Near the city of Florence and nearer still to Leonardo’s home town of Vinci, Chianti, Tuscany, Agriturismo Colle da Vinci is a classically rustic hillside farmhouse surrounded by organic olive groves and enjoys some stunning views of the Montalbano Valley, especially from the ideally placed swimming pool in the gardens. THE ACCOMMODATION: There are five pleasantly old style self catering farmhouse apartments, which can sleep up to four with one double bedroom and one double sofa bed in the Read more [...]
The homely Agriturismo Fattoria La Prugnola has a great variety of accommodation, including glamping style yurts and a tree house, on an organic, eco-friendly olive farm in the gentle hills of Montescudaio, near Pisa in Tuscany’s upper Maremma/northern Maremma region.
The location is idyllic; it is very much surrounded by nature and in its isolated setting you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside all the way down to the famous Etruscan Coast and the sea beyond.
There really is a great choice at this agriturismo with cottages, apartments, yurts and a tree house available for up to eight people per unit. So much so that to describe them all individually would take some time but suffice to say that they are all charming in their own way.
You’ll find them well equipped, comfortable, clean and cosy, and all have all a nice rustic, Tuscan farmhouse feel to them, with much antique furniture, wood beamed ceilings and soothing pastel shades.
Their 5 yurts are not by any means traditional Tuscan of course but they are beautifully put together, spacious and homely. And they are also nicely furnished, blending well some of those same rustic farmhouse touches with the more colourful and exotic ‘walls and ceilings’ of the Central Asian origin yurt.
Four of them can sleep up to four people, using one double bed and one double sofa bed, while the largest of them can sleep up to five people with the help of an extra sofa bed. They all too have their own external, private bathrooms.
The cosy, romantic tree house is a special property too, and very much sought after, be aware that minimum stay restrictions apply over the summer; in June to September the minimum stay is three nights while in July and August it is one week, from Saturday to Saturday.
The treehouse is made entirely of wood and built around a large oak tree. It is small with just a double bed, a bedside table and wardrobe but it also has a very nice outdoor terrace with table and chairs, which offers some unique views of the woods and if you’re lucky some of the wildlife that inhabit it, and also of the sea in the distance.
There is a yurt just below the treehouse which can also be booked and used as a sitting room and/or to sleep an extra two people on the sofa bed. The treehouse, in common with the yurts also has its own external, private bathroom.
All of the accommodation is self catering except for the glamping yurts and tree house but you can use the communal kitchen facilities to cook for yourself and there are also barbecue facilities and a traditional wood fired pizza oven.
You’ll find lots of common areas too, inside; as well as the kitchen there is also dining space and a TV lounge, and outside there are well kept gardens, a children’s playground, and plenty of seating and dining space from where you can enjoy those lovely views.
It’s easy to forget that Agriturismo La Prugnola is a fully working farm producing quality organic extra virgin olive oil. Guests are welcome to wander around the farm and they can also sample, and buy to take home some of the farm’s own produce.
Though the accommodation is self catering a buffet style organic breakfast is also on offer for an extra charge, there is WiFi in the common areas but not in the individual accommodation units.
You are just a few kilometers from the well known resorts of the historic Etruscan Coast, from Castiglioncello all the way down to the Gulf of Baratti. This area is also famed for its food and wine, you can sample some of the world’s best here, and the agriturismo also happens to be right along Tuscany’s homonymous wine route.
The friendly owners at La Prugnola will have plenty of good advice about where to spend your time in the surrounding area; the best beaches and the best places for hiking and biking with a few trails running right beside the farm in fact. And of course where to sample some of that great food and wine.
Though the agriturismo seems peaceful and isolated there are three good restaurants within walking distance for example, all of which offer discounts to guests at the farm.
Inland from the coast you have all the more obvious attractions of the more touristic side of Tuscany; Pisa is the obvious one but San Gimignano, Siena, Florence, Lucca and Arezzo for example are all within easy reach of the agriturismo.
The nearest village is the historic, and very lovely, Montescudaio just 2km away, while the nearest airport is Pisa, just 60km to the north.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“It’s a place where you just feel a very good vibe, relax in total comfort whilst being really in touch with nature not to sound too cliched. We will be back…”
“We spend a week at the fattoria. It was great. The surroundings, the house, the staff, everything was absolutely fabulous. We highly recommend this place…”
Address: Via delle Vedove, 2