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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The house

Casa Il Cocchio is a gracious apartment of 100 square meters (about 1076 square

feet), for six people, with patio, shared swimming pool and four-hectare (about

ten-acre) park. It is part of a farming estate surrounded by vineyards, and is

located on a hillside 300 meters (about 980 feet) above sea level.

You will be between Florence and Siena, among the hills of Chianti, just a short

distance from the town of Monteriggione and from Colle Val D'Elsa.

Casa Il Cocchio has a bedroom with a double bed, a bedroom with two single beds,

a living room with kitchenette and fireplace, and a bathroom with tub. By means

of an internal stairway (ten steps) within the apartment, you reach a further

bedroom with divan bed for two people and bathroom with shower.

In front of the living room, you will find a patio of 20 square meters (about

215 square feet) for your exclusive use, equipped with table, chairs and

umbrellas.

The swimming pool

You will have at your disposition a lovely pool of 6 X 14 meters (about 20 X 46

feet), surrounded by lawn and equipped with chairs, deckchairs, tables and

umbrellas. The pool is shared with the guests of the other two apartments. Next

to the pool, you will find a sandy area where children can play, and just

slightly further, an enormous hundred-year-old oak tree.

In the shade of the oak you will find tables and chairs for the guests of all

the apartments. In the evenings, outdoor lighting is available. You can dine in

the open air, in a truly striking atmosphere!

The location

The apartment is part of an historic hamlet consisting of a large villa, a small

group of artisans' and farm-workers' houses, and the surrounding cultivated

land.

All this is actually part of an agricultural estate of 450 hectares (about 1100

acres), the principal product of which is excellent wine.

This hamlet originates in the 9th century, but the actual settlement dates back

to 1600.

In front of the villa, you will still find the splendid formal Italian garden,

with its symmetrical pathways, which was originally created in 1600. The villa

is inhabited by the descendants of the original owners.

At the “shoulders” of the villa is the small hamlet of buildings, distributed

around a central piazza. Here, three apartments have been renovated as vacation

rental homes. Other buildings are inhabited by the contadini working on the

agricultural estate.

When you arrive here, you will sense the rich fascination of this place with its

thousand years of history, where the exteriors of the houses have been left

essentially unchanged.

All around you, you will see nothing but gentle hills covered with long rows of

grapevines, lovingly cultivated now as they were in olden times, and various

craftsmen who still carry out their work among these ancient buildings.

While you are on vacation here, it should be easy for you to slip into the

tranquil atmosphere of the countryside, which transports you away from the

present day.

You will return here to relax in peace, after a day spent visiting the artistic

and historic treasures of Florence and Siena, as well as many other fascinating

Tuscan towns!

Next to the main villa, there is a splendid building which contains the historic

stables, constructed in the 1800s by a descendant of the family who was a great

fan of riding and horses. These are made up of three large rooms with brick

columns, and possess an extraordinary architectural elegance.

These rooms, with their accompanying facilities, can be reserved for weddings

and other ceremonial events.

The hamlet is found on the slopes of Montagnola Senese, in the area in which the

Chianti wines of Colli Senesi are produced.

Montagnola Senese is a protected area, thanks to its uncontaminated natural

beauty, and is traversed by hiking trails, one of which passes close by the

house.

Household Furnishings and Equipment

At Casa Il Cocchio, you approach from the terracotta-paved patio. On the patio,

you will find a table with chairs and an umbrella.

Entering into the living room, you will find a sofa and two armchairs, a kitchen

area and a dining table. The kitchen is equipped with four-burners, oven and

refrigerator with freezer.

From the living room, you can enter a short corridor. Along this corridor, there

are doors to the bathroom with tub, the bedroom with two single beds and the

double-bedded room. From the corridor, ten stairs lead to the mezzanine level,

in which there is a large and gracious room with vaulted ceiling. Here, there is

a divan bed for two people and a bathroom with shower.

All the rooms have windows with a graceful view of the greenery outside.

The apartment is furnished in the simple, graceful and welcoming style of the

Tuscan countryside.

A laundry room is available in the hamlet.

Casa Il Cocchio is equipped with a parking space and with winter heating.

Services upon request

As guests of Casa Il Cocchio, you will be able to arrange various services,

including lessons in Italian culture, babysitting services, wedding planning

services, and guided tours to Siena.

Nearby tourist attractions

Staying at Casa Il Cocchio, you will be close to Florence and Siena, as well as

to the most characteristic Tuscan villages, starting with San Gimignano and

Monteriggione, the medieval village encircled by an ancient stone wall.

You will be in the Chianti wine production zone, and can take tours of many

historic wineries that are open to visitors.

Wherever you go, you will be welcomed with the relaxed friendliness that has

long been one of Tuscany's most appealing characteristics. As well as enjoying

history and nature, you will find small restaurants where you can eat the

excellent Tuscan cuisine prepared in-house, and drink the wonderful wines of the

area.

The nearest town is Colle Val D'Elsa, 7 kilometers (about 4.5 miles) away, where

you will find the bus stop, the railway station, and the nearest supermarkets.

100 meters (about 330 feet) away, there is a restaurant.

Transportation

You will need to have a car.

The closest airport is Florence.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access
General Wi-Fi available
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1)
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

At Casa Il Cocchio, you approach from the terracotta-paved patio. On the patio, you will find a table with chairs and an umbrella.

Entering into the living room, you will find a sofa and two armchairs, a kitchen area and a dining table. The kitchen is equipped with four-burners, oven and refrigerator with freezer.

From the living room, you can enter a short corridor. Along this corridor, there are doors to the bathroom with tub, the bedroom with two single beds and the double-bedded room. From the corridor, ten stairs lead to the mezzanine level, in which there is a large and gracious room with vaulted ceiling. Here, there is a divan bed for two people and a bathroom with shower.

All the rooms have windows with a graceful view of the greenery outside.The apartment is furnished in the simple, graceful and welcoming style of the Tuscan countryside.

A laundry room is available in the hamlet. Casa Il Cocchio is equipped with a parking space and with winter heating.

Services upon request:

As guests of Casa Il Cocchio, you will be able to arrange various services, including lessons in Italian culture, babysitting services, wedding planning services, and guided tours to Siena.

Further details outdoors

You will have at your disposition a lovely pool of 6 X 14 meters (about 20 X 46 feet), surrounded by lawn and equipped with chairs, deckchairs, tables and umbrellas. The pool is shared with the guests of the other two apartments. Next to the pool, you will find a sandy area where children can play, and just slightly further, an enormous hundred-year-old oak tree.

In the shade of the oak you will find tables and chairs for the guests of all the apartments. In the evenings, outdoor lighting is available. You can dine in the open air, in a truly striking atmosphere!

The apartment is part of an historic hamlet consisting of a large villa, a small group of artisans' and farm-workers' houses, and the surrounding cultivated land.

All this is actually part of an agricultural estate of 450 hectares (about 1100 acres), the principal product of which is excellent wine.This hamlet originates in the 9th century, but the actual settlement dates back to 1600.

In front of the villa, you will still find the splendid formal Italian garden, with its symmetrical pathways, which was originally created in 1600. The villa is inhabited by the descendants of the original owners.

At the “shoulders” of the villa is the small hamlet of buildings, distributed around a central piazza. Here, three apartments have been renovated as vacation rental homes. Other buildings are inhabited by the contadini working on the agricultural estate.

When you arrive here, you will sense the rich fascination of this place with its thousand years of history, where the exteriors of the houses have been left essentially unchanged.

All around you, you will see nothing but gentle hills covered with long rows of grapevines, lovingly cultivated now as they were in olden times, and various craftsmen who still carry out their work among these ancient buildings.

While you are on vacation here, it should be easy for you to slip into the tranquil atmosphere of the countryside, which transports you away from the present day.

You will return here to relax in peace, after a day spent visiting the artistic and historic treasures of Florence and Siena, as well as many other fascinating Tuscan towns!

Next to the main villa, there is a splendid building which contains the historic stables, constructed in the 1800s by a descendant of the family who was a great fan of riding and horses. These are made up of three large rooms with brick columns, and possess an extraordinary architectural elegance.

These rooms, with their accompanying facilities, can be reserved for weddings and other ceremonial events.

The hamlet is found on the slopes of Montagnola Senese, in the area in which the Chianti wines of Colli Senesi are produced.

Montagnola Senese is a protected area, thanks to its uncontaminated natural beauty, and is traversed by hiking trails, one of which passes close by the house.

Staying at Casa Il Cocchio, you will be close to Florence and Siena, as well as to the most characteristic Tuscan villages, starting with San Gimignano and Monteriggione, the medieval village encircled by an ancient stone wall.

You will be in the Chianti wine production zone, and can take tours of many historic wineries that are open to visitors.

Wherever you go, you will be welcomed with the relaxed friendliness that has long been one of Tuscany's most appealing characteristics. As well as enjoying history and nature, you will find small restaurants where you can eat the excellent Tuscan cuisine prepared in-house, and drink the wonderful wines of the area.

The nearest town is Colle Val D'Elsa, 7 kilometers (about 4.5 miles) away, where you will find the bus stop, the railway station, and the nearest supermarkets. 100 meters (about 330 feet) away, there is a restaurant.

You will need to have a car.

The closest airport is Florence.

The Tuscany region

Located in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is surely one of the most famous Italian landscapes. The essence of this beautiful region are its natural, artistic, and cultural heritage.

Bounded by the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian Sea (two arms of Mediterranean), this region is divided into ten provinces, whose capitals are Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. Florence is the capital city of the region itself.

The region was populated first by the Etruscans on the 7th century BC, and about 500 years later by the Romans.

The words Humanism and Renaissance evoke Tuscany, as immediately as Pope evokes Rome: just think that between the fourteenth and the sixteenth century, both these ages were born here. The entire region attained a very important artistic role.

If you are keen on art and nature… well you’re definitely in the right place! ;-)

Indeed the fathers of Italian painting, architecture and sculpture lived in this beautiful towns: such as Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. This is the reason why the entire region is rich in museums where thousands of amazing works are kept. You’ll be impressed by the majesty of the many ancient palaces (for examples “Palazzo Vecchio”, “Palazzo Pitti”, “Palazzo Medici”), monasteries and villas that are springing up all over the Tuscany.

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Tuscany, because the climate is mild. Bus-lines and trains connect the larger towns, but having a car would be a great advantage, and you would be easily able to enjoy the small towns and vineyards, which represent some of Tuscany’s strong points.

The “Chiantigiana road” is a must to see: it produces some of Italy’s finest wines. This is the colourful and legendary road of the “Chianti" region. The grape cultivation dates back to the Etruscan times. One of the biggest pleasures will be sipping different wines, at the wineries or at the wine bars scattered in the towns.

What about a drop in on “Mugello”? It is a countryside surrounded by oaks, chestnut trees and by the Apennines, This land of artists and painters have been source of inspiration in its farmhouses and colours. with kind people, authentic cooking, good wine, plus a great tradition in handicrafts.

The Apuan Alps are a monumental work of the nature. They consist in some of the highest peaks in the region: This regional park sets up the chance for those who want to practice trekking, cycling, horse riding or simply walking to enjoy this beautiful landscape.

Versilia is an area of 20 km sandy beaches located in the north of the region. The seaside with the colourful bathing areas is rich in bars and meeting places. Camaiore, Forte dei Marmi, Massarosa, Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Stazzema and Viareggio are the towns of this beautiful coast.

Another great attraction of this region is the archipelago. The largest island is Elba: more than one hundred kilometers of coast.

Curiously enough, since the Etruscans introduced the use of fresh herbs, the Tuscan cooking is still based on vegetable dishes, bread-based soups, meats perfumed with sage, rosemary, and thyme. Moreover the secret of its success is the good care and the devotion to guarantee the quality of the products of the land... crostini of chicken liver, soups, tortelli with Bolognese sauce, “pappardelle” with hare sauce or with boar sauce, boar hunter style, fillet of beef, salted cod with tomato sauce, ricciarelli, cantucci, Tuscan salt-less bread… We’re sure your mouth is already watering.

Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni is an incredibly charming walled medieval village at a few minutes from Siena, Colle Val d'Elsa, San Gimignano and Certaldo. With a simply stunning visual effect from above, it seems almost fake...

You'll have the sensation of being out the world: no traffic at all and a the perfectly intact medieval environment will let you feel as part of a fairy-tale. Inside the walls there are: two bars, one food shop, two restaurants, an herbalist's shop, a hotel and a delightful retailer of typical products.

Unspoiled luxuriant nature is the perfect setting of this lovely place, where you can confidently enjoy long walks, trekking, bicycle or horseback excursions. We strongly recommend some guided tour by hot-air balloons or helicopter (a bit more expensive, but just spectacular!).

World-class golf and archery courses, wildlife parks and the warmness of its 42 inhabitants, identify Monteriggioni rather than guarantee a fantastic relaxing vacation there.

The village has never had the possibility to expand itself, because of the elliptical town walls, that measure only 570 metres. The village is also delimited by 15 imposing towers, 6.5 metres higher than the walls themselves, where ab horigine there was a communication trench as long as the entire boundary walls.

After a brief walk through the main gate, you'll find Piazza Roma, the centre of the village that hosts the parish church of St Maria Assunta, built in 1219. The church's been built with a unique large nave, covered by ribbed vaults sticking to structure of the roof. The nave terminates in a square apsis, with cross vaults in Gothic style, where you'll find the wooden choir dated back to XVI century, positioned behind the high altar. The polychrome façade is constituted by travertine and pietra serena (or Fiorenzuola stone, a special Italian grey sandstone) limestones, with a huge portal surmounted by archivolt, above which there's a notable "eye" with brick decorations.

In Piazza Roma, in front of the church, every year, the first two weeks of July is celebrated the Medieval Festival. This festival is becoming more and more popular mostly because everything is faithfully reconstructed with a pinpoint attention to details. You will pay using the ancient coins: the Scudo of Monteriggioni. The village is enlightened by torches and candles, and everybody uses horses and donkeys for transports. It might be a unique occasion for an intense funny role-playing.

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Calendar last updated:26 Aug 2014

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