Are you a creative type, looking for a hideaway to relax? Would you like to discover how it is to live as an expat in Tuscany, Frances Mayes style?
If the answer's yes, then this pearl of a farmhouse is just for you.
We're a Finnish-Italian family that rents out a 130 square metre farmhouse (situated next to our own home) in one of the most beautiful spots in Tuscany.
A former hayloft, inside the building is a modern loft. It has been restored with care, which is why Architectural Digest chose our houses as one of the most beautiful Italian country homes.
Upstairs there is a spacious mezzanine big enough both for sleeping and working, and a little storage room. Downstairs you'll find a combined kitchen-cum-living room, a tiny bathroom, a small guest room, and a library room with big arch windows overlooking the garden. An additional treat is a closed, 35 square metre loggia that you can use as an extra living room even in the winter, as it can be kept warm thanks to an efficient stove.
The hayloft includes all modern comforts from a dishwasher and a washing machine to stereos, an AC unit and a television with a satellite connection. In the fully-equipped kitchen you’ll find an electric oven and gas cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave oven and all cooking utensils from pots and pans to salad bowls.
How many people can sleep in the hayloft? There’s a double bed on the mezzanine, and a single bed in the small guest room.
There is a fenced, one-hectare garden around our houses with a breath-taking scenery of vineyards, castles, churches and olive groves. Our garden is an ideal place for working and collecting ideas - or simply relaxing in the shade of an olive tree and admiring the scenery.
The hayloft is a "pet-free zone", but please bear in mind that there are two dogs living in the main house.
The two houses have a gated private parking, a romantic sitting area ('pergola') that is free for our guests' use, a tiny rose garden, fruit trees, and a big olive grove with neatly mowed lawn - all 100% child-safe.
Beyond our garden there is nothing but vineyards, olive groves, farmhouses and hills, as far as the eye can see. Not by chance it has been voted as one of the most stunning views in Tuscany.
Interaction with guests
Since we might be neighbours for a while, let me say a few words about us. I'm a Finnish-born novelist - years ago I came to Florence to complete a doctoral thesis, and then, by a twist of fate, never left. By now these stunningly beautiful hills have become my home, and I couldn't live or work anywhere else. My Italian husband is a university professor, and a true virtuoso when it comes to explaining Tuscan art and culture. Our family also includes a ten-year-old, computer-game-wizard schoolboy, and two dogs.
We warmly welcome you to enjoy our little share of a true Tuscan paradise, and do our utmost that you will enjoy your stay. We live in the main house opposite to the hayloft, and so we're always ready and nearby to help in all matters big and small. Or then just to chat about the forgotten village church masterpieces...
Other things to note
As our hayloft is intended especially for longer stays, and as the energy consumption in a Tuscan farmhouse (especially heating in the winter) can be quite costly, we ask - with the permission of Airbnb Italy - the guests to pay the cost of gas and electricity separately. For further information, please see House Rules.
We kindly ask you to leave the hayloft in the same condition as what you find it on your day of arrival. Please note that smoking is not allowed inside the hayloft - and unfortunately we don't accept guests with dogs or cats.
As the energy consumption in a Tuscan farmhouse (particularly heating in the winter) can be quite costly and as many of our guests stay for a longer period, we ask - with the permission of Airbnb Italy - that the guests to pay the cost of gas and electricity separately. Energy consumption is therefore not included in the rent; all of which is to ensure that those guests who do not want to use too much heating or A/C, pay only for what they are consuming.
In order to calculate your energy consumption, I do gas and electricity reading both at the beginnning and at the end of your stay, and calculate the exact cost. You can pay this extra fee via Airbnb Resolution Center.
Furthermore, from March to October all tourists visiting Chianti are obliged to pay taxes ("tassa di soggiorno") for the county of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. This is 1.50 euros per person for the first 7 days. Children under 14 years do not pay anything. The county of Tavarnelle doesn't ask tourist tax during the low season (November-February).
The Italian law requires that all person staying 30 days or more must sign a rental contract. I will pay all the costs of the contract and handle the bureaucracy.