The House

Podere Le Monache set on a hillside dominates one of the most picturesque and spectacular landscapes in Tuscany. With distant views over hills, out to sea towards Livorno and Pisa. Originally a convent wrapped in history Le Monache has a magical and spiritual atmosphere. Whether you are lazing by the pool or strolling in the olive grove or simply relaxing in your apartment you are in another world. Restored and converted from a farmhouse into four charming ground floor apartments. Perfect for small or large family vacation rental.
Great care has been taken to restore all of the original features, vaulted ceilings dating back to the 11th Century, open fireplace in Monache 1, and beamed ceilings with original oak beams. Meanwhile all modern conveniences have been incorporated .
Each apartment is self contained with its own private entrance terracotta patio and outdoor furniture.
We also have a laundry room with washing machine for use of the guests.

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Cinzia and Andrea who live locally manage and look after the property, Andrea is a Chef together with Cinzia they organize cookery classes or courses at their restaurant in the village. They also organize wine tours in the region from half day to an all day event. The Autumn is a very exciting time of the year with Andrea beginning in September going into the woodland to find wild mushroom and Truffle hunting than passing on to October , November when Andrea is involved in the harvesting of the olives and invites the guests to join in the process from picking the olives  to processing them into our  Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Ending the day in his kitchen restaurant tasting the fresh olive oil and preparing one of his delightful exquisite dishes .

Prices

Currency Conversion

Rental periods Monache 1 Monache 2 Monache 3 Monache 4
Date 2+2 persons 6 persons 4 persons 4 persons
Christmas. 20 Dec. to 4 January 
Easter     1  April  to 11 April 




4 January - 1 April 
11 April - 16 May 
16 May - 27  June 
27 June - 29 August 
 29 August - 19 September 
19 September - 3 October 
3 October to 19 December
19 Dec 15 - 5 Jan 
         
Final Cleaning Charge
Refundable damage deposit paid in Italy 
Refunded on Departure

 

Notes on prices

  • Prices shown are for the property per week in Euros
  • In the price we include all electricity, gas, water, linen including swimming pool towels. Central heating is not included it is paid locally if required.
  • We also provide cots with linen @ €20.00 per , high chairs @ €10.00
  • Long winter lets priced per month, please contact us.
  • *for stays of more than 1 week linen is changed weekly.
  • Changeover day:
  • Changeover day is Saturday with the exception of Low season when you can arrive any day of the week.
  • *Please note: on arrival the apartments have initial supplies: Toilet paper, hand soap, washing up liquid, salt, pepper, sugar, tea, coffee, jams, bottle of Chianti wine, sample of our Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Maid service available daily upon request price per hour: € 12.00
  • Change of linen available daily upon request: € 8.00 per person
  • WiFi  is Free
  • Damage deposit: £100 (refundable)
  • 30% deposit required upon making a booking
  • Payment can be made by debit card, credit card, cheque, or bank transfer
  • Long winter lets priced per month, please contact Cinzia
  • Tourist Tax is Euros 1.00 per person over 14 years of age, maximum charge for 1 week or longer Euros 6.00

Changeover day Saturday except for low season when you can arrive any of the week

Changeover day is Saturday with the exception of Low season when you can arrive any day of the week.

*Please note: on arrival the apartments have initial supplies: Toilet paper, hand soap, washing up liquid, salt, pepper, sugar, tea, coffee, jams, bottle of Chianti wine, sample of our Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

The units

Monache 1 - sleeps 2+2, also rented with 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4+2)

  • Fully equipped kitchen, with built in cabinets, 4 burner gas hob and electric built in oven (Franke), tall refrigerator/freezer, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, good range of stainless steel cooking utensils and porcelain place settings, glassware, iron, ironing board. Table and chairs.
  • Separate lounge with 2 sofa-beds, side tables, fireplace, satellite TV.
  • 1 bedroom with king size bed or 2 single beds, wardrobes, chest of drawers and night tables. *
  • 2 bathrooms with power showers.
  • Patio off the kitchen and lounge with outdoor furniture.
  • Cots and high chairs available.
  • Central heating.
  • For price on renting with 2 bedrooms please contact us.
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Monache 2 - sleeps 6+2

  • Kitchen with built in cabinets, 4 burner gas hob, built in electric oven, tall refrigerator / freezer, microwave, Table with chairs, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, good range of stainless steel cooking utensils and porcelain place settings, glassware,iron and ironing board.
  • Separate lounge with sofa bed, writing desk, table, satellite TV.
  • 3 bedrooms with beds that can be made up as single or King size wardrobes, chest of drawers, and night tables. Views from all bedrooms. *
  • 2 bathrooms with power showers.
  • Patio off the kitchen with outdoor furniture.
  • Cots and high chairs available.
  • Central heating.
  • Wi-Fi available
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Monache 3 - sleeps 4+2

  • Kitchen with built in cabinets, 4 burner gas hob, built in electric oven, tall refrigerator/freezer, microwave, Table with chairs, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, porcelain place settings, glassware, iron and ironing board.
  • Lounge with sofa bed, satellite TV.
  • 2 bedrooms with beds that are made up as king size or 2 singles, wardrobes, chest of drawers, and night tables and lamps. *
  • 1 Bathroom with power shower, wc, pedestal basin, large mirror and bidet.
  • Cots and high chairs available.
  • Central heating.
  • Wi-Fi
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Monache 4 + 2

  • Kitchen with built in cabinets, 4 burner gas hob, built in electric oven, tall refrigerator/freezer, microwave. Table with chairs, toaster, kettle, coffee maker white porcelain place settings, glassware, iron and ironing board (microwave on request).
  • Lounge with sofa bed, satellite TV.
  • Covered patio off the kitchen/lounge with outdoor furniture.
  • 2 bedrooms with beds that are made up as king size or 2 singles, wardrobes, chest of drawers, and night tables and lamps. *
  • 2 bathrooms with power showers, bidet, pedestal basin large mirror, glass shelves, towel rails. Tiled floor and walls.
  • Cots and high chairs available.
  • Central heating.
  • Wi-Fi
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Notes on Accommodation

* The beds have sprung slat bases and good quality mattresses. The bed linen is pure white cotton. Duvets and blankets, are provided during mid and low season, light cotton bedspreads are provided during summer.

The property has a laundry room, drying facilities, central heating in each of the apartments, air conditioning is not necessary as the house dates back to the 11th C. and the walls are over a meter thick, keeping the house at a comfortable temperature. We are 300 meters above sea level and in open countryside; in the summer heat we have the sea breeze in the afternoon and evening.

The house is suitable for families as we are situated in a small hamlet with all amenities walking distance.

On request we can provide maid service on a daily basis or as required. We can organise a private chef to come and prepare a romantic dinner by the swimming pool or on the patio for 2, or for large groups.

Individual Cooking lessons are also available on request.

There is a village shop, restaurant, post box, and small Church.

Accessibility

One of the units is wheelchair accessible, please contact owner for more detailed information.

Outside

The swimming pool is 6m x 15m surrounded by a terracotta patio, with sun lounges, tables and large parasols. The gazebo has a table and chairs.
The guests have parking inside the estate.

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There are 2 large barbecues on wheels, a wood burning oven for pizza , bread or grilling.

The gardens are surrounded by hedges of laurel, bay leaf and oleanders; one area of the garden has rosemary hedges, shrubs of myrtle and pomegranates, fig trees, mulberry, and plums. Herbs are placed around the garden for use of the guests. The middle garden is formal rose garden with box hedges and terracotta pots. The car park is inside the gates of the property shaded by secular oak trees, and young lime trees.