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- Beautifully restored farm house
- Stunning panoramic views
- Heated pool
- Simpson family extras available
- Short drive to Radda in Chianti
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It’s an undeniable fact that the Italians know how to enjoy life: good food, great wine and quality time with the people who matter – and that’s what this fondly restored three-bedroom farmhouse is all about. Facing south and with views you could lose yourself in, it’s a dream of a location in the hills around Radda in Chianti and right in the centre of the Golden Triangle of Florence, San Gimignano and Siena, which are all about an hour’s drive away.
However, before you go exploring, there’s much to be enjoyed in and around your comfortable villa. It’s a typical wooden-beamed, terracotta-tiled Tuscan home, enhanced by some very user-friendly contemporary touches, thanks to the owner's keen eye for detail. Pretty pastels in the living-dining area and bedrooms create a restful, uplifting mood and the traditional-style kitchen is well-equipped - a still-or-sparkling chilled water filter providing instant refreshment.
For anyone who likes a sense of their own space, there’s an en-suite twin room downstairs with doors opening out into the lovely garden. The master bedroom, with a whirlpool bath, and a smaller double with wonderful views are upstairs. All the bathrooms have a shower too. And before you slide contentedly into bed, the Jacuzzi and sauna add the finishing touches to total relaxation.
Outside, a well-kept lawn rises up behind the house and leads to the swimming pool, which is heated in the cooler months and has a covered seating area for escaping the sun. It’s an outside space made for living in, with a summer kitchen, wood-burning barbecue and covered dining area that’s perfect for balmy evenings spent in the company of a Chianti Classico – the fruits of an afternoon tasting session in one of the area’s many boutique wineries.
While getting out and about may mean simply borrowing one of the villa’s mountain bikes, it can also be a cultural adventure, starting with Radda in Chianti, about a 15-minute drive away. This walled medieval town was the capital of Chianti, now it’s a wonderful place to catch a summer festival with music, dancing and, of course, more of that excellent local food and wine.
If Tuscany is still unfamiliar holiday territory, the iconic trinity of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano should be on your list. Each is a cultural treasure, where visitors gather round the main squares to drink coffee and people watch, sit down to world-famous cuisine, dip into upmarket boutiques or disappear into the cool interiors of museums and galleries where centuries of art and history unfold before your eyes. And all this is just part of what makes Chianti such a wonderful place to stay.
- 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)
- Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with flat screen Satellite TV with DVD/CD player
- Kitchen includes gas hob, electric oven, still and sparkling water dispenser, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
- Twin bedroom (beds can be configured into a double on request) with en-suite bathroom and separate shower; door leads to a gravel area with the garden beyond
- Shower room with WC
- Laundry/ironing room with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board
- Master bedroom (bed can be configured into twin beds on request) with en-suite bathroom and separate shower
- Double bedroom, leads to spa
- Bathroom with separate shower
- Spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, outdoor cold shower
- Access to the garden from the spa
- Complimentary WiFi
- Air-conditioned bedrooms
- Bath and pool towels provided
- 6 adult and 2 children's mountain bikes available
- Cook service available on request (payable locally)
- Fully equipped summer kitchen includes microwave, filter coffee machine, small fridge, dishwasher and a small flat screen TV
- Private heated gated swimming pool 12m x 6m (depth 1.4m throughout), electrically operated thermal cover
- Gated swimming pool
- A daily tourist tax applies for the first week of your stay only, which means that an average of €1.50 per person (12+ years) may be charged. This should be paid in cash during your stay.
Simpson family extras
- Complimentary cot and highchair available
- Car seats and booster seats can be provided at a supplement, subject to availability
- To pre-book any of our family extras please call 020 8392 5747
- All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*
* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.
- Check in time – 4-8pm
- Check out time – 10am
- Radda in Chianti (shops/restaurants/bar) 13min drive
- Panzano in Chianti 25min drive
- Castellina in Chianti 30min drive
- Greve in Chianti 35min drive
- Siena 1hr drive
- San Gimignano 1hr 10min drive
- Florence 1hr 10min drive
- Pisa airport 1hr 45min drive
Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.
Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in Italy to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.
|Departure airport||Airline||Flight days||Seasonality|
|London Heathrow||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|London Gatwick||easyJet||Saturday||All season|
|London Stansted||Ryanair||Saturday||All season|
|Luton Airport||easyJet||Saturday||All season|
|East Midlands||Jet2||Saturday||June - September|
|Departure airport||Airline||Flight days||Seasonality|
|London Gatwick||Vueling||Saturday||All season|
|London City||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|London Stansted||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|Luton Airport||Vueling||Saturday||All season|
|Manchester||British Airways||Saturday||June - September|
|Edinburgh||British Airways||Saturday||June - October|
Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you.
Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are available:
- 2 guests – 1 group B, Fiat 500 or similar*
- 3 guests – 1 group C, VW Polo or similar*
- 4 guests – 1 group D, Peugeot 308 or similar*
- 5 guests – 1 group F, Fiat Tipo SW or similar*
- 6 guests – 2 group C, VW Polo or similar*
* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.
Group B – 1.2 litre engine, 2 medium suitcases*
Group C – 1.6 litre engine, 2 medium and 1 large suitcases*
Group D – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group F – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large and 2 small suitcases*
The following cars are available as alternatives on request. Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group H – Alfa Romeo Giulietta AUT or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group G – BMW Gran Tourer Station Wagon or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large and 2 small suitcases*
* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.
A true indicator of how good a travel agent is has to be when there is a time of crisis/uncertainty, and Simpson Travel has certainly impressed us. Having originally booked a villa in Provence, the Covid-19 quarantine rules meant we needed to alter our plans, first to Greece and then (6 hours later!) a further switch to Tuscany. At all points pre-departure, the services of David and Jonathan (our local concierge) were exceptional. We had a wonderful time at Colto dei Pallanti. The location of the villa near Radda in Chianti was ideal for day trips into Florence, Siena and San Gimignano as well as being in the centre of the Chianti Classico wine area – and the villa has the best wine shop within easy walking distance: Castello de Albola! The villa itself was great and we were very impressed by all the additional steps that had been taken regarding Covid measures: hand sanitisers on entry and in every bathroom, additional masks provided (although we hope this won't have to continue for too long!). Alessandro went out of his way to make us feel welcome at the villa. Any questions or issues we had about the villa were immediately addressed by Jonathan and Alessandro. Jonathan was a superb concierge – always seeming to be on hand to answer any queries/questions we had about markets/trips. His tips in the villa guidebook were spot on – especially about where to park in Siena! In summary, we all had a superb time in Tuscany – we felt privileged to have been able to visit the region and see all the sights at a time when there are significantly fewer visitors, but at the same time, felt totally safe and comfortable. Thank you Simpson Travel – we certainly hope to book again with you in 2021!
Jocelyn Harrow – August 2020
Many thanks to our concierge, Jonathan, for all his help during our stay – it was lovely to have recommendations and assistance booking restaurants. We had a wonderful time in Tuscany and the villa was beautiful. Its location was idyllic and the amenities luxurious. We made use of a private chef (again arranged by Jonathan) for birthday celebrations which were wonderful.
Philippa – August 2020
What a fantastic week in a fabulous villa. We have been spoilt with the hot weather, which has allowed us to make good use of the pool – and enjoy the extraordinary views. The spread that greeted us on our arrival was wonderful and exactly what we needed after a long drive – a feast of cold meats, chargrilled veg, quiche, bread and wine! For a birthday treat we booked Simone to cook for us – which was an amazing meal and Allesandro gifted us a beautiful birthday cake, which was a surprise. We visited Siena and San Gimignano – the latter in the early evening for dinner, which was far more pleasant than during the heat of the day. Sunday included a trip to Panzano to buy fresh fruit, veg and cheeses from the market – but the highlight was the steak from Dario – world famous butcher – where we were greeted with a glass of chianti. Jonathan, our rep, was invaluable – assisting us with restaurant reservations, parking suggestions and general help.
The Allens – August 2020
After a 3½-hour drive from Venice, arriving at the villa late afternoon was more than a welcome delight. We were expecting a beautiful property, while it exceeded all expectation. We loved spending a week with a mix of relaxing by the pool and in the garden and day trips to San Gimignano and Florence. A highlight was the string trio concert dedicated to Enzo Morricone’s music in Radda’s piazza. Another highlight was the wine tour and degustation lunch at the D’Abola vineyard across the road. We also had a lovely meal at the osteria in La Piazza, 10km up the road. Thank you to Sandro and Jonathan for your hospitality. We’ve had a great stay.
The McCutcheons – August 2020
The post Covid-19 lockdown trip! The villa is perfect and if we had to hunker down for a week or two – no problem – but the accessibility of Siena, Florence and the local villas drew us out. On the last day we managed a trip to Volpaia, which we thoroughly recommend. We never felt ‘unsafe’ with Covid-19 here.
Richard – July 2020
We considered ourselves extraordinarily lucky that we achieved our holiday, booked in January, just as travel restrictions were lifted. Many thanks to both Simpson and the property owner for their patience, deferring payment of the balance until we were sure that both FCO advice and flights could be confirmed. The house is a delight, with many facilities (barbecue, sauna, table tennis, bicycles, outdoor kitchen). Fantastic pool, great outdoor eating and sitting area, all within easy reach of lively villages and cities. The attention to detail was phenomenal: the unmade road below the outdoor sitting area was regularly misted with water (automatically) to prevent dust clouds! We never visit the same property twice, but this may be the exception.
Kathleen McCoy – July 2020
We have had a wonderful week and would like thank everyone for their support to ensure this happened. Amanda was very efficient in guiding us to the property and showing us round. The villa is beautiful offering some of the best views.
Simpson Traveller – June 2019
This was either the third or fourth time we have stayed in one of your villas. Authenticity is a rare commodity in the travel business. The hopes so easily aroused as you thumb through glossy and misleading photographs under leaden British skies seldom survive contact with reality. But not so with Simpson Travel. When you say something's nice, it REALLY is nice. You understand the elements of holiday magic better than anyone else I have come across: how to bring out the individuality of your various locations, take us a little closer to understanding what makes them beautiful and coax us out of our settled way of looking at life. For all of which, much thanks. You will be our first port of call when we plan our next holiday. Amanda and Karola could not, incidentally, have been nicer or more helpful.
Chris Pagget – September 2018
We had a lovely week in Tuscany. The villa was perfect for our needs and we enjoyed relaxing by the pool in the great weather. Time spent in Radda and Greve was interesting and enjoyable. Thank you for the welcome pack which was a great help.
Michael & Allison – September 2018
What a beautiful location. So perfectly placed to visit some key spots. Highly recommend a visit to San Gimignano, Sienna and Montepulciano, all within 1 hour – 1hour 20 minutes’ drive through beautiful country roads. Had a lovely last night meal at Botte del Bacco and Via Oslria was lovely too. Enjoy your stay and thanks to Alessandro and Karola.
Jenny & Paul – September 2018
Colto dei Pallanti is a beautiful villa in a gorgeous part of Tuscany. We loved the fact that we had access to mountain bikes, and the boys loved the pool and table tennis. As for the view… Our particular highlights were Radda in Chianti which is lovely – a great setting and decent restaurants. We were lucky enough to be in Siena for the Palio di Siena. We saw the warm up three days before. Siena is a beautiful place and well worth the visit. The Florence walking tour was excellent, very interesting even for my 7 and 12-year-olds. Castello di Albola vineyard could not be closer – the wine tour took two hours and was interesting and led to a few purchases! Monteriggioni is charming.
David G – August 2018
Colto dei Pallanti is in a great location and is a well-furnished and comfortable villa. We loved the gardens and views, and enjoyed several meals in Radda. We loved visiting the villages in the lovely countryside around. We enjoyed Castello di Brolio, an impressive castle with 360° views and the abbey Badia a Coltibuono. We had brilliant assistance from Amanda, the Simpson Travel representative, and also the villa owner, Alessandro.
Gill/John Richards and Ian Campbell – June 2018
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