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The setting and the property were beautiful! Even better than the photographs. All the previous reviews were spot on! It was spotlessly clean with nice bed linen and towels. The owners were lovely, there on hand if you needed any help or advice but did not impose in any way. Jasmine and Peggy (dog and cat!) were a big hit! So cute! There is a very good book provided by the owners with local restaurants etc. We ate at a few but I can't remember the names. The is a really cute gelateria in San Francesco called Sottani. It is really nice. Unfortunately we weren't able to do the wine tour at Nippozano as they were very busy at that time. However we did have some wine from the wine store there and it was delicious! Book this early if you are interested. We would highly recommend this property.
The Borgo di Sopra villas were a centuries-old watch tower that had been tastely refurbished with modern amenities. Clean, spacious and comfortable, yet with the touch and feel of the Old Europe. The property was on a beautifully maintained huge outdoor space half way on top of a hill. The land was adorned with flowering plants, including furiously blooming lavenders with hovering bees, butterflies and Italian moths, 30ft wild walnut trees with eagerly awaiting squirrels, and outdoor sheltered sitting areas to enjoy the view.
The view was magnificent: the property overlooked the valley of the river of Arno that constituted a tranquil Tuscan picture of to-the-horizon vineyards, olive groves and a red-roof small town. On top of the hill was a castle of a world-famous Chianti family who offered a most memorable wine tour. The hill had many long foot-paths so bring hiking shoes.
The property was a short 20 minutes train ride to Florence and a 40 minutes drive to Siena. Florence offered great museums of renaissance art and never ending shopping opportunities and Siena a more subdued but colorful medieval Italian city-state experience.
The hosts were super friendly and helpful. They arranged for us a wine tour, restaurant reservations (talk about sumptuous slow Italian foods) and suggested attractions that only locals would know. We're especially in-debt for their care in a medical emergency.
We would not hesitate to recommend this property to all and we will surely go back to it ourselves.
After reviewing many locations to stay at, we determined that Borgo di Sopra was just what we were looking for. My wife, myself, our adult son, our adult daughter and our son-in –law arrived to be greeted by our gracious hosts, Jane and Giampiero. Their home was everything we dreamed of. It gave five adults plenty of individual space yet it was a wonderful family center. The location, the views and the accommodations were simply wonderful. It was idyllic. It was easy access to Florence either by local train or by car (which is really a must) and Siena. The wines of the region are fabulous. I encourage you to taste them all at local wine tours. Giampiero made some excellent restaurant suggestions for both Siena and locally. We tried both and his recommendations hit the mark both times. The walk up to the castle was easy and both the castle and the views from it were superb. My daughter summed it up best when she declared that the family must return in five years to Borgo di Sopra again for it gave us wonderful memories.
Wonderfully refurbished neat and well-kept place! Cosy an tastefull interior and very well equipped facilities. Nice, well working kitchen with large fridge, spacy livingroom and three (!) patios to choose from. Great view. Take your time to enjoy the place, the views and the walks in the hills! For great advice on eating out and wine talk to the landlords, dear Giampiero and Jane. Jane will prebook Florence museums for you so you can avoid queues. Parking is convenient under some trees so your car stays reasonably cool even in summer. As it is very hot in the summer, Cipresso is equipped with very thick historical walls and Antica has air-conditioning. Ventilators in every room.
Children are happy here watching the squirrels and can feel appreciated as the landlords are child-friendly. Ours did't even miss German TV as there is an DVD Player.
Pontassieve might not be the most picturesque town in all of Tuscany, but there is a great icecream parlour and an x-large supermarket full of friendly personel and mouth-watering food.
Florence is close - drive to Piazzale Michelangelo for free parking an take a cab to the Ponte Veccio or take the train into town. Don't miss Poppi and the mountains, especially Vallimbrosa!
One last thing: Be sure to bring ointment for misquito-itch and repellent.
Das Anwesen verfügt über 4 Wohneinheiten - wir hatten Antica & Cipresso für 7 Personen gemietet, 3 Etagen. 2 Wochen im Juli/August 2012.
Es ist ein tolles Anwesen mit traumhaftem Toscana-Blick auf Weinberge Olivenhaine und Zypressen. Innenausstattung ist super, alles da, was man braucht, inkl. Waschmaschine. Die alten Gebäude sind geräumig, sehr schön restauriert und stilvoll eingerichtet.
Vom Ort Pontassieve/San Francesco aus geht es ca. 2,5 km den Berg hinauf, teilweise über unbefestigte Straße, aber der Ausblick und die Ruhe entlohnen für die etwas unbequeme Anfahrt. Ohne Auto geht nix!
Nach Florenz sind es 30 Minuten, 20 bis zur Autobahnauffahrt Firenze Süd. Wir waren von hier außer in Florenz auch in Arezzo, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, Poppi, 2 x am Mittelmeer in Vada und in den Bergen des nahen Naturschutzgebiets.
Die Gastgeber (eine Britin und ein Sizilianer) sind unkompliziert, unglaublich freundlich und sehr hilfsbereit.
Einziges Manko sind die schlimmen Stechmücken - outdoor wie indoor. Man benötigt Repellent und Mückenstecker für die Schlafzimmer, da es keine Moskitonetze an den Fenstern oder über den Betten gibt. Für draußen gibt es ebenfalls Utensilien zur Mückenabwehr - alles vor Ort zu kaufen.
Im Juli war es extrem heiß, aber in den Schlafräumen im OG gibt es moderne Klimaanlagen (gegen Gebühr). Wir haben immer nachts gelüftet und tagsüber zugemacht.
Zu empfehlen ist das alles eher fürs Frühjahr oder Herbst, oder halt im Sommer für Sonnenanbeter und Leute, die es gerne kuschelig haben ;-)
Das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis stimmt auf jeden Fall.
OUR HOST JANE WAS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL HOSTS AND SHE LOOKED AFTER EACH AND EVERY DETAIL OF THE HOUSE AND OUR STAY. WE WERE TWO COUPLES (SIXTY PLUS) AND HAD THE THREE BEDROOM + THREE BATHROOM HOUSE FROM HER BUT WE WOULD GIVE FULL MARKS TO BOTH HUSBAND AND WIFE WHO WERE SO CONCERNED ABOUT OUR COMFORT AND WELFARE.
WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND THIS PRORTY TO EVERYONE WHOM WE KNOW BUT CAR IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE IT IS FAR FROM THE MAIN TOWN BUT EXTREMELY PEACEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL.