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bedrooms: 3

bathrooms: 2

available for: 6 people

Pool type: Private Pool

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Le Balze
Location address: Terranuova Bracciolini - Arezzo   Show on map
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Le Balze is a restored barn which has been carefully restructured into a lovely modern Tuscan villa. It is surrounded by a large pretty garden, well manicured and protected by a hedge. It has simple views of the surrounding fields, forest covered hills and the famous balze mud cliffs.
A slope with several steps leads down to the pool area. It is in full sun with several umbrellas and a gazebo for shade. The nearby hedges protect it from the refreshing breeze. The sunbeds with their comfortable cushions are perfect for relaxing.
To either side of the villa there are loggias. One is furnished with external sofas which overlook the pool area. While the loggia to the other side is near the barbeque and is furnished with a glass and iron table with chairs to dine outdoors.
Going inside there is a large lounge with a big fireplace surrounded by grey stone for the cooler nights. In the room there is plenty of space. Light is provided from the double wood and glass doors which lead to the garden, and from the single door that leads out to the loggia with the sofas. In one corner of the lounge is a huge flat screen TV.
To the back of the lounge and passing under an arch on either side of the back wall there is the spacious kitchen. The room is bright although there are only four small windows. Along the back wall there is the kitchen unit which is well equipped with gas hobs, an oven, dishwasher and fridge with separate freezer. Work space is provided by a wooden island in the centre of the room.
To the other side of this room there is the large wooden dining table which can comfortably seat 8 people. On the well stocked sideboard there is a TV. Completing the floor is a bathroom with shower.
At the top of the stairs there is a bedroom immediately to the left. It's a lovely room with a warm wooden floor and huge windows looking out to the orchard to the back of the villa and onto the hills beyond. The room is spacious with a double bed and a wardrobe. It has a TV.
Two further steps lead into a small hall off which there is a large bathroom with shower and a bathtub with hand held shower. To the right is a second bedroom which has a Juliette balcony. It is furnished with a beautiful curtained, four poster double bed, an armchair and a large wardrobe. The wooden floor has a pretty rug on it. There is a small TV in the room.
The final bedroom is across the hall. This is the largest of the bedrooms. It has tradition Tuscan barn windows shaded by terracotta tiles. The lovely wooden floor is enhanced by the pretty ceiling of terracotta tiles and large beams. To one side is a flat screen TV and an armchair. The wardrobe is a walk-in wardrobe separated from the sleeping area by a wall behind the bed. This room has direct access to the only bathroom on the floor.
There is some distant noise from a road passing nearby, this is not a main road but there is a little traffic.
There is a fence around the villa however this is not completely dog proof, therefore care needs to be taken with pets.
There are neighbouring villas.

The double beds cannot be made into twins.
Air-conditioning is available and charged by consumption.

The owners of Le Balze accept dogs however they are not allowed into the villa. There is a special pen with two kennels where dogs are to be kept at night.

Pool Info

The crystal pool is located at the end of the sunny garden and is protected by a thick hedge. It is surrounded by a well maintained lawn with an outdoor shower to one side while there is a pretty gazebo shading a couple of sunbeds to the other side. Next to the pool is a ping pong table.
The paved deck has a couple of umbrella and several sunbeds. It is the perfect place to relax with a glass of Tuscan wine while soaking up the warm sun.
The pool is 12x6 metres and 1.2-2.5 metres deep. It has roman steps to enter on one side with a diving board at the deep end. It's open from May to October, weather permitting.

In House: Facilities
  • The size of the villa is 170 sqm
  • Internet WI-FI Inhouse
  • Furnished loggia
  • Barbecue
  • Ping-pong table
  • TV Sat (news only)
  • CD player
  • DVD player (Euro)
  • MP3 player
  • Fire place (open)
  • American coffee machine
  • Stove top espresso machine
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Hairdryer
  • Washing Machine Inhouse
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Mosquito screens in bedrooms
  • Pets welcome
  • No smoking
  • Air-conditioning
  • Baby cot
Onsite: Facilities and Local Services
  • Swimming pool - 12x6 mtrs, 1.2-2.5mtrs deep. Open from May to October, weather permitting
  • Leisure - wine and olive oil tasting, biking, walking
  • Tennis - 6km away in Terranuova Bracciolini
  • Horse riding - Il Circolo Ippico Tir Na Nog - www.tirnanog.eu/Il-maneggio.html
  • Golf - Ugolino Golf Club 55km away, or Valdichiana Golf Club 60km away
  • Babysitter - book in advance
  • Cook on request - book in advance
  • House Maid - book in advance
  • Railways - San Giovanni Valdarno 7km
  • Other services - the nearest bus stop is 1.2km away
  • Approach road - all paved
  • Distances - Loro Ciuffenna 6km, Reggello 20km, Gaiole in Chianti 30km, Radda in Chianti 30km, Arezzo 45km, Florence 60km, Siena 65km,  Pisa 150km

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Important booking info
Important booking info
  • Price: price per villa, per week
  • Arrival/Departure day: Saturday
  • Terms and conditions: please read the booking contract
  • The Security Deposit is 450 Euro or equivalent in your own currency, is collected on your arrival and held by the owner for the duration of your stay. Should you or your party cause any damage at the property contact us straight away so that we can help agree a reasonable settlement. Damage does not mean normal usage or wear and tear.
    Payment method for security deposit: Cash
  • Weekly linen and bathroom towels: included - service provided by local supplier
  • Heating, if used: by consumption
  • Final clean: included - service provided by local supplier
  • Tourist tax: included
  • Baby cot: 1 available on request, no extra cost
  • High chair: 1 available on request, no extra cost
  • Optional extra costs: Air-conditioning is available and charged by consumption.
 
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Important booking info
  • Price: price per villa, per week
  • Arrival/Departure day: Saturday
  • Terms and conditions: please read the booking contract
  • The Security Deposit is 450 Euro or equivalent in your own currency, is collected on your arrival and held by the owner for the duration of your stay. Should you or your party cause any damage at the property contact us straight away so that we can help agree a reasonable settlement. Damage does not mean normal usage or wear and tear.
    Payment method for security deposit: Cash
  • Weekly linen and bathroom towels: included - service provided by local supplier
  • Heating, if used: by consumption
  • Final clean: included - service provided by local supplier
  • Tourist tax: included
  • Baby cot: 1 available on request, no extra cost
  • High chair: 1 available on request, no extra cost
  • Optional extra costs: Air-conditioning is available and charged by consumption.
The guest reviews published below represent the personal opinions of To Tuscany customers who completed a questionnaire after their stay at the villa or apartment. These opinions do not necessarily represent the view of To Tuscany. For help with translation we recommend http://translate.google.com/
Marita
Family with older children
Sindelfingen, Germany

Review date:
Stay: August 2014
Pros sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtetes Haus zum sofort "zuhausefühlen", tolles Grundstück mit wunderschönem Pool (das Sprungbrett war für die Kinder ein Highlight). Sehr nette Besitzer und Verwalter, die sich toll um uns gekümmert haben.
Jederzeit gerne wieder!!
Cons Das Restaurant nebenan ist am Wochenende etwas laut, dafür isst man dort aber auch super.
Local attractions San Gimignano, Cortona und natürlich Florenz und Siena das I´Casolare nebenan, break House in Penna Fahrradfahren im Pratomagno
9
Anonymous
Family with older children
Birken-Honigsessen, Germany

Review date:
Stay: August 2014
Pros - sehr schöne Lage
- viel Platz
- sehr, sehr nette und hilfsbereite Verwalter (Lara und David)
- gute Lage für Ausflüge nach Florenz, Siena, Arezzo
- Einkaufsmöglichkeiten in annehmbarer Entfernung (großer coop in ca. 10 km, kleiner
Lebensmittelladen in Loro Ciuffenna in ca. 5 km)
Cons eigentlich nur ein kleiner Kritikpunkt: - die zur Verfügung gestellten Räder sind bis auf zwei eigentlich reif für den Schrott und nicht fahrbar, die Luftpumpe geht auch nicht
Local attractions - Pratomagno (schöne Rennradrunde oberhalb Loro Ciuffenna) - Wasserfälle und Wasserpools unterhalb von Gorgiti (sehr schön für Hunde) - Arezzo - Radda in Chianti - Poppi - Pizzeria La Capricciosa (die Straße Richtung Penna ca. 2 km) - Osteria I'Casolare (gleich nebenan)
9
Anonymous
Family with young children
Den Helder, Netherlands

Review date:
Stay: July 2014
Pros Le Balze is Dynasty en Dallas tegelijk. Fantastische ontvangst. Groot oppervlak aan leefruimte, zowel binnen als buiten. Heel koel huis, ook als het erg warm is buiten. Mooie gaard met fruitbomen achter het huis, waar je gewoon van mag plukken. Groot en heerlijk zwembad. Tuinier komt iedere ochtend vuil ophalen, tuin doen en zwembad schoonmaken. Hem zie of hoor je niet. Van de hoek waar op de foto een loungeset staat, is nu een glazen serre gemaakt, met meerdere deuren die open kunnen. Ideaal om te zitten. Vandaar uit zie je de zon achter de heuvels gaan. Veel privacy, alles omheind. Wij waren 12,5 jaar getrouwd en familie die ook in Italië was, is een weekend langs geweest. De eigenaren vonden dat geen enkel probleem.


Cons Niets
Local attractions We hebben vooral veel van het huis en het zwembad genoten. Wel zijn we een dag naar Pisa geweest, omdat onze zoon op de toren wilde staan. Tip: zet de auto bij het station en loop door de stad naar de toren van Pisa. Verder in Arezzo wandeling gemaakt, mooie ommuurde oude stad. In de buurt ook een hele grote prachtige biologische boerderij, als je daar van houdt. Volgend jaar weer terug naar Toscane, en dan in de buurt van Lucca.
10
Delphine
Family with young children
Mannens, Switzerland

Review date:
Stay: June 2014
Pros La situation, l'équipement, la piscine, l'accueil des propriétaires
Cons Tout était parfait!
9
Enrique
Group of friends
Seevetal, Germany

Review date:
Stay: June 2014
Pros Das Haus, der Garten und die Privatssphäre, sowie der Hausservice durch Davide und Lara. Man war immer sehr bemüht die Sachen in Ordnung zu bringen - was auch dann zügig klappte !
Cons das lehmige Leitungswasser.
Local attractions Arezzo San Giminiano Montepulciano Montalcino Florenz Siena
To Tuscany team comments for this review:

26.06.2014
The owner resolved the problem with the water immediately. New filters were placed into the system and the water is now perfectly clear and drinkable.
8
Anonymous
Mature couple
Yorba Linda, United States of America

Review date:
Stay: April 2014
Pros The owners David and Lara were outstanding as was the villa, great location which was near shopping and the train stations. The villa has a large kitchen area and leaving room and a great glassed in patio area for lounging. The rooms are well appointed and have everything you need, and the pool was outstanding. We stayed 2 weeks and it was amazing; we would recommend this villa to anyone, it is large, well kept, and the owner are very engaged in making sure your visit is perfect in every way.
Cons Everything was perfect
Local attractions This Villa is close to 3 towns within 5 min drive, and all have grocery stores, shoping, and restaurants. The restaurant next door to the villa (B&B/restaurant) was outstanding and we went there twice during our stay.
10
Fabian
Family with young children
Pratteln, Switzerland

Review date:
Stay: September 2013
Pros -wunderschönes Haus mit toller Ausstattung an toller Lage
-schöner, gepflegter und grosser Garten
-tolle und saubere Schlafzimmer
-nette und hilfsbereite Verwalter
Cons -die Sauberkeit in der Küche und im ganzen Erdgeschoss war nicht 100% -die Fahrräder hatten keine Luft in den Reifen und die Pumpe war defekt -im Beschreib steht dass es keine Nachbarn hat, stimmt nicht ganz!
7
leen
Family with older children
Geel, Belgium

Review date:
Stay: September 2013
Pros Prachtig huis. Rustige ligging.
Fantastisch onthaal. Geweldig gastheerschap van de eigenaren.
Cons Niets De buitentafel zou eventueel groter mogen zijn.
10
Mario
Family with young children
Kappel, Germany

Review date:
Stay: August 2013
Pros Alles.....besonders das Anwesen und die Besitzer vom Haus waren sehr nett und wir werden sicherlich wieder kommen.
Local attractions Florenz
10
paul
Family with older children
Loxley, United Kingdom

Review date:
Stay: July 2013
Pros Fantastic welcome to what is a beautiful villa with a fantastic garden and the best possible swimming pool.

Cons Nothing, the only comment is that it would be great if there was a visitors book where we can all put our comments and recomendations for places to visit in the area.
9
Anonymous
Family with young children
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Review date:
Stay: July 2013
Pros Very good accommodation; great pool. We were greeted by Lara who looked after us and was very helpful throughout.
Cons Most places to visit were a fair drive away including the supermarket. No shops nearby at all.
Local attractions None...
7
Nicola
Family with older children
Billingham, United Kingdom

Review date:
Stay: July 2013
Pros The décor was lovely, the air conditioning in the bedrooms very welcome, the pool and setting fabulous. The keyholders were so helpful and friendly and could not do enough for us. We would highly recommend it.
10
Anonymous
Family with older children
Reinbek, Germany

Review date:
Stay: June 2013
Pros Ruhig und günstig gelegen. Viele Ausflugsziele gut zu erreichen.
Wunderschönes Anwesen und reichlich Platz für 5 Personen. Schöner Garten und großer, gepflegter Pool.
Sehr netter Empfang und aufmerksame Verwalter.
9
Stephanie
Family with young children
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

Review date:
Stay: June 2013
Pros Everything! From the very warm welcome, the location, pool, kitchen, garden and bikes it was all perfect! The owners could not have been more welcoming or helpful! We cannot wait to return!
Cons Nothing! It was perfect!
Local attractions Once we dragged ourselves away from the beautiful villa and pool we drove to Siena and Florence which were both amazing! One evening the owners recommended the restaurant beside the villa and booked us a table. We were made to feel so welcome and they let us sample all types of food and wine which was very special.
10
Anonymous
Group of friends
ottawa, Canada

Review date:
Stay: May 2013
Pros The villa was spacious and well appointed and the large grounds were beautifully tended and secure. There was even a small garden where fresh strawberries were available to us.

The pool area was fabulous and the pool well maintained. The outdoor amenities were also of a high standard. One important change to that was not advertised was the glassed-in portico which proved to be a welcome shelter from the wind and cooler weather we experienced during our stay. This area is well placed for evening meals even on the cooler nights.

The position of the villa is very well situated in a very quiet rural setting. Large supermarkets are a short car ride away and with a country restaurant and gelateria as neighbours it is almost heavenly.

The hosts were unbelievably welcoming and helpful and were a delight. They were always available and there was nothing that was too much for them. They made our stay very special.

Cons It would be really difficult to provide a dislike and would have to really nit-pick to find something. Rather than provide a dislike we would rather provide suggestions for improvement. This is also difficult to do for something which lacks very little, but a preference for larger bath towels and perhaps a higher quality, crisp bed linen would elevate the already very high standard of inclusions. The loose handles on the kitchen knives could also be repaired, but again this is really nit-picking on a high standard rental accommodation.
Local attractions Le Balze is beautifully located in " The Balze" area, an area with unusual mud and sand outcrops. Most of our dining out was lunch in the towns and cities nearby. Florence by train was easy at 10 euros return. And most other places of interest were within an hour by car. Arezzo, Siena and the Chianti region were favourites. Evening drinks and meals were taken in the glass conservatory watching the sun going down, prepared in the large well appointed kitchen.
10
Jan
Adult family group
Weert, Netherlands

Review date:
Stay: May 2013
Pros De ligging, de ruime uitstekend verzorgde tuin, het mooie zwembad, de inrichting + de sfeer + de indeling van het huis, het comfort ( zowel binnen als buiten ), maar vooral de vriendelijkheid en de hulpvaardigheid van de sleutelbewaarder ( echt een compliment waard )
Cons Niets
Local attractions We hebben de volgende steden bezocht : Arezzo, Siena en San Giminiano. Prachtig !!! Van de sleutelbewaarder kregen we ook nog een tip over een aantal andere kleinere plaatsen in de omgeving, maar daar zijn we helaas niet meer aan toegekomen. Het Restaurant I’Casolare ligt voor Le Balze en daar hebben we heerlijk gegegeten. De prijs/kwaliteit-verhouding is prima. In Nederland kun je voor dit geld nergens zo lekker eten.
10

Nearest town

There are three towns all within the same distance from the villa. These three are Terranuova Bracciolini, San Giovanni Valdarno and Loro Ciuffenna, they are all approximately 6km away and have all amenities. However, about 3.5km from the villa is Penna which has a small grocery shop. And the nearest restaurant is Il Pettirosso which is about 4km away.

FAQ

- What time can we arrive? By what time must we vacate the property?
Check is in from 16.00-19.00.
Checkout by: 10.00

- Can we arrive earlier than 16.00-19.00?
No it is not possible to arrive early, this is to ensure the villa is fully prepared for your arrival.
To ensure the villa can be prepared for the next guest please depart by 10.00

- Are pool towels supplied?
not included

- Is there Internet in the villa?
free WI-FI available

- Can we bring an extra person / child that can sleep on an air mattress or not the couch?
No, for fire and safety regulations, and insurance purposes, the maximum number of people indicated on the description cannot be exceeded.
NB: anyone aged 2 or above counts towards the occupancy of the house.

- Can we order a cot and / or high chair?
Please see here if it is possible in your villa. You can order these while completing your booking online, or at a later date by logging into you account.

- Where do I find information about the final cleaning, security deposit and other extra charges?
For complete details about what costs are included and excluded see here

- How much does heating cost in Italy?
Heating is very expensive in Italy. Most properties charge heating by consumption. Please make sure on arrival you are shown the meter so that you can check your spending. Here you can see how heating is charged at your villa.

- Is there a local bike hire place?
For bike hire shops see here, this is not an exhaustive list. On arrival you can check with the property owner for the closest shop.

- Where is the nearest grocery shop?
Click here for information about the nearest village/town and grocery shop.

- Is it possible to have a starter pack? if yes, how can we order one?
Yes, a starter pack can be provided. To order a starter pack please login into your account and place the order for one starter pack

- Where is the nearest recommended restaurant?
Click here for information about the nearest village/town and restaurant.

- How far are the airports? Distances and driving time
Florence Airport: 71km - 0h 51m
Aeroporto Perugia: 125km - 1h 26m
Aeroporto Pisa: 130km - 1h 28m

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- Can you assist with travel information?
Click here to view information we have put together to assist you with your travel plans

- When do I get the directions and keyholder contact?
After paying the balance you will receive the directions. They will also be accessible in your account.
You will also be supplied with a contact number for To Tuscany in case you should have any queries about the property on arrival

- Where do I find the directions?
Once your balance payment has been received you can access the directions from your account.

- Can we book a weekly stay not arriving on Saturday?
From June to end September, it is not possible to change the arrival/departure days. In other seasons it can be considered only for last minute bookings and at the owners discretion. Please contact us for more information or if you have a specific request.

- What is there for children to do in Tuscany?
Click here for some ideas of what to do with children while on holiday

- What is there to do in Tuscany?
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- Are pets allowed?
Villas which allow pets have an icon with a dog. Please check the description page of your villa for the icon. If pets are accepted this is normally limited to ONE dog per booking, please contact your agent for any questions. Some properties have extra charges for pets, make sure you check the extra charges here for pet charges.

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