Farmhouse, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-16)
- english, french, german, italian, Dutch
After spending vacations every year in Tuscany - we just love this region - we've decided to acquire this house for it to become our family's vacation house and sufficiently large so that (many) friends can stay with us during our vacation. When we are not using the house ourselves, we rent it out to guests.
Erik purchased this Villa in 2010
Why Erik chose Castellina In Chianti
We looked for a house which would be sufficiently large to host family and friends in a comfortable way. On top of that, this house has a particular charm which is hard to describe in words, but which all travelers feel. Something eternal.
What makes this Villa unique
I highlight certain points below: 1. Sleeping comfort: Unlike in so many rental places, we didn't want our guests to sleep in convertible couches. So there are 16 sleeping places in beds for 16 guests. These beds are spread over 6 beautiful bedrooms, which in turn are well spread over the house (with old thick walls) so that everyone had their privacy. There are also 2 baby cots available. 2. Table pleasure: We love to cook and we've made sure that the kitchen is pleasant for cooks and for those keeping them company. The house is very well equipped with tableware and kitchenware (including the champagne glasses for celebrations or an aperitivo on the terrace), for meals for up to 30 people. Everyone enjoys the truly unique "loggia", which is some sort of porch. It's a covered yet open terrace, where we have placed a beautiful long wooden table which can host up to 20 people. In the summer, without exception, this place becomes the center of the social life in the house. 3. Another distinctive element of the house is the very long pool (16 meters) but not deep...so the water heats up more rapidly, and it's less dangerous. It's perfect both for those who want to swim their lanes in the morning (such as me) and for the children during the day. The pool can be lit at night. 4. Last but not least, the house has an exceptional situation, in a very quiet and beautiful valley, far away from neighbors, yet at only 10 minutes driving of the center of the renowned village of Castellina in Chianti. The village is full of charm and hosts all restaurants, grocery shops, wineries, which you may look for. Since this year, there is also a mountain bike rental shop. Adding up to its exceptional location of the house is the very central location of the village itself, right in between Firenze, Siena, San Gimignano, Arezzo
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A memorable week!
Our family of 12 loved everything about Gabbianuzzo...the house, the pool, the magnificent property and the attention to details. Erik and Julie are wonderful hosts! We all hated to leave.
Fabulous vacation home!
Thanks to Erik and Chama and Majid for making our stay at Podere Gabbianuzzo such a wonderful experience. The house easily accommodated us and our guests and there were many days when we wanted to do nothing but simply enjoy the property and not wander around Tuscany! But wander we did, and Gabbianuzzo was a superb jumping off point. The people of Castellina in Chianti were friendly and welcoming and Erik and Julie pointed us to many people who provided yummy meals and delicious pastries! Of course, we ventured out on our own, but the extremely helpful information prepared by Erik and Julie was invaluable as we made decisions about where to explore. All of our guests sat around the dining table poring over the booklets to plan their days. Those who followed the suggestions about Florence and
Siena said they were perfect! The kitchen was well-equipped; in fact we could have had several big parties if only we had known people to invite!. Thank you for your contributions to our wonderful holiday. Our 2 1/2 year-old grandson keeps asking to go back on the plane to his Italy home! And we loved Chama and Majid, who despite the language barriers, were extremely helpful and good-natured. Grazie!
The villa more than exceeded our expectations. The grounds were beautiful and the pool was amazing.
A first rate experience all the way around. We would gladly book it again.
We stayed at Gabbianuzzo for 3 weeks in late May to the middle of June. I already miss the villa. Not only was it beautiful and highly functional, it is very old and has been refitted with electricity, a great kitchen, beautiful bedrooms, modern bathrooms, and a pool. There is room to stretch out, privacy, and plenty of hot water. The surrounding vista of wooded hills, vineyards, olive trees, and flowers from every window in the villa and the wonderful terraces is a peaceful setting you can rarely find anymore. We had great dinners outside in the loggia.
Castellina is a typical village to visit and shop just not for groceries. And the gelato is good there too!
The train station in Castellina in Scalo is only 20 minutes away and makes the trips to Firenze, Siena, Pisa, and Venice easy if you do not choose to drive. There are also many villages and restaurants to visit within short distances. The wineries are many and tasting is great.
The pool is a nice way to spend part of a warmer day although the house with its thick walls stays very cool.
If you do rent a car, get one with high clearance as the dirt road into Gabbianuzzo, although verry good, can be challenging.
All that Erik and Julie write about their villa is true and you will discover more if you are lucky enough to visit!
Overall, Gabbianuzzo is the best!
Nothing makes us more happy than knowing that you've had a great journey at our house, that you have lived there as well as we like to do ourselves. Thank you for having shared your feedback with us and come back soon !
Beautiful home in an amazing area!
We had a wonderful trip to Gabbianuzzo. The home was beautiful, spacious and clean. We had 15 people and there was plenty of room for everyone. We would love to return when it is warmer and spend some time exploring the outdoors around the home. We had an amazing vacation. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much for your kind words. We loved to have you as our guests. Chama and Majid told us about the great welcome dinner evening. I also wanted to thank you for the beautiful photos you’ve sent us of Gabbianuzzo under the snow. Romantic! Come back in the summer😊� Erik
This home is lovely and graceful in every way!
Gabbianuzzo is an exceptional property! The landscape and location are beautiful and private. The surrounding views are breathtaking. The architecture of the house is stone, and the owner has done an amazing job of integrating into the 1790 original frame. You are immersed in the authentic terra of Tuscany. Surrounded by olive trees, grapes, lavender. The long private gravel road down to the farmhouse is an adventure and makes for the best stories! This home is lovely and graceful in every way.
Our family did not want to leave! LIfelong memories were made in this farmhouse by 3 generations. The very long loggia farmhouse dining table was thoughtfully set up for our big family in advance. Magical summer dinners Under the Tuscan Sun.
The property team is wonderful, very attentive and easy to communicate with. They responded quickly via text, email, whatsapp. All of the local shopping, dinner, recommendations were outstanding, and key to planning our week.
Bedrooms are perfectly set up with quality sheets and pillows. Castellina is a quick drive and has yummy provisions plus so much more (wine, olive oils, vegetables, cheese shops) to set up your kitchen and cook. The local Co-op is a fun shop, We quickly filled both fridges with salami, figs, prosecco and pastas. There are many delicious restaurants and wineries within 10-15 minutes away.
We are coming back!
Thank you very much for sharing with us your experience ! Nothing can make us more happy than to know that our guests have had a good time while staying at the house. From your comments I understand that you have really done your best to enjoy as much as possible the house and Castellina, and thay you combined the best of both in your "magical summer dinners";)
Your words are are a real encouragement to us. We hope to see you back one day.
Thanks again, Erik
Excellent location for visiting Tuscan art cities Florence, Siena, Arezzo, San Gimignano