On a hillside surrounded by fruit and olive groves just outside Buggiano Castello, and near to both Lucca and Pisa, this 13th century Tuscan agriturismo farmhouse makes for a luxurious holiday experience, with its outdoor pool (From March to November) and sun loungers, hot tub, bowling green, football pitch Read more [...]
This luxury farmstay agriturismo near Florence, in the heart of the Chianti hills, Tuscany, has a history going back to the 14th-century, and a gorgeous hillside setting surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.
Each of its very stylish and comfortable rooms and suites have private bathroom, WiFi and are tastefully decorated with a mixture of modern and rustic furniture, to complement the wood beamed ceilings and frescoed walls of this classic old Tuscan farmhouse.
Every morning you’ll be treated to a great Tuscan style buffet breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, pastries and jams. The Salvadonica also has its own small restaurant which serves some quality local food for lunch and dinner and using the farm’s own olive oil and wine.
There is a large garden outside which has lovely views over the Chianti Hills, an outdoor swimming pool, and plenty of space for relaxing and dining.
If you’re impressed by the food, and most people are, you can join their daily cooking classes where a professional chef will teach you how to create full three course traditional Tuscan and Italian meals.
You’ll have access to a tennis court and fitness center at the farmstay too, and they can also organize a whole host of services including massage, concierge, laundry services, a business meeting room, bicycle rental, bicycle tours, horse riding and hot air balloon trips.
The Farm & Vineyard:
Salvadonica agriturismo has a long history as a farm and manor house and the farmhouse has been lovingly restored in recent years. The farm itself has five acres of olive groves, four acres of vineyard, and over 15 acres left semi natural as park and woodland.
It is a beautifully relaxing place to wander around but it’s also a working farm & winery, producing its own wine and a range of extra virgin olive oil produced using the delicate prima spematura a freddo (first cold press) method of extraction.
The wine is a premium Chianti Classico, and guests can join daily wine and olive oil tasting sessions where you can learn about the production processes involved and to discover which local foods make suitable companions for their products.
The location of this agriturismo is difficult to beat; nestling in the hills of beautiful Chianti, with its winding roads, sweeping views, and quaint little villages.
On of these quaint little villages is the former medieval market town of Mercatale in Val di Pesa. It is just down the road from the farmstay and makes a nice morning stroll.
The larger centre of San Casciano is about four kilometers away, and has plenty of nice cafes, shops and restaurants. It also has a strong medieval history and in one of its satellite villages, Sant’Andrea in Percussina, you can visit Albergaccio Machiavelli, the former home of Niccolò Machiavelli during his exile from Florence from 1512 onwards.
He wrote many of his works here including his most renowned; The Prince. Visitors are more than welcome, there is an on-site museum at the property plus a very good restaurant and winery.
These are just two examples of nearby villages of interest but there are many, many more. The staff at Salvadonica Agriturismo know the area well and will have many more recommendations, and as mentioned before they also arrange all sorts of tours for their guests
In terms of cities, Florence is only 20km just to the north while Siena can reached in less than an hour by car. About halfway on the journey to Siena if you take a right turn you can visit the much loved, and much photographed, town of San Gimignano.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“As I expected it was a high-quality Tuscan hospitality experience. The place is beautiful in a wonderful location and if you want to experience Tuscany at a high level and in best value for your money, this is the place.”
“The property is undoubtedly beautiful. I could just sit by the pool all day staring at the vineyard.. the staff were super friendly, breakfast was simple but delicious and the property was just breathtaking.”
Address: Via Grevigiana, 82
San Casciano in Val di pesa
- Laundry Facilities
- Swimming Pool