|Minimum Stay||3 - 6 nights|
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Il Ciliegio is the old country house, divided in two floors. At the ground-floor there are: the living-room with the fire-place and a piano, available for our guests, one table with chairs, a sofa, one double bed-room, one bedroom with two single beds, two bath-rooms with shower, the kitchen, TV sat and stereo CD. From the living room, you can reach the first floor with an internal staircase, where you find a 36sq m attic, with a double bed, a bath-room with shower and a little kitchenette with a fridge. In the living area there are a sofa-bed for two people, TV sat, a stereo CD, Dvd. Here air-conditioning is provided. It is possible to enter this attic also from the external private garden. A little terrace outside can be reached both from the ground-floor as well as from the external stair-case. Guests can use the common swimming-pool and sunbeds. Central heating is provided at consumption.
'La Ripa' is found in Tuscany within an hour's drive from Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, the sea side town of Follonica , the Chianti area,the green Sienese hills , the abbey of S.Galgano.
The main house is exposed to the south, between the forest and the valley of the cultivated fields surrounded by tranquillity and nature. The farm is from the medieval town of Belforte 800 meters by car and 300 meters walk to the old road.
Summer holiday rental, self-catering, romantic view, city of art, Siena, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra, Monteriggioni, Certaldo,Radicondoli, Belforte,San Galgano, Massa Marittima, Populonia.
For the atmosphere, the landscape and the tranquility.
For the relative distance to all the main historical and artistic attractions of Tuscany
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A lovely villa, in a beautiful location. The panoramic views give the impression that you are the only people in the world, while really there are so many great places to visit, an easy drive away.
The villa is spacious - perfect for going away with a large family - there's no sense of being on top of one another. Plenty of privacy and 3 bathrooms, so no queues!
We had a BBQ and spent lots of time round the pool and also went sightseeing in San Gimignano, did a wine tasting in Chianti and visited the market in Siena. I think you could easily stay for a week without running out of things to do!
Graziano is a wonderful host and always available to make recommendations and give advice.
A real gem - I would happily return.
This is a charming villa in a picturesque setting amidst the hills and valleys of Tuscany. It is very spacious and comfortable and the owner, Graziano, was extremely welcoming and helpful. We felt very much at home, and was invited to help ourselves to the fruit growing on trees nearby - plums and figs. Apart from the sound of the caterpillar tractor ploughing the fields it was very quiet and peaceful, with the occasional tweeting of birds. On our departure, Graziano gave us a bottle of his finest organic olive oil and we sat down to a Tuscan plate of 'schiacciata all’olio', a very thin bread drizzled with olive oil, and freshly made espresso coffee.
We have just returned from a wonderful 9 days staying at La Ripa with our adult daughters. Description and photos give an accurate depiction of this accommodation. The pool is small but great for cooling off and is in an idyllic position with beautiful views along with the occasional soaring hawk. Graziano and his family were very welcoming. Enjoyed a delicious take away pizza from Belforte and had a great meal at La Pergola in Radicondoli. Convenient for Sienna, Florence and San Gimignano. Car is a must as the house is 5 mins drive down a long bumpy road.
We stayed at Il ciliegio (small apartment for 2/3 people) for a week in August 2008. The apartment was lovely clean, tidy and well maintained with all equipment you need. There is a small outside space at the top of the stairs but there is no view from this. The owner is very friendly and keen to practice his English, inviting us to a party at his home and inroducing us to his family. He was also happy to suggest places to visit and recommend restaurants etc.
The pool was clean and had a fantastic view. As it is shared with only one other property we had it to ourselves for the majority of our break. We got to see a family of wild boar and deer in the fields below the house but you need to get up early!
The path the the village is very very steep, we did attempt it on a couple of occassions to visit the shop which is well stocked and has a great village atmosphere.
In August many of the local villages have music/arts festivals which are well worth a visit. We ate at 2 different restaurants in Radicondoli, La pergola is particularly good although we didn't discover it 'till our last night - get there early or book for a table outside.
Property is well placed for visiting the sites, Volterra, San Gimignano, Radicondoli, Siena are all well worth a visit!
We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend the property to friends it really is a fantastic place to get away from it all!
Nous avons passé deux semaines formidables dans la maison de Graziano, qui est un hôte charmant, toujours soucieux de notre confort et qui nous a de nombreuses fois conseillé et renseigné sur les visites et la vie en Toscane, dans un français impeccable. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié son huile d'olive!
La Ripa se trouve au bout d'un chemin qui serpente au milieu des oliviers, à deux ou trois minutes de l'entrée de Belforte.
La location "Il Ciliegio" est attenante à la maison de Graziano, la terrasse donnant sur l'entrée de la propriété. il n'y a aucun vis-à-vis avec l'autre location "casa vecchia", mais la terrasse, abritée par le cerisier, est un peu à la vue des entrées et sorties de la propriété. La maison est très spacieuse, très propre, bien équipée. Avec nos trois enfants, qui ont pris les deux chambres du bas, chacun avait son espace. Nous occupions la chambre au premier, très grande, qui bénéficie d'une petite terrasse charmante. La literie est très confortable. La cuisine est bien équipée.
La piscine, à partager avec la casa vecchia, se situe de l'autre côté de l'habitation de Graziano: la vue est extraordinaire sur les collines toscanes! Elle est très bien entretenue.
Le barbecue est placé un peu à l'écart de la maison.
Le village de Belforte, comme Radicondoli (10 min en voiture) sont charmants et typiques. Nous avons pu visiter entre autres Sienne, Florence, San Giminiano et Volterra.
La seule réserve concerne la proximité des commerces pour faire ses courses : deux toutes petites épiceries sur Belforte et Radicondoli. Pour les supermarchés, il faut descendre sur Colle di Val d'Elsa ou Poggibonsi (un joli marché en semaine), à environ 30 min en voiture.
Nous gardons un excellent souvenir de la douceur de vivre toscane, de la tranquillité de "il Ciliegio" et de l'accueil chaleureux de Graziano.
La Ripa is a farm in the peaceful and relaxing country of Tuscany, near a typical village called Belforte (300 mt), originated around the year 1000 as a fortified castle. It is a ideal place for a relaxing holiday in the heart of Tuscany, nearby the main towns of art.