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Tuscany: Bucine Belvedere

Large Stone Terrace

  • Name: Bucine Belvedere
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Price: €1260-€2000/week
We would go back in a heartbeat.

Enjoy

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. 

Location

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. 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.

Exterior

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.

Interior

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 faces the castle. Second large bedroom with queen sized bed. All of the rooms are on the ground floor with one step between the living room and bedrooms.

Two bathrooms with showers. One bathroom is en suite, the other bathroom is separate.

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Property and area amenities

Location Arezzo
Sleeps 4
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.
Floor Ground floor
Elevator No
Mobility All rooms are on the ground floor with one step between the living room and bedrooms.
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
Heating Central
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
Entertainment Satellite TV
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.
Linens Included
Pets Dogs permitted with advance approval subject to supplemental cleaning fee paid on-site, please request price quote.
Smoking No
Family Fabulous
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 (fixed Tuscany menu) served from March to November: M,T,Th,F,Sat.
Pool Large sunny pool with furniture. Pool towels provided.

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Price Information

 

Prices in Euros 4 Nights 5 Nights 6 Nights 7 Nights

High Season

Jun 20 - Aug 22 

Dec 26 - Jan 6

-- -- -- €2000

Mid season

 Apr 18 - Jun 20

Aug 22 - Sep 26

€ 980 €1230 €1470 €1720

Low Season

Mar 14 - Apr 18

Sep 26 - Dec 26

€ 720 € 900 €1080 €1260

Property Terms

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 linens, 1 set of towels/person, air conditioning, utilities, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours, free WiFi (available in reception, restaurant, bar and B&B), 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 €1.50 per person per day for the first four days of stay, excluding children under 12 years old.  Daily cleanings on request at €20 per hour.

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.

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Our Review

  • 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.

Our Guest Reviews

Thank You!
Jul 2019

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Colleen, my children and myself are all grateful for the advice and services you gave us in making our trip to the Chianti region of Tuscany so fun, easy and memorable. our stay at Bucine agriturismo was wonderful and all that we wanted, and more! The sisters Mariana & Antonia and the staff were so great, offering hospitality, tips and access to so many fun places and events. First, the 3 bedroom Limonia was perfect for us 5. The pool was big, clean and refreshing. Both breakfast and dinners were tasty and fun. Even loved the nearby town of Bucine and its market. Mariana set us up with 5 tickets to Arrezzo’s Friday night, pre joust neighborhood dinner. So fun and special to be able to get access to such a long standing, local event. Met so many nice Arrezzians. Thanks again for listening to us, interpreting what we wanted into the perfect stay. We would like to return again, while using you as our guide to the right place in the right location. Cannot wait!

Michael & Colleen, US

We would definitely stay again!
Apr 2019

We had a wonderful stay at your property! Clean, lovely staff, and a great center to enjoy hilltop towns close by in the region! Perfect way to share with friends! Having a kitchen and living room gave us the opportunity to share our day and plan for the next day’s adventure. We would definitely stay again! For me, this was one of my favorite parts and part of my bucket list. Beautiful property! Thank you for the grand hospitality!

Gail Horton, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Great stay!
Mar 2019

We had a wonderful time at this property. Our family of six fit perfectly with the layout and amenities of Bucine Limonaia. Marianna was a wonderful host and the location was perfect for day trips in Tuscany. The atmosphere was very peaceful and rejuvenating while allowing easy access to sites in the area. We would have no hesitation staying here again during our next visit to the region. Great memories!

BW, Nashville

Perfect vacation spot
Mar 2019

We have returned again and again to this very special destination, near the small town of Bucine. We had never stayed here in June and really enjoyed this time of year and the use of the wonderful pool and the surrounding gardens. Our accommodations were perfect, clean, orderly and very quiet and private as always. The staff is friendly and helpful. The location is perfect, an easy drive to Florence, Arezzo, Siena, the Chianti Mountains and Montelchino, etc.
The small town of Bucine has a small but very good farmers market every Wednesday, they also have an excellent butcher who sends you home with some of his own homemade sausage as a little gift. The fruit/vegetable market next to him is also very good, and they are very friendly. There is an excellent laundry service right next to the COOP as you first enter the town, they wash, fold and iron your clothes, it is a wonderful service. We do not go to restaurants, but prefer to stay in and cook. We would definitely recommend to couples, families with small children, anyone, this very magical place.

Kristin and Rusty Day, Portola Valley, CA

Così bello e così tranquillo
Oct 2017

After staying a week in Florence,we rented a car and drove to our villa Bucine Belvedere. Our intention was to use this location as our base as we explored surrounding Tuscan cities and villages. The location of the villa was a bit more remote than we had anticipated. After leaving the paved roads,you travel a gravel road in order to arrive at the villa. The surroundings were breathtaking. With the Appenine Mountains as a backdrop,you overlook lush vineyards and a fishing lake. When walking the paths,you are amazed by the awesomeness of the scenery and the eerie ( but welcomed) quietness of this spot. There are a number of old buildings left from the 1500 and a beautiful castle looming above the villa.
Our separate villa was charming,with a terrace overlooking plum trees,olive trees and a giant rosemary bush. The pool.a short walk away,was glistening and spotless. The inside of our villa was rustic and clean and very comfortable. The main building contained a bar area,a cozy and large living room and a kitchen and dining area if you wanted to have your meals there. Best of all were the people on the premises. The woman who cooked our meals did a great job and we enjoyed practicing our Italian as we conversed with her. The meals were amazing and so beautifully prepared.A young woman on the premises was very helpful in suggesting where to explore and how to get to our locations. There is a Coop close by so you can shop for what you need . On one of our return trips from Siena we came across a wonderful family restaurant,frequented by many locals called IL Bivacco. We went back several times and would highly recommend it. Wonderful food and authentic local atmosphere. We think that Bucine Belvedere was wonderful as was our treatment while we were there, The only drawback for some might be the remoteness of the location,but it's beauty and it's people transcends that only drawback. Again,thanks to Italy Perfect for the recommendation.

[We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we appreciate that you come back to Italy Perfect year after year. The short, 1.8 mile partially paved road may have seemed like quite a distance when you first drove it but we see that you noted that the grocery store in the nearby village was close, so you got comfortable with the short ride off the main road. With the town only a few minutes drive away you might have felt like it was remote because it is in a tranquil location, yet it is a very quite close to town. The Italy Perfect Team]

Andrea and Lionel, Syracuse, NY

We would be very happy to go back.
Sep 2016

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.

M.M., Connecticut

Delightful stay in Tuscany
Jul 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bucine Belvedere. The accommodations were spotless and lovely. Antonella could not have been nicer. Her cooking and her hospitality were wonderful.
We would definitely stay there again.
The location was great as a base for touring through Tuscany.
We have already recommended this villa and Italy Perfect to many other people.

Sherri, Canada

Our favorite place
Nov 2015

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]

Kristin Day, Portola Valley, CA

We were very pleased with our accommodations
Nov 2015

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!

Corrine & Jerry, Hendersonville, North Carolina

Che Bella
Oct 2015

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

Rick Deines, Milwaukee, WI USA

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Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property

Bucine Cotogno

  • Neighborhood: Arezzo
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Price: From €1120 - €1810/week
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Key Features: Pool, Terrace, A/C, WiFi
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Bucine Limonaia

  • Neighborhood: Arezzo
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Price: €1540-€2730/week
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Key Features: Pool, Terrace, A/C, WiFi
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Bucine Loggetta

  • Neighborhood: Arezzo
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Price: From €840-€1330/week
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Key Features: Pool, Terrace, A/C, WiFi
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Bucine Poggio

  • Neighborhood: Arezzo
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Price: From €1540-€2730week
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Key Features: Terrace, A/C, WiFi
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Map and Location

Distance to

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
Wine Towns:
Radda 55min drive
Montepulciano 1hr drive
Greve 1hr7min drive
Montalcino 1hr15min drive
San Gimignano 1hr30min drive

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