Podere Il Colto

Gaiole in Chianti, Siena
Bed & Breakfast


Green views, birdsong, walks on the doorstep plus super-friendly hosts, this colourful, simple farmhouse B&B oozes tranquillity

Bedroom

3 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

Turn off a country road, through a farm, deep into woodland and, just as you give up hope, the trees clear to reveal a sturdy farmhouse, all soft grey stone and sage-green shutters. No sounds other than birdsong, no buildings other than a distant farmhouse; just forested hills and Paolo’s magnificent rose garden. He and Daniela – plus Gina, their retriever – welcome you as friends. Paolo takes you round his gardens; Daniela shares family recipes in the cosy kitchen during her cookery courses. Rooms are light-filled and rustic – tiles, beams, antiques – warmed with boldly painted door-frames and colourful ceramics. Pretty bedcovers, sloping ceilings and tranquil views add charm to (small-ish) bedrooms; bathrooms make elegant use of tight spaces. Relax in the comfy lounge or outside in the courtyard with its green views and pergola-shaded table. Be tardy over shared breakfasts – homemade bread and cakes – while planning walks, or trips to Siena and Chianti vineyards.  Paolo worked in tourism so is knowledgeable. Return for a swim before enjoying one of Daniela’s dinners or sizzle up a barbecue. Intoxicating peace.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Special offer: Come to learn traditional Tuscan recipes that have been handed down generations. During the 3 hour course you will prepare 2 dishes before tasting it at dinner! Please enquire for more details.

Booking information

Check in
3pm-8pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends & in high season.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Restaurants 2km. Dinner available on request.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €90
Surcharges
Singles €75-€90. Extra bed/sofabed available €20-€30 per person per night.
3 Doubles
From €90

Reviews

We spent four days in Daniela and Paolo’s lovely farmhouse. They are exceptional hosts and made us feel like old friends. Daniela is a great cook and we ate her delicious and very filling local Tuscan meals every evening. Paolo was very helpful with his local knowledge and gave us tips on where to park in Florence and Siena and the best vineyards to visit. The farmhouse lies in a beautifully tranquil valley, accessed by a gravel track down a hill and through a wood ( where we saw wild boar). Our room was very comfortable and clean and the guest lounge has a cosy log fire in winter. Lovely!

Elizabeth, St. beauzile

Daniela & Paolo made us so welcome it felt like visiting old friends. They love to share their home, knowledge of the area, cooking skills and rose expertise. The house and grounds are quiet and beautiful and the swimming pool looked very attractive but unfortunately the weather was too cool for us to take the plunge. For breakfast, alongside everything else you might expect, there was a different home-made cake every day. Daniela cooked dinner for us on three nights - it was excellent. If you want somewhere quiet, comfortable and don't mind being off the beaten track you will love it here.

Susan, Craven arms

Our hosts welcomed us into their Tuscan paradise with open arms and made the whole stay truly magical. This place is the best of the best - incredible peace, beautiful roses, delicious food and fabulous company. Ask for insider knowledge of the local area and you won't be disappointed. We wish we didn't have to leave and will be back.

Emily, London

We had a wonderful time at Podere Il Colto, a special peaceful place. Paolo and Daniela are very hospitable hosts. The room and good bathroom were comfortable. Daniela is a great cook offering dinner in the evening and cookery lessons where you eat what you cook. They will recommend restaurants and draw maps to enable you to find your way to where you want to visit. The beautiful garden full of flowers with an infinity swimming pool has sufficient sun loungers for all the guests. We hope to return.

Susan, Brighton

At the end of a gravel driveway lies a perfect slice of peace - with the ultimate hosts in the shape of Paolo and Daniela. Our visit to the Chianti region was shaped into perfection not only by their recommendations for all the best local eateries and things to do, but with the breadth of historical and practical knowledge they regaled us with. Eternally helpful and distinguished with impeccable taste, we felt at home and guided without being pushed into anything. Also of note is that the night of our arrival, Daniela cooked one of the most memorable dinners of the week: her traditional Tuscan

A

A slice of heaven. This place is the embodiment of everything I love & value, the setting, the peace, the beautifully restored farm house. Daniela & Paolo are the best kind of people, warm, generous, kind, caring, such gracious hosts, they cldn't do enough for us & we thoroughly enjoyed their company. Gina is such a sweet dog too! HIGHLY recommend Daniela's cooking class it was such fun & the delicious meal at the end so rewarding. Daniela's cooking & baking is to die for, she's very talented, best food we had in tuscany, her breakfasts & dinners were a real treat! Didn't want to leave!

Natasha

We enjoyed our stay at Podere il Colto so much that we changed our travel itinerary so that we could return at the end of our holiday - need I say more? You really feel as though you have your own slice of Tuscan paradise here. Immaculate and tastefully decorated rooms, beautiful gardens with pool and complete peace. Above and beyond all of this, Daniela and Paulo are warm and welcoming hosts and we felt truly at home as soon as the gates opened. Daniela is a fantastic cook, we enjoyed three of her four course meals made with fresh produce from the garden and breakfasts are delicious too!

Kirsty

Paolo and Daniela were very friendly and helpful, even guiding us into Siena to a convenient car park. We had a different homebaked cake every morning at breakfast and Daniela cooked us two 4-course evening meals of Tuscan delicacies, accompanied by various drinks, which were fantastic. The woodland setting, garden and infinity pool were wonderful to come back to after a hard day sightseeing.

Belinda

Beautiful quiet haven in Tuscany. Daniela and Paulo are wonderful hosts and nothing is too much trouble. The house is beautiful and clean and the location is so quiet with beautiful views. The pool was a godsend during a very warm visit. Breakfast to die for too. All in all, a perfect stay.

Jane

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Daniela Venturi

  • Upon request Daniela organizes cooking classes, teaching family recipes and Tuscan dishes and revealing the odd secret!
  • •Saturdays mornings local market in Greve in Chianti is a must. Here you can visit its wonderfull square and the small medioeval village of Montefioralle
  • Around Podere il Colto are the magnificent castles of Brolio, Cacchiano and Meleto - all of which are key sights in the provinces of Siena and Florence
  • A half-hour drive away is the historic city of Siena. Its Cathedral houses works by Michelangelo, Donatello & Bernini. Visit the Torre del Mangia in the famous Piazza del Campo or the medieval towers of San Gimignano and Monteriggioni.
  • In just over an hour you can visit Cortona, which contains extraordinary buildings, rich in history and religion, such as the Hermitage of San Francesco and the Sanctuary of St. Margaret of Cortona.
  • In little more than an hour you can visit the amazing city of Florence - heart of the Italian Renaissance.