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Il Palazzino

Barberino Val d'Elsa, Florence


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Location

In the historic centre of Barberino Val d'Elsa, halfway between Florence and Siena.

Special Features

A small Renaissance palazzo in a medieval village. 

Prices € 2800 - 5850 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
Facilities
  • Chef
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Florence 30 km
    Pisa 100 km
    Rome 280 km

Overview

Behind antique walls

The house looks onto the main street of the historic village Barberino Val d’Elsa (which is very quiet as it has been closed to traffic) to one side and onto the open landscape to the other side. A small jewel of Renaissance architecture, it was built in the traditional alberese stone with architectural features typical of the Tuscan understated elegance. 

The main entrance to the house - a large wooden double door with a Renaissance stone cornice - leads into a courtyard, which again opens onto a large terrace with a pergola for meals outside. From the terrace steps lead down to the garden, the pool and the open countryside. The pool is placed at the lower end of the garden, 50 steps from the terrace. The view and the sunsets to be seen from here, as well as from all windows looking out to the back of the house, are magnificent - the famous Chianti hills with vineyards and olive groves and the towers of San Gimignano in the backdrop.

Family antiques, books, terracotta flooring, exposed beams and Mediterranean colourings create a welcoming atmosphere. The house is spacious and even a larger group will find that it is possible to be together in the living and dining areas, or to seek some privacy in one of the many corners both inside and outdoors.

Barberino Val d'Elsa is a hilltop village in the very heart of the Chianti area, half way between Florence and Siena. The Elsa valley is one of the most popular regions in Tuscany. The historic village center of Barberino is surrounded by sturdy medieval walls; one enters the little town via two large portals, one to the North, coming from Florence and one to the South, leading to Siena. Barberino has two bars, a bank, a small shop, an excellent butcher, a restaurant, a wine bar, a hairdresser, a chemistry and a post office. A good supermarket is just outside the village, in the village of Tavarnelle, 2 km north. Here you will find a wider range of shops as well as a market once a week.

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The Chianti area

Distances: Florence, Siena and San Gimignano can be reached in approx. half an hour. Volterra, Arezzo and Lucca will take about one hour.

Sightseeing in the vicinity: the romantic church of Sant'Appiano, Greve's 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.

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Villa Details

If rented for 16 people 16

Ground floor:
Courtyard with medieval well
Large terrace (about 100 m2), steps leading down to the garden

First floor:
1 living room with fireplace and small terrace
1 smaller living room with fireplace 
1 study
1 dining room
1 kitchen
2 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
1 double bedroom with bathroom right next to it
2 twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms

Second floor:
1 living room with fireplace
1 double bedroom
1 twin bedroom
1 children's bedroom with 3-4 mattresses (children love it!/the mattresses have a normal length but no bedframe) 
2 bathrooms

Garden:
Small pool (10 x 5 m), there are 50 steps leading down from the terrace to the pool.
At the pool lies a wooden cabin equipped with table and sun-chairs.
Pergola
Private parking

If rented for 10 people 10

If Il Palazzino is rented for up to 10 people the second floor (see above) will be closed. Furthermore the quantity of house cleaning during the week will be reduced.

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Price reduction if rented for groups up to 10!
Il Palazzino
18 Mar 2017 - 06 May 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 04 Nov 2017
06 May 2017 - 01 Jul 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
01 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Availability
If rented for 16 people
16
4350 EUR 4850 EUR 5850 EUR Calendar Request BookingIf rented for 16 people
If rented for 10 people
10
2800 EUR 3500 EUR 4100 EUR Calendar Request BookingIf rented for 10 people

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If rented for the reduced price for smaller groups some bedrooms will be closed (see Villa Details).

Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
Availability only during the above mentioned dates.
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. Baby bed can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday. 
Pets not allowed.

Extra services available only 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 15 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 the 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 150 (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 500.
  • 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.
  • Baby bed: EUR 15 per week.    

Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, maid service (3 hours house cleaning 3 times per week per day), final cleaning all included in the price. Should you have rented Il Palazzino for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.

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Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.

Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Hallo Frau Röhrig,
ich möchte mich nochmal bedanken für die "Abwicklung " unserer Buchung im "Palazzino". Wir hatten zwei sehr schöne Wochen in der Toskana und sind alle wohlbehalten und gut erholt wieder zu Hause eingetrudelt.
Viele Grüße,
K. Mony, Juni 2007