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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Mercatale Valdarno, Bucine, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany

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Guy P
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“Doesn't get better than this!”
Reviewed 24 March 2017 for a stay in March 2017

Sara warned us that the weather might be cool and rainy when we planned our visit in March, but it was clear and sunny and spring-like every day, the cherries and almonds were in bloom, and the crowds in Florence were much more manageable than in the summer.
It's so helpful to have hosts who are both Italians (with an intimate knowledge of local sights and customs) and Americans (no language barrier, and lost of insight into quirks and pitfalls of travelers.)
The apartment (Fienile) is GORGEOUS, with every comfort from fluffy oversized towels to exceptional water pressure, indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy and a big, well-stocked kitchen. Il Poggiolo sits atop a hill, with dramatic views of the surrounding vineyards and olive groves, a secluded getaway yet only a few minutes to the train station (with free parking) for a quick trip in to Florence. An hour in any direction by car gets you to someplace spectacular - Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Florence - or with a bit more driving, Deruta, the coast, or Bologna. It feels both like "the middle of nowhere" and "the middle of everything". A week was much too short! Grazie tante, Sara ed Allan!

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Management Response
26 Mar 2017
Dear Guy and Co., So glad you enjoyed your stay, the weather certainly contributed to perfect spring days. It was wonderful that your were able to do so much during your time in Tuscany. I like your "middle of nowhere" and "middle of everything" observation, it will be our new motto :-) Come again ! With best regards, Sara
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A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
“Super Tuscany felt like home”
Reviewed 27 October 2016 for a stay in October 2016

We enjoyed Beautiful views and a memorable stay at Il Poggiolo. We shared a few days here with our dear friends We were very happy with our room and accommodations. We had a well equipped kitchen which we cooked in each night. Il Poggiolo is near Florence, Arrezo, Siena and many other day excursions. Our hosts, Sara and Allen,were so kind and thoughtful. We look forward to visiting again

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
29 Oct 2016
Thank you for your kind words. One of the joys of Tuscany is the food, so I am pleased you appreciated the kitchen ! We enjoyed having you in Poggiolo, and hope you will come back to the Valdarno. Allen is contemplating launching a wine blog, so stay tuned :-) All best, Sara
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Mary Anna...
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“Beautiful stay. Relaxing, but central to everything.”
Reviewed 24 October 2016 for a stay in October 2016

Four of us stayed on this beautiful knob of a hill in a lovely converted barn (but really, I could see no evidence of barn). The home was quite comfortable, the kitchen very well stocked, and the hosts were our friends by trip's end. The home is near the Prada Outlet if that's your thing; near more remote hill towns; near the A1 for speeding to other areas; near grocery stores (you have to drive), and very near to nature.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Oct 2016
Dear Mary, it was so tantilizing to have so little time with you all, and such wonderful conversations. I hope you will come back to Italy soon! With warm regards, Sara
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taylor z
1 review
“A place to unwind and recharge with breathtaking views and extraordinary hospitality!”
Reviewed 20 September 2016 for a stay in July 2016

I had the pleasure of spending a long weekend here in mid July and by the end of the weekend I felt so recharged. Coming from a hectic work week here in Florence, the Fienile house was just what I needed. This home is located on a very beautiful piece of property. The house itself is a spacious 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home and the big kitchen has all the gear necessary to make some delicious meals. Personally, my favorite time was spent enjoying the evening view from the patio, watching the sunset while enjoying a cold glass of wine and some local goodies. There is beautiful sun room perfect for entertaining and a great place to chat while enjoying a spectacular view. Even in the heat of July, I was able to stay cool under the trees and the inside temperature was always nice. I got to sleep in the ground floor room and I was very comfortable, I loved the skylight in the room. I didn’t have to worry about mosquitoes while I slept, as there were screens on all the windows. Something that is not a common amenity here in Italy. Everything was so clean and comfy and all the kitchen items seemed brand new. I have a lot of allergies so I appreciated that everything was dust free and accommodating to those who are very sensitive to dust and harsh cleaning products. I enjoyed my time away from the overcrowded streets of Florence, walking around in nature and taking my time to soak up all the clean country air and Tuscan sun. There are many places around to hike and explore and the little town of Montevarchi can easily be reached by car. It’s a perfect to location between Florence and Sienna as well as the other small towns in the Chianti area.
You can't go wrong - this is an real gem run by wonderful people. So if you want to take a warm memory home from your travels - you'll easily make many here!

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Liked best: The beautiful views!
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
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Management Response
23 Sep 2016
Dear Taylor, I am so pleased you found a few days to unwind, and discovered the peace you sought at il Poggiolo. Hot summers are often hard to get through in Italian cities, and Florence especially can get very crowded with tourists. We are happy to provide a countryside oasis in the center of the "Tuscan triangle" between Florence, Arezzo and Siena. Thank your for appreciating it! Best regards, Sara
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Isabella...
1 review
Reviewed 13 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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Liked best: La posizione della casa vacanza
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
13 Aug 2016
Grazie delle belle parole Isabella. Ora mancano soltanto i cinghiali per completare la fauna che vive nei boschi vicino al Poggiolo! Auguri per il rientro, Sara
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