Casa Il Cocchio is a gracious apartment of 100 square meters (about 1076 square feet), for six people, with patio, shared swimming pool and four-hectare (about ten-acre) park. It is part of a farming estate surrounded by vineyards, and is located on a hillside 300 meters (about 980 feet) above sea level.
You will be between Florence and Siena, among the hills of Chianti, just a short distance from the town of Monteriggione and from Colle Val D’Elsa.
Casa Il Cocchio has a bedroom with a double bed, a bedroom with two single beds, a living room with kitchenette and fireplace, and a bathroom with tub. By means of an internal stairway (ten steps) within the apartment, you reach a further bedroom with divan bed for two people and bathroom with shower.
In front of the living room, you will find a patio of 20 square meters (about 215 square feet) for your exclusive use, equipped with table, chairs and umbrellas.
The swimming pool
You will have at your disposition a lovely pool of 6 X 14 meters (about 20 X 46 feet), surrounded by lawn and equipped with chairs, deckchairs, tables and umbrellas. The pool is shared with the guests of the other two apartments. Next to the pool, you will find a sandy area where children can play, and just slightly further, an enormous hundred-year-old oak tree.
In the shade of the oak you will find tables and chairs for the guests of all the apartments. In the evenings, outdoor lighting is available. You can dine in the open air, in a truly striking atmosphere!
The apartment is part of an historic hamlet consisting of a large villa, a small group of artisans' and farm-workers’ houses, and the surrounding cultivated land.
All this is actually part of an agricultural estate of 450 hectares (about 1100 acres), the principal product of which is excellent wine.
This hamlet originates in the 9th century, but the actual settlement dates back to 1600.
In front of the villa, you will still find the splendid formal Italian garden, with its symmetrical pathways, which was originally created in 1600. The villa is inhabited by the descendants of the original owners.
At the “shoulders” of the villa is the small hamlet of buildings, distributed around a central piazza. Here, three apartments have been renovated as vacation rental homes. Other buildings are inhabited by the contadini working on the agricultural estate.
When you arrive here, you will sense the rich fascination of this place with its thousand years of history, where the exteriors of the houses have been left essentially unchanged.
All around you, you will see nothing but gentle hills covered with long rows of grapevines, lovingly cultivated now as they were in olden times, and various craftsmen who still carry out their work among these ancient buildings.
While you are on vacation here, it should be easy for you to slip into the tranquil atmosphere of the countryside, which transports you away from the present day.
You will return here to relax in peace, after a day spent visiting the artistic and historic treasures of Florence and Siena, as well as many other fascinating Tuscan towns!
Next to the main villa, there is a splendid building which contains the historic stables, constructed in the 1800s by a descendant of the family who was a great fan of riding and horses. These are made up of three large rooms with brick columns, and possess an extraordinary architectural elegance.
These rooms, with their accompanying facilities, can be reserved for weddings and other ceremonial events.
The hamlet is found on the slopes of Montagnola Senese, in the area in which the Chianti wines of Colli Senesi are produced.
Montagnola Senese is a protected area, thanks to its uncontaminated natural beauty, and is traversed by hiking trails, one of which passes close by the house.
Household Furnishings and Equipment
At Casa Il Cocchio, you approach from the terracotta-paved patio. On the patio, you will find a table with chairs and an umbrella.
Entering into the living room, you will find a sofa and two armchairs, a kitchen area and a dining table. The kitchen is equipped with four-burners, oven and refrigerator with freezer.
From the living room, you can enter a short corridor. Along this corridor, there are doors to the bathroom with tub, the bedroom with two single beds and the double-bedded room. From the corridor, ten stairs lead to the mezzanine level, in which there is a large and gracious room with vaulted ceiling. Here, there is a divan bed for two people and a bathroom with shower.
All the rooms have windows with a graceful view of the greenery outside.
The apartment is furnished in the simple, graceful and welcoming style of the Tuscan countryside.
A laundry room is available in the hamlet.
Casa Il Cocchio is equipped with a parking space and with winter heating.
Services upon request
As guests of Casa Il Cocchio, you will be able to arrange various services, including lessons in Italian culture, babysitting services, wedding planning services, and guided tours to Siena.
Nearby tourist attractions
Staying at Casa Il Cocchio, you will be close to Florence and Siena, as well as to the most characteristic Tuscan villages, starting with San Gimignano and Monteriggione, the medieval village encircled by an ancient stone wall.
You will be in the Chianti wine production zone, and can take tours of many historic wineries that are open to visitors.
Wherever you go, you will be welcomed with the relaxed friendliness that has long been one of Tuscany’s most appealing characteristics. As well as enjoying history and nature, you will find small restaurants where you can eat the excellent Tuscan cuisine prepared in-house, and drink the wonderful wines of the area.
The nearest town is Colle Val D’Elsa, 7 kilometers (about 4.5 miles) away, where you will find the bus stop, the railway station, and the nearest supermarkets. 100 meters (about 330 feet) away, there is a restaurant.
You will need to have a car.
The closest airport is Florence.
Accommodations: Independent house or villa in small complex