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Luxury with Stunning Views in Rebuilt Ancient Hamlet Near San Gimignano

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

One-bedroom property with additional comfortable double sofa-bed

Large private terrace with stunning views across the valley to the ancient hilltop town of Volterra.

Located in the recently-reconstructed 1000-year-old hillside village of Borgo Mummialla. The tiny village has been redeveloped into 13 holiday apartments. The pool is shared between the 13 apartments.

Fully equipped split-level interior with exposed chestnut beams and cotto tiling. Four comfortable chairs, table and parasol on the terrace for 'al fresco' dining.

15 minute drive to San Gimignano. Ideally located to explore Tuscany. Volterra, Siena, Florence, Pisa and the Chianti region are all within easy reach.

The village is a haven of tranquillity, surrounded by woods and meadows abundant with wild flora and fauna.

Free Wi-fi. Please note that because of the remote location, the Wi-fi is satellite-based. It is fine for normal web browsing and e-mail but for example would not be very fast for video streaming, video-conferencing or downloading large files.

More Details

Owner
Colm Begley
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2017

About Colm Begley

We are an Irish couple and love all things Italian!

Colm Begley purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Colm Begley chose Val d'Elsa

In 2006 I heard that a group of local people planned to restore a tiny ancient ruined village. I went to visit the village and was immediately enchanted by its tranquillity and stunning views.

We took a leap of faith and purchased a heap of stones and broken timbers at the end of the village.

Now seven years later the village has been restored to its former beauty.

What makes this apartment unique

The reconstruction of the village was subject to strict Italian heritage laws. All original materials were re-used and other materials were salvaged from local ruins. The building work had to be carried out using traditional building methods.

The 'apartment' is actually a small house at the quietest end of the village, with its own roof and with windows on three sides!

The best feature is a large private terrace with stunning views across the valley to the ancient hilltop town of Volterra, with its many towers.

Amenities

Gambassi Terme Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking

Reviews

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Luxury with Stunning Views in Rebuilt Ancient Hamlet Near San Gimignano
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews
5

Perfect Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

Borgo Mummallia is an oasis in the Tuscan countryside, perfect for visiting all the major regional sites. Colm is a most charming and obliging host and La Terazza is a very well appointed and beautifully situated within a well maintained converted hamlet.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A paradise in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful stay at La Terraza appartment (Mummialla). The appartment was very well provided for (cooking, cleaning, towels, etc.) and was extremmely clean. Our best appartement in 10 years of rentals through Europe. The pool was gorgeous and not too crowded. It is located in a very quiet area but you can find good restaurants within 5 kilometers.

I would definitely recommend this appartment.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect peaceful home from home.

  • 5 of 5

Il Terazzo was absolutely perfect for the two of us. The design & layout of the property is such a great use of the space, the villa was really well equipped, the bed is very comfortable & all linen etc is as anyone would need & the spec of the property is very high.

The view from the terrace is actually better than photos can show.

The little hamlet in which it stands has been beautifully restored to be an excellent isolated place but near other properties. The pool was great - especially as there were not many properties occupied when we were there, in September - and Roberto, who welcomed us on arrival & checked on us occasionally through the week, was most helpful & charming. As throughout the whole booking & staying process, was Colm, the owner - even though he was actually in Dublin.

It is a perfect base for what is perfect Tuscan scenery & tourist spots within an hour or so- but we enjoyed the walking too. We found the Via Francigena, which we had no idea of until we arrived. What a lovely stretch it is there between Gambassi Terme & San Gimignano.

A perfect week. Many thanks.

Phil

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful property with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

What a find! The property is beautifully designed with a large, private terrace from which you can enjoy a fantastic panorama of the countryside and the hill topped old city of Volterra in the distance. We never tired of the views or watching the swallows sweep past us and, on occasions, eagles soaring over the valley in front of you. The herb garden in front of the terrace was just coming into flower attracting bees and butterflies and was very handy for our home cooking! A special thank you to Roberto who greeted us with some Chianti and home made biscuits and was always available to sort any queries out. Many basics had been provided such as tea, coffee, sugar, herbs, oils etc which were very welcome and a whole range of cleaning products. The peaceful hamlet has been tastefully restored using a blend of original and new materials and the swimming pool is stunning although cool weather and a busy itinery meant we didn't get to try it. This is a great base for exploring the area: Volterra and San Gimignano are very close and a must see although avoid weekends when parking gets difficult or go early morning or late afternoon; Florence is an easy drive but we drove to Castelfiorentino and took the train, 6 euros per person each way and the station is very close to the centre of Florence; Siena is a well worth a visit (we preferred it to Florence) and its Duomo is must see at 4 Euros per person; Monteriggnoni is a lovely place to visit en route to Siena; and the Chianti region also makes for beautiful drive with many interesting towns to stop off at. Making a welcome break from driving, there are some lovely walks from the hamlet, exploring paths off the quiet lane/ road in both directions we saw deer, wild boar, tiny lizards, a pond full of frogs as well as lots of birds and butterflies. A truly wonderful holiday!!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Best villa rental ever

  • 5 of 5

This has been our third villa rental in Tuscany so we know what we like. This property ticks all the boxes and is by far the best we have visited. W are not sure if you could find anything better. Even though the property is 1000 years old, it has been completely re-built and looks brand new (as does the rest of the units at Bagni di Mommialla). The advertisement for the property doesn't do it justice. It's every bit as nice as the pictures and the view from the private terrace is better than any other unit on the property. The swimming pool is beautiful, but the water a little cool due to the cold nights. The unit was spotless upon our arrival and was well fitted with everything you might need (dishwasher, clothes washer, iron, toaster, coffee maker, spare towels and linens, wifi, etc). It was even fitted with a first aid kit and consumables like coffee, sugar, spices, laundry soap, dish soap and many more of the little things that you need to get started when renting a villa. A welcome bottle of wine greeted us on the table upon arrival. Communicating with the property manager was a little difficult because of our total lack of Italian and his very limited English. However, any questions I had were answered almost immediately by email via the property owner who seems to be on-line at all times.

This property is well located for sites in central, northern or western Tuscany. Day trips to southern or eastern Tuscany would also be possible, but a little too far for my liking. Food at the local restaurant in Il Castagno (3km away) was good but the facility lacked ambiance. We would recommend driving another 5 minutes north to BoscoTondo. We ate there a number of times during our 12 day visit and were always pleased.

I would highly recommend this property to others!

Peter and Sharon from Canada

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Superbe a tous les niveaux que du bonheur

  • 5 of 5

Superbe maison tres tres propre il ne manque rien tous les petits détails , la propreté à tous les niveaux!!! Un véritable havre de paix, la piscine superbe et région magnifique....Merci à Roberto et aux propriétaires qui sont d'une gentilesse infinie !!!!! Je recommande et je n'ai aucun point négatif à signaler.....Encore MERCI

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Pisa / Florence
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Il Castagno
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Il Castagno
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Castiglioncello
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

No extra charges - final cleaning, electricity, gas and air-conditioning are all included in the price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.