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Lovely cottage with great views close San Gimignano,luxury and outside nature

Bedrooms 2
Space 882 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Ideal for 4 persons, 1 big master with en suite bath and 1 twin and extra bath

Our home can host comfortably 4 adult persons, is completely new furnished and well equipped also for all cooking needs, has air condition and mosquito screens and a washing mashine, it consists in:

2 bedrooms (1 with en suite bath and double sinks, shower and bathtub).

1 master bed with 1.80 m x 2 m.

2 twin beds 1m x 2 m each (can become a double bed).

2 baths (each one with a shower and one has also a bathtub).

1 small but efficiently working open fire place under the “Dwarf’s hat”.

1 fully equipped kitchen with oven, microwave, toaster, hot water kettle and dishwasher,

1 terrace with table and 6 chairs and a sun roof.

1 shared huge infinity pool of 21 x 6.80 meters and landscaped (beach like soft entrance and whirlpool) into the Tuscan nature.

Little garden space with the exclusive right to be used by us and/or our guests of course.

Several acres of land shared with the neighbors of the hamlet

2 parking lots distant from the home, but you can get close to it for emptying the car.

It was originally the hen house and fowl stable, 5 stones and rocks left with a breath taking view. We called it “Dwarf’s house” but then another bed room came to it, “borrowed” from the big house besides and it became a true apartment with quite a big master bed room and its on suite bathroom with bath tub and 80 x 80 shower and a twin bed room for our sons with an extra bath and an 80 x 80 shower and a small sink. It can become a double bed room.

It is now a lovely comfortable apartment, ideal for two to four persons. The new beds are big and comfortable 2 m long, and fitted out with very good mattresses (orthopedically approved). The master bedroom has a little “Romeo and Julia” Balcony in a funny shape which allows you to step outside the walls.

The kitchen is fully equipped and custom made to measure to cope with the niches and edges which gives it an exclusive touch.

For someone who loves to create atmosphere and is fond of illumination, this apartment has the most switches and plugs of the whole Borgo, they said. But I love to live in different sceneries and feel the necessity for different lighting depending on what you are doing. For instance: romantic light, when you drink a glass of good red wine and lose yourself watching the flames in the open fireplace or strong light for reading or preparing dishes.

The outside terrace works like the extension of the kitchen in spring and autumn and is perfect for breakfast and lunch in these seasons and for dinner outside in the summer. It has a beautiful sun roof, but for lunch on a hot summer day you better go 2 m aside and enjoy the shadow of the huge cypress in front of the house, there is also a little bit of refreshing wind and one sleeps the sleep of the true.

The living area sits comfortably 4 persons around the open fire place. The living area is quite small and the open fire place works perfectly and is a remainder of the “dwarf’s house”.

In the living area everything is just on it’s place because it is it’s place, there is no more left. It is cozy and comfortable but not spacious. We preferred a second bed room instead as you usually live outside in Italy and make day trips or sit on the pool side or enjoy the view from our terrace.

All of us are quite tall, so we choose long beds ( 2m x 2m in the master bed room and 2 times 1m x 2 m in the second bed room, which can be put together and make a double bed instead of a twin bed room.

More Details

Property Manager
Claudia Pirazzi
Member since: 2002
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, german, italian, Bavarian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Claudia Pirazzi

We are living in Florence and saw this ruin and this phantastic place. Working a lot and my husband being a chartered accountant and me a real estate agent and developing assistant of refurbishing and restoring houses, we loved this particular and quiet place and followed each step of the evolution of this Tuscan site.

Claudia Pirazzi purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Claudia Pirazzi chose Gambassi Terme

We found here the right place within nature which is peaceful and beautiful nature outside and sophisticated inside. The builder worked very thouroughly so the house is sane and dry.

The view is breath taking and privacy is given at the same time.

The pool is landscaped and also an attraction because very particular.

What makes this apartment unique

The position within the hamlet has the best views onto the skyline of Volterra in the far West and the night. Privacy and the terrace are unique to live on.The location if you want to see and visit Tuscany is very central and there are many many very good restaurants close by.

Guestbook comments from the manager

vielen Dank für eine wunderschöne Woche in Ihrem traumhaften Domizi. Wir haben es sehr genossen und uns war die Stille und die einsame Lage nicht zuviel, wir waren sogar schwimmen bei 15 grad und am Abend saßen wir im gemütlichen Wohnzimmer am Kaminfeuer.

Wir kommen gerne wieder!
Apr 2015
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Gambassi Terme Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 882 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Please bring the balance in Euro in cash at arrival day.
  • Please respect the litter management and the rules of the good living together within the hamlet and the pool.
  • Wifi is unlimited from midnight to eight o´clock in the morning, and up to 1 GB max. from 8 am to 11:59 pm
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , plus bathtub and double sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bath also accessible from day part of apartment
  • One of the bathrooms is an en-suite bath and accessible through the master bedroom only. Both bathroom showers are 80 x 80 cm footprint size.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds put together do create a double bed, see foto.
  • The mattresses are larger and longer than normal Italian sizes and they are health mattresses, comfortable and one sleeps well on them. Various cushions can be chosen, feathers or wool, big and small. The master bedroom's bed is 180 cm x 200 cm and the twin bedroom, 100 x 200 cm each mattress. Here the twin beds can become a double bed of 200 x 200 as well. Please ask and we will settle it for you.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
On request we can organize or buy an item you miss or need, please tell us what you miss. The swimmingpool is open from Easter to end of October usually and there is a little whirlpool as a part of the landscaped pool, which has great views and is very different from all the other pools whith rocks built in and plants and a sandy looking beach within, not as soft as a sandy beach but great to walk into the depth slowly.


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Lovely cottage with great views close San Gimignano,luxury and outside nature
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay here. The kids played in the exquisite pool overlooking rolling hills. We listened to crickets in the grass beyond and wind rustling the trees leaves above. The swallows entertained us as we ate breakfast ourtside. Great location for San G. And other beautiful hill top towns.Just need to book it all again! Thank you Claudia

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Superb !

  • 5 of 5

Perfection melted in the heart of nature !

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear George and Elena, we are very happy that you liked it so much. Fabio told me about your enthusiasm and that is the motor for me to take care of our home and make it nice for guests like you! Thank you for the review! Claudia
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Melbourne Australia

Beautifully appointed with lovely outlook

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Claudia's thoughtfully decked out cottage. There is plenty of storage, 2 bathrooms (such a luxury!) - one of which has lighting which makes you feel like a movie star ! - and plenty of living spaces which was just what we need after travelling together for 3 weeks. Everything is new inside and well appointed - down to the lovely Florentine designed sheets! The children's room had decent thick window coverings so they slept in well in the morning.The weather was very warm while we were there so the pool was just what we needed after a morning of sightseeing and the children made friends with other children around the pool. The cottage is in a great location - only 10km from San Gimignano and not much further to Volterra, both towns offering lots of good options for shopping and dining. And Claudia's cottage is definitely the best in the hamlet. It is the most private, has shade when you need it and a wonderful view as we sipped our pre dinner drinks. We would definitely come again.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Belinda, thank you for your lovely rating and we are happy you loved our Little home. We will be happy to have you back again. Kind regards and have a nice trip back home to Australia, from where our son just came back and was quite enthusiastic about. Claudia
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Exceptional cottage with great pool in a stunning area of Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed from the outset with this sympathetically converted hamlet. The property itself, The Hammock was exactly the standard as show in the photos so were not disappointed. The view and the pool exceeded our expectations and ticked all members of families boxes including the teenagers. We mixed the days with relaxing by the pool and visiting the local hill top towns all which had their own character. I would definitely consider returning and would highly recommend the property. Claudia, the owner and Fabio were very attentive throughout the booking and greeting process. Thank you for letting us share in your wee piece of paradise.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sonia, what a lovely Review and what I like even more, that you loved to stay in our Little home and enjoyed it. That is our goal! We will be happy to have you back one day. Kind regards Claudia
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Big Pine Key, Florida USA

Absolutely Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My family of four stayed at The Hammock for 11 nights during July. We had a fantastic time! The home is stunning, the pool is wonderful and the location will take you to many Tuscan towns. The beds are so comfortable I am hoping to purchase one for myself. I was concerned about the cost of air conditioning since my husband likes a cool bedroom but the fee was reasonable at 40 euro. Ms. Claudia is a considerate host who left a binder with information and guidance. She also arranged for clean sheets and towels mid-stay. If you are looking for the beauty of Tuscany, privacy of a villa, and luxury of a resort book this listing today!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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Zauberhafte Unterkunft 25.03. bis 31.03.2016

  • 5 of 5

Diese Cottage hat uns ( 2x ca. 50 Jahre und 2x 22 Jahre) ausgesprochen gut gefallen!!! Das Anwesen liegt sehr ruhig und fast versteckt in einem Waldgebiet. Die Anreise hat aber durch die sehr guten Hinweise von Fr. Dr. Pirazzi super geklappt.

Das Haus ist ausgesprochen liebevoll eingerichtet! Das Mobiliar ist sehr schön, die Betten sind hochbequem. Die Küche ist mit allen Dingen perfekt ausgestattet, so dass die Selbstversorgung großen Spaß gemach hat. Vielen Dank, dass wir auch den Kamin benutzen durften! (Nur aus Romantikgründen, die Heizung hat sehr gut funktioniert!)

Die Terrasse (incl. Grill) haben wir auch sehr genossen. Und dann dieser traumhafte Blick vom Haus und der Terrasse nach Volterra.... einfach zauberhaft!

Die Parkplatzlösung möchten wir auch ausdrücklich loben. Gerade bei starker Belegung des Anwesens bleibt so die Ruhe erhalten.

Liebe Frau Dr. Pirazzi, ganz herzlichen Dank für die tolle Zeit, die wir in Ihrem Haus verleben durften. Katrin und Wolfgang Roth

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liebe Familie Roth, haben Sie herzlichen Dank für Ihre schöne Bewertung. Es macht dann auch Spaß, die Gäste teilhaben zu lassen am Schönen. Ihre Bewertung zeigt mir, dass unsere Einstellung richtig ist, die Gäste sollen es genauso schön haben wie wir . Wir versuchen, uns hineinzuversetzen in jemanden, der seine wertvollste Zeit hier verbringt. Buona Vita (!) und hoffentlich einmal wieder. Ihre Claudia Pirazzi
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Nearest Airport
59 Kilometres
Florence - Tuscany - Italy - Pisa
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Il Castagno
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Livorno - Pisa- Tuscany - Italy
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Castelfalfi Golf Club - close to Montaione
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Poggibonsi and Certaldo in Tuscany Italy
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Poggibonsi to the connection Florence-Siena
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Il Castagno Val d´Elsa, Chianti Tuscany
Nearest Ski
135 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Cecina, Livorno, Marina di Pisa, Migliarino
Car: necessary

San Gimignano is only 12 km from here and Florence about an hour and a quarter drive, more centre of Italy in the heart of Tuscany and still in the famous Chianti area, is this little jewel situated within a completely new restored Tuscan Hamlet, called Borgo di Mummialla. Surrounded by nature and nestled between 2 Natural parks: “Riserva Naturale di Castelvecchio” and the “Riserva naturale di Montenero” it is only 17 minutes from San Gimignano, Town declared by UNESCO to be part of the World's Architectural Heritage;

25 minutes to Volterra and only 3 km to a fantastic restaurant: Il Castagno. The location offers great pathes for wandering and strolling throughout the nature and maybe along the famous 'Francigena' which connected Paris to Rome by foot!

Most of the Tuscan attractions and must sees (if desired) are within 1 hour - 1,5 hours reach.

It is the ideal location to spend a few days, being within day-tripping distance of Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa and the beach to name but a few tempting places to re-discover.

Only 11,5 km, 16 min on the SP69 from San Gimignano,

Only 20,4 km, 29 min on the SP15 to Volterra ,

To Florence (airport) it is 72,6 km, 1h 20 min via Poggibonsi on the Firenze Siena,

to Siena 57,6 km, 1h 9 min on the same road just the opposite direction Raccordo Autostradale Siena-Firenze.

To Pisa (airport) is 65,9 km, 1 ora 19 min on the SS439 away.

To Castiglioncello (seaside – the Mediterranean) it is 59,8 km, 1h 18 min SP48 but there is also Marina di Pisa (mixed sand and rocky), Quercianella (rocky beach) to welcome you for a day at the beach and then come back and relax.

Closest airports are Florence and Pisa, each about 1.20 hours


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $128.38

The 25% reservation fee and down payment are not refundable. The remaining 75% is to be brought in Euro at arrival.
Costs for utilities like gas for cooking, electricity, air condition, warm and cold water are included, costs for heating will be calculated based on your consumption and are excluded from the rental rates given above.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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