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Farmhouse in Iano, Montaione, Florence, Tuscany - Monache 3 (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/6)

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Internet



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

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About the property


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.

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Property Manager
Cinzia Castellacci
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2017

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!

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
For booking procedures please contact the owner.

Changeover Day:
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.


Accommodation and facilities for Monache 3 (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/6)in Montaione in Metropolitan City of Florence

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Internet
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Golf ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
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


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Truly the most amazing host, Cinzia and experience and place to visit of a lifetime!!

  • 5 of 5

From the very beginning, CINZIA was over the top gracious, beyond accommodating and truly the best host we've both ever encountered! Cinzia was like my Italian fairy god mother, constructing all the fine details of our wedding here! The views are unmatched here, and the rose garden, bridge and pond with lots of little frogs and most beautiful pristine nature, I've ever seen and the grounds were the most beautiful for our wedding backdrop! I feel so fortunate to have met and stayed in Cinzia's perfect location! There are 4 apartments here which keep it so quaint and special of a visit, while able to accommodate many people! The small village was adorable with the friendliest of people and of course fresh brioches delivered every morning and amazing food and coffee we had every day, breakfast, lunch dinner, all just across the way! Anyone staying here, will have the most extreme loving care and full delight of all Tuscany has to offer! Cinzia is definitely one of the most amazing women, I've ever met. Cinzia is what made Italy so memorable and wonderful!! Being here was the best decision we could have made for our wedding ceremony in Italy! Seriously unmatched spectacular sunsets, especially walking through the olive groves with the most expansive views, and rolling hills of the Tuscan region!!! All the people here are the kindest, and most helpful in this village!!! We felt so celebrated even walking down the tiny main street, while everyone clapped and cheered after for our wedding celebration and continuing the joy for our 6 day stay! The food is incredible in this region and you are walking distance to it all, even a tiny little market having all you need! Honestly, I am grateful eternally and enchanted with Cinzia and this amazing place in lano! She booked our wedding ceremony dinner in a place we would never have known about (locals only) and it was the best dinner we had on our 3 week stay in Italy!!! She also treated us to our wedding cake, completely surprised by her generosity and genuine gesture!! When we visit Italy again we would stay here first and formost out of all the places we've been, including the Cinque Terre, Venice, Florence, Sienna , Lucca, Dolomites, Le valle, and anywhere for that matter! Also again I cannot recommend this place enough especially with the best hostess of a lifetime, Cinzia made our stay beyond amazing and we feel so lucky to have met her!! We miss her already and Italy too!!! Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Pisa and Florence
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Piazzetta, across the road
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Castelfalfi Golfcourse, 32 holes, 10 minute drive
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Walking distance, across the road
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Abetone, in the Tuscan Appennines
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Tirrenia, with sandy beach, easy drive
Car: necessary

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.

Further Details:

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.