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San Mario - secluded relaxation in a Tuscan stone house

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Speaks: english, french, italian
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Speaks: english, french, italian
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San Mario - secluded relaxation in a Tuscan stone house

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Volterra Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

House with pool in Tuscany garden. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms . Sleeps 10-12.

It is impossible not to fall in love with the garden at Casa San Mario; the big chestnut tree offering shade on a hot summer’s day, the terracotta patio where hours can be spent enjoying a lazy lunch or dinner, the generous pool where you can cool off after a morning spent exploring Volterra, or, as in the case of my daughters, topping up a tan.

Younger children can enjoy making dens in the garden or exploring the shaded woods, and when the sun sets the whole family can take part in hotly contested ping-pong tournaments on our floodlit ping-pong terrace. For a unique experience, the garden boasts a truly Italian pizza oven, where we enjoy making pizza and bread.

The house is a large, classical Tuscan farmhouse. Because of its traditional building style and airy rooms the house stays pleasantly cool, even in mid-august. It is ideal for both adults and families, and has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, as well as a separate toilet in the utility room. There is a living room upstairs, equipped with a large fireplace, where in the cooler seasons it is pleasant to play cards and chat, and two smaller sitting room/studies downstairs. Our favourite room in the house is the very large farmhouse kitchen and dining room downstairs, this room has a 14 seat hardwood table, and once the sun has gone down it and the adjoining terrace are often the hub of the house.

Volterra (4km from the house) is a very attractive, small hilltop town. The road from the house offers breath-taking views of Tuscany. Volterra was founded in pre-Etruscan time and flourished in the Etruscan period. It became important again in the Renaissance. Our house happens to be on the Roman unmarked road that leads to Florence. There is an impressive Etruscan Museum and a small, very pleasant, Art Gallery.

Walking in Volterra is always a pleasure thanks to the medieval architecture (fans of Twilight may recognise the piazza!), and there are plenty of interesting shops selling Italian leather, shoes, and clothing. There are also small grocery shops selling local produce, as well as a fantastic farmers’ market on Saturdays. If you are tired you can take a break at one of Volterra’s many cafes (we recommend l’Incontro, where you can have a proper Italian cappuccino, homemade ice-cream or pasticcini, and after dark enjoy wine tasting or sample their delicious cocktails).

The house is also close to Pisa, Florence, Siena and San Gimignano, as well as many interesting vineyards and farms. Why not explore Dante’s birthplace, or visit Fattoria Lischeto – supplier to Harrods – for a traditional Tuscan lunch, followed by a cheese-making class? And after a hard day sight-seeing, return to the beauty and tranquillity of Casa San Mario.

In Detail:

The house can accommodate up to 12 persons in comfort. Upstairs, on the first floor, there are three bedrooms with bathroom en suite and a large sitting room. Downstairs there are a large kitchen-dining room, a small kitchen and a living room, and two bedroom with one bathroom, and a utility room. Please see the house plan in the Photos section.

Swimming pool (Open May to mid October) seventy-five metres from the house. Green mosaic tiles. Width: 5m. Length: 13m. Depth from 1.4 to 2.6m. Surrounded by solarium of local stone and sandstone rocks and by the side of a small Oak wood providing shade.

Garden: Mature shaded garden and trees around the house, further away newly planted fruit orchard and open fields.

Garden and pool furniture. Barbecue, washing line, parking, table tennis table and bats, traditional bread and pizza oven.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
Owner
Member since: 2002
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just returned from a fabulous two weeks in Casa San Mario. A superb, spacious villa with rolling gardens and swimming pool. The quality of the rooms was excellent - five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large living room which the grandchildren took over as their 'common room'. The kitchen provided all that was necessary for good easy living. It's the space that works so well, some splashing in the pool, some reading on a secluded garden seat, some playing table tennis. There was room and facility for a BBQ for twenty people.

If you make it down the first road ( Its going to be a bumpy ride) you are well set for the glorious Tuscany countryside , beautiful nearby Volterra and trips to Sienna and Florence.

All brilliant. If we can muster up enough people we certainly hope to be going again. Oh yes, one of my grandchildren called it paradise and you don't get better than that.
Jul 2014
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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 16 traveler reviews

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San Mario - secluded relaxation in a Tuscan stone house
average rating of 4.8125 based on 18 reviews
5

Delightful - Exceeded Our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

This spacious 17th century house met our needs perfectly. While retaining many period features, it is comfortably-furnished and well-equipped with modern appliances. The expansive lot includes several distinct sitting areas, so that one may choose to relax in either the sun or shade as the mood strikes. We made good use of the large swimming pool from which there is a lovely view of the countryside. Shopping and other services are available in Volterra - about 15 minutes away by car. Volterra is very appealing in its own right, being less "touristy" than some other Tuscan hill towns. We enjoyed Annie Adair's walking tour and the Etruscan Museum is well worth a visit. We would heartily recommend San Mario to others - our only regret is that we weren't able to stay longer!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Generous and comfortable property next to Volterra

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in August 2013 in Casa San Mario. Luckily we found it perfectly easy, following the description of the owner. Although it is only ten minutes by car from the Centre of Volterra, it is situated quiet and pleasant at a stone-road down in a valley, half way up from where you have a lovely view over the valley and the landscape surrounding Volterra.

Entering the property we were at once impressed and in love with the park like huge garden, surrounding the large house, which in former times had served as a farmers house, with several entrances, two terraces and a barbecue house opposite to one of the main doors.

In the garden are not only large and typical trees, bushes and flowers and more places to sit in the shadow or in the sun, but also in a distance of about fifty meters the wonderful and well cared of swimming pool. At this pool you also find everything you need at a pool-day: shower, chairs, sunshades and italian launch-chairs.

The manor is carefully renovated in order to preserve its character as a tuscanny farm house, with the typicall tuscanny ceilings and floors made of red terra cotta. The furniture are an agreeable casual mixture of old and modern, nice looking.

The house itsself is fitting for a large group of people to stay together without feeling oppressed in any way. In the whole there are 2-3 bedrooms on the ground floor, and three bed-rooms on the first floor. So enough beds for maximum 12 adults or for two families with children. On the first floor a large living room with a marvellous fireplace is an invitation if there should be colder weather in autumn, winter or springtime.

The large kitchen is excellently equiped with everything you need if you like to cook for your group as we did. The refrigerator is as large as necessary, we would like to say american size. In addition there is a seperate room to wash and dry your laundry, if you like. The house and the garden are clean and well-looked after by the housekeepers couple, living not far in their farm house. They could help if there should be any technical problem, which we did not have.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Bristol
5

Perfect for family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We really liked Casa San Mario. The villa was a perfect size and layout for our family of 8 although it does accommodate up to 12 people. It is situated 2kms up an unpaved road which meant it was generally very quiet and peaceful with little passing traffic. The garden was big and well kept and very private. The best of all was the swimming pool which is away from the house and has fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. The property was clean and well maintained but not pristine. Although rural the property is well located for access to supermarkets in Volterra which is about 10 minutes by car. Volterra is a lovely town and nowhere near as touristy as other accessible towns like Sienna, San Gimignano, Pisa and Florence. We can highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
4

Nice place

  • 4 of 5

A perfect place if you want to visit Toscana.

Swimming pool great with a magic sightseeing.

Everything was perfect.

Only one bad point : the road (not very used) is to close.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
4

Tranquil spot

  • 4 of 5

The farmhouse is well equipped, rustically furnished but with all mod cons including wifi which is so needed these days!

The location is very rural and picturesque, just what we wanted, but convenient for Volterra 10 mins up the road with all necessary shop facilities and good restaurants, as well as being a beautiful town in itself.

We would absolutely recommend this accommodation which is spacious, comfy, rural but convenient and had the weather been better would have been perfect!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Marina Del Rey, CA
4

Beautiful week exploring the country

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time at your cozy hideaway in the country. Sonia and her daughter Alysiha(?) could not have been more helpful and charming. The dinner she made for us was a real treat, especially since it was a traditional Volterrian (sp?) dish that had flavors that just burst in your mouth. Molto bene!!! Volterra was a total surprise and we found a couple fo very choice little spots for dinner. San Mario was the perfect base for us to explore the region and the peace and quiet was the perfect way to end our day trips! Who know the "country" could have so many wonderful spots to visit! :)

we miss it already!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Volterra
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Firenze
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
Colle Val'D'Elsa
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Vicinity
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

From €1,000 Per week

Volterra Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Late Spring
Mar 28 2015 - Jun 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,800
 
 
Summer
Jul 4 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
€3,000
 
 
Late Summer
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 17 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,800
 
 
Autumn
Oct 24 2015 - Dec 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €0.00
Notes Swimming Pool Open around May 1; closed around September 30th. Rental price within this period includes swimming pool maintenance. Swimming can be opened at other times on payment of additional fee.

Please enquire for last-minute rental' offers.
Special rates are available for lets of four weeks or more in the November - April period.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Volterra Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , En suite
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 double , Shower and WC en suite
    Garden - 2 twin/ single
    Garden Study - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double
    Guest - 1 double , Or Twin, bathroom en-suite
    Arch - 4 twin/ single , 4 sngl or 1 double & 2 sng Bathroom en-suite Cot available
    Ground Floor Double - 1 double
  • 2/3 doubles, 1/2 twins, 1 family bedroom, 1 cot, 1 Garden Studio room with sofa bed
Entertainment:
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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