Vacation Rentals - Apartment in a villa - 1200 sq ft / 111 sq m - Ground level
This comfortable, well equipped 90 square metre apartment is ideal for a couple or small family. It occupies the most ancient part of our beautifully restored stone farmhouse, revealing small traces of its 13th century origins during the restoration.
The apartment sits below the main house, which was restored by us some years ago as a family home. This much loved and cared for property is still more family home than holiday rental. We return from Australia every year to maintain, fix, renew and update everything that needs attention. Both the house and the apartment were freshly painted throughout in 2016. The apartment restoration was done with the same attention to quality and detail as the main house upstairs.
The two properties can be rented separately or together for larger groups. Please see Property ID 231966.
Totally independent from the main house, the apartment has its own driveway and entrance (although both are at ground level because of the slope of the land). It is very spacious, refreshingly cool in summer and cosy in winter. Additional power supply supports the appliances, it has reliable plumbing and strong water pressure, and all the windows have screens, internal cypress shutters and pretty views across the valley.
Traditional farmhouse furniture offers ample space for guests to unpack and completely settle in. The kitchen is well equipped for preparing meals at home, and the comfortable living spaces and good range of DVDs make a quiet night in a viable option. The apartment provides welcome respite after a busy day's sightseeing.
While it does not share the main house garden, it does have its own private little dining terrace which faces the valley and our cypress lined track, and of course there are the surrounding woodland areas. The forest offers up its bounty such as porcini mushrooms, wild asparagus, even truffles, to intrepid locals who gather in small family groups to enjoy the tranquillity on sunny weekends. There are many lovely walks around the property, or just take a glass of Chianti to the bench in our little olive grove and watch the sunset.
The property nestles in the hills 3.5 km above the village of San Polo in Chianti, so a car is a must. San Polo is slightly removed from the tourist turmoil yet it offers great essentials shopping, a fabulous restaurant and good road access to the must-see towns and sights of Tuscany. Proximity to Florence (about a 25 minute drive) gives us convenient autostrada access, although you can’t see, hear or even imagine an autostrada from this peaceful rural setting.
Although we don’t live on site, we do have a loyal group of friends and retainers equipped to resolve any problems quickly and efficiently. A booklet of information at the apartment covers the A to Z of how everything works, plus it lists local support phone numbers. We encourage guests to sms us with any concerns so we can ensure a quick resolution of any issue.
Ahead of the trip, all our guests receive a comprehensive booklet (PDF) of tips and recommendations for things to do and places to go. These are some of our favourite things, compiled over years of experience in Tuscany and other parts of Italy. It’s quite extensive and, like the house, is updated each year. Some guests find it useful, particularly first time visitors to Italy.