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San Mario - secluded relaxation in a Tuscan stone house with excellent Wifi

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


About the property

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

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

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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Volterra Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , En suite
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 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
  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

San Mario - secluded relaxation in a Tuscan stone house with excellent Wifi
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 23 reviews

Beautiful perfect family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Family of 11 stayed here for one week and it was fabulous. The home was perfect for us -plenty of room. The pool and the view were absolutely spectacular! We cooked every meal in the kitchen with ingredients from the local markets and grocery stores.

The drive to the Villa is a bit rough and rocky but it is worth it once you arrive. The only suggestion we had was to upgrade the towels in the bathroom and better pillows :)

You will not be disappointed if you rent this place!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful grounds, pool, house exterior and surrounding area

  • 4 of 5

The property is gorgeous from the exterior, huge garden, table tennis, bbq area with two bbq's (no pizza oven), lovely large pool (freezing cold in june but probably warmer later in the season) and quite rustic and dark in the interior (small windows/ dark wood). There is plenty of space and two fridges was great for 9 of us staying there. Nice to have separate beds (we are all work colleagues) and enough bathrooms for all! There are enough pots and pans and lots of utensils and good sharp knives which were all nice to have in a rental property. The only thing I would mention is that the oven takes ages to cook anything - in never seems to get up to heat so roasted veg one evening took 2 hours etc - basically double the time you think it will take to cook things in the oven. However this doesnt impact your stay with a little planning!

The housekeeper Sonia is very good if you speak a little Italian (take a phrase book if not!) - our kettle broke and she replaced it that same day - very efficient. There is no phone reception at the house (sometimes you can get it in the garden) but you can call her on the house phone. The internet is not fast but it is fine for a bit of internet searching and emailing and the odd skype call (it struggled with Viber calls though) - it went down once during our stay but I mentioned it to sonias husband and it was fixed same day. We had thunderstorms an an earthquake whilst at the house (v Exciting!) and the electricity went off but we just followed the instructions in the house information and got it all working easily.

A few other things to mention - bring mosquito repellent - they are out day and night especially by the pool. We had a small infestation of woodlice in one of the downstairs bedrooms (mentioned to sonia on departure) and a flood in the same bedroom from rain pouring in through the closed and locked patio doors. It did not detract from our holiday and was mentioned so the housekeeper can do something about it for next guests.

Overall we had a lovely time at the house and whilst there are a few things that need fixing I think the house is well priced for what you get and the area is just beautiful - we walked up Monte Voltraio behind the house and also along the dirt road to palagione and back, Volterra tour is worth doing too. We went to Florence for the day and also went to San Gimignano for dinner which was lovely. So much to do in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An incredible holiday home

  • 5 of 5

This is such a fantastic place for a holiday that I returned twice after my first visit! A beautiful, peaceful countryside setting with a lovely large garden, the house is still within a short drive to the impressive Mediaeval town of Volterra which has lots to see. However, we mostly spent our days happily lazing by the private infinity pool. The house is large and well-equipped, and because of the stone it is still nice and cool inside. Everything was tidy, clean and well-organised - I would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love our Casa San Mario, and we love it when our guests come back. Obviously we are never at the house together, but we have a kind of special 'virtual relationship'. I hope you'll come back again.
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Trip of a lifetime

  • 5 of 5

I had three different groups come in three weeks. Everyone that came fell in love with the house. Leaving this wonderful home made us sad for the memories were awesome. We hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just as good second time around

  • 5 of 5

This was our second family holiday to Casa San Mario and everyone enjoyed the holiday just as much as on our first visit. Our party consisted of six adults and three young children and the house suited our needs very well. There are five bedrooms with four bathrooms which meant everyone had their own facilities and space. The house is well maintained although not pristine. We also liked the lovely gardens and that the excellent swimming pool is away from the house. There are lovely countryside views particularly from the pool end of the garden. The house is situated along a small unmade road and has no immediate neighbours. It is in a very pretty and tranquil spot. Volterra and its supermarkets are easily reachable by car. Altogether the house represents excellent value for money and is highly recommended. I am sure our family will all want to return for another Tuscan holiday.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Geoff for your lovely review. We are really pleased when our guests enjoy their stay at the house. Paola
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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
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Volterra Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Spring
Mar 19 2017 - Jul 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 2 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 29 2017 - Mar 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
Colle Val'D'Elsa
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Car: necessary


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