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1 / 22 studio "Il Rifugio" - sleeping max. 3 (1 double, 1 single sofa bed)

from $106 / night help Price for guests, Nights

Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedroom 1 / Bathroom 1 / Sleeps 3 / Apartment
Bedroom: 1  Bathroom: 1  Sleeps: 3  Type: Apartment
Cosy 1BR/1 BA suite/ studio
TripAdvisor property ID 3827511

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Book this 1 bedroom apartment in Castellina In Chianti today! A total of 3 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a pool, hot tub, and parking space among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 4.5/5 thanks to an average of 14 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $586 to as high as $820, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 95% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Jul 23, 2017.

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About the owner

About the owner

Ulrike E.
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23 Jul 2017
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Languages spoken: English, German, Italian



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Castellina-in-chianti Attractions




  • Central heating
  • Clothes dryer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)

Property Features

  • High chair
  • Parking


  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Climbing frame
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (14)

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“Tuscan Charm”

Reviewed 3 Oct 2012

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.

“Relaxing in the Tuscan Sun”

Reviewed 17 Aug 2012

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

“Fantastische locatie - prima appartement”

Reviewed 6 Aug 2012

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!”

Reviewed 4 Jul 2012

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.

“Nice and romantic agriculture Guesthouse”

Reviewed 21 Mar 2011

Small apartment in a lovely area, right place to relaxe or to start tours in Toscana / Fiorence or Siena

“Heaven in Tuscany”

Reviewed 17 Mar 2011

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!

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