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WIN: Sunshine getaway for four on stunning Tuscan estate

This is the time of year that can have even the most positive person feeling the blues.

Christmas has been and gone, finances are in tatters and there’s very little to look forward to.

One surefire way to lift spirits is by booking a holiday and what could be better than giving yourself the promise of some Tuscan sunshine with a 20% discounted price – detailed below – available to Armagh I followers (up until Wednesday, March 26).

Podere San Lorenzo is a stunning and picturesque farm estate in Valdarno, directly in the midst of the Siena, Florence, Arezzo triangle.

And owners Ruth and Salvatore have put together the most tempting of offers to raise your excitement levels and banish those blues.

Visitors can really relax and be pampered with Chef Salvatore’s delightful mouthwatering creations, all proudly sourced from the 100% organic estate.

Prices are per week (7 nights) anytime between 5th April- 20th September 2014.

Casa Anna (sleeps 7) EURO 2695; Casa Andrea (sleeps 5) EURO 1925; S. Lorenzo (sleeps 5) EURO 1925; Il Fienile (sleeps 4) EURO 1540; La Capanna (sleeps 4) EURO 1540; Casa Lucia (sleeps 2+1) EURO 1155; La Loggia (sleeps 2+1) EURO 1155; Il Castellino (sleeps 2) EURO 840. Prices include: apartment for seven nights, parking, wifi, Sky HD, and, every night  – Buonasera 3-course dinner for adults; Special bambini menu for children under 12. Prices do not include: Courses, activities, drinks or any other extras.

Podere San Lorenzo crowns a hill offering spectacular views of the Chianti hills, all the way across the Arno Valley to the majestic Pratomagno mountain, with vineyards, olive groves , fairytale woods and colourful countryside decorating the panorama like jewels in a crown.

The estate has an immediately noticeable essence of exclusivity, serenity and total privacy, whilst at the same time enjoying a happy carefree atmosphere.

But by gaining that sense of total privacy you aren’t sacrificing being close to everything that has millions of tourists flocking to Tuscany each year.

Florence and Arezzo are easily reachable by train from Montevarchi station (Arezzo 25 minutes and Florence 40 minutes); Siena is about an hour’s drive, Pienza and Montalcino are also one hour away. Pisa is an hour and a half and San Gimignano one hour and 15 minutes.

Back at the estate you can laze by the pool, read in one of the quiet gardens, stroll in the vineyards or play tennis, go horseriding or hiking. You can even have a cookery lesson or an Italian lesson, there’s something for everyone at Podere San Lorenzo – including plenty of fun and adventures for the kids!

“We have eight self-catering apartments, all differing in size and composition. Each apartment has free wifi coverage and Sky HD with 32” television screens,” said Ruth.

“The whole estate sleeps a total of 34 people, also making it an ideal venue for weddings and special parties.

“We have a restaurant which is guaranteed to keep your taste buds happy. We serve high quality homegrown and homemade produce and specialities including our own excellent certified range of wines.

“In the high season dinner is served in the beautifully-lit Mediterranean garden, which is the perfect setting for your summer evenings.”

Book now to get the apartment of your choice!

A 25% deposit is required, payable by bank transfer, with the balance payable on check-in.

Email for more information.

To be in with your chance of winning a seven-night stay in an independent apartment on the estate for two adults and two children, including three-course meals for  the adults and children’s menu for the kids, as well as free access to the stunning pool, you must LIKE Armagh I on Facebook, LIKE and SHARE one of our regular Facebook posts, and LIKE and SHARE ‘The Perfect Tuscan Holiday’ page. Entrants must also comment under this editorial and simply tell us why they feel they should be the winner. The prize (excluding flights) must be taken between May and September and the winner will be drawn by Ruth and notified. The competition closes on Thursday, March 27, and the winner announced shortly afterwards. Please read carefully ALL of the above conditions in order to ensure successful entry into the competition.

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