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Dimora, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Chianti, Florence

An ecologically-sensitive house in an olive grove in the Chianti
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Property summary

  • Sleeps 11
  • 3 twin and 3 double bedrooms, 3 shower rooms (2 ensuite), 3 bathrooms with tub and shower (2 ensuite).
  • Swimming pool (6 x 12m.) with extra children's pool/Jacuzzi
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  • Rentals run: Saturday to Saturday

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Many enjoyable times at Dimora take place outdoors. The back pergola, conveniently between the barbecue and the kitchen, are a favourite venue for meals al fresco. This lovely double bedroom has not only easy access to the pool side of the house, but also a bathroom with separate shower. The salt-treated 6x12 m. pool ends with an infinity edge that will make the distant holm oaks seem that much closer.

When the owner of La Dimora set out to modernize this house in the woodlands and olive groves of the Chianti, he decided to respect the Nature surrounding his doorstep, and by collecting both sun and rain now manages to conserve energy with no sacrifice to comfort. In this sprawling ground-level house, whose every room opens onto the outside, you will never doubt that you are in the heart of Tuscany. Terracotta bricks and chestnut ceiling beams mix well with stylish colors and attractive fabrics of modern Italy and from every window there is the classic panorama of an ancient countryside.

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Just past the tiled threshing floor, whose low wall now outlines a spacious covered furnished patio, the corner entry leads you to most of the rooms of the house. To the left is a hallway leading to a bathroom, a shower room and two front bedrooms, a twin and a double, whose arched French doors lead out to the patio. To the right of the entryway is the large sitting room, whose comfortable sofas, fireplace, filled bookshelves, and TV and CD/Stereo make it a natural place to gather. The sitting room opens to beautiful views off the furnished back terrace and quite handily to the excellently equipped kitchen, with a dining table for 12. A short hallway off the sitting room leads to a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with extra shower and a twin bedroom, with ensuite shower room. Both of these rooms have doors to the side garden and the swimming pool beyond. Two other bedrooms, each with ensuite shower or bath/shower rooms, have independent access from the front of the house, and in the case of the master double suite, also from a back loggia. Quite cleverly tucked below the horizon and to the back of the house is a large laundry room.

Around La Dimora

The design of the house and its gardens ensure that one can easily find a quiet space, be it on one of the furnished terraces, under the natural shade looking onto the swimming pool or in the Jacuzzi itself, or near the barbecue when outdoor dining is the plan for the evening. Yet this house is excellently located and a short drive will bring you to good restaurants, ancient churches, and easy access to roads to leading to medieval and renaissance towns that make this region famous.

Please note...

It is also possible to take main part of the house, for a maximum of 8 guests, in the Low and Mid seasons. Inquire with your agent for reduced rates. Dimora for 8

Our Customers say:

"Dimora is perfect for exploring Tuscany. The villa is great for larger parties - There were 10 of us and we never felt cramped. Indoor and outdoor seating for 10, a wonderful BBQ and well-equipped kitchen made for easy self-catering. There are lots of good restaurants a short drive away. The pool is amazing and being in the middle of a working wine and olive oil estate was a treat. Florence, Siena, Lucca and San Gimignano are within easy reach. It was very hot when we visited in August so we did our sight seeing in the early mornings to avoid crowds, parking stress and the heat of the day, before retiring to the cool of the pool. Invitation to Tuscany have been a professional company to deal with and their personal touch has been much appreciated. We would all whole-heartedly recommend Dimora and will certainly use Invitation to Tuscany for our next Tuscan adventure."

From Mrs. S.W. and friends, UK, guests August 2015

"Dimora exceeded our expectations in every way. It is beautifully situated in the heart of the Tuscan hills, peaceful and quiet with glorious views. The house cannot be faulted - the bedrooms are all spacious and comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, the kitchen extremely well-equipped, and all rooms lead directly on to the garden surrounded by olive trees. The large infinity pool has a small jacuzzi pool at one end which is perfect for young children. The whole place has an air of tranquillity, is very eco-friendly, and is ideal for friends or families, as there is plenty of opportunity to be together or find your own individual space. It is within easy reach of Siena, Florence, San Giminiano, Volterra, and Col di Val d'Elsa, and 5 mins drive from Barberino (where you can still get the BEST pizzas in Tuscany!) Invitation to Tuscany could not have been more helpful in every way, and the Welcome Pack awaiting us was a generous and much appreciated gesture. We had a wonderful cook who came and provided the most delicious meals for us at home, though there are several excellent restaurants within easy reach by car. We were extremely well looked after throughout our stay, and Guido our host kindly gave us a personal tour of his olive presses and cellars. We cannot recommend Dimora highly enough, and will always retain happy memories of a really lovely place."

From Mrs. J.H. and family, U.K., guests July 2014

"Dimora is a lovely house with a brilliant pool. As I expected, it is very comfortable and the layout is ideal for a couple of families as every room has a bathroom so no-one had to wait in the morning. We were all able to spread out and have a bit of space if needed. The kitchen is extremely well equipped and there is a good barbecue outside. There is an idyllic setting for eating outside with a long table under a canopy of vines, although a local cat had taken up residence, which was a little annoying at meal times as it was very persistent! Inside the rooms were very comfortable and the ceiling fans were indispensable as the heat was tremendous. The pool area is great - it was very well designed and we also liked the shaded area nearby where we could get out of the sun and read for a bit. There is also a great laundry area secluded at the bottom of the garden, which was useful. Your directions to the house were first class - we had no difficulties finding it, and it was very secluded. "

From Mrs. F.H. and family, UK, guests August 2013

"We had a great time and really enjoyed the house. It was really hot so the installation of the air conditioner was a lifesaver. Also, the woman who ran the house for the owner, Anita, was a delight to deal with."

From Mr. P.M. and family, USA, guests August 2012


Prices are available in GBP, EUR and USD. Select your currency with the drop-down menu below. Prices usually include final cleaning, but please check the "Please note" section above as in a small number of properties final cleaning must be paid for in cash on site. There are no credit or debit card charges.

Prices shown are for Saturday - Saturday bookings
Low season 6th Jan - 30th Mar / 14th Apr - 18th May / 20th Oct - 28th Dec
  • £2708.00
  • €2851.00
  • $3478.00
Mid season 31st Mar - 13th Apr / 19th May - 6th Jul / 8th Sep - 19th Oct
  • £3169.00
  • €3336.00
  • $4070.00
High season 7th Jul - 7th Sep
  • £4495.00
  • €4732.00
  • $5773.00

* This property rents at Mid Season prices for Christmas, New Year and Easter.

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