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Gaiole in Chianti-
Sleeps 13 

There are two dwellings at Il Mulinaccio - the main villa with 5 bedrooms which has origins dating back to the 10th century and a second building which has been converted into two large self contained one bedroom apartments. Downstairs the rooms have tiled floors with brick built vaulted ceilings in the living and dining rooms. Upstairs the floors are cotta tiles dating from the 16th century with magnificent chestnut beam and brick ceilings.

The house had its beginnings as a watchtower to warn the nearby castles of hostile movements in the valley. Later it was acquired by the Ricasoli family who converted it to a mill, utilising water from the stream and serving the needs of local farmers. The Ricasoli crest is still fixed into the main front facade of the house.

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Gaiole in Chianti-Siena -
Sleeps: 2 to 12

Il Mulino di Camporata was commissioned to be built in the year 1100 AD by the Lord of Badiacoltibuono through the city of Florence. It was an active grain mill, using a river that still flows beneath the main house, making flour for bread and pasta until the 1970’s.The main house is a picturesque cottage with charming gardens and pool. The two apartments that join the main house are beautifully furnished with quilts made by the owner along with many other personal touches.

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Tuscany - Siena - Radda in Chianti - Loc. Volpaia-Coltassala -
Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4 with ensuite bath rooms   
Bathrooms: 5   
Pool Private

Casavecchia is truly ancient house with a tower is tucked away in one of the quietest and most exclusive parts of the farm. It has recently been restored and, while it enjoys all modern comforts, all its traditional virtues have been maintained. All the bedrooms have a marble bathroom en suite and the main bedroom has a wood burning fireplace. The living rooms with its open fireplace is a perfect retreat on chilly evenings and takes you back to when the Matassini family, who occupied the house for 200 years, gathered around the hearth to discuss grape and olive harvests. Casavecchia is a typical Chianti farmhouse and, with its numerous additions over the years, is almost like a hamlet. There's a magnificent view from all sides and because it is a perfect example of a particularly beautiful local farmhouse, it is frequently photographed and appears in several guide books.

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Tuscany - Siena - Radda in Chianti - Loc. Volpaia-Coltassala
Sleeps: 11
Bedrooms: 6 (double beds)    
Bathrooms: 5   
Pool Private

La Pozza property is located in the fortified medieval hamlet of Volpaia, in the Chianti Classico area, in a secluded position ensuring complete privacy. It is just a 300 metre walk to the centre of the hamlet, with two restaurants, one of which managed by the Castello di Volpaia farm, where it is possible to taste the local cuisine. Cooking classes are also arranged, on request, by the English-speaking local office. The house has a pretty garden with trees, vines and pots of geraniums. The swimming pool is in a beautiful position with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. There is a covered dining area just outside the house and another shady pergola for sitting and relaxing outdoors. The interiors have been very tastefully restored, using traditional materials, combined with modern comforts, including satellite TV, as well as well equipped bathrooms and kitchen. There is a tennis court, 200 metres away, available on request.

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Alborata 6

Tuscany - San Giovanni d'Asso - Siena
Sleeps : 6
Bedrooms: 3 (1 double, 1 double with bed in the loft, 1 twin with joinable beds)
Bathrooms: 3
Pool Private

PRIVATE STRUCTURE. Alborata is an old Tuscan farmhouse entirely built in stone, dating to the beginning of the last century and situated not far from the village of San Giovanni d’Asso, in the unmistakable and characteristic countryside of the Crete Senesi. During the recent, careful renovation works, the travertine staircase, floors in top quality Tuscan terracotta and ceilings with the characteristic vaults were installed on the ground floor and, on the first floor, ceilings with exposed wooden beams and tiles, leaving intact the original structure of the farmhouses of yore. The choice of furniture respects the traditional Tuscan style, simple and comfortable but, at the same time, elegant.

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Villa Lavanda at Montebuoni

Tuscany - Gaiole in Chianti - Siena
Sleeps: 4 to 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Pool Shared

Lavanda is a ground floor two bedroom apartment with a large private garden to the rear of the property. It is located on the edge of the hamlet, close to the small romantic chapel. The apartment has a bright, spacious open plan lounge/kitchen/diner with terracotta tiled floors and traditional beamed ceilings throughout. The comfortable lounge area has a double sofa bed, open fireplace and satellite TV with DVD player.
The modern fully fitted kitchen has a breakfast bar with built in oven and gas hobs, a coffee machine, fridge with freezer section and a dishwasher. There is also a large table with seating for six people.

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Montefiorile

Pesci at Montefiorile    

Tuscany-Lecchi in Chianti - Siena
Sleeps: 2 to 3          
Bedrooms: 1  
Bathrooms: 1  
Pool Shared

Pesci is a cottage that sits on top of Hamlet Montefiorile with open views over vineyards, olive groves and the ancient Borgo Montebuoni, the high terracotta and oak beamed ceilings give Pesci an bright and open aspect and it has Air Conditioning for extra comfort. Entering from one of the two furnished terraces there is a kitchenette dining area to the left, to the front the spacious airy living area has a TV sat and Hi Fi and two double doors open onto a veranda, perfect for dining al Fresco.

    


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Scorpione at Montefiorile     

Tuscany-Lecchi in Chianti - Siena
Sleeps: 2 to 3          
Bedrooms: 1  
Bathrooms: 1  
Pool Shared

Scorpione is situated on the edge of the hamlet of Montefiorile and has spectacular views over the surrounding vineyards and olive groves. This one bedroomed villa has air-conditioning and is ideal for couples or small families. The front door opens into a bright airy living space, with high beamed ceilings and tiled floors. To the left is the fully furnished kitchen with gas hobs, fridge with freezer section, dishwasher and microwave oven. The dining area has a wooden table and chairs, and there is also a washing machine located in the storage cupboard next to the bathroom.

    


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Montebuoni

L'Oliveta at Montebuoni

Tuscany-Lecchi in Chianti - Siena
Sleeps:  4
Bedrooms:1
Bathroom:1
Pool Shared

L'Oliveta is a detached cottage built from handcrafted Tuscan stone, set in an olive grove, with it's own large private gardens. The interior has oak beamed ceilings and tiled terra cotta floors throughout.The front door leads directly into the comfortably furnished lounge/diner with sofa, chairs, TV and dining suite. This room really is the hub of the property, with doors leading to the bedroom, bathroom with shower, gardens and kitchen, which is fully fitted, with electric oven, electric hobs, fridge with freezer compartment and dishwasher.

   

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