Welcome to Chianti and where I have lived for 30 years! The property has been in my family for over 100 years, I still own part of it. We are hidden in the forest, on the edge of the Chianti region of Tuscany,here you are 10 minutes from the A1 highway, in the countryside within 15 minutes of the most famous wineries, and 40 minutes from Siena.
Tour this beautiful area and stay in our comfortable extra rooms: bedroom, sitting room and private WC with shower. These rooms are accessed by our main entrance, upstairs and separate from my part of the house, just the entrance is shared. You will have your own key so that you can come and go as you please. My country home was a working farm with olives and vines until about 10 years ago. I modernized it some years back. Now that I am a full time nurse I don't have time to work the land.
The large villa is now divided up into 3 large apartments.
We are most near the town of Cavriglia and Montevarchi. and less than 10 minutes drive from the train station. The closest village is CAVRIGLIA. Gaiole in Chianti is a 15 minute drive, this is an economical place to stay while touring Chianti.
TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. You will need to come at a time that the host can pick you up.
A key will be provided to the main entrance.
We only lock the main outside door.
NOTE! I am Christy, and I will be answering your email request; I help Mara with this accommodation because she is a full time nurse and does not write English as well as I. We have been friends for 30 years.
NO LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS POSSIBLE, WE CANNOT ACCEPT BOOKINGS WITH LESS THAN 3 DAYS NOTICE.
Use of exercise room and pond where we swim, may not be for everyone, but it is a nice place in the woods to go and relax too.
This is a great area for walks, and fantastic for off road bicycle riding right from the farm; wander along the well marked CAI trails.
There is a sitting area outside, you are welcome to spend time outside the house.
This is a simple typical farmhouse with antique furnishings.
The bedroom has no cooking facilities; guests may ask for kitchen use and it is usually possible, or a hotplate in the bedroom. Note: owner is vegetarian, no heavy or involved cooking or frying allowed.
Please note that heating costs are very high in Italy. Heating cost of 4 euro per night (normal usage)* is not included for winter months between October 1 and May 1.
*extra "all night" heating available for 8 euro/night
Please contact us for more information.
Friendly helpful owner, well traveled, respects your privacy but enjoys good conversation when she is not working.
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Boccagnano is on the border of the Chianti area in a very wooded area, on the hills above the Arno Valley.
There are taxis from Montevarchi but private transportation is recommended.
Bus service between Montevarchi and Cavriglia is very limited.
If it works with Mara's schedule, pick up can be arranged.
The bedroom, bath and sitting room have a separate upstairs door, the downstairs entry is a common entry to both my apartment and the "mini apartment.".
There is plenty of safe parking next to the house, covered parking available for a bicycle or motorcycle.
Happy to meet them and talk with them when there is time, I have a heavy work schedule, so...time permitting!
The serenity of being in a forested area with farmland around, close to the towns of Cavriglia and Montevarchi, as well as all of the wineries and beauty of Chianti! Badia a Colitbuono is less than 5 minutes away, Gaiole and Radda, 15 minutes.
You will need your own transportation unless you want to just come for a week and chill, arrangements can be made to pick you up at the train station in Montevarchi, about 7 minutes away, coordinated with Mara's work schedule.
Hearty people will enjoy the walk to Cavriglia or Montevarchi, less than an hour's walk.
I will respect your privacy as I would ask that you respect mine.
The accommodations are intended for 2 persons.
My quiet and sweet dog Mila sleeps at the bottom of the stairs, she is very very loving and gentle Alsatian.
I am Mara, my lifelong friend Christy, helps me with listing and has written up this ad for my home here on Air B&B. I welcome people to come and stay on my farm. You are free to come and go, there is a general entry and then a private entry to your room, separate from my kitchen, living room and bedrooms and bath. I am a full time nurse and am away a good part of the day. I run, bike ride and swim in my spare time, I like to swim in the pond on the property and you are welcome to as well. You may request use of the workout room and outdoor area as well, this is a very informal sort of place.
NOTE@!@ My schedule changes weekly. YOU MUST TELEPHONE ME 6 DAYS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE TO ARRANGE ENTRY!
This is a NON SMOKING HOUSE.
You may smoke outside.
I have a large and very sweet dog, Mila, so no pets are allowed.
Nice area, beautiful house. Close to gaiole perfect position for rides. A little tricky to find. Great space in the house nicest airbnb I've stayed in.
Thanks for leaving feedback for us Stephen, we will look at the stairs to see what might improve those, there are only 3, they are wooden, no one has mentioned this before. We have new neighbors, occasionally when they are doing work on their side of the house it is audible, but it does not happen often. We provide directions, it is just off the road from Montevarchi to Cavriglia one K-, you just have to watch for the turn off, and sign. We will work on a map. Thanks for coming to stay.
Not bad... but not the best choice for us.
Mara offered a affordable room in her house on the hills of Motevarchi and quick in the communication. For some people it would be good enough... however we did'nt feel at home. This is the main reason for “the stars”.
We found the discription of the room a bit misleading. There were 4 photo's of a (living) room we could not use. The room was listed as an complete house but it actually was one private bedroom, a tv-room private bathroom in het hall. The tv-room was filled with private stuff of Mara (that we could use). We where also allowed the use the kitchen; which was nice. The sleeping room was large with a big bed with a bit saggy matrass. The outside area's where shared and large but this time of year in Montevarchi a bit spoiled because of the mosquito’s (but this is common in Tuscany).
Mara owns a beautiful and friendly German Sheppard. The downside was that it could be smelled in the house.
Thank you for your very complete review Hans, we have noted that sometimes due to rain (which we have had a lot of this year) that our Sheppard does leave some odor downstairs in the entry hall. I have not noted any odor upstairs. We will take more pictures of the sitting room where people have exclusive use of the room, it is harder to get the pictures of the room as it is smaller than my living room. The living room is not really "off limits" as it is where you transit to the kitchen, but I give you full and exclusive use of the other "TV -sitting room". My home may not be perfect, but it is affordable,especially for this area, and "homey" and I appreciate that you have taken the time to review it. Best regards, Mara
Everything was very nice. Highly recommended if you like unplugging yourself, going away from the city and enjoying a few days in the hills of Tuscany.
You'll need a car to go around and do some sightseeing, but it is totally worth it.
My husband and I had a very comfortable stay at Mara's. The room was big, clean, and comfortable. The location for us was good. It was quiet and away from town, but still only a 10 minute drive to Montevarchi to get things from the grocery store or to a restaurant. It is a half and hour beautiful and very winding drive to the center of Chianti, and 45 minutes to an hour from the Florence airport.
Mara was very helpful with all of our questions. The only thing we had trouble with was communication about our arrival time, so make sure you make sure to contact her directly before coming (unlike we did). And her friend Christi was also very helpful with helping us plan our stay.
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