I've just spent a wonderful relaxing week in this lovely house. The birdsong is amazing and I loved hearing the nightingale on my way to bed. The house itself is really spacious with plenty of options for eating outside and relaxing in the sun. The pool is amazing and again it's great to watch the birds sweeping down in the evening. I loved it.
We have spent several holidays in this idyllic house. In a charming and peaceful location, it is easily accessible to the local village with all its amenities. Surrounded by terraces and lovely gardens with a wonderful infinity pool, the views are stunning at any time of day. A much loved family home, now updated with every comfort. The perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine watching the unforgettable sunsets - we are already planning another visit....
This is the heart of the Valdarno &the area is known for Le Balze, extraordinary tower like cliffs soaring into the sky. These feature in Leonardo's Mona Lisa and there are good marked walks around them.
There are good markets for both food and clothes in Loro Ciuffenna on Mon, Montevarchi on Thur, Terranuova on Fri and San Giovanni on Sat. It's really worth shopping in the markets, everything is so fresh & mostly local. Stall holders always helpful.
The beautiful ancient church of Gropina with Etruscan and Roman origins is at Loro Ciuffenna 15 mins away. Loro is a charming hillside town cut through by a deep and dramatic gorge.
There are plenty of nearby restaurants to choose from. They vary from the sophisticated & English speaking to the simple & rustic serving genuine Tuscan food, always locally sourced.
The farmers in the valley will sell you their homemade pecorino and ricotta cheeses made from the milk of the sheep that graze around the house. The sheep are usually accompanied by a few white egrets.
You may be woken by Golden Orioles singing in the valley and serenaded by nightingales as soon as the sun sets. Listen out for nightjars too and then go on porcupine quill hunts in the fields around the house.