House with pool in Tuscany garden. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms . Sleeps 10-12.
- english, french, italian
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect location, great house and property, perfect for families
Amazing! We were 3 families coming from different parts of Asia and Europe, 6 adults and 6 kids. The house is perfectly located to easily reach Volterra (incredible history, restaurants, museums), San Gimignano, Sienna, Florence. The house is spacious, has everything you need including a beautiful kitchen, outdoor space, BBQ, sports (the view from the pool is incredible), games, etc. Very clean, plenty of parking,very secure and fun hiking just outside the gate. The photos honestly don't do it justice as it is a perfect mix of everything you need (including towels and linens, complete kitchen, etc ) and no clutter. Sonia, the caretaker is also great, very helpful (she advised a fantastic Agroturismo pizza place just 10 min away with beautiful sunset views of the Tuscan hillside). Water, Wifi, Pool, all great and worked perfectly. The kids were super happy, parents super happy, everything was so easy- a perfect vacation home rental! We had many nights of playing Risk and other games at the house. Great wine and Agroturismo locations nearby. We are avid world travelers with kids and have stayed at many places in many countries and we are all excited to return next year. Pluses include self laundry on site, baby items (cot, high chair, puree), table tennis, badminton, outdoor pizza oven, good food markets within 10 minutes, secluded, safe, outdoors activities and so much more. Highly recommended.
Thank you Katherine for your review: we are really happy that you and your family have enjoyed the house. We hope to see you again!
A perfect celebration of my 70th birthday! Enjoyed by all 11 members of my family, from 70 to 5mths
A delightful property in a wonderful location! The facilities were as described and provided all that we expected and more! We made use of the pizza oven and bar b q, and obviously the swimming pool which was kept immaculate throughout the week, as was the whole property on our arrival.
We enjoyed visits to Volterra, San Gimignano and Sienna- all recommended with birthday dinner at Del Duca in Volterra a highlight as was a wine taste with lunch excellent value at Fattoria Poggio Allora ( nr San Gimignana)
Altogether an exceptional holiday worth every euro !
Good family get together in beautiful Italy.
Batteries recharged. Wonderful setting. No hitches or glitches from booking to leaving property.
Wonderful family holiday in peace and quiet with spectacular views of Tuscan countryside.
Volterra has not been taken over by mass tourism and still retains it's identity.
Beautiful perfect family vacation
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!
beautiful grounds, pool, house exterior and surrounding area
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.
Just as good second time around
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.
Thank you Geoff for your lovely review. We are really pleased when our guests enjoy their stay at the house.