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30 minutes to Florence, beautifully restored apartments on Chianti vineyard - Alba

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday barn in Pelago - Borgo di Sopra

Located on a Chianti Rufina vineyard with panoramic views in peaceful Tuscany

Escape into rustic Chianti Rufina and enjoy the timeless pleasures of Tuscany - less than 30 min from Florence!

This small group of buildings was once part of the first line of defences of Renaissance Florence. Now on a working vineyard, they have been converted to create an attractive villa and apartments. Situated in a prestigious Florentine estate which produces an impressive Chianti, there is a panoramic hilltop castle within walking distance. Florence is an easy train ride away, saving the headache of city parking. For 2 people, you can choose between Cipresso, a mini apartment with kitchenette, or Alba and Vista, which both have full kitchens and separate bedroom. If you are travelling in a group of up to 4, select the tab for Villa, the converted barn with two spacious panoramic terraces, two double bedrooms and bathrooms. For larger groups, up to 7, select Antica & Cipresso. Alternatively, groups of up to 13 can rent the whole Borgo. All apartments have their own private terrace with views across the valley.

Approach Road: Please note that there is a 1km rough, farm road to approach the property. The surface of the road is in loose stone and not tarmac. Most of our guests arrive in small hire cars without problems. Ask us for more information if you are concerned.

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Details for holiday barn Alba, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Alba is a well-equipped holiday apartment for two people. Furnished in a fresh but traditional style, it consists of a kitchen-living area, bedroom and bathroom. The furnishing and walls are in natural, modern style. You enter the kitchen-living area via the private terrace with views of a medieval watch tower, olive trees and distant hills. Garden furniture makes the terrace an ideal place for meals. The kitchen-living area has four ring gas hob, hood, electric oven, large fridge and dishwasher. An antique walnut table seats up to 8. There is a comfortable sofa. The bedroom is light and airy with a large wardrobe and a traditional barn window with beautiful views. The bathroom is contemporary with designer fittings and Italian stone tiles and has a shower unit and separate bathtub. The pretty window above the bathtub looks onto olive trees and distant hills.

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
3 October, 2016
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based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

An outstanding property in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have just returned from a weeks stay at Borgo di Sopra and would recommend this property to anyone.

The 16th century barn conversion has been completed by Jane & her husband Giampiero to a very high standard and the apartment has all mod cons whilst retaining it's Tuscan character & charm.

The apartments are ideally placed if you want to explore Tuscany we visited Florence, Lucca, Sienna, San Gimignano during our stay and enjoyed returning each evening to the to Borgo di Sopra to enjoy the stunning views across the hillside and the tranquility of the surroundings. The only noise that will awaken you in the morning is that of birdsong or the red squirrels harvesting walnuts from the surrounding trees.

If you want a taste of Tuscany you will not find a more beautiful or comfortable place to do so. Jane & Giampiero are very welcoming and thoughtful hosts without being at all intrusive.

We were both very sad to depart and hope to return one day !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful, private apartment in a stunning setting.

  • 5 of 5

Jane, the owner, was extremely helpful in planning our stay the weeks before our holiday, even down to precise instructions on how to manage an Italian supermarket! Her details to get to the property were excellent and her welcome on arrival was great after many hours of travelling.

The property is in a stunning location and is equipped to a high standard with quality furnishings and fittings. There is air conditioning, wi fi, TV..... all the modern day essentials. The property is private - one of 4 - and yet there is no need to socialise unless you wish to.

Florence is 30 minutes away by train and very easy to access. Jane leaves a book of suggested places to visit and to eat. She booked a great restaurant for us on the top of a high hill - great!

We would recommend a stay here without any reservation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bellissima! Magical place, wonderful people

  • 5 of 5

There's always that slight "sight unseen" trepidation when renting a place you've seen only in pictures -- even if the pictures make it look really good. The payoff at Borgo is that everything about it so surpassed our imagination. The drive up and down a road that winds around a noble hillside vineyard is breathtaking. Then you arrive to find an oasis of comfort and mix of old and new world charm. Jane and GIampiero are not only gracious, welcoming and eager to please -- they're incredibly friendly and interesting people to get to know.We started out in the smaller Cipresso apartment, which was nice enough. But we quickly decided we wanted more privacy and view. Jane kindly accommodated our request, and we were beyond delighted with Alba, which offered spectacular views and a private deck. Grounds are beautiful; the apartment was spotlessly clean with Italian tile floors white walls and high, exposed wood beam ceilings. Nice furnishings -- appropriately country -- a comfortable bed w/ nice linens, quality fixtures in a spacious bathroom and high-end appliances in the kitchen. It was a place not only to come home to -- but to feel at home in. If you go in September, know that you'll become addicted to the fresh figs you can pick off a tree that spreads its branches, heavv with ripe fruit, over the yard about twenty steps away. Jane and Giampiero heartily encouraged us to enjoy the figs to our heart's content and we did -- with bread and cheese for breakfast, with prosciutto and wine for a light early evening snack. Grounds are also planted with rosemary and sage bushes. Lovely. Florence is a short and easy drive -- but an even easier train ride (recommended) from Pontassieve. There are, of course, many other areas of interest within driving distance. We so enjoyed our stay here and getting to know la famiglia. For these reasons and more, we give Borgo our highest recommendation!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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What Italy is SUpposed to Look Like

  • 5 of 5

I live in Hawaii so it takes a lot to impress me. And Borgo di Sopra does just that in every way. This is my second stay in 3 years and I will be back again. This trip I brought 7 smart, professional women with discriminating tastes and I was not sure how they would like the rural setting. Every one of us had a wonderful time and are already scheming how to get back to this wonderful place again.

The setting is beautiful. My friend opened the window in her bedroom overlooking the vineyards and hills and after 6 day traveling in other parts of Italy she said, "This is what Italy is supposed to look like!"

The units are all well maintained with historic touches and modern comforts. The beds are all very comfortable. The grounds are serene and inviting for hiking. And the family who lives on site is most accommodating. They will leave you your privacy if you want it. We wanted to get to know them better so we did socialize some. You could not ask for better hosts. They gave many good suggestions, help me in town when we got a flat tire and saved me with a small medical problem. If you like good Chianti have Jane arrange a tour of Frescobaldi winery up the hill. If you like white, try the delicious Pomino wine they offer. And if you are really lucky like we were, you might have a chance to arrange a cooking class and dinner with Antonella. So much fun and So delicious.

In 20 minute you can be in the center of Florence with all it has to offer. Or base yourself here for may day trips in the area. My only regret, is if the word gets out, Borgo will be too booked to stay again. Jane and Gianpiero are very special hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic location and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

We are from the UK (near Bristol) and stayed at this delightful property in September 2012. September is a wonderful time to visit. Many thanks to Giampiero & Jane for a fantastic week which we thoroughly enjoyed and had a great time seeing lots of lovely places and scenery. The owner's friendly and invaluable help with guides and tips helped us make the most of our stay and they really did go the extra mile to provide excellent customer service

This property is situated in the Alpine district of East (North East) Tuscany, a few miles east of Florence. We rented the 'Villa' which was very well equipped with everything you could possibly need including Sky TV if you still require the re-assurance of keeping up with news / TV from the UK. This is a 1 bedroom rental suitable for a couple only and was very clean, well equipped with a good bathroom including a great shower.

Although the primary tourist destinations of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca, Arezzo & Volterra were in easy reach we took advantage of Giampiero & Jane’s local recommendations to visit some other wonderful places. The town of Pontassieve is close by and has a large CoOp and railway station meaning Florence is some 20 minute train ride away (longer if you get a slower train). Tickets are cheap, 6 Euros for a day return and full details of train times, parking and purchase details were made available in the property.

There are a number of recommendations for local restaurants and on recommendation we did have a nice lunch at a hilltop country restaurant North of San Francesco at Localita Colognade although as we tended to cook in the property we didn’t take full advantage of the excellent range of culinary recommendations supplied in the ‘bible’ which may be a good reason to return at a later date?

The property is on the edge of vineyards and the “Castello di Nipozzano” is a 10 / 15 minute walk up the hill above the property. They have a produce shop and have a range of wine tasting options available. Due to time constraints our visits were limited to buying local honey, olive oil and some fine red wines. In summary we would highly recommend this property and the excellent owners Giampiero & Jane and can’t imagine anyone would be anything but delighted with a stay at this wonderful property

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Tuscan vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse in a scenic location. The apartment was very clean, comfortable, attractive, and well appointed with all modern conveniences.

We enjoyed our stay very much and would highly recommend this apartment as a home base for touring nearby wineries and the Tuscany region. With a car, this villa provides a perfect location for day trips into Florence, Pisa, Siena, the various Tuscan hill hill towns, and nearby wineries.

The apartment is a 30 minute train ride from the center of Florence, but physically located in the country surrounded by olive trees and grape vineyards, away from city noise and crowds.

The owners live on site, and were extremely friendly and accommodating without being intrusive. It was particularly helpful that the owner spoke fluent english and

went out of her way to help us quickly get our bearings; with recommendations for nearby restaurants and shopping; and to suggest options for various excursions into the region.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Firenze Sud
Car: recommended

The 2 main airports in Tuscany (Pisa and Florence) are easily accessible . Short breaks are feasible all year round! You'll know you have made an escape from routine, though, when you drive down the winding approach road. You pass through vineyards with a historic castle and our property above you in the distance. You are now in the Nipozzano estate of the noble Florentine family of Frescobaldi. From your apartment, a pleasant walk, with superb views, will take you up to the castle. There the wine is aged in the historic cellars and you can taste and buy all Frescobaldi wines. Numerous other panoramic walks dot the area (the historic monastery of Vallombrosa is not far either). For renaissance culture, we are near Florence and Arezzo. Regular trains from Pontassieve station (5 minutes away) to central Florence take only 20-25 minutes. Alternatively, designer outlet discounts from Gucci, YSL, Todds etc are to be found at the Mall, outside Leccio, 15 minutes away.

Other Activities: Wine tasting.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Pelago, Val di Sieve

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 May 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
19 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £89

All rates include bed and bath linens and final cleaning.
Air conditioning is available in this apartment. When opting to use aircon, electricity consumption is payable according to start/end meter readings applying the electricity supplier's own rates.
A 40% deposit is required to secure a booking, with the balance payable on or before arrival.

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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Pelago in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • barn (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 48 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Clean, bright and airy, the main bedroom has the distinctive criss-cross window design so characteristic of barns in Tuscany. South facing, it has great views across the valley. Totally private, it is not overlooked.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking

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