Valdambra, Badia Agnano

Sleeps 14

Large ex-farmhouse with a pool - perfect for a group of friends or family reunion.

Property summary

Sleeps 14

4 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 4 single sofa beds, 5 shower rooms, 1 ensuite bathroom

Location: Arezzo and Cortona

Sat to Sat in high season, partial weeks permitted in mid and low.

Surrounding Region

  • Restaurants, bars and shops in Badia Agnano 1.5 km and Pieva a Presciano 3 km.
  • Horse stables in walking distance and tennis courts 2 km.
  • Ambra and Bucine 7 km, Arezzo 25 km, Siena 35 km, Florence 60 km.
  • Fast train from Montevarchi 16 km. with connections to Florence, Rome and Milan
  • Valdambra, the large farmhouse that now offers small families or a large multi-generational one a great place to holiday in Tuscany, in earlier centuries was quite likely home to those who fed the clerics of the mighty St. Mary's Abbey atop nearby Badia Agnano. In spaces that once would have held hay and the animals it fed, the current owners, in a 10-year restoration project, remained faithful to original layouts and created three generous apartments that now allow guests to stretch limbs and step away from the stresses of modern life. Each with an individual outdoor eating area, all apartments have easy access to the spacious pool area whose sun loungers, umbrellas, tables and night lighting make it a popular spot day and night. The surrounding hectares, once cultivated in grain, are now planted with olive and walnut trees, some strung with hammocks to make the most of a shaded afternoon snooze.

    The two apartments in the farmhouse itself are both on the ground floor, whereas that in the former haybarn takes advantage of the building's natural height to stretch to two floors. All apartments are spacious for the number of guests they serve and furnished attractively and with good quality appliances and fixtures. The owner, who lives with her family on the top floor of the farmhouse, is an excellent resource. And at this property there are many 'extra' possibilities - horse stables you can walk to, cooking lessons and meals done by a lovely Italian, tours and transport to corners you've yet to discover, outlet shopping, and bike rentals for those who would tour Tuscany in a slower lane. You can even arrange for an intimate wedding that will remain in the hearts of guests long after the rice has fallen.


    There are two apartments on the ground floor of the main farmhouse. One has two entrances - one facing the pool and leading into the large kitchen/dining area and another from the side into the sitting room. The kitchen has attractive cupboards, a glass-topped table seating 8 in small armchairs and is likely the easiest place for all members of the group to eat together. Off the dining area is a small twin bedroom with a wardrobe that utilizes a WC off the sitting area. The sitting room, an extension of the dining area, has two sofas that can be used as single beds and an extra small sofa. Two steps up off this room is a roomy double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. Just next door entrance to another apartment is through the arched entryway directly into a generous sitting room with sofa, armchairs, a wood stove and an extra double sofa bed. Up a couple of steps to the right is a double bedroom with wrought iron bedstead, desk, wardrobe and ensuite shower room and an independent access to the side garden down a short jasmine-covered staircase. Also off the sitting room is access to a 2nd shower room and a large eat-in kitchen with view to the pool.

    The third living space sits across the drive from the main house and is entered through arched glass doors into a sitting room with two bright sofas, which can double as two single beds. A short corridor leads past a shower room into an eat-in kitchen with a glass topped table for 4 with wicker chairs. Up the wrought iron & glass staircase with natural wood steps is an additional shower room and two spacious double bedrooms where light filters through the original brickwork of haybarn windows.

    Local area

    Once the territory of powerful feudal lords, the fertile valley of the Ambra River lies central to the Florence, Siena and Arezzo triangle; not surprisingly, throughout the Middle Ages it was land to be fought over and frequently traded hands - until the formidable Medici family did away with its influence and relegated it to the role of Florentine breadbasket. For this the modern tourist can be thankful; the protected land and buildings seen today are not that removed from the Tuscan countryside seen in ancient frescos. There are many good restaurants and lively festivals in the charming towns and villages nearby, and with the famous tips of the triangle - Siena, Arezzo, Florence - all within easy driving distance, Valdambra is easily one of the most comfortable and well placed holiday spots you could find.


    Air conditioning
    1 portable unit available on request - Extra
    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Webber BBQ available
    Available on request
    Coffee Maker
    Italian coffee makers
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    DVD player
    Extra beds
    Single sofa beds in living areas
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Portable fan available on request
    Final cleaning included
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished patio and gardens
    Hair dryer
    In each apartment
    Central heating (extra) and wood stove
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    On bedroom windows
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet - better by windows, but even reaches the pool area
    Iron and Ironing board
    In the laundry room
    Available on request
    Mobile phone coverage
    Generally good throughout the property
    CDs/ radios
    Pets welcome
    Small dogs permitted on request
    Pool towels
    Sports facilities on site
    Ping pong table in the garden
    Swimming pool
    Shared pool - dim: 7x15 m, depth: 1.20-2.20 m, with steps in the shallow end and over edge ladder in the deep end. Diving board & sunbeds and umbrellas, tables and chairs on flagstone surround.
    Satellite TVs
    Tennis court
    Nearby, in Bucine, 7 km.
    Transport and tours
    Can be organized on request
    Washing machine
    In the laundry room
    Pool and House - plenty of space all around
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