Situated in a strategic position halfway between Florence and Siena and within easy access of all the most important tourist sites, yet immersed in the quiet of the countryside where the birds sing and in the hot summer evenings the fireflies glow. Far from major roads and motorways the only sound you will hear is the odd tractor ploughing the vines.
What better way to spend a relaxing holiday in our mature garden , taking a dip in the large (12X6 m) pool and sunbathing on wooden sun loungers with mattresses, lunching under the shady pergolas or just sipping a glass of wine, or perhaps reading a book under a shady tree.
With both Florence and Siena little over half an hour away by car what could be easier than sightseeing the wonderful art treasures that Tuscany has to offer, returning in the latter part of the day to enjoy a quick dip before dinner in the garden or a foray out to one of the many typical restaurants in the area…..some of which still very good value.
Cottage Polvereto is a semi detached cottage for two. Entering on the ground floor directly from the garden you enter into the spacious kitchen dining area. The kitchen is fully equipped with hob, oven, fridge/freezer, dish washer and washing machine.The sitting area has two divans and a T.V. which receives via satellite CNN & BBC world.There is a round table and four chairs for dining. Upstairs is a spacious double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower. Outside is a shady pergola with wooden garden furniture which faces the large (6m X 12m )pool with wooden loungers with mattresses and a shady pergola and umbrellas.
We spent one week at Adela's house and liked it very much. The surrounding, house and garden were much more beautiful than expected. Adela and her husband welcomed us very warmly and made a lot of very good recommendations concerning typical restaurants and interesting places to visit. The apartment was very well-furnished and well-equipped...Adela even provided a bottle of her homemade olive oil, which was by the way very tasty. We can highly recommend this beautiful place for a typical stay in Tuscany.
We had searched high and low for a perfect place to stay in Tuscany, and found it online in this hillside cottage for two. It met all our expectations and beyond and really is as exquisite as it appears in the photos if not moreso.
It is the most tranquil setting – only three cottages (maximum 10 people in total and no-one under 14) sharing Adela and her husband’s wonderful hilltop castle setting. The garden is fragrant as well as beautiful with 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. Each cottage has its own individual outside dining area complete with floral arbours to provide shade. The pool was so clean and refreshing with more than enough loungers with and without shade for all the guests to enjoy – often we had it to ourselves. The cottage itself was delightful, spotlessly clean, characterful and nicely furnished. Adela is the most incredible host and everything has been thought through to make guests stay as pleasurable and smooth as possible. Our cottage was well equipped with a washing machine and a dishwasher, all the kitchen utensils you might need on holiday, even a salad spinner. Start-up items were also thought of from dishwashing tablets, mosquito repellent devices and tea to balsamic vinegar and Adela’s very own delicious Olive Oil. Adela provides each cottage with a brilliantly useful dossier of local restaurants, directions and itineraries including routes to less obvious places of interest, and she was extremely helpful in making bookings and also suggestions that all made our stay even better and more memorable. We spent a blissful week mixing up relaxing (aka lazing) in the gorgeous garden and pool having simple salads and going exploring near and far. One week sped by too fast and we very much hope to return.
Among the abundance of villas in Tuscany, Adela's villa is truly a hidden gem. Set on top of a hill with a beautiful view, it offers a precious and well kept garden with a nice pool to relax - and first and foremost peace after an exhausting day on the tourist tracks. Adela is a wonderful host. Communication before our arrival was excellent and she was very helpful throughout our stay, with ticket reservations, restaurant suggestions and above all, perfect written descriptions to all the places of interest. Thank you Adela for a magnificent stay - hope to see you again soon!
We had a wonderful stay at Adela's place. The apartment is very well equipped and you have a wonderful garden to relax with a stunning view. It is well located to do day-trips to e.g. Florence or to explore the Chianti area. Adela is a perfect host who ensured that we had everything we need for a perfect vacation.
Many thanks for a lovely stay at your beautiful cottage on the hill. Your guidance for exploring Tuscany was invaluable. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously and hope to be back some day! All the best to you and Mauro. Erica & Matt
Laura and I and a perfect stay at the Cottage. Adela and her family were extremely kind and helpful. They showed us nice places to eat and visist.
The apartment was clean and comfy. The surroundings are just wonderful - beautiful garden, nice pool, cosy terrace - everything you need to have a relaxing vacation.
The place is also not far from interesting places like Florence, Pisa, Siena and the like... I can highly recommend it.
Dear Adela, it was a great week at your cottage. We loved the peace at your home and the closeness to many interesting places in Tuscany, like Firenze, Siena and the Chianti region. Many thanks for your helpful hints for really great Italian food. Best, Markus
If your looking for the authentic Tuscan stay up in the hills amongst the olive trees and vineyards, this is it! The restored church-castle was everything and more than what we expected. The drive up from Tarvenelle and Noce to Adela's was an adventure and visual feast of it's own, and you may even spot some nonnas! Adela is a warm and genuine lady who has gone to the effort of making clear instructions to her house, recommendations of places to visit (complete with directions and they work!) and the restaurants to eat at. The cottage has all the comforts of home, washing machine, dishwasher, stove, large comfy bed, awesome shower, hair dryer and Adela's delicious olive oil in the cupboard. We throughly recommend staying here. Thank you Adela for sharing your home with us, this has been a highlight in our adventure around Europe.
Our stay at Adela's beautiful cottage in Tuscany was a high-tier experience. She's been very supportive and responsive from the very beginning, providing all the preliminary information we would need.
Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed and briefed about house policies. We were given guidance and travel directions for visiting interesting places and good restaurants nearby. The cottage is conveniently located between Florence and Sienna making the short journeys a real pleasure.
The cottage is unique, with fascinating authenticity and romantic notes. The pool and the garden are well-maintained and one can spend all day long on the shady lounge enjoying the peace and coziness of the place.
We would definitely come back to that place over and over again.