Peaceful Il Colombaio boasts vineyard views, pool and lush gardens
Description from the manager
Perfect for a quiet getaway, family reunion or tour of the Chianti Classico region, Il Colombaio is a secluded seven-bedroom farmhouse. Recently restored by an American family, the property features original Tuscan charm and stunning panoramic views as well as modern touches like a pool and spacious terrace. Its close enough to the regions famed hill towns for day trips, yet private enough to feel like your own hideaway.
Besides the views, the highlight of the house is the terrace stretching along its west side, which has both a shady dining area under a pergola and sunnier spots for lounging and reading. Just below the terrace, theres a large pool with plenty of chaise longues for sunbathing. A barbecue and pizza oven let you prepare your own local specialties, and Wi-Fi access keeps you connected.
Inside, Il Colombaio is simple and charming, with terracotta floors, beamed ceilings and warm-toned walls. In the living room, two sofas are tucked up to the fireplace, and theres a separate TV room. A sleek pedestal table and glass cabinet add a modern touch in the dining room. Brick accents and coral walls make the kitchen a cozy gathering spot, and modern equipment makes feeding a crowd a snap.
There are five bedrooms in the main house and two bedrooms in the guest house. In the main house, the master suite has a double bed, en-suite bathroom, fireplace and garden access. Two bedrooms with double beds and one bedroom with a twin bed all share a bathroom. Upstairs, the fifth bedroom has a double bed and shares a bathroom with the ground-floor bedrooms. In the guest house, both bedrooms have double beds and access to a bathroom with a shower.
Il Colombaio is just 2 miles from the village of Monti in Chianti, which has shops, a bank and a post office. The village of Gaiole in Chianti is 6 miles away, and the medieval town of Radda in Chianti is 8 miles away. If youre in the mood for some city sightseeing, Siena is just 10 miles away and Florence is 22 miles away.
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Bedroom 1 - Master: Double bed, En-suite bathroom with shower, Fireplace opening in to garden
Bedroom 3: Double bed, Shared bathroom with Bedrooms 2 4
Bedroom 4: Single bed, Shared bathroom with Bedrooms 2 3
Bedroom 5: Double bed, Shared bathroom with ground floor bedrooms, Located on the second floor
Bedroom 6: Double bed, Bathroom with shower
Bedroom 7: Double bed, Bathroom with shower
Maid service - 9 hours per week
At Extra Cost advance notice may be required:
Child care service
Additional maid service
Points of Interest:
3.5 km to:
Monti in Chianti
10 km to Gaiole in Chianti
13 km to Radda in Chianti
16 km to Siena
35 km to Florence
Maximum 13 guests
Pets not permitted
Required security deposit is payable onsite in cash or travelers check. Guests may pay in euros, or the equivalent amount in another currency
Check-in between 4pm and 7pm
Check-out before 10 a.m. on the day of departure
Mandatory Visitors Tax of 1.50 per person per day payable on-site
Applicable on the first 7 days
Fees and conditions are subject to change
SWIMMING POOLS - Swimming pools are not open all year. If your rental period is outside the period May 30th to October 3rd, please check with us that the pool can be opened. Swimming pools are not enclosed with fences and there are no lifeguards. Clients use of the swimming pool is at their own risk.
HEATING - Heating is available at an additional charge of 50 Euro per day and must be paid directly on the spot to the owner or his/her representative before departing. Please note that heating in Italy, when not subject to restrictions by the local Government, is more expensive compared to other countries. If you look for a property in low season, make sure to ask for an estimate of the heating cost. You may be asked a supplementary deposit for heating expenses.
WATER AND ELECTRICITY - Please note that most of the properties that we offer are not the typical purpose-built Mediterranean holiday villas. Most are converted farmhouses or former manor houses, full of character and history. Water shortages do occur; please use it sparingly during the summer months. At the same time, Italy is probably one of the few countries in the world where the government has introduced a system of electricity limitators to contain the national consumption. This means you must be careful when using more than one appliance at once because the limitator will shut the electricity off.
INTERNET CONNECTION - Many of our properties have an internet connection. From our experience, when a connection is interrupted due to technical reasons beyond our control, it is unfortunately very difficult, despite our efforts, to receive immediate assistance from some of the internet providers operating in Italy. We therefore strongly suggest that those who need to access their emails should bring their own BlackBerry, or a similar portable device. Please note that in any case we cannot accept responsibility for lack of these services.
LOW SLUNG CARS - VANS MINIBUSES - Most of our houses are located in the countryside. Some of them can be accessed only by unsealed roads and driveways. We therefore advise people intending to take a sports or low-slung car on holiday, to check with us first whether the access to the property allows for such a car. We advise against the use of vans and minibuses. Please always check with us, at the time of booking, if you are planning to use this type of vehicle when staying at one of our properties.
"A great house in a beautiful region for a relaxing week."
Left on 05/25/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | KatherineReviewed May 25, 2013Stayed May 2013
We stayed at Il Colombaio as a group of 6 adults and one baby. Despite some unseasonal weather, we had a fantastic time and especially enjoyed the kitchen and terrace. The house is in a great location to get to several towns and we went on several day trips during our stay. The house was very comfortable and well-stocked with kitchen equipment, and even some baby toys. Fantastic huge tables both on the terrace and in the kitchen. - Katherine B., New York, USA
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in June 2012 | Tom .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Jun 2012
Villa Il Colombaio was a wonderful property... It\'s well located and very rural... The property was larger then then handful of pics on the website led us to believe... All of the surfaces, and fixtures were of a very nice standard... The landscaping & hardscaping on the property was exceptional and well maintained. The kitchen is fantastic for cooking once you learn to operate the oven (it\'s a gas / electric pro model and the oven only works in conjunction with the timer... if you don\'t figure this out you\'ll never get the oven on)... the refrigerators are a little weak and need to be replaced... probably not a big deal, unless you show up with a lot of food as we did to have all of our meals there for 13 people for 7 days...The outdoor loggia is just steps off the kitchen and worked wonderfully for all our meals... The pool is large, the water was very clean & warm... it was all good! we had a couple of small problems that the villa manager Annie handled very promptly. She was g - Tom H., Pennsylvania, USA
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in June 2012 | Kerry .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Jun 2012
Absolutely incredible. Villa Il Colombiao surprised even out wildest expectations. The home is beautiful, the landscaping incredible, and the views undescribe-able The minute we walked into the house, we never our plans to explore the region changed so we could just enjoy more time at the Villa with each other. The absolute highlight is the outdoor eating area. We spend hours and hours there eating, drinking, laughing and enjoy each other\'s company. Plus, we are a loud group and were comforted by the fact this Villa sat on a hillside by itself, so we could enjoy games and laughing until late hours. This property is the quintessential Tuscan home and we are thankful to be able to spend one of the most amazing vacations here. - Kerry S., Washington, USA
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