The Tuscan farmhouse villa has a terrace on which to eat, overlooking the valley. Inside is the brand new marble and terracotta kitchen: you can see the views while you cook - new oven and stainless steel hob, all in front of the window! But there are in fact two kitchens: the new kitchen, with fabulous views and glass windows all around, is connected to a second kitchen by steps, with a second cooker, large fridge, dining-table, washing machine and double sink. Two kitchens is ideal if you're cooking for lots of people.
There is also a large sitting-room with the original arches intact, with a long table, sofas, views across the vines, a stereo hi fi, a fireplace as well as a wood-burning stove. Upstairs are four bedrooms (two doubles, one with three singles, one with three singles, one with two singles, cot if needed); large bathroom with WC; another WC. Attached to the house is the good-sized private pool with its own terrace and dining and pool furniture.
Enjoy yourself in your own country estate in Tuscany, with a private pool attached! The 19th century Tuscan farmhouse villa and converted barn are set in their own land, 17 acres of the most charming countryside, eight minutes' walk from the historic town of San Gimignano. Close to San Gimignano (one of the most perfect medieval towns in Italy), offering complete rural seclusion and good-sized private pool (36' by 18'), and terraces on which to dine in the open air, while looking at the views. There is easy access to Siena, Florence and Volterra. The main house has just been equipped with a brand new marble and terracotta kitchen & terrace, with BBQ and outside dining furniture & views. The second house, the newly converted barn, is self-contained, and also has patios with views on which to dine! Barn and house can be rented together or separately (if separately, there is the possibility that the pool might be shared).
The main house: The main house was built in the 19th century and is a picturesque, typical Tuscan farmhouse. The farm is still called by its original name of 'Docciola', which refers to the spring ('doccia') in the middle of the land which in all weathers produces pure and cool water. The living-room (30 x 20 feet) has an open wood-beam fireplace for burning wood in winter and spring, and is furnished with sofas, chairs and a large dining table. As mentioned above, there is now a brand new marble and terracotta kitchen with superb views, with doors leading to an outdoor terrace.
Bedrooms: Upstairs in the main house are four bedrooms, two have double beds and two have two single beds. On the same floor there is a large bathroom with bath and shower and toilet as well as a separate wc. There is additionally a double bedroom reached from the outside at the side of the house.
Barn: The barn has just been converted to a high standard. It is a traditional Tuscan building, restored and converted into extra self-contained accommodation. It consists of a kitchen, a sitting and dining-room, and two bedrooms. The smaller bedroom is on the ground level near the bathroom which has shower, basin, bidet and loo; the double bedroom, reached by a pretty spiral wrought-iron staircase, has a particularly lovely outlook across the fields.
This farmhouse is extremely beautiful with a truly authentic Tuscan atmosphere. The access road is steep, long and stony but that is the price you are willing to pay for such tranquillity and still be within walking distance of a honeypot like San Gimignano. We were a family group ranging from young teens to 86 year old grandpa. We photographed Hoopoes and a red squirrel from the swimming pool, We found porcupine quills in the olive grove, Everywhere we looked the views.were stupendous. We loved it, We hated to leave it.
Docciola, the Tuscan farmhouse villa and the converted barn, are a few minutes' walk from the historic medieval town of San Gimignano, situated in the very heart of Tuscany, half an hour away from Siena, an hour's drive from Florence. The great works of renaissance art are a short drive away!