Benvenuti al Poggiolo… a charming vacation farm-house in Tuscany

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Il Poggiolo a Codiponte… is an 800 year old farm-house surrounded by a terraced garden and nestled in the Medieval and historic village of Codiponte in Northwestern Tuscany called the Lunigiana. Its three enchantingly decorated and furnished residences… La Casetta, La Casa Padronale and L’Appartamento Azzurro… are awaiting your stay from Easter to October every year.

Conde’ Nast Traveler… Il Poggiolo featured in 10 Top Places to Stay for 2013!


La Casetta or, the Little House 100 sqm/1075 sqf and sleeps 4 persons… was intended to be il Poggiolo’s Master’s House but, as it often happens in Italy, death divided the property and so, it was never completed beyond its current dimensions. The Entrance to the two story house is under the tall arch of il Poggiolo’s ramp from Codiponte’s Medieval bridge. You enter the main room which serves also as a DR. Off it and on the left is the Kitchen complete with a large refrigerator/freezer, oven and 4 burner cook-top, dishwasher and plenty of storage, etc. The door to the right in the main room leads to the GBR with two single beds. The stairs leads up to the large Salotto with an enclosed fireplace. The MBR with a comfortable double-bed and La Casetta’s single Bathroom are reached after passing through an open archway off the LR. The decor is an eclectic mix of period antiques, flea-market finds and contemporary art and furnishings contrasted with the sage paint-colour of the walls throughout. Il Poggiolo’s Garden is for use by our guests and to reach it, go out the front door past the grey painted gate, take the first left through the cantine and out a double-door to a 2,000 sqm/25,000 sqf garden of grassy terraces planted with flowering bushes, fruit and olive trees. There’s even a Fish Pond! Chaises, chairs, tables and blankets are available. One last word: La Casetta has central heating which makes it an ideal spot to pass a warm Christmas or New year’s holiday! IMG_2904          IMG_2900          IMG_2887Poggiolo Casetta LR Medium   IMG_2863   IMG_0156Information for La Casetta Minimum Stay of 3 nights Euro 360… 1 Week Euro 675… Extra-night is Euro 120… Extra-person Euro 25 per night… Cleaning/Linens Fee Euro 75. And, for bookings during the Winter, Heating Surcharge of Euro 50 per night for central heating and firewood. Wi-fi and Parking are provided and are free. Inquires/Bookings: please send an email to… advice@youritalianconcierge.com… with your dates, full name and address.


La Casa Padronale or, Master’s House 215 sqm/2,300 sqf and sleeps 6 persons… the main Living Quarters of the farm-house are on the Ground Floor. The Entrance is past the Dining Loggia after a short flight of steps from the Courtyard of il Poggiolo. Immediately upon entering, there is the large high-ceiling Salotto with 2 single-beds/sofas, an equally large high-ceiling DR, and a complete Kitchen with a low pass-through door back out to the Dining Loggia. Another door in the Kitchen leads to a Bathroom with shower, etc. The Sleeping Quarters are located in L’Appartamento Azzurro… see the apartment’s listing below for additional photos and information… reached by taking the grassy ramp up from the Courtyard to the apartment’s Entrance. There are 2 single-beds in a Sleeping Loft above an open-space area of Living/Dining and Kitchen, and a double-bed for 2 persons in the Master Bedroom. Beyond the MBR is the Terrace with lovely views over the village of Codiponte and the olive and chestnut groves on the surrounding hills. A perfect spot to enjoy the peace and quiet of the village and to watch the Tuscan sunsets at the Aperitivo Hour. The interiors are an eclectic mix of colors, period antiques and flea-market finds in furniture, furnishings and artwork. The Courtyard and Garden… Fish Pond included!… are available to our guests to enjoy with chaises, chairs and tables.

IMG_5389 IMG_1575 IMG_1125 IMG_1608           IMG_1711           IMG_3076Information for La Casa Padronale… Minimum Stay of 7 nights… Euro 840… Extra-night Euro 150… Extra-person Euro 25 per night… Cleaning/Linens Fee Euro 100. Wi-fi and Parking are provided and are free. Inquires/Bookings: Please send an email to… advice@youritalianconcierge.com… with your dates, full name and address.


L’Appartamento Azzurro or, the Blue Apartment80 sqm/869 sqf and sleeps 4 persons… the apartment was the original Living Quarters for il Poggiolo and is the oldest part of the farm-house dating back to the 1200s. The Entrance to the apartment is reached by taking the grassy ramp from the Courtyard, past a small stone out-building, which was once the chestnut drying-shed. Next to it is a working bread and pizza oven. The open-space is a Living/Dining area with a basic service Kitchen… refrigerator, 2-burner cook-top, microwave and convection oven, etc. A Sleeping Loft with 2 single-beds is above and can be reached by a ladder. A short corridor from the open-space leads to the Master Bedroom with an antique double-bed and a Bathroom with a shower, etc. The decor is decidedly an eclectic mix of period antiques, flea-market finds and contemporary furniture and artwork. Off the bedroom is a Terrace with lovely views over the village of Codiponte, the Aullela River Valley and the olive and chestnut groves on the surrounding hills. It’s the perfect setting for an aperitivo of wine, bread and cheese to watch the Tuscan sunsets! Outside there is a large terraced garden planted with fruit and olive trees. There is even a fish pond! Chaises, chairs and tables are available along with cushions and rugs.IMG_1618          IMG_1622           IMG_1621IMG_1598           IMG_0140           IMG_3902Information for L’Appartamento Azzurro Minimum Stay of 3 nights Euro 300… 1 Week Euro 560… Extra-night Euro 100… Extra-person Euro 25 per night… Cleaning/Linens Fee Euro 75. Wi-fi and Parking are provided and are free. Inquires Bookings: Send an email to… advice@youritalianconcierge.com… with your dates, full name and address.


IMG_0050           Cinque Terre 2           Lunigiana - Mtns.Lerici           Lunigiana - Testaroli           Lucca - Piazza ArenaA little something about Codiponte & the Lunigiana… Codiponte is the home to 150 year-round residents. The population swells in the summer months to over 300. The village supports two convenience stores for basic food and cleaning items, a bar… The Social Center of the community… a green-grocer, an excellent butcher shop, “Macelleria da Massimo”, and a few other shops for household and clothing items. Casola in Lunigiana, the next town above Codiponte, has a post-office, bank, the Carabinieri and similar food and retail shops. Gragnola, the next town below, has a grocery-store, bank, an assortment of shops like the others and the train station for service to Aulla, Lucca and La Spezia. The nearest hospital is in Fivizzano, a 25 minute drive away.

The beauty of the Lunigiana is its convenient position on the Italian peninsula. The nearest beaches are a 40 minute drive away from Codiponte at Marinella. The resort town of Lerici on the Bay of the Poets is just as close. The Cinque Terre can be reached easily by train from Aulla or by ferry-boat from Porte Venere or La Spezia, about 45 minutes by car. Pisa and its airport, Parma and Lucca are all a little over an hour’s drive away. Genoa and Florence are close enough for day-trips. The Apuane and Apennine Mountains are laced with stunning hiking and bike trails. And, for history buffs, there are over 120 castles and towers and innumerable Romanesque churches to visit and explore. The Lunigiana is also noted for its cucina locale of sgabei, a fried bread served with salami e formaggipanigacci, a rough flour crepe topped with various sauces from pesto, parmigiano and olive oil to a hearty meat sauce, the local pasta of testaroli and una tagliata of seared beef with rucola. And, as they say here… Buon appetito! 
 
Il Poggiolo’s location…
Il Poggiolo: Localita’ Codiponte, 62 54014 Casola in Lunigiana (MS) Italy


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Insider Guide for the Lunigiana… http://bit.ly/1cW9Slm


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Ciao! My name is Forrest Spears… I am the owner of il Poggiolo a Codiponte and your resident Host and Tourist Guide. It’s very much part of my fun to be around to offer you advice and recommendations for exploring the Lunigiana, the many sights nearby such as, Le Cinque Terre, Pisa, Lucca and the nearby regions of Liguria and Emilia-Romagna, good for day-trips.

It’s also my real job as owner of Your Italian Concierge, a travel and event planning service exclusively for Italy. Please visit the website at: www.youritalianconcierge.com. And if you would like our help with your travel plans to Italy or for hosting an special event such as, a family reunion or birthday party, anywhere in Italy, please contact us at: advice@youritalianconcierge.com We would be happy to help!
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A bit about Codiponte and the Lunigiana…

This blog-page is for information on the vacation rentals available at il Poggiolo… La Casetta, La Casa Padronale & Appartamento Azzurro.

 

La Casa Padronale… is the main house of il Poggiolo. There are sleeping accommodations for 6 persons…. 4 in L’Appartamento Azzurro on the First Floor, divided between the Master Bedroom with a double-bed and the Sleeping Loft with 2 single-beds and in the Living Room on the Ground Floor with 2 single-beds as sofas. The most convenient entrance is on the Loggia. There is a large Dining Room and off it there is a complete Kitchen. An interior door from the Kitchen leads to the stairs down to the Stanza dei Tini… or, the wine making cellar and beyond to a second Bathroom and Laundry Room.

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La Casetta… is a two-story apartment. There are sleeping-accommodations for 4 persons. The First Floor has a Guest Bedroom with 2 single beds, Dining Room & Entry, a full Kitchen and a Utility Closet. The Second Floor has a Master Bedroom with a double bed, Living Room with a working fireplace and the Bathroom. There is central heating though the fireplace easily heats the upstairs in the Winter.

La Casa Grande… is the main house of il Poggiolo. The most convenient entrance is on the Loggia. There are sleeping accommodations for three persons. The Terra-cotta Bedroom with Bathroom has a single bed. The Living Room has two single beds which double as comfortable sofas. There is a large Dining Room and off it there is a complete Kitchen. An interior door from the Kitchen leads to the stairs down to the Stanza dei Tini… or, the wine making cellar and beyond to a second Bathroom and Laundry Room.

 

 

L’Appartamento Azzurro… is reached by either taking the grassy ramp from the aia up & around or through the back gate. The apartment has sleeping accommodations for 4 persons. The main Bedroom has a double bed. There is a sleeping loft with 2 single beds. The apartment is an open space with Living & Dining area and a working fireplace… adequate to heat the entire apartment… and a basic Kitchen. Off this main room is a short hallway leading to the Bathroom & Bedroom. There is a Terrace reached through the Bedroom. It has lovely views of the borgo of Codiponte and the Aulella River valley.

Rates & General Information… 
L’Appartamento Azzurro is Euro 80 per night… La Casetta is Euro 85 per night… La Casa Grande is Euro 100 per night.
Minimum Stay is 3 nights.
Discounts offered for longer stays, renting more than one residence or advance booking.
Reservation Deposit 1/2 of total rent by wire transfer to hold dates is due 10 days after making reservation.
Refunds are 100% if cancellation is made 3 months prior and 50% 1 month prior.   
Damage Deposit in cash of Euro 100 is required at Check-in.
Payment in cash of balance due is made at Check-in.
Check-in is after 15:00. Check-out is by 11:00.
Booking & Information… Please contact via e-mail.
Contacts… e-mail: Forrest@forrestspears.com    Telephone: (+39) 327 837 0065
Thank you.
Forrest Spears