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Tuscany: Bucine Limonaia

Resort-Like Wine Estate

  • Name: Bucine Limonaia
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Price: €1540-€2730/week
I must tell you -- Borgo Bucine was spectacular.

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 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.

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

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. Third bedroom has two single beds. Bathroom with shower.

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Property and area amenities

Location Arezzo
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3 Bedrooms: Large bedroom with queen sized bed. A second bedroom with queen sized bed. Third bedroom has 2 single beds.
Bathrooms 2 Bathrooms with shower and an en-suite bathroom with shower
Floor 1st Italian, 2nd North American
Elevator No
Size 2045 sq ft, 190 m2
Hairdryer Yes, on request
Dining Yes
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
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 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 22 - Aug 24 2019

Dec 28 - Jan 6 2020

-- -- -- €2730

Mid season

Apr 18 - Jun 22 2019

Aug 24 - Sep 28 2019

€1280 €1600 €1920 €2240

Low Season

Mar 15 - Apr 18 2019

Sep 28 - Dec 28 2019

€ 880 €1100 €1320 €1540

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

In the middle of nowhere, In the center of everything
May 2019

We just LOVED our week here at the 3 bedroom Villa (La Limonaia). We experienced true Tuscan hospitality in an authentic Italian "Borgo".

The location is just spectacular. Surrounded by a working winery and situated at the end of a dirt road in the quiet hills of Tuscany. We had our own entrance to a 2 story self catering villa. Our view of the castle made walking out of our home for the week all the more spectacular.

Furnishings are authentic and characteristic to the area with Italian antiques. Bathrooms are clean and more contemporary.

Our family of 5 used this location to explore many different areas of Tuscany and to attend a wedding near Florence. We felt it was centrally located for our itinerary as many of the popular hill towns are within an equal radius.

After our long journey from the US, We took advantage of the lovely dinner and breakfast at the property on the first night. It was lovely, welcoming and delicious. Unfortunately, the weather did not allow us to enjoy the beautiful pool area during our stay.

One of the suggestions I would have for guests interested in staying here would to make sure your car is higher off the ground to navigate the bumpy dirt road to the Borgo. Our rental was low profile and it was difficult not to "bottom out" or scrape the underside of the vehicle on many spots along the way to and from the main road.

The staff was always available and helpful for suggestions and recommendations for other dining in the region, directions, etc. The best internet is located in the lobby which is decorated with comfortable sofas and lovely art.

Since it is difficult, this day and age, to disconnect from necessary responsibilities at home, it would be nice if WiFi connectivity could be attained in the rooms. Being able to communicate enables us to travel more.

Realistically, what makes this place so special is the warmth and hospitality of the hosts. We felt like we were part of the family and would definitely consider staying here again.

MK, SF Bay Area

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

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

Great stay!
Jul 2018

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!
[Thank you so much, we are happy you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]

BW, Nashville

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.

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

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

The setting was exquisite!
Sep 2015

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.]

Mia and T.C. Schultz, Currently living in Miami

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Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property

Bucine Belvedere

  • Neighborhood: Arezzo
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Price: €1260-€2000/week
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Key Features: Pool, Terrace, A/C, WiFi
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Bucine Cotogno

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

  • Neighborhood: Arezzo
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Price: €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: €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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