Borgo Le Vigne is a beautiful property located on a hilltop that offers 360 degrees views over the surrounding vineyards and the countryside. The Borgo's access dirt road is about 600 meters long and in fairly good condition. Vinci, Maestro Leonardo da Vinci's birthplace is at about 3 kms with all shops, facilities and restaurants. The Leonardo Museum and the house where he was born are certainly worth a visit. Empoli is at 12 kms with Railway Station that allows easy access to Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena without having to use a car. Lucca is and Firenze are at 47 kms, while Pisa and the Galileo Galilei Airport and the Tyrrhenian Sea's sandy beaches are at 60 kms. Siena is at 100 kms. Vinci also has a new Golf Course (about 1 km from the Borgo) that was inaugurated on April 2009 and it is considered one of the best with 9 holes in Tuscany.
Malvasia is a one bedroom apartment with access from the central lawn. The kitchen cupboard is on the right wall. Past this is the living/dining area with double sofa bed in a niche created by a brick arch. Next to the sofa bed is a double door that can be opened if this apartment is booked together with apartment Canaiolo
On the left of the room, a flight of 6 sandstone steps leads down to the double bedroom and complete bathroom. The wall next to the steps is provided with a mechanized platform that can bring a wheelchair down to the bathroom that is also designed for disabled persons with washbasin, WC and open shower. At the same level of the bathroom is a door to a double bedroom with high window.
The origins of Borgo Le Vigne go back to Romanesque times and the structures were first built around the Church, which is still standing, that dates back to the year 1000. The Borgo consists of three independent buildings set as a horse shoe around a central large lawn. Two of the structures are divided into apartments and rooms, while the third hosts the cellar and it is mostly used for the wine estate's activities. The estate expands over 120 acres, 45 of which are vineyards that cover the hills around the Borgo, while the rest of the estate is occupied by olive groves. Guests can purchase an excellent selection of wines and olive oil from the owner, who is a charming and friendly person, a wine connoisseur and a passionate jazz fan who is available to assist guests with suggestions about what to visit, and good tips on local Restaurants. The owner lives on the premises and speaks French and English.
The two buildings, Casa Belvedere and Casa Clarinetto, where the apartments are located, are surrounded by ample garden spaces. There is a barbecue on the central lawn for Casa Clarinetto and another one in the back of Casa Belvedere for shared use of the apartments. The grounds also offer both private and shared furnished garden areas, a swimming pool (7 x 14 meters - depth from 1.10 to 1.40 meters), located on a plateau below Belvedere, with fantastic views all around. The grounds are well equipped with garden furniture, and a hot tub with hydro massage for guest use. Pool towels will be provided at 9 Euros per person per week (bathroom towels cannot be used around the pool).
On the ground floor of Casa Clarinetto is a laundry room with washing machine, sink, iron and ironing board and a hanging rack that can be placed outside - it is for shared use of all the apartments. The restoration of the two structures was completed in 2009, preserving the original characteristics of the farm buildings. The apartments are provided with all modern and technological amenities. Each apartment and room offers: independent air conditioning systems that provide both warm and cold air, included in the rental price, analogical and digital widescreen TVs, WIFI, dishwasher, free standing fridge with freezer section. There are some baby cribs and private parking is on the Borgo's grounds.
Note: A rental car is essential for stays at countryside villas in Italy. We are more than happy to arrange a car for you during your stay, please just let us know at time of booking.