The artists' house...Relaxing, light simple yet comfortable holiday house with pool, not an agriturismo, - the house is completely for your enjoyment , Wifi , huge terrace, overlooking medieval town of Poppi, situated to east of Florence , and 35 minutes from Arezzo, easy reach of Cortona, Siena and sea, with excellent opportunities for sightseeing.
The house sits on its own little hill down a small gravel track from the village, (passing umbrella pines and a good place to pick blackberries!)
The air of the Casentino is very clean - the house is on the edge of the National park and so one can drive up the mountain on a hot day for a cool walk among the chestnuts, followed by a panini or even hot chocolate in Camaldoli.
The house is easy to relax in, it has dining inside and out, with different sized tables set around the lavender lined terrace, pool and garden so you can choose to sit in the sun or under the vine clad pergolas .
The pool is 7x3 metres and overlooks the whole valley. The terrace behind it is a good place for yoga and meditation or for just sitting with a glass of wine after a day's sightseeing.
There are beds for sunbathing, and a barbecue ( the local Chianina beef is available , as well as ready made local meals, are available at the wonderful butcher in the piazza , and lasagna etc can be made to order ).
There is a tiny field with goal posts for playing football or pop up tennis, plus ping pong in the shade of a massive oak tree. A yoga teacher can be
supplied by request.
Also a table football, tennis pop up net, croquet and a basketball hoop oh and a tiny inflatable pool for tiny kids.
There is also swimming in the River Arno or for serious swimmer, an Olympic sized pool in Bibbiena.
Poppi is a collonaded town with a Castle built as a model for the Uffizzi in Firenze. There are 9 other castles in the area to explore. Poppi has a variety of shops and has a market on Tuesday's when everyone comes in to town for a gossip. There is a great icecream cafe on the piazza for watching the world go by! There are also good delicatessens selling local produce and organic vegetables etc .Apart from horse riding, cycling and, for the brave, a flight over the valley in a microlight, there is also a fabulous golf course behind Poppi ( see Golf Casentino)
Local Tuscan specialities served at a variety of local restaurants allow one to have a relaxing and entertaining break. There is a restaurant within a few minutes of the house selling well cooked meals from pizza and pasta to steak etc. Good for children as well!
Catered meals and a taxi service can be supplied on request.Bus and trains to Firenze and Arezzo.
During the colder months, board games, good supply of books, DVDs, wood fires. The house is basic but comfortable. In spring birdwatching (46 varieties of bird listed in one week) with occasional visits to the fields by wild boar and deer. Nightingales fireflies, shooting stars golden oriel and hoopoes can make for a magical experience. Cherries, plums, figs. walnuts in season are pickable.
Christmas New Year and the winter.
The house is not for the fainthearted in winter! It is stone built, has 2 fires and bathroom heating, plus electric blankets and hot water bottles. We have made the prices low because you will have to heat the house up which takes about a day. Bedrooms are cold. Logs can be ordered either through us or through the wood man. It is also possible that you might be snowed in or have to leave your car at the end of the drive. Otherwise its very romantic!
Winter or summer you leave feeling refreshed!
Artists froom the area - pierro della Francesco, della Robbia, the Bibiena brothers, Dante... George Elliot visited and trekked from Poppi to Camalodoli...
Fairs and festivals all summer.
Learn Italian, learn to make pasta, attend wine tastings..
Email from a guest while staying..
" Thank you for letting us know about the market, which we will visit. We are feeling just marvellous and really enjoying your beautiful house.
The kitchen stove is fantastic and all your odds and ends make for a very comfortable and attractive house....I spotted a number of deer early yesterday morning in the field just below the house. I am having a day here on my own, to which I look forward - the other 2 couples have arranged to have a game of golf. We had an excellent meal at the Restaurant near the roundabout last night and plan to visit the Frog Festa on the 31st. Yesterday we went to the Antique Market in Stia and picked up a few lovely things -
The paintings in the bedroom downstairs where I am sleeping, I love! "