Le Balze is a working farm situated in a fantastic position in the countryside close to Volterra with beautiful views all around. Balze A is a pretty apartment comfortably furnished in simple Tuscan country style. There is plenty of space to relax in the grounds around the house and by the lovely panoramic swimming pool. Real Tuscan country life can be enjoyed and the friendly owners ensure a welcoming family atmosphere, as well as gladly preparing meals on request using their own genuine local produce.
Le Balze is just 10 minutes drive from the ancient town of Volterra and surrounded b...y strikingly beautiful countryside with rolling clay hills, swaying wheat fields, and dotted with silvery olive groves. The farm in fact specialises in wheat, and oil production, and you are welcome to watch farming activities, and wander the 200 hectare estate on foot.
The lovely swimming pool (12m x 6m) set into the side of a hill, enjoys the most fantastic panorama and surrounding the farmhouse there are shady spots with tables and chairs perfectly placed for dining al fresco. The farm owners are very friendly and welcoming, they will gladly prepare delicious meals on request using fresh and genuine ingredients of their own production, served in the charming dining room with the rustic convivial atmosphere of times gone by.
There are two characteristic farmhouses on Le Balze estate each housing three apartments. At ground level of one of the houses the farms dining room is situated, and also on the estate is the owners house, and a further building where there are two more apartments. The gardens are filled with flowers and mature trees and there is lots of space for relaxing outside on the courtyard terrace area or by the gorgeous swimming pool surrounded by olive trees.
Balze A, on the ground floor, is simply and comfortably furnished, retaining pretty characteristics of terracotta floors and beamed ceilings. The large living area features a lovely original brick archway, fully equipped kitchen area, dining table and chairs and settee (which can convert to a bed on request). A couple of steps lead to the shower room and to the bedroom which has a double bed and single bed. The apartment has an area with table and chairs in the pretty grounds for dining al fresco and there is a barbecue for guests use. Wi Fi internet connection is available, as is table tennis and a small football pitch for children. Parking is in the grounds close by.
Volterra, just 10km away is a lovely town to explore, it boasts an interesting Etruscan museum, amphitheatre, and many craft shops with local alabaster products for which the town is famous. There is an excellent selection of shops and restaurants and in the summer months the town hosts many wonderful festivals, concerts and fairs. From this lovely location in the heart of the countryside many of Tuscanys other sights are easily reached. San Gimignano is just half an hour away, and Florence and Siena are lovely days out. The Tuscan coast is only about 45 minutes drive away, if a day by the sea entices you.
Living room with kitchen area with cooker (4 gas rings, electric oven), fridge/freezer, microwave, and dishwasher, dining table and chairs, settee (which converts to a bed on request to accommodate 2 extra persons) and satellite television > Triple bedroom (double and single bed) > Shower room with shower cubicle, basin, bidet and w.c. > Washing machine > Central heating* > Garden area > Barbecue > Swimming pool > Parking > Home cooked meals on request > WiFi internet connection > Table tennis (ping pong) > Childrens football pitch > 10km to the town of Volterra with selection of shops and restaurants.
(Facilities marked * are payable locally)
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