Tuscany: Bucine Belvedere
Large Stone Terrace
- Name: Bucine Belvedere
- Sleeps: 4
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Price: €1680-€2630/week
We would go back in a heartbeat.
A perfect medieval castle overlooks the hamlet "borgo" that has been turned into a vacation village with ten accommodations as well as a four room B&B. The views of the Chianti hills are open and lovely.
Between Siena and Arezzo, a little off the beaten track, the fairy tale castle of Bucine rises from the hills of Tuscany. The hamlet next to the castle has been transformed into a vacation village with luxury apartments and villas.
And all of Chianti and Tuscany lie beyond with so many fabled towns and villages to explore, you will be torn between enjoying your village or visiting new ones. You are, amazingly, a fifteen minute drive from the A1 highway that links Rome with Florence, but unless you know how to find this property, it is unlikely you will discover it. Arezzo, famous for its antiques market, charm, and medieval jousting is half an hour`s drive. Siena is a 45 minute drive, Florence an hour, and Rome`s airport about three hours. You can avoid driving into Florence by catching the local train that gets you right into the center of that city in an hour.
The restaurant that serves six days a week during mid and high season is a real bonus. Breakfast is included with the B&B rooms and is available to apartment and cottage residents for an extra charge. Dinner served five nights: M,T,Th,F,Sat. There is a small bar and local wine and olive oil are available for purchase.
This lovely property has so much to offer to the vacationer whether a couple or an extended family. The variety of accommodations welcomes mixed groups and family reunions, too. Close to well-known towns like Arezzo and Siena, it also lets you wander solitary among the olive groves and ancient hills.
The property has 700 acres of woods, olive groves and vineyards to wander. An unrestored borgo used for farm purposes lies a hundred yards down the road and just beyond is a fishing lake. Fishing poles are available. The large, sunny swimming pool (26x66 feet or 8x20m) is almost competition size. You may reserve cycling tours, guided walks and treks, and private or group cooking lessons.
The accommodations merit four stars, luxurious but not opulent. The restorations have been beautifully done, respecting the ancient architectural elements and providing wonderful views. The furnishings are of a high quality. The apartments have air conditioning in the bedrooms, external telephone lines, well-equipped kitchens, and satellite TV for English language news programs, placing these accommodations a cut above many.
The entrance of Belvedere is on the ground floor across a large private south-facing terrace into a spacious living room with windows overlooking the central lane with satellite TV. Dining room opens onto the living room and, through a stone archway to the kitchen with oven, gas stove top, and refrigerator freezer. Large bedroom with queen sized bed and double doors opening onto a second private terrace that overlooks the castle. Second large bedroom with queen sized bed.
Two bathrooms with showers. One bathroom is en suite, the other bathroom is separate.
Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||Large bedroom with queen sized bed and double doors opening onto a second private terrace that overlooks the castle. Second large bedroom with queen sized bed.|
|Bathrooms||Two bathrooms with showers. One bathroom is en suite. The other bathroom is separate.|
|Size||1190 sq ft, 110 m2|
|Outlook||Large private south-facing terrace|
|Hairdryer||Yes, on request|
|Kitchen||Kitchen with oven, gas stove top, and refrigerator freezer.|
|Laundry||There are no laundry facilities on the property; but in the nearby town of Bucine (the closest village) there is a wash-and-fold and dry-cleaning services where you can drop off your laundry in the morning and pick it up laundered and folded the day after. Also the nearby village of Ambra has a laundromat (wash and dry).|
|Air Conditioning||In the bedrooms|
|Utilities||Heat is controlled and paid by guests, all other utilities included.|
|Transport||A car is required. Train station nearby.|
|Crib||Yes, on request, no charge|
|Telephone||Landline phone. Pay for calls|
|Internet||Wifi internet is available in the lobby near the office and on the terraces near there and outside the restaurant.|
|Cleaning||Light housekeeping every day except Sunday, 1 mid-stay towel change for weekly stays and final cleaning included. Light housekeeping does not include cleaning the kitchen. During Summer pool towels are provided.|
|Cook||With arrangements well in advance, the chef will give cooking lessons in the restaurant kitchen, usually on Wednesdays, provided enough guests sign up. The fee of €85pp includes the meal and 1 bottle of the property's wine for every four people. Payment is in cash on arrival.|
|Parking||Yes, no charge|
|Security Deposit||€200 damage deposit paid in cash on arrival. Refundable at check out less damage, if any.|
|Restaurant||Open for breakfast and dinner. Dinner served summers M,T,Th,F,Sat|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|2014 Weekly Rates Euros|
Jun 28 - Aug 22
Christmas and New Year`s weeks
Apr 19 - Jun 27
Aug 23 - Sep 26
Easter Apr 19 - 26
Jan 7 - April 19
Sep 27 - Dec 23
During High Season there is a 7 night minimum Stay from Saturday to Saturday. Shorter stays are available Mid and Low Seasons.
The price includes utilities, air conditioning, WiFi on the property but it is not guaranteed for every room, final cleaning, light housekeeping 3 x week but not on Sundays (light housekeeping does not include cleaning the kitchen), linens and one towel change for weekly stays. During the summer pool towels are provided.
Not Included are landline calls and heat which is paid as consumed. The security deposit is €200 paid in cash upon check-in and will be returned to you upon departure, less any deductions for heat, damage, lost keys and phone calls. Tourism tax of €10/pp/week from the age of 13 years is to be paid in cash upon arrival.
Arrival check in is between 4:00-8:00 pm. During High Season only the office can be open by special arrangement for your arrival between 1:00-4:00 pm by putting your arrival information and a phone number that works in Italy on the Italy Perfect reservation Arrivals page. If you do not provide an arrival time, you are expected between 4:00-8:00 pm. If you have arranged in advance to arrive 1:00-4:00 pm and aren’t able to keep to that schedule, you need to call the Bucine office. The office is open daily from 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm, except Sundays when the office is closed in the afternoon.
The Restaurant, during mid and high season, serves dinner daily at 8:00pm, excluding Sunday and Wednesday. The fixed menu changes daily. The approximate cost is €32/person for 4 courses and water; there is a children`s menu for €20/person for 3 courses and water. Reservations are required in advance. When you login to Italy Perfect to complete your reservations, please indicate whether you wish to reserve dinner for the date of your arrival; it is one of the options. Throughout your stay, dinner reservations must be made the morning of and breakfast reservations must be made the evening before. The breakfast buffet is €10/person.
- Unabashed admiration of the owners who have not stinted in any way in the restoration and furnishings.
- The views are beautiful, especially with the charming castle in the picture.
- Landscaping is extensive and meticulous, flowers everywhere
- Children`s imaginations will be fired by the castle and they will love romping about the property.
Guest Book Testimonials
We spent over a week, off-season, at the Bucine Belvedere apartment in October and have nothing but great things to say about the property, the staff, the location and the overall experience. We also loved being there in October! The accommodations are very nice and the grounds are spectacular. We had excellent meals at the restaurant, both breakfast and dinner, and loved wandering the grounds when we had a few spare minutes. It was not swimming pool season, though the pool looked very inviting. Some of party had a lovely tea with the owner in the castle. The property is an easy drive from Florence, 45 minutes, but feels remote. A lot of great day trips--San Gimignano, Montepuliciano, Cortona, Arezzo, etc. Very easy drives. Marianna's restaurant recommendations were great--we particularly loved Duddova, which is about 10 minutes away. The restaurant has about 5 tables and is fun by the Leonardo family. We had a blast, as well as an excellent meal. Overall our stay was lovely and we would be delighted to visit again. A very special place.
[Thank you so much for your review and the recommendations. The Italy Perfect Team]
Bucine, apartment Belvedere
This is our second time staying here, and we loved it, can't wait to return. We were greeted warmly, and they helped us with reservations at a winery and dinner, and we're always available to help.
The rooms were comfortable, quiet and clean.
bucine...Lupinar, the estate, is FANTASTIC in pretty much every way. The villas are first class; the grounds are expansive, user friendly, and diverse;the food is unmatched;and the proximity for day trips is excellent. The staff is professional, informed and friendly...this was the best week of our 8 week tour through Italy.
Great for any family or combination of people on holiday.
The villa in Tuscany worked out really well.
The villa in Tuscany worked out really well. With 4 daughter, 2 older and 2 toddlers the larger accommodations were perfect. We really enjoyed exploring the Tuscan region. Each day was a new adventure as we drove our Ford van here and there seeing the sights. We originally thought that we would relax and spend more time at the villa but ended up putting over 500 miles on the van that week alone. No problems, but did lose our security deposit when my wife and daughter decided to blow-up the cooktop. Long story, quite funny really. Loved the location and surrounding area. May have been a little too remote for us. But having the car really helped. Most of the local restaurants were good and had friendly service. Each little town seemed to have its own specialties and it was fun to explore each to see the differences. We visited, Aretzo, Siena, San Giminagno, Mont Riggioni, the Chianti region, Montevarchi, and several others. (town names spelled to best of my memory) Tips: Recommend using a GPS unit when driving the area. Usually very accurate but at times put us into some strange situations that all turned out to be fun and exciting. Tip 2 don't cook on top of the glass cover of the range, that's not what it is there for. Thank you for all your help. We will not hesitate to recommend you to others.
We all would go back in a heartbeat.
I must say that I feel that I know you personally. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you so much for helping Jennifer prepare such an amazing and memorable trip. All the arrangements were perfect. The Castello di Lupinari was the perfect setting for my family. I must tell you that the owners of this property are some of the most lovely people we have ever met. We all would go back in a heartbeat.
Everything else was perfect
We just wanted you to know that we had a totally fabulous time atBorgo Bucinelast week. We also were fortunate to have lovely weather, and thoroughly enjoyed our daytrips to Pisa, Siena, Montepulciano, and Arrezzo. We also visited one of the local wineries, Poggio Molina (website is www.poggiomolina.it) whom the owners recommended. This was one of the highlights of our trip....the vineyards are gorgeous and the wine cellar and tasting room was beautiful. It's run by a local family, and they even sent us back with a gift of wine for recommending them (we bought two cases of red and one of white).
...everything else was perfect...we loved the layout of the villa (Fienile) and the furniture is beautiful. Thanks again for all of your help and advice and I would love to return to Italy again soon. Thank you
Borgo Bucine was spectacular.
We returned from Italy late Saturday night. I must tell you -- Borgo Bucine was spectacular. Your directions were terrific and the family was lovely. I got especially friendly with Antonella. My daughter fell in love with their dogs.
So, thanks for hand picking a lovely villa for us. We had a wonderful and relaxing trip. Tuscany is a very special place. The Italian people--even more special.
It can get unbearably hot in the summer. We may have hit an unusually hot spell, but it did put a damper on our enjoyment. We had several days of 95-100 degree weather. Brutal. If people have a choice, they should choose May or October.
There were soooooo many tourists, it was crazy. When I travel, I like to spend time with the people who live in the area. Not people like me! Anyway, Antonella suggested three "tourist free" places for us that I loved.
Thanks for great tips. Oh, we ate in a place that you recommended. I don't have the name right now but it was about a block away from the Piazza della Signoria. Wonderful food. NO TOURISTS!! Grazie
Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property
Map and Location
|Bucine 5 minutes by car|
|Florence 45 minutes by car|
|Arezzo 30 minutes by car|
|Siena 30 minutes by car|
|In a 45 minute radius: San Gimignano, Volterra, Cortona, Pienza, Radda in Chianti, Greve, Castellina in Chianti and more.|
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