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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Casa Polliana is a gracious cottage of 60 square meters (about 645 square

feet) for four people, with garden and access to a pool of 7 X 14 meters (23 X

46 feet).

It is situated within a 13-hectare (32-acre) farming estate, with woods and lake,

in which there live many animals, both domestic and wild.

It is 25 km (approximately 15.5 miles) from Siena and 80 km (50 miles) from

Florence. In the vicinity, you will find famous Tuscan towns including San

Gimignano, Monteriggione, Castellina in Chianti and Volterra.

It has two double-bedded rooms, a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom with

shower.

The house

Upon your arrival, you will see a gracious small stone house on two levels, its

exterior painted a cheerful shade of yellow, and surrounded by greenery. Casa

Polliana is perched near the summit of a slope, and an uninterrupted view of the

Chianti hills stretches out before it.

You can reach the house from the garden, and enter it both from the first floor

and the ground floor.

On the ground floor, you will find a living room with couches arranged at its

front, and a wall from which open four tall brick arches with glass windows.

Through this unusual wall, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of the

garden and of the surrounding countryside, even from the interior of the house.

A glass door offers you access to the terracotta-paved patio, and to the garden.

From the ground level, you can ascend to the first floor by way of an internal

stairway. Here, you will find a gracious kitchen with dining table. The kitchen

is equipped with four-burners, a small oven and a refrigerator.

From this room, you can reach the bathroom with shower as well as the two

double-bedded rooms. All the rooms have windows that offer views of the green

countryside.

You will find Casa Polliana very gracious: it is furnished and cared for in the

peaceful and welcoming style that is typical of the Tuscan countryside. The

floors are of terracotta tile, and the ceilings have exposed wooden beams.

The house has central heating,satellite television, private

parking and a shared swimming pool.

The garden

From the kitchen, a door offers access to the garden, which is surrounded by a

low stone wall.

The garden is shaded by a large and extraordinarily beautiful tree, a “Celtis

Australis” (Mediterranean Hackberry) which was planted at least a century ago!

In the shade of its broad foliage, you will find table and chairs, and a

stonework barbecue.

This will be your favorite location to relax in the open air with a glass of

wine, or even to enjoy long, leisurely meals while you gaze at an unsurpassed

180-degree panoramic view of the gentle hills and valleys of Tuscany.

The swimming pool

A graceful slope, marked by stairs of terracotta and stone and flanked by

flowering hedges, begins from your garden. This will lead you from the house to

the pool, located slightly below, in the center of a green lawn.

Also from the pool, you will see before your eyes a vast panorama of Val D'Elsa

and of the gentle hills of the Chianti Senese.

The pool is spacious, 7 X 14 meters (about 23 X 46 feet), and around it you will

find umbrellas and sun-lounging chairs. It is open from June 1st to September

30th.

The pool is shared with the guests of the other two small apartments.

The location

At Casa Polliana you will be within a farming estate of 13 hectares (about 32

acres), which produces Chianti wine. A large part of the terrain is covered with

an oak forest. The grounds are completely fenced.

You can take walks along the small paths that lead through the woods, where you

will often encounter domestic animals such as turkeys and geese, as well as wild

animals such as deer, hares and rabbits.

On the farm, you can also see (behind fences) horses, goats and chickens.

An avenue of well-established cypress trees will lead you towards a small lake

inhabited by waterfowl and by many goldfish.

This will be an exhilarating experience for your children!

The owners live on site. They will welcome you with enthusiasm, and will be

available, yet completely discreet, to attend to your every need.

Nearby tourist attractions

Staying at Casa Polliana, you will be in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, 5

km (about 3 miles) from Casole D'Elsa, and 8 km (about 5 miles) from Colle Val

D'Elsa, a small city famous for producing crystal objects.

This land is filled with truly ancient history, as evident from the

archeological discoveries in the area, which extend back to the Neolithic,

Bronze and Iron ages, and to the Greek and Roman civilizations.

Colle Val D'Elsa is the nearest place where you will find shops, restaurants,

supermarkets, banks, tennis courts and golf courses, and bike rental facilities.

You will be within reach of the great “art cities”: Siena, Florence, Pisa; and

nearby other famous tourist attractions such as San Gimignano, the city of 13

towers, Monteriggione, the medieval town encircled by ancient walls, and

Volterra, where you will find Etruscan tombs.

Don't miss the opportunity to travel the “via Chiantigiana,” which is the “wine

road” that cuts through the territory where Chianti wines are produced.

Along this road, you will see rows of grapevines to the right and left of you,

and hills topped with castles and villages, the evidence of two millennia of

history.

You can visit wineries, discover wonderful small restaurants, and above all

experience the friendliness of the local residents, which is truly part of the

fascination that Tuscany holds for the rest of the world.

If you enjoy hiking, you can trek through the Senesi hills, or part of the via

Franchigena that crosses the Montagnola Senese, a protected hillside covered

with chestnut trees, where nature is uncontaminated.

The distances of some of these tourist attractions are as follows:

S.Gimignano (15 km/9.3 miles), Volterra (20 km/12.5miles), Monteriggioni (20

km/12.5miles), Castellina in Chianti (23 km/14 miles), Siena (25 km/15.5miles),

Florence (50 km/31miles) and Pisa (70 km/43miles). Likewise, it is easy to reach

the sea and the Tyrrhenian coast, which is about 65 km (roughly 40 miles) away.

The closest airport is Florence.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV
Utilities Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (2)
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Upon your arrival, you will see a gracious small stone house on two levels, its exterior painted a cheerful shade of yellow, and surrounded by greenery. Casa Polliana is perched near the summit of a slope, and an uninterrupted view of the Chianti hills stretches out before it.

You can reach the house from the garden, and enter it both from the first floor and the ground floor.

On the ground floor, you will find a living room with couches arranged at its front, and a wall from which open four tall brick arches with glass windows. Through this unusual wall, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of the

garden and of the surrounding countryside, even from the interior of the house. A glass door offers you access to the terracotta-paved patio, and to the garden.

From the ground level, you can ascend to the first floor by way of an internal stairway. Here, you will find a gracious kitchen with dining table. The kitchen is equipped with four-burners, a small oven and a refrigerator.

From this room, you can reach the bathroom with shower as well as the two double-bedded rooms. All the rooms have windows that offer views of the green countryside.

You will find Casa Polliana very gracious: it is furnished and cared for in the peaceful and welcoming style that is typical of the Tuscan countryside. The floors are of terracotta tile, and the ceilings have exposed wooden beams.

The house has central heating, air conditioning, satellite television, private parking and a shared swimming pool.

Further details outdoors

The garden

From the kitchen, a door offers access to the garden, which is surrounded by a

low stone wall.

The garden is shaded by a large and extraordinarily beautiful tree, a “Celtis

Australis” (Mediterranean Hackberry) which was planted at least a century ago!

In the shade of its broad foliage, you will find table and chairs, and a

stonework barbecue.

This will be your favorite location to relax in the open air with a glass of

wine, or even to enjoy long, leisurely meals while you gaze at an unsurpassed

180-degree panoramic view of the gentle hills and valleys of Tuscany.

The swimming pool

A graceful slope, marked by stairs of terracotta and stone and flanked by

flowering hedges, begins from your garden. This will lead you from the house to

the pool, located slightly below, in the center of a green lawn.

Also from the pool, you will see before your eyes a vast panorama of Val D'Elsa

and of the gentle hills of the Chianti Senese.

The pool is spacious, 7 X 14 meters (about 23 X 46 feet), and around it you will

find umbrellas and sun-lounging chairs. It is open from June 1st to September

30th.

The pool is shared with the guests of the other two small apartments.

The location

At Casa Polliana you will be within a farming estate of 13 hectares (about 32

acres), which produces Chianti wine. A large part of the terrain is covered with

an oak forest. The grounds are completely fenced.

You can take walks along the small paths that lead through the woods, where you

will often encounter domestic animals such as turkeys and geese, as well as wild

animals such as deer, hares and rabbits.

On the farm, you can also see (behind fences) horses, goats and chickens.

An avenue of well-established cypress trees will lead you towards a small lake

inhabited by waterfowl and by many goldfish.

This will be an exhilarating experience for your children!

The owners live on site. They will welcome you with enthusiasm, and will be

available, yet completely discreet, to attend to your every need.

Nearby tourist attractions

Staying at Casa Polliana, you will be in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, 5

km (about 3 miles) from Casole D'Elsa, and 8 km (about 5 miles) from Colle Val

D'Elsa, a small city famous for producing crystal objects.

This land is filled with truly ancient history, as evident from the

archeological discoveries in the area, which extend back to the Neolithic,

Bronze and Iron ages, and to the Greek and Roman civilizations.

Colle Val D'Elsa is the nearest place where you will find shops, restaurants,

supermarkets, banks, tennis courts and golf courses, and bike rental facilities.

You will be within reach of the great “art cities”: Siena, Florence, Pisa; and

nearby other famous tourist attractions such as San Gimignano, the city of 13

towers, Monteriggione, the medieval town encircled by ancient walls, and

Volterra, where you will find Etruscan tombs.

Don't miss the opportunity to travel the “via Chiantigiana,” which is the “wine

road” that cuts through the territory where Chianti wines are produced.

Along this road, you will see rows of grapevines to the right and left of you,

and hills topped with castles and villages, the evidence of two millennia of

history.

You can visit wineries, discover wonderful small restaurants, and above all

experience the friendliness of the local residents, which is truly part of the

fascination that Tuscany holds for the rest of the world.

If you enjoy hiking, you can trek through the Senesi hills, or part of the via

Franchigena that crosses the Montagnola Senese, a protected hillside covered

with chestnut trees, where nature is uncontaminated.

The distances of some of these tourist attractions are as follows:

S.Gimignano (15 km/9.3 miles), Volterra (20 km/12.5miles), Monteriggioni (20

km/12.5miles), Castellina in Chianti (23 km/14 miles), Siena (25 km/15.5miles),

Florence (50 km/31miles) and Pisa (70 km/43miles). Likewise, it is easy to reach

the sea and the Tyrrhenian coast, which is about 65 km (roughly 40 miles) away.

The closest airport is Florence.

The Tuscany region

Located in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is surely one of the most famous Italian landscapes. The essence of this beautiful region are its natural, artistic, and cultural heritage.

Bounded by the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian Sea (two arms of Mediterranean), this region is divided into ten provinces, whose capitals are Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. Florence is the capital city of the region itself.

The region was populated first by the Etruscans on the 7th century BC, and about 500 years later by the Romans.

The words Humanism and Renaissance evoke Tuscany, as immediately as Pope evokes Rome: just think that between the fourteenth and the sixteenth century, both these ages were born here. The entire region attained a very important artistic role.

If you are keen on art and nature… well you’re definitely in the right place! ;-)

Indeed the fathers of Italian painting, architecture and sculpture lived in this beautiful towns: such as Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. This is the reason why the entire region is rich in museums where thousands of amazing works are kept. You’ll be impressed by the majesty of the many ancient palaces (for examples “Palazzo Vecchio”, “Palazzo Pitti”, “Palazzo Medici”), monasteries and villas that are springing up all over the Tuscany.

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Tuscany, because the climate is mild. Bus-lines and trains connect the larger towns, but having a car would be a great advantage, and you would be easily able to enjoy the small towns and vineyards, which represent some of Tuscany’s strong points.

The “Chiantigiana road” is a must to see: it produces some of Italy’s finest wines. This is the colourful and legendary road of the “Chianti" region. The grape cultivation dates back to the Etruscan times. One of the biggest pleasures will be sipping different wines, at the wineries or at the wine bars scattered in the towns.

What about a drop in on “Mugello”? It is a countryside surrounded by oaks, chestnut trees and by the Apennines, This land of artists and painters have been source of inspiration in its farmhouses and colours. with kind people, authentic cooking, good wine, plus a great tradition in handicrafts.

The Apuan Alps are a monumental work of the nature. They consist in some of the highest peaks in the region: This regional park sets up the chance for those who want to practice trekking, cycling, horse riding or simply walking to enjoy this beautiful landscape.

Versilia is an area of 20 km sandy beaches located in the north of the region. The seaside with the colourful bathing areas is rich in bars and meeting places. Camaiore, Forte dei Marmi, Massarosa, Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Stazzema and Viareggio are the towns of this beautiful coast.

Another great attraction of this region is the archipelago. The largest island is Elba: more than one hundred kilometers of coast.

Curiously enough, since the Etruscans introduced the use of fresh herbs, the Tuscan cooking is still based on vegetable dishes, bread-based soups, meats perfumed with sage, rosemary, and thyme. Moreover the secret of its success is the good care and the devotion to guarantee the quality of the products of the land... crostini of chicken liver, soups, tortelli with Bolognese sauce, “pappardelle” with hare sauce or with boar sauce, boar hunter style, fillet of beef, salted cod with tomato sauce, ricciarelli, cantucci, Tuscan salt-less bread… We’re sure your mouth is already watering.

Casole d'Elsa

The lovely rural centre of Casole Val d'Elsa, nearby Siena, at 417 metres above the sea level, will enchant you with a mesmerizing landscape of sweet green hills, covered by olive trees and vineyards.

Casole has always represented a marginal land contended, from the beginning of the XIII century, between Volterra and Siena, and later inevitably involved into the battle between Guelphs and Ghibellines. In 1259, the Florentine troops conquered Casole, but keeping the power over the village for just one year. After a defeat suffered during the battle of Montaperti, Casole got in fact annexed to Siena, becoming a bulwark of the Senese Republic.

The ancient boundary nature is still evident into the current village conformation: Casole has preserved its town-walls almost intact, as well as the rest of the hamlet and the two circular towers designed by the famous Senese architect Francesco di Giorgio. Among the most ancient and fascinating buildings, we must mention the town hall, built in 1352 and subsequently reinforced by the citizens of Siena: the portal still shows indeed their black and white coat of arms.

You cannot miss the stunning Collegiata of St Maria Assunta, consecrated in 1161, where to admire beautiful oeuvres by Marco Romano, Gano da Siena and Rutilio Manetti. Beside the church you'll find the splendid archaeological museum with perfectly preserved lovely frescoes of the Senese Art and numerous findings, coming from the local necropolis, as witnesses of the Etruscan presence in Casole.

Casole Val d'Elsa's parton saint is St Isidoro, celebrated every year the second Sunday of July with a funny and enthralling Palio. Following the similar ancient tradition in Siena, the Palio in Casole is a bareback horse ride over a 900 metres course, accompanied by songs, dances and wine in floods.

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5 Sep 2012

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"Very disappointing"

The property was not recognisable from the pictures on the internet and would suggest that they had been taken many years before. The property was dirty, smelled damp and had become very run down. We were so disappointed that we did not remain at the property. The response from the rental company was supportive and we did receive a refund of some of the cost when we returned to the UK. A very disappointing experience. We would not recommend this proerty to anyone.

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