So, you want to be located in a charming small town in Tuscany where you can have your morning cappuccino along with the locals? Look no further - this is the place for you! The beautifully restored buildings have been turned into gracious apartments which share a large pool overlooking the countryside. Each apartment is furnished with taste and style. Stay here with your family or friends... you won't want to leave!
Surrounded by the hills of Val d'Elsa this ancient complex is comprised of five apartments - 3 within the complex and 2 in the center of town - that have each been tastefully renovated and furnished with style. The complex... grounds are filled with trees, plants, and flowers and there is a large shared pool (12m x 6m) which is open from May to Septmeber. San Barberino 1, 2, and 3 are located within the complex with the pool and grounds below the apartments. San Barberino 4 and 5 are located in the center of the historic village, 200 meters from the complex. Parking is available within the property grounds for all apartments.
(115 m2/1,237 ft2)
Ground Floor: The entrance opens to a living room with couches and armchairs. The kitchen has a cook-top and oven as well as a dining table with chairs. There are two bedrooms on this floor. The first bedroom has a queen-sized bed (160 cm) and the second bedroom has two single beds (90 cm) as well as a skylight. There is one bathroom with a sink, toilet, and tub with a handheld shower.
First Floor: A staircase leads up to two bedrooms. The first bedroom has a queen-sized bed (160 cm) and the second bedroom has two single beds (90 cm). There is one bathroom with a sink, toilet, and tub with a handheld shower.
Extra Services:The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Housekeeping Available: Upon request
* There is a fan in each bedroom
Additional amenities include: pets considered, outside area - shared, housekeeping available - extra cost, walk to town, cook service available - extra cost, balcony/terrace, free parking on premises, washing machine - shared, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside area - private.
Left on 08/04/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Philip
We had a wonderful week at San Barberino 1. Very relaxing and pleasant stay. Great facilities, and Cecile, the property manager, is fantastic. Helped us with everything we needed during the week.
The ambiance and the view.
Everything. The village is picturesque and perfect. The more we explored the more we found. Shops, small supermarkets, and restaurants. The village is small enough to easily stroll through but large enough to have some great places to eat and cute shops. Lots of surrounding villages to explore and Florence and Siena both within easy reach.
Curt's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 07/21/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Curt
I can say for sure that we'll stay here again!
Staff was great, very responsive. Parking easy. Walks and runs and views from the property are all very pleasant. If you're looking for something quiet and off the beaten path but with no real sacrifices, this is the place.
Several excellent destinations within easy reach. We go in the early part of the day when it's cooler, then return home to enjoy the pool in the heat, then either make our own meal in the full kitchen, or take the short walk up the hill to one of the two fine restaurants in the nearby walled old town with killer views of hills and hilltowns to the southeast, drenched in golden light from the setting sun.
Linda's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 07/14/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Linda
We loved our stay at the villa. The town of Barberino is quaint and picturesque. It has a view that pictures just can't capture.
We loved the view and the pool. During our week, we had very high temperatures and we needed the pool to cool down as there is no air conditioning in the home. It would be a plus if it were added.
It is in a fabulous location to explore the Chianti region and Tuscan towns such as Certaldo, San Gimignano, Siena, Florence, etc.
Dora's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 07/07/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Dora
Wonderful experience for the whole family.
Cooling off in the pool everyday and also the very nice, helpful property manager.
Very friendly people and beautiful views.
John's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 06/02/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | John
Excellent. Weather in May a pleasant cooler change from South Texas. Situated between modern San Barberino on left of the gate and old San Barberino on right. We never visited modern town. We had plenty of room for 7, including 2 children less than 9 years old. Place was immaculate and dishwasher and laundry facility were very helpful. The manager, Cecile, was delightful and could not have been more helpful with driving suggestions for Florence as well as her availability and willingness to answer all kinds of questions about the area.
Even though we were "in" a town, the vistas out over a farming/orchard valley were beautiful, as were the spectacular sunsets. A dining table on a spacious patio was perfect for home made meals. Two COOPS were adequate for most food needs, and open until 8 PM. The old town was very pretty, though small, and separate from the new town. We arrived in time for flower festival May 12 and 13, with plenty of wine and cheese and meat and olive oil tasting. The large and very secure parking area is a real plus. Cecile, the manager, as noted above is one of the property's best assets.
The property is located at one end of a series of row houses. However, it opens out on to spacious patio the end and one is really not aware of other homes nearby. Barberino is a small town situated between Florence and Siena, with easy access to both by car, which is necessary, with GPS. Just as important to us was the access to San Gimignano, Volterra, and Monteriggione, smaller towns with great charm, and not to be missed. Driving through country involves passing one winery after another, most with opportunity for sampling fine red wines.
John's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 05/12/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | John
We all were very satisfied with the property. It was as described and met or exceeded all our expectations.
The location. Great view. Nice patio. Easy walk to a cafe and three good restaurants. Easy drive (less than an hour) to many of the most popular hill towns.
Beautiful scenery everywhere. Easy access to many restaurants nearby. Well stocked grocery store at the COOP in Tavernelle-- much better than the one in Barberino Val d'Elsa.
Becky's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 11/19/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | Becky
Fantastic! The villa was perfect and the town of Barberino Val d'Elsa is a perfect base for exploring the surrounding Chianti area, as well as being a good example of a hilltop medieval town. Our host, Celeste, was a dear--very helpful and friendly.
The view over the countryside. The close proximity of bars, restaurants, and shops. It was also wonderful to be able to cook dinner from fresh local ingredients.
The beauty of the Tuscan countryside in the autumn and visiting other small towns. Celeste recommended a local winery for a tasting and tour.
Tracy 's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 10/15/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Tracy
We had a wonderful time at San Barberino 1! Cecile was so great--friendly and very helpful! The property was exactly what we were hoping for. It was perfect!
Everything! We had amazing Tuscan views and were right in the village, which was a wonderful experience. The rooms were neat, clean, and beautiful.
We enjoyed the views and being so close to restaurants and markets. It is close to everything we wanted to see, like Florence, Pisa, and the Chianti wine region.
Renny's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 08/06/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Renny
Had a wonderful 7 days. We were traveling with a two year old and the gated entry and the park across the street were great. The location was perfect for morning outings and afternoons at the pool. The view from the terrace was the best.
The view and the village of Barberino. Celeste was very helpful.
We could have used some pool toys. The kitchen was well-stocked but measuring cups/spoons would have been nice, as well as screens for the kitchen windows. My husband would have liked to have WiFi.
We liked the proximity to so many wonderful towns and again, the vistas.
Monika's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 07/30/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Monika
We loved aour time in San Barberino. The rental was very charming and very well appointed.
We were able to have wonderfuls dinners on our terrace overlooking the vineyards.
The property was very clean and very safe. A key was needed to enter through the beautiful gate. We were able to walk to grocery store, church and 3 good restaurants. The pizza restaurant (not just pizza) was our favorite.
The property was on the main street but from our apartment, you could not hear any noise.
The Chianti region was breathtaking. Gorgeous lush vineyards.
Kyle and Gretchen
Kyle and Gretchen's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 06/25/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Kyle and Gretchen
Our overall experience was absolutely wonderful.
The layout of the home was very helpful for having a little boy who napped and big kids who weren't necessarily quiet. Also the kitchen was well-equipped and the patio was perfect for outdoor meals. Our 12-year old enjoyed being able to walk all by himself to town to buy us our daily breakfast. Our 10-year old loved the pool.
The beds were hard and uncomfortable, but we know this is standard in most places outside the U.S. so it didn't bother us.
Out the gate and right up the hill is the most beautiful old town area and view. There are two restaurants that overlook the whole area. Don't miss the restaurant called La Fattoria which is off the main road North of Tavernelle. They had the most amazing food we had in our whole two week vacation.
Betsy's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 10/30/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | Betsy
We enjoyed our stay very much...once we got to know the town a bit, we were able to shop with locals. It was very central for bus trips to Florence and Siena and we enjoyed the rural flavor...a bit cooler than we expected, so we piled on extra blankets and duvets.
The rural setting, the friendly welcome by Cecile, the small town surroundings, a great little restaurant we went to the last night atop the hill.
It was all good...maybe the addition of WiFi??? We relied on computer rather than cell to make other contacts and find out about nearby attractions.
Gorgeous views... just like we imagined Tuscany to be.
Elena's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 05/22/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Elena
We had a wonderful time.
The house was beautiful. We were pleasantly surprised how much better it looked in reality than on the photos posted on the web site. And the outside view was absolutely spectacular. Cecile was extremely nice to us and helped us many times during our stay.
It was a little chilly until we figured out how to turn on the heater. We didn't know that the heating is actually available all year round, it just needs to be turned on.
My favorite was the view. The town of Barberino is also very nice and is surrounded by many little towns. It's also relatively close to Florence and Siena.
Marcy's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 09/30/2009 for a stay in September 2009 | Marcy
Great... no disappointments.
View and outside space.
No screens in the bathroom windows and lots of mosquitoes.
Chianti is beautiful, postcard perfect vineyards, olive groves, winding roads, good wine, etc.
Helen's review of San Barberino 1
Left on 05/31/2008 for a stay in May 2008 | Helen
We had a wonderful experience at S. Barberino! The house was beautiful and Cecilia was not only warm and professional but extremely helpful and kind.
The house, the view, the pool, the location!
Very warm on the second floor. Ceiling fans would be helpful or portable air conditioners.
What a great location.... we were able to get to Florence, Siena and Greve.
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