Fattoria Vecchia Quercia
Villa | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 20
The Villa, nestled in a quiet private wood, can accommodate up to 14+6 people in over 400 square meters of space. There are 7 double bedrooms, 1 single room, 8 bathrooms, two lounges with fireplace, panoramic veranda and kitchen furnished with steel furnitures.
The swimming pool, open from April to October, is heated by a biomass boiler and solar panels.
In the garden there are tables to eat outside, bbq and the wood oven is just in front of the main door.
The Golf course, and its club house with bar and restaurant bordering the farm, can be reached on foot in 10 minutes.
The villa is the perfect place to spend a holiday with your family or in a group. At the Villa you can choose a completely private vacation but, at the same time, you can enjoy many “private hotel” services such as a personal chef, cleaning personnel, cooking classes, baby sitting and much more.
The Farmhouse “Fattoria la Vecchia Quercia “ has been awarded the maximum classification attainable “tre spighe” (literally 3 ears of wheat)
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 8 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||130 km|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||15 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence 60 km, Nearest railway: Poppi 3 km|
|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||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 5 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (7), Cots (2), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 12|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Fattoria La Vecchia Quercia", with its 80 acres, is situated in a privileged position, with a view overlooking the ancient castles of the Casentino valley: Poppi, Romena, the fortress of Bibbiena and La Verna. The surrounding area, rich in history and culture, is the ideal base for daily excursions in the Chianti area and in the cities of Florence and Siena.
The love of the land and local traditions have guided the owners, who have been active in environmental and agricultural issues for over eight generations, in the restoration of the farmhouse (which dates back to the eighteenth century) and its agricultural annexes. Traditional Tuscan materials such as wood, stone and terracotta together create a villa which combines modern comforts such as heated pool, satellite T.V., internet WI-Fi connection with the authentic taste of a rural Tuscan villa.
|Further details outdoors|
The heated pool and the villa offers breath taking views of Poppi Castle and hamlet and of the surrounding hills. In the garden there are tables to eat outside, 2 large wooden gazebo with chairs, bbq and the wood oven is just in front of the main door.
Minimum stay one week.
Check in and check out on Saturday
Check in from 4.00 p.m.
Check out within 10.00 a.m.
The Tuscany region
SIENA is one of Italy' s most beautiful cities, situated in the centre of Tuscany between the Chianti area and Maremma, rich in history, art and popular traditions; it is the city of the Palio. This town is of great environmental and artistic interest with a wealth of important monuments including: Piazza del Campo , one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Italy.
Situated 322 m. above sea level in the heart of Tuscany, this town is built on three hills, maintaining intact its medieval appearance characterized by narrow winding streets and noble buildings.July 2 and August 16 are the dates when the Palio di Siena is held. The Palio is a traditional medieval horse race is run around the Piazza del Campo each year. This event is attended by large crowds, and is widely televised.
Perched at 500 metres above sea level,CORTONA dominates the entire Valdichiana, with a view that stretches as far as Monte Amiata.
The town is entirely surrounded by fortifications, that constitute an interesting archaeological element as well as one of its most beautiful aspects. Of the annual events organised in Cortona, one of the most interesting is CortonAntiquaria antiques fair that is housed in the 18th century halls of Palazzo Vagnotti and Palazzo Casali from the last Saturday in August to the second Sunday in September.
AREZZO, a hidden jewel in the Tuscan landscape, not yet overwhelmed by curious tourist, this town has been nicked named by many as an outdoor museum - every corner is an exhibition of Italy's glorious past and Arezzo part of it.
Arezzo is set on a steep hill rising from the floodplain of the Arno. From a big parkin with an escalator you can get the top of the town.Here you can find the impressive cathedral, the town hall and the Medici Fortress (Fortezza Medicea), from which the main streets branch off towards the lower part as far as the gates. The upper part of the town maintains its medieval appearance despite the addition of later structures.
Arezzo's heart is Piazza Grande, with its crenellated towers and fourteenth century wooden balconies, Romanesque apse, sixteenth century fountain, and Vasari Palazzo and Loggias. A mixture of contrasting styles, everything in this piazza is metered and beautiful, all in perfect harmony. If you venture into the surrounding streets you'll discover the artisans of Arezzo, a world of humanity that the industrial civilisation has not destroyed, to the contrary.
Very close to Piazza Grande there is the Basilica of San Francesco (13th-14th centuries), in Tuscan-Gothic style. Of the projectd façade cover in sculpted stone only the lower band was completed. The interior has a single nave: the main attraction is the History of the True Cross fresco (1453-1464) cycle by Piero della Francesca in the Bacci Chapel. Under the church is another Basilica with a nave and two aisles (Basilica inferiore), today used for art exhibitions.
Today Arezzo is also known for has a starring role in Roberto Benigni's film Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella, 1997). It is the place in which the main characters live before they are shipped off to a Nazi concentration camp.
POPPI is located at the centre of the Casentino, one of the most beautiful valleys in Tuscany.
In 2001 Poppi was mentioned like " Uno dei Borghi più Belli d Italia " ( one of the pretties village of Italy )
The medieval village is a rare walled town, with the Castello dei Conti Guidi at its highest point, dominating over all.
The Castle was designed by the celebrated Di Cambio family of architects, and was a “prototype” for Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Built in the 12th century, its façade has two-mullioned windows, with a high tower rising above it at the centre. It is surrounded by a defence wall with Gulf embattlements and a broad moat. Thanks to frequent restorations over the centuries, the castle is in excellent condition. It houses a library, the Biblioteca Rilliana, which has hundreds of medieval manuscripts and precious incunabula.
Another important element is the Conti Chapel, with a cycle of 14th-century frescoes attributed to Taddeo Gaddi, a pupil of Giotto.
A pleasant conclusion to the visit is a walk along the circuit of medieval walls, from which there are lovely views of the Tuscany countryside.
CASENTINO NATIONAL PARK
Millenary Forests between Romagna and Tuscany
A large protected area in the Apennines of Tuscany and Romagna, including the largest and best preserved woods and forests in Italy, and housing a great heritage of flora and fauna: wolves and golden eagles among predators, and many species of ungulates. The forests and a number of natural habitats are the setting of the signs of the millenary human presence: small villages, mule tracks, and above all the two charming sanctuaries of Camaldoli and La Verna
It was built after the year 1000 as a hostel in order to replace the castle of Fontebuona owned by the count Maldolo, and it later became the monastery of the Camaldoli monks. In the 16th century there was a printing house in it, where the "Costituzioni Camaldolesi" establishing the rules of the forest management were printed. The cloisters and the Church of St. Donnino and Ilariano, with their beautiful paintings by Vasari, are wonderful works of art. On one side of the monastery there is the ancient chemist's shop with alembics, mortars, stoves, and precious manuscripts coming from the galenical laboratory of the monks.
Situated in a defensive place on the steep southern wall of Mt. Penna, the famous Franciscan sanctuary has always been a destination for pilgrims: it lies within a silent and gloomy wood where the Saint spent most of his hermit's life. The calcareous nature of the mountain shaped its harsh morphology, characterized by a number of ravines and natural cavities opening up under the shadow of majestic maples, ashes, elms, and beeches. Some particularly suggestive places were chosen by the Saint and by the monks for their prayers.
The mountain was given to St. Francis in 1213 by the Casentinese count Orlando Cattani, who is today buried in the small church of Santa Maria degli Angeli whose building he supported. In September 1224, the miracle of the stigmata took place at the Verna. The event was recalled by Dante in the Paradiso and is still commemorated in a solemn festivity.
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2 Jul 2014
"Beautifully appointed, tranquil and comfortable - a real sanctuary"
I stayed here for a week with my extended family (parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, in-laws etc) - there were 17 of us at one point, but Vecchia Quercia is big enough to accomodate very large par… More
30 Jun 2014
"Perfect villa in a perfect location with a perfect host"
Everything about our stay with Francesca at Fattoria Vecchia Quercia was absolutely fantastic. The villa is beautiful, very well kept and nicely decorated with all the facilities you could need. Bed… More
Grazie mille Tim! It was really nice to spend some time with you and your family, arrivederci
22 Jun 2014
This villa was amazing! The house and the garden were much more beautiful than in the pictures. The view from the house was spectacular. Francesca was very helpful and she arranged as horse back riding, fresh breakfast breds, pizzas, cooking class, very good breakfast service, meat from a butcher etc. I would go there again and I recommend this to large group of friends (like us), families with kids and everyone who wants to enjoy life! :) Thank you again Francesca.
Many thanks Elina, hope to meet you again.
16 Jun 2014
"Very beautiful place"
Visited with extended family of 20 members (1-62 years). Perfect place for us. Amazing view, very nice rooms, big enough pool. Owner is very kind and helpful. Would recommend for families with children. Hopefully we are able to visit again.
6 Jun 2014
"Wonderful villa; amazing hosts; great views."
Our large extended family stayed here for a week in May and we were all very impressed with the villa, which has been renovated very authentically (simply, honestly and well) and is very well thought … More
27 Oct 2013
"Very good value for my money, pleasant stay"
The place is luxurious and the personnel was friendly. Everything was just like agreed which is not a case at every place. We stayed with group of friends with teenage children. The house and rooms are high level. We all loved the heated pool at day time and at evenings under stars. From the pool and house is a spectacular view to the Poppi castle and village. It was possible to have fresh bread at every morning. Further there was possibility to pick fresh figs and grapes direct from garden without additional charge. We took the home made Duck dinner which was excellent. The atmosphere was relax and safe. We warmly recommend this place and wish success for the hard trying host Family.
Thanks a lot Pekka! Hope to meet you, your family and friends again. Arrivederci,
27 Sep 2013
"The best holiday rental any of us have ever stayed!"
We stayed at Fattoria Vecchia Quercia for a week in early September, as a group of 12 adults, and had an absolutely fantastic holiday.
Francesca and her family could not have made it easier for us, from booking right through to leaving at the end of our holiday (which none of us wanted to do!). She was very flexible and helpful, and I would highly recommend you take her and her husband up on their delicious home-cooked Italian meal - the food and the experience were incredible. I think I'm still full a month later.
Approaching the house, you cannot believe how idyllic it looks. The location and the views are spectacular. Overall, the house was beautifully finished, had plenty of space for a large group, was immaculately clean and comfortable. The kitchen had everything you might need to cook for a large group and the industrial strength dishwasher was a godsend. Poppi is easy to get to and has all shops you'd need. Florence, Pisa and Luca are all easy day trips but honestly, we would have happily not left the house once all holiday!
Many thanks for your review Becky! Hope to see you again, Ciao.
27 Jul 2013
"The facility, owner, view, town, location exceeded expectations."
We shared our vacation with ~20 friends and family at Fattoria Vecchia Quercia for a 2 week period early July 2013. We are all in agreement that this was one of the best vacation houses that anyone had every stayed. Francesca was the kindest hostess and her mother baked the most impressive and tasty desserts ever. The house was very clean and tidy and Francesca went out of her way to make our stay pleasant. Everything, from the coffee maker to the dishwasher and stove are top notch and the pool was fantastic. We raided the herb garden for every meal and the "wine cellar" was used extensively and kept our cases cool and available. Clean crisp sheets and towels, plentiful hot water and patio dining made our stay even more enjoyable. In fact we never had a meal at the inside dining table. Day trips to Florence, Sienna, La Verna, Arezzo and more were an easy drive but we returned every evening for our meal. Francesca recommended day trips, restaurants, grocery/wine stores and she even ordered a leg of wild boar from a local butcher that we stewed. The vacation occasion was our daughter getting her Masters in Enology and she brought some fellow wine making students on vacation. Francesca let us use the large dining room she uses for cooking classes/events for a wine tasting event that one of the grad students gave us. I've already recommended the facility to many friends and will continue to do so. It is rare when the facility was better than the on-line photos but this exceeded all expectations in every sense.
1 Jul 2013
"Another fantastic holiday"
This was our second time vacationing at Fattoria Vecchia Quercia and it was better than we remembered it. Like the first time we had a group of three families; this time with six adults and seven children.
The grounds are spacious, the villa is expansive, the amenities are top of the line and the views of the surrounding countryside are spectacular.
Best of all the owner / hostess, Francesca, really goes out of her way to make your stay extra special. Francesca and her husband, Andrea, made phenomenal dinners for us and even had the children participate in a cooking class. Francesca arranged restaurant reservations, babysitters, truffle hunting and, of course, wine tasting tours.
The villa is ideally situated in the heart of Tuscany and makes for a great base to visit a number of cities and sights including Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Casentino National Park. We were also able to play golf at Golf Club Casentino which is a five minute walk up the hill from the villa's property entrance.
Overall it was a phenomenal trip and my friends and I highly recommend the experience. Cannot wait to go back.
20 May 2013
"Body and Soul of Tuscany"
I can't think of a better place for Tuscany vacation than Fattoria Vecchia Quercia. Beatifully located above Poppi valley with breath taking views from every spot of the property, gorgeous and p… More
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