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Villanovia Country House - inside nature, art surrounded

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 7,534 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 double + 1 quadruple + 4 apts to sleep 22+ in the heart of the land

Villanovia is a conservative restoration example of a historic Tuscan farmhouse: it is preserved rustic and original but modernly equipped. Its distinctive special character provides a cozy and warm atmosphere.

The house provides 700sm of internal living accommodation and 37 acres of private land.

Uniquely located on a hilltop inside the natural park of Berignone, overlooking the Cecina valley, the cities of Volterra and Pomarance, the Metallic Hills and Larderello, with the visible geothermal vapors.

It is off the beaten tracks and worth the unpaved-road drive to the first village of Mazzolla!

Staying in our property will offer you a 360° view over unspoiled Tuscany, its history and hills. And you and your family will love it!

The house sleeps 18 (+6 extra beds/futon for 6 and +2/3 cots) in large and comfortable rooms or cosy apartments equipped with a private kitchen corner.

The 16th century groundfloor entrance (all in stone) is the most ancient part of the house. Here you have a sofa area with satellite TV and indoor stairs to the upper floor where 6 accommodations are located, as well as a terrace overlooking Volterra.

Perfectly located for total relax vacation, at the same time offers short rides to the cities of Volterra (9Km), Pisa, Siena (about 60Km each), San Gimignano and Florence, as well as the Etruscan Coast beaches (45Km). A large kitchen and an impressive 170sm stone-walls living room with original brick arches complete the property.

Panoramic swimming pool is 5x12, fenced for children' safety. Wi-Fi is available.

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
A12 Pontedera
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Trattoria Albana, Mazzolla
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Villanovia is in Tuscany in the centre of the triangle made by Pisa, Siena and Florence. It is perfectly located for exploring the real Tuscany. Villanovia is 9 km from the historic town of Volterra. Volterra is a real, all year round, working town with restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and all modern facilities.

Villanovia overlooks a hilltop outside the village of Mazzolla and uniquely positioned inside a Natural Park, one of the protected areas of Tuscany, called Berignone-Tatti . Mazzolla was originally an Etruscan settlement, called Mazzum, the first historical document that attests the existence of Mazzolla dates from the year 1000 when the Bishop of Volterra was received there.

The natural reserve of Berignone is a completely untouched and unspoilt resort populated by a large variety of wild animals, some peculiar birds and night-birds as well as a dense and typical mediterranean forest. There are numerous horse-riding, trekking and biking paths inside the park as well as cultural routs to the ancient middle-age ruines of the Bishops' Castle, the Castle of Luppiano and the fortresses of Rocca Sillana. There are a few rivers that cross the natural park, all affluents of the main Cecina river that forms a large valley and dies into the see in the nearby Etruscan Coast. One of the few remaining untouristic spots of Tuscany. Not to be missed.

Volterra is a town of great architectural interest located 1770 feet above the sea level, between the rivers Bra and Cecina in Tuscany, Italy. The main features are two fine castles and numerous Etruscan remains.

The area is easily accessible from Pisa by car with a journey time of just one hour. Both Florence and Pisa International Airports are served by daily flights from the UK (London, Leeds, Bournemouth, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, East Midlands), Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia and Russia.

Other Activities:

horse-riding (we can arrange for you), trekking and biking paths inside the natural park

Interesting unknown places to discover:

24 Km away you can reach the Metallic Hills and the village of Larderello. It is located in the center of the "Valley of the devil", so called because of its landscape characterized by geysers with features columns of white vapor (already known at the time of Dante Alighieri and his inspiring landscapes of his travel through "Hell ").

Suggested Supermarket:

COOP, Volterra, Piazza Colombaie (on the road to CECINA):

good selection of local food as well - local bread, local cheeses, good meat cuts

Restaurants nearby the Villa:

4Km, Osteria Albana, Mazzolla - recommended

9Km, L'incontro, Volterra - recommended bar for great pastries, ice-cream and wine tasting/aperitives or happy hours


Volterra Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7534 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 28 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Toilet 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Toilet 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Shower room 3 - shower , bidet
    Shower room 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Shower room 5 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    - toilet , shower , bidet
    - toilet
    - toilet , shower
  • Every room has a private bathroom. In addition there is a shared toiulet in the main dining room on groundfloor.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 8 - 2 child bed , 2 sleep sofa /futon
    - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • The house has 4 double bedrooms, 2 quadruple and 3 apartments with bedroom and dining room with kitchen corner. All bedrooms and apartments have their own private bathroom. The house also has an additional WC in the main dining on the ground floor.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

Never-ending views and birds singing.

  • 5 of 5

Celebrated a big birthday with my family members and friends at Villanovia. We were a total of 24 ranging in age from 6 to 74 spending 11 fabulous days in perfect peace and harmony.

The house lends itself to big groups and felt in fact empty when we were only 18 the last couple of days.

Situated at the end of a scenic "driveway" (was technically not our driveway but felt like it) the house perch, like many Tuscan structures do, on a hill with 360 degree views with not a man-made sound to be heard, utter bliss to a city dweller.

The house itself is kept in impeccable condition and is fully equipped. The owner was in the area for work the first 4 days and stayed at their separate house on the property. He was very helpful, friendly and full of information about the area.

I would definately go back and my brother and his family is already planning on returning next summer.


  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Camilla. Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. Your appreciation motivates us to continually improve. We are glad that you have been well, we also enjoyed your home management. It has been a pleasure to make our home yours and we would be happy to host you again in the future. Laura & Marco Owners of Villanovia Country House
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Magnifique villa typique avec un panorama à couper le souffle!

  • 5 of 5

Très belle villa, propre, aménagée avec goût. Les chambres, appartements et coins salons sont disposés de façon à ce que chacun puisse trouver son intimité. Le jardin est très vaste et dispose de plusieurs terrasses. Les 5 derniers km pour arriver à la propriété ne sont pas asphaltés, ce qui rend l'accès assez pittoresque. Nous avons eu l'occasion de recontrer le propriétaire qui est très agréable. Bref, nous avons passé de très bonnes vacances à Villanovia et n' hésiterons pas à conseiller cette location!

Michel et Stéphanie Didy-Thunus, Belgique

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michel et Stéphanie merci. Désolé, je ne sais pas le français, je réponds en anglais. Thank you for your comment and for having spent time writing about us. Our continuous commitment to improving is rewarded when guests appreciate our home and above all the surrounding environment, far from the noise of everyday life, at the heart of Tuscany's most authentic and uncontaminated land. Thank you for choosing us and we hope to have you as our guests again in the near future. Merci, Thank you once again
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Very nice week between friends

  • 5 of 5

We rent the Villanovia villa to celebrate the end of our studies, for 13 people around 25-y-o, and had an amazing time there :)


The house was clean and comfortable, the kitchen big enough for the 13 of us, and the leaving-room incredibly huge !

The garden is very pleasant, and you will never get bored of the view

By car, it's only 1 hour from Siena, barely 2 from Firenze


It didn't come to our minds to ask before, but we were quite disappointed to learn when we arrived that we coulnd't use the swimming-pool as it's only open from May

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

Amazing stay for all the family (19 persons)!

The site offers 360 degree view on Tuscan landscape, from Volterra to lovely fields, and the metalliferous hills to the south. Kids (we had 9) could play in the fields nearby, as well as in the fantastic swimming pool. All bedrooms had en suite bathrooms, there were 4 different eating and sitting areas outside. The kitchen is wide, with lots of working space and a large oven.

There is also an impressively large living room space to relax or organise any group activity.

Overall, a very very pleasant Tuscan house!

The owners live nearby in summer, and were always smiling and available for advice, etc..

Finally the villa is conveniently situated near Volterra which is an amazing Etruscan and medieval town, but also Pisa, San Giminiano and Siena. We will come back!

Bonneton family, Paris


  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experience. It is true we have conceived the house especially for families and groups with kids, and we are really glad that you have enjoyed your stay. Every season we try our best to improve the place to let you feel more and more at home and at ease. It will be a pleasure to have your family coming back one day.
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A great sunny family week in an amazing place

  • 4 of 5

We spent a splendid week in VIllanovia Estate. The location is breathtaking. Chilling next to the swimming pool, discovering the natural reserve and visiting the beautiful cities in the neighborhood.

To recommend. The villa is really spacious, the accommodation conform the description. All generations may find their pleasure there.

Sabine & Constantin Woronoff

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sabine & Constantin, thank you for having chosen our property for your vacation this time and thank you for sharing your experience. We are proud of having met your expectations. Many thanks and see you again! Laura, Marco, Mathias and Selam
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"maison trés agreable tre...

  • 5 of 5

"maison trés agreable tres bien equipée,nous avons passé une semaine à 15 personnes ,5 couples et 5 ados,toutes les chambres sont trés propres et confortables ,avec une belle salle de bain ;les propritères sont trés acceuillants et de bons conseils,la ceuillette des olives au mois de novembre fut une bonne découverte et les caves à vin de VOLTERRA nous ont laissé de trés bons souvenirs."

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $591.79

CENTRAL HEATING - not included in rates -: € 70,00 per day/flat rate (starts the morning of arrival date).
WOOD FOR FIREPLACE - not included in rates: price by market (average btw €12/15 each quintal)
AIR-CONDITIONING - € 0,40 for each Kw/h consumed (counter will be checked with guests)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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