This apartment for 6 is on a Tuscan winery just south of Florence. The original farmhouse and annexes have been converted into apartments that allow you to experience Tuscan life, surrounded by the vines that produce the estate's excellent wine.
All the apartments have been decorated with care and verve by the Laura, the matriarch of the family; the Hay Loft is on the old space that used to store hay and still has the large aerated windows that used to keep the hay ventilated. Now glazed, they give a wonderful dappled light to the living room and the bedrooms.
There are several outdoor areas to enjoy supper or an aperitivo in the garden, as well as a large covered barn for communal eating or cooking on an open fire.
This charming apartment is situated in an old hay barn, reached by a flight of external stone steps. The light and airy open plan living-dining room has beautiful large characteristic brick lattice windows and traditional Tuscan high beamed ceilings, reflecting its former life. Tucked just off the dining area is a small but well equipped kitchen with all modern conveniences, perfect for preparing meals.
The furnishings are wonderfully eclectic, with an old carpenters bench now used as the side board and lamps crafted from old agricultural tools.
Three well-sized bedrooms have large floor to ceiling lattice windows, two of which corner the house, overlooking the surrounding vineyards and catching both the morning and evening sun. These two bedrooms share a central bathroom with shower. The third bedroom has a bathroom en suite.
I visited this little wine estate in May 2021 so we have no reviews yet - these are my impressions. As always, my main focus on a first visit is on the owners and the caretakers - they will be the people looking after you when you visit so much rests on their shoulders. I met both caretakers and the owner, they couldn't have been more charming so I'm confident you'll be well looked after here. The estate has 8 apartments, we have listed three to start with, our favourites. This one, the "Hay Loft" has these fabulous large windows so I thought it would be a great addition.
The buildings are surrounded by vineyards that are run by the little estate, producing their own wine. THe swimming pool is set higher up the hill than the buildings so you get great views across the Arno valley towards the Chianti hills. You can walk - or drive - down to the local train station and get into the centre of Florence in under 30 minutes, which is a lovely way to explore the city and then come back to your pool and spacious apartment.Dan Wrightson staying in The Wine Lover . May 2021
This old wine estate is on a slope above the town of Pontassieve, which can be reached via a path in about 10 minutes. From Pontassieve you can easily reach Florence by train, making a perfect spot to relax in the countryside but with easy access to the galleries, museums and restaurants of Florence.
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