Il Leccio - Buonconvento - Tuscany

A private cottage on the same farm as La Stalla. Named after the holm oak tree by the front door.

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

Available: Easter - November
Pool: Shared pool
Open: May 12 - October 6

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Il Leccio as seen from the pool. From its windows there are wonderful views over Tuscany

Il Leccio as seen from the pool. From its windows there are wonderful views over Tuscany

The infinity pool has a glorious view over the Sienese countryside

The infinity pool has a glorious view over the Sienese countryside

A general view of the kitchen. It's simple,
but has everything you might need down on the farm

A general view of the kitchen. It's simple, but has everything you might need down on the farm

The bright double bedroom comes with its own en suite bathroom

The bright double bedroom comes with its own en suite bathroom

The farm is set among tall cypress trees and has wide views over the

The farm is set among tall cypress trees and has wide views over the "creti senesi" Tuscan landscape

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Summary

Separate cottage
- 1 double bedroom
- 1 bedroom with two single beds
- 2 bathrooms with shower
- open plan sitting room with dining table and kitchen
Private garden with shaded dining table.

TV, DVD player (Region 2), broadband (wireless), insect screens, shared laundry. Full selection of walking and cycling maps.

Dinner: 30 euro per adult plus wine (children: 15).
Breakfast: 10 euro per adult (children: 5 - 8).
Cookery lessons: ask Stefania during your holiday.

There is another apartment on the farm:Il Salariato for up to 6


Pool info: Shared pool, 45 ft x 32 ft, 2½-4½ ft deep

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Description

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 beloved horses you've already seen. 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 two rental apartments at Fattoria Armena, plus the house where the family lives. Il Leccio, here, for 4 guests and Il Salariato which sleeps up to 6 guests.

Il Leccio is nicely tucked away, below the main farmhouse where Stefania lives with her husband and her two strapping sons. Our main picture does Il Leccio no justice - it's much bigger than you might think! This cute cottage was once a large barn. Now it's been transformed by the family into a comfy, two bedroomed apartment, not far from the swimming pool.

Il Leccio is entirely on one floor. It’s comfortable, plain and simple in a Tuscan-cottage-kind-of-way, as you can see from the photos. It goes without saying that the views are wonderful, but what we couldn't photograph for you 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. If you like markets, then nearby Montalcino holds its market on Friday mornings. The wines of Montalcino are justly world famous and a trip to the cantine is highly recommended. Siena is unmissable and its bustling market is a Wednesday morning must!

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 Il Leccio 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 here offers all the pleasures of any mainstream Tuscan self catering holiday - and much, much more besides!!!

Reviews
Noelene Cole, 2015
2015 review:

I intended to let you know how we went - had a lovely week, Il Leccio was fine, lovely quiet, scenic spot and excellent location, the house very clean, the family very warm and friendly. We had a few teething troubles with heating and hot water, am sure due to being very early in the season. And Stephania¹s husband attended to immediately.

We really recommend the excellent bakery and fruit/veg shop in the village - next to the equally excellent conditorie/panneteria/pasticceria on the corner (where we often had morning coffee) - all on same street as but before you reach the Coop supermarket - the latter is ok for basic items but I am convinced we should be using the small village businesses to help them (and the villages) survive. And so much more fun. (and the alimentari opposite the car park on main road has good wine, cheese, pasta etc.

Had a lovely week!
Il Leccio
The view from the house


jim & karen edwards, florida
what a wonderful place to visit!! can not say enough good things about the farm and the family..we were welcomed with open arms--and left feeling like family!! tuscany is one of the most beautiful places we have traveled--and we have traveled alot..the cottage was perfect, from being able to cook some of our own dinners, sitting outside under the trees,and watching the awesome sunsets..stefania, her family, and staff are awesome--wonderful cooks, and as inviting as you could ever want...i hope that we can re-visit Il Leccio--i would move there in a heart beat--one can dream!! will attach pictures later, to show what a wonderful vacation we had at Il Leccio.....


Jack Fuchs and Pam Harper Fuchs, Somers, NY
Wonderful experience. Stefania was an extraordinarily generous hostess. The apartment was well maintained and equipped. We were able to cook several delicious meals, even though the kitchen is small.

We would love to return some day.


Prices
Price per week (Saturday to Saturday)
Rates for 2018 Rent
Mar 24 2018-Jun 16 2018EUR 1,250
Jun 16 2018-Sep 15 2018EUR 1,550
Sep 15 2018-Nov 3 2018EUR 1,250
Guide prices use current conversion rates
Shared pool open May 12 - October 6
Prices reduced for 2018 !

Additional costs to be paid directly to the owners:
- Final cleaning charge: 60 euro
- Council tourist tax: 7 euro per adult flat rate
- Heating (if used): charged at cost
Everything else is included in our price.
 
This property is charged in Euro
Location
Buonconvento 2½ m
Monte Oliveto Maggiore 8 m
Montalcino 10 m
Bagno Vignone 17 m
Pienza 18 m
Siena 19 m
Gaiole in Chianti 35 m
Florence 62 m
Pisa 90 m
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