Literally was a totally detached (from the main farmhouse) chicken shed (now a bathroom) with a farrier above (now a bedroom). Built around 500 years ago, but restored rather more recently. A compact and bijoux space. 3km from a station, direct line into Florence.
Our rather sprawling Tuscan farmhouse has a fabulous outbuilding; ex-farrier come chickenhouse, with totally private access. Just a main room, with enough room for seating and a coffee/tea station. The double bed is way up a ladder under the chestnut wood eaves. The bathroom below is down a spiral staircase. We dare to suggest it is a base for the agile and fit! A small fridge is in the room too to keep you some cool drinks to hand.
There are NO cooking facilities in the Chicken Shed - so eat out or pick something up at the supermarket!
The ex-farrier/chicken shed sports pink walls and lots of light, as there are 6 windows!
Private parking, private garden.
As much or as little as you like. We are all Brits in the main house, and you can pop over the road for a coffee or advice as often as you like.
We might often have a BBQ in the garden and invite you (you might want to say no, that's ok!), we might have a picnic snack in the garden and ask you if you want to take part. We DON'T offer these as part of the package (we might be busy!) but they often happen.
The ex-farrier/chickenshed literally overlooks the vineyards of the Frescobaldi Wine Estate of Nipozzano. And we are working on some very small vines of our own. Very small.
There are a million fabulous walks starting from our house. Be warned - all include hills, this is Tuscany!
We have a couple of big supermarkets nearby and laundromats for washing facilities.
In cold weather months (normally mid October to mid March) heating is required. In the Chicken Shed we have a wood burner, and as long as you are prepared to manage it (cleaning, refuelling etc) we supply the wood free of charge.
If you would like to have the heating on, then we will charge you for the gas used.
We are bog standard working people. We get up fairly early, work all day and go to bed not terribly late. We don't make huge amounts of noise. We would hope that would suit you too.
Most definitely non-smoking.
Pets not really, as we have a Dobermann! Friendly to people, but not to pets.
The apartment has an open spiral staircase, and a ladder up to the bed. Neither are good news for people with small children. We do not accept bookings including children under 6.
Another Brit living in Tuscany. I have been here since 1993 (originally from London) and speak fluent Italian, so I am good at getting things sorted locally. I have children and dogs and the usual paraphernelia associated with life. I work from home, and so am usually on hand to help out if required.
I travelled extensively in the past for work right around the world and back, but now am taking it easy in the Tuscan countryside.
Life in Tuscany is good (short term!) and we live a slow life with simple pleasures. I would love to help you get to know them!