SAN MARIO - SECLUDED RELAXATION IN A TUSCAN STONE HOUSE

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
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Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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SAN MARIO - SECLUDED RELAXATION IN A TUSCAN STONE HOUSE

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House with pool in Tuscany garden. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms . Sleeps 10-12.

La Meridiana di San Mario nestles on the side of a hill looking across open fields towards the ancient Etruscan town of Volterra in Central Tuscany. Only 3 kms away, Volterra is a charming walled still mediaeval town with an unspoilt ambience. This is one of the most spectacular parts of Tuscany, discovered by those who enjoy and appreciate both its quiet beauty and its good location. From here you can make easy day-trips to Florence, Siena, Lucca, Bolgheri and Pisa or just linger around the beautiful pool or in the shaded, tranquil and peaceful garden with a good book and cool drink. With modern central heating and its large cosy Tuscan fireplace the house is also an ideal centre for spring, fall or winter holidays, each with their own ambience. The house is a modernised stone farmhouse (3 km from Volterra) with gracious proportions and exposed wooden beams, restored in a simple and stylish fashion.

Volterra and the Garden and Pool: Volterra (height 460m, population 12,000) is an Etruscan hill top town with mediaeval fortress walls and spectacular views. A working town but unspoilt with beautiful central square, a castle, Roman theatre, small narrow streets, arches and towers, a cathedral, an art gallery and one of the most important Etruscan museums in Italy. There are free Classical, Jazz and other events in the summer.

Superb swimming pool (Open mid 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 grazed by sheep. Garden and pool furniture. Barbecue, washing line, parking, Informal badminton court, traditional bread oven.

Layout: Many further photographs, plans of the layout and many other details can be found on the house's own website. Contact us for the web address. There is full gas central heating and a large fireplace.

3 high standard modern bathrooms.

The house can accommodate up to 12 persons in comfort. Upstairs, on the first floor, there are three bedrooms, a large sitting room, two bathrooms. 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. The ground floor is suitable for the moderately disabled.

Local amenities include horse-riding, tennis and walking. The region is known for gourmet food and wine.

Bookings and Further details: Bookings are usually for two weeks in high season (May to October), one week at other times.

Comments are available from past guests. For example:

'Wow! We felt right at home in your Tuscan hideaway. Our group had nothing but positive statements ..the fact there were comestibles left by the previous tenants, wine on the table, and the lovely Lombardos to see us through our orientation, started us on the right foot. The excellent accommodations and the lovely physical setting of the villa completed the equation. Thank you for the excellent driving directions. The location of the villa so close to Siena, Florence, Lucca, San Giminiano, Pisa, etc. made travel and visits to these important centers easy day trips. The town of Volterra itself is worth spending 2 days in. There was nothing we could think of to improve upon our stay.

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Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
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
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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4.8
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We were in the Villa from May 19th to June 3rd and thoroughly enjoyed it...The villa was splendid whether we were on own with the whole house or just using the upper part with the owners downstairs... The grounds of the villa are spectacular. The pool is pristine and sits on the side of a hill looking over toward Volterra (about 3 miles away). Very private. A caretaker, L, dropped by several times to water and clean the pool --- a very nice guy. The villa is really located in a great place for visiting the Tuscany hilltop towns.. Volterra itself is really a neat town - it doesn't get as many tourists as many of the other hill top towns ..The little Supermercado in Volterra. Getting back to a few notes on the villa --- it was very clean and comfortable. I wish I could have stayed longer. The kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans, dishware, etc and the oven and refrigerator worked well. The washing machine also worked well.
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Map

Map

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

Volterra (3km from the house)is a splendid and unspoilt walled town, mediaeval in character. Its narrow streets given over to pedestrians give access to a cathedral, a beautiful square, a roman theatre, a picture gallery and one of the leading Etruscan museums in Italy. There are fine restaurants, supermarkets and shops. Nearby are San Gimignano (20 minutes) and Florence, Siena and Pisa (all 1 hour). The seaside is also one hour by car. The spectacular landscape around is depicted in the film Stealing Beauty among others.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Volterra Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 30 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€3,000
 
 
Late Summer
Sep 6 2014 - Oct 11 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€1,800
 
 
Autumn
Oct 18 2014 - Dec 13 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€1,000
 
 
Winter Holidays
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
€400
€2,000
 
 
Early Spring
Jan 10 2015 - Mar 21 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€1,000
 
 
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
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

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:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , En suite
    Bathroom - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 double , Shower and WC en suite
    Guest - 1 double , Or Twin
    Family - 4 twin/ single , Cot available
    Arch - 1 double
    Garden - 2 twin/ single
    Garden Study - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double
  • 2/3 doubles, 1/2 twins, 1 family bedroom, 1 cot, 1 Garden Studio room with comfortable sofa bed
Entertainment:
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
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