After anticipating that we were staying in a room in a farmhouse we got a fantastic surprise. One of the farm building behind the owners villa has been converted into 8 apartments. Our was overlooking the Ambra Valley adjacent to a small medieval village. Our apartment had a full kitchen and bbq outside supplied with firewood. It is a 30 minute drive to Bucine for the closest grocery store but the experience is worth the travel. There was a cool breeze that circulated through the apartment. It is the most peaceful place we have ever visited. Fortunato (Lucky) and his wife Gisele are fantastic. Their stories of the history of their home and the area are interesting and they are always available to tell them and to assist their guests. We wish we had been able to stay here for a week. We will definitely be back when we return to Italy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Borgo Rapale" is a Tuscan farmhouse situated on a hilltop between Siena (25 km or 15 miles) and Arezzo. It borders a small, medieval castle and it boasts stunning views of the Chianti hills and the Ambra Valley. At an altitude of 500 m (1600 ft), cool breezes keep the resort comfortable under the Tuscan sun. The farmhouse is strategically located near the most important art cities of Tuscany and Umbria. From the farmhouse, it is a 25 minute drive to Siena and about an hour to Florence, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Perugia and Assisi. More than 10 restaurants of various types are located within a 10 minutes drive. Also, good and convenient local food catering may arrive in your apartment. Borgo Rapale's architecture typifies the Tuscan farmhouse style. The farmhouse is immediately adjacent to the Villa, which has been inhabited since 1520 by the proprietor's family that welcomes and entertains guests as friends. The proprietors are always available to provide information about the history of the villa and of the nearby castle, as well as about restaurants, shopping, wineries and major tourist attractions. Apartments are rented on weekly basis from Saturday 4 pm to Saturday 10 pm. During the low and medium seasons, also daily with the minimum of 3 days. Wi-Fi is available inside and outside the apartments. All the bedrooms have private bathrooms with shower and bidet. Each apartment features a spacious living room with well equipped kitchenette, dining table, satellite TV, wall safe and convertible sofa for two. The brick floors, the ceiling with chestnut beams and the inviting furnishings are in keeping with the Tuscan character. Al fresco dining is available for each apartment. The guests have access to a large swimming pool (7 x 14 meters or 23 x 46 ft) that overlooks olive groves, vineyards and forested hills of the below valley. Additional facilities include a lounge and an old wine cellar. Free use of covered parking, barbecue sets with fire wood, mountain bikes and games for adults and children (tennis table, football table, bowl course etc.) Washing machine is available for 3 Euros per use. The woods around the farmhouse make for great hiking and mountain bike trips. The renowned thermal baths of Rapolano, with its pools and beauty treatments, are just 15 km away. Horseback riding is 4 km away. Shops, tennis facilities, go-karting and fishing lake are all within a 15 km radius. Hot air ballooning, the Chianti and Brunello wine regions, and Italian fashion "factory outlets" such as Prada, Gucci and Ferragamo are within 40 km. ... more less
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