An old cypress avenue brings you to the barn guesthouse at Il Viottolone, set at an altitude of 300 metres in charming gardens amidst olive groves with far reaching views. It offers guests secluded, rustic elegance in the tuscan hills.
Positioned in the heart of Tuscany; for travellers seeking a rural setting with easy access to the renaissance city of Florence and Siena as well as the many important cities and treasures of Tuscany, Il Viottolone is the perfect choice.
Traditional wooden beams, terracotta floor tiles and original exposed walls give the old barn its originality whist providing a spacious, happy and rustically luxurious resting place. The owners who live in the farmhouse adjacent, are usually on hand and happy to help make your holiday special.
barn viewed from parking area
barn viewed from kitchen garden
barn from courtyard
barn roof and beyond
views from the Barn towards the north west
On the ground floor, the main living area is open plan. There are large comfortable sofas, a wood burning stove and a dining area which opens onto its own private west facing garden with lemon trees and shaded eating overlooking the valley and beyond.
The kitchen is well equipped and aims to offer everything for cooks and diners to enjoy all manner of tuscan feasts. You will find a dishwasher, gas hob, electric oven, extractor fan, large fridge/freezer, kettle, mixer, blender, good quality knives, a plethora of good saucepans etc plus full set of white china, glasses and cutlery for 8.
The living area has air conditioning.
Upstairs you can relax in the library area where you will find a variety of english and italian reading material, a desk and comfortable lounger chairs for enjoying the morning sun overlooking the private courtyard garden that sits between the barn and the main house .
open plan living space
sofas and dining
private dining terrace
gothic window onto courtyard
the library courtyard room
On the top floor, the master bedroom is quiet, elegant and comfortable, with breathtaking views to the north west countryside beyond. There is plenty of storage space within the double wardrobe. The en-suite bathroom with traditional wooden beams has modern features including a power shower.
On the floor below the twin bedroom is fresh and comfortable with beautiful views. Its modern private bathroom has a bath and standing shower.
Air conditioning in both bedrooms.
There is a small extra bedroom next to the master bedroom, useful for children or as a small double.
comfort and simplicity
tradition tuscan barn windows
view from master bedroom
fresh and light
detail in twin bedroom
The property sits in approximately 10 acres of garden, kitchen gardens, olive groves and fields surrounded by beautiful oak woodlands.
Apart from enjoying the immediate gardens surrounding the barn which are private and with stunning views, there are many lovely places to sit, wander or picnic in the grounds or nearby.
Excellent local walks are plentiful straight from the door.
goldfish pond in courtyard
from courtyard to olives
part of your garden
view from a bench in barn garden
meadows and wild flowers
picnic spot near the woods
olives trees and artichokes
- Gated parking
- Air conditioning in bedrooms and living area
- Wi-fi internet access
- Bose speaker system with i pod
- Italian sky tv with some programmes and films in english
- Underfloor central heating
- Wood burning stove and logs for colder months
- Abundant hot water
- Washing machine, iron, hairdryer
- Beds made and towels provided
- Linen changed once a week, more often upon request
- Breakfast ingredients provided for the first morning with basic larder necessities
- Vegetables often available from our kitchen garden
- Maid service upon request
- Local shop and bar within 1.3km - walking distance
- Large supermarkets at local market towns 6 kms
- Airports: Florence airport 40 mins, Pisa airport 1 hour
- Station: Florence S Maria Novella 40 mins
- Bus: San Casciano VP regular busses to and from Florence station
- House Book - guide to the area, recommended restaurants, markets, shopping, interesting and unusual places to visit
- Taxis can be arranged
- English, Italian and French spoken; some Spanish
linen and peonies
fresh garden produce
People tend to come to Italy to immerse themselves in art, culture, food and wine. With our intimate knowledge of Tuscany, we hope to help make your holiday enjoyable.
When you arrive you will find our house book gives a comprehensive and useful guide to the local area, recommended restaurants, local markets, shops as well as interesting and unusual thing to do and places to visit.
Distances for important places of interest for day visits:
- Florence 35 mins
- Siena 45 mins
- San Gimignano 40 mins
- Volterra 1hr 10 mins
- Pisa 1hr
- Lucca 1hr 20mins
- Arezzo 1hr 30mins
- Assisi 2hrs 15mins
- Perugua 1hr 50mins
- Urbino 3hr 20mins
Some interesting things to do worth knowing about before your arrival:
Hot Air Balloon Flights:
Experience the wonder of an early morning hot air balloon flight, take in the local area from above followed by a prosecco breakfast in a field. http://www.tuscanyballooning.com
Sensual Tuscan Food Experience Days:
Feed your soul from the land and join us at Il Viottolone for an informative and sensual cooking and dining experience. See our kitchen page.
filling the balloon
early morning blue skies
culinary days at Il Viottolone
If you would like to make an enquiry or a booking please email: email@example.com
Our address is:
via Malafrasca 51
S Casciano VP
50026 Firenze, ITALY
Tel: 00 39 3381117689
Tel: 00 39 3382062908
Il Viottolone is situated between S Pancrazio and Santa Cristina in Salivolpe, on a private road off the country road of via Malafrasca. Unfortunately if you put via Malafrasca 51 into most GPS you will not be directed to the correct place.
You can approach the house either from S Pancrazio or from Santa Cristina in Salivolpe.
Directions from S Pancrazio:
At the crossroads at S Pancrazio take road signposted ROMITA 6km - continue for 1.9kms. At this point and opposite a church on right turn LEFT into cypress avenue.
After another 0.4kms you pass one iron gate on left continue to the second iron gate on left. On left of gate press bell CASA and we will open gate.
Directions from Santa Christina:
From small village of S Christina continue towards S Pancrazio after aprox 1.0km and opposite a church on your left, turn RIGHT into a cypress avenue.
After another 0.4kms pass one iron gate on left continue to the second iron gate on left. On left of gate press bell CASA and we will open gate.