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Vintage 1960's French plastic ducks await splashing little ones in the Clock Bathroom....High-chair with fold-over tray
Hilltop Retreat for Young Families
Hilltop Retreat for Young Families
4 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
4 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
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Suitable for couples with up to 2 young children (including infants)
May 2017: Just installed faster internet, new oven, and new washer-dryer!
Vineyard walks, beautiful views, other children live nearby
Cot/crib; camp-bed/cot for older child; 2nd bathroom with bath-tub & plastic ducks; high-chair!
Children delight in quirky tell-tale signs of its cow history

The space

Echoes of the Past....
An atmospheric and quirky residence, resonant with echoes of its past as a hay and cattle barn. Situated on a typical Tuscan raised outcrop, or "poggio", surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, 4 miles from San Gimignano and 25 from Florence and Siena.....
The characteristic charm of the apartment is its visible links to its history as a convent hay and cattle barn. The long manger and some of the original tie-up hooks have been preserved and incorporated into the main bedroom, while the sunbeams pouring through the tessellated brickwork of the living room remind us that this was where the hay was once kept fresh and aerated during storage.
This is not just a pretty hill-top retreat, it is an atmospheric and quirky residence, resonant with echoes of its past.
If you listen carefully, as you relax in the high-beamed living room, you may just catch the lingering murmurs of its ruminating former occupants echoing in the rafters…..

Guest access

Guests have use of the Manger Bedroom with King-size bed and en-suite Manger Bathroom with shower stall, hair-dryer, PLUS 2nd "Clock" Bathroom with bath-tub & plastic ducks
The spacious Hay Day Room comprises kitchen with four stove-top gas rings, new electric oven, micro-wave oven, high-chair, and dining and living areas.
A laundry room with washing machine gives out onto a terrace that overlooks a herb garden from which you can pick sage, rosemary and thyme, and a lower open area for sitting or dining outside.
The property has its own parking space for up to four cars.
There is a large supermarket 3 miles from the property, as well as numerous artisan stores, wine producers, restaurants, pastry shops and coffee bars.
The extra "toddler" bed is actually an adult-length fold-away camp-bed (UK) / cot (US) for a listed CHILD to sleep with parents in the bedroom or Hay Day Room. There's also a fold-away cot (UK) / crib (US) with mattress for a baby up to 3 years old (if you list them as CHILD), though we ask that you bring your infant or toddler's own special blanket.
If you require bed and linens for an infant/toddler, please list them as CHILD guest, and indicate to us in the request what kind of extra bed you will need. If your infant/toddler will NOT need an extra bed, you may list them as an INFANT guest

Interaction with guests

The property is self-contained, so families have complete privacy.
We are always available via phone or email for any questions, and to resolve anything at the drop of a hat.

Other things to note

The property is 10 minutes from the Florence - Siena train line station at Certaldo, where you can leave your car in the huge parking lot.
A special feature is our link to a family-operated wine and olive oil producer just 200 yards up the road from the apartment. Tours of the winery to see their huge oak vats, followed by wine and oil tasting with snacks can be arranged on request: 9 euros / 16 euros per person
There is a wonderful Tuscan cookery school in old Certaldo running half and full-day classes that include trips to the local market.

Free parking on premises
Buzzer/wireless intercom
Pets allowed
Extra people $15 NZD / night after 3 guests
Cleaning Fee $135 NZD
Security Deposit $142 NZD
Weekly Discount: 5%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 toddler bed, 1 crib
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in time is 3PM - 2AM (next day)
Check out by 10AM
Self check-in with lockbox

No arrivals prior to 3pm
Check-out by 10am
No more than 4 guests, INCLUDING INFANTS & DOGS
List infant as INFANT if do NOT require extra bedding
Please list infant requiring bed (cot/crib), linens etc as a CHILD
All children, including infants, must be listed in booking request
Please park in designated lot only, and drive slowly on the approach road
No smoking in the apartment
No leaving of cigarette butts on the ground or in receptacles outside - they must be immediately thrown into the garbage
1 well-behaved dog permitted, by prior agreement with hosts
Guests agree to not let dogs foul outside grounds
Guests agree to report damage done by pets immediately, & be prepared to pay for replacement /repairs
No cats

2 nights minimum stay

3 Reviews

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A.Spejchalova@Centrum.Cz User Profile
September 2017
Nice appartment with great view.

Samuel User Profile
October 2016
Everything was perfect. This place, this region was our base to explore florence, chianti region, Sangimignano, Siena, Voltera, etc. Brian and Christine gave us quickly all infos we needed. The view and appartment...amazing! Also, make sure you take the 16 euros wine tasting at Azienda agricola San benedetto few feets from the house. It money spent WISELY!

Yolanda User Profile
May 2016
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans un vrai petit coin de paradis. L'appartement est très bien situé pour visiter la région et possède tout le confort nécessaire je regrette juste qu'il n'y ait pas de micro ondes c'est assez pratique quand on a des enfants en bas âge. A part ça rien à signaler c'est idéal quand vous voyagez avec un bébé tout l'équipement est fourni (lit, chaise haute...). Le vrai plus est l'incroyable vue sur les vignes c'est tellement dépaysant. Je le conseille vraiment si vous voulez passer des vacances au calme. Nos hôtes n'étaient pas présents mais nous ont fourni toutes les informations nécessaires avant notre arrivée. Un grand merci à Christine.
Brian User Profile
Response from Brian:
Merci, Yolanda! We will think about adding a micro-wave! Here is a translation of Yolanda's kind review: “We had an excellent stay in a true little corner of paradise. The apartment is very well-situated for visiting the region, and possesses all the necessary comforts - we missed having a a micro-wave, as this is rather practical when one has very small children. Apart from that, nothing to complain about – the place is ideal for traveling with a baby, with all equipment provided (cot/crib; high-chair…). The real plus is the incredible view across the vineyards, so scenic. I really recommend this place if you want a quiet vacation. Our hosts were not present, but they provided us with all necessary information before our arrival. A big thank you!!”
May 2016

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Brian User Profile

We have spent many years in Italy and other European countries . We learned to speak Italian fluently.
We love Italian food, wine and the great small-town markets where you can pick up all kinds of quirky stuff!
This is our Tuscan retreat, and we would like to share it with you!
We have special rates for periods of 1 week and a month.

Languages: Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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