|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
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The ground floor of the farmhouse makes a pleasant apartment for a family or for two couples. A French doors open off a little terrace and at the front of the farmhouse with a spacious, bright living room looking out over the front garden and the valley below. It has a small and pretty fireplace, and a stenciled frieze around the walls. The purpose built kitchen corner, with marble countertops and solid wooden doors, is fully equipped. The main bedroom has wrought iron bedsteads with charming flowered bedspreads and curtains; the picturesque twin bedded room (which can be double), painted rose pink, has a brick vaulted ceiling, herringbone cotta tiles on the floor and an intriguingly shaped window. The well fitted shower room has fresh green tiles. The garden is shaded by trees, well furnished with its own barbecue.
You may reserve the apartment on line by connecting to our web site : www.podereoliveta.it
The landscape surrounding the little hamlet of Gavignano is completely quiet and unspoiled, making a perfect setting for a country holiday, ideal for gentle walks and picnics. The towers of S. Gimignano are just visible across the valley. Podere OLiveta which translates as 'Olive grove Farm' consists of 5 different apartments which enjoy a pretty location up in the hills .Each apartment has its own independent entrance and own garden area with barbecue. Much careful thought has gone into decoration, furnishing and ensuring the apartments are equipped down to the last detail. There is a swimming pool surrounded by a sun terrace which has stunning views overlooking the rolling olive clad hills, the sprinkling of cypresses trees and the majestic towers of S. Gimignano in the distance. Local wine and olive oil can be bought nearby. Podere Oliveta enjoys a location with easy access to the main routes to Florence and Siena.
Podere Oliveta is a good choice for exploring central Tuscany. The main attractions of the region can be reached very easily. The highway which connects Florence to Siena is only 3 km distant. And the villa's location only 3 km from the railway station of Poggibonsi is a good base to visit Florence and Siena even without a car: You can park your car in Poggibonsi (free parking behind the railway station) and take the train in both directions. During the week, trains to Florence/Siena and back go regularly (approx. every 1. hour). The train ride takes about 30 minutes to Siena and 1. hour to Florence. In Florence the train will take you to the main train station which is right in the centre of Florence - it is just a short walk from the station 'Santa Maria Novella' to the Cathedral or the Uffizi. In Siena the railway station is located approx. 1 km from centre, and you may have to take a bus to reach the old town on top of the hill or take the escalator.
Tuscany/Siena Province : visit the world famous Piazza del Campo , for centuries has been the centre stage of the Palio,theindisputable symbol of Siena. Ancients medieval cities like San Gimignano,Lucca ,Arezzo,Firenze ,and many unknown villages,chapels,castles,museum. There are thousands of masterpieces to be discovered. Throughout the year there are a lot of exhibitions,festivals,markets,and sporting events involving residents as well as tourists.
See the official web site from the Sienese Tourist Board ,Terre di Siena, and enjoy exploring.
nearest travel links:
airport : Florence : 40 Km.
railway : Poggibonsi : 3 Km.
Tuscany has 2 international airports , one near Pisa (also low cost flights) the other in Florence.
Checkout for flights on www.ryanair.com ,www.easyjet.com , www.britishairways.com as well as Lufthansa, swissair an so on .
Contact us for further details on the best way to reach the property .
sports and leasure : La Badia Golf Club ( 8 holes) is only 7 km. from the property
Castelfalfi golf club (18 holes) is 25 km. far
Pleasure and relaxation are guaranteed by the treatments with thermal sring water at:
Gambassi Terme ( 15 km.)
Rapolano Terme with beautiful outdoor hot sring water ( 40 km .)
Play tennis at the tennis club ( 1,8 km . )
Walk freely for miles from the property through the hills of chianti passing by vineyards, woods and stunning views .
You can taste our wine directly from the producers nearby .
During your stay you may have cooking lessons nearby (please book in advance)
restaurants: Several of Italy's top reastaurants are within close driving distance including the two Michelin stars 'Arnolfo' Restaurant, in Colle val d'Elsa where you can enjoy renowned chef Gaetano Trovato's delicacies, and famous fish restaurants like ' Alcide ' and 'La Galleria' in Poggibonsi .
the area is full of small ' Trattoria ' where you can enjoy typical tuscan food .
We had lovely sceneries and fascinating places to visit . This place was very comfortable. We will have to come back.
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The 1 bedroom apartment is small but cozy. The kitchen was well stocked, but we missed not having a coffee maker. There was an expresso maker, but nothing to make a pot of regular cofffee. We ended up buying some instant coffee. Our unit had a nice balcony with table & 2 chairs- nice for morning coffee or evening happy hour. It was clean and very quiet. We weren't sure the other apartments were occupied. The main criticism I have is the stairs leading to the pool. They were hazardous and need to be repaired. My husband has mobility issues and after climbing once, refused to go up to the pool again. Fabio and his wife were very hospitable. When we arrived Fabio's wife was standing at the end of the driveway waving us down. Since we arrived a little later than planned, I suspect she had been waiting for some time.
The apartments are located in a small hamlet about 1 mile up a narrow country road, but easy to get to. Once leaving that road, it was only about 1 minute to reach the main 4 lane highway.
We had planned to take the train into Florence to avoid the traffic in that city, but Fabio advised taking the bus instead. That was good advice, as the bus stop is near the supermarket with free parking and leaves every hour with direct journey to Florence.
This apartment is not fancy, but if you're looking for "real Italy" and convenience I would recommend it.
Fantastic accommodation the views were amazing from the pool. Peaceful, our two teenage children loved it so great for families. Fabio was extremely helpful in recommending local sites, restaurants and vineyards! Will defifinately go back.
This apartment is in a perfect location to explore Tuscany and Chianti. It has easy access to the highway between Florence and Siena while feeling like you are miles away! Our apartment was clean, comfortable, private and well equipped. The owners are wonderful, helpful and they are only a phone call away. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!
My husband I spent a week at Podere Oliveta.It was exactly as described and we enjoyed it immensly.We stayed in Falco and it was very well equiped and spotlessly clean.There are 2 great supermarkets within a 10 minute drive.It was wonderfully quiet at night and the view!!!!!The cottage was an excellent base to explore the area.We went to Lucca,Arrezzo,Pienza,the Chianti route,San Giminano and many small villages.Fabio and his wife were very welcoming and helpful with directions and suggestions.Should the opportunity arise we wouldn't hesitate to return and would reccomend it to anyone.
Lydia and Len
Wir haben eine sehr schöne Woche im liebevoll eingerichteten Haus Falco verbracht. Die schönsten Orte der Toskana sind gut erreichbar, so dass wir nach einem Stadtbesuch am Morgen, die heißen Nachmittage am idyllischen Pool verbrachten.
Unser Vermieter war sehr freundlich und zuvorkommend und seine guten Insider-Tipps haben wir sehr dankbar umgesetzt.
Alles in allem haben wir uns hier sehr wohl gefühlt und können die Unterkunft nur wärmstens empfehlen!
Vielen Dank, Fabio
herzlichen Dank für die Vermietung Ihrer Wohnung Passero, wir haben unseren Urlaub dort sehr genossen. Es waren 10 wunderbare Tage in Ihrer Anlage. Die Wohnung ist liebevoll mit schönen Möbeln ,teilweise mit Antiquitäten eingerichtet und bietet alles was das Urlauberherz begehrt. Wir haben nichts vermisst. Wir haben jeden Tag die schöne Anlage, die aus privaten Gärten sowie öffentlichen Liegewiesen und dem wunderbar gepflegten Pool besteht, genossen. Auch das von Ihnen mit viel Aufmerksamkeit erstellte Buch mit Empfehlungen von Lokalen, Ausflügen und anderen Tipps war sehr hilfreich. Wir haben jeden Tag den wunderbaren Blick über das Tal genossen und das morgendliche Gegacker der Nachbarhühner war wie ein Flashback in die Kindheit, einfach wundervoll. Wir waren nun schon zum 2. Mal bei Ihnen und werden bestimmt wieder kommen.
Vielen Dank für ein perfektes Domizil
Dieter und Birgit aus Hamburg, Germany