House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Our house, Casa Giardino is situated approx 50 Km (28 Miles) east of Florence. The house is in the historic village of Spalanni with the nearest large village being Strada/Castel San Niccolo with a wide range of local shops being about 5 minutes away by car. The closest shop to the house is 3 or 4 minutes away. The closest town is Bibbiena which is 15 minutes by car. Arezzo, the provincial capital is about 40 minutes away. The house is well placed to explore the local area and to allow visits to Florence, Chianti, Sienna, Cortona and even Rome can be reached from Arezzo in an hour by train. The small village of Spalanni - a collection of ancient stone cottages nestling above the larger villages of Strada and Castel San Nicolo. We enjoy spectacular views across the valley and the mountains beyond. The village was once a 13th century convent and is utterly steeped in history.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence and Pisa|
|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
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house combines a sense of history with all the features which go to make this idea of modern living. The whole property has central heating for the colder months and for the chilly Spring and Autumn evenings, we have a wood fire. The house combines a sense of history with all the features which go to make this idea of modern living. The main and most imposing feature of the living room is the hugely magnificent Tuscan fireplace with its wood burner. There is wireless internet access and this is provided with small charge subject to fair usage - we like to feel that we provide a real opportunity for you to keep in touch with your work and regular life while basking and relaxing in the Tuscan Countryside.
The kitchen is beautifully fitted with ample utensils, crockery, cutlery etc. Even though it is great to sample Tuscan food in local restaurants, we appreciate how much it can be part of the holiday to buy local ingredients and create your own Tuscan Meals. Once you have prepared your meals, enjoy eating them outside on your beautiful and private furnished terrace.
The bathroom is large, bright and airy and is fitted with a large shower cubicle, bidet, WC and wash hand basin.
There are two excellent bedrooms, both well furnished with comfortable beds, wardrobes and chests of drawers. Beds are made with duvets of appropriate weight for the season.
Upstairs is a further sitting room which can double as an additional bedroom with two single sofa beds.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside is beautiful with a large and secluded garden where you can relax and enjoy the fantastic views. Central is of course the pool and sun terraces – our guests love to return after a day of sightseeing and have a relaxing and refreshing swim – indeed, so relaxing is the garden that many people are reluctant to leave and prefer to laze the day away in the shade of an olive tree while enjoying the peace and tranquility. Ample garden furniture is provided. The grounds are full of interesting features, ancient old walls, olive trees, vines – not so long ago, the garden was producing its own wine. Close to the front door, here is a huge vine which produces beautiful table grapes. All the hard terraces are either in Tuscan 'cotto' or natural stone.
The gardens are safe for children (obviously guests need to be aware that the pool is at hand and that children must be appropriately supervised at all times). The road past the house is in any way quiet, but there are gates which can be kept closed as an additional safeguard. There are large grassed areas for games and general play. The site is lit at night.
There is space for parking two cars within the grounds with plenty of additional space in parking areas nearby.
The usual change over day is Saturday and the usual rental period is in units of one week. In low season we may be willing to deviate from this.
We are able to accept payment in UK £ sterling
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is one of the most visited regions of Italy and we are so well situated to enjoy what it has to offer being about 45 minutes from Arezzo and just about an hour from Florence. We are well able to give help with visiting both as they are easily assessable as a day visit.
Castel San Niccolo
There are many activities available in the immediate area and these include the following: Hill walking and rambling. Horse riding. Cycling along the peaceful roads and tracks. Bird Watching. Golf at a local course with daily membership available at reasonable rates. Guests report that the course is excellent and that the views are magnificent. Clubs are available for hire and there is also a golf driving range. Places to visit are many and varied and include: The local Tuscan Hill Towns and Villages – one of the most beautiful being Poppi about 10 Minutes drive away. Arezzo, the provincial capital with its elegant squares, winding streets and wide range of shops. Siena can be reached as a day visit. Cortona, the beautiful town made famous by the book and film ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ – about an hour by car. The Sanctuary of St. Francis at La Verna – a fascinating place to visit with the site being spectacularly located.
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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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