Charming old farmhouse and pool on the edge of a village
2 double, 2 twin, 2 shower rooms, 1 bathroom.
Location: Central Tuscany
This property rents from Saturday to Saturday
Just outside the village of Radicondoli, facing across rolling, open countryside, stands an attractive old farmhouse, full of charm and character and providing ample accommodation for eight people. The 12 X 6 m. fenced swimming pool, with a lovely surround made from old terracotta tiles, is landscaped into a grassy lower terrace, screened from view from the outside by a steep bank and trees. The house is prettily situated on a hillside, having superb views, yet with all the advantages of being near a village.
Spacious kitchen / dining room with large Tuscan fireplace, sitting room, two shower rooms, one bathroom, two double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms. The whole house is characterised by small flights of steps and interesting details, and has been converted using traditional materials, retaining the original beamed ceilings and tiled floors. The furniture is a mixture of old Tuscan and kitsch, while fittings are modern and efficient.
The owner, who lives in the village, is most hospitable and attentive to guests. Radicondoli is an ancient Tuscan hill village, population 1.000, with Etruscan origins, which to-day retains a medieval aspect, yet provides good shopping and restaurant facilities along with an open air dancing on Saturday nights, which can be heard from La Ragnana, and a sports centre with a tennis court. A deservedly well renowned classical music programme is held in the summer. There are more than 15 acres of land belonging to the house and guests may walk almost anywhere in the surrounding woods and hills. The approach to the house is marred by some new houses but the wide terrace, furnished with a large wooden table, garden furniture and a barbecue, offers complete privacy on the south and west sides of the house above the fenced swimming pool. There are splendid, unspoilt views of the hills from the house, the terraces and the pool.
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed Ragnana and Radicondoli. The house was basic but lovely and our host was wonderful. Despite having problems with the hot water for the first 2 nights we thoroughly enjoyed living there and experiencing Tuscany. Claudio cleaned the pool every day and watered the plants but was very unintrusive and even cleaned the BBQ! It was such a great place for our party of eight. We would definitely like to return in 2020 and would like to stay somewhere nearer to Lucca and would not hesitate to use your company again. Thank you for your brilliant service that exceeded our expectations.
We stayed in Ragnana Radicondoli, we took Dan's great advice and were not disappointed.
The villa is absolutely perfect well stocked , lovely outdoor dining area with a beautiful well maintained pool .
The owner Claudio could not have been more welcoming and discreet as he tended the beautiful garden surrounding the villa early every morning.
The restaurants in Radicondoli are fantastic esp Cafe National which was our absolute favourite.
It is so well positioned to visit many beautiful towns and one hour from the coast .
I have to mention the backup and support we got from Daniel as we had a unexpected medical issue with one of the family and he was exceptional with help on the phone and contacting someone local to help us as well as contacting a the Dr and acting as translator .
I would have no hesitation in recommending this travel company and Ragnana Villa . Superb !
Many thanks for your recommendation re Ragnana. Our group of six adults stayed there for a week and all thoroughly enjoyed it. Location was great: we loved the proximity to charming Radicondoli, and the view and access to countryside at the back easily made up for the initially off-putting approach through the modern housing development. The house was clean, well maintained, well equipped, and had comfortable beds. Claudio was friendly and helpful without being intrusive. All in all it was an excellent choice for us, and we’d certainly recommend it to others!
Some great local tips!
We have been in correspondence with Dan, mainly about the pool – but I do want to stress again how impressed we have been with you all at ItoT: thank you!
Agriteca is lovely and our favourite, notwithstanding the limited menu: service form the sweet Romanian couple front-of-house, is professional and impeccable
and the food is excellent (the pork especially: I had it at least three times!)
La Pergola was nearly as good: bigger and buzzing and with locals (always a good sign for me). We went there several times
Golfo di Napoli: bizarre! A vast but empty ‘fish and steak’ restaurant that one night had no fish (we went twice, only when the others were full or closed)
Fattoria Tegoni (part owners of Agriteca as I am sure you know) was wonderful for the cooking lesson from Andrea (and the result for those of us who joined the
cooks to eat the result!
Casole d’Elsa was a late discovery: go before 13.00 and get to the top of the tower : lunch at Il Porrino was lovely (we had the bruschetta/crostini, having seen them;
wish I had gone for the salsiccie e fagiole after I saw them!
- Panzano: beautiful little town (thanks Fodor for the recommendation). Lunch at Cantinetta Sassolini (only now do I see #1 Trip Advisior) was excellent, great welcome
and service form the owner
Massa Marittima: another wonderful surprise. Climb the Torre del Candeliere for stunning views. Lunch in a shelter from the heavy rain at Era Ora, again overseen by
the owner, was again splendid
Siena: do not miss the Pinacoteca – wonderful art and hardly any people.
I have arranged holidays for groups of friends for the last 10 years and I think La Ragnana has been the best appointed house we have had. They have all been good but the thought behind the arrangements and the quality of the equipment was superb. The various outside terraces and poolside were furnished with top quality loungers, umbrellas and even a shower by the pool. We have stayed in places where there has been a state of the art cooker that you needed a degree in practical engineering to use, here it was good basic turn on and go. The utensils looked new. The bottles of wine and the virgin olive oil left by Claudio the proprietor from his own fattoria was also welcoming and excellent. While a younger group would have found the terrain much easier and been able to do the short walk into town easily, we did eat at La Pergola, which outside has views to die for, and Agriteca which is in the town both busy in season and food cooked to order. My daughter and I both speak a bit of Italian and that went down quite well - everyone was very helpful.
We've known Ragnana and rented it for the past 36 years; in all that time the house has been consistently popular with all our clients. It started out without a swimming pool and a number of other things, like the barbecue and pergola, but has always retained its simple charm. This is a house for living in and enjoying; the decor will win no interior design prizes but is eminently usable. Most of the living goes on outside anyway, on the large terrace area with a pergola, or around the pool. And with the lively village of Radicondoli within walking distance, many evenings will be spent in one of the local restaurants. A firm favourite, helped also by Claudio's charm. He often drops by with home produced wine, olive oil and vegetables for guests.