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The South facing terrace

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car essential

A typical stone built Tuscan farm house in a wooded hillside setting, dating back to the 1800’s, where a particular breed of swallow, called Rondoni, flocks to the house to nest in its eaves, hence the name. At 500 metres high, “I Rondoni” is situated between Florence and Arezzo, enjoying breath-taking views of the Arno valley dotted with Chianti vineyards, olive trees, cypresses and picturesque villages.

A farmhouse for generations, I Rondoni has recently been restored to a high standard, retaining its rustic charm and authentic character. The house retains the original wooden roof beams and genuine old “cotto” floor tiles in several rooms. The traditional bread-making oven still works.

I Rondoni has a fully equipped kitchen with marble work tops, dining room seating up to 10 people, 3 double bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, a further 2 guest toilets, 1 jacuzzi, 1 large sitting room and a cosy lounge, 1 panoramic balcony, a stone-paved terrace overlooking the garden.

Three traditional wooden entrance doors access different areas of the ground floor. The otherwise sunny terrace has a shaded area in front of the house overlooking the split level garden below where cypresses, pine and bay trees provide a haven for the swallows. The terrace and garden are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying al fresco dining often accompanied by enchanting fireflies

I Rondoni together with 5 other stone houses clustered on the hillside is just 2 kms above the picturesque mediaeval village of Loro Ciuffenna. An enviable position with its own micro-climate, 500 metres high I Rondoni enjoys a gentle breeze which keeps you several degrees cooler on hot summer days than the valley below.

I Rondoni is a convenient location to enjoy some of the most compelling Tuscan attractions: Florence, Arezzo, Siena, Cortona, Rapolano, the Chianti region famous for its wine tasting, you can visit vineyards where you can taste before deciding which wines to buy.

From I Rondoni you can enjoy daily walks to suit your energy level from gentle strolls to strenuous trekking in the eastern hills of the Arno in the unspoilt Pratomagno National Park or in the west side of the Arno valley in the Chianti hills.

Walks can be easy and relaxing if you chose marked paths that run among olive trees and vineyards as well as alongside the “Balze” which are argilla pinnacles created by the erosion of the Arno valley. These feature in the background of the painting of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. Alternatively, you can chose more challenging marked paths up steep hills through woods of chestnut, pine, spruce and oak trees for a 5 or 6 hour hike up to the summits.

Typical Tuscan restaurants are easily reachable within 5-10 minutes drive from I Rondoni.

You can also shop for famous fashion brands at discount prices. Glasswork and leather crafted products were originally part of Tuscan history and have since developed in internationally renowned Italian luxury brands available in the Outlets and Malls located a short drive away in Levanelle and Leccio.

So there is a lot to appeal to you whether you like country walks, history and culture or simply enjoy excellent rustic Italian cuisine.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Florence 65 km, Nearest railway: Montevarchi 12 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Bedroom 1 can be additionally provided with 1 or 2 single beds or an infants cot.

Bedroom 1 and 2 have 2 windows. Bedroom 3 has 1 window.

All the bedrooms have a wardrobe.

Bathroom 1: Toilet, Bidet, washer basin, shower.

Bathroom 2: Toilet, Bidet, washer basin, shower.

Bathroom 3: Jacuzzi + separate toilet / bidet and washer basin

Separate WC: Toilette, washer basin

Children: 1 standard cot, 1 travel cot, small selection of toys, attachable chair (booster seat which attaches to dining chair), push-chair, children's table and chairs, paddling pool.

The house is best suited either to very young babies or children above the age of 4 since there are no stair gates

The Tuscany region

I Rondoni is a convenient location to enjoy some of the most compelling Tuscan attractions: the Chianti region, famous for its wine tasting and olive growing, Florence, Arezzo, Siena, Cortona, Pratomagno Regional Park, Rapolano just to name a few.

Interesting local villages throughout the Valdarno (Valley of the River Arno) include San Giovanni Valdarno, Montevarchi, Pergine, Figline Valdarno, Terranuova Bracciolini, Cavriglia, Incisa, Rignano all of which are within 10 to 30 minutes of I Rondoni. Each has a central square at its heart, with pedestrianised streets to explore full of boutiques, trattorie, churches, theatres, museums, exhibitions and fiestas.

To the North of I Rondoni lies Florence and all its glorious sights: The Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Santacroce Church, Piazza Della Signoria, Leonardo da Vinci Museum, to name but a few. By car it takes 40 minutes from I Rondoni to Florence. However, the most convenient way to go is by train, as it only takes 25 minutes from Montevarchi into Santa Maria Novella in the centre of Florence. (Montevarchi is 12 Km from i Rondoni. Free car park is available at the Railway station in Montevarchi).

30 minutes drive South of I Rondoni is Arezzo with its splendid Piero della Francesca paintings recently restored in San Francesco Church and Piazza Grande famous for its antiques market. Siena with its shell-shaped piazza lies 1 hour west, Cortona with its Etruscan history 1 hour due south, San Giminiano, the hill top town famous for its towers 1.5 hours, Montalcino 1.5 hours, Volterra 1,5 hours. Rome is about 2 and half hours driving south.

Loro Ciuffenna

I Rondoni is just 2 kilometres above the picturesque mediaeval village of Loro Ciuffenna, a small, pretty village where you can find everything: post office, bank, pharmacy, food stores, restaurants, a pub, an antiques store, a museum, a flower shop and many more. One of the main attractions is the old water mill still in use to grind the chestnuts which grow plentifully in the area. Also the beautiful Pieve di Gropina, a mediaeval church which is rich in history and becomes a wonderful venue for summer events.

FIESTE (sagre paesane)

Loro Ciuffenna like its neighbouring villages have "fieste" celebrating religious and rustic traditions, providing an excellent opportunity for visitors to mix with locals, sharing traditional dishes and wines.

Fieste are mainly in summer, from June through to September

MARKETS

There are specialised antiques markets, most renowned being at Arezzo, which takes place over the first weekend of each month and several antiques markets are held in Florence, in Montevarchi (fourth Sunday of each month), in Terranuova Bracciolini (second Sunday).

Regular markets for food, clothes, plants, embroidery and kitchenware, take place weekly in all the villages & towns nearby.

Closest Markets (within 10-15 minutes drive from I Rondoni):

San Giovanni Valdarno: Saturday morning

Loro Ciuffenna Monday morning

Figline Valdarno: Tuesday morning

Montevarchi: thursday morning

Terranuova Bracciolini:

MEDIAEVAL HERITAGE

Mediaeval Pievi (churches) are spread along the range of hills linking Florence to La Verna Abbey north of Arezzo towards the Romagna region. It is called the Pievi road which follows the route of the ancient Roman Etruscan road. The Pieve di Gropina, dating back to the year 774 is the perfect summer venue for music and cultural events just 1 Km from Loro Ciuffenna, 3 kms from I Rondoni.

COUNTRY WALKING

From I Rondoni you can enjoy daily walks to suit your energy level from gentle strolls to strenuous trekking in the eastern hills of the Arno in the unspoilt Pratomagno National Park or in the west side of the Arno valley in the Chianti hills.

SPORTS

Enjoy a game of tennis on a traditional clay court among olive trees and cypresses in a most tranquil setting, 5 minutes drive, can be booked with the local Church of Montalto in day and night time.

Full sized outdoor swimming pools and leisure facilities are avaiable at Montevarchi and San Giovanni.

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Review 1-1 of 1

4 Sep 2012

5/5

"I Rondini is a traditional Tuscan farmhouse full of character and charm with spectacular views across the Arno valley."

My wife and I were overwhelmed with size, quality and character of I Rondini. This is a high spec and tasteful recently modernised Tuscan farm house in a unique setting high in the hills with spectacular views over the Arno valley.
With Florence and Sienna with easy reach this house has perfect position for exploring the many wonders of Tuscany.
The local town of Loro Ciuffenna is very charming and has a good selection of restaurants and small shops where most needs are well catered for.
The highlights were spending time on the terraces looking at the views and watching the sun set in the evenings and the days out visiting Florence, Sienna and San Ginignamo.
The owner Riccardo was very helpful and was keen to ensure we were well supported to best enjoy our holiday.

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