Portion of a character stone farmhouse from the 1700s in the centre of a pretty village in the Valdera region of Tuscany, completely renovated with care taken to highlight the historical architectural features and match these with all the modern comforts.
Arranged on three levels with independent entrance into a large living room with dining area and fireplace, nicely fitted modern kitchen which leads onto a terrace for ‘alfresco’ dining. Upstairs to a half-landing is a bedroom, then up again to two further bedrooms and a bathroom. Above, there is a partially accessible attic plus a nicely paved, large panoramic terrace. The views to the open Tuscan countryside are quite spectacular and over the village rooftops to the church. On the ground floor are two beautiful ‘cantina’ with perfectly restored vaults and arches, with another bathroom, which are currently used as a gym and a ‘taverna’ for dinner with guests. The taverna area is accessible from both a large external door and an internal staircase.
This house offers a perfect base from which to explore the treasures of Tuscany. The fixtures and fittings are of high quality, and as a whole it offers easy maintenance. The roof terrace with the spectacular view over the Tuscan countryside is quite special and it offers a great place to relax. Easy car access and walk to the bar for morning coffee.
The charming village of Rivalto, full of ancient stone houses, and with roots in Etruscan times, is full of pretty cobbled lanes and has outstanding views. Rivalto has a coffee bar and an ‘alimentari’, a grocers shop, and the larger village of Chianni is nearby with a range of popular restaurants and local shops. Surrounded by chestnut woods and olive trees, Rivalto has a splendid view over the valley below and the hidden location has maintained the place almost unchanged over time. The coastal towns of Castiglioncello and Cecina, the golf courses of Pisa and Castelfalfi, and the historic towns of Volterra and San Gimignano are within an easy drive. Rivalto is just 5 km from Casciana Terme, an ancient spa resort, which is still open to the public and is a spa resort of national importance.
There are many ‘agriturismi’ dotted around the area, serving excellent, local specialities, usually open to non-residents and they are wonderful places to explore. In particular, Il Palazzo Del Borgo in Rivalto is fabulous, with a swimming pool which has magnificent views. (https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1087673-d4520976-Reviews-Palazzo_Del_Borgo-Chianni_Province_of_Pisa_Tuscany.html).
Distances: Rivalto on the doorstep, Chianni 4 km, Pontedera (train station) 20 km, Voterra 35 km, Cecina (beaches) 35 km, Pisa (airport) 45 km, Lucca 50 km, Florence 80 km, Siena 80 km.