La Stalla - Buonconvento - Tuscany
Ground floor apartment
1 double bedroom,
1 bedroom with twin beds,
bathroom with shower,
sitting room with dining area,
Private garden with shaded dining table
DVD player (Region 2), broadband (wireless), insect screens, shared laundry. Full selection of walking and cycling maps.
Saturday Welcome Buffet: 25 euro per person.
Home cooked meals can be ordered during your stay: 30 euro per person, breakfast 6-8 euro.
Cookery lessons with the family: ask Stefania during your holiday.
Pool info: Shared pool, 45 ft x 32 ft, 2½-4½ ft deep
Fattoria Armena is a beautiful smallholding in the heart of lovely Tuscany. The little farm (almost 20 acres) produces a truly excellent red wine, fine olive oil and a range of home produced jams from the fruit trees. You’ll also find there are hens for fresh eggs, as well as a calf, a couple of wildly gobbling turkeys, some friendly little goats and the two beloved horses you saw above. It’s farming on a small scale: small but delightfully well done - not to mention the delicious produce all the hard work produces!
There are three apartments at Fattoria Armena, plus the house where the family live. There are two apartments for up to 4 guests plus a third apartment which sleeps up to 6 guests. La Stalla is shown on this page, and there’s also Il Leccio for up to 4, near the swimming pool. The main house (in our top photo) offers La Stalla on the ground floor while the traditional external staircase leads up to Il Salariato, a huge, airy apartment which sleeps 6 in characterful style. In the meantime I’ll continue with La Stalla on the ground floor of the farmhouse in our main photo.
La Stalla is entirely on the ground floor with both the kitchen and the double bedroom opening directly into the back garden. It’s comfortable: plain and simple in a Tuscan-farmhouse-kind-of-way, as you can see from the photos. It goes without saying that the views are wonderful, but what we can’t really photograph is the splendidly handy location! The busy little market town of Buonconvento is less than a ten minute drive away. It’s a vibrant little town with all the shops, restaurants and bars you could need. You must try the trattoria “Da Mario”. It’s the nicest, most inexpensive place to eat in town - home cooking at its Tuscan best! The Saturday morning market is great for bustle and bargains while the Tourist Information office will point out where you can quietly contemplate the town’s art treasures.
Monte Oliveto Maggiore is just over ten minutes drive away, climbing through the wooded hills to a stunning 13th century Benedictine monastery set in outstandingly beautiful countryside - another one for your “must-do” list! The glories of Siena are little more than 30 km away, while the luscious red wines of Montalcino are only a 15 minute drive away. The perfect little Renaissance town of Pienza is a 30 minute drive away while the world famous wines of Montepulciano are only a little further. Florence and Arezzo are both just an hour away!
If you want to try something really different this holiday, pamper yourself with a trip to an Italian thermal bath. Nothing could be more spoiling than the health and beauty treatments at these Italian spas - and La Stalla is close to some of Tuscany’s best! Rub shoulders with the film stars relaxing at elegant San Casciano, take the waters at ancient Bagno Vignoni or spend around 50 euro and treat yourself to a massage (Aromatherapy, Ayuverdico, Qi Gong and many more are on offer) at nearby Rapolano Terme.
To get your holiday off to the perfect start, you might also decide to book in for Stefania and Alessandro’s special Saturday evening “Welcome Buffet” - it’s only 25 euro per person for a hearty meal based on their delicious farmhouse produce.
A holiday at La Stalla offers all the pleasures of any mainstream Tuscan self catering holiday - and much, much more besides!!!
The location was amazing, we were so close to all our favourite places in Tuscany.
This was the second week in Italy. Our first week was spent very expensively at a Cuendet property. It was very uncomfortable with terrible beds and little hot water - I almost cried with joy when we got to La Stalla!
|Rental Seasons for 2013||Rent|
|Mar 2 2013||-||Mar 30 2013||EUR 690|
|Mar 30 2013||-||Apr 6 2013||EUR 1,150|
|Apr 6 2013||-||May 4 2013||EUR 850|
|May 4 2013||-||Jun 22 2013||EUR 1,150|
|Jun 22 2013||-||Aug 24 2013||EUR 1,350|
|Aug 24 2013||-||Sep 28 2013||EUR 1,150|
|Sep 28 2013||-||Nov 2 2013||EUR 850|
- Final cleaning charge: 60 euro
- Heating (if used): charged at cost
Everything else is included in our price.