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.
the Barn viewed from the courtyard
views from the Barn towards the north west
traditional wooden beams
barn viewed from kitchen garden
barn viewed from parking area
Il Viottolone in its setting
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.
Upstairs you can relax in the library area where there is a variety of english and Italian reading material and guide books, 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.
the library courtyard room
gothic window onto courtyard
sofas and dining
open plan living space
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.
There is a small extra bedroom next to the master bedroom, useful for children or as a small double.
fresh and light
view from master bedroom
tradition tuscan barn windows
comfort and simplicity
The property sit 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 and straight from the door.
Vegetables are usually available from our kitchen garden which we are delighted to share with you.
part of your garden
olives trees and artichokes
evening cool spot
meadows and wild flowers
picnic spot near the woods
private dappled shade
view from a bench in barn garden
apple espallier walk way to barn
Gated parking, wi-fi internet access, bose speaker system with i pod, italian sky tv with many international programmes and films in english, underfloor central heating, wood burning stove, abundant hot water, washing machine, iron, hairdryer.
Beds are made up for you prior to arrival with white linen, towels are provided.
Linen is changed once a week or more often upon request.
Plentiful breakfast ingredients are provided for the first morning along with basic larder necessities.
Fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit when available
Maid service upon request
Meals can be arranged
Local shop and bar within 1.5km another at 2km – both within walking distance.
Large supermarkets at local market towns of San Casciano, Montespertoli and Tavarnelle.
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 – a useful guide to the local area, recommended restaurants, local markets, shopping, interesting and unusual places to visit.
English, Italian and French spoken; some Spanish.
fresh garden produce
When in Italy people tend to immerse themselves in art, culture and food. After many years living in this particular area as well as other parts of Tuscany together with our professional interest in art and food, 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
Lucca 1hr 20mins
Arezzo 1hr 30mins
Assisi 2hrs 15mins
Perugia 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.
Please let us know if you are interested, to avoid disappointment it is important to book early. Please feel free to contact direct: 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 culinary experience.
culinary days at Il Viottolone
early morning blue skies
filling the balloon