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Il Podere

Certaldo, Florence


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Location Halfway between Florence and Siena.
Special Features A country house with wonderful views.
Prices € 5450 - 11450 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
Facilities
  • Air con
  • Chef
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Florence 40 km
    Pisa 80 km
    Rome 280 km

Overview

In a landscape of rare beauty

Il Podere is a beautiful farmhouse located halfway between Florence and Siena, in the heart of the Chianti Hills. This is one of the most popular regions in central Tuscany, and the scenery around this house is of incredible beauty. 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. The elevated position offers a unique view. It may sound exaggerated but we find you can feel the surface of the earth here. The south side of the villa overlooks a wide valley: your eyes will wander into the distance, over the many hilltops of the Chianti landscape to the antique towers of the renowned hill town S. Gimignano. The house is part of a sixty-nine acre estate specializing in the production of extra virgin olive oil.

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The original structure is an 11th century watch tower. It used to serve as a defensive tower for the nearby castle S. Maria Novella. Side wings were added later transforming the house into a farmstead. Although Il Podere has been completely restored, the old structure has been respected and original materials have been reused wherever possible. Originally the villa was furnished for private use, giving the interior ambience authenticity and conveying the charm of a private home. Typical regional features include the terracotta floors, the ceiling beams, the large fireplace with small window and the decorative pizza oven in the kitchen. 

Flower beds decorate the entrance area at the north end. At the panoramic south end the garden merges into the wide, open countryside. The garden is furnished with quality teak furniture. A pergola near to the kitchen invites to relax and to enjoy outdoor meals. Sun lounges can be found by the pool, a few steps down the lawn. 

The little village of Fiano is just a mile away, with nearby a restaurant, and can be reached on foot (over the fields) or in just a few minutes by car. In Fiano there is also a bar with butcher and grocery shop, a bakery, a pharmacy, a post office and a cash machine. A supermarket, gas station, bakeries, bus stop and other services are located 7 km away in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. Certaldo is 9 km distant and has a railway station with connections to Florence and Siena. The autostrada linking Siena with Florence is just 15 minutes away.

The keyholder speaks English and will greet you when you arrive. She is a great cook and offers cook service. The English-speaking son of the owner, Niccolò, lives also on the premises, in the adjacent, second farmhouse. He is on hand to help you for any question you might have, he will give you information about the region, you can request to taste wine and olive oil, and he has created a vegetable garden also for the guests.

Depending on the size of your party you can rent the property either for 10 people (house IL PODERE 1) or you can rent additionally a portion of the adjacent, second farmhouse with two bedrooms and two bathrooms (part of IL PODERE 2), so that groups of up to 14 people find space. If rented for up to 14 people Niccolò does not live on the property. Who wants to have absolute privacy even if rented by 10 people, can obtain this by an additional cost.

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Villa Details

If rented for 10 people 10

  • 320 Floor area sq m

5 bedrooms (4 doubles and 1 twin) and 4 bathrooms:

IL PODERE 1

Ground floor:
1 entrance 
1 dining room
1 eat-in kitchen downstairs with access to the garden and outdoor dining area
1 air-conditioned double bedroom (reached by 3 steps) with en suite bathroom (shower)
1 external bathroom under the loggia (shower)

First floor:
1 living room with fireplace and access to a small loggia with steps to the garden 
1 air-conditioned double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower and separate bathtub)
1 air-conditioned double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)
1 air-conditioned twin bedroom (no possibility to join the beds)
1 bathroom (shower)

Second floor:
1 air-conditioned double bedroom (can be arranged as twin bedroom) with en suite bathroom (shower)

 

Garden:
Garden for al fresco dining and pool  (5 x 11 m)

Please note: Although completely restored IL PODERE 1 maintains its ancient structure: the kitchen, the dining room and the yellow bedroom, although at the ground floor are not on the same level. Guests with walking difficulties have to know that although they can access the yellow bedroom and the kitchen from the exterior (avoiding the internal steps), the rest of the floor has short flights of stairs throughout. The access to the last floor bedroom is 20 cm lower than usual, so watch your head going up to this bedroom! The beds in the twin bedroom, cannot be joined together as a double bed: they sit against opposite walls with a doorway in between.

Adjacent to the villa is the farmhouse (IL PODERE 2) where the English speaking owner lives (one person). He is available to help guests with any problems that may arise. The outdoor facilities of the house (garden, pergola and pool) are completely private for the guests of the villa. In case the guests require full privacy the owner can go away during their stay but the rental price will increase of EUR 1000.

If rented for 14 people 14

  • 400 Floor area sq m

7 bedrooms (5 doubles and 2 twins) and 6 bathrooms:

IL PODERE 1:

Ground floor:
1 entrance 
1 dining room
1 eat-in kitchen downstairs with access to the garden and outdoor dining area
1 air-conditioned double bedroom (reached by 3 steps) with en suite bathroom (shower)
1 external bathroom under the loggia (shower)

First floor:
1 living room with fireplace and access to a small loggia with steps to the garden 
1 air-conditioned double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower and separate bathtub)
1 air-conditioned double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)
1 air-conditioned twin bedroom (no possibility to join the beds)
1 bathroom (shower)

Second floor:
1 air-conditioned double bedroom (can be arranged as twin bedroom) with en suite bathroom (shower)

 

IL PODERE 2 is part of an adjacent farmhouse:

1 air-conditioned twin bedroom (beds can be joined) with en suite bathroom (shower)
1 air-conditioned double bedroom (queen bed) with bathroom
1 small living area with kitchenette and sofabed

 

Garden:
Garden for al fresco dining and pool  (5 x 11 m)

Please note: Although completely restored Il Podere 1 maintains its ancient structure: the kitchen, the dining room and the yellow bedroom, although at the ground floor are not on the same level. Guests with walking difficulties have to know that although they can access the yellow bedroom and the kitchen from the exterior (avoiding the internal steps), the rest of the floor has short flights of stairs throughout. The access to the last floor bedroom is 20 cm lower than usual, so watch your head going up to this bedroom! The beds in the twin bedroom, cannot be joined together as a double bed: they sit against opposite walls with a doorway in between.

When IL PODERE 1 and IL PODERE 2 are rented together the owner will not live in the farmhouse and guests will have exclusivity of the property.

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Weekly rates in

Location Our evaluation Interior
Il Podere 07 Jan 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018
24 Jun 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Availability
If rented for 10 people
10 PAX 10
5450 EUR 6550 EUR 6750 EUR Calendar Request BookingIf rented for 10 people
If rented for 14 people
14 PAX 14
9500 EUR 10750 EUR 11450 EUR Calendar Request BookingIf rented for 14 people

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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday during high season; shorter stays are possible during low season (see below*).
Pool size: 5 x 11 m / opening dates: May 13th - September 30th. Pool towels are provided.
For bookings with more than 3 children please inquire.
Baby bed available.
Pets not allowed.

Extra services available only on request, to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

  • Cook/catering service for dinners during your stay.
  • Concierge service.
  • Transfer service.
  • Extra domestic help (house cleaning): EUR 10 per hour.
  • Laundry service: EUR 10 per hour.

Security deposit, utility deposit, electricity exceeding EUR 50 per week, air conditioning, heating, wood for fireplace, mobile phone, telephone, additional bed eventually available on request when booking, final cleaning to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 1000.
  • Utility deposit (unused portion of the utility deposit will be refunded in cash on departure): EUR 100 per week for air conditioning or heating.
  • Electricity, heating or air conditioning (if required): the consumption for the amount of EUR 50 per week is included and guests will pay what will exceed this amount.
  • Wood for fireplace: please check price on the premises.
  • Mobile phone: pre-paid cards available at your own expense.
  • Telephone: only local calls possible, metered.
  • Additional bed for a 15th person (to be requested when booking) or baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 500 per week (no matter if it is a baby or an adult).
  • Final cleaning IL PODERE 1: EUR 250.
    Final cleaning IL PODERE 1 plus IL PODERE 2: EUR 450.
  • When only IL PODERE 1 is rented the English speaking owner will live in the adjacent farmhouse; in case the guests require full privacy the owner can go away during their stay but the rental price of IL PODERE 1 will increase of EUR 1000. When IL PODERE 1 and IL PODERE 2 are be rented together the owner will not live in the IL PODERE 2 farmhouse and guest will have the exclusivity of the property. 
  • Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm at an extra fee: EUR 50.

Included in the price are a standard first dinner & a basic grocery shopping:

  • Standard dinner on your first evening, after a long trip: It consists in a dinner that the guests will find ready in the kitchen with the instructions for heating. The menu can fit vegetarian guests too. No changes are possible for the first dinner. Basically it consists in a pasta al forno, a vegetable tarte, salad, and fruit. Bread, water and wine are included.
  • Basic grocery shopping: It is a basic shopping for the first breakfast and not a grocery stocking. The quantity of the items will be adjusted by the staff according to the number of guests. The following items are included: milk, coffee, tea, bread, biscuits, sugar, salt, water, fruit, eggs, oil, butter, jam, orange juice, cereals.

Continental breakfast from Monday to Saturday 8 am to 9.30 am (Sunday excluded), Tuscan dinner on the first Monday, bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday, bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday, water, electricity up to EUR 50 per week, gas, Internet WIFI connection, maid service (2 hours house cleaning per day from Monday to Saturday, except public holidays for IL PODERE 1; 4 hours for IL PODERE 1 plus IL PODERE 2), pool cleaning service, garden maintenance 5 days per week all included in the price.

 

* Short stays promotion:
25% discount on the weekly price for 4-day rental periods
15% discount on the weekly price for 5-day rental periods
Valid for the periods from September 16th to November 18th and from March 25th to May 27th. Easter Week excluded. The discount can only be applied on bookings with arrival and departure date between 2 Saturdays.

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Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Charming antique villa in a very good condition with breathtaking views in the hills of Tuscany
Left on Aug 19, 2016 for a stay in Aug 2016
Absolutely perfect charming villa for a big family or two families with incredible view in the hills of Tuscany where we enjoyed our 2weeks-stay during August with five children and two friends. Well located for daytrips to Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra and San Gimignano ( you can see its towers from the Villa at the other side of the valley!) The best thing was Monica, who cared about us: exellent breakfast every morning with self-made cakes and bruscettas. Then she cleaned the house, it was like in a hotel. On day she showed us how to make fresh pasta and Tiramisu, delicious! We had a really wonderful time!