Geranio, San Casciano Val di Pesa

Sleeps 4

A spacious barn conversion with wide patio and roof terrace looking onto Chianti hills

Property summary

Sleeps 4

1 double bedroom and 1 twin/double bedroom, 2 shower rooms

Location: Chianti Villas Tuscany

This property rents Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Shops and restaurants in Mercatale Val di Pesa 2 km, or 15 min walk
  • Supermarkets and restaurants in San Casciano Val di Pesa 6 km
  • Florence 18 km, San Gimignano 39 km, Siena 54 km
  • Chianti towns: Greve 12 km, Radda 27 km, Gaiole 45 km
  • Arezzo 87 km, Lucca 91 km, Montalcino 92 km
  • Horseback riding 3 km, tennis club 2 km and golf course 15 km
  • Airports: Florence 30 km, Pisa 118 km, Rome 290 km
  • Accommodation

    At the end of the Borgo and closest to the swimming pool is the large Geranio apartment, which is entered through arched French doors from a wide furnished terrace and into a delightful loggia, laced with light. This room leads further into living and dining areas where a comfortable sofa sits across from an open fireplace and a table for 6 sits close to the arched doorway accessing the compact, but well equipped, kitchen. While one of the apartment's two shower rooms is located off the living room, the other is on the top floor, where two bedrooms, a twin/double and a double, both have doors to a furnished balcony terrace that overlooks the pool and the green hills that soften the horizon. Obvious care has been taken with furnishings and finishing touches in this apartment, with fine fabrics, quality fittings and a sensitivity to colour present throughout.

    Outdoor dining at Geranio involves choice, for in addition to the umbrella and table on the large patio there is also a covered dining area tucked into a corner near the loggia which provides shelter from the sun with no impediment to view. A meander through the olive trees brings one to the shared pool encircled with sunbeds and umbrellas and the estate also offers mountain bikes, table tennis and a barbecue for anyone who dinner needs a lick of flame.

    Local area

    Convenient in its agricultural heyday, the property is only 2 kms from the ancient market town of Mercatale, whose public square dates back 8 centuries. With your host's tips on shortcuts, meandering over for a morning coffee and fresh pastries is quite doable. A seven-minute drive through the surrounding countryside instead brings you to the historic town of San Casciano, where Machiavelli began both his exile and his famous treatise 'The Prince'. Still set amongst vineyards and olive groves, the town is renowned for its production of wine and olive oil and is home to the principal cellars of the Antinori wineries, whose striking new Cantina Antinori, near Bargino, is on many a wine-lover's itinerary. Of course, sitting squarely in the Chianti Classico region makes it easy to go in search of the small family wineries that produce boutique gems.

    The countryside is not the only thing which draws guests, however, and a half hour could have one in the center of the Renaissance wonders and busy markets of the city of Florence, with a bus from Mercatale providing a way to avoid parking problems. Other cities that receive their just due in Tuscan guidebooks also make easy day trips - medieval Siena with its beautiful shell-shaped piazza; San Gimignano and its ancient towers; Arezzo, known the paintings of Piero della Francesca and its monthly Antiquarian Fair and Lucca, whose ring of ramparts was happily never called upon to defend it. To go exploring and then return to a gracious home in the hills - what better way to spend a Tuscan holiday.

    Features

    Air conditioning
    A/C units in the bedrooms, Extra
    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request, Extra
    Barbecue
    Bicycles
    Some available on site, others can be hired
    Catering
    Available on request
    Coffee Maker
    American-style coffee maker
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    Dryer
    Extra beds
    Sofa bed for 2 available at extra cost
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Fireplace
    In the living room, with wood available
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished roof terrace, loggia and large patio
    Golf course
    Golf course, 15 km.
    Hair dryer
    In each shower room
    Heating
    Central heating, Extra
    Horse riding
    Riding nearby, 3 km
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    Internet access
    WiFi internet
    Iron and Ironing board
    Available on request
    Kettle
    Massage and beauty treatments
    Massage on site available
    Microwave
    Mid-week cleaning
    2 hrs cleaning included mid-week
    Mobile phone coverage
    Good coverage
    Music
    Radio
    Oven
    Pool towels
    Pool towels provided
    Restaurant nearby
    Restaurant nearby, 2 km.
    Sports facilities on site
    Ping pong table & Table football
    Swimming pool
    Shared pool - Dim: 6 x14 km - Open: 13 May - 23 Sept
    Television
    Satellite TV
    Tennis court
    Tennis club in Mercatale, 2 km.
    Toaster
    Washing machine

    Things to note

  • At this house, the final cleaning is not included in the price. Please give the required Euro 100 to cover these costs to the caretaker upon arrival.
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