It’s not just a rental. . . . It’s an experience!
Visiting Podere Erica provides a unique opportunity to experience the best that Tuscany has to offer. Located in the heart of the Chianti region, it is halfway between Florence and Siena and close to quaint hilltop towns like San Gimignano, Volterra, Greve and Castellina in Chianti.
Situated on over 30 acres with grape vines, olive trees, pastures and woodland, Podere Erica ensures total privacy with sweeping views over the countryside. You can relax and settle into a different rhythm under the wisteria-covered pergola or on the covered loggia or by the beautiful swimming pool. If you can tear yourself away from this tranquility, here are just some of the activities nearby.
- Take a hike in the woods
- Challenge someone to a game of bocce ball
- Visit a near-by winery
- Take a cooking class right at the villa
- Try all the fabulous local restaurants
- Go horseback riding on old Roman roads
- Cook like a local with fresh herbs from our garden and our extra virgin olive oil
- Create a pizza, make bread or assemble an entire meal that you bake in our wood-fired oven
The beautiful 500 year-old stone farmhouse has been lovingly remodeled to modern standards while still retaining its characteristic charm. There are 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms with upstairs and downstairs living areas – plenty of room for a family reunion, or a group of friends celebrating that special birthday, retirement or their love of good food and wine!
If you can imagine yourself at Podere Erica, take a look at our website for lots more information, descriptions, rental rates and photos. www.chiantivacation.com Also, feel free to contact me at email@example.com for any other information or to check availability.
Here are some testimonials from our guests. . . .
I just returned home from Italy and I wanted to thank you for everything. The house was amazing and provided an incomparable venue for many cherished memories. Briley
Jan, We had a fabulous time at Podere Erica. What a wonderful, magical place. Everything went perfectly. Of all the vacations we have taken, this was among the most relaxing and enjoyable. You and Neal have a real treasure on your hands. Ciao, Mark
Dear Neal and Jan, Our holiday with some of our married children and their spouses was simply fantastic. We think the villa is perfect for a Tuscany holiday and the memories we all share are very positive. We hope to return someday.
Best wishes from Auckland, New Zealand
Following is a very detailed review from one of our guests that was posted on the Slow Travel website
Podere Erica is located in the country near the village of San Donato. It was a private, peaceful location, one of the most relaxing places I have been. No picture we had seen of the villa could compare to the loveliness of the villa and the grounds. The vineyard, the olive trees, the flowers, the herbs growing near the doorway, and the pool – all combined to give the eye and nose more than you bargained for. The area is filled with vineyards and the drive to the location was wonderful.
The first couple of days we were without rental cars but were able to walk into the village of San Donato. On the way to the village, we found a wonderful restaurant on the roadway. The village also had a great pizza restaurant, a tobacco shop, a small grocery store, a cafe and a bank. Since we were there in August, the pizza restaurant only made pizzas in the evening (due to the heat of the ovens.) We loved the fact that there were not many tourist but us and we could interact with the locals. When we toured other villages like Radda and Greve where we had considered to stay, we were so glad that we were in San Donato. The other villages were crowded with tourists and were commercial. San Donato retains the local charm of a small village.
Our group of seven easily fit into the main villa and did not need the apartment building that is also on the location. The villa was old but had just undergone a renovation in parts and was beautiful. It seemed that much care had been taken to make sure the renovation still retained the loveliness of the age of the villa. Everything was in excellent condition inside the villa.
The grounds of the villa were a delight to the eye. It did not seem to matter which direction you looked, it was lovely. I think I took pictures in every direction to prove that point. It is a very private location and there were several different areas for sitting. There is a covered area on the porch outside the living room which overlooked the pool. The chairs that were around the pool were very comfortable and could be used for naps if you remembered the sun screen, remember the Tuscan Sun. The veranda had table and chairs on which we had lunch a couple of days. We played bocce ball on the grounds behind the villa. (the balls were at the villa.) There was even a path around the villa for a longer walk in the natural area. The entire grounds were fenced which gave you a sense of safety.
I should also mention that there were bunnies on the grounds. It was nice to see them romping in the yard. They did scurry off when you came near.
When we first went through the villa, we were impressed with the cleanliness. At mid-week, the housekeeper came and changed sheets and cleaned and we saw how thorough she was. We had enough sitting room in the villa for all of us and enjoyed watching the Olympics late at night as well as playing cards. The living room and dining area had an air conditioner which was not needed except at dinner or late at night if we all were in the room. We had access to the supply room and were able to get more toilet paper or supplies if we needed them. There were washing and dryer and laundry supplies.
The beds were very comfortable. We later found out when the housekeeper came why we loved the sheets. Not only was the fabric comfortable but the housekeeper ironed the sheets. Each bedroom had access to a bathroom. The room I stayed in (called the poppy room) had a private bath and was wonderful with a full tub and a shower with a built-in seat. All the bathrooms were very clean. (Two of the young men in our group were longer than the twin beds.) Each bedroom had an air-conditioner (which we only used at night, it was August) and there were screens on the windows.
We enjoyed the kitchen and made many meals there. There were ample pots and pans and a grill on the stove. We made all the breakfast meals and enjoyed becoming familiar with the stove-top cappuccino maker. Italian coffee was the best. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, we had a great time preparing the meals. Eating on the veranda was wonderful. We also used the dining room at night and the kitchen table for breakfast. We used the outdoor charcoal grill for one meal. There was charcoal provided. We did not use the wood-burning oven which was outside. The olive oil we used was from the olive trees at the villa. We also had wine from the vineyard. We enjoyed using the herbs that were growing outside the villa for the cooking. The basil was so delicious and no matter how much we used, there was still plenty left. One of my favorite things was laundering my clothes. Since we had a washer, we could wash our clothes. I enjoyed hanging the clothes on the outside line and letting the air and the Tuscan sun dry them. They smelled heavenly when I was folding them. I even got a picture of them blowing in the wind.
The villa had tour books available as well as computer print outs on different locations in the area. They had a list of favorite restaurants and wineries to visit. There were excellent written maps to the parking places in Siena and in Florence. We enjoyed reading the comments of the people who came before us in the villa journal.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Honestly, I would move there if I could afford to. It is the most relaxing place I have ever stayed. It was very accommodating. The owners seemed to have prepared for everything. We had a box of first-aid supplies, including Benadryl. We had access to cable. One room had a DVD player and a stack of DVDs but we did not have the time to watch any. It was nice to hear the young people in our group (the 26-29 year olds) talk about how the villa was their favorite part of the vacation. One even said the meals at the villa were his favorite. It had to be due to the care that had been taken to provide an environment where we could truly enjoy ourselves. The young people were counting up how many couples they might need to rent the villa for themselves in the future.