Podere Le Monache set on a hillside dominates one of the most picturesque and spectacular landscapes in Tuscany. With distant views over hills, out to sea towards Livorno and Pisa. Originally a convent wrapped in history Le Monache has a magical and spiritual atmosphere. Whether you are lazing by the pool or strolling in the olive grove or simply relaxing in your apartment you are in another world. Recently restored and converted from a farmhouse into four charming ground floor apartments. Perfect for small or large family vacation rental.
Great care has been taken to restore all of the original features, including vaulted ceilings, an open fireplace, and beamed ceilings. Meanwhile, all the modern conveniences have been incorporated.
Each apartment is self-contained; and each has its own entrance. Each apartment offers a terra-cotta patio and outdoor furniture.
Laundry room with washing machine for use of the guests.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Nearest beach||Tirrenea, and Rosignano 45 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa and Florence 60 km, Nearest railway: Castelfiorentino 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Details of : Monache 4 Sleeps 4 + 2
Fully equipped kitchen, with built in cabinets, 4 burner gas hob and electric built in oven (Franke), tall refrigerator/freezer, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, iron, ironing board. Table and chairs. (6 chairs )
Open plan kitchen/lounge with sofa-bed, occasional chairs, side tables, satellite TV.
2 bedrooms with king size bed or 2 single beds, wardrobes, chest of drawers and night tables.
Separate lounge, 2 bathrooms with power showers.
Covered Patio off the kitchen and lounge with outdoor furniture. Table , 6 chairs and parasol. (rod iron )
Cots and high chairs available. Central heating.
Linen is provided for all beds, bath towels and swimming pool towels.
Final Cleaning charge € 60.00
|Further details outdoors|
4 Self Catering units , ground floor, from 4+ to 6+ guests, independent of each other with private entrance .
Extra beds, cots and high chairs available on request.
Each unit has an information folder with details of the house, the immediate area and major cultural events, where to eat and important places to see.
The property has a laundry room , drying facilities, central heating in each of the apartments, air conditioning is not necessary as the house dates back to the 11th C. and the walls are over a meter thick, keeping the house at a comfortable temperature. We are 300 meters above sea level and in open countryside; in the summer heat we have the sea breeze in the afternoon and evening.
The house is suitable for families as we are situated in a small hamlet with all amenities walking distance.
On request we can provide maid service on a daily basis or as required. We can organise a private chef for romantic dinners by the swimming pool or on the patio for 2, or for large groups
There is a village shop, restaurant, post box, and small Church.
Two of the units are wheelchair accessible, please contact owner for more detailed information.
The swimming pool 6m x 15m is surrounded by a terracotta patio, with lounge chairs, tables and large parasols. The gazebo has a table and 6 chairs. There are 2 large barbecues on wheels, a wood burning oven for pizza or grilling.
The gardens are surrounded by hedges of laurel, bay leaf and oleanders; one area of the garden has rosemary hedges, shrubs of myrtle and pomegranates, fig trees, mulberry, and plums. The middle garden is formal rose garden with box hedges and terracotta pots. The car park is inside the gates of the property shaded by secular oak trees, and young lime trees.
Beyond the gardens there is 4.5 hectars of olive grove and woodland . We produce some of the best Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in our area. Some of our guests join us during the harvest from picking the olives to taking them to the Olive-press and bringing the oil home! (Producers of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Certified ICEA and TOSCANO,IGP).
All Linen is provided including swimming pool towels.
Maid service and change of linen once a week
Bookings: Minimum stay 3 nights during low season, minimum 1 week during mid and high season
Rental is Saturday to Saturday during mid season and highseason, for any other time low Season, Easter and Christmas you can arrive any day of the week.
Arrival between 04:00 pm to 07:30 hour
Departure: By 10:00 a.m.
Maid service available daily upon request price per hour Euros 12.
Change of Linen available daily upon request ; Euros 8. per person
Cook available upon request:
Deposit required upon making a booking 30%
Payment can be done by cheque, bank transfer, paypal
Final Cleaning Charge € 60.00
WHERE WE ARE
Woodland and olive-groves surround the hamlet of Iano in this quiet and unsung corner of Tuscany. The location is ideal for those who enjoy the open air walking, with footpaths that start from the property. For those who would like an Eco-Turism vacation we have pheasants, cocoo, porcupine, hedge-hoges and wild boar that roam in our property from time to time we also see a tortoise. Late October and November we harvest the olives and invite our guests to participate in what is a working feast! Picking olives, and enjoying great food and wine! Podere Le Monache is situated in the area known as the heart of Tuscany, and is within easy reach (less than a one-hour's drive) of Florence, Siena, and Pisa. It's also close to San Gimignano and Volterra. Castelfalfi, once the summer residence of the Medici family, is a five minutes drive from Le Monache, it offers an international standard 18-hole golf course, tennis courts,stables, large-game-hunting and fishing reserve.
Iano dates back to 1004, Le Monache a convent was built during this period. Le Monache (the Nuns) would have been an order of Dominican Nuns or Poor Clares who worked and lived a life of seclution and silence in a Quiet Place. Over the centuries it passed into the hands of the locals who made their own imprint on the building and continued to farm the land. World War II also left its mark Le Monache with its underground tunnels became the hiding place for the Resistance.
Today the old road now paved which connects us to Volterrra still runs through the hamlet.
Places to see:
The historical Cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa are 1 hour from the house, San Gimignano the medieval town of the Beautiful Towers is 20 minutes from us, Volterra once the Etruscan capital of Tuscany is 30 minutes, Vinci the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci is 40 Minutes (World famous Museum dedicated to Leonardo), Montelupo with its famous terracotta is also 40 minutes. Colleoli where the story of Pinocchio originated and has a beautiful park dedicated to children is 1.5 hours from us. Puccini's Villa situated at Torre del Lago where the famous Puccinis festival is held every summer is also 1.5 hours from us. We are situated in cultural and historical heart of Tuscany.