OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit

Authentic Farmhouse on 15th Century Estate between Siena & Florence - Cosy 1BR/1BA honeymoon suite 'Il Rifugio'

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Cosy 1BR/1BA honeymoon suite 'Il Rifugio'

'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

More Details

About the property

Tuscan estate Poderi Val Verde


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%

Our Specials:

- 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.

additional accommodations:

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

More Details

Property Manager
Ulrike Eder
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, German, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 January, 2017

About Ulrike Eder

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

Why Ulrike Eder chose Chianti Senese

because its location and charm are unique and we treat you like family -

What makes this apartment unique

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

Guestbook comments from the manager

“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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Jul 2014
  • 1 of 15

Available Rentals

Enter dates for accurate pricing


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%


5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)

Hildesheim, Deutschland

Traumhafte romantische Unterkunft in der Toskana

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2009
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
6 0
Erlenbach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland

Stille und Natur

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2008
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
6 3




Accommodation and facilities for Cosy 1BR/1BA honeymoon suite 'Il Rifugio' in Castellina In Chianti in Siena Area

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 30 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Farm Holidays
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , hair dryer available
  • Hair dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • new, most comfortable french bed (180x200 cm) with memory foam mattresses - international or German bedding and/or linen on request, ergonomic pillows. single sofa bed - extra charge 70 euro/pers/week . bedroom window with mosquito screen.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sand Pit
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
New!!!!! sky and star watching in new observatory only 6 km from us - not only children will love it!! English, German + Italian speaking owner lives on site. Location: a tiny hamlet 500 m from main road - no long rides on dusty country roads. Being close to Castellina in Chianti (only 3 km) shopping + dining is easy - one may even walk there - zip into town for a coffee or the best ice-cream in the area Some thoughts : isolated houses in hill positions may suffer from water shortage in summer + gusty winds in spring + autumn, shortening the pool season. Our protected position, + the many wells help us avoid either also during thunderstorms, electrical failures are not uncommon, but due to the closeness to town we profit from its priority rating. pool: there are so many sights to visit + things to do, most guests take off early in the morning = pool + leisure area are often deserted - hot spring facilities 45 min drive away

Partner Offers

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

Other holiday rentals