Apt with Magical Views in Medieval Tuscan Hamlet

Entrance into medieval hamlet
Entrance into medieval hamletMain StreetDining area and stairway up to master bedroomKitchen with panoramic terrace off of master bedroom aboveTerrace off of master bedroommasterbedroomterrace off master bedroombifora window in master bedroomView from master bedroom windowside view from master bedrooom windowTwin bedroomTwin bedroom with panoramic viewView from down stairs twin bedroomBathroom with large shower stallHamlet’s main squareHamlet’s main square during the rose festival in MaySunset over Tuscany from the terrace

From $128 / night

Barberino Val d'Elsa, Tuscany, Italy
Apt with Magical Views in Medieval Tuscan Hamlet
2 bedrooms
5 guests
4 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 5
Type: Apartment
Per night: €125
Per week: €850
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Barberino Val d'Elsa vacation apartment rental
This well appointed two-bedroom apartment is located within the walls of a quaint, medieval fortress town located in the famous Chianti region of Tuscany, midway between Florence and Siena. Featured in an architectural design magazine, this beautifully renovated property boasts breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside from its windows. Faithful in preserving the flat's medieval charm, the owners (American and Florentine) have appointed the apartment with an eclectic mix of Tuscan antiques and Asian art. An enchanting spot to hang one's hat while visiting this magical region.

The apartment centers around a spacious living room/dining room and well supplied kitchen alcove (the owner is a private chef/culinary instructor) thus everything one needs to create a savory Tuscan meal can be found in this functional fingertip kitchen. An antique marble top table, comfortably seating six, completes the dining area. Two comfortable sofas for an afternoon of quiet relaxing are also found in this main room.

Off the kitchen, down two steps, is one of the two bedrooms. There are two twin beds and an armchair/convertible single bed making it a room that can comfortably sleep three. The bedroom's large window opens onto extensive views of the Tuscan countryside. An Italian tiled bathroom with walk-in shower is located next to this bedroom.

Off the main room, a lovely stone and wrought-iron staircase leads to the master bedroom with its queen size bed, comfortable sofa and t.v. with satellite disk. A cozy, private terrace with bistro table, sun umbrella and barbeque complete upstairs. Both the terrace and bifora windows in the master bedroom offer extensive views of the region's patchwork vineyards and silvery olive groves.

Experience tells us that guests choosing accommodation in a medieval hamlet are generally want to experience real Tuscan life, thus mingling with locals. The charming wine bar 'Canto di Baccio' in the hamlet's tiny square is the perfect spot to do just that. If the choice of village life means giving up an important creature comfort during the summer months (i.e. lounging around a poolside), there are a few lovely country pools within a 10 minute drive of the property with nominal entrance fees. Pools where once again, one can mingle with locals in a lovely garden setting.

Cindy Harding

Area Information
Perched on a knoll, Tuscany at its fingertips, sits the medieval hamlet of Barberino Val D'Elsa. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, this ancient fortress town is part of the region's living history. Built in 1202, Barberino sits midway between Florence and Siena (30 minutes by car in either direction). The famous town of San Gimignano is a mere 20 minutes away. Certaldo Alto, once the home of Boccaccio (author of the Decameron), is 15 minutes by car, not to mention the majestic fortress town of Volterra - just 50 minutes away. Located in Tuscany's Chianti region, this is a great area for wine tasting expeditions. Not only will wine lovers find excellent reds to be had, there is also an abundance of wineries producing Vernaccia. A wonderful dry, yet fruity wine coming from vineyards that sit at the foot of Tuscany's OZ - San Gimignano.

Apart from discovering the area's hidden treasures and savoring its wines, there are also numerous excellent restaurants both within the hamlet's walls as well as a short drive away.

Note: throughout the year the village hosts traditional festivals; the Rose Festival in May, the Medieval Festival in June, and the town festival in mid August when the main cobblestone street becomes an outdoor dining room with meats roasting on an open spit.

About the owner

Owner Profile

Cindy Harding

Cindy Harding

Cindy Harding

  • About:

    I am a American who has been living in Tuscany for 35 years. I adore my adopted region and am always happy to share my knowledge of the area. Being a culinary instructor, and cookbook author, I love to talk food and when asked, share culinary secrets with those so inclined. Food, Family and Friends...
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Jan 01 2017 Dec 31 2017 €125 €125 €850 - 4 Nights
Deposits: 30% at time of booking
Payment Options: PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: 35.00 euro final cleaning fee for stays of less than one week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do you suggest we see in the area?
A: A part from the usual sites, I suggest guests read the guest book and read through my drawers of holiday information: i.e. maps, brochures etc. I am always happy to share my knowledge of the area... As I say, “I am just a phone call away."
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