Whenever prospective owners come to us for advice on how to restore their farmhouse or villa for vacation rental, we send them on an inspection visit to Villa La Noce. For Villa La Noce is our model for all country house rentals. When we saw it for the first time 15-plus years ago, we realized that it was as close to perfection as one can get. Since then, we have found villas which are equal to La Noce in quality, even superior in certain respects, but La Noce was the first, and it remains one of the very best.
The location of La Noce is ideal, lying just about midway between Florence and Siena, and just a short distance from the four-lane highway connecting the two cities. The highway is close enough for maximum convenience and far enough away to be completely inaudible. All the Chianti hilltowns are a short drive away. Two of them, Tavarnelle and San Donato, are within 5 minutes’ drive and have banks, shopping, restaurants, and post offices. The accommodating owners and their three young adult children live in a separate house next door and will arrange with you convenient hours for their own use of the pool (which is rare). They are entirely unobtrusive; yet they are there if you encounter problems or simply need a restaurant recommendation or other sightseeing advice. They are among the most experienced and yet still uncynical owners we know.
You can pile your coffee table high with all the agency catalogs you want, surf the web for hours on end, but we still say that there are not more than two dozen houses in all of Italy which are really suitable for four or five couples travelling together. In most cases, you are faced with vastly unequal bedrooms; in other cases, there aren’t enough bathrooms, or the bathrooms are poorly positioned in the house. You absolutely cannot go by a catalog or on-line description which says that such-and-such a house holds 10 persons. You have to inquire more closely as to what that really means.
La Noce is one of the rare few. It really does have five equal bedrooms and five en-suite bathrooms. Thus, the house is perfect for five couples, especially as the overall floor space measures 600 square meters or more, meaning no constant tripping over each other. La Noce is also great for two families travelling together or even three small families. In addition to the five double bedrooms (three with indivisible king-size beds, two with joinable twins), there is a charming, spacious single bedroom with its own en-suite bath. In addition to these five doubles and one single, there is a seventh double bedroom, smaller than the other five doubles, but not too bad, with its own bathroom adjacent. So you could actually be 13 adults at La Noce, with the understanding that one of the bedrooms is much smaller than the others. If your group contains more than 13 adults, the owners can offer for the overflow, at an additional charge, a simply but comfortably furnished 2-bedroom, 1-bath, apartment 100 meters away. Contact us for details on this.
All in all? A wonderful property in a great location, with some of the most charming owners we know in Italy.