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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
The splendour of Casa Giardino is in the rural, medieval, tiny village of Spalanni and it enjoys spectacular views across the valley and is situated 50 km east of Florence. (28 Miles). The private, sun drenched pool and the large beautiful gardens with the abundance of fruiting trees and herbs, all combine to make unforgettable holiday memories.
Tuscany is a combination of natural beauty and vast cultural heritage. Our immediate area is full of tradition, history and art, castles and churches, great vistas, mountains, hills and woods, parks and protected areas. Unravel some unique experiences made around Casa Giardino and enjoy the generous local people and their fine food and local wines.
Spalanni is a collection of ancient stone cottages nestling above the larger villages of Strada and Castel San Niccolo. The village was once a 13th century convent and the lovely little church of Santa Maria is still open in the summer and is steeped in history.
The local shop is in Prato di Strada which is just 3 minutes down the road, with a much wider range, including a brilliant bakery, a butcher's shop and other fresh produce etc and banks are in Strada only 5 minutes away in the car. The house is well placed to explore the local area and Poppi and Bibbiena are 20 and 25 minutes away. Arezzo, the provincial capital, is reached in less than an hour by car. Day visits to Florence, Chianti, Sienna, Cortona and even Rome can be reached by train.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence and Pisa|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Casa Giardino combines a real sense of history alongside modern living.
You enter the property via a flight of steps onto the terrace which has far ranging views across the valley. The dining/reception room has a log burner in the magnificent Tuscan style fireplace and there are always plenty of logs available and the whole property has central heating for the colder months.
The kitchen is well fitted with ample utensils cutlery and crockery etc. There is a four ring gas hob and main oven with integral grill. Despite the opportunity to sample great Tuscan food in local restaurants, it may be as much a part of your holiday to buy local fresh food and to create your own meals, eating al fresco on the terrace which also looks down onto the splendid gardens.
The fresh bathroom is bright and sunny and is fitted with a large shower enclosure, bidet, toilet and hand basin with bathroom cabinet.
There are two large bedrooms which are well furnished with comfortable beds, wardrobes and chests of drawers.
The sitting room is on the second floor with a large television and DVD player and there is a large selection of DVDs and also a large selection of books.
There will be free access to Broadband for 2015.
|Further details outdoors|
The brilliant private pool is 1.5 meters deep and there are four shallow water steps leading into the swimming area. Guests are advised that all non-swimmers must be appropriately supervised at all times.
Casa Giardino offers beautiful large and secluded gardens where you can relax and unwind during your holiday. There are sun terraces and shaded areas under the grapevines and the olive tree in which to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this amazing property. There are ample sun parasols and garden furniture for your relaxation.
There are large grassed areas for games and general play and are safe for children. The lane leading to the house is rural and quiet and the gates can be kept closed as an additional safeguard. The site can be adequately lit at night.
There are herbs, grapevines, olive, fig and pear trees and guests are welcome to help themselves to the amazing abundance of fruit whilst in season.
There is room for parking two cars within the property and there is an additional parking nearby.
The usual change over day is Saturday and the minimum stay is seven days.
However, it may be possible to be flexible during the early and late season but subject to a minimum of three days stay.
Payment is in UK £ sterling.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is one of the most visited regions of Italy and we are well situated to enjoy all it has to offer being about one hour from Arezzo and about an hour away from Florence. Rome can be reached in an hour by train from Arezzo.
Castel San Niccolo
There are many activities available in the immediate area: Hill walking and rambling. Horse riding. Cycling along the peaceful roads and tracks. Bird Watching. There is a 9 hole Golf Club in Poppi with daily membership available at reasonable rates. The views are magnificent. Excellent clubs are available for hire and there is also a golf driving range. Places to visit are many and varied and include: local Tuscan hill towns and villages – one of the most beautiful is Poppi about 10 Minutes drive away. Arezzo is the provincial capital with elegant squares, winding streets and a wide range of shops. Siena can be reached as a day visit. Cortona, the beautiful town made famous by the book and film 'Under and the Tuscan Sun' – about an hour by car. The Sanctuary of St. Francis at La Verna is a fascinating place to visit and spectacularly located.
Casa Giardino is far from major roads or sound and light pollution. And so we enjoy clear skies, millions of stars, shooting stars and the moon all together with the summer call of the crickets. The light has an unremitting luminescence and long, long hours of brilliant sunshine.
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13 Oct 2011
"A peaceful retreat in a beautiful part of Tuscany"
The service and information provided by the owners at the time of booking was exceptionally good and very informative. Replies to my subsequent emails about the property were answered very promptly.
We stayed at the property for eleven days in mid/late September. The weather was hot with temperatures for much of the time at around 30 degrees. We had a couple of days with thunder-storms and heavy showers but were still able to get out and explore.
The house is on the edge of a small hamlet and in a truly peaceful location with excellent views. The balcony offered an ideal location for meals and for evening glasses of wine. We also enjoyed the garden, especially the sun warmed figs which were plentiful, and used the pool almost every day.
Despite the high temperatures, the style of house with its small windows and wooden shutters allowed us to keep the house cool during the hot days. The accommodation offered everything we needed for our stay including an abundance of information describing places to visit and how best to get around. There were plenty of DVDs to watch in the evenings although the indoor seating was not ideal for lounging about.
The owners had recently provided a laptop with wifi internet access. I found the signal at the property to be very weak, very slow and could only be obtained outside the property. I did not regard this as a significant problem.
We are most grateful to Danni who gave us a warm welcome, plenty of advice and tips and was at hand if we needed help.
3 Sep 2011
"Wonderful peaceful place to stay"
We enjoyed a wonderful welcome by the owners at this fabulous house in a beautiful setting. We had everything we needed and more- a real home from home! The pool and garden were great. We were able to combine relaxing peaceful days in the sun with fascinating visits to beautiful Italian villages and Florence, Arrezo and Siena (all easy to get to). The information left by the owners was invaluable- we followed their restaurant recommendations and had some really lovely meals out.
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