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View of grazing sheep and olive grove
Kitchen entrance, loggia and garden
View of valley
Kitchen and dining area
Fireplace in kitchen
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Master bedroom
Master bathroom
Bedroom with queen bed
Back yard
Bedroom for three: queen bed and single bed in loft
Room for three with loft
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Scarperia e San Piero, Tuscany

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“Fabulous experience in quintessential Tuscan farmhouse”
Reviewed 19 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012

Spent 4 nights at this 500 year old Farmhouse as part of a whirlwind tour of Europe and it was clearly the highlight of our trip. If you want the best of Tuscany, this is it. The farmhouse is located in the beautiful tuscan hills - gorgeous views and sheep grazing below - braying donkey nearby, and is an authentic example of stone architecture of the region, yet is fully modern and updated. The landscaping is gorgeous with stone paths lined with blooms and a tressle of flowers and vines. Outdoor dining at charming rustic table, and a tree swing and canopied swing down below. Beautiful country setting but not far from Florence.

Heavy, beautiful wood doors and wooden shutters on the windows with authentic hardware, wooden beams on the ceilings, a giant fireplace complete with hanging pots...the decor was magazine perfect of what a Tuscan farmhouse should look like. Yet the garden tub in the master suite, excellent hot water supply and water pressure in both bathrooms, and gas stove and commercial type meat slicer in the large kitchen along with every possible kitchen utensil supplied, made our stay in 21st century comfort lovely.

The master suite was spacious and had a stained glass door. The upper level has a bathroom (with shower) and one bedroom for 2 people and another bedroom for 2 people and a loft with sleeping for 2 more up an open staircase within the bedroom.

Plenty of living space between the huge eat-in farm kitchen, the living room and a separate little sun room...not to mention the outdoor spaces.

We would have loved to just stay and relax all day,swing in the swing and watch the sheep graze, but reluctantly left to go sightseeing - very easy access to Florence by car or train. We opted for the train to avoid parking issues - the train station was nearby and a round trip day ticket was between 7 and 8 euro per person for the approx 30 minute ride each way. Free parking right by the train station. Regular service till about 8:30pm. Came into the main train station in Florence a short walk from all the attractions. After a day in Florence, we were glad to be able to come back to the tranquility of the countryside. Also did a day trip to Cinqueterre and Pisa very conveniently.

Nearby Autodrome had car racing but we didn't have time to check it out. We did go to the nearby village of Scarperia which was charming and a typical tuscan village. NO FOREIGN TOURISTS IN SIGHT!!! and prices that reflected it as well. Janilee gave us great recommendations for restaurants. Great restaurant in a mansion - il Palagio - excellent food and extremely reasonable prices. Also a pizzeria with lovely outdoor eating space called il Rustico. Embarassingly cheap compared to the rest of our italian vacation and great wood fired pizza as well as other traditional italian dishes. There is a bank, supermarket and bakery in town as well as several ice cream places. Wonderful historic church in historic square up the cobblestoned street from the little park square. The town is known for production of knives. All in all, a charming venue.

Janilee is a gracious hostess and provided us with a home baked crostata (latticed fruit tart) the first morning and showed us how to use the melita espresso pot. Her Christian hospitality was warm and caring. We did our laundry in her laundry machine and she wanted to help us hang it up to dry! (Italian style on the drying rack outside).

Janilee has Internet, computer and printer available in the second bedroom upstairs, but spotty wifi coverage.

Suggestion: MAKE SURE you have good directions to get there - it is in the hills and on a dirt road. THE GPS WILL NOT GET YOU THERE. Our gps landed us in a field at 3am. Luckily, Janilee answered her phone and graciously guided us to the farmhouse despite the late hour! If you are driving, suggest arriving during daylight hours - the hill roads are windy and if you have never done them, daylight helps. Plus the scenery is lovely.

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Liked best: The location, decor, ambiance, nearby village, accessibility to other sightseeing venues, hospitality
Liked least: I wish we hadn't tried to use the gps to find it!
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Reviewed 18 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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PhilKov
New York City, New York
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“Charming tuscan country getaway”
Reviewed 5 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012

This was a lovely place off the beaten path in Tuscany. The house was charming and had a lovely view of a meadow ravine. Watching the sheep grazing was our favorite activity. Janilee was a terrific host. This house would be ideal for a small group wanting an authentic rural Italian experience with easy access to the rest of Tuscany.

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Reviewed 30 June 2011 for a stay in September 2008
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Reviewed 13 June 2011 for a stay in January 2004
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