Ideal for couples, all ages
May 2017: Just installed faster internet, new oven, and new washer-dryer!
Romantic vineyard walks, stunning views, tastings at next-door winery
15 mins from San Gimignano
10 mins from Certaldo train station on Florence-Siena train line
Disability access: 3-4 shallow steps
Suitable for young couples with maximum 1 child (including infants)
For couples with 1-2 children we recommend our "Hilltop Retreat for Young Families" listing, which has extra bathroom with bathtub
Echoes of the Past....
An atmospheric and quirky residence, resonant with echoes of its past as a hay and cattle barn. Situated on a typical Tuscan raised outcrop, or "poggio", surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, 6 miles from San Gimignano and 25 from Florence and Siena.....
The characteristic charm of the apartment is its visible links to its history as a convent hay and cattle barn. The long manger and some of the original tie-up hooks have been preserved and incorporated into the main bedroom, while the sunbeams pouring through the tessellated brickwork of the living room remind us that this was where the hay was once kept fresh and aerated during storage.
This is not just a pretty hill-top retreat, it is an atmospheric and quirky residence, resonant with echoes of its past.
If you listen carefully, as you relax in the high-beamed living room, you may just catch the lingering murmurs of its ruminating former occupants echoing in the rafters…..
Acesso dos hóspedes
Guests have use of the Manger Bedroom with King-size bed and en-suite Manger Bathroom with shower stall, hair-dryer.
The spacious Hay Day Room comprises kitchen with four stove-top gas rings, new electric oven, micro-wave oven, and dining and living areas with a toddler's high-chair.
A laundry room with washing machine gives out onto a terrace that overlooks a herb garden from which you can pick sage, rosemary and thyme, and a lower open area for sitting or dining outside.
The property has its own parking space for up to four cars.
There is a large supermarket 3 miles from the property, as well as numerous artisan stores, wine producers, restaurants, pastry shops and coffee bars.
The extra "toddler" bed is actually an adult-length fold-away camp-bed (UK) / cot (US) for a listed CHILD to sleep with parents in the bedroom, or a young slender person in the Hay Day Room. There's also a fold-away cot (UK) / crib (US) with mattress for baby up to 3 years old (if you list them as CHILD), though we ask that you bring your infant or toddler's own special blanket.
If you require bed and linens for an infant/toddler, please list them as CHILD guest, and indicate to us in the request what kind of extra bed you will need. If your infant/toddler will NOT need an extra bed, you may list them as an INFANT guest.
Interação com os hóspedes
The property is self-contained, so couples have complete privacy.
We are always available via phone or email for any questions, and to resolve anything at the drop of a hat.
The property is 10 minutes from the Florence - Siena train line station at Certaldo, where you can leave your car in the huge parking lot.
A special feature is our link to a family-operated wine and olive oil producer just 200 yards up the road from the apartment.
Tours of the winery to see their huge oak vats, followed by wine and oil tasting with snacks can be arranged on request: 9 euros / 16 euros per person
There is a wonderful Tuscan cookery school in old Certaldo running half and full-day classes that include trips to the local market.
No arrivals prior to 3pm
Check-out by 10am
No more than 3 guests, INCLUDING INFANTS & DOGS
List infant as INFANT if do NOT require extra bedding
Please list infant requiring bed (cot/crib), linens etc as a CHILD
All children, including infants, must be listed in booking request
Please park in designated lot only, and drive slowly on the approach road
No smoking in the apartment
No leaving of cigarette butts on the ground or in receptacles outside - they must be immediately thrown into the garbage
1 well-behaved dog permitted, by prior agreement with hosts
DOG MUST BE INCLUDED IN NUMBER OF GUESTS AS A CHILD
Guests agree to not let dogs foul outside grounds
Guests agree to report damage done by pets immediately, & be prepared to pay for replacement /repairs
We have spent many years in Italy and other European countries . We learned to speak Italian fluently.
We love Italian food, wine and the great small-town markets where you can pick up all kinds of quirky stuff!
This is our Tuscan retreat, and we would like to share it with you!
We have special rates for periods of 1 week and a month.