Casa al Bosco
Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 4 | Chianti, Tuscany
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
The name Casa al Bosco - 'House in the Woods' - conveys the sense of privacy and peace afforded by this lovely old stone house, but fails to pay tribute to the wonderful airiness of its rooms and the sweeping views of the Colle del Val d'Elsa from its terrace and dining loggia. Terracotta floors, high beamed ceilings and a quiet blend of contemporary and antique furnishings combine to create an interior that is cool and welcoming during the summer months and warm and cosy when the temperatures fall. Two air-conditioned bedrooms and guest house sitting room. A broad lawn studded with olive trees and cypresses leads downhill to a large pool where loungers provide a leisurely alternative to sightseeing. This highly sought-after region hosts some of the finest wineries in Tuscany, whose products can be sampled on the spot at their fattorie or in any one of the many fine restaurants in the nearby villages.
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In the southern part of the Chianti Classico wine-producing region, just off the Chiantigiana road, 5km/3 miles from the pretty village of Vagliagli or 6km/4 miles from the larger town of Quercegrossa. 20 minutes’ drive will carry you up to Castellina-in-Chianti, a picture-perfect hill town, or south to Siena for a look at its stunning Campo. Medieval San Gimignano and the historic centre of Florence can both be reached in less than 1 hour.
Living room with an open fireplace leading out under a loggia with a dining table. Dining room with an open fireplace. Well-equipped although somewhat rustic kitchen.
Two twin bedrooms sharing a bathroom with bath.
Up four steps to a sitting/ reading room. Air conditioned double bedroom with a private terrace and an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower. Large air conditioned double bedroom. Bathroom with bath and separate shower.
On the ground floor: a double bedroom with bathroom with shower. Kitchenette. Large air conditioned sitting room on the first floor.
A large lawned garden dotted with lovely old trees within a 40ha/100-acre olive-growing estate. The private swimming pool, 5 x 15m/16 x 49 feet, is set on a grassy terrace down a fairly long path from the house.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's very helpful caretaker who speaks English and lives nearby. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Barbeque. Washing machine. Satellite TV [No Sky channels] with DVD/video. Bang and Olufsen CD player. Table football. Portable fan in each bedroom. Two air conditioned bedrooms in main house and sitting room in guest house air conditioned. Central heating. Two working fireplaces. Wireless ADSL internet connection (computer not provided).
Airports: Florence, under 1 hour; Pisa, 1 hour 40 minutes. Railway station at Siena, 20 minutes. Motorway exit at Badesse, 14km/9 miles along paved, gently twisting roads to the property’s well-maintained white access road. Ample parking along the gated drive.
Tennis and horseback riding within 10 minutes' drive. Two 18-hole golf courses within 45 minutes. Chianti is a wonderful area for walking and biking. A selection of biking itineraries in the area is available online at www.terresienainbici.it/index_eng.asp (in English)
Kettle. Toaster. Two hair dryers. Iron and ironing board.
The private swimming pool, 5 x 15m/16 x 49 feet has a depth of 0.8-3m/30"-10 feet and a ladder for entry/exit.
Amenities for children
1 cot/crib. 1 high chair.