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Cottage "Girasole" in Tuscany
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1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
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3 beds
1 bath
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A lovely cottage in the old farmhouse "Podere Maltaia" that overlooks the Unesco's Heritage protected area Orcia Valley, surrounded by large farmyards and 3 ectares of private land that includes a swimming pool, garden, outdoor dining area and BBQ.

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A lovely cottage in the old farmhouse "Podere Maltaia" that overlooks the Unesco's Heritage protected area Orcia Valley, surrounded by large farmyards and 3 ectares of private land that includes a swimming pool, garden, outdoor dining area and BBQ.

The property is in the countryside of the medieval hamlet of Radicofani, close to Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Bagno Vignoni and driving distance from Siena, Florence and Rome.
The renovation of the estate has kept all the characteristics of the original architecture, with the creation of cottages also for weekends (3 nights minimum), weeks or months.

The cottage "Girasole" has 3 rooms (about 65 sq mt), on the ground floor with independent entrance from the porch of the private garden. The entrance leads to the parlor, dining area with fireplace and sofa.
The kitchen, on a separate room, has stovetop, fridge, freezer, traditional oven, dishwasher, gravel sink and nespresso coffee machine.
The bedroom has a master bed, an antique wardrobe, drawers and a single beds. On request, can be added a cot for a baby of up to 3 years old.
The barbeque area is outdoor, close by the swimming pool and is equipped with all the necessary.
Guests will be provided with linens and towels for the bathroom, shower and swimming pool.


The guests will be welcomed at their arrival by Sara and Marcello, the house keepers, who will hand the keys and can arrange laundry, extra towels or home made catering (charged separately).
The owners can be reached via email or phone at any time.

The property is 1.1Km (0.7 miles) from the downtown of Radicofani, that has 3 restaurants of typical local cuisine, grocery, bakery, butchery, pubs as well as pharmacy, post office, bank, police station and city hall.
The country side location, yet walking distance from the village makes it possible to enjoy the staying without driving if you wish.

From Radicofani, within 30 minutes driving can be reached the Thermal stations of San Casciano dei Bagni, or Bagno Vignoni, or San Filippo. In 45mins/1hr, the villages of Pienza, Montalcino (Brunello wine), the top of Amiata mountain (6000 feet above sea level) or the historical city of Siena.
Florence, Pisa, Rome are in 2 hours driving distance hence making it possible to visit in a day or reach the airports.

Guest access

The cottage "Girasole" has 3 rooms (about 65 sq mt), on the ground floor with independent entrance from the porch of the private garden. The entrance leads to the parlor, dining area with fireplace and sofa.
The kitchen, on a separate room, has stovetop, fridge, freezer, traditional oven, dishwasher, gravel sink and nespresso coffee machine.
The bedroom has a master bed, an antique wardrobe, drawers and a single beds. On request, can be added a cot for a baby of up to 3 years old.
The barbeque area is outdoor, close by the swimming pool and is equipped with all the necessary.
Guests will be provided with linens and towels for the bathroom, shower and swimming pool.

Interaction with guests

The guests will be welcomed at their arrival by Sara and Marcello, the house keepers, who will hand the keys and can arrange laundry, extra towels or home made catering (charged separately).
The owners can be reached via email or phone at any time.

Other things to note

*) Reservations are accepted for a minimum of 3 nights.

*) The availability of the pool is seasonal. Since the water is not artificially warmed up, the date from when/till the pool is open depends on the weather temperature. Over the 5 past years it has always been possible to open it around the middle of May till middle of September.

*) During the cold weather seasons the gas for heating system is charged based on usage. At the time of arrival the house-carers will take with you the measures of the counter, and the same are taken at the departure time (and can be checked independently anytime during the staying).
The difference is charged at the same cost of the supplier, 4.5 Euros per cubicle meter.
Usually, to warm up the cottage in winter time, usually takes 1-2 mq of gas a day.

*) Included in the renting is one complimentary usage of the laundry service. Since the washing and dryer machines are located in the garage where only Sara and Marcello have access, when you need to do the laundry, you can prepare your clothes in a bag and hand it over to Sara. She will take care of the laundry and the drying, and then return them to you. One laundry service per week (or per renting, if shorter than a week) is complimentary. Any further one, is at the cost of 5Euro (which includes washing and drying) that you’ll have to arrange directly with Sara.

*) At the cottage we provide a "nespresso" coffee machine, together with a complimentary box of 10 capsules. In case you need more boxes of capsules, you can ask Sara (at the cost of 4Euro each - the pure cost from Nespresso). If you have a Nespresso machine at your own home, you are free to bring your own favourite capsules and use them with our Nespresso machine.

*) Bath/bathroom Towels. For those renting that last longer than 7 nights, the towels will be changed after the first week included in the renting cost. Should you require further towel changes, or bed linens changes, or a cleaning of the whole apartment, these all need to be arranged with Sara directly and the costs are:
- towels (bathroom + bath) 5Euros
- bed linens 5Euros
- cottage cleaning 30Euros (which it also includes the changing of all towels and bed linens)


Amenities
Internet
Free parking on premise
Wireless Internet
Dryer

Prices
Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee £36
Security Deposit £182
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price £82 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 4PM - 9PM
Check out by 10AM

The 'Podere Maltaia' farmhouse is a place for the relax and enjoyment of all those who stay in there. Therefore we kindly ask our Guests to avoid any noise or behavior that might alter the quietness of the place and the countryside.

When convenient, please find the time to go through the "House Rules" listed below and feel always free to reach us or the care takers for any clarification or request.

1. Private garden
1.1. In order to respect the privacy of all persons present at the farmhouse, everyone is requested to follow the paths around the house hence avoiding to walk close by the entrances of other cottages.
1.2. The parasol umbrella, when present, needs to be kept close during the nights and during those days with windy weather or probable gusts of wind.
1.3. Please pay always attention to not leave outside during the night or windy days anything that falling might break into sharp pieces (i.e. glasses, bottles, dishes, etc)
1.4. In order to avoid attracting animals to the proximity of the house, do not leave food on the outdoor table outside the time of meals or snacks.
1.5. Remember to turn off the external light when going to sleep and do not leave it on all night.
2. Noises
2.1. To allow anyone present to relax and enjoy the quietness of the place, it is asked to avoid as much as possible any noise that can be of annoyance to others.
2.2. Specifically, during the period till 9 AM, between 2 and 4 PM, and after 11PM it's mandatory to avoid noises that can be heard by the neighboring apartments.
2.3. It's allowed to use speakers for listening to music as long as is outside the mentioned time slots and anyway without a volume that might cause disturbance to the neighbors.
3. Access road and Parking areas
3.1. The driving speed while in the gravel road leading to the property, should never be higher than 25 Km/hour (16 Mph) avoiding as much as possible to lift any dust especially on the proximity of people walking or of the property.
3.2. Pay maximum attention to not do great accelerations by car when departing from the property to avoid displacing the gravel or even worse, throwing stones.
3.3. The cars must be parked in the indicated parking area.
3.4. To allow the loading and unloading of luggage it's allowed to park temporarily close to the entrance of the cottage.
4. Swimming Pool
4.1. The opening and closure of the pool is seasonal and strictly depends on the weather conditions, without precise dates. The indicative period during which is expected to be open is from May 20th till end of September.
4.2. The pool is not guarded hence the usage is at own risk.
4.3. Before entering the pool, please refresh yourself on the panoramic shower located by the pool on the left corner.
4.4. Kids younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult who’s their responsible.
4.5. Please do not bring glasses, dishes, bottles or any other thing that falling on the ground could break into small sharp pieces.
4.6. It is not allowed to have lunch or dine within the area of the pool, including within the pool itself. It is possible though, to have short snacks, drinks or aperitifs making sure to remove then any left over and leave the area as clean as found.
4.7. Each cottage has 2 deckchairs available to use at the pool. In case the other ones are not used by anyone, is possible to use more than 2 deckchairs. Upon the arrival of other Guests though, the deckchairs in excess have to be left available without the arrived Guests having to request it.
4.8. Water games need to be contained in noise and extension, always paying attention to avoid water coming out of the pool. Moreover, sprays of water should never reach other people present.
4.9. Dives and plunges are not allowed.
4.10. Upon leaving the pool, please place the deckchairs in their original position.
4.11. Parasols should be closed upon leaving the pool and kept close during the windy days.
5. BBQ
5.1. The usage of BBQ is allowed only to Guests older than 18 years old.
5.2. It's requested to pay maximum attention to avoid high flames, and anyway fires that might extend beyond the confined area of the BBQ structure.
5.3. It is required to keep in the proximity of the BBQ a bucket with at least 10 liters of water or a fire extinguisher throughout the duration the fire is lit.
5.4. Once finished to cook the food, please ensure there are no more fire flames left burning.
6. Services available
6.1. Laundry & dryer
6.1.1. included is 1 per week/staying
6.1.2. any further usage has a cost of 5 Euro
6.2. Change of towels
6.2.1. included is 1 set of towels per week/staying (provided already in the cottage)
6.2.2. any extra change has a cost of 5 Euro and implies the return of all the used ones.
6.3. Change of bed linens
6.3.1. included is 1 set of sheets (provided already in the cottage)
6.3.2. For staying longer than 10 nights, it will be provided a change every week or around half the duration of the staying.
6.3.3. any extra change has a cost of 10 Euro and implies the return of all the linens used.
6.4. Extra cleaning of the cottage
6.4.1. Upon request of the Guests, it includes also the change of towels and bed linens.
6.4.2. It requires to leave the cottage vacant for 2 hours.
6.4.3. Every extra cleaning has a cost of 30 Euros.


Cancellations

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
3 nights minimum stay.
From May 28 - Sep 16, 2018 the minimum stay is 6 nights.

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Sanne User Profile
July 2017
Antonio and Clarissa's place is amazing! It is exactly as shown in the pictures. When arriving Sara and Marcello will show you around the place and they are very responsive if you have any questions. The place is beautifully situated with an awesome view from the private garden. The pool is weel maintained and has enough sunbeds for everyone. I would highly recommend this place!

Louise User Profile
July 2017
This was a beautiful apartment where every need had been considered and accommodated and all to a very high standard. We couldn't have been better cared for by the very hard working Sara and Marcello and particularly enjoyed the fantastic BBQ station with a fabulous views over the valley. The pool is also lovely and kept immaculately clean. Radicofani is a stunning place and the two restaurants there are both walkable - although coming back down the hill is much more fun than going up it! The location is undeniably remote and everything is at least a 30 minute drive away so if you don't care for long, winding roads then it would not be ideal. This suited us perfectly, however, and there were other guests at the property to make you feel part of a very lucky community!

Louise User Profile
July 2017
We had an amazing holiday at Podere Maltaia. The gardens and the views are stunning and the apartment had everything we needed. No question was too small before we arrived and Antonio and Clarissa ensured we had what we needed for our twin toddlers. The village is walkable but the hill is steep - there are plenty of free parking places in town if it's too hot to manage though. The pretty village has just enough shops and restaurants, including an amazing deli/grocery at the heart & everyone is very friendly, especially housekeeper Sara. Pienza, Montepulciano are just a short hop away. Wholeheartedly recommend and hope one day to be back.

Hanke User Profile
June 2017
We were staying in Girasole for almost two weeks in mai with our family of five (three small children). Very nice cottage in beautiful surrounding, on top of the hill with a great view. Comfortabel indours and outdours with nice terrace. Sara and Marcello, the local hosts, take good care of you and always with a smile. Antonio is quick on email and easy to communicate with. Great pool also with the best view and a grill next to it. Radicofani is a cozy and authentic village with everything need . You can easily walk to it but because of the warm weather with three small children we did take the car sometimes. Thank you for a great time!

Antonio and Clarissa are perfect hosts - they provided us with useful information, gave us toys for our daughter, baby monitor, compliment bottle of wine and sweets! They do not live there all the time and we were welcomed by Sara, who speaks basic English and Italian. The cottage itself is a part of farm building, where one can find other similar cottages. Our cottage was well equipped even for a long stay, however washing machine is located in a basement and only Sara has access to it. Radicofani is a really small (but very beautiful) town and one should notice that there is no supermarket available the whole day. All the shops and restaurants work in the morning and afternoon only. It's a perfect location if you want to escape from big city and enjoy stunning views of Toscana hills.

Brydie User Profile
May 2017
Absolutely perfect! We had 4 wonderful nights here and wish we could have stayed longer. The villa was quiet and with beautiful views but close enough to walk to town. Antonio & Clarissa gave us some great reviews for restaurants in town and all were wonderful. The complimentary bottle of wine on arrival was so appreciated too. Highly recommend to anyone who wishes to stay here.

Chris User Profile
April 2017
Fantastic apartment in a great location close to the village. Beautiful scenery. Antonio was always quick to reply to any questions and help with anything we needed. Very child friendly. Highly recommended.

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Antonio And Clarissa User ProfileAntonio And Clarissa is a superhost.

Italian, grown up in Tuscany on a village outside Florence, I left Italy together with my (later became) wife few years after the university to work abroad. Lived in California, Germany and since more than 10 years in the Netherlands. When possible, we like to go enjoying some relaxing time back in Tuscany and listen to the silence..

Languages: English, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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