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Farmhouse in Iano, Montaione, Florence, Tuscany - Monache 1 (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2/4)

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



Monache 1 (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2/4)

Vaulted ceilings dating back to the 11thC, 4 mt. ceilings, fireplace, 1000 yrs of history.

*(This unit can also be rented with 2 bedrooms)

Fully equipped kitchen, with built in cabinets, 4 burner gas hob and electric built in oven (Franke), extractor, tall refrigerator/freezer, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, iron, ironing board. Table and chairs.

Separate lounge with 2 sofa-beds, side tables, fireplace, satellite TV.

1bedrooms with king size bed , wardrobes, chest of drawers and night tables.

Separate lounge, 2 bathrooms with power showers.

Patio off the kitchen and lounge with outdoor furniture.

Cots and high chairs available. Central heating. WiFi.

Final Cleaning Charge € 50.00

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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:
5 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!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had such a wonderful time it is hard to find a place where we can escape completely and relax. Iano is just that place for us. B. Jones

Liliana, I just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our second visit to Podere le Monache. It was everything we remembered, only hotter! Thank you for booking the restaurant - we ate there 4 times in all. We hope to return to Iano sometime soon. Regards Tracy

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for letting us stay at your apartments in Iano this Spring. My family had a wonderful time. My wife absolutely loved the place and wished we had found your place last year!

It was our best experience in Italy so far, and have travelled a great deal. Todd Millar

Thanks again & hope to be returning soon. A quick message to say we all had a brilliant time at Le Monache. Our 4th visit and still just as good! Those in our group who had not been before were just as enchanted with the place. Kim,
Jul 2005
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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 this holiday cottage in Montaione in Metropolitan City of Florence

Property Type:
  • cottage
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Large bathroom with enclosed power shower, wc, bidet, basin
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Large bedroom, with ensuite shower room, wc, large basin , mirror. Views of countryside beautifully appointed with period furniture. High ceilings, tiled floors, King size bed with wood slats and comfortable mattress.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • 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



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.