A newly renovated farmhouse, located in the area of Cortona, with great views from the grounds to the Tuscan countryside, La Fornace offers a peaceful retreat away from the crowds but centrally located allowing for daytrips to Florence, Arezzo, Siena or Perugia.
The elegant interior of La Fornace combines antiques with typical Tuscan furniture. The terracotta floors, original beamed ceilings and stone fireplaces create an authentic and relaxing atmosphere. All of the bedrooms are en-suite and feature air conditioning, heating system and satellite TV. The two fully equipped kitchens are the perfect place to learn to cook Tuscan cuisine using produce from the vegetable garden. For those interested in eating out locally there is a fine restaurant within a 10 minute walk of the villa. The surrounding grounds are fenced for privacy and safety, containing a heated swimming pool (13m x 6m) with sound system overlooking the valley below. There is a pergola by the pool equipped with fridge and TV, barbecue and pizza oven. The villa also offers a football pitch, ping pong table, foosball table, playground with slide and swings and volleyball court - perfect for entertaining the youngest, a games room and steam room; the ideal retreat for relaxing evenings and a great solution for rainy days or a winter vacation. For the more active guests, La Fornace also offers mountain bikes and exercise equipment. La Fornace is in Val di Chiana, the home of the Fiorentina steak. On the other side of the valley, opposite La Fornace, is one of the best butchers in Tuscany, which actually raises and butchers his own Chianina cows. Just down the road from the butcher is a fantastic pizzeria/bakery/bar/pasticceria called Menchetti. It is hugely popular among the locals, always packed as they make delicious takeaway pizzas. This villa, more than any other, is located in a strategic spot for sightseeing because it is near the A1 autostrada as well as the Siena-Perugia superstrada which allows for visits to the most popular towns in Tuscany and Umbria all reachable in under an hour by car. Here is our list of towns to visit. •Foiano – 5 minutes •Lucignano – 10 minutes •Castel Fiorentino – 15 minutes •Arezzo – 20 minutes •Cortona – 20 minutes •Trasimeno Lake – 25 minutes away •Trequanda – 30 minutes •Castelnuovo Berardenga – (southern Chianti Classico) 35 mintues •Montepulciano – 35 minutes •Pienza – 40 minutes •San Quirico – 45 minutes •Siena – 50 minutes •Perugia – 50 minutes •Florence – 1 hour •Montalcino – 1 hour
Ground Floor - Living room, TV room, guest bathroom, dining area, laundry, kitchen
First Floor - 1 double bedroom en-suite, 1 twin/double bedroom en-suite, 2 living areas one with a sofa bed and kitchenette.
Second Floor - 1 double bedroom en-suite with separate shower and Jacuzzi tub
Ground Floor - Dining room, 1 double bedroom en-suite, 1 twin/double bedroom en-suite, kitchen
Lower Level - Small gym, sitting area equipped with computer, steam room, bathroom with shower, changing room.
There are some unprotected drops around the property. We recommend all children under six be supervised by an adult at all times in these areas.
- Air-Conditioning (Full)
- CD Player
- Central Heating
- Cinema Room
- Coffee Maker
- Computer for client's use
- DVD Player
- Gym equipment
- Hair Dryers
- IPod Docking System (IPod not included)
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Mosquito Nets/ Fly screens
- Outdoor dining area
- Playground Area
- Pool Alarm
- Pool Heating
- Private Swimming Pool
- Satellite TV with English Channels
- Soccer field
- Steam Room
- Table Football
- Table Tennis
- Washing Machine & Dryer
- Wine Cellar
- Wireless broadband internet
General Activities IN TUSCANY
- Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella - visit the pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and discover all the different perfumes, herbals and soaps
- Opera - head to Torre del Lago and attend one of the many performances based on plays written by Puccini (only in summer)
- Wine and Olive Oil tasting - travel to Badia di Passigano and visit the abbey with its wine cellars before relaxing in the abbey’s Osteria di Passigano, for a real Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting experience
- The Chocolate Valley Tour - visit the Chocolate Valley which lies between Pisa and Montecatini and visit an esteemed factory where you will be tantalised by aromas and flavours of the process of traditional chocolate making and tasting session (not available during summer)
- Carrara and Pietrasanta Marble - enjoy the marble caves of Carrara, the marble that Michelangelo chose to immortalise his masterpieces. Afterwards see artisans at work as you visit a Sculpture Studio in Pietrasanta
- Fantastic Gelato - located in central Florence to visit one of the most well known “gelaterias”
- Private Villa Concert – the ultimate Italian music experience in the intimacy of your villa. A Violin-Piano Duo, Harp and Flute, a String Quartet with Soprano and Tenor singers as well as Jazz and Neapolitan Folk formations can be arranged
- Ferrari Touring - drive on winding roads through the hilltop villages of Tuscany, down cypress-lined avenues and along the coastal freeways of the Mediterranean…all behind the wheel of a Ferrari
Sporting Activities IN TUSCANY
- Golf - 18 holes: 10 clubs; 9 holes: 10 clubs (golf is well established in Tuscany and a secret golfers paradise)
- Jogging/ Walking - put your running shoes on and enjoy the beautiful countryside
- Mountain Biking - many routes are on offer including challenging tours like the Monti Metaliferi
- Horse riding - Tuscany is a paradise for going horse riding
- Swimming - is offered in many touristic locations
- Surfing - is possible along the Tuscan coastline
- Diving - is recommended especially in the Archipelago della Toscana and the Golfo di Baratti
- Tennis - is offered in many touristic locations
Local Attractions IN TUSCANY
- Florence, Uffizi Gallery - Open all year round
- Florence, Ponte Vecchio
- Florence, Bargello National Museum - Open all year round
- Florence, The Boboli Gardens - Open all year round
- Florence, Santa Maria Novella - Open all year round
- Lucca, Forte dei Marmi - beach and exclusive beach resorts
- Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner - climb Giunigi Tower
- Lucca, San Frediano Church - Open all year round
- Lucca, Villa Reale Gardens of Villa Real - House and Garden open all year round
- Arezzo, Gothic Cathedral
- Arezzo, Main Square with Vasari's loggia
- Arezzo, Mecenate Archeological Museum - Open all year round
- Arezzo, Medieval and Modern Museum and Gallery - Open all year round
- Arezzo, Petrarca Theatre - Changing program
- Arezzo, Piero Francesca's fresco cycle "Legend of the True Cross"
- Pisa, Campo dei Miracoli and Duomo - The Dome is open all year round
- Pisa, Leaning Tower and Cathedral - Open all year round
- Pisa, Zoological Museum - Open all year round
- San Gimignano, Medieval Towers
- Siena, Il Duomo - Open all year round
- Siena, Piaza del Campo
- Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale - Open all year round
- Siena, Torre del Mangia
- Grosseto, Tarot Garden - Open from April to mid October
- Grosseto/Maremma, Rocca di Franssinello - winery designed by Renzo Piano
- Livorno, Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress)
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Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
The 2014 season dates for La Fornace are:
High Season: 21st June to 6th September 2014
Mid Season: 17th May to 21th June 2014 & 6st September to 27th September 2014
Low Season: 4th January to 17th May 2014 & 27th September 2014 to 3rd January 2015
Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.
- Local restaurant within15 minutes walking distance
- Castiglion Fiorentino (shops and restaurants) 10km
- Cortona 18km
- Arezzo 23km
- Montepulciano 28km
- Pienza 34km
- Castiglione del Lago 35km
- Anghiari 44km
- Sansepolcro 50km
- Montalcino 53km
- Siena 63km
- Perugia 64km
- Florence airport 108km
Up to 10 guests:
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28 September to
03 January 2014
04 January to
16 May 2014
17 May to
20 June 2014
21 June to
05 September 2014
06 September to
26 September 2014
27 September to
02 January 2015
Save 10% on the above rates for all new bookings arriving w/c 21st September and between 5th October and 2nd November 2013.
- The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or call us on 0845 618 2205.
- In Low Season it is possible to book just the 2 bedroom annexe with exclusive use of the Turkish bath. Please enquire for additional information.
- The following are valid for 2014:
- Maid service 3 hours daily.
- Use of steam room.
- Pool heating (solar panels heat the pool to 24 degrees Celsius which is weather dependent, no cover for night time).
- Wireless broadband internet.
- Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
- Arrival set of bed linen, household linen and pool towels.
- Final cleaning.
- Extra maid service available on request at EUR 15 per hour.
- Central heating available at EUR 350 per week.
- Air-conditioning available at EUR 350 per week (not available in TV room and bathrooms).
- Telephone/ Fax as per consumption.
- Piano and guitar, on request.
- Linen and towel change during the week available on request at EUR 150 per change.
- KINDLY NOTE:
- The villa is accessed via an unpaved road in good conditions.
- There are some unprotected drops around the property. We recommend all children under six be supervised by an adult at all times in these areas.
- CCTV is in use for security reasons.
- Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
- A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
- Extras are subject to availability and specific terms & conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
- Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR TUSCAN VILLA HOLIDAY
GMT +1 hour
The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping IN TUSCANY
You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
Weather IN TUSCANY
In general, the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electricity SUPPLY IN TUSCANY
Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz – a converter/adaptor may be required.
Driving IN ITALY
There are some important rules of the road -
- At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
- Always carry your driver’s license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- Traffic drives on the right.
- Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
- Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
- In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
- Speeding fines: Euros 30 – 300.
- For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked “biglietti” before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.
Parking in Italy
- In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying “Zona a traffico limitato”.
- Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.