An ideal location to tour Chianti and Tuscany. There is so much to like but the best part is the hosts, Simonetta and Giovanni. Wonderful people, very passionate about the region and make you one of their family. If you love food, wine and history, you must stay here. The apartments are large, very well appointed and let you experience rural life as it is lived by Tuscans.
Be sure to make time to have Giovanni teach you how to enjoy the wine and olive oil he produces and ask for the local "insider" information about places to visit and things to do.
This was the best vacation we ever had! It's a mixture of being welcomed as a family and a VIP guest with privacy and 5 star treatment. My kids (1.5 and 5) enjoyed playing in the nature (ie, collecting wild herbs and flowers, running up and down the hill, catching tadpoles in the lake), they were also allowed to feed the chickens and hold a baby goat! Me and my entire family have not slept so deep and so peaceful in many years. Giovanni even gave a "cheese making lesson" and I learned how to make rustic bread and authentic tiramisu from Simonetta during our stay. And the fact that the property is in the middle of a vast vineyard and an olive tree grove (hello Chianti wine and olive oil!) it ticked all the boxes for the perfect Tuscany getaway. This is one place on earth that I wouldn't mind going back to over and over again. Location is also spot on as it is between Sienna and Florence making it easy to do day trips. Can't recommend it enough!
We stayed in Podere Tegline in August 2014. The very moment we arrived we were greeted with smiles on Simonetta and Giovanni's faces (as well as their kids'). We instantly knew that it would be a marvellous stay. Simonetta brought lots of toys for our son so he kept active the whole stay. They were amazing hosts (so kind, open that you immediately feel like they are part of your family). We got so many useful information about the area (where to go, what to see, when to visit what place etc.). The accommodation was spotless, huge bedrooms and outstanding bathroom. We didn't expect to have such a big and modern bathroom on a farm stay. The whole apartment is fully equipped - it's got everything you need (fully equipped kitchen with all the utensils, barbeque in the garden, hair dryer, towels, bed sheets, free wi-fi, etc.).
There are mosquito nets on the bedroom windows so no worries :)
The area is peaceful, surrounded with vineyards and forest. We saw different types of animals during our stay. Our son enjoyed playing with Brina (the owner's dog) and feeding the horse with carrots. This is a perfect place if you wish to relax and visit the Chianti region (everything is within easy reach - Siena, Florence, San Gimignano etc.). You do need a car.
If you ever visit Podere Tegline - don't miss on the chance to try the olive oil - it is the best we have ever tried as well as Giovanni's wine (we loved Brunello and brought many bottles back home).
Giovanni organizes wine tastings and Simonetta prepares great Tuscan food.
This is a place where we will certainly return! Thank you Simonetta and Giovanni for making our holiday perfect!