|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
'Il Rifugio' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw8ucANYcTw -
flexible check-in/check-out - 3 days minimum
spacious 30 sqm self-catering 1BR/1BA studio with well-equipped kitchenette, separate sleeping alcove, a cosy small lounge/dining area with sofa-bed and large en suite bathroom with shower/WC The extended ground-floor terrace, directly in front of the accommodation, is well equipped with garden furniture, (chairs, table, sun beds) , there is also a barbecue - this accommodation represents the perfect economical solution for a traveling couple.
total property: outside and some accommodation details - http://youtu.be/OyE9K4o85zY
Farmhouse "Casa Pineta" - approx. 200 sqm. on 2 levels for 8 - 14 pers.: 4 bedrooms (1x double bed, 1x3 single beds, 1x large double + small double, 1x double + single sofa bed, 2 separate single sofa beds - note: Italian standard beds measure 180x200 cm for doubles, and 80x200cm for single beds, most beds have memory foam mattresses or toppers), all 4 bedrooms have en suite bathroom (3 x shower box, wc, 1 x tub/shower/wc, hairdryer in all ), + 1 washing machine, dryer), 1 very well equipped kitchen (3buerner gas + 1 electric hob stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, 2 fridge/freezer, toaster, coffee machines) with dining area, separate pantry , large living room with open fireplace (sat TV,DVD,CD,Wifi large airy dining room.
Mosquito screens in all bedrooms.
extended terrace with covered loggia with plenty of garden furniture, some sun beds and outdoor grill, and a spectacular roof-top terrace , magnificent views onto the surrounding hills, forests and meadows, 2 community parking lots on-site.
As most really old farm houses and hamlets - Poderi Val Verde - Farmhouses in the Green Valley - was built in a large, open, sun-filled valley, thus protected from cold north winds and wet fogs, ventilated by warm south winds in the afternoon, with pleasant cool night temperatures due to the surrounding macchia and woods and with unlimited supplies of fresh well water.
The famous ancient “mules trail” passed through here – mules transported salt from the salt mines of sicily to the north – trails that always followed the course of water and wells and developed into important traffic venes. Prove of this are the many monastries and cloisters and farm houses that you find along this old trails, which are also part of our trekking “network”.
Here you can spend your dream vacation – right in the heart of Tuscany – the Chianti Classico”
- only a few miles from Florence and Siena – in a region of vineyard covered hills, silvery olive groves, vast forests and colourful macchia slopes - and admidst hidden ancient farm houses guarded by cypresses and towering pine trees
Hidden in the middle of this ever-green valley, but only 500 m from the main road and 5 min drive from the famous wine town of Castellina in Chianti and surrounded by more then 2ha of wellcared parklike garden, olive groves and fruit covered terraces – unlike any other you might find - lies the small hamlet Poderi Val Verde with its 5 houses in 1 of them lives the owner. 1 house is dived in 3 apartments (2-4 Pers.) , 2 more semi-attached houses are 'Casa Pineta (8-13 pers.) + 'Casa Acacia (6-8 pers.) . Separately sits the lovely small villetta 'Casa Capannina ' (4- 6 pers.).
The fenced-in community pool of 6x12 m, filled with purest well water, with extended leisure areas and surrounding gardens as well as sports facilities is open as of mid may until beginning/mid October . During the cooler months you may use the private pool house (not heated) of the property owner, the only of its kind in the area.
'Casa Pineta' is the second oldest house of all. It was built in various steps over a time period of at least 400 years, repeatedly extended as needs for more space arose. Therefore the various levels within the house create a particular flair.
Once it stood separate from the neighboring 'Casa Acacia' - but then the gap was closed - thus creating its stunning, unusual roof terrace. At the beginning of the 19th century the bread oven with vault ceilings was added, which we houses the archery office.
This house, like all others, was constructed with quarystones by the farmers when clearing woodlands and macchia slopes to prepare land for vineyards and olivegroves .Stones that traditionally were use for building houses or terrassed-walls. Its original use was as living quarters for the farmers and workers. Prove of this give the typical ceilings, built with handcut oak beams, some of the original cottofloors, narrow doors, the old fireplace that people used to literally sit in to warm themselves, the original sandstone sink and many more little signs, that we shall gladly point out to you. Stair and doors sills of local grey sandstone show obvious signs of wear - signs that thousands of feet leftover the last few hundred of years.
All large farmhouses were renovated 15 years ago and retouched in 2014 , but the typical Tuscan structure of old oak beam ceilings and terracotto floors remained intentially untouched. All rooms are handpainted in the typical warm colours of a Tuscan country home : shades of yellow, orange and green. this and some pieces of typical 'arte povera' furnitures give you the feeling of living in an ambiente of ...once upon the time ....
All rental units of Poderi Val Verde - Farmhouses in the Green Valley - are intentionally rustic – with original fire places, old cotto floors and roof beams, their roofs, window and door fixtures and many little architectural particularities mark centuries of living in this place. We are fully aware that with this we are going against the usual main stream of modern design in old walls , but we want to keep this place special and authentic hoping that our guests appreciate our efforts. .
When you step into our accommodations – you seem to step back into the past – rooms , setting and furnishing are according to the “Arte Povera” – as it used to be – as you saw it in films such as “Under the Tuscan Sun” or in “Romeo and Juliette” - but functional as in any modern house. Shady rose-covered loggias and sunny terraces with nice views are part of this all.
All houses and apartment have their own private terrace, each equipped with barbecue and plenty of garden furnitures. Naturally a valley. even as vast as ours, can not offer miles of views , but guests still consider the view onto olive groves and terraces, forests and meadows as well as the macchia particular. Only there you may see boars, deer or other wild game as near as 100 m .
And its protect position offers warmer temperatures, cool afternoon breezes and protection from the freezing Tramonta winds that make swimming and outside sitting on hill-top positions often impossible. Its close surrounding green environments is responsible for the cool night temperatures, the Chianti Classico hills are famous for. And wait until you see our clear night sky . When was the last time you saw a shooting star or fireflies?
Enjoy the sunset in complete silence from your terrace, garden furniture, sun beds as well as a bbq. Gaze onto onto the extended gardens, the romantic creek and the surrounding meadows and vast macchia covered hills of this private property of more then 76 ha. Start your hiking and biking directly form your doorsteps on well marked trails.
Take some archery lessons (long bow or recurve) or try your skills on our 3D archery range, the only one of its kind in tuscany
- 'Last minute' discount (booking within 8 days of arrival 15% discount)
- 'Early bird" discounts for 2017 bookings (valid until 31 dec. 2016) 2016 prices minus 10%
- private 3D archery range - and archery lessons
- Home cooked Tuscan welcome dinner (4course meal) incl. beverage € 35/person,children € 25 or 15
(stress free arrival - no cooking, no hurried shopping, no search for parking or restaurant, no dressing up - just sit down with our other guests + let us spoil you with a delicious al fresco dinner
- Half day cookery courses of typical local dishes (group lessons as of 4 pers. €70/pers. , 2-3 pers. € 90 /pers., 1 pers. €210 (incl. meal & beverages) - no need to miss
out on your days activities - we offer a late afternoon or lunch cooking (approx. 3 hrs) - non-cookers may eat too €35/pers.
- Breakfast service € 70/week (large continental breakfast)
- Or do you have something to celebrate or want an authentic farm-style wedding
We also offer: biological products of our own production: olive oil, vinegar, low-sugar jams, jellies some of them even from wild fruits like rose hips, elder and acacia flowers, wild prunes.
Farmhouse 'Casa Acacia' (6- 8 persons)
approx. 120 sq. on 2 floors - 3BR. 2BA, 1 larger + 1 smaller live-in kitchen, wintergarden-style sitting room on ground floor, loft living-room with open fireplace on 1st floor , 1 south facing terrace, 1 courtyard terrace , wifi, cd, community parking
Ground floor apartment 'La Tana' (4 persons)
approx. 65 sq. on 2 levels - 2 small BR, 1BA, live-in kitchen, spectacular wintergarden-style sitting room (cd, wifi), large south facing terrace , community parking
1st floor loft apartment 'La Bellavista' (2-4 persons)
approx. 55 sq. - 1 BR, 1BA, small live-in kitchen, living room with dinign area and open fireplace (cd, wifi) courtyard terrace , community parking
Cottage 'Casa Capannina' (4-6 persons)
approx. 90 sq. on 2 floors - 2 BR each with en-suite BA as well as sofa bed, kitchen and joining airy sitting-room/dining- room (sat tv, dvd, cd, wifi), large terrace with gazebo, separate laundry facility, independent heating, water and electricity supply, private access road and parking
Ground floor 1 BR/1BA Studio 'Il Rifugio' (2-3 persons)
approx. 30 sqm. - sleeping alcove with en-suite BA, kitchenette with dining bar, sitting corner, larger terrace, community parking
The German owner Ulrike and her son Fabian - both English speaking outgoing and very openminded people that will gladly be of assistance and share their experiences in Italy with their many international guests
Ulrike Eder purchased this apartment in 1997
because its location and charm are unique and we treat you like family -
there are few places that are so central to everything, and offer so much - located only 500 m from the main road but in absolute silence of the surrounding nature (the only nature preserve area in the Siena region) - you are closed to most important sights and places of Tuscany - 5 min to the next town, so social contacts are guaranteed - less then 1 hours from the next major airport (Florence) so getting here is no problem - fantastic marked trekking trails starting from your doorstep (stunning nature in winter or spring) , biking of the finest (on the tracks of the Giro d'Italia, 3D archery ranges (WBHC 2017), golfing with the elite, or simply enjoying a glass of wine, some pecorino cheese on your personal patio, watching deer and wild boar pass by, Tuscan eagles soaring above this magnificant privately owned valley - what can one ask more for
“ein traumhaftes Tal...”
Reviewed August 5, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
Wir verbrachten eine Woche auf diesem wunderschönen Bauernhof mit zwei Hunden,acht Katzen,Pfauen,Hühnern,Schafen,Gänsen und ganz wichtig mit einer sehr herzlichen Gastgeberin.Diese familiäre Gastfreundschaft hat uns ganz besonders gut gefallen.Ob es beim Kochkurs,den man übrigens unbedingt mitbuchen sollte,oder das Willkommens- Essen,Ulrike steht immer mit guten Tipps mit Rat und Tat bei Seite. Olivenöl,Marmelade,Essig,eingelegte Pilze,alles was die Umgebung bereitstellt,kann man bei ihr erwerben,es ist natürlich alles selbstgemacht. Das hat uns bei unserer Abreise nach Absprache inspiriert,durch ihren Garten zu streifen,um Lorbeer,Rosmarin und Lavendel mit nach Hause zu nehmen.
Für uns ist es immer wieder eine Reise wert,denn dieses schöne Eckchen Erde hat Gott geküsst,hier fühlt man sich jederzeit willkommen.
Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend? Yes.
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flexible check-in/check-out - 3 days minimum
our rates are all inclusive prices in Euro (€), calculated per week and rental unit and include all standard utilities such as electricity,
water, most taxes and house insurance as well as final cleaning. also included are weekly change of bed, bath and table linen, pool towels, bathrobes (on request) fire/barbecue wood (1 load per day) , use of washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board, as well as a starter package of spices, coffee, espresso, black or green tea, toilet paper, creme soap and detergent .
depending on your requirements, seperate charges may be: visitor's tax (€ 1,50/day/adult pers.) , heating (depending on your actual consumption during legal heating periods) , expenses for animals (€ 50/week) , wifi internet (€ 14/week), baby cot and highchair (€ 42 + €12) , 4 course tuscan welcome dinner incl. standard beverages (€ 35/adult , €25 respec. €15 for children, continental breakfast service (€ 70/pers/week) ,extra meals (according to your requirements) , cookery courses (€ 70/pers. groups as of 4 pers., 2-3 pers. €90,
1 pers. privat lessons €210 , this rate incl. dinner + beverages)
early bird discount for 2016 booking - 10%
last minute (1 week prior to arrival) - 15%
Landschaftlich herrlich gelegenes Anwesen mit großem gepflegtem Garten u.Swimmingpool in natürlicher Umgebung in einem großen Tal. Sehr schön und geschmackvoll eingerichtetes Ferienhaus mit 2 geräumigen Schlafzimmern, sehr guten Betten, komfortablen Bädern und sehr gut ausgestatteter Küche. Ausgezeichnete Betreuung durch Eigentümerin und gute Angaben im Internetauftritt.
Sehr ruhige Lage, das richtige zum Entspannen und Erholen. Kulturelle Höhepunkte der Toskana (z.B. Florenz u. Siena) sind schnell zu erreichen.
Für Ruhe und Erholungssuchende mit Hang zur Natur genau das Richtige.
Wunderschönes Häuschen am Rande der Anlage, das einem das Gefühl gibt, mutterseelen allein in der wunderschönen Toscana zu sein. Aus dem Schlafzimmer direkt auf die Terrasse mit Blick ins Valverde. im Frühjahr duftet die Akazie, im Herbst lassen sich die Wildschweine beobachten.
Klein, aber sehr fein. Hier lässt es sich aushalten.