House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Come and enjoy a taste of authentic tuscan country life in stunning settings, amidst olive groves and vineyards tendered by a most hospitable family who run this organic farm and live in your hosts' homestead or in newly refurbished independent apartments.
The owners have reserved three double rooms (within the main farmhouse) for those who wish to have a more economic option. Two of the rooms are next to each other with a bathroom reserved in this separate wing of the farmhouse and is ideal for friends or family. The third double bedroom has en suite bathroom.The accommodation is very comfortable and well equipped.There are several tables and chairs outside where one can enjoy a meal and glass of wine watching the stunning view until darkness falls then watching the fireflies float around as you appreciate the calm serenity of life outside the rat race.Although the is very peaceful, one never feels completely cut off either. Podere La Fonte is a working farm as well as tourist residence (“Podere” is Italian for farm). The main products are olives and grapes which are grown organically and made into wine and olive oil on the farm. The wine and oil may be purchased from the farm shop and is both delicious and good value. Emmanuela also creates herbal tea infusions and a number of jams from the fruit trees on the farm.Radicondoli is a small, picturesque town which also has everything needed to be a holiday base, in easy walking distance of the accommodation. There are three excellent restaurants, a small supermarket and other shops.Podere La Fonte, a self-sustaining farm , where Emanuela and Marco seamlessly toil with love and passion in support of their Tuscan lifestyle. They grow many, many different things on their farm and the amount of work they do cannot be underestimated.Yet, they are salt of the earth people and love what they do.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Follonica / Punta Ala 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa or or Florence 85 km, Nearest railway: Poggibonsi 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
Whether you choose to stay put, or explore the surrounding countryside and famous sites, Podere la Fonte has the answer for you. You can choose to rent as little as one of the tree double rooms (with no cooking facilities), one of the two self catering apartments or all the accommodation on offer for a larger group .Although there are no cooking facilities for the three rooms your hosts are happy to provide meals for an additional charge. Even for self caterers, why not take the chance to be served genuine good food made from local produce, lots of it produced by your hosts on the farm? you will not regret your choice and will be able to enjoy the farm's spacious eating.Podere la Fonte is situated in a most spectacular position just below the ancient castellated village of Radicondoli. It has magnificent uninterrupted views over the Cecina valley and the surrounding hills.At night you can see the lights of Volterra, San Gimignano, Colle Val d'Elsa and many other villages nestling in the hills all around you. Florence is one hour away and Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano just forty minutes by road. Lovely local walks and natural pools in the nearby river Cecina. There are swimming pools within easy reach and in an hour you can drive to and enjoy sandy beaches just like the ancient Etruscan people did.Your hosts Emanuela and Marco look forward to welcoming you to their home. They will also give you every assistance to help you discover and understand the opportunities offered by the surrounding countryside and tourist attractions.
Notes on prices
No additional cost is added for central heating in the winter months, this is reflected in the pricing structure above which applies all year round.
Podere La Fonte is a working farm as well as tourist residence (“Podere” is Italian for farm). The main products are olives and grapes which are grown organically and made into wine and olive oil on the farm. The wine and oil may be purchased from the farm shop and is both delicious and good value. Emmanuela also creates herbal tea infusions and a number of jams from the fruit trees on the farm.Radicondoli is a small, picturesque town which also has everything needed to be a holiday base, in easy walking distance of the accommodation. There are three excellent restaurants, a small supermarket and other shops.
Podere La Fonte, a self-sustaining farm where Emanuela and Marco seamlessly toil with love and passion in support of their Tuscan lifestyle. They grow many, many different things on their farm and the amount of work they do cannot be underestimated.
We are welcomed into their kitchen to learn the art of making pici (fat Tuscan spaghetti), eggplant parmigiana (sans breadcrumbs), torta di Pasqua (a traditional ricotta and Swiss chard tart or quiche, usually made at Easter, and cantucci, a traditional almond biscotti. In addition to cooking in the kitchen, the fire and hearth in the dining room are also used to cook. We drink white and red wines from Marco's vineyards. Emanuela picks fresh persimmons from the tree outside for us to try. We have Vin Santo with our cantucci. This is the last cooking class that Emanuela and Marco will teach for the season as olive picking time is nearing, and they must place all their energy into the olive harvest. They grow many, many different things on their farm and the amount of work they do cannot be underestimated. Yet, they are salt of the earth people and love what they do.
The Tuscany region
Podere La Fonte is situated in a most spectacular position just below the ancient castellated village of Radicondoli. It has magnificent uninterrupted views over the Cecina valley and the surrounding hills. At night you can see the lights of Volterra, San Gimignano, Colle Val D'Elsa and many other villages nestling in the hills all around you. Florence is one hour away and Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano just forty minutes by road. Lovely local walks and natural pools in the nearby river Cecina. There are swimming pools within easy reach and in an hour you can drive to and enjoy sandy beaches just like the ancient Etruscan people did. Your hosts Emanuela and Marco, who live two minutes walk away, look forward to welcoming you to their home. They will also give you every assistance to help you discover and understand the opportunities offered by the surrounding countryside and tourist attractions.
The council of Radicondoli rises on the metalliferous hills that overshadow the Val di Cecina
The territory of Radicondoli is divided into numerous villages and its economy is based on the hot springs and a large number of agritourisms. In this council you can admire the Elci castle, the convent of St. Francis and the parish of St. Simon. The castle of Radicondoli, along with that of Belforte, has been here since the beginning of the 13th century but its parish seems to date back to the 10th century, so it is very probable that an inhabited settlement around today's capital town may have been established even before the year 1000AD. There was human presence here even in the Etruscan-Roman times, but the subsequent medieval installation completely deleted it.
We can only hypothesise that, being annexed to Volterra during the Roman era, the territory of Radicondoli was first at the centre of Scipione's politics, who used that area as a Naval reference point, and then involved in the struggles between the Romans and Etruscan aristocracy from the 1st century BC.The community of Radicondoli seems to have been one of the first to give itself a real autonomous, civic organisation, through which it stipulated pacts and conventions with Siena and the Aldobrandeschi counts. It was these who, in 1216, incorporated it as a fief into their properties. Five years later the castles of Radicondoli and Belforte were offered as a guarantee to Siena, as a mortgage on the pact of loyalty that the counts had sworn to the city.
Far from having reached an agreement in this way, the council and the feudatories disputed the territory that was occupied by the Siennese in 1230 and then taken back by the Aldobrandeschi seven years later, renewing the oath of loyalty that had previously been broken. In the second half of the XIII century the Siennese mortgage on the two castles was eliminated. For a brief time, between 1260 and 1269 they were occupied by the Guelphs who forced Siena to buy them back. Subsequently, with the Aldobrandeschi ramifications, the two fortresses finished at the centre of a conflict for possession between the two new families. In 1541 the council became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany under Cosimo I de' Medici.
(Fonte: Province of Siena)
The village of Radicondoli is a perfectly preserved historic village with 3 good restaurants, pizzerias and bars. There are shops selling local produce, a bakery for fresh bread each morningA Territory of Great Environmental, Naturalistic, Historical and Cultural Value
In 1996, the Provincial Administration of Siena established 11 Nature Reserves covering about 8 thousand hectares of
territory with a high environmental, naturalistic, historical, and cultural value, whose different protected environments house rare animal and vegetal species of great scientific and conservation interest.
The 11 Nature Reserves form a System of Protected Areas whose aim is to ensure and promote, in a coordinated manner, the conservation and enhancement of the environment, the landscape, the historical-cultural and naturalistic heritage.
Besides excursions to: Siena and its Palio , San Gimignano, Monteriggioni , Volterra , San Galgano Abbey( in the Abbey You can see a real sword deeply planted in a rock) to the beaches of the Maremma Toscana, You can also enjoy Hot Air Balloon Flights, or a riding tour to the San Galgano Abbey.
If You do like a more natural environment You can visit The Cornate and Fosini natural Reserve, where beside of the wonderful trekking paths You can find the Fosini Castle build in the 12th century. The reserve is providing breeding ground for the very rare peregrine and Ianner falcons.
You also can visit The Forest rangers who breed the Monterufoli pony and have the rest home for horses that have ridden the Siena Palio.
Local producers offer visit and tasting of their products as: Wine,oil,cheese and salami(cinta senese which is the typical famous pig of the area).
Cornate e Fosini Nature Reserve
The Reserve is situated in the west of the town of Chiusdino, in the eastern part of Colline Metallifere, and includes the calcareous relief of Cornate, one of the few mountain areas of southern Tuscany. Nearby there are the springs of the river Cecina.
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