Le Balze is a working farm situated in a fantastic position in the countryside close to Volterra with beautiful views all around. Balze M6 is a pretty apartment comfortably furnished in simple Tuscan country style, and with its own outdoor patio. 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 by 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, the characteristic 'Torre' tower house where there are two more apartments. The grounds are filled with flowers and mature trees and there is lots of space for relaxing outside on the garden terrace, or by the gorgeous swimming pool surrounded by olive trees.
Balze M6, is situated on the ground floor of the 'Torre' house. Furnished simply and comfortably, the apartment has terracotta floors and beamed ceilings. The kitchen/dining room has a fully equipped kitchen area, dining table and chairs and opens onto the garden area which is furnished with table chairs and sun umbrella. There are three pretty bedrooms, two with twin beds (which can convert to doubles on request), one with double bed and two shower rooms (one of which is suitable for disabled). The double bedroom opens onto a covered loggia terrace with wicker easy chairs, and enjoying a pretty view of the olive grove and there are other areas in the grounds with table, chairs and barbecue for dining al fresco. Wi Fi internet connection is available and 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 Tuscany's 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.
Kitchen/dining area cooker (4 gas rings, electric oven), fridge/freezer, dishwasher, dining table and chairs and satellite television > Double bedroom > 2 Twin bedrooms (which can convert to doubles on request) > 2 Shower rooms with shower, basin, bidet and w.c. (one suitable for disabled) > Covered loggia terrace > Garden area > Washing machine > Central heating* > Barbecue > Swimming pool > Parking > Home cooked meals on request > WiFi internet connection > 10km to the town of Volterra with selection of shops and restaurants. (Facilities marked * are payable locally)
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Left on 08/27/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 27, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
Our last stay with the Caruso family was very pleasant an a really relaxing experience.
All members were very welcoming and nice to us so we enjoyed their warm hospitality very much.
The apartments and the property is being held in good sate and very tidy.
The pool was amazing and our overall impression was so good. We have recommended this place also to our friends and family.
Hope this gives you an impression on how much we liked our stay there.
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