About This Listing
What started out in the 12th century as a lookout tower has flourished over time into an amazing conversion. We have taken great care and poured a lot of love into creating a remarkable living space. We've kept the best and simply made it better.
Ok... our home is a particular point of pride. We moved a few Km's from just down the hill, where we lived in a vineyard, and now have a commanding view of the hills. We know love and cherish this area and The house reflects it with its good balance between classical and modern design. During reconstruction we removed several walls to create open areas and let in lots of light. This is our primary home, so it's fully decked out with all the mod cons and toys.
Our home is your home. The place is all yours and we want you to enjoy it as much as we do. I'd suggest leaving the internet alone, but it's there if needed, as is a courtesy computer, massive film library, books in several languages, bring along your iPod and crank up the tunes. We've a swanky turkish bath for relieving aches and pains after a long hike, a large garden that is the bain of my existence, No really I love it. We try to run as green as house as possible with respect for the environment, so others will continue to be able to enjoy this part of the world. With all this the only caveat is that you treat it with the utmost respect as we would do with your home.
For us, our guests are almost like an extended family. We have travelled the world and love meeting new people and exchanging tales of the road. We strongly believe in preparing our little angle of the world so that when you're here you can do much more than just relax, you can breathe. Once you know the ropes of course you're on your own, we love seeing our guests thrive, do go out and be adventuresome. We will be happy to hear all about it at the end of your stay over a good glass.
Bacchereto is literally heaven on earth, I like to think of it as an Italian version of St. George's in Bermuda where I grew up. The views are spectacular, people look out for one another and the vibe is very relaxed. There are incredible trails, great wine and olive groves, a lovely active community, great interaction amongst the generations. That Da Vinci's grandmother lived there is I think no small coincidence.
Our home is best accessed by car or motorbike. Should you insist on arriving by lamborghini, helicopter, camper or hovercraft - this is probably not the place for you.
We live only 5 minutes by foot from the nearest village and traffic here is at an absolute minimum. You'll have at most 5 cars pass by in the average day so peace and quiet is assured.
The village is just a few mins walk away, and life there is really warm and welcoming with festivals every so often and great food to be had. 5 minutes in any direction by car and you'll run into great restaurants, up to an hour away you can swim, Ski or skip to your hearts content.
Heading down the hill you have a beautiful winding road passing vineyards where you can get wine directly and do a proper grocery run.
There is very easy access to the major highways. You can be within any city in northern Tuscany in under an hour and can avoid the stress of staying in the city. A typical day trip can take in Siena and San Gimignano or Pistoia and Lucca with ample time to wander about and still be back in time for a relaxed BBQ in the garden.
We are particularly close to Florence, you can enjoy view of the duomo from here in the hills whilst remaining above the heat of the plains. The passing of the seasons in spectacular here, possibly the best time of year is late Autumn, though there is never really a bad time to visit. - About the photographers and musicians welcome? No it is not a prerequisite, but this is a place that breeds creativity. We encourage you to tap into your inner artist and get busy.
Rules... really simple, don't break our stuff. Probably not suited for very young children. We are world travelers and love meeting similarly minded people. We have another apartment nearby so the house is yours if you want it all to yourselves, otherwise, come and join us for a taste of real Tuscan living. We are animal lovers, and animals are welcome (small sized)
The hosts and their restaurant are the best thing about this house. They were incredibly helpful and their family restaurant was the best Italian food I've had. Don't miss it! There are also some other delightful pizzerias and a great Gelato place in the town. The villa is a delightful mixture of quaint and modern. Very comfortable. I can't recommend it enough!
The Hosts, the house and the beauty and peace of the surroundings were Divine. It was a magical place!
Nach einer stressigen Reise und langer Wartezeit bei der Autovermietung am Flughafen von Pisa begrüßte uns ein sehr unfreundlicher Gastgeber. Ohne wissen zu wollen, was hinter der Verzögerung stand und obwohl keine feste Uhrzeit für den Check-In vereinbart war, wurden wir mit dem Vorwurf konfrontiert, 1,5 Stunden zu spät zu sein. Christina war dafür sehr nett und warmherzig. Bis auf das Wohnzimmer, das aufgrund nahezu fehlender Fenster viel dunkler ist als auf den Bildern, ist das Haus wie beschrieben und dargestellt. Die Umgebung, die Natur und die Menschen haben uns sehr begeistert.
I feel I must respond here. As hosts our first concern is for the safety and well being of our guests. Having two way communication is essential in avoiding misunderstandings and unfortunately in this case the telephone number provided ( through airbnb ) was somehow not valid. Airbnb has phenomenally good software so I do not know how this was possible but it left us with no other means of contacting you during your travels.
When on the road anything can happen and we as hosts strive to be as flexible as possible as we understand not everybody uses Internet messaging. However having an accurate means of being in touch is essential.
Having sent various SMS to this errored number and getting no responses throughout the day lead to me uncharictaristically losing my calm. We have since made peace over this issue I'm happy to report.
First of all - thanks for everything alec and christina. you welcomed us friendly and set up everything perfect for our stay. we had a brilliant time at your place. we were enjoying the view while having breakfast each day in the garden. the house is a well designed and warm place where we immediately fell in love with and enjoyed ourselves each an every day. if you are an artitst, painter or photographer, you will feel inspired and creative. for me as a musician, it was amazing playing some tunes while watching the city lights of florence at night. all the beautiful cities like florence, pisa and siena are nearby, so this place is the perfect starting point to explore the tuscany in your very own way. we will come back, but this time longer ;-)
We had a lovely stay in the house of Alec and Christina during Easter holidays! It's a beautiful place in the middle of the Tuscan hills, with an awesome view. We loved all the details in the house, especially in the bathroom and the steam bad. For guest who love art and design, it's the perfect gateway! We did some nice walks in the surroundings and also two daily trips to Vinci and Sienna. A place I highly would recommend!
We had a fantastic time at Alec's beautiful Tuscan getaway. The house and its setting are stunning and the perfect base for exploring Florence.
Everything was perfectly organised.
We wold love to come back.
Perfect house with incredible hosts. The situation is amazing. Enjoyed the days highly
About the Host, Alec
Italy... what an amazing place to live...
Head off in any direction an within a short time you'll wind up at the beach, or the mountains, Skiing, Snowboarding, trekking, a brilliant family restaurant, vineyards, farms, or any of the zillion and one interesting museums, churches of Florence, Pisa, Pistoia, Lucca, Viareggio.
I awake each morning to the clouds coming across the mountains, views of Florence, and oh yes, Leonardo Da Vinci's grandmother's house just out my window. Bacchereto, our little village is much like the one where I grew up in Bermuda... everybody is just so friendly, life is truly great here.
Come hang out in the garden, take a long walk through the hills, get in some great photography and relax with a bottle of wine from the vineyard next door!
A Late Summer update:
We've had an exceptionally HOT summer this year, it seemed to take forever and a day to get moving, but in the end Summer arrived with bells on. We've had a wonderful time meeting all sorts of lovely and interesting people from around the world, this is our second year with Airbnb and we're still in love with it! Our little worldwide family continues to grow. It's now finally cooling down and thoughts turn to training for this autumn, several good treks are in the works so I'll be hitting the hills and hopefully getting in some good shots. With all the rain we've had this spring the wine vendemia is about to get under way and we should have exceptionally good stuff this year. Autumn is around the bend and it's the best time of year to visit Tuscany. This year our area will be hosting the Cycling world Championships, should be great fun!
Here in the house, the toys are all behaving well, nice little tricks such as improved wireless, music all over, wireless printing! A proper little amp for jamming on the guitar. I've gotten a new guitar this past February for my birthday so will very happily lend the spare one to our musically inclined guests. We are constantly adding new toys and new touches. Now 8 months on I'm making real progress, barre chords finally working out, many thanks to our guitarist guests this summer for their support and continued encouragement. To those of you who have ever dreamed of playing an instrument, it's never too late, START!!
We look forward to meeting you!