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Grand Tuscan farmhouse with pool access in Vernio – Home 38084 Farmhouse

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Grand Tuscan farmhouse with pool access in Vernio – Home 38084

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  • Farmhouse
  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Farmhouse / 1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 2

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner

Description

Borgo Corboli – which means Corboli hamlet – has been in Cristina’s family since the mid-1960s. Her father bought part of the main house (where the main dining room is situated) as a weekend and holiday retreat for the family. The hamlet – comprising a large main house and several small 2-roomed villette - was then populated by several other families who either worked the land or relaxed there for holidays. Over the decades, as the other inhabitants moved away, so Cristina’s family bought their properties. Now, the whole of Borgo Corboli belongs to Cristina and her family.
She spent several years lovingly renovating the properties with local materials and products – no plastic gutters here, they are made of brass – and turning Corboli into a successful holiday business.
Borgo Corboli was the second choice in Tuscany in the budget category for Channel 4’s Vacation, Vacation, Vacation in 2011, narrowly missing out on being on UK national

Borgo Corboli – which means Corboli hamlet – has been in Cristina’s family since the mid-1960s. Her father bought part of the main house (where the main dining room is situated) as a weekend and holiday retreat for the family. The hamlet – comprising a large main house and several small 2-roomed villette - was then populated by several other families who either worked the land or relaxed there for holidays. Over the decades, as the other inhabitants moved away, so Cristina’s family bought their properties. Now, the whole of Borgo Corboli belongs to Cristina and her family.
She spent several years lovingly renovating the properties with local materials and products – no plastic gutters here, they are made of brass – and turning Corboli into a successful holiday business.
Borgo Corboli was the second choice in Tuscany in the budget category for Channel 4’s Vacation, Vacation, Vacation in 2011, narrowly missing out on being on UK national television.

With an Agriturismo holiday, guests can forget about Hotels and Restaurants – our holidays are just not like that. There are no characterless rooms, mass-produced food, and staff in uniforms. There are welcoming rooms, homely service, friendly chats and open fireplaces. And the food! The food reflects that which is locally grown and eaten - grown either on the farmstead itself or nearby. It is cooked in the local style, and is served around large tables – usually in the open or near the open log fire.

The Agriturismo holiday, however, is about choice. Guests are free to take part/help in all aspects of the running of the farm, or they can take advantage just of the welcoming accommodation and hospitality. There is so much offered on an Agriturismo holiday – and you are able to choose how you would like to be involved – or not.

Further details

ABOUT US When we began this agritourism venture, it was entirely new to us. We had no idea to where it would take us, but we did have one clear ideal: we did not want to create just another Hotel or Restaurant – Tuscany is full of those – we wanted to work towards giving our guests a pleasant environment in which to spend their holidays, enjoying local cuisine and relaxing in the serene tranquillity of our countryside – far, far away from the stresses and strains of the city. Over the years, we have become convinced of our approach: we have met all sorts of people from many countries – some quite extraordinary and which whom we have shared our experiences, beliefs and hopes. Even today, when talking amongst ourselves, we are quite amazed that such a small village in the hills can become, just for an evening, the centre of the world.

Further details indoors

The Corboli farmstead is in the Bisenzio Valley (Prato province), at the foothills of the Tuscan-Emilian Appenines, some 400 metres above sea level. It is situated just above the village of San Quirico di Vernio, on the road to the Mugello Valley. It takes its name from the medieval fief of Vernio, and dates back to the 15th Century

Further details outdoors

Here we are. The place is beautiful, the apartment is comfortable, the dog is friendly and the owners aren't that bad.

OK, but what are we going to do now ? Hiking -Cities-of-art : Corboli is a good starting point to visit the tuscan cities-of-art.
Shopping OUTLET
Relax :
A valid choice is ... not to do anything .

Location description from owner

The Tuscany region

Florence is a city of Roman origin, and between the 14th and the 19th Centuries it experienced tremendous growth. It was an important economic centre during the Middle Ages, fundamental to the Renaissance, of strategic importance until the unification of Italy and the capital of the Kingdom from 1865 to 1871). The structure of Florence, both in town and in the surrounding hilltop suburbs, owes much to the powerful Medici family, that governed the city in the 15th to the 17th Century. The new buildings commissioned by the family are in perfect harmony wth the existing medieval architecture and the architecture of the following period of the Lorena during the 18th Century.

In the museums you can see some of the best known pieces of art in the flesh so to speak; from the Annunciazione by Simone Martini (The Annunciation) to the Primavera by Sandro Botticelli, and the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and Tiziano.

Prato is a busy town near Florence that could be described as having two faces. It is a densely populated industrial centre, capital of the province of Prato, and imbued with the spirit of modernity and hard work. But it also conserves its ancient orgins which are evidenced in its architecture and strutture. Gothic churches, 14th Century chapels and Renaissance palaces all bear witness to the phases of prosperity that Prato has seen down through the centuries.
Prato developed on the banks of the river Bisenzio, and its 14th century city walls encircle the cathedral, the market and the old part of the city. Prato is also home to many important reliquiries, the most important of which is the the Cignolo Sacro the sacred girdle was reputedly worn by the Virgin Mary, and was acquired in Jerusalem by a merchant called Michele.

Prato is the capital of the smallest province of Tuscany. Formerly part of the province of Florence, it was recently given autonomy. Centuries of subordination of Prato to Florence is but one stimulus for Prato is to remain independent as a city and as a culture. The writer Curzio Malaparte (another illustrious student of Cicognini college) wrote of the civic pride of the Pratese:
"Being born in Prato is a great benefit, more a merit than a fortune, and you can see from the tenacity with which the citizens of Prato defend their provenance when quite easily they could pass as Florentines."

Vernio

There are lots of trails in our valley. Maintained by the Prato branch of the Italian Alpine Club (Club Alpino Italiano di Prato) It's worth visiting the Natural Park Acquerino-Cantagallo.

For Florence, we always advise our guests to go by train: leaving from Vernio train station (about 2 km from here), Florence is just 30 minutes away. Florence train station – a modern architectural masterpiece – is right in the centre of the city, very near to Santa Maria Novella Square from where you can begin your visit of our wonderful regional capital. Traffic and parking will be someone elses issues!

Prato is our provincial capital, 15 minutes away by train or 25 minutes by car. It is famous for the textile industries but few people know it's a real medieval town with well preserved walls, a castle built by Frederick II, the Cathedral, Palazzo Pretorio, and the Basilica of S.Maria delle Carceri by the well renowed architect Giuliano da Sangallo, the Museum of contemporary art "Luigi Pecci" and the Museo del Tessuto

Lucca, Siena, Pisa, Pistoia and Arezzo are other tuscan jewels you can visit in one day.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 2 Sofa Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • TV
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
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About the owner

Maura T
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Calendar updated::
30 Jun 2014
Years listed:
4
Based in:
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Languages spoken: English, Italian


This Farmhouse has 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 25 Oct 2007. Located in Province of Prato, it has 6 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate is £0.

The property’s calendar was last updated on 30 Jun 2014.

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“Perfect, simple rural retreat. Lovely hosts. Great location for day trips.”

Reviewed 28 Sep 2012

We spent a week here and it was an excellent stay. The simple, but comfortable self- catering apartments were perfect. Lovely pool and clean air as you are in the foothills of the mountains. Great location for day trips to Florence in the train just over an hour, or drive to Siena in about 2. The hosts were wonderful and will cook you delicious Tuscan meals whenever you like. Excellent,

“Absolute bliss in Tuscany”

Reviewed 22 Jun 2012

You don't NEED a car for this property unless you want to tour in which case we recommend a small 4x4 to negotiate the VERY steep access road from Vernio. Ask your hire company for an older vehicle with a few stone chips on it already as a number of the more exciting back roads turn into tracks and some of those tracks vary from challenging to impassable for any but high wheel based 4x4's but these tracks allow you access to some absolutely stunning and secret scenery that you won't be sharing with anyone else. There are frequent trains between Vernio and Firenze (changing at Prato - dead easy) and train travel is affordable (adult day return for this route 15 euros for the 50 minute journey. Agriturismo Corboli is beautifully positioned high up in the Northern most part of Tuscany in the area locally known as the Mugello. The views and sunsets are simply stunning. If you want a place to unwind - this is it. The Corboli family are quite charming, very helpful, ever so accommodating and they cook some delicious meals using locally sourced ingrediants, most of which are grown on the farm. All the cottages and appartments at Corboli are reasonably well equipped and have their own private terraces with table, chairs and sun loungers. The roads are steep and narrow and take some getting used to but that is part of the charm of Tuscany - if it were too easy, it would be ruined by now.

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