Set in the Chianti Hills just 30 mins from Siena is Borgo di Gaiole, situated on the edge of Gaiole in Chianti, one of the historic 'Chianti League' townships.
The Borgo comprises the best of old and new. Built in traditional Tuscan architectural style with solid stone walls, chestnut beams and terracotta floors, the Borgo also benefits from air conditioning/central heating, double glazing, internet services, free to use laundry and gym and a 'design feature' large swimming pool; together with secure underground parking with lift access.
The apartment comprises a double bedroom, bathroom, lounge and dining kitchen. French doors lead to a wisteria covered porch and south facing walled garden with lovely views over the village to the Chianti Hills beyond. To the rear, a breakfast/BBQ terrace is enhanced by a wall fountain envoking the soft sounds of Tuscany.
The apartment is fully equipped for up to four guests with the lounge sofa bed making for an easy conversion to a second double bedroom.
The accommodation is just a few minutes walk from Gaiole village offering a choice of restaurants, cafe bars and delicatessens; together with pharmacy, bank ATMs and all holiday shopping you are likely to need.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Check in time:||15:00|
|Check out time:||11:00|
|Nearest beach||see www.casacorvo.co.uk 80 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence 50 km, Nearest railway: Montevarchi 21 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
To help you make the most of your holiday, for the energetic we provide a series of walking notes for circular hikes around Gaiole, and by arrangement and included in the rate we can make available up to three adult bicycles for your exclusive use (two mountain bikes and one ladies multi-gear road bike). For more leisurely exploration, we provide picnic hamper, picnic chairs and rug!
New for our 2013/14 season, we will be providing an artists transportable easel and chair together with a selection of equipment; so for budding artists, just pack your brushes and paints!
For home entertainment we provide a selection of books, DVDs, CD's and board games.
We have and extensive library of local information and advice on restaurants and various attractions.
And finally, an expresso coffee machine, no Italian holiday should be without one!
|Further details outdoors|
Sunloungers, garden furniture and sun unbrella are provided for al fresco dining, and the Breakfact Terrace is equipped with a Weber 'One Touch' BBQ with cooking equipment (client to provide fuel, easily purchased locally).
The underground parking provides full protection for the hot summer sun.
There is a sun terrace beside the shared pool, a multi use gym, free to use laundrette and table tennis facilities.
10% discounts for July/August 'calendar infills'!
English speaking local agent available to assist you in any emergency
The unheated pool is open May to October, subject to local conditions.
Cycle hire is included in rates, but please provide your own safety equipment.
Gaiole is in Siena Province only a 30 min drive from the historic city famous for it's Duomo, Campo and of course it's Palio, run twice a year in July and August.
Steeped in history, the regions characteristics are fashioned out of the centuries of Sienese-Florentine wars with hilltop castles and fortified villages scattered across the landscape, now providing the perfect backdrop for wine tasting, olive oil sampling and gastronomic tours.
For the more archaelogically minded there are Etruscan settlement sites to explore and the excellent Etruscan museums in Siena and Volterra to visit.
Florence is about 1.25 hrs away by car and just half an hour by train from nearby Montevarchi and makes for a comfortable day trip. It needs no introduction being one of the worlds finest cultural centres offering all year round opportunities to visit great galleries and 'palazzi'.
If that's not enough, try your hand at a cooking course and learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine in nearby Lecchi or Coltibuono; or explore Gaiole 's sister Chianti League towns of Radda, Greve and Castallina; or venture a little further afield to the antique markets of Arezzo or the ancient towers of San Gimignano; or for 'Twilight' fans maybe a trip to the home of the Volturi in Volterra.
There are over 100 wine producers in Gaiole commune alone forming the backbone of the local economy, ranging from the renowned Castello d'Ama and Castello di Brolio through to many small family vineyards.
A trading centre for local business, Gaiole offers five restaurants, three cafe bars, a pub, two delicatessens, a great value take away pizzaria, a tourist office, pharmacy, ATMs and local shopping caterering for all local delicacies and holiday needs.
Famous for it's cycling festival, L'Eroica held every year during the first weekend in October, the village also hosts frequent concerts and produce festivals throughout the year.
It is an excellent centre for walking and cycling (try some of the L'Eroica route yourselves with our free to use cycles); the Siena-Florence long distance footpath runs along the ridge above the village, and walking notes are provided for a number of circular routes around Gaiole. There is a maze of waymarked 'strada bianchi' (unsurfaced roads) criss-crossing the surrounding hills and valleys just waiting to be explored.
If you are not that energetic, Gaiole is the local base for 'Tuscan Scooter Rental' where you can hire a bright red Vespa on a daily basis! Check out www.tuscanyscooterrental.com
Vineyards and olive groves abound, amongst which sit the majestic Florintine castles of Meleto, Brolio and others. from the atmospheric ruins of of Castello di Montegrossi perched high above the village, you can look down on your accomodation and wonder at the magic of Chianti.