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Apartment in Beautifully Restored Medieval Tuscan Village, 7klm from Volterra

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Apartment Near Montecatini Val di Cecina, Volterra, Pisa Province, Italy - High Quality Complex and Pool, Well Placed for Visits to Pisa, Sienna, Florence and the Sea

The beautiful restoration of this small complex of four buildings, containing 24 high quality private apartments and a swimming pool of uniform depth, 14x7m, took place in 2008. The architecture and design of Podere le Volpaie has followed the traditional local style. It contains beamed and tiled ceilings, terracotta tiled floors, loggia style balconies, and a stone exterior. The original farm shape, with four buildings around a well and courtyard, has been preserved. Apartment B6 has one king-size and one twin bedroom, two bathrooms, and is located on the top two floors of a 4 storey building, reached by a private stone staircase. With a 360 degree panorama of rolling Tuscan hills, it nestles tranquilly, 7klm beneath the beautiful and historic town of Volterra, famed for its alabaster work and 4km below the charming Etruscan village of Montecatini Val de Cecina, with easy access to Pisa, Sienna, Florence, San Gimignano and the sea.


Owner
Garrahan
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
June 11, 2017

About Garrahan

We are two retired academics with a passion for France and Italy - their food, wine, history, culture, landscape, people. It was our lifetime dream to have places of our own there, and to share them with friends and family. Now we are happy to share them more widely with others who we hope will develop their own love affair with these beautiful countries.

Garrahan purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Garrahan chose Val di Cecina

We chose this apartment for a variety of reasons. First, we loved the drama of the countryside around Volterra - its spectacular views. Each season presents a different aspect.

Then we found it very accessible for the airport, cities like Pisa, Siena, Florence, but also the sea and wonderful hilltop villages.

Volterra is a fabulous little town with a roman and an etruscan past, and you can never get tired of it, but it is not overrun with tourists.

We loved the high specification put in place by the developers who insisted on sympathetic features which respected place and time.

The complex allowed complete peace, but also a sense of community for those who like to be sociable. The beautiful pool is a natural gathering place.

Once we had seen it, we couldn't settle for anything less.

What makes this apartment unique

Although the property stands alone in the countryside, it benefits from a good road passing close by - no rough tracks to negotiate - and a convenient village with all conveniences just 3kms away.

Amenities

Montecatini Val di Cecina Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • Upstairs bathroom with shower, basin, WC, bidet and washing machine. Downstairs bathroom with shower, basin, WC and bidet. Each bathroom has a hairdryer.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms + Sofa Bed + Travel Cot) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, wardrobe and bedside drawers. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, wardrobe and bedside drawers. Double sofa bed in lounge, bedside drawers, wardrobe cupboard. Travel cot and high chair available for additional infant
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: This is a non-smoking apartment. We regret that we cannot accept animals. There is a DVD player and selection of DVDs, plus an iPod dock. There is a travel cot and high chair to accommodate children. All windows have mosquito screens. Outside: The loggia balcony captures the afternoon and setting sun, the tranquillity of unbroken countryside by day, a refreshing breeze to moderate the summer heat, and an intense starry sky at night. The complex has common garden areas and a swimming pool 14 x 7.5 metres, with a sunbathing terrace, used only by guests of the 24 apartments. The pool is open from mid May to end September. The apartment has 4 sun loungers for exclusive use of guests at the pool. The complex is very quiet and private, with electronic entry gates. Access is easy, just off a country road. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning at end of rental (can be arranged weekly if preferred for an extra charge). Linen and towels included and changed weekly, but pool towels not supplied. Other: Dining room with table for 4/6, 6 chairs, sideboard, French dresser, radiator, fireplace, mirror, clock, hanging lamp, large cupboard/wardrobe, 2 sets of French windows to balcony, turning stairs.

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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Saline
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Cecina
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Cecina
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Saline
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Cecina
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Cecina is the nearest resort, at 30 mins drive, with sandy private and public beaches, seafood restaurants and supermarkets. There are water parks and outdoor concert sites. Bibbona Mare and San Vincenzo are similar to the south, at 45mins and an hour respectively. Castiglioncello is more of a marina to the north. The lovely seaport of Livorno is about 45 mins away. There are 45 min ferry trips to Elba from Piombiono, which is c1.25 hrs away, and 4 hr ferry trips to Corsica from Livorno.

Travel:

Pisa is the nearest airport, at about 50 mins from the apartment. It has regular flights all year round from a wide range of countries and cities, and multiple car hire agents on site. For UK visitors, there are very good value Ryanair flights most days of the week. Florence and Sienna airports would also offer easy access. A car is highly recommended for visiting the many places of interest, and for easy access to the nearest village for groceries etc.

Distances:

At 50 mins from Pisa (nearest airport), 1 hour from Lucca, 1 hr 15mins from Florence, 45 mins from Sienna, 30 mins from San Gimignano and 30 mins from the sea, this is the perfect location from which to explore the heart of Tuscany. The area is full of Roman and Etruscan ruins, as well as beautiful medieval and Renaissance cities, with countless churches, galleries, museums to explore, making it an all year round destination. The hilltop villages offer uncrowded tourist interest, and good food.

Further Details:

Most visitors to Tuscany come for the beautiful countryside and the rich historical heritage. The area around Volterra teems with hilltop villages, vineyards and olive groves. It offers concerts, medieval pageants and festivals all year round, many of which are free. This city is the location for Stephanie Meyer's popular novel, New Moon, now a film. The tourist office offers guided walks around the New Moon locations. The food is a delight, with game specialities inland and seafood specialities at the coast. Restaurants abound in Volterra and the surrounding countryside, and are very good value. Local wine is available on tap in the local supermarkets at less than 2 euros a litre!

The ice-creams are out of this world, with a new flavour for every day. There are small supermarkets and banks in the nearby village of Saline di Volterra, and larger ones up the hill to Volterra. Local speciality shops have clothes, leather handbags and shoes, jewellery, art, alabaster, crystal and olive wood items.

The nearby village of Saline di Volterra (c4km) supplies all necessities, including wine straight from the vineyards. It has two restaurants, cafes, butcher, baker, supermarkets, etc. At 50 mins from Pisa (nearest airport), 1 hour from Lucca, 1¼ hour from Florence, 45 mins from Sienna, 30 mins from San Gimignano and from the sea, this is the perfect location from which to explore the heart of Tuscany.

For lovers of Opera, this area is home to the world famous tenor, Andrea Bocelli, who gives a local concert here every July at the open air Teatro del Silenzio, about 12 klms from the apartment. This is an evening not to be missed, and the rehearsal evening the night before is just as magical.

On middle Sunday in July, the region even boasts its own mini palio, at Casole d'Elsa - same ceremonies and horse race, but more intimate than the better known one at Siena. Other festivals with themes such as archery, theatre, cheeses rolling, are a regular summer feature.

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Rates & Availability

Montecatini Val di Cecina Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
May 26 2017 - Jul 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
$163
$817
 
 
Peak
Jul 23 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$926
 
 
September
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$163
$817
 
 
Autumn
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
$147
$654
 
 
Xmas
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
$147
$817
 
 
Winter/Spring
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
$147
$654
 
 
Easter
Mar 25 2018 - Apr 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
$147
$817
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$147
$654
$2,179
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $108.95

Booking Notes:
To book, please contact the owners. A 20% deposit will be required upon confirmation of your booking, and then full settlement within eight weeks of departure. A security deposit of 100 euros will be required with the settlement, which will be refunded within two weeks of your return. Long weekends or stays shorter than a week may be possible, especially in low or mid season., but please note minimum charges quoted. Also possible are rental periods which start and finish on days other than the normal changeover day. Contact owners for a quote.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day normally Saturday, but it may be possible to offer flexibility, especially in low and mid season. Long weekends possible. Guests should arrive between 4pm and 9pm and leave by 11am. They will be met by our representative with the keys.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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