A centuries old stone "aia" streches out in front of the hayloft.The backyard of the hayloft is just for our guests' use.
Artist's hideaway in Chianti
Hosted by Katarina
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3 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
3 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.


Amenities
Internet
Free parking on premise
Wireless Internet
Buzzer/wireless intercom

Prices
Cleaning Fee £46
Security Deposit £185
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 10AM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

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.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house

Cancellations

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
3 nights minimum stay

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Samantha User Profile
September 2017
This former hayloft is something else. Nestled in idyllic Tuscan countryside, the alluring hideaway will transport you into the beauty of a renaissance painting--the rustic notes of the house will sweep you away to another time in history where gorgeous fig trees, grape vines and olive trees will lull you into never wanting to leave. Set in stunning acres of hillside land, the majestic surroundings are both inspiring as they are tranquil, making this retreat an excellent choice for an Italian country escape (and only half an hour from Florence and Siena!). The house itself is immaculately clean and stocked with so many generous touches making the guest feel truly wanted. Katarina's kindness and generosity makes her the best hostess anyone could hope for. Can not rate highly enough! Will be back.

Nicolas User Profile
October 2017
Best airbnb experience ever! The house is so beautiful and inspiring. The views from the windows are just breathtaking- nature, peace and harmony. After a month there we feel rejuvenated. The house is filled with light and the space is perfectly designed. Katarina, our host was just wonderful, being so kind, caring and helpful. The dogs are just adorable. Missing them already. An unforgettable experience that we hope to repeat soon.

Antje User Profile
August 2017
I have to say, we had an absolutely stunning stay at Katarina & Luciano's little tuscan farmhouse. It is the perfect place to relax, outside a beautiful garden with FIG TREES!:), inside very nicely interior furnished - a mix of Farmhouse and Scandinavian Style. Katarina and Luciano were very nice hosts, welcoming, warmhearted...we definitely had some very nice talks. They were very helpful with everything and even prepared a folder for all Information one might need during the stay. - One of our personal highlights were the two lovely dogs, Biscotto and Nerone - with whom we became friends after like 5min. We will definitely come again! Thank you!

Chris User Profile
August 2017
Katarina's hayloft is even more beautiful than the pictures or description. The location cannot be beat. Just a short drive south of Florence and in the heart of Chianti Classico with countless picturesque roads, towns, and wineries all within a short distance. Katarina is an exceptional host and made every aspect of our visit special and easy. She had excellent recommendations and is very accommodating. We already miss our time at her place and will definitely be back very soon!! Thanks Katarina!

Alicia User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful location and lovely place with plenty of space to relax. Charming and helpful hosts. Must be great in the winter too as there are 2 open fires (and central heating if needed) - strange to think of it as we were there in midst of a heatwave. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

Angelo User Profile
July 2017
My brother and I had a wonderful time in Katarina's 'Hay Loft'. Truly ' Under a Tuscan Sun'! In the middle of Chianti vineyards and olive trees. I can still taste Katarina's homemade olive oil....Her entire family including the dogs made us feel at home. Couldn't ask for a better host. Centrally located in the heart of Chianti with local cheese/wine/olive olive producers. The apartment was super clean and so enjoyed drinking our wines outside under the stars! Next time we will definitely have our soccer match!! Ciao!

Elizabeth User Profile
July 2017
We had such a wonderful stay at Katarina's place!! The scenery is fantastic and the house absolutely beautiful with everything you need. We stayed a month and are already looking forward to going back. The hayloft is very centrally located in Tuscany, and is a great jumping off point for day trips. It's also such a lovely house and property that you'll have a wonderful time staying in as well. Katarina was a super welcoming host and very easy to communicate with. My husband and I can't recommend this place enough!

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