Tuscany: Bucine Limonaia
Resort-Like Wine Estate
- Name: Bucine Limonaia
- Sleeps: 6
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 3
- Price: €2090-€2910/week
I must tell you -- Borgo Bucine was spectacular.
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 and Florence are a 45 minute drive and Rome`s airport about 2.5 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. You may reserve cycling tours, mountain bike rentals, guided walks and treks, and private or group cooking lessons.
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.
Ground floor: Large luminous living room with satellite TV and dining area ringed with arched windows in a wonderful position overlooking the castle. Well equipped kitchen with oven, gas stove top, dishwasher and refrigerator freezer. Bathroom with shower.
Second Floor (First European): Galleried landing with small sitting area. Large bedroom with queen sized bed, en-suite bathroom with shower. A second bedroom with queen sized bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower.
Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||Large bedroom with queen sized bed. A second bedroom with queen sized bed. Twin bedroom|
|Bathrooms||2 Bathrooms with shower and an en-suite bathroom with shower|
|Floor||1st Italian, 2nd North American|
|Size||2045 sq ft, 190 m2|
|Hairdryer||Yes, on request|
|Kitchen||Well equipped kitchen with oven, gas stove top, dishwasher 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 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 (fixed Tuscany menu) served from March to November: M,T,Th,F,Sat.|
|Pool||Large sunny pool with furniture. Pool towels provided.|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
Weekly Rates Euros
Jun 24 - Aug 25
Dec 28 - Jan 6
Apr 14 - Jun 23
Aug 26 - Sep 20
Jan 3 - Apr 13
Sep 30 - Dec 28
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. Restaurant charges and cooking lessons may be paid by credit card.
- 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 would be very happy to go back.
I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that our trip to Tuscany and Rome was wonderful. Your help and your website really made our trip run very smoothly. We found Bucine to be a wonderful, serene spot in the Tuscan hills and being off the beaten path only added to the magic. The accommodations were beautiful, clean and well tended. Dinner and breakfast were tasty. Antonella is personable, kind and attentive. Her suggestions for dinner and towns to explore were spot on. We would be very happy to go back. Thank you for connecting us with a special place.
Our favorite place
This is our fifth trip to Bucine and as always we were welcomed and treated royally. We come off season, so we were the only guests at this time, it was very quiet and private. The apartment we rented is for two people and is just perfect with a small fireplace, adequate kitchen with a stove and oven. It is very clean and very well maintained. The staff is always available if you have questions and they have good recommendations. There are many hiking trails if you like that sort of thing, and Florence is and Arezzo are a 30 minute drive away, Cortona is about 45 minutes away. I would recommend shopping in the small shops in downtown Bucine, you need to check the store hours, but they have an excellent meat market and fruit and vegetable market. The Coop store at the top of the hill is not that great. We will definitely return, hopefully next fall.
[We so appreciate your repeat business and your fondness for Bucine! The Italy Perfect Team]
We were very pleased with our accommodations
We were very pleased with our accommodations…great location for catching train to Florence and visiting the surrounding towns in Tuscany. I would definitely recommend to our traveling friends. We so enjoyed getting to know the owners!
Never having visited Italy or Tuscany before, the vast beauty was overwhelming. The remote nature of Tenuta Lupinari only enhanced that sense. The accomomdations were not only adequate but difficult to describe even with picture to our friends and family here in the U.S. We were treated with great respect by the stafff. We had several requests and they were attended to immediately and with gentleness and concern. It woud have been to our advantage to have used their restaurant facitlies more than we did. Going to other locations, for instance nearby Ambra opened up numerous excellent dining choices, but missing the special cooking at Lupinari is our loss. Next time! I have previously commented that by coming at the beginnin gof the low season meant that for four of our seven days we were the only guests. This allowed the staff more flexibiity but also left us isolated betweeen 9 pm and 9 am. Nothing like utter silence and darkness away from everything and everybody to spark one's imagination of 'creepy things in the night.' Our day trips to Montapulciano, Montalcino, Venice, Florence, Sienna and Orvieto were made with ease, especially from the Bucine Train Station.. (a ticket machine, no staff there, but many trains throughout the day to make it convenient.) There are two vineyards within a short and easy drive that we would highly recommend for atmosphere, wine tasting and local conversation--Fattoria Casabianca Agriturismo, Miglarina, and a third, Felsina. Il campo in Sienna is a surprise treat among the many delights of Tuscany. Thumbs up to Italy Perfect! Thx
The setting was exquisite!
Overall, our family had a wonderful week at Bucine Limonaia. The unit we stayed in was spacious and our daughters 21 and 16, enjoyed having their own bedrooms, which they don't always have when we travel! While the bedrooms had A/C, the downstairs area, which included the kitchen, dining area and living room, were all extremely hot, resulting in the fact that we didn't spend a lot of time in these areas. Ceiling fans would be a wise investment. The kitchen needs more lighting as it was quite dark. The entire staff at the lodging/resort/castle were extremely kind and helpful and treated their guests very well. The cook was wonderful and we enjoyed several dinners on site as well as some breakfasts when we were too lazy to cook on our own. The info. binder with local restaurants and shops that is in the apartment, needs to be updated as we went to one restaurant that had closed and had been replaced by another restaurant. The setting was exquisite! While we did our fair share of sightseeing around Tuscany, we also spent some wonderful family "down time" reading by the pool and relaxing. Bucine is located in the perfect spot of Tuscany as there is so much to see in the area and you don't have to drive too far to get to your destination. We would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to our friends.
[We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay. It is true that only the bedrooms have A/C, as stated in the information on the website. We'll advise the manager to update the information binder, thanks for letting us know.]
Quintessential Tuscan getaway
Driving up the dirt road through an avenue of poplar trees with vineyards and olive trees in view we knew if was going to be a memorable stay. Emerging from within the trees was the castle which is within the property. Everyday we would marvel at the view from our villa over the Chianti hills and spent many hours swimming in the expansive pool overlooking countryside and the view of the castle.
The villas were spacious and beautifully presented and the owners were welcoming and charming.
The central location of the villas meant we could visit many Tuscan towns which we did after lunch each day returning later that day.
We cannot wait to return.
This was a very roomy and comfortable, even luxurious, property for our party of 4 adults. The apartments were not in the castle, but in an area behind the castle. The apartment was lovely, well-appointed, and clean and well-maintained. The kitchen was the most disappointing aspect of the apartment as it was small and not well-equipped for food preparation. The lighting throughout the apartment was dim, but I think this is true in all of Italy, as electricity is very expensive there. The location was beautiful, the grounds were delightful and well-landscaped with a large swimming pool, and the Tuscan countryside is breathtaking. There were spacious outdoor areas for sitting and visiting and enjoying the air and sunshine, but the mosquitos! If you go, be sure to take a bug repellent. We were surprised to find the property was a working farm producing olive oil and wine from their own olive groves and vineyards. We were there at harvest time for the grapes which was interesting to watch. The location was more remote than we thought, no warning given about the dirt road. From the description, we assumed there was a village up the hill from the castle, but the old "village" had been turned into the resort apartments, so there was no village per se. To get bread and provisions, we had to drive to Bucine, probably only 15 minutes away, so no big problem, as we drove out to sightsee everyday anyway. The apartment did not have Wi-Fi, but it was available in the lobby. We were there at the beginning of the off-season, and the lobby wasn't always open when we needed it. We certainly had no regrets about renting this beautiful accommodation, and we thank Italy Perfect for making it possible.
[Thank you so much for your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed the location and the stay. Yes, there are mosquitoes in Italy so we inform all guests in their documentation and recommend bringing some personal repellent. Fortunately the bedroom windows have screens, an unusual amenity in Tuscany. Most Tuscan properties are reached by dirt road, but we'll advise future guests. Sorry you thought the apartment was in the castle, it isn't as you can see in the photos. The village of Bucine is a 10 minute drive, personally tested. The Italy Perfect Team]
Bucine Limonaia is perfect!
We stayed in Bucine Limonaia for a week in August. It was perfect! It was a little difficult to find because signage is not great, but it was such a charming place! You drive past fields of sunflowers and vineyards, and through a tree lined road to get there. The grounds are well maintained and beautiful. The staff is wonderful and so helpful, which is the main reason we chose to stay here rather than in a solitary villa somewhere else. They helped us make reservations, coffee, gave us dining and travel advice,... Really, I felt like I was in the office every morning asking another question, and they were always friendly and ready to help me in any way they could. A+ for service! The pool was very nice to have because it was so hot in August! (Same for the A/C) The meals at the restaurant taken outside on the patio were outstanding, some of the best we had in Italy! They were also fantastic about my Gluten Free needs. My kids took the cooking class and we all dined on the patio of the castle. A special treat we all enjoyed! We also had a wonderful dinner nearby at a farmhouse/agrotourism spot in San Leolino which we would recommend, especially for Gluten Free travelers. We were able to travel to many towns in Tuscany with no problem, but it did take us longer than we expected since we didn't know where we were going, where to park once we got there, etc. We did have trouble finding a laundromat, but were able to get by without it. There was a dry cleaners though, actually 2 in Bucine. Overall, we LOVED our stay at Bucine Limonaia and would absolutely recommend it.
A Wonderful Stay
My husband and I spent a week in late October at Bucine Limonaia with our two grown children and their "significant others." We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The accommodations were attractive, spacious, comfortable, and very clean; it was particularly nice to have a bathroom (with stall shower!)for each couple. The grounds were lovely and meticulously maintained. The staff were uniformly helpful, with particularly excellent restaurant recommendations. Don't miss the Osteria Alle Corte di Bacco in nearby Ambra and La Bottega di Duddova in the tiny hilltop village of Duddova, also close by.
Another suggestion from the staff that we are very glad we followed: don't drive into Florence. We had a car and used it to visit the smaller Tuscan towns, but driving/parking in the city isn't worth the trouble. The trains from Bucine are frequent, they get you there in an hour, and the city is very walkable.
A caution: if you visit in cool weather, use the heat in the unit sparingly--it is VERY expensive and will eat up your security deposit in no time. Other minor quibbles that would lead me to give the place 4.5 stars rather than 5: we found the dishwasher in the unit temperamental, the wifi in the common area was down for half our stay, and the the unit's living and dining areas could use an additional lamp or two. But these are trivial matters in the overall scheme of things, and I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend Bucine Limonaia to anyone looking to spend time in the gorgeous Chianti countryside.
We had a very relaxing week in our enormous apartment which we enjoyed immensely.
We had a very relaxing week in our enormous apartment which we enjoyed immensely. Highlights were the pool, the peace, and several beautiful meals at local restaurants well off the beaten track which we would never have found without the advice and help from the wonderful staff.
Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property
Map and Location
|Bucine 5min drive|
|Ambria 13min drive|
|Arezzo 30min drive|
|Siena 30min drive|
|Florence 45min drive|
|In a 45 minute radius: Volterra, Cortona, Pienza, Radda in Chianti, Greve, Castellina in Chianti|
|Radda 55min drive|
|Montepulciano 1hr drive|
|Greve 1hr7min drive|
|Montalcino 1hr15min drive|
|San Gimignano 1hr30min drive|