This winery estate is situated in the Chianti region, one of the most beautiful stretches of land in central Tuscany - in the Val d Elsa. Florence is only 30 km and Siena only 35 km away. Embedded in a green landscape, the view takes in the house s own vineyards and olive groves as well as fields lined by cypresses and forests.
In one direction you see a Romanesque church dating back to the 10th century, in the other direction you have a view of the towers of medieval San Gimignano in the distance - providing the eye and mind with an all-round relaxing, peaceful backdrop. Podere Appiano is in operation as an azienda agricola and the farm cultivates more than 50 ha of the surrounding land. You can purchase the products of the fattoria (farm), including Chianti DOCG, Rosso IGT, Vinsanto, Grappa, Grappa Riserva and olive oil, on site.
The farm s origins date back to the period around 1800. There are seven apartments altogether. The apartments are located in three different buildings, therefore guests enjoy a lot of space and privacy. All buildings were fully renovated in the year 2005.
The property captivates you with its unpretentious, modern elegance. Efforts have been taken to select a clear, more contemporary line of furnishings. Nonetheless, materials typical for the region were used during restoration: the clay bricks on the ceilings, the silver-grey Pietra-Serena stone of the fireplaces, the wood used for doors and windows as well as the heavy roof beams create a sense of warmth and cosiness.
Each apartment is equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, a microwave/oven, coffee machine, a hair dryer and a safe. Several of them have a fireplace. All of them have outdoor seating arrangements with selected garden furniture (table and chairs) for enjoying meals outdoors. Guests may share the large swimming pool including a children s pool area, as well as the sun terrace and sun beds. In addition, there is a barbecue, a common laundry room with appliances for ironing, a small fitness room with several exercising machines and last but not least a small sauna for two - a rarity in Italy!
It is possible to request breakfast on site at an extra charge (you may join in the breakfast buffet). In the fashion typical for Italy this consists of a small, sweet breakfast with caffZ (coffee) or caffZ latte (milk coffee), rolls, sweet pastries and various kinds of jam.
Upon request on site cooking classes are available - this service is payable on site.
At the reception, the friendly staff will strive to meet your wishes and can, for instance, make reservations for restaurants or arrange for a babysitter.
Once a week there is a wine tasting, and the products of the farm (olive oil, grappa etc.) are presented.
You can go shopping in Barberino Val d Elsa, approx. 3 km away. In the village of Barberino there are two bars, a butcher, the best pizzeria far and wide, a wine shop, a hairdresser s, a pharmacy and a post office. If you need a good supermarket you can choose between the one in Tavarnelle, where there is a weekly market every Thursday on the piazza or, even better, the large Coop supermarket (with an overwhelming delicatessen counter) in Poggibonsi, about 10 minutes away by car.
The next restaurant with a panoramic garden terrace can be reached on foot - a nice walk of about 10-15 minutes. (If you prefer to walk, it might be a good idea to take along a flashlight as the path to the restaurant is not lit). In the near vicinity there is a number of other smaller trattorias and restaurants offering specialties - in this region you can try out a different restaurant every night! The famous medieval town of San Gimignano is only about 18 km away. Driving time is approximately 50 minutes from the Florence airport, 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Pisa airport, and 1 hour and 40 minutes from Bologna.
GINESTRA 62 sqm ( 4+2 pers. )
Ground floor: 1 kitchen (two electric hotplates, microwave/oven and dishwasher) with dining area, 1 double room, 1 bathroom with shower cabin.
First floor in a mansard: 1 living room with studio couch for two persons and exit to a terrace, 1 double room (can be arranged as twin bedroom), 1 bathroom with shower cabin.
Ginestra takes in two levels. The terrace looks onto the country side and the towers of San Gimignano in the distance. The outdoor seating is located in front of the apartment on a former threshing floor.
3 km from Barberino Val d Elsa in the heart of the Chianti region, half-way between Florence and Siena.
2 - 6 people depending on the apartment.
Chic apartments on a winery estate. See bottom right for details about each unit.
Air-conditioning, WIFI Internet connection, satellite TV, DVD-player, CD-stereo, microwave/oven, coffee machine, hair dryer, safe and outdoor area for each apartment.
Dishwasher in the 4+2 units only.
Some units have a fireplace.
For shared use: elegant pool with children s pool area, BBQ, laundry room with appliances for ironing, children play ground with toys, small sauna and small fitness room, parking on the the property s premises.
Upon request directly on the premises cooking classes are available - this service is payable on site.
Upon request directly on the premises breakfast is available - this service is payable on site.
An excellent country accommodation in one of the most desirable regions of central Tuscany. Ideal for day excursions in any direction.
Restaurant 1.2 km
Groceries 3 km
Barberino Val d Elsa 3 km
Poggibonsi 4 km
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa 5 km
S. Gimignano 18 km
Florence 30 km
Siena 35 km
Livorno (coast) 100 km
Swimming, sauna, fitness
Riding stable 3.5 km
Tennis court 4.5 km
Golf course 20 km
Upon request directly on the premises bikes are available - this service is payable on site.
Upon request directly on the premises massages are available - this service is payable on site.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens (bed and bath linens changed mid week and on Saturday), bath robe per person, water, electricity, gas, air-conditioning, Internet WIFI connection, use of barbecue (except material), use of sauna (times are scheduled on site) and fitness room, final cleaning and pool cleaning service.
Rent Does Not Include
Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, additional beds.
Couples or small families looking for an accommodation that is conveniently situated within reach of both Florence and Siena.
Only at the reception.
Internet access available in all apartments except the Rosmarino unit.
Reservations from Saturday to Saturday during July-August.
During the other months the reservations are eventually not limited to rental periods from Saturday to Saturday. Minimum 7 days. In case of rentals not from Saturday to Saturday a price increase might occur.
Availability only during the above mentioned dates.
Pool size: 7 x 15 m / opening dates: April 7th - October 20th. Pool towels are provided.
Baby bed available: free of charge.
Pets not allowed.
Extra services available on request on the premises:
Continental breakfast: EUR 12 per person per breakfast, EUR 8 for children from 4 to 10 years.
Maid service (house cleaning, washing and ironing): please check price on the premises.
Use of washing machine and drier: please check price on the premises.
Extra set of linen during the week: please check price on the premises.
Babysitter: EUR 15 per hour, EUR 20 for more than 2 babies.
Cooking classt (free of charge for children up to 13 years, minimum 4 adults):
EUR 80 per person for cooking class focused on home made pasta (Tuesday morning).
EUR 120 per person for full Tuscan cooking class (Wednesday morning).
Massages, bike rental, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, customized tour of Chianti area: please check price on the premises.
Services out of property: horse back riding, golf, tennis, trekking paths.
Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, additional beds, visitor s tax to be paid in euros on the premises:
Security deposit: credit card number as guarantee.
Heating (if required): EUR 25 per day.
Wood for fireplace in Rosmarino, Prezzemolo, Alloro, Gelso and Lavandolis: please check price on the premises.
Wood for barbecue: please check price on the premises.
Additional beds if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 50 per person per week.
Visitor s tax: in this region a visitor s tax of EUR 1.50 per adult and child older than 14 years is requested. This visitor s tax is requested only for the first 7 nights. It has to be paid to the property owner who will pay it to the commune.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens (bed and bath linens changed mid week and on Saturday), bath robe per person, water, electricity, gas, air-conditioning, Internet WIFI connection, use of barbecue (except material), use of sauna (times are scheduled on site) and fitness room, final cleaning and pool cleaning service all included in the price.
Call HolidayRentals.com or contact the owner directly for more information.