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.
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 pool has been recently made new, it is a 5 x 11 m rectangular pool (the online video shows still the old circular pool).
The little village of Fiano is just a mile away, with a couple of very nice restaurants, and can be reached on foot (over the fields) or in just a few minutes by car. In Fiano there is also a bar, a butcher, a grocery shop, 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 is fluent in English and will greet you when you arrive. She is a great cook and offers cook service. The Italian-speaking mother of the owner also lives on the estate in another farmhouse. She is on hand to help you for any question you might have.
Additional amenities include: loggia for al fresco dining, large refrigerator with built-in freezer and icemaker, hifi, DVD with a choice of movies for kids, air conditioning in all 5 bedrooms, mosquito screens in all 5 bedrooms....Read more
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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