Imagine yourself settling into a different rhythm under the wisteria-covered pergola overlooking the Chianti hills.
(Vocus/PRWEB) January 15, 2011
Heather Dempsey and Massimo Mallamace, owners of San Francisco home furnishings shop Fatto a Mano, are inviting visitors to enjoy Podere Erica, a 16-acre property in the heart of Chianti just 30 minutes from Florence, yet tucked away in the tranquil Tuscan countryside. Guests can walk to the charming village of San Donato in Poggio, explore local wineries, or just “stay home” and enjoy the pool, the wood-burning pizza oven, the beautiful woods, cooking classes or lessons on wine tasting. Visitors to Podere Erica truly get to know the real Italy.
The villa is ideally located for exploring the quaint villages in Chianti as well as larger Tuscan towns such as Greve, Castellina, Siena, Panzano, San Gimignano and Volterra. Podere Erica is named for the owners' daughter, Heather Dempsey - "podere" meaning small farm and "erica" meaning "heather," the broom plant that grows on the property. Heather’s mom Jan Dempsey, who spent years searching all over Tuscany before finding Podere Erica, says to prospective guests, “Imagine yourself settling into a different rhythm under the wisteria-covered pergola overlooking the Chianti hills. You will never forget your week at Podere Erica and you will want to come back!” And, in fact, many guests return year after year.
While the stone farmhouse is over 500 years old, it has been recently remodeled. Heather Dempsey and Massimo Mallamace completed a renovation of the entire house in 2008. Massimo’s handiwork can be seen throughout the house – from the gorgeous stone tile in the bathrooms to a rustic kitchen hood, salvaged from the previous ancient fireplace. Throughout the remodel, every effort was made to retain the authentic rustic Tuscan charm of the house.
The house has 5 bedrooms and 5 full bathrooms, all beautifully appointed. Every room has air conditioning (an uncommon, yet welcome feature on those hot summer days in Tuscany). Other amenities include outdoor dining, pool, wood-burning oven, gas barbecue, hiking trails, wireless Internet, and light maid service. Because of its popularity, guests are encouraged to book well in advance to ensure availability.
More photos and a complete description of the property are online at http://www.chiantivacation.com. For more information about Fatto a Mano, call (415) 830-3040, visit their website at http://sffattoamano.com/, or come in to their store located at 1800 Union Street at the corner of Octavia in San Francisco. They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30am to 7:00pm.
About Fatto a Mano
Fatto a Mano celebrates Italian style and lifestyle by offering handmade (fatto a mano) home furnishings and stylish antique furniture as well as gourmet Italian food and fine Italian personal care products – all that a person needs to live “la dolce vita.”
Fatto a Mano San Francisco antique furniture and home furnishings store is owned by husband and wife team, Massimo Mallamace and Heather Dempsey. Heather, an American, and Massimo, an Italian, met in Florence many years ago. In 2008, Heather and Massimo managed a $1 million remodel on the Dempsey’s farmhouse in Chianti (view the finished product at http://www.chiantivacation.com and learn how to experience this beautiful property!). At Fatto a Mano, they keep it in the “famiglia” – Heather’s mom Jan makes one-of-a-kind jewelry and her 88-year-old Grandma Alice loves to sell her collectible treasures.