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“La Tana -- Rustic Charm”

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view from entrance/kitchen onto pool and terrace
kitchen
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winter garden sitting room
bedroom no. 2
bedroom no. 1
bathroom with shower
south-facing large terrace
floorplan
complete property view
view of housing complex
community pool and leisure area
small covered - but unheated pool for cooler periods
gardens
future cooks
newly born lambs
'robbie'
clio
fisherman
pizzaaaaaa
adventure trekking - best in spring and autumn
mushrooming in autumn - as of mid sept.
olive picking in  nov
may - iris show in florence
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Farmhouse -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Castellina In Chianti, Tuscany

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STEVE H
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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15 reviews
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“La Tana -- Rustic Charm”
Reviewed 17 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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La Tana
Had a wonderful 11 day stay at Poderi Val Verde, which is located just outside Castellina in Chianti, following a week in Florence. It’s an historical estate/farm that’s been converted into several different apartment units. Maintains the rustic charm of the Tuscan countryside, while offering an alternative to the typical vacation to Italy. It’s certainly not intended to be the Four Seasons, but at the same time, it’s clean, comfortable and very relaxing. Only minutes away from the charming town of Castellina (try the gelata at Antica Delizia – best we had in Italy), it’s mid-way between Florence and Siena.

Ulrike, the owner, was very gracious and helpful in meeting all our needs. We attended the Welcome Dinner upon arrival and again the following Saturday with a new group, as it was so much fun. Also participated in the cooking class with two other guests – Eleanor and Julia – and Ulrike provided written recipes for us to follow and she made several excellent suggestions on process, technique, etc. Would recommend taking the class and enjoying the camaraderie of learning and working with others, while cooking a terrific dinner that’s different and wonderful at the same time.

Geographically, Poderi Val Verde is well located for exploring many of the towns and historical areas in Chianti, as well as the numerous wineries along the Strada del Vino. There are several wine shops in Castellina with reasonable prices for some very nice wines. Additionally, there are restaurants in town that we found to be quite good. Il Re Gallo and La Torre were enjoyable and reasonably priced. Just outside town is al Paradiso, which was also quite good.

We certainly recommend La Tana at Poderi Val Verde to anyone who’s interested in something a little different – very scenic, charming, quiet and friendly -- with an opportunity to reconnect with nature and a simpler lifestyle.

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Liked best: Quiet, relaxed atmosphere
Liked least: Everything was great!!
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Angkormel...
Düsseldorf
2 reviews
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“Very pleasent stay”
Reviewed 7 September 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We stayed 2 weeks with our two kids (5, 3) in La Tana and enjoyed every single day. The house was very clean and equipped with really everything a family needs. The big terrace with pool view is perfect to relax, eat, read...The kids loved the visits of Robbi (the ostrich), the cats and of course Gioia and Toto, the two dogs. Poderi Val Verde was perfect for us: the kids could run free, feed the sheep, play football, go swimming in the very big and nice pool (with broad stairs which is especially nice for little children), play with the other kids, etc.. Ulrike is always very helpful and uncomplicated and her plum marmelade is unique. As Poderi Val Verde is located in the heart of the Chianti, we enjoyed numerous trips to sites nearby. We can only recommend this agritourismo - not only for families but also for couples.

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dwalthall
Siena
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“Beautiful location, friendly & welcoming host”
Reviewed 2 September 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Staying at La Tana is wonderful. The property is beautiful, close to historic towns like Siena and San Gimignano, and easy to reach from Florence. Ulrike is a warm, welcoming host, and made us feel right at home with a delicious welcoming dinner.
Since she lives near her rental apartments, she takes great pride in keeping the grounds beautiful and is easy to reach for all sorts of useful travel assistance, trip suggestions, and naturally great tips on food and wineries! I can see why she has many return guests!

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Liked best: Warm welcome, good location, clean, comfortable furniture.
Liked least: The property is not as fancy as some others (no wifi), but the beauty of the place and Ulrike's hospitality are first rate!
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Perth Western Australia
Reviewed 24 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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Reviewed 18 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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