Monache 3 (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/6)
This was Storage with high vaulted ceilings, luminous spaces southwest facing with wonderful views of the countryside.
Kitchen with built in cabinets, 4 burner gas hob, built in electric oven, extractor fans, tall refrigerator/freezer. Table with chairs, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, iron and ironing board (microwave on request).
Lounge with sofa bed, satellite TV.
2 bedrooms with beds that are made up as king size or 2 singles, wardrobes, chest of drawers, and night tables and lamps.
1 Bathroom with power shower, wc, pedestal basin, large mirror and bidet.
Cots and high chairs available. Central heating. WiFi
Final Cleaning Charge € 55.00
Podere Le Monache set on a hillside dominates one of the most picturesque and spectacular landscapes in Tuscany. With distant views over hills, out to sea towards Livorno and Pisa. Originally a convent wrapped in history Le Monache has a magical and spiritual atmosphere. Whether you are lazing by the pool or strolling in the olive grove or simply relaxing in your apartment you are in another world. Recently restored and converted from a farmhouse into four charming apartments. Perfect for small or large family vacation rental.
Great care has been taken to restore all of the original features, including vaulted ceilings, an open fireplace, and beamed ceilings. Meanwhile, all the modern conveniences have been incorporated.
Each apartment is self-contained; and each has its own entrance. Each apartment offers a terra-cotta patio and outdoor furniture. The kitchen in each of the apartments/cottages has built in cabinets, tall refrigerators, 4 burner hobs, built ovens etc etc.
About the Owner
Why Cinzia Castellacci chose Val d'Elsa
Podere Le Monache is situated in a small hamlet with all the ameneties you require for a relaxing stress free vacation.
We have 2 excellent restaurants walking distance, where you can enjoy a meal and a glass of wine without having to drive. The small shop/deli offers an excellent choise of local products and fresh fruit and dairy. They have a delivery of fresh bread and croissants every morning. One of the restuarants offers cooking classes and wine Tasting.
The place to be for art enthusiast, gourmet cuisine and wine enthusiasts!
For booking procedures please contact the owner.
Change over day is Saturday with the exception of Low season when you can arrive any day of the week. During the Mid and Mid high season changeover can be flexible on request.
Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in Euros . In the price we include all electricity, gas, water, linen with swimming pool towels. Final cleaning charge is not included in the price. Central heating is not included it is paid locally if required during low season. Cots are provided with linen, high chairs. Long winter lets priced per month, please contact owner.
From the Owner
“Podere Le Monache is situated in a small hamlet with all the ameneties you require for a relaxing stress free vacation. We have 2 excellent restaurants walking distance, where you can enjoy a meal and a glass of wine without having to drive. The small shop/deli offers an excellent choise of local products and fresh fruit and dairy. They have a delivery of fresh bread and croissants every morning. One of the restuarants offers cooking classes and wine Tasting. The place to be for art enthusiast, gourmet cuisine and wine enthusiasts!”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
We can arrange for wine tours and cookery courses.
The nearest seaside resort is Tirrenia with sandy beaches 45 minutes away, further south there is Cecina with water park 1 hour away. And further south the beautiful Isle of Elba.
The nearest aiport is Pisa 1 hour from Le Monache, Florence airport is also 1 hour away but with less flights.
Bologna is also a good choise 2.5 hours away and Rome 3 hours away.
The nearest historical towns of San Gimignano and Certaldo are 15 minutes away, Volterra 30 minutes, Vinci 40 minutes, Florence, Siena and Pisa 1 hour. Lucca is 1.5 hours , Rome 3 hours, Milan and Venice 4 hours.
Iano dates back to 1004, Le Monache was built during this period. Le Monache (the Nuns)was a convent of Dominican Nuns or Poor Clares who worked and lived a life of seclution and silence in a Quiet Place. Over the centuries it passed into the hands of the locals who made their own imprint on the building and continued to farm the land. World War II also left its mark Le Monache with its underground tunnels became the hiding place for the Resistance , and young boys and girls during the retreat of the Germans from Volterra. Today the old road now paved which connects us to Volterrra still runs through the hamlet. We began restoration 1991 with the last phase of restoration completed 2004.
- Dining Area
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- autumn foliage
- winery tours
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- golf pass optional
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: The property has central heating in each of the apartments, air conditioning is not necessary as the house dates back to the 11th C. and the walls are over a meter thick, keeping the house at a comfortable temperature. There is a laundry room with washing machine for the use of the guests. The kitchens are all equipped with very good range of stainless steel utensils and place settings. The sitting areas are furnished with large sofas, side tables, lamps and Satellite TV. The beds in each of the apartments are comfortable with sprung slat bases and good quality mattresses. Bathrooms are fully tiled with large pedestal washbasins, bidet, wc, large mirrors and enclosed power showers. We are 300m above sea level and in open countryside, in the summer heat we have the sea breeze in the afternoon and evening. The house is suitable for families as we are situated in a small hamlet with all amenities walking distance. There is a village shop, restaurant, post box, and small Church. Outside: The swimming pool 6m x 15m is surrounded by a terracotta patio, with sun loungers, tables and large parasols. The gazebo has a table and 6 chairs. There are 2 large barbecues on wheels, a wood burning oven for pizza or grilling. The gardens are surrounded by hedges of laurel, bay leaf and oleanders; one area of the garden has rosemary hedges, shrubs of myrtle and pomegranates, fig trees, mulberry, and plums. Herbs are placed around the garden for use of the guests.The middle garden is formal rose garden with box hedges and terracotta pots. The car park is inside the gates of the property shaded by secular oak trees, and young lime trees. Beyond the gardens there is 4.5 hectars of olive grove and woodland. We produce some of the best Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in our area. Some of our guests join us during the harvest from picking the olives to taking them to the Olive-press and bringing the oil home! (Registered: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Certified ICEA and TOSCANO IGP