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Certaldo (Chianti Area)

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Farmhouse Rental Near Certaldo, Tuscany


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About The Experience
Authentic Tuscan living suggests a key location with spectacular views of the countryside, a private farm for olive harvesting, and the most delicious meals in the world (prepared especially for you by the owner) ... all this and more is what you have to look forward to at this lovely farmhouse accommodation in Tuscany! Warm, welcoming, and pleasant, this Tuscany vacation rental is so lovingly taken care of, that you and your family will instantly feel at home. Whether you picture yourself exploring medieval hill towns, taking day trips to Florence and Siena, gazing out at the views of the Apennines and San Gimignano from the terrace, or simply relaxing by the pool, this holiday farmhouse in Tuscany is the perfect place to start!
Location Description

The farmhouse is located four kilometers from Barberino Val d'Elsa where there shops, restaurants, a great pizzeria, a market, a bank, and a post office. Dating back to the Middle Ages, Barberino Val d'Elsa marks the midway point between Siena and Florence. The village has an ancient church, castle, chapel, and beautiful views of the olive groves and vineyards that make up much of the Chianti Classico region. San Gimignano, a town you can see from the farmhouse, is a great place to go for a day trip. As one of the most visited towns in Tuscany, it is known for its rich history dating back to the Etruscan times. It is full of life and things to do. Popular attractions include the famous towers, the 12th century Duomo, the People's Palace, and several museums dedicated to artwork and archeology. There are also plenty of wine tasting tours, art galleries, shops, and delicious restaurants. Numerous celebrations and gatherings are held every year including a music festival featuring theater, ballet, and opera performances, and a Medieval Harvest festival where the people of San Gimignano dress up as knights, play medieval games, and have tournaments. Of course, you'll also want to visit Florence and Siena during your trip and a train station in Certaldo, which is only 15 minutes away from the property, can get you there easily and conveniently.

Nearby Attractions: Barberino Val d'Elsa (markets, shops, restaurants, pizzeria, bank, post office, ancient church, castle, chapel), Certaldo Alto, the Medieval village and birthplace of Boccaccio, Certaldo (train station), San Gimginano (towers, Duomo, People's Palace, museums, wine tasting, shops, restaurants, annual festivals)

Florence: 37 km/23 mi
Siena: 35 km/22 mi
San Gimignano: 15 km/9.5 mi
Certaldo: 10 km/6 mi
Barberino Val d'Elsa: 4 km/2.5 mi
Exterior Description
(2,000 m2/21,528 ft2)

Originally built in the 15th century, this farmhouse is also situated on a foundation dating back to Medieval Times. Located in a peaceful position on top of one of the Chianti hills and within the Archeological Park of Semifonte, there are spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and valleys, where you can see not only the Apennines, but San Gimignano as well. An interesting fact about the location is that the surrounding valley used to be the main road (via Francigena) from the north to the south of Europe for merchants and pilgrims. The garden features a small farm where olives are harvested for extra virgin olive oil. There is a terrace on the first floor furnished with a bench, table, and chairs, and a patio on the ground floor with a table, chairs, and umbrella and a private infinity swimming pool which is open from early May to the end of September (15m x 5m). The farmhouse is located on a quiet road with very little traffic, although wall covered with vines separates the property from the road. Parking is available within the grounds.

Interior Description
(150 m2/1,615 ft2)

Ground Floor: An independent billiard room is located on the ground floor as well as a laundry room with a washing machine. There is also a dining room and kitchen that are closed to guests except when cooking, olive oil, or wine tasting courses or dinners are prepared by the owners for the guests of the house.
First Floor: This floor is accessible via an external staircase leading to a terrace furnished with a bench, table, and chairs. The combined living/dining room has couches, satellite TV, a table with chairs, and large panoramic windows that offer beautiful views of the countryside, including San Gimignano. A second sitting area has a sofa (double sofa bed), fireplace, and table with chairs. There is also a desk with a computer and printer. While this room can be used as a sleeping area for up to two people, there is no door for privacy. The kitchen is equipped with a cook-top, oven, microwave, toaster, freezer, and dishwasher. The first bedroom has a queen-sized bed (160 cm) and ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower. The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed (160 cm) and a single bed (90 cm). The third bedroom has a queen-sized bed (160 cm). There is a second bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Cook Service: Upon request
  • Cooking Classes: Upon request
  • Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
  • Laundry Service: Upon request
  • Olive Oil Tasting: 7 Euros per person
  • Wine Tasting and Dinner at the Villa: Upon request

Please Note:

  • Rental Price (Listed) for 7 People; 2 additional upon request: 100 Euros per person per week.
  • Housekeeping is provided for 2 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • Billiard/Pool Table
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Computer Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Mobile Telephone Available - Extra Cost
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning - Whole House
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Window Screens - Partial House
  • High Chair
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping - Included
  • Welcome Basket

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Monthly Three Weeks Two Weeks Weekly   Min
$6,487 $5,151 $3,625 $1,908 1 wk
$8,711 $6,917 $4,868 $2,562 1 wk
$2,107 1 wk
$2,820 1 wk
$2,400 1 wk
$2,820 1 wk
$2,400 1 wk
$2,107 1 wk
$2,820 1 wk

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Arrival Times

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  • Sat 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Questions and Answers From Our Clients

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Q: Regarding the Donatella property: how many apartments/villas are on the property? Is it a location with a sense of privacy when needed? Thank you!
Q: We are planning our trip the middle of July, 2013. We can only stay for 10 days. There are 4 adults. Are we required to pay for two weeks or is there a daily rate beyond the first week?

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Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 258 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Air Conditioning: According to consumption
  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Weekly Cleaning Charge (Per Person): 15 EUR
  • Weekly Cleaning Charge (Minimum): 80 EUR
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption

Other Notes

  • Housekeeping available upon request at an extra charge
  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 127 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Donatella was perfect for two couples travelling together. The villa was spacious, clean and the kitchen well-stocked before our arrival. There was maid service daily that also included doing our laundry! The grounds are well maintained and quite scenic. The views of surrounding Tuscany really are spectacular. Don't miss watching the sunset! The pool is wonderful. Emma, Giancarlo and Matteo could not have been better hosts! Their knowledge of the surrounding towns and restaurants was invaluable. Emma is a fabulous cook!
Enjoyed Most:
The warmth and helpfulness of our hosts cannot be overstated. We were spoiled! And, you cannot beat those Tuscan views. Most of all, we have the villa to ourselves... no other guests sharing common areas.
Enjoyed Least:
Centrally located, Donatella is ideal for day trips all around Tuscany. But, you are at least an hour from Florence or Sienna... and towns spread out from there. We relied on the knowledge of our hosts to guide us to the best locales and the best restaurants, shops, wineries. They have a bookcase filled with travel guides and maps, plus they have put there own little notebook together with information about surrounding towns, including Florence. You do need a GPS to get around and the roads can be a challenge, particularly at night. Only other problem is the WiFi is not terribly fast because the connection to the Internet is not particularly speedy. A problem beyond the control of the villa.
Surrounding Area:
The best art is in the churches of these small Tuscan towns and villages. Amazing sculptures, frescoes, architecture, paintings and altar pieces. We enjoyed the history, culture and friendliness of the people. Wines, cheese, olive oils, pastas, prosciutto and salami... the best.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The closest small town is the once small area called Semiforte in Barberino Val d'Elsa. Here is the beautiful Chapel of San Michele Arcangelo whose dome is identical to that of the Duomo in Florence, but five times smaller. There is a really lovely restaurant within walking distance just down the road. A bit further but not within walking distance is Certaldo.
Tips or Restaurants:
Pack light! There is daily maid service (except on weekends) and she does your laundry. Know, however, that there is no clothes dryer. Your laundry is air dried. You do not need to bring any laundry detergent or any items to clean the villa. Our hosts stocked the kitchen and refrigerator with enough of the items you need to get through the first few days. There is a COOP nearby where you can get anything else you'll need to prepare meals for yourself.
Google maps worked quite well. Best to use the lattitude/longitude numbers for the villa if you use a GPS. There is some disagreement on the street names. While Google maps gets you to the villa, regular GPS systems that use Navteq data (virtually all GPS systems) will send you to the wrong location.
Check In Out:
Both were a breeze. Check-in was a warm welcome with wine and cheese. When you said farewell, you were saying goodbye to friends.

Randy, June

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It was our second year to stay in this beautiful home. Everything about it is the ultimate in truly living in Tuscany.
Enjoyed Most:
The views are like those on a postcard and take your breath away. The owners treat you as family from the time that you arrive until your departure.
Surrounding Area:
The chapel in St Apiano, the wonderful trip to Certaldo Alto, great walking and picking wild flowers.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Barbarino is a lovely walked city about two miles away. It would be quite a walk on the winding road however, doable
Tips or Restaurants:
Julios pizzeria in Barbareno is great for lunch or dinner. Local owner and specials every day. Campinellis in Petriano is wonderful and the owners delightful as well. A favorite.
Directions good.
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Katherine, May

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Wonderful time. Villa was very comfortable and clean. Everything was amazing !
Enjoyed Most:
Beautiful views and quiet.
Surrounding Area:
Countryside lovely, especially in early morning.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Electrical adapters for appliances are very useful.
Use a GPS downloaded for Europe!
Check In Out:
The owners made everything quite easy. Lovely family!

Regina, October

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