|Rental type||Apartment / Condominium|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||25 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Away from it all, Rural|
Description from the owner
Despise enormous tax increases sofar we will nooot raise our rates
"Il Rifugio" is a very cosy 1room studio/suite with well equipped kitchenette (2 electric hobs, fridge, toaster, American & Italian coffeemaker, etc. etc,) a smart dining bar, a sitting area with single sofa bed, a romantic alcove-like sleeping area (standard double bed with single mattresses) with ensuite spacious bathroom. Soft curtains divide the sleeping from the living area.
Directly in front of the studio is the very large sunny terrace with garden furniture, sun chairs and bbq inviting you to relax and do some alfresco dining. This suite is perfect for s...Read more
Cosy 1BR studio
Castellina In Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Additional Location Information
spend a dream vacation in Tuscany's heart - " Chianti Classico" - only a few miles from Florence and Siena - vineyard covered hills, silvery olive groves, vast forests and colourful macchia slopes - and admidst hidden ancient farm houses guarded by cypresses and towering pinetrees like the privately owned 16th century estate " Poderi Val Verde " . In this small familystyle hamlet, only 2 km from the next village the famous Castellina in Chianti , our sophisticated guests will find undisturbed and unspoiled nature, silence, sun, good food (cookery courses) Chianti wine, sports (trekking, biking, riding etc.) as well as culture.
Airports: Florence 45 min, Pisa 90 min, Bologna 2hrs, Rome+Milano 3 to 4 hrs,
train station: Poggibonsi, 30 min, Castellina Scalo 15 min - no car rental!
Siena 35 min, Florence 45 min - car rental!!!!
bus station: castellina 5 min
bad to non-existing train and bus schedules!!!!
you will need a car to see Tuscany's beautiful scenery with its small towns and wine and olive covered hills, not to speak of visits to the hundreds of local wineries and other activities
Surrounded by more then 2ha of wellcared parklike garden sits the imposing guest house complex which is dived in 3 apartments (2-4 Pers.) , and/or 2 semiattached houses "Casa Pineta (8-13 pers.) + "Casa Acacia (6-8 pers.) as well as the lovely small villetta "Casa Capannina " (4- 6 pers.).
Specials: 4 course welcome dinner, continental breakfast service, cookery classes of local specialties - euro 35/pers. children euro 25 or less
On day of arrival (or on special request) welcome dinner of typical Tuscan dishes - Joined dinner with all guests - meal incl. beverages - sit down and enjoy your vacation from the first minute!
Breakfast service - Continental breakfast euro 49/week
Spare 3 hours and dont miss out on our half day 'do it yourself' cookery courses (17.00 to 20.00 hrs) of local specialities you normally dont find in restaurants . farmer dishes typical for this part of Italy, easy to prepare with few tasty ingredients (preferable from our gardens and game from the surrounding forests) , our own olive oil and some 'secrets'.
price of euro 70/pers. incl. meal and beverage, minimum participation 2 person - members of the family or friend may join the dinner.
Hiking: we are proud to say that we are the only that offer private, marked hiking trails - all start from your door steps - all levels, from 30 min to 6 hours, with guide or with maps that we supply. they lead you through forest, vineyards and olive groves, you may stop at various wineries and restaurants. what better way to experience the beauty of the Chianti region.
ask for our offer on 'hike, wine, dine'
Guided trekking rate: depending on number of participant and length of trekking- please request
'Under construction' as of 2013 we are planing to offer summer bow hunting lessons. as of 2014 there will be also a 50 ha extended 3D animal parcour !!!!!!!!
Staff and assistance: - English, German and Italian speaking staff.. no 'key in hand - you are on your own' policy. we are here to help and advise.
Location: Poderi Val Verde is a tiny auto-sufficient hamlet only 500 m from the main road - so no long rides on dusty country roads - more then perfect for bikers too.
Its closeness to the next town Castellina in Chianti (only 3 km) makes shopping and dining easy - one may even walk there - just zip into town for a coffee break or a cone with delicious ice cream, one the best in the region
Some thoughts to consider: Please be aware that isolated houses in top-of-the-hill position often suffer from shortage of water in the summer months and gusty winds in spring and autumn, which shorten the pool season. Due to our protected position, which is typical for real old houses and the many wells we never suffer from either one.
Privacy: all accommodations have private entrances and terraces so your privacy is ensured.
Pool: Since there are so many sights to visit and so many things to do most of our guests take off early in the morning and come back late in the evening, after a dip in the pool they are off again for dinner. so the pool and leisure area are often deserted.
Right next to the large community pool (11x5,5 m) with a safe entrance platform and extend leisure area with sunbeds and various shady loggia the playground with sandbox, fairy house and swing for the smallest of our guests and the soccer field, the basketball pole, the volleyball field and pingpong table for the active once that are not tired after a day of sightseeing.
When planing your trip take in consideration that due to our perfect location, most important sights can be easily reached within 1 hours drive. Also please dont forget to leave some space for one of the many concerts, horseback riding or some evening with newfound friends or maybe a halfday cookery course with local dishes. Extremes like biking on the new trail up at the Apennin mountains or island hoping on the Tuscan coast are also possible
Location Type Away from it all, Rural
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$107||$107||$670 - $871||$0||3 nights|
|Easter, Pentecost, May, June, September, Christmas and New Years||-||-||$737||-||7 nights|
|January, April, October and December||-||-||$670||-||7 nights|
|July and August||-||-||$871||-||7 nights|
|All Other Dates||$107||$107||$670||-||3 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Damage deposit - $201 - Security Deposit
- Additional guests - $67 / person - Per-Person Adjustment - Fee applies to parties of more than 1 guest(s)
Additional notes from owner
All incl. rates for standard occupation of 2 pers. : electricity, water, taxes, house insurance; weekly change of bed, bath and table linen, pool towels, bathrobes (on request), hairdryers in all bathrooms, fire/barbeque wood, use of washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board, portable fans, as well as a starter package of spices, coffee, tea, toilet paper, soap and detergent.
Seperate charges may be: visitor's tax (€1,50/pers./day), sofa bed (€50/pers/wk), heating, wifi (€14/wk) , baby bed and highchair (€39+10/wk), expenses for animals (€50/wk) welcome dinner (€35/pers), breakfast service (€49/pers./wk) , extra meals, cookery courses (€70/pers.).
Early bird discount for 2013 booking - 10% on 2012 prices
Last -Minute discount - 15% if arrival within 1 week
2 weeks booking - 10% on second week (previous discount exempted)
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Seattle, WA, USA
If you want a great central location, comfortable accommodations,a great home base for your stay in Tuscany, stay here. Poderi VV is within 25km of every major site you want to see, easy access to Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra and only a couple minutes away from Castellina. Castellina is a nice home base - small, charming town with several nice restaurants, two coffee shops (1 w/Wifi), a good grocery (co op), lovely old italian architecture and town square.
The apts are comfortable and nicely appointed with kitchen gear, towels, everything you need for a short or long stay. Great spot for families and couples alike. Great pool. note: if you are looking for 5 star hotel type accommodations, this is not your place. If you want a comfortable home away from home, then this should fit your needs. The owner is very helpful in recommending restaurants, sites to see and how to get to them.
The welcome dinner on Sat night is excellent local fare-lots of food and wine and a great way to meet others staying there at the same time. highly recommended. ( Note that they do have dogs and cats on premise and they are friendly and will visit occasionally. ) we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, beauty and privacy of this spot.
Note that the studio called "il rifugio" is quite small but very functional and with a large patio.
We will definitely stay there again.
Nancy and the crew
Relaxing in the Tuscan Sun
Ulrike was a fab host, and made everyone feel very welcome during the welcome dinner. The complex was expansive and the views were outstanding. We liked being on our terrace at night star gazing with some vino. It was a bit hard to find, however if you had a sat nav no issues. The accommodation was exactly what was expected, and in Tuscany you are out all day and most nights we found, so just needed place to kip and wash. The pool was perfect, private and allowed for engagement with other families and children. Our five year old learned how to swim on holiday, and this was brilliant. our daughter was fascinated with the sheep, cats, dogs and bugs around the property. The village close, Castillina in Chianti was the prettiest one we encountered, with friendly restaurants and shops. A must is gettin a couple scoops of gelato from the shop in the village, it is a favourite. Easy access - 25 mins to Florence and Siena. It was nice to have Ulrike make us breakfast to start our day, and in summer would recommend site seeing in am, then the pool in afternoon as it does get hot. We enjoyed some wine tasting and tour about 10 mins away at a lovely vineyard, Casa Emma and brought home some lovely vino. A dont miss is Panzano, and Dario the famous butcher...anyone in the village can direct you to his shop- the pork and salami are to die for and make good lunches w/bread and cheeses. We will be returning and was one of the best holidays we have had. plus the guaranteed sun is great coming from the UK
Party of two
Fantastische locatie - prima appartement
De locatie is perfect, centraal gelegen voor bezoeken aan Florence, Siena, San Gimignano en vele wijntours en proeverijeN in de omgeving. De accommodatie was schoon en groot genoeg voor 2. De omgeving is prachtig en heerlijk rustig. De eigenaresse Ulrike is fantastisch, heel vriendelijk en behulpzaam. Haar kookles is erg gezellig, lekker en leerzaam! Een aanrader, net als het welkomstdiner. We hebben er heerlijk kunnen relaxen en van alles genoten. Vergeet vooral ook niet n fles van haar heerlijke olijfolie mee naar huis te nemen!
Listening to the sounds of silence at night!
Ulrike is a charming host. You have privacy and spend your time as you wish but she is there if you have questions or needs. She is also a great cook and offers a welcome dinner for new arrivals. We arrived too late for that but did take her cooking class later in the week. We will use these recipes when we get home. The country estate was beautiful, there was the sweet aroma of flowers always present. I have allergies but was not bothered here. The studio apt. that we stayed in had everything we needed and a lovely private terrace to enjoy breakfast and a late night meal or glass of wine. The perfect stettng for a romantic Italian escape. It was a great location for day trips to local wineries and historical cities in the area. It was also great for families. There is a big refreshing pool, ping pong, a play area and hiking trails.
London, England, United Kingdom
Delightful stay in Tuscany
My wife and I stayed here for part of our honeymoon after a busy week in Rome. It was the perfect place to unwind and relax, tucked away in a valley teeming with wildlife observed from the pool or one of the various trails leading away from the garden into the hills and neighbouring Chianti Classico valleys. We came without a car and the local village, Castellina in Chianti, is an easy 30min walk through the valley and along a bit of road.
Il Rustico is just the right size for a couple looking for a snug getaway. We cooked most of our meals in the kitchen, relaxed on a couple of cooler evenings on the sofa and gathered some wood from the forests to have an open flame barbecue one evening.
Ulrike was an energetic host, even taking us into Siena one evening to watch her choir perform in the historic Palazzo Pubblico followed by an uproarious meal in a pizza restaurant with the choir, who all started belting out operatic classics at the end of the meal! We would also recommend the delicious welcome meal, and the cooking lesson was great fun.
Charming and Rustic in the center of the Chianti region
Charming and very tuscan - we loved Il Refugio. The sat nite dinner was fabulous and we loved meeting the other couples/families who were staying there. Ended up spending 3 more evenings together - made our vacation very enjoyable
Nice and romantic agriculture Guesthouse
Small apartment in a lovely area, right place to relaxe or to start tours in Toscana / Fiorence or Siena
Upstate New York
Heaven in Tuscany
Poderi Val Verde was the setting for a fabulous vaction with extended family (12), including teenagers. The location was great as we could take a number of day trips to explore Tuscany, from Florence to Siena and small, quaint town throughout the Chianti area. At the end of our long days, we returned to share our stories and much laughter with Ulrike and Fabian, her son. As the weather was unusually hot, it was wonderful to jump in the pool to cool off and relax. The grounds of Poderi Val Verde were terrific. We hiked on the trails, fed the goats, played ping pong, wandered through fragrant gardens and many hours on the patios, playing cards and making great memories. Each morning Ulrike had a terrific breakfast lined up for us. Fresh eggs from her chickens, homemade jams, a variety of cheeses, yogurts and other goodies. The dinners Ulrike prepared were out of this world-- wild boar, venison, pastas and one night an amazing variety of cheeses. Ulrike and Fabian were terrific hosts, helping us learn about the culture and the region. Ulrike's expertise was instrumental in guiding us so well with our planning. Our teenagers and young adults were never bored and so enjoyed the company of Fabian and Ulrike. Of course, nearby Castellina in Chianti with amazing gelato was the hit on most nights! We had so much to do and a week wasn't enough to take it all in. We dream of returning in future years. If you go, and you really should, stay two weeks and have the time of your life!