About This Listing
At a tranquil dream location in Chianti mid-way between Florence and SIena, L'Antica Cistera is a tastefully restored traditional Tuscan farmhouse tucked away in the rolling Chianti hills overlooking the Elsa valley and San Gimignano.
The villa sleeps up to 10 people in four bedrooms and has three bathrooms and spacious living areas.
It is a perfect starting point for visits to Tuscany's Unesco heritage sites and other nearby historic centres and market towns, and affords plenty of opportunities for discovering and enjoying the stunningly beautiful surrounding countryside. Distances: Florence (30km), Siena (35km), San Gimignano (18km), Certaldo Alto, birthplace of Boccaccio (10km).
The house dates back to the 17th century at least and some parts, such as the underground granary and stone foundations, may be mediaeval. Indeed, it is within the conservation area of Semifonte, the fortified city that was razed to the ground in 1202 by the Florentines.
The owners live in a separate part of the house. We are British, are fluent in Italian and are at your disposal for advice and assistance with your stay in Tuscany, e.g. reservations, tourist recommendations and activities.
The property has the following facilities:
• tastefully furnished and decorated rooms with original beamed ceilings and terracotta floors,
• garden: vine-shaded terrace with tables and barbecue, sun terrace, olive grove
• swimming pool shared with the neighbouring house, 9 x 4 metres
• satellite TV with video player
• parking for 2-3 vehicles
Guests are requested not to smoke indoors.
We do not ask for a deposit for damage, but we do ask you to report any fault or breakage immediately.
The local authority operates a recycling scheme, so we ask you to sort your waste in accordance with the instructions in our visitors'guide.
Washing may be done by arrangement with the owners, for a small charge.
Great location, very nice house. Friendly welcoming and nice hosts.
What a slice of heaven! Our delightful hosts, Charly & Ann, have just that. It's a little tricky to find in all the winding roads but if you follow their directions exactly (don't use a gps, it won't work!), you will get there in good order. The house was very spacious and well equipped. Lovely antiques and comfortable spaces. Note that it does have a spiral staircase to the upstairs bedrooms which might be difficult for those less agile. The views simply can't be beat. The weather was perfect for our group of 6 so we were able to eat our meals outside each day and enjoy the incredible views. The location is great for seeing all the famous and not so famous hill towns and the drives to and from the farmhouse were adventures in themselves. Ann arranged for a cooking lesson just up the road for us and the following night we went wine tasting with the teacher and her husband. Truly a most wonderful house and warm, engaging hosts.
Charly & Ann gave us a warm welcome and were very friendly. Their place is beautifully decorated and the layout worked out well for our two families. The location was handy for day trips to Florence and Siena, but we truly enjoyed just hanging out at the house savoring the view. Charly was kind enough to set up a wine tasting at a local vineyard (Guardastelle).
We had a wonderful stay at Charly and Ann's in Tuscany. The house is beautiful and spacious, and has a gorgeous view--you can see all the way to San Gimignano across the valleys. The winding roads across the hilltops in the area are scenic and enticing, and Charly provided excellent directions to the house. Charly and Ann were lovely hosts, and Charly even did laundry for us when we ran out of clean clothes.
Wow, what a nice farmhouse with stunning view! Centrally located on the Chianti wineroute. Very quiet and peaceful yet close to many attractions. Charming, rustic, comfortable, well equipped and spacious house. We loved the clean pool.
Do not forget mosquito repellents!
Close to good restaurants, shops and markets.
Great place to stay in Tuscany!
Charly welcomed us at the house and showed us around upon arrival. The photos on the website did not do the house justice. It is much prettier in person and provided the perfect Tuscan experience! The views were gorgeous and Charly was very helpful with booking a cooking class, wine tasting, and with providing driving directions and advise to nearby areas. Unfortunately, the pool was not usable while we were there. We specifically chose a house with a pool, expecting to make use of it daily. It was incredibly hot, so it was very disappointing that we couldn't use it. We were not informed ahead of time. The only other negative was that a couple of the beds were much too firm.
We spent 2 weeks at this wonderful property in the heart of Tuscany. The house is in a perfect location giving beautiful views of the countryside and neighbouring villages and towns. The property was big enough to accomodate our group of 8 adults, with plenty of space to chill out on your own if you wanted to. It is a lovely farmhouse full of character and we found Charly to be very helpful when booking restaurants, general advice on where to visit etc. Some of our group had a truly magical evening at the local church listening to a wonderful soprano singer and her husband playing the piano, followed by wine and food in the church grounds. We also really enjoyed use of the pool in the first week as it was very hot. However, the pool was not usable through most of the second week and we found this very disappointing as it was one of the reasons we chose this property. It was a shame that they weren't able to rectify this problem before the end of our stay. Despite this, we all really enjoyed the time we spent together at the farmhouse in Tuscany.
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About the Host, Charly & Ann
The house is owned by Ann Freeman and Charly Lucas. We are British but have lived outside the UK for over 30 years, gaining a varied experience of life in the USA and several European countries especially Italy, where Ann has lived for over 20 years.
We are passionate about Italy and especially Tuscany where we have found a quality of life linked to the warmth of the people, their love of the land, and a culture that blends ancient roots with modern living. Our aim is to give you the benefit of our experience and enthusiasm to help you to enjoy the Italian lifestyle as much as we do.
We are both fluent in Italian - among other languages - and are qualified tour leaders. We offer friendly, personal and flexible services to make your experience in Italy unforgettable.
Don't hesitate to contact us about any special requirements you may have. We especially enjoy the challenge of arranging something different or unusual, notably weddings and other events through our company Tuscan Affairs.