Benvenuti al Poggiolo in Codiponte Tuscany

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Il Poggiolo is an 800 year old farm-house situated in the Medieval & historic village of Codiponte in the little known corner of northwest Tuscany called the Lunigiana. The farm house & garden has two residences available for vacation rental…

L’Appartamento Azzurro del Poggiolo…

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or, the Blue Apartment… 80 sqm./869 sqf. This apartment was the original living quarters for Il Poggiolo and is the oldest part of the farm-house. It sleeps 4 persons. If need be, an extra person can be accommodated on a futon. The entrance to the apartment is reached by a grassy ramp from the aia… or, the central courtyard, of Il Poggiolo, past a small stone out-building, which was once the chestnut drying-shed. Next to it is a working bread-oven. The apartment has an open-space living & dining area with a basic service kitchen. 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. Much time & effort was taken to create a decor in a decidedly eclectic mix of period antiques, flea-market finds & contemporary furniture & artwork. Comfortable interiors per divertire gli occhii! Off the bedroom is a Terrace with lovely views over the village of Codiponte, the Aullela River Valley and the olive & chestnut groves on the surrounding hills. It is the perfect setting for an aperitivo of wine & bread & cheese to watch the sunsets! Outside the entrance to the apartment is a large terraced garden planted with fruit & olive trees. There is even a fish pond! Chaises, chairs & tables are available.

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Minimum Stay of 3 nights is Euro 300 and 1 Week is Euro 575. Quotes provided upon request for Monthly, Extra-person and Additional nights. There are also a Cleaning & Laundry Fee of Euro 75 and a Security Deposit of Euro 200. Please see below for more details.

 

La Casa Padronale del Poggiolo…

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…or, Master’s House… 215 sqm./2,300 sqf. La Casa Grande… or, the main living quarters of La Casa Padronale are on the Ground Floor. Their main entrance is past the Dining Loggia after a short flight of steps from the aia… or, the central courtyard, of Il Poggiolo. Immediately upon entering, there is the large high-ceiling Salotto… or, Living Room with 2 single-beds/sofas, an equally large high-ceiling Sala da Pranzo… or, Dining Room, a full Cucina… or, Kitchen with a low pass-through door back to the Dining Loggia. Another door in the Kitchen leads to a Bathroom (with shower, etc.) below. Again, the interiors of La Casa Padronale are an eclectic mix of strong colors, period antiques, flea-market finds, in both furniture & furnishings.

The sleeping quarters are located in the above described L’Appartamento Azzurro where, again, there are 2 single-beds in a Sleeping Loft, a double-bed in the Master Bedroom and, if need be, an additional person can be accommodated on a futon. Thus, La Casa Padronale: La Casa Grande + L’Appartamento Azzurro can comfortably sleep 6 persons. The courtyard and the entire garden… fish pond included!… are completely available for our guests to use. Chaises, chairs, tables, pillow & throws are available.

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Minimum Stay of 3 nights is Euro 450 and 1 Week is Euro 875. Quotes provided upon request for Monthly, Extra-person and Additional Nights.   There are also a Cleaning & Laundry Fee of Euro 100 and a Security Deposit of Euro 200. Please see below for more details.

A 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 & 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 & clothing items. Casola in Lunigiana, the next town above Codiponte, has a post-office, bank, the Carabinieri & similar food & retail shops. Gragnola, the next town below, has a grocery-store, bank, an assortment of shops like the other two towns and the train station for service to Aulla & Lucca. The nearest hospital is in Fivizzano, a 25 min. 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 on the other side of La Spezia, about 45 minutes by car. Pisa and its airport, Parma & Lucca are all a little over an hour’s drive away. Genoa & Florence are close enough for day-trips. The Apuane & Apennine Mountains are laced with stunning hiking & bike trails. And, for history buffs, there are over 120 castles & towers and innumerable Romanesque churches to visit & explore. The Lunigiana is also noted for its cucina locale… or, local cuisine, of sgabei, a fried bread served with salami e formaggipanigacci, a rough flour crepe topped with various sauces from pesto, parmigiano & olive oil to a hearty meat sauce, testaroli, una tagliata of seared beef with rucola. And, as they say here… Buon appetito! 
 
Il Poggiolo’s location…


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General Information…
To inquire & book…
1. E-mail to forrest@forrestspears.com for a quote for the desired dates. Please, give a full name & residence with the inquiry.
2. Acceptance of quote & confirmation of reservation with a Booking Fee of a non-refundable Euro 100 paid through PayPal. This is deducted from the Balance Due…
3. Balance Due (including Cleaning & Security) to be paid 10 DAYS PRIOR to arrival, if payment is through PayPal or, in cash and in Euros upon arrival, if previously arranged to do so.
Cancellations… the Booking Fee of Euro 100 is forfeited. Cancellation less than 1 week prior to arrival, 50% is forfeited (Cleaning & Security excluded).
Discounts… are given depending on length of stay and for lead times with booking.
House Rules… NO SMOKING, NO PETS and NO CHILDREN UNDER 10.
Check-in is after 16:00. Check-out is by 10:00.
Information… please, contact via e-mail.
Contacts… e-mail:  forrest@forrestspears.com    Telephone: (+39) 327 837 0065
Insider Guide… http://bit.ly/1cW9Slm
I look forward to hearing from you & seeing you soon at Il Poggiolo!
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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