|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Placed on top of one of the hillock chains sloping down to the Arno valley, Villa Belvedere is near Marti (in the province of Pisa) in the heart of Tuscany, with a stunning 360° view.
From its strategic position in the centre of Tuscany one can easily reach by car all the most known art towns of the region in a range of time going from half an hour (the nearest one: Pisa) to a couple of hours (the farther away: Pienza). Besides such opportunities the visitor interested in art and history may experience another characteristic of Tuscany: the abundance, even in small centres, of masterpieces (in architecture, sculpture, painting) and the evidence of stratified civilisations going from the Etruscans to the Romans up to the Middle and Modern Age.
Country places such as Montopoli Valdarno , Palaia, San Miniato, Vinci, Cerreto Guidi, Volterra, San Gimignano and many others are all reachable within one hour car trip from Marti.
The house stands in it's own grounds and all around are woods and an olive grooves from which the estate farms it's IGP Tuscan oil stands on the west side.
The front lawn is a perfect place to relax and have barbecues. The setting is very rural, we have chosen to keep it very simple, fruit trees: pears, peaches, figs, chestnut, olives. Rosmari and other spices like sage can be found in the flower beds which decorate the outside walls of the house.
The pool is set in a lower part of the garden so to give it privacy from the exterior cooking or activities on the front lawn, it has a max depth of 140cm and a small section dedicated to toddlers max depth 40cm. A beige liner has been adopted so to keep it in tune with the surrounding, all around it has been paved and there are plenty of sun beds for relaxing on, even a huge exterior bed for those lazy afternoons. The villa is on a cul de sac surrounded by woodland on one side and an olive groove on the other, the pool area has big sun bed fixed, 2 sun loungers, 2 deckchairs plus a small table and 4 chairs, a sun umbrella is available. Table and chairs to eat outside for 8 people, barbecue wood available on location.
The house is run for it's hot water with a solar system in the summer thus making is eco friendly.
The farm house was renovated completely in the year 2000, in the year 2011 it has been totally repainted on the interior, windows and doors have also been fixed and painted.
The living room was the old stable, it has been tiled with large terracotta tiles and a couple of arches divide the sitting area from the dinning room, a coffee table made out of the old pig stie door at the centre of the cosy sofas. TV with satellite , DVD and stereo, WIFI available.
The sitting area has a large arched window giving onto the Apennines chain of mountains at sunset.
The dining area with its old hunting cupboard and a French window which gives onto the front lawn makes dining a real country experience.
The Kitchen is where you enter from and the first thing that strikes is a magnificent old Tuscan fireplace, the old wooden fridge which is now used as a ladder, and the totally efficient but old looking kitchen with six fires, and gas oven. A dishwasher makes tidying up much more pleasant.
The utility room has a washing machine, ironing board and all other cleaning materials making the long stays just like being at home, especially with kids. A downstairs wc has been allocated under the stairs. A shower is also present so washing off from the pool is easy.
All bedrooms are very spacious and at the same time cosy, plenty of hanging space, comfortable beds and wooden floors and old terracotta tiles, furnished with old antiques.
The bathroom is very big has a bath, basin, wc and bidet, there is even a sitting area. The shower room has a stone floor, and the basin is an old restored wooden bedroom toilette, wc.
All towels and linen are provided, beach towels are given the change over is every Saturday. Daily maid, babysitter, cook, mobile telephone all on request.
We can organise any sort of activity from wine or olive oil tasting tours, olive picking or wine harvesting, guided tours of the historical towns, cookery courses, pottery classes, truffle hunting excursions, hiking, walks, mountain bike rides. Also daily maid service and cooking services at the villa on request.
The nearest beaches are the ones of Livorno, Pisa about 35 km. Forte dei Marmi, Camaiore, Viareggio is about 1 hour. The most beautiful spot on the coast is Golf di Baratti due to it being a natural bay and a protected area is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Elba is about 1 hour and half drive to Piombino and then an hour ferry across.
The nearest airport is Pisa Galileo Galilei international airport about 30 mins from the house.
Florence international aiport Amerigo Vespucci is around 45 mins drive away from the villa.
Hire car is essential.
Nearest train station in Pontedera, trains to Pisa and Florence every 30 minutes.
The village of Marti is very near by, it has a butcher, baker, little supermarket, newsagent, hairdresser, bar.
Also on the way to Marti there is a larger supermarket.
The area is well served and large supermarkets are all around in Pontedera, San Romano, Empoli, Navacchio.
The area is full of very nice restaurants offering from Pizzeria type cuisine to high end food, Michelin guide restaurants.
A fabulously located pretty Tuscan Villa with owners that are very close and always helpful. Well equipped and well kept property that lends itself to a quiet, relaxing holiday overlooking lush Tuscan countryside. We very much enjoyed the true Tuscan feel to the whole property and the helpfullness of the owners who went out of their way to make the stay a joy.
Lovely, very private, clean and comfortable villa with 3 large double bedrooms, a peaceful garden & pool and stunning views. Fabulous location for exploring much of Tuscany by car and also by train from Pontedera (10 minutes drive away). Laura came to give the children pasta making lessons, which was wonderful and the pool was regularly cleaned. Great vineyard nearby called Agri Sole, for tasting wines and Tuscan food. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay - many thanks Genka.
Villa Belvedere is the perfect Tuscan hill country getaway. It sits on top of a quiet ridge top just above the Arno River valley in the town of Marti. The views are spectacular and the site is very quiet and peaceful. You will need to rent a car, which we did at the Pisa airport, which I highly recommend, it's very easy to get in and out of, and has a very small town feel. My wife Susan and I completely fell in love with The Villa. It's a beautifully restored farmhouse full of great art and antiques. The beds were super comfortable, and the bathrooms quite lovely and well maintained. The villa can very comfortably accommodate 6 people. Our stay was in October, which I would say is an ideal time of year in Tuscany. The pool was starting to cool off a bit, but on sunny days was a refreshing delight. The location in Marti was perfect for exploring the hill towns in every direction, and Firenze to the east, and Pisa- Lucca to the west. Our host Genka and Maria Pace are generous and gracious people who live nearby in Marti, and were always ready and able with help and advice. Also, Genka, being half Brit is a native English speaker which can be helpful. In summary, I really can hardly describe how much we loved our stay at the beautiful Villa Belvedere! Oh, one more thing, the kitchen is fully stocked for cooking and there is easy access to great groceries at the local COOP. We hope to return to the Villa someday soon. Ciao, Skip and Susan
war ein Traumurlaub, volle Erholung und ein super schönes Haus, sehr nette Vermieter!! Wir kommen 2015 wieder!!!!!
This is a lovely villa with beautiful grounds - it's great having the grassy airy above the pool. It is well equipped and spacious. It's a short walk to Marti (it's a shame there is only a small local bar there and no restaurant and the bar isn't open every day). Close to the Fi-Pi-Li so easy to get around by car and close to train stations for trips to Florence etc.
Watch out if arriving on a Sunday to try and buy supplies in advance.
We had a very nice week at the Villa Belvedere. The Villa's style was "rustic charm" and had everything you need. It is in a quiet location, ideal if you want to get some peace and quiet in the Tuscan hills. The layout of the garden and pool is ideal for family holidays where you also have the option of finding a private spot under the shade to read a good book without being interrupted. Overall we had a very pleasant stay and would have no doubts in recommending this villa to anybody seeking an enjoyable holiday in Tuscany.
The local area around the villa is worth a visit especially San Miniato famous for it's white truffle, Terriciola for it's wineries, Vinci being the native town of Leonardo, A little further a field but still within an hours drive are Firenze, Lucca, Pisa, Livorno, San Gimignano. The whole of the surrounding area is rich in natural hot water springs such as Casciana Terme, Montecatini terme, Ulivetto Terme, Venturia, Saturnia. There are many very good restaurants to enjoy such as Casa Masi in Montaione, La Greppia in Peccioli, 4 Gigli in Montopoli Val D'Arno. The local fairs and festivals are many and a whole list can be got from the Tuscan regional site, Regione Toscana, a few famous ones are the wild boar in Chianni, Mercanzia which is all for street artists which occupy the whole of Certaldo for 3 days in July, Terriciola for it's wine festival, Lucca with it's music festival where famous international artist come and play, also of note the opera festival at Puccini's native town of Torre del Lago. Tuscany in Autumn is also very interesting as it's the wine harvest in September and the olive harvest in November, hunting season starts, and with the first rains the porcini mushrooms start being found, and also with truffles beginning to be found makes this period the most exciting for the taste buds. The days at this time of the year are so clear that on a sunny day one can see the snow peaks of the Appenine chain from the villa. Tuscany and our local area has a lot to offer during most of the year.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Oct 8 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$323|
There is a damage deposit of 300 euro/us dollars/ sterling to be given at the time of arrival, and will be handed back after having checked the property on leaving unless there have been breakages.