How far is the holiday farm from the nearest town? The nearest town is Barberino Val d’Elsa, a quaint medieval village where there is a newsagent, a chemist’s, a bakery, a small supermarket, an aesthetician, a post office, a bar, a pizzeria and a restaurant.
How far is the holiday farm from the nearest supermarket? The closest supermarkets are Pam in Poggibonsi 5 km and COOP in Tavarnelle V.P 7.5 km
What’s the nearest airport? The Florence airport is 59 km away, about 50 minutes by car; The Pisa airport is 119 km away, about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car
Is it possible to arrive after half past seven pm? It is possible to check-in at a later time if you give us early notice
Is there a laundry at the holiday farm? The holiday farm has a laundry and ironing room
Where is the nearest golf course? The nearest golf courses are the Ugolino Golf Club and the Castelfalfi
What is the flat equipped with at our arrival? The flat has a fully equipped kitchen, a hairdryer in the bathroom, a safe in the bedroom, mini bars of soap, shampoo, toilet paper in the bathroom (not enough for a week’s stay), water in the fridge Chianti wine, IGT wine, Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be bought at the holiday farm
Can we have our meals at the holiday farm? Sometimes we organise dinners with wine and oil tasting. There are restaurants nearby that will be happy to indicate to you when you arrive. You can choose among typical Tuscan restaurants, pizzerias and restaurants with a more international cuisine.
What does breakfast consist of? Breakfast is served on request and is an extra. It includes: a cured meat and cheese platter, yogurt, fruit, cereals, croissant, bread, butter, various marmalades, honey, coffee, milk, cappuccino, chocolate, tea, fruit juice. Often we serve homemade cakes and homemade marmalades.
Which is the nearest train station? Poggibonsi at 5 km, about 10 minutes away by car
Assistance at the holiday farm The Reception of the holiday farm is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 11 pm. The Reception could close in the afternoon but the custodians of the property are always present. On Saturdays the Reception is open all day but it is closed on Sunday. Clients have a mobile phone number to call for any problems.
What’s the nearest hospital? Poggibonsi at 6 km, about 15 minutes away by car
How far is the sea? It is easy to get to the sea towards north or south; Towards north, Viareggio is at 139 km, about 1 hour and 40 minutes away by car; Towards south, San Vincenzo is at 176 km, about 2 hours away by car
Are dogs allowed? No
Is there satellite TV? Yes, there is satellite TV with channels in Italian, English and German. We receive the most important English and American channels.
Is there a phone in the flats? No, the phone is at the Reception but the client has to have a pre-paid card to be able to use it.
Is there internet connectivity? Yes, each flat has a Wi-Fi connection
When is the cleaning carried out? Cleaning and linen changing are carried out on Saturdays. Half way through the stay we change towels in the bathroom and sheets in the bedroom when we clean these rooms (excluding the kitchen). You can have extra cleaning services and extra sheets and towel changes on request.
Can one get to the “Al Gelso Bianco” by public means of transport? Yes but it is very difficult. We advise you to come with your own car or rent one at the airport.
Can one buy the Farm products? Yes, at the holiday farm there is a Shop where you will be able to buy our Chianti wine, IGT wine, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grappa, Vin Santo, Tuscan cuisine cookery books and other souvenirs.
What does one do all day at the “Al Gelso Bianco”? Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a holiday in the countryside is boring!
It’s not at all! The “Al Gelso Bianco” is only 35 minutes from Florence, 45 minutes from Siena and 15 minutes from San Gimignano. Other beautiful places like Volterra, Certaldo, Monteriggioni, Montepulciano, Montalbino, Pienza, etc. are easy to get to by car, bus or train. Our more sporty guests can rent a mountain bike and ride along the Tuscan countryside. Less sporty guests can rent a 50s Vespa! We will advise our more gourmand guests on where to discover producers of cheeses, cured meats and historic wine cellars. At the holiday farm, guests can have a relaxing time at the swimming pool, practise open air sports or go to the gym, or they can take advantage of our barbecue with a view of San Gimignano, or they can spend part of their days at our cooking courses or at the tastings of the products of our Farm. They can dine in the evening in one of the many restaurants that we will be able to advise. To be honest, only one holiday isn’t enough for sure!
What has the “Al Gelso Bianco” have to offer younger children? The Al Gelso Bianco is considered a family-friendly place! Children can play in the area of the swimming pool reserved for them, have fun in the big garden, organise table football tournaments, go cycling. We can also give you advice on itineraries that are interesting and fun both for older kids and for younger children!