Hello! This is our tourist farm, we are the Rosini family, and we manage all this! The idea of a farmhouse accommodation in Tuscany was born of an accident in our family, which came to a happy end and united us in giving birth to Spinabbio.
In the years around 1500 to 1600 Spinabbio belonged to the monks of the order of St.Benedict. The Benedictines lived in the monastery of St.Egidio, the mountain which overlooks Spinabbio.
St.Benedict welcomed poor people, who, with the help of the monks, succeeded in constructing families, houses, olive groves, vineyards, and chestnut groves. The house were built on the slopes of mountain, and one of them was called Spinabbio, named for the whitethorn, as the area was surrounded by whitethorn. Around the years 1700 to 1800, with the arrival of Napoleon, things changed: in fact, the monks were dispossessed of the houses, inasmuch as Napoleon thought that they should live in poverty. The monks were constrained to withdraw into monasteries, the houses were sold to noblemen, the poor people went into the servitude of the noblemen.
Spinabbio and other properties were acquired by the Count Farina di Farneta, who gave them in dowry for his daughter to the Count Venanzi, of Umbrian origin. This latter, a great gambler, lost every thing, and the properties passed into the hands of the knight Ramazzotti di Monza, who knew Spinabbio only from paper, which he had from the administrators who managed business for him. Around the year 1960 the peasants, weary of being exploited by the owners, left the mountains to go to work in the factories of the province of the Pistoia.
The lands remained uncultivated, the houses were abandoned, thus all was left to deteriorate for 25 or 30 years until the knight decided to offer the property for sale. Finally, in the face of the incredulity of the people, with a bit of luck we succeeded in buying Spinabbio. We acquired it and reconstructed it with love the dream of our life.
Spinabbio is an ancient farmhouse accommodation in Tuscany rebuilt in its original rustic style; at seven hundred meters above sea level among age-old woods of oak and chestnut, it commands a splendid view of the Val di Chiana. Its particular position allows maximal relaxation in contact with the nature, as well as evocative walks and excursions on horseback and mountain bikes (available at the farm), with guides along trails designated by the Italian Alpine Club. The farmhouse is built entirely of ancient stone, and has chestnut beams and brick and stone floors. Inside we moved some old corner stones, which remain as testimony to our peasant tradition.
The farmhouse is divided into four apartments, each with its own independent entrance. They can be connected by internal doors. Each has a dining area and an outdoor terrace.
Gelsomino: Entry on ground floor to a spacious sitting room with a large fireplace, and a well-equipped kitchen with a wood-burning stove; an internal stair leads to the upper floor with two rooms, each having a double bed plus optional single bed, and bathroom with shower. Heating is autonomous.
Timo: On the upper floor, it includes a living room with kitchenette, wood-burning stove, double sofa bed, vestibule with double-deck beds, bathroom with tub, platform with double bed, attic with double bed. Outside is a panoramic loggia for eating in the open air. Autonomous heating.
Tiglio: One room including sitting space and kitchenette, wood-burning stove, double sofa bed, bathroom with shower, platform with double bed. Autonomous heating.
Fragola: Entry on ground floor to sitting room with kitchenette, wood-burning stove, sofa bed, and bathroom with shower; an internal spiral staircase leads upstairs to a double bedroom. Heating only with wood.
Spinabbio is a farmhouse accommodation in Tuscany with great charm for splendid holidays in the countryside.