Dreamy Tuscan Farmhouse near Florence, Podere la Villa
Description from the owner
PODERE LA VILLA:
Share our dreamy Tuscan farmhouse with us while recharging your body and mind in a full immersion of vineyards and olive groves. Far away from city noise and crowds, this charming, 200 square meter house sleeps 6 people: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with showers, a fully-equipped, spacious kitchen, living room, several dining/lounging areas, a beautiful pool and a luxurious garden. We live in a separate apartment upstairs and are available to answer all of your questions in English, German, French and, of course, Italian!
Podere la Villa is ideal for anyone looking for a relaxing and peaceful place in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region. There are a number of easy, beautiful hikes to take directly from our property that take you through vineyards and wooded areas. Or, just relax at home in one of the many lovely eating/lounging areas, or by the panoramic pool (open mid May to mid October). It is especially gorgeous here both in the Spring and in September-October during harvest.
We hope you'll agree the villa is extremely well-situated and furnished with everything needed for a comfortable stay. Of course, we are here if you need help with anything.
Come with friends. Come with family. Come with children. We are happy to host you!
The apartment is on two levels. On the ground floor:
- a spacious loggia /entrance
- a large and fully-equipped kitchen including:
- a living and dining room with fireplace, TV, DVD, stereo, and WIFI.
- a bedroom (sleeps 2 in a queen bed) with a brand new bathroom with shower.
- a terrace shaded by a pergola, furnished with tables, chairs and BBQ.
- one large bedroom (the king size bed can also be converted into two large twin beds), a bathroom with shower. Air conditioning.
- one bedroom with two separate twin beds, a bathroom with shower. Air conditioning.
MORE ABOUT THE VILLA
This villa is our home, and we care for our guests like extended family. Since 2005, we have enjoyed meeting interesting guests from all over the world. We are happy to share our knowledge of the local area with you, as well as learn about your background and exchange ideas. Your children are very welcome to play with our children, too!
The house has a large garden on several sides with various corners for sitting and reading, watching the sunset, and easy access for taking walks in the vineyards.
Upon your arrival, we will welcome you with a bottle of our wine made from our own vineyards as well as our own olive oil. We will also furnish the kitchen with some basic things for breakfast.
During your stay at Podere La Villa, upon request, we can arrange a typical Tuscan dinner prepared by a local chef, and/or a wine tasting of some famous Italian wines.
If you like our wine, you are certainly welcome to take some home with you. We can arrange for packing and shipping.
For stays longer than a week, a weekly cleaning with change of linens and towels is included in the price.
A laundry room is accessible from the external part of the villa.
Extra maid service or babysitting can be provided upon request.
Tax rate 10% of rent tax rate
Cleaning fee 130 € per stay
Damage Deposit 200 € per stay
Washing machine in the house laundy: 8 Euro
Extra cleaning: 10 Euro per hour
Minimum stay until end of June: 4 nights.
TOURISM TAX: €1,50 PER PERSON PER NIGHT FOR A MAXIMUM OF 7 NIGHTS, CHILDREN UP 14 YEARS OF AGE DO NOT PAY.
DISCOUNTED RATES WILL BE GRANTED TO STAYS LONGER THAN 1 WEEK....Read more
"Podere La Villa is a Tuscan treasure; it will capture your heart"
Left on 10/16/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 16, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
If you are traveling to Tuscany, Podere La Villa should deffinately be a destination. Ilaria and her beautiful family are truly wonderful hosts. You will find all you need in terms of accommodations. The Villa, located right in the heart of the wine country, is centrally located; 20 minutes from Florence, 45 minutes from Sienna. The town of San Casciano has much to offer including great shops and restaurants, wonderful desserts from Julia's patessiere and the best homemade pasta from the local pasta shop. Don't forget to go to the weekly farmers market for some if the best produce you will ever taste! If you love to cook, the Villa includes a kitchen. The countryside is beautiful and as an artist, I was truly inspired! Tuscany, Ilaria and her husband Rafale and two beautiful children Ricardo and Nicalo will always be in my heart!
Left on 10/09/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Drs. Cherie & Ron; Caribbean Villa OwnersReviewed Oct 9, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
The villa is beautiful, cheerful, and we felt at home. Ilaria keeps Podera very clean. Podera is fully equipped and updated. Ilaria and Rafael are the best hosts one can imagine, full of useful information about the area. They are very attentive. Ilaria showed us a 20 minute shortcut straight into a free parking lot in Florence!
We did not have enough converters and Rafael went right out and bought some for us. They are both very accommodating and speak fluent English. I cannot say enough about these wonderful people. Their two boys, ages 4 and 6, are also charming and sweet. However, they are little boys and can be a bit noisy when playing, but Ilaria keeps them in line!
The main town, San Casciano, is lovely and quaint and only a few minutes from the villa. There is plenty of history in the town. What we also loved, besides the terrific food, wine, the little outdoor market and the pasta shop with home made pastas, is in the evenings, families are out and about in the streets, enjoying a meal or espresso and meeting up with friends and neighbors. The children are with their parents having fun, no iPods! San Casciano felt like home. We had several dinners there and loved walking around. By the way, be sure to know the Italian for the days of the week or you may get a parking ticket ;)
We planned on going back to Italy, south next time, but because Ilaria and Rafael are so great, and Podera La Villa so charming, we may decide to stay at Podere La Villa again, rather than somewhere else. It is in a perfect location to visit other towns. We went to Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Livorno, San Gimignano, Cirque Terra and Montapulciano!
The only drawback was the wifi is wireless and is from the upstairs apartment, so we had to sit in the living room to get a signal. It was very hot. Wish we could have sat outside at one of several lovely seating areas.
Left on 09/17/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 17, 2012Stayed Sep 2012
We stopped here quite by accident and had a very nice reception from the couple here. They welcomed us in and allowed us to taste their gorgeous wine - a Chianti Classico. A marvelous afternoon! Many thanks and we will be taking home several bottles!!
"Stunning location and convenient for visiting all the sights"
Left on 07/11/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 11, 2012Stayed Jun 2012
We are a family of 4, with children of 14 and 12. We all enjoyed our stay at Podere la villa and have many happy memories. The situation is amazing and yet so convenient for the town, food shopping, Florence and the other sights in Tuscany. The house is very comfortable and well furnished. The pool was very much appreciated by us all and especially after a hot day sightseeing. Ilaria was always on hand to offer advice and recommendations, especially when driving into Florence! We would recommend the villa without hesitation.
Left on 07/08/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 8, 2012Stayed Jun 2012
I stayed 5 nights traveling with my wife an 4 small childrens (< 8yrs).
Location is perfect (less than an hour from anything; Siena, San Gimignano, Firenze, Volterra, Pisa...). Plenty of great places to eat withn 10-15 min!!
House is impeccable and Ilaria is a wonderful host, definitely a great value, will definitely use it again.
Left on 05/11/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 11, 2012Stayed May 2012
The Villa was spacious, had excellent facilities and was ideally suited to touring the whole of the Tuscany region. The standard of furnishings and facilities was high and the owner Ilaria was a great help, very approachable and most friendly.
Our stay was memorable for all the right reasons and the position of the villa, high up and out of the village in the centre of a vineyard with stunning views. The villa was close to local amenities and food shops ( only a 5 minute drive ), yet quietly tucked away. We were unable to use the available swimming pool due to it being early in the season, but this would be another excellent facility for the warmer weather.
Left on 10/28/2011 for a stay in November 2008 | Red MontgomeryReviewed Oct 28, 2011Stayed Nov 2008
I have had the great pleasure of staying at the beautiful Podere La Villa, many times. Each time, I have been enchanted with this lovely little villa and it's comfortable, clean and quiet accommodations. It's host, Ilaria Tachis is charming and a wonderful source of information about Tuscany, it's wines, etc. The villa is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region, conveniently close to the extraordinary city of Florence and many of the finest wine estates in Tuscany. I'm proud to say that I have become good friends with the Tachis family over the years and I wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful villa (and their fantastic wine!!) to anyone who is thinking of taking a vacation in the heart of Tuscany. You will not be disappointed!
Left on 10/27/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | Callewaert NadineReviewed Oct 27, 2011Stayed Aug 2011
Podere la Villa is located in beautiful Toscane. It is the ideal location to visit as many villages en cities in the area.
After every visit you can relax near the pool or just sit down and read and enjoy the silence. Read more
Left on 10/27/2011 for a stay in September 2010 | Ied and JohnReviewed Oct 27, 2011Stayed Sep 2010
We come to Podere la Villa the last ten years very often. Sometimes twice a year, spring and autumn. The owner, Mrs. Tachis became a dear friend throughout all our visits. She helps with all the questions you have and knows all about wine. She even makes her own good wine. Wonderful house with good equiped kitchen and sitting room. Nice bathrooms and bedrooms with colored linen. The garden around the house is lovely kept with roses and other beautiful plants and flowers. The pool is very nice with a great view around at wine land and olive trees. We love the place and the city San Casciano val di Pesa. Lots of nice restaurants. And by bus to Florence. Easy does it. Read more
Left on 10/26/2011 for a stay in July 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 26, 2011Stayed Jul 2010
I cannot describe the beauty surrounding this house. I watched the sun rise every morning over the olive crops on the neighboring hillside. Of the many happy memories created here, a favorite is the nectarines Ilaria brought from her trees to the kitchen each day -- they were the best I ever tasted. Every day spent at the house was gorgeous, sun-filled, happy and relaxed. Coming from NYC, it was a complete change of lifestyle (and much needed). We hired a chef to prepare dinner for our last evening, and dining outside with family and Ilaria was magical. Just go. Read more
Thank you, thank you Carla!
We hope to see you again here soon in the future!
Lots of love to your family
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Left on 10/26/2011 for a stay in May 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 26, 2011Stayed May 2010
We tell everyone what a great time we had staying at villa podere in tuscany. Ilaria was so very helpful and gracious and the accommodations just perfect. We still think about the cypress trees, the scented rosemary bushes and the beautiful roses in the yard. It was a trip we will never forget and one that will be hard to duplicate. Read more
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