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Poggio Del Castagnoli

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Gaiole | Bedrooms: 5 | Sleeps: 10

Rates: from £3,492 per week

Poggio del Castagnoli is the epitome of a luxurious Tuscan countryside retreat. It is immersed in the most idyllic heart of Chianti: surrounded by vineyards that produce the world-renowned red wine, olive groves and the borgo of Castagnoli in the distance with its medieval walls, stone houses and cotto roof tiles.

Built in 1788, Poggio del Castagnoli has been recently renovated and refurbished to offer the highest comfort yet staying true to its Tuscan nature. The interior showcases the best one might expect from a country retreat: simple yet luxurious furniture, Tuscan antiques and custom-made wrought iron and upholstered pieces. The house has a fully equipped modern kitchen and air-conditioning has been added to all the bedrooms. The layout of the villa is perfect for families travelling together or for multiple couples vacationing together. The Main House has four bedrooms and the adjacent guest suite, "the Porcilaia", contains a fifth bedroom along with a lovely private living room and bath. All five bedrooms offer privacy and there are various sitting areas in which to retreat, while the common areas can comfortably accommodate big get-togethers. There is even a separate small barn with Ping Pong and Foozball tables for more family fun. The spectacular private pool is built into one of the property's ancient terraces, with a stunning 5-meter tall stone wall that borders the pool on one side and a submerged black slate walkway on the other side that extends from one end of the pool to the other and captures the warmth of the sun to serve as a natural heater. The pool area has a generous deck at the shallow end with lounge chairs and an extra-large sun umbrella. The pool is discretely located a short distance from the main house so not to disturb those seeking relaxation and peace. The property offers beautiful gardens with quintessential Chianti views over vineyards and rolling Tuscan hills. There are several lovely outdoor sitting and dining areas, loggias, terraces and lookouts scattered all around the grounds, carefully selected to take advantage of the incredible views.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

Ground Floor

  • Dining room for up to 12 with cotto floors and beamed ceilings.
  • Fully equipped kitchen.
  • Living / TV room with large screen satellite HDTV and DVD player.
  • Library with sofa, desk and well-stocked bookcase.
  • Covered loggia at entry with dining table for 10. Accessible directly from all ground floor rooms.
  • Second outside dining area with travertine table for 10 under wisteria arbor directly outside kitchen and dining room, adjacent to formal garden with stunning views of gardens and countryside.
  • Guest bathroom with shower.

First Floor

  • Living room with large working fireplace.
  • Twin bedroom with full size 120cm-wide beds.
  • Master bedroom with adjacent bathroom (tub and shower attachment).
  • Twin bedroom with full size 120cm-wide beds and adjacent mosaic tile bathroom (shower with bench) shared with other Twin bedroom.
  • A lovely open air loggia with wide arcades, a large window seat, and stunning views over the Chianti countryside and nearby town. Windows put in place for the cooler months so loggia can be used year round. 

Second Floor

  • Steps lead up to King bedroom.
  • En-suite Bathroom (shower).

Guest House - "La Porcilaia"

  • Sitting room with large fireplace.
  • Bathroom (shower with bench).
  • King bedroom.
  • Separate well-equipped laundry room with Miele washer and dryer off exterior courtyard.

The Barn - "Il Fienile"

  • Games room with ping pong and Foosball tables.
  • Guest bathroom.

Pool & Grounds

  • Large poolside lounge area with sun beds and large 3 x 4 meter sun umbrella.
  • Upper Terrace with stunning views over the Tuscan countryside furnished with beautiful outdoor teak sofas and chairs providing seating for 10, plus a large 3.5 x 3.5 meter umbrella.
  • Formal garden. 
  • High-end outdoor gas grill.
  • Plus two outdoor dining areas mentioned above.  

Kindly Note:

  • The road to the villa is unpaved with some bumpy and steep uphill parts. We strongly suggest a 4WD vehicle.
  • This is a strictly 'No Smoking' property. If there is any evidence of smoking on the premises at anytime during the rental, the security deposit will be forfeited.
  • There are some unprotected drops/slopes around the property which make this property unsuitable for young children. Children under the age of 4 are therefore not accepted.
  • 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 at the time of confirmation and to 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.
April:

  • Panzano in Chianti: Festa della stagion bona

Historical parade through the centre of Panzano, originally meant to celebrate the Spring, accompanied by a little market with local gastronomy.

May:

  • I vini del castello, Montefioralle - Greve in Chianti

Local wine producers gather and showcase the best of their production in the beautiful venue of the castle.

  • Cantine aperte: last week-end of May

Open-day for the wine producers who welcome visitors in their cellars, giving them the chance to visit the estate and taste excellent wines often under the supervision of a professional sommelier.

  • Mille Miglia:

Historical car race from Brescia to Rome to cover 1000 Roman miles, hence the name of the event which took originally place mainly from 1927 and 1957. Today it is a sort of a touring recreation each year with new routings crossing some of the most beautiful parts of Italy.

June:

  • Castiglion Fiorentino, Palio dei Rioni:

Roman-style horse race between the local districts. The event is preceded by an histotical parade which brings the old town back to ancient times.

  • Ferie delle Messi and the Giostra dei Bastoni, San Gimignano, third Saturday and Sunday of June.

This festival was once held to celebrate the harvest. Today it is a mediaeval-style festival with costumed knights on horseback, fireworks, musicians, an art and crafts market and plenty of good food.

July:

  • Brolio:

The tiny village of Brolio holds the Sagra della Rana - the frog festival. A classic for the locals - 10,000 frogs legs are imported especially for this event and in the evening dancing.

  • Monteriggioni Festa Medioevale:

This is one of the best costume festivals in Italy with local and also professional performers, music, demonstrations of mediaeval trades, food stands filling the piazza inside the fortified town of Monteriggioni.

August:

  • Cantiere internazionale d'arte, Montepulciano:

Festival of new work by leading composers, dramatists and choreographers.

  • Night of shooting stars, August 10th:

The 10 August is traditionally the night of the shooting stars and on this night many historical town centres and 'piazzas', castles and courtyards offer tourists the chance to try some of the best wines from local winery's together with typical local dishes and products in a relaxed, almost party, atmosphere.

  • Bravio delle botti, Montepulciano:

A barrel rolling race between the eight Contradas (divisions) of Montepulciano competing for a Palio, a painted cloth banner. The barrels (which weigh 80 kilos) have to be rolled up about 1800 meters along the main street of the town of Montepulciano to end in the Piazza Grande. Costume processions precede the competition and a street banquet follows.

September:

  • Rassegna del Chianti Classico, Greve in Chainti, every year on second weekend of September and the preceding Thursday and Friday:

This is the biggest Tuscan celebration of local wines. Visitors can buy a glass at the entrance desk and taste up to 8 wines presented in the festival.

  • Pienza pecorino-fair and "Cacio al Fuso":

Pienza makes among the best pecorino in Italy and a wide range of excellent cheeses is available to be tasted and bought during this fair. The Cacio al Fuso is a cheese rolling competition. Cacio is the original Tuscan word for pecorino and the fuso or spindle is the target of the game.

  • Impruneta, festa dell'Uva (Grape Festival):

It is probably the most popular annual event in Impruneta both for natives and tourists. Over the years it lost some of the original rural characteristics but its essential popular nature has remained intact. The most important part of the parade, which usually starts at 3.30 pm, consists of allegorical carts built by the four districts of Impruneta: Fornaci, Pallò, Sant'Antonio and Sante Marie. During the day of the festival, popular dances, performances, tasting of agricultural products and shows of the local handicraft products are held.

  • Vino al Vino, Panzano:

Panzano in Chianti wine festival is held in the main square of Panzano. Wine from many of the Panzano wineries is available to be sampled. This is a smaller and more informal event than the Greve wine festival in preceding week

October:

  • Sagra del Tordo, Montalcino:

Drum parades and archery trials on Saturday, and a popular feast held inside the walls of the castle all day Sunday, with very good food and wine purchasable by the glass.

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)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR TUSCAN VILLA HOLIDAY

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Italian

Currency Information

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.

Money Matters

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.

Health

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.

LOCATION

  • Nearest restaurants in Castagnoli 2km
  • Nearest shops in Gaiole in Chianti 6km
  • Radda in Chianti 17km, Volpaia 22km, Castellina in Chianti 28km, Siena 30km, Monteriggioni 48km, San Gimignano 56km, Florence 66km
  • Wineries: Castello di Brolio 12km, Badia a Coltibuono 15km, Fonterutoli 33km
  • Nearest airport, Florence 90km

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year, however shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available at some villas during low and mid seasons.
     
  • 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.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K Concierge 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.

Inclusions

  • Simple welcome dinner.
  • Welcome pantry of essentials.
  • Maid service, 3 hours per day/ 5 days per week.
  • Wireless broadband internet. Please be advised that due to the rural location of the property the internet service occasionally may be intermittent and at an inferior speed than what you are used to. Therefore, while best efforts will be made to have this service available, internet service cannot be guaranteed.
  • Cost of water, gas and a 330Kwh electricity allowance. Additional Kwh used will be charged at EUR 0.80 per Kwh.
  • Final cleaning.

Extra Services

  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels provided at a cost of EUR 80 payable on arrival. Mid-week change of bath and pool towels is included in this cost. 
  • Extra maid service - available on request for EUR 18 per hour, subject to availability.
  • Cook service - available on request.
  • Central heating as per consumption.
  • Daily fire set-up and firewood available in colder months (except Sundays).  EUR 70 per week paid locally. 
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping - available at EUR 30 (up to 8 guests) or EUR 50 (up to 10 guests) plus the cost of items. The service is available up to a grocery cost of EUR 200. This service is included within our A&K Hosted offering.


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • The road to the villa is unpaved with some bumpy and steep uphill parts. We strongly suggest a 4WD vehicle.
  • This is a strictly No Smoking property. If there is any evidence of smoking on the premises at anytime during the rental, the security deposit will be forfeited.
  • There are some unprotected drops/slopes around the property which make this property unsuitable for young children. Children under the age of 4 are therefore not accepted.
  • For Health & Safety reasons the diving board is not to be used.
  • 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 at the time of confirmation and to 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.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Air Conditioning (Partial)
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • Swimming Pool (with Cover)
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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