
Thank you for your appreciative words! It is always nice when guests enjoy the reading materials [and food :-)] provided, as well as the spaciousness of the accommodation in this hilltop hamlet, with its gardens and views. You enjoyed Poggiolo's proximity to the major sites of interest in Tuscany, and were lovely neighbors. Come again !!
The perfect place to stay in Tuscany
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!
Wonderful hilltop Villa in central Tuscany
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.
Praise coming from an architect on a barn conversion is entirely flattering !!! Thank you so much for having noticed and appreciated the details of Fienile villa cottage. I am so glad that you managed to really enjoy the Valdarno area, not just the historic highlights, but also the places off the beaten track. You were a delight to have a next-door neighbors. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Tuscany!
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 :-)
Additional pricing information
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 !! 15 Oct .through 15 April : GPL heating charged at cost (individual meter) = c.€4.00 per cubic mt.