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La Tenuta
Property # 8448

La Tenuta

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Listing Type: Vacation Rental

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

Sleeps: up to 10 guests

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Property Description
Location: in the heart of the Chianti region, half-way between Florence and Siena.

The farmhouse La Tenuta lies half way between Florence and Siena in the very heart of the Chianti area. This is one of the most popular regions between Florence and Siena. Vineyards, olive groves and fields form a paradise-like landscape, which was moulded over centuries by the farmers' patient toil. The surrounding countryside resembles one immense garden. Famous for its wine, the celebrated Chianti Classico, this area of Tuscany has far more than just wine to offer the curious visitor. Indeed, by just driving around you will come across many delightful villages, each one with its own history. You will discover how Tuscany is the result of a perfect liaison between natural beauty, culture and tradition.

As you leave the village of Barberino Val d'Elsa and drive along a sandy road down the wide and open valley, coming past old wineries, vineyards and olive groves, you will reach the farmhouse which stands in a most privileged location - at the end of the road, on top of a small hill, and overlooking the valley in three directions.

La Tenuta was restored with great care. Originally the house was planned according to a traditional Tuscan pattern, with stables and storerooms on the ground floor and living quarters upstairs. What used to be the stables has now become a breakfastroom, a summer kitchen and a large playroom for children which all open onto what we call the "morning terrace" - in summer you might want to have breakfast here in the shade of the poplars which flank the terrace.

Furthermore on the ground floor you will find a twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom and living room which opens onto a loggia furnished as a summer living room. The terrace in front of the loggia is paved and surrounded by a lawn scattered with olive trees which blends into the landscape. You will probably spend the evenings on this side of the house, watching the setting sun.

On the first floor the large living room and country kitchen with fireplace seem made for gatherings with family or friends. Upon requet a cook can come into the house to prepare a meal with Tuscan specialities. On this floor there are two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom and two bathrooms. All bathrooms have bathtubs, some with shower curtains. The tower room up another flight of stairs houses a twin bedroom. These towers, a typical feature of Tuscan farmhouses, are called piccionaia in Italian, literally "dove tower". Not far from the house is a small pool with wooden deck for sunbathing. Deckchairs and sunbeds are provided.
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Listing Type: Vacation Rentals Farmhouse
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Sleeps: 10
Pool View
Garden View
Deck or Patio
CD Player
Ceiling Fans
Bath Tub
Screens in all bedroom windows
Portable fans in all bedroom
Private Pool
Activities & Attractions
The Chianti area

Distances: the nearest shopping is at 4 km, in the village of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. Florence, Siena and San Gimignano can be reached in half an hour. Volterra, Arezzo and Lucca will take about one hour.

Sightseing in the vicinity: the romantic church of Sant'Appiano, Greve´market on Saturdays, the important Basilica de Impruneta, the hilltop town of Colle Val d'Elsa, the fortified village of Monteriggioni and the romanesque abbey S. Galgano.

Visiting wine and olive oil producing estates: the cellars of the family estate Le Corti in San Casciano are open to the public and the guests are welcome to make a visit. Most estates sell their wine directly, watch out for the signs "vendita diretta". We will provide a list with estates where it is possible to visit the cellars and learn more about how the wine and olive oil are made.

Restaurants: many good restaurants in Chianti can make eating out a way of discovering the area. Simple local trattorias which have existed for years as well as more sophisticated restaurants specialised in refined cuisine stand door to door: we have prepared a list of the places we prefer which you will find in the house.

Craftmanship: the closeby town of Impruneta is famous for its large terracotta pots which originally were used for the lemon trees and to store olive oil. You might also want to look up the nearby town Montelupo which produced pottery for Florence in the Renaissance. The same patterns are still hand-painted today. The town Colle Val d?Elsa on the way to Siena is famous for its crystal glass production. In Florence itself you will find a multitude of craftsmen working with silver, leather, wood, glass, pottery, paper and metal. You only have to walk around the small streets on the southern bank of the Arno river to discover them.

Walking and riding: the hills around Barberino offer wonderful treks. Good guidebooks and maps have been published recently in English as well as Italian which are on sale at most newsagents in Chianti.

Touring Ideas:
Tavarnelle 4 km
Barberino 5 km
S. Gimignano 20 km
Florence 30 km
Siena 35 km
Livorno (coast) 100 km

Tennis court 4 km
Riding stable 5 km
Golf course 35 km

Seasons Daily Weekly Monthly Minimum Stay
High season 4630
Middle season 4270
Low season 3760

Additional Rate Information

Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
Pool size: 9 x 4,5 m (prefabricated partially built-in) / opening dates: mid of May - end of September.
Baby bed with linen and high chair available: free of charge.
Pets not allowed.

Extra services available on request (domestic help, cook for dinners during your stay, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

Extra domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour.
Cook for dinner during the week: EUR 30 - 40 per adult, EUR 20 per child (up to 12 years of age). Dinners must be booked ahead prior the arrival and are offered from Monday to Friday, menues can be discussed upon arrival. A dinner prepared by our cook (who lays the table) with first course (pasta dish), second course and a dessert. The fee is not inclusive of wine and water.
First shopping: EUR 100 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: 2 kg of bread, butter, jam, honey, eggs, milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurt, orange juice, fruit of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, 1 litre extra vergin olive oil, mineral water, beer, red wine, dishwasher detergent.
Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, telephone to be paid in euros on the premises:

Security deposit: EUR 520.
Heating (if required): metered.
Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy. The average cost in winter varies from EUR 60 to 80 per day according to the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on.
Wood for fireplace: EUR 20 per basket.
Telephone: metered.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, maid service (3 hours house cleaning 2 times per week on Tuesdays, Fridays), final cleaning all included in the price. Should you have rented La Tenuta for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.
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