(x 10 people)
Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 5 | Chianti, Tuscany
Independent villa | Private pool | Hot tub | Maid included |
Some villas just have something special about them, Podere Brogi has just that. You cross a private bridge and follow a short drive that winds up the hill ending under large oak trees where the garden starts and leads you across to the wonderful restored farmhouse and guest house. It’s positioned perfectly, with a line of cypress trees defining the edge of the sweeping lawns and garden enjoying beautiful views of the countryside and of the small village of Caposelvi that sits illuminated at night on the other side of the small valley. The large solar heated, infinity-edge and gated swimming pool [kept at 26 degrees celsius] with hydro massage is set on proportionately large lawned terrace just below the home, enjoying the same magical views. At one end of the pool is a charming loggia, at the other end is a spacious paved terrace fitted with umbrellas and an outside seating area, with steps leading up to the lawn where a shaded dining area has been installed just outside the kitchen. The interior is as impressive, antique terracotta floors, beamed or arched ceilings, where in the kitchen, pantry and cantina they have fitted a wonderful antique wooden floor. The bedrooms are spacious, with beamed ceilings of course all with contemporary ensuite bathrooms andfully air-condtioned. The kitchen has a professional magnetic induction cooker with everything a pro cook could ask for. The whole property is managed by green power; solar energy runs both the electrics as the water. The same ecological principles reign in the garden as in the olive groves and vineyards.
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Podere Brogi is available for larger parties. For details see Podere Brogi (x 14 people).
Rental option notes
The first floor of the guest house is not available and closed for this rental option. Note that it shall not be used by anyone.
In the Vallambra, a little green valley at the eastern edge of the Chianti region. The nearest bars, restaurants and shops at Mercatale, 3km/2 miles away. Levane and Bucine, respectively 4km/2.5 miles and 5km/3 miles, both have large supermarkets with the later also having tennis courts and a railway station. The shopping is somewhat more varied at Montevarchi, 10 minutes, with a weekly market on Thursday’s and a Prada factory outlet in addition to the essentials. The gorgeous city of Arezzo is a 30-minute drive to the east and to the west are all the villages and vineyards of Chianti, beginning with Gaiole, about 30 minutes, where tastings are offered at the cooperativo. Further afield Siena, 45km/28miles and Florence 50km/31 miles. San Gimignano can be reach in just over an hour.
Large sitting room with fireplace leading into a second sitting room with grand piano. Dining room with vaulted ceilings leading in the very well equipped kitchen with French doors leading to a covered pergola furnished for al fresco meals overlooking the pool. Cantina for wine tasting. WC. Laundry room.
Air-conditioned double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Air-conditioned double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Air-conditioned double bedroom suite set on a mezzanine with a private balcony and an ensuite bathroom with shower. Air-conditioned twin bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Air-conditioned double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower.
Guest house/Ground floor
Play room with a large flat screen TV. Two rooms closed for storage.
Air-conditioned double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with a separate bath and shower. Air-conditioned double bedroom [convertible to twin] with an ensuite bathroom with shower.
Set within a 9.5 hectare private estate comprising of 6.5 hectares of organic vineyards and 3 hectares of woodland and fruit trees. Walking trails run throughout the property ideal for those wishing to explore the estate. The private solar heated, infinity-edge and gated swimming pool, 5.5 x 17m/18 x 54 feet and with a temperature of 24 degrees celsius, with hydro massage is set on a lower terrace laced with sun loungers and umbrellas for shade and a pool house with changing room and bathroom with shower. A covered pergola for al fresco meals lies outside the kitchen/dining area with a wood oven and barbecue.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's exceptionally helpful owner/caretaker, who speaks some English and lives in nearby. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Chilled drinks cabinet. Portable barbecue. Wood oven. Washing machine. Two satellite TV’s [no Sky channels] one with Blu-ray DVD. Bose CD player. iPod docking station. Mosquito nets on all bedroom windows. Air-conditioning throughout. Central heating. One working fireplace. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided]. Hot water and electricity is produced using solar energy. A mobile phone provided on request. Burglar alarm.
Airports: Florence, under 1 hour; Pisa, 1 hour 40 minutes. Railway station at Bucine, 5km/3 miles or Montevarchi 8km/5 miles. Bus stop at Mercatale 3km/2 miles. Motorway exit at Valdarno, 11km/7 miles along paved roads to the property’s gated entrance with the last 200m/125 yards of white road. Parking for five cars.
Tennis courts at Montevarchi, 8km/5 miles. Horse riding, 4kn/3 miles. 18-hole golf at Circolo del Golf dell'Ugolino, 40 minutes.
Kettle. Toaster. Mixer. American filter coffee maker. Iron and ironing board. Hair dryer in each bathroom. Baby bottle Steriliser. Baby Monitor.
The private solar heated, infinity-edge and gated swimming pool, 5.5 x 17m/18 x 54 feet and with a temperature of 24 degrees celsius, with hydro massage has a constant depth of 1.40m/4.5 feet and steps for entry/exit.
Amenities for Children
Two cots/cribs. Two highchairs.