About the home
Set in the Chianti Hills just 30 mins from Siena is Borgo di Gaiole, situated on the edge of Gaiole in Chianti, one of the historic 'Chianti League' townships.
The Borgo comprises the best of old and new. Built in traditional Tuscan architectural style with solid stone walls, chestnut beams and terracotta floors, the Borgo also benefits from air conditioning/central heating, double glazing, internet services, free to use laundry and gym and a 'design feature' large swimming pool; together with secure underground parking with lift access.
The apartment comprises a double bedroom, bathroom, lounge and dining kitchen. French doors lead to a wisteria covered porch and south facing walled garden with lovely views over the village to the Chianti Hills beyond. To the rear, a breakfast/BBQ terrace is enhanced by a wall fountain envoking the soft sounds of Tuscany.
The apartment is fully equipped for up to four guests with the lounge sofa bed making for an easy conversion to a second double bedroom.
The accommodation is just a few minutes walk from Gaiole village offering a choice of resaurants, cafe bars and delicatessens; together with pharmacy, bank ATMs and all holiday shopping you are likely to need.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedroom|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 300m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Gym, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
To help you make the most of your holiday, for the energetic we provide a series of walking notes for circular hikes around Gaiole, and by arrangement and included in the rate we can make available up to three adult bicycles for your exclusive use (two mountain bikes and one ladies multi-gear road bike). For more leisurely exploration, we provide picnic hamper, picnic chairs and rug!
New for our 2011/12 season, we will be providing an artists transportable easel and chair together with a selection of equipment; so for budding artists, just pack your brushes and paints!
For home entertainment we provide a selection of books, DVDs, CD's and board games.
We have and extensive library of local information and advice on restaurants and various attractions.
And finally, an expresso coffee machine, no Italian holiday should be without one!
Further details outdoors:
Sunloungers, garden furniture and sun unbrella are provided for al fresco dining, and the Breakfact Terrace is equipped with a Weber 'One Touch' BBQ with cooking equipment (client to provide fuel, easily purchased locally).
The underground parking provides full protection for the hot summer sun.
English speaking local agent available to assist you in any emergency
The unheated pool is open May to October, subject to local conditions.
Cycle hire is included in rates, but please provide your own safety equipment.
Smoking inside the property is strictly forbidden.
Guide dogs are welcome, otherwise no pets.
A 20% deposit is payable on reservation, with full settlement required six weeks (four weeks using PayPal) from departure.
A fully refundable £50 damages deposit will be added to your settlement account.
A sample of local wine will be provided to help you relax on arrival.
The Tuscany / Siena Province region
Gaiole is in Siena Province only a 30 min drive from the historic city famous for it's Duomo, Campo and of course it's Palio, run twice a year in July and August.
Steeped in history, the regions characteristics are fashioned out of the centuries of Sienese-Florentine wars with hilltop castles and fortified villages scattered across the landscape, now providing the perfect backdrop for wine tasting, olive oil sampling and gastronomic tours.
For the more archaelogically minded there are Etruscan settlement sites to explore and the excellent Etruscan museums in Siena and Volterra to visit.
Florence is about 1.25 hrs away by car and just half an hour by train from nearby Montevarchi and makes for a comfortable day trip. It needs no introduction being one of the worlds finest cultural centres offering all year round opportunities to visit great galleries and 'palazzi'.
If that's not enough, try your hand at a cooking course and learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine in nearby Lecchi or Coltibuono; or explore Gaiole 's sister Chianti League towns of Radda, Greve and Castallina; or venture a little further afield to the antique markets of Arezzo or the ancient towers of San Gimignano; or for 'Twilight' fans maybe a trip to the home of the Volturi in Volterra.
The Gaiole in Chianti area
There are over 100 wine producers in Gaiole commune alone forming the backbone of the local economy, ranging from the renowned Castello d'Ama and Castello di Brolio through to many small family vineyards.
A trading centre for local business, Gaiole offers five restaurants, three cafe bars, a pub, two delicatessens, a great value take away pizzaria, a tourist office, pharmacy, ATMs and local shopping caterering for all local delicacies and holiday needs.
Famous for it's cycling festival, L'Eroica held every year during the first weekend in October, the village also hosts frequent concerts and produce festivals throughout the year.
It is an excellent centre for walking and cycling (try some of the L'Eroica route yourselves with our free to use cycles); the Siena-Florence long distance footpath runs along the ridge above the village, and walking notes are provided for a number of circular routes around Gaiole. There is a maze of waymarked 'strada bianchi' (unsurfaced roads) criss-crossing the surrounding hills and valleys just waiting to be explored.
If you are not that energetic, Gaiole is the local base for 'Tuscan Scooter Rental' where you can hire a bright red Vespa on a daily basis! Check out www.tuscanyscooterrental.com
Vineyards and olive groves abound, amongst which sit the majestic Florintine castles of Meleto, Brolio and others. from the atmospheric ruins of of Castello di Montegrossi perched high above the village, you can look down on your accomodation and wonder at the magic of Chianti.
How to get there
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You can reach the apartment by public transport via an early flight or an overnight train to Florence, for the daily afternoon bus service to Gaiole, but 'fly/drive' is likely to be most peoples preferred option.
Most convenient airports are:
• Pisa - (Ryanair, Easyjet etc) 90 miles (175km), about 2hrs drive
• Perugia - (Ryanair) 70 miles (113km), about 1.5 hrs drive
• Florence - (Meridiana/BA) 50 miles (80km), about 1hrs drive
Nearest motorway access is at Montevarchi: 13 miles, about a 25 min drive, which also provides access to a mainline station to Arezzo and Florence and links to the full European rail network.
Personalised detailed instructions provided on reservation.
Activities near Gaiole in Chianti
Tennis in town
Rural / countryside retreats
16 May 2013
We have just got back from a 5 day stay at Casa Minore and are keen to share our experience with everyone.
The weather was fantastic throughout but that only added to what was a wonderful... more
03 May 2013
I went to tuscany with my boyfriend and couple friend of mine.
As soon as we have arrived we were blown away by the view from the terrace over Gaiole... the smell from its gardenia was exhilarating...
We were very impressed by the whole house and its decoration.. we could feel tuscany at CasaCorvo and at the same time at home (love the game boards and Cd's)... and the fountain!!! Whow! The house location is priceless!!!
We could find anything we need at the kitchen even a pic-nic basket!!
We wish we could have used the terrace (there were a table and terrace chairs) to have our meals but the weather did not help. Concerning the others facilities, they were fantastic but we had no time to use them... Maybe next time ;) (I will return for sure ;))
There's no words to describe how overwhelmed we were about everything (from the house until the landscape).
It is important to mention the kindness, helfullness and flexibility of the owner without him our dream could never come true. Thank you Phil, again.
13 Nov 2012
We had a lovely time at Casacorvo Minore - the apartment was perfect - everything you need to enjoy your stay. Easy walking distance to the centre of Gaiole, where there were some lovely restaurants, and a fantastic takeaway pizzeria! Supermarket had everything we need and there were some other lovely little shops to get treats. Wine tasting was within walking distance (involved beautiful walks in the tuscan hills). Only downside was the weather - would probably not go in november again, as a bit wet and the wine tasting was slowing down!
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Mid Season||9 Sep 12||15 Oct 12||£ 580||£ 90||£ 95||4 Nights|
|Low Season||15 Oct 12||22 Mar 13||£ 490||£ 80||£ 80||4 Nights|
|Mid Season||22 Mar 13||22 Jun 13||£ 590||£ 90||£ 90||4 Nights|
|High Season||22 Jun 13||14 Sep 13||£ 690||£ 110||£ 110||4 Nights|
|Mid Season||14 Sep 13||13 Oct 13||£ 590||£ 90||£ 90||4 Nights|
|Low Season||13 Oct 13||2 Mar 14||£ 490||£ 80||£ 80||4 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
HIGH SEASON: ONLY TWO WEEKS REMAINING!
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HIGH SEASON: SIENA JULY PALIO STILL AVAILABLE!
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APRIL/MAY 2013: SIENA STEAM WEEKENDS!
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We offer a 5% discount on a second full week or longer on all rates.
Special rates are available for stays of over four weeks outside of High Season.
We charge a minimum fixed sum of £400 for any stay of four nights or less to supplement cleaning and linen charges.
20% deposit by cheque or bank transfer, then full settlement within six weeks of departure.
By PayPal: all major currencies accepted, free for deposit; £15 supplement for full settlement within four weeks of departure.
Note: Low season central heating is INCLUDED, based on pre-set timer. Details on reservation.Enquire now
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