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. 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.
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.
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. Double bedroom with queen sized bed, en-suite bathroom with shower. A second double bedroom with queen sized bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower.
Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||Double bedroom with queen sized bed. A second double bedroom with queen sized bed. Twin bedroom|
|Bathrooms||Bathroom with shower, 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 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 28 - Dec 22
During High Season there is a 7 night minimum stay from Saturday night to Saturday night. Shorter stays are available during Mid and Low Seasons.
The price includes utilities, 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. During High Season the office is open on Sunday morning, closed Sunday afternoon. 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
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.
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 at Borgo Bucine last 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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