About the home
This single apartment with private infinity pool nestles on a hillside, off the beaten track, in the famous Chianti wine region; its spectacular views look out over a hidden valley to a typical Tuscan hilltop village. Cucule is perfectly situated for idyllic solitude, as well as exploring the wealth of Tuscan cultural centres within easy reach.
The apartment was our home before restoration of the rest of the house was completed in 2003 and is located on the ground floor west wing of ‘Casa Cucule’. Perfect for two it can sleep up to four people comfortably. Cucule has been restored literally from ruins, using traditional Tuscan materials including chestnut beams and terracotta ceiling and floor tiles.
The interior of the apartment reflects the traditional Tuscan style of the house and includes many ‘finds’ from my trips to India and Africa as a textile designer.
Fixtures, fittings and appliances are up-to-date and modern, and together with the eclectic furnishings that decorate the rooms inside and the wonderful smell of lavender and other herbs planted around the house, the Cucule apartment is truly a home.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Grosetto / Maremma, 110km|
Nearest amenities: 12km
|Family friendly?||Not suitable for children|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The private and self-contained 60sq meter 1 bedroom apartment is located on the ground floor of the left hand side of the house. It can sleep 2-4 people.
~Spacious double bedroom with en suite shower room.
~Large comfortable living space made up of a sitting area with sofa bed & dining area
~Fully equipped “cooks” kitchen area allow for plenty of space to lounge, cook a wonderful meal with local ingredients, or just relax and enjoy the peace.
~Extensive library of books on Chianti, Tuscany , Italy & general reading entertainment - a good variety of videos & games - boccia, backgammon, scrabble, dated trivial pursuits and cards.
Further details outdoors:
The ample private terrace to the front and side of the apartment is comfortably furnished and is perfect for leisurely “al fresco” meals, napping on a sun lounger soaking up the Tuscan sunshine, enjoying the surrounding aromatic garden: or, simply gazing at the stunning views by day or the starlit sky by night.
The large 15 meters x 4.50 meters infinity pool is a swimmers delight and virtually private . It is shared only with us, the owners, and only one of us swims! Lounging around the pool side you have it mostly to yourselves.
Access is on main roads, a country tarmac road and then approximately three kilometres of country track road in good condition.
The apartment’s comprehensive ‘guest info book’ gives detailed information on local amenities and sights covering: the nearest shops; the best restaurants, markets and food shops; vineyards and castles in the area.
For fashion aficionados there are details on a unique opportunity to shop at several designer outlet stores for labels such as Armani, Prada, Gucci, Mui Mui, Helmut Lang, Ferragamo, Tods and many more.
We, the owners, are usually on hand, if required, to help with anything else you may need, such as booking a restaurant or checking a route somewhere, but otherwise we wish to leave you as much privacy as you desire.
SMOKING POLICY - Smokers are welcome to smoke outside but there is strictly NO smoking in the apartment.
Rental runs from Saturday to Saturday. Arrival – 16.00 to 19.00, Departure – by 10.30. Other times by arrangement. We try to be as flexible as possible with arrivals and departures within a Saturday to Saturday period but do not take bookings for less than 5 nights.
Payment of 20% deposit secures booking, eithe by Bank transfer, PayPal or credit card through PayPal; the balance is to be paid on arrival or 6 weeks before by same methods as deposit payments. 100% payment is requred on booking if 6 weeks or less before rental starts. On payment of the deposit directions on how to get to the property will be sent by email along with booking confirmation and information on shopping locally.
Returnable security deposit - € 200 to be paid on arrival in cash and will be reimbursed on inspection of the property prior to departure.
EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED in the rental price - Electricity, gas for cooking and hot water - weekly supply of clean bed linen, bath and kitchen towels - weekly cleaning for stays of more than 1 week, if requested, and final cleaning - GENEROUS ‘WELCOME PACK’ of groceries to make an evening meal and breakfast so you don't need to worry about stocking up before you get here. The kitchen and bathroom are well stocked with all the basic essentials. - Heating in cooler months of the year.
The property is not suitable for children under 10 years old.
The Tuscany / Siena Province region
From the leaning tower of Pisa to Michelangelo’s David in Florence, there are many famous attractions that count amongst the most well known sights in Europe and are the inspiration for most people’s first visit to Tuscany.
But there is so much more to see and do in this fabled region besides the already famous and well-documented. You may already share this passion, or you may be just thinking about taking your first holiday in Tuscany. Whichever it is, this enchanted region in the centre of Italy has so much to offer in a multitude of ways.
The well defined seasons in this hilly and coastal region - we are at approx 450mtrs – have much to offer all year round. Whether you enjoy walking in spectacular countryside, admiring the views or exploring and drinking in the atmosphere of ancient medieval and renaissance towns and villages, the warm summers and cool winters each has its own seductive appeal that keeps you wanting more.
The Gaiole in Chianti area
In the heart of Tuscany’s famous Chianti wine region and nestling just below the tiny hamlet of San Vincenti, Casa Cucule lies in an unblemished rural area blessed with idyllic, romantic tranquillity.
Within easy reach, however, are towns with such evocative names as Siena, Florence, Arezzo, Cortona and San Gimignano as well as hill top villages and tucked away hamlets. These offer a wealth of incomparable Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance art, architecture and cultural history.
Enjoy as well the more day to day pleasures of soaking up the Italian way of life by dining in local hostelries, shopping at one of the many local markets for fresh produce or for Italian fashion at designer outlets.
How to get there
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Getting here by air:
Direct flights to:
o Florence - from London Gatwick (with Meridiana Airlines) ; Frankfurt, Munich & Paris
The apartment is roughly a 1h:15mins drive away
o Pisa - with BA from Gatwick, Ryan Air from London Stanstead, Fly Thompson from Coventry + Bournemouth & Easy Jet from Bristol
The apartment is a leisurely 1h:45mins drive away
o Perugia - with Ryan air from London Stanstead
The apartment is an easy 1h:10mins drive away
o Rome - with Ryan Air and many other international airlines
The apartment is a scenic 2h:30mins drive away
Getting here by car: I am happy to advise on the best routes to Cucule from other parts of Europe.
Once you are in Tuscany : A car is an essential here, as there is no public transport close by, and especially for making the most of what this fantastic area has to offer. There are also good train links from the nearest big town, Montevarchi, to the cities of Florence, Rome and Arezzo and Pisa.
Access: Main roads, country tarmac roads and approx 3 klms of country dirt track road. Locally know as 'white roads', there are many in the area, they are in good condition and easy to drive on.
Activities near Gaiole in Chianti
Rural / countryside retreats
19 Dec 2011
Cucule....many of us dream about building a way of life that expresses who we are and then sharing that with others, Sue has indeed accomplished that and more. Cucule is a wonderful expression of a very talented and sincere person. Her attention to detail from the very precise instructions on how to get to Cucule to having an unexpected basket of food waiting for you to help you settle in for your first day all speak of how she has fulfilled her dream of creating such a wonderful spot and her desire to share it with people. Nothing is left to chance, from the book on local restaurants and sites to visit, with her personal reviews so you know she has visited them all, to her willingness to make reservations for you or to explain where you might want to spend time in what areas in the Region. The photos on the web site are a true reflection of the actual appearance and amenities available. What is missing is the superb feeling of relaxation and privacy you get once you arrive at Cucule. This property is immaculately maintained and shows the pride in ownership that Sue and Ray have for it. I intend on recommending Cucule to family and friends who may find themselves in the Tuscany area. Once you are there you must see the photos of what Cucule looked like before the magic of Sue took over. With a little coaxing she will explain how her vision for the place came into being and the flamboyant discussions she had with the local tradesmen as they fulfilled her dream for Cucule. Even an explanation of the name for the location "Cucule" has its own local lore. Enjoy the area and the sincere hospitality of Sue and Ray.
28 Aug 2011
Endorsing at stay at Cucule is a bit of a double-edged sword. In our two visits to this serene spot in the heart of Chianti, we have found it to be THE place to unwind, chill out and let the world slip by. So calming and restorative is the experience of staying here that you almost feel you don't want to let too many others in on the secret. However, it has to be seen to be believed and if you're searching for 'get away from it all' break this is the place for you. If you've plans to travel around Tuscany you may well have to revise them for once through the gates at Cucule, you truly have to force yourself to leave this sensational part of la bella Toscana.
29 Jun 2011
If you like staying somewhere secluded (up unpaved roads in the hills) this is the place for you. The apartment has lots of space and has all the home comforts required for a relaxing break. It is... more
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|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|17 Mar 12||21 Apr 12||£ 790||-||-||1 Week|
|21 Apr 12||26 May 12||£ 950||-||-||1 Week|
|26 May 12||29 Sep 12||£ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
|29 Sep 12||3 Nov 12||£ 950||-||-||1 Week|
|3 Nov 12||14 Dec 12||£ 790||-||-||1 Week|
|6 Apr 13||27 Apr 13||£ 840||-||-||1 Week|
|27 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 990||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||28 Sep 13||£ 1150||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Sep 13||2 Nov 13||£ 990||-||-||1 Week|
|2 Nov 13||14 Dec 13||£ 840||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Rental is on a weekly basis only and runs from Saturday to Saturday
~20% deposit to secure booking
~Final balance payment payable on arrival together with refundable €200 security deposit
~Prices per week are in Euros, to be paid in Euros - more info on booking.
~Everything is included in rental.
•Utilities - electricity, gas for cooking and hot water.
•Weekly supply of clean bed linen, towels - bath, kitchen and swimming.
•A generous complimentary ‘welcome pack’ of groceries to make an evening meal and breakfast.
•Use of washing machine including washing powder
•Wifi internet connection
•Central heating which may be required in early spring and late autumn and winter.
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