This apartment is located on the ground floor, near the porch that leads to the central court yard. When you enter the apartment you will find a kitchen and lounge, and then by going down a few steps you will get to the bedrooms; there are two master bedrooms and two bathrooms. This apartment is ideal for two couples who wish to spend time on holiday together but still retain their privacy.
If you love the allure of surprises and discovering things, from fine drinks to excellent food, you just cannot miss out on a holiday in Tuscany, where the whole countryside offers you an original cross-section of nature and fine examples of the works of men. “I Melograni del Chianti” farm holiday residence is located in the Tuscan hills, in the small medieval town of Talciona, a perfect barycentre in between the biggest cities of art in Tuscany: Florence, Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano. You can enjoy a breathtaking view from any of the apartments: the mellow profile of the Tuscan hills covered in olive groves and vineyards, and an alternation of woods and small towns that reminds us of the area’s origins and gives a picture of tranquility and peace which has mostly been forgotten.
VILLA: Large and beautiful stone villa with 7 apartments of various sizes (details on website). We stayed in the two-bedroom Cantina which has a small backyard with a table, chairs and a lounge chair. Note that none of the apartments have air conditioning so we were very happy that ours was on the ground floor in the back of the building. The sun never hit it directly. It was a little hot after we returned from our day-trips, but opening up the windows sufficed to cool it down. We never even needed the fans to sleep and we were there in the middle of a record-breaking July heatwave.
LOCATION: A car is essential. The villa is about a 7-minute drive from a town called Poggibonsi where you will find a huge grocery/supply store and a few inexpensive restaurants. Note that no GPS seems to know the short and direct way to the Villa, but once you get there the manager will give you simple directions. Poggibonsi is next to the highway which makes day-tripping very easy, especially since it is roughly 20 minutes from Sienna and San Gimignano, 30 minutes from Florence, 1h15 from Lucca, and 2 hours from the Western Tuscan Coast.
APARTMENT: Our Cantina apartment was very spacious, super comfortable, and very clean. The décor was simple, airy, and authentic. Each room had a double-bed and a large wardrobe. The bathroom had a sink, shower, and toilet. The kitchen was equipped with everything you need to prepare meals. The backyard overlooked the breathtaking Tuscan countryside and we could watch gorgeous sunsets every night!
POOL: Shared pool, but guests rarely have the same schedule. We were alone on quite a few occasions. There are numerous seating options in shaded spots.
CHECK-IN: No problems whatsoever. Also, asking questions and making the deposit from home was always quick and easy.
WIFI: The modem is in the manager’s office so you must be close enough to capture the signal. The pool area gives the best access.
MANAGER: Serena is completely devoted to making her guests feel welcome and comfortable. You won’t find a better host! She goes out of her way to make reservations for you, book excursions, give you inside information, and make your stay as easy as possible. She is on-site all day until 6pm. Plus the villa produces its own olive oil and wine so follow her down to the cellar for a tasting!
I would happily go back to this villa. It was very relaxing and a perfect home base for exploring Tuscany. Ciao! Grazie Serena!
We went to Melograni del Chianti as a family get together in September 2015. We rented the apt Focolare. Made the booking via email and paypal. Serena the owner was very responsive. Apt very comfortable, clean and decorated with good taste in respect with Toscan style. Great view over the Tuscan countryside, nice place for quiet holidays. Supermarket is less than 10min drive and you can find everything you need. it is also close to San Giminiano (30 min drive) such a lovely place with lots of restaurants.
Big thanks to Serena who was very welcoming and available to provide us information about places to visit. We even had the chance to participate in grape-harvesting in one of their vineyards, such a great experience! Really recommend Melograni del Chianti for a relaxing holiday in stunny Tuscany! And don't forget to test Melograni del Chianti wine, very nice!
Our stay at Mangiatoia was everything we were looking for. A beautiful setting with a view over a valley of vineyards. We were two couples in a charming two bedroom, 1 1/2 bath apartment. Well furnished, with comfortable beds and very clean.
Serena is an excellent host and was great about about arranging wine tours and dinner reservations. She also arranged for us to have a cooking lesson in our apartment one evening
We visited the Antinori family winery which is very modern in contrast to most Tuscan wineries. An excellent tour and the onsite restaurant served a delicious lunch.
The location is perfect, very near all the necessities but still rustic. I highly recommend this property.
Perfect location for touring all major cities and villages of Chianti. Clean and spacious apartment well supplied. Serena was a wonderful host, very helpful and charming. Unfortunately, being late in the season, we could not take full advantage of the pool and grounds which are first class. We did get to witness the olive harvest with the friends and family which was a great pleasure.
This is a great place to stay in Chianti and we strongly recommend the stay for as many as 10 days.
Beautiful country side location. Very clean and well maintained. Close to Florence, Siena, Voltera and wine tasting galore.
It was nice to cook at the location, we also BBQ'd, and did our laundry. This location is livable, romantic, scenic and friendly.We hope to return.
Serena has created a charming collection of farm style holiday homes with all the necessary supporting facilities on top of a stunning hill with breathtaking views across Tuscany including San Gimignano to the west. Serena runs it superbly, most helpful and expert on all matters in the area. you are within easy reach of Sienna, Florence and the beautiful hill towns of the region. Hard to beat.
In the immediate vicinity, the splendid Romanesque church of Santa Maria in Talciona, which was built in the XI century, as well as the Strozzavolpe castle, which you can clearly see was built in the Middle Ages, complete the landscape and are endearing places to visit during your walks in the vicinity of our farm holiday residence.
You will find all the necessary information regarding our region here on our holiday farm so you can really enjoy your stay. And what’s more? You will always find someone ready to help you organize your days in the best possible way, advising on the most unusual itineraries and locations of the Tuscan countryside.
Other Activities: organize dinners with a catering service or cookery courses, in other words, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday.