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Historic Farmhouse With Grand Pool Set In The Iconic Tuscan Landscape - Cantina (Sleeps 4)

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Volterra Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Historic Farmhouse in Volterra, Central Tuscany, Italy - A Perfect Location To Enjoy All That Tuscany Has To Offer, Ideal For Couples, Families And Groups.

The historic farmhouse is set in the valley of outstanding natural beauty on the outskirts of the wonderful and charming Etruscan city of Volterra. It is divided into 4 private apartments which accommodate up to 14 guests and is just perfect for couples, families or even larger groups holidaying together.

Each apartment has been sympathetically renovated to a very high standard. Modern design fixtures and fittings have been carefully tailored to compliment the traditional materials used in the construction of the cross vaulted ceilings, barrel arches, chestnut beams and cotto tiled floors.

Each apartment has it's own private terrace with magnificent views, stretching out across the valley towards churches, monasteries and other historic buildings which cling perilously to the cliff tops around the outskirts of Volterra. The views pass over olive groves, hilltop borgo's, and the iconic tuscan rolling hill landscape extending all the way to the distant Apeninne mountain range.

Each terrace is well equipped for alfresco dining and complete with a cosy fire-pit with plentiful supply of logs to cook on or just to take the chill off those cooler spring or autumn evenings.

There is a newly constructed wood fired pizza oven in one of the communal areas for the use of our guests. Creating your own pizzas and eating under a star lit sky is a terrific experience which can be enjoyed by all. Throughout June you could even be joined by a throng of majestic fire-flies as they go about their nocturnal business!

Adventure playground area with a charming tree house, slides, zipline, bikes, scooters, sand pit and various other toys and activities has been designed in our garden to amuse your little ones.

The valley is popular with hunters and foragers with the highly prized wild boar and truffles keenly pursued in season. There are some relaxing walks around the valley, through woodland with waterfalls and hillsides with breath taking views. Look out for the Poiana and other birds of prey circling over the valley or track the deer and wild boar footprints across our land. Mediterranean tortoise, porcupines and badgers are seen occasionally but you will surely get to meet some of the geckos which frequent the nooks and crannies around the outside walls and terraces.

Guests are welcome to help themselves to the plentiful and varied fruits in season on the trees such as the cherries (May), figs, plums and apricots (July)and the plentiful supply of varied tomatoes and herbs grown at the farmhouse. Enjoy!

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Details for Cantina (Sleeps 4) 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4

The Cantina is arranged on one level with access to the large planted terrace from each room. It has been newly restored and is equipped with all modern comforts. Wonderful cross vaulted ceilings in cotto tile and sets of french doors define the open plan space and give the cantina a light and airy feel.

The kitchen area is well equipped and has ample storage, dishwasher, oven, hob and two fridges. A wood burner provides additional comfort on those cold autumn evenings . The living area also has an ipod dock, Wi-Fi access, stereo and a large flat screen TV, with over 100 great movies!

The master bedroom has volterranan arched ceilings, solid oak floors, exposed natural stone walls and wide french doors. Open the doors and enjoy the stunning view from the comfort of your king size bed!!

The second bedroom has a wonderful barrel vaulted ceiling and solid oak floors and doors which again open onto the terrace.

The wetroom has a revitalising power shower and enough space for 2!!

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2016
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Cantina (Sleeps 4)
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
United Kingdom

Perfect Tuscan retreat

  • 5 of 5

We spent hours trawling the internet for our idea of the perfect Tuscan retreat, and the moment we pulled up we knew we'd found it. And this is why:

A typical day in The Cantina. Wake up and pull back the shutters to sunlight streaming into the bedroom, open the french doors and enjoy a cup of tea in bed whilst enjoying the stunning views over the valley. Prepare a delicious breakfast of fresh produce bought from the local market or nearby Supermarket in Volterra, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of dining al fresco on the sensational terrace, with panoramic views of the valley. Spend the day lazing by the impressive pool and (if you have children) amusing them at the well equipped childrens area (Tree house, trampoline, shaded sand pit, swings, and plenty of room for running). Take a very short car ride into beautiful Volterra and dine in one of the many ambient restaurants, followed by an evening stroll through the streets to admire the historical architecture. Or alternatively, prepare your own BBQ on the terrace, washed down with a glass or two of Prosecco and watch the sun set over the rolling Tuscan hills (which really do seem to have that purple hue!) Wait for darkness and the arrival of the enchanting flashing fireflies (if you go as we did in May/June time). Pisa, Siena, and Florence are all only about an hours drive away, San Gimignano is even closer, so perfectly situated for day trips. Louise and Josh were wonderful hosts, so friendly and helpful, and the Cantina itself was beautifully clean and well equipped. We cannot wait to return. Best holiday ever!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Outstanding Hospitality

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for an outstanding place to stay for your holiday in Tuscany, look no further.

Not only is Cantina centrally located for Volterra, Pisa, Florence and Siena but it is in an absolutely gorgeous location

The photagraphs on the web do not do it justice. The quality of the finish of the accommodation is of the highest order. The views spectacular.

It was a privilege to use the pool, which was kept spotlessly clean. The sun shades were particularly welcome during the heat of the day

But what made this holiday extra special was the welcome from Louise and Josh, despite keeping them up until nearly midnight on our arrival thanks to issues with BA!! From cooking pizzas in their newly built wood oven to preparing and eating a full Tuscan meal with their local expert, Sara, nothing was too much trouble

We came away relaxed and with wonderful memories of Tuscany

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Portland, Oregon, USA

Lovely Accommodations and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (including two boys, 7 and 10) stayed in the Cantina. The apartment is very nice, modern, and up to date. The setting is beautiful--the french doors to the bedrooms open up to a view of the hills and valleys below, and Cantina has a private patio with the same view. The kids could safely roam the property and enjoy the amenities, particularly the pool and play areas. The location is also perfect. It feels very rural but is only minutes away from the amenities in Volterra. The farmhouse is also very centrally located for day trips to Siena, Pisa, the beach, San Gimignano, etc. And Josh and Louise are great hosts.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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What a fabulous stay!

  • 5 of 5

Josh and Lou thank you for such a wonderful holiday. We had an amazing time in your beautiful property - I have that view across the valley as my screen saver on my computer!! The accommodation was fantastic, and the location perfect - we loved the trips to Volterra - what a great town - and Florence was an easy day trip to make as well. You couldn't have made our stay any better, and it was lovely to get to know you and your children. We are booking for 2 weeks this year and can't wait! Thank you again.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Brilliant holiday

  • 5 of 5

We travelled to Volterra for a break with friends. We arrived late afternoon and were taken aback by the breathtaking views and the accommodation which surpassed all our expectations - the photos don't do it justice. We had day trips to Sienna and Florence but it was great to return late afternoon to the stunning large swimming pool to relax and enjoy the scenery from a different aspect before dinner on tour huge patio before heading off to enjoy the delights of Volterra each evening. We cannot speak too highly of our hosts Louise and Josh who helped to make our holiday so special. We will all be returning either together or with our respective families.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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County Antrim

Perfection in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

The people make the place, and Louise and Josh have created something truly outstanding. The accommodation is first class, and the setting is breathtaking. We arrived at night in tranquil starlight, and awoke next morning to a stunning view across the valley. A setting like that is the starting point, but what really makes Leccetino di Sotto special is what Louise and Josh have put into it: hard work, craftsmanship, and personality - it is clearly a place that they love.

They and their lovely family are also wonderful hosts and could not have been more helpful and considerate to us on our first visit to Italy.

We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Cookery courses with an excellent Tuscan cook can be arranged for you (which can also be a fun activity for all the family) or we can arrange for a meal to be cooked for you in your accommodation by a local chef.

We can arrange for an Alabaster sculpting course for you during your stay. Suitable for all levels of ability.

If you have a special ocassion or family gathering we can help make your stay extra special - please let us know if you have any ideas, if not we can propose some for you.


The nearest beaches of Cecina and Bobina are a 35 minute drive. A short distance on, there are some excellent unspoilt sandy beaches with adjoining Mediterranean pine forests.

There is also a natural gorge nearby with waterfalls and rock pools which provides an alternative bathing experience.

Similarly, there are a number of popular hot springs 2hrs drive, which are popular.

La Cinque Terre and Portovenere are within reach for an extra special coast day out and highly recommended.


The use of a car is essential. Driving in Tuscany is very straightforward with good road networks and signage.

Pisa airport 60 mins / 65km

Siena 45 mins / 52km

Florence 70 mins / 80km

Lucca 70 mins / 71km

Arezzo 110 mins /140km

San Gimignano 30 mins / 31km

Perugia 140 mins /160km

Chianti 45 mins

Pienza 80 mins

Cortona 90 mins

Assisi 90 mins

Perugia 90 mins

Venice / Verona / Lake Garda 180 mins

Lake Trasimeno 90 mins

Rome 180 mins


Volterra itself is less than a 3 minute drive from the property where you will find an abundance of cafes, restaurants, shops, banks and the post office.

There are two very good main supermarkets on the outskirts of the town; Conad an 6 minute drive and Coop 8 minute drive from the property.

Many guests like to walk into Volterra during their stay. As you walk up to the town you pass two Etruscan burial sites that are free to enter and worth taking in.

Further Details:

Volterra is a gem of a city (although more the size of a modest town) and has many charming shops, cafes and excellent restaurants serving local Tuscan specialities. It is renowned for its Alabaster sculpting and the captivating Teatro Romano ampitheatre that provides a stunning backdrop to this fabulous city.

There is a local market every Saturday morning selling many wares including delicious local produce. The porchetta paninis are a definitely worth sampling!

Volterra is a city which really comes alive through the vast calendar of activities run throughout the year. These include traditional parades, medieval festivals, celebrations of art, sculpture, classic car rallies, and classical, jazz and contemporary music events.

There is a very good tourist information centre in main Piazza dei Priori and they will help arrange any specific activities such as horse-riding, motorcycle tours or quad biking and much more.

Set in the heart of Tuscany it is perfectly located for visiting the splendours of Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca, all an approximate 1 hour drive from the property. San Gimingnano is a 30 minute drive and Perugia, Cortona, Arezzo, Assisi & Montepulciano are all un-missable day trips.

In the heart of the Tuscan wine region the area is popular with wine lovers as well as cyclists, walkers, horseriders, photographers and artists who find plenty to fuel their passion.

It is only 35 minutes to the nearest beaches of Cecina and Bobina. For those prepared to travel a little longer there are some beautiful coastal towns well worth exploring such as La Cinque Terre, Portovenere & Portofino.


Rates & Availability

Volterra Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 14 2017
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Jul 15 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact by email or telephone. 30% deposit required on confirmation which is non-refundable. 70% balance to be paid 8 weeks before start of stay. If you are booking less than 8 weeks before your stay the full amount will be required upon confirmation. A refundable 200 euro deposit will be required to cover any breakages or damage to be paid locally on arrival.

Changeover Day:
Saturday, but please ask if an alternative day is required as this will be accommodated whenever possible. Arrival time after 4pm and guests are asked to vacate the property by 11am on day of departure. If you require any alternative times please ask.

Notes on prices:
A fuel supplement will be payable locally to cover the cost of gas used in the winter months.

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Volterra Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Internet
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Towels and linen are included. Guests will need to provide their own pool towels. Room fans can be provided upon request for the hot summer nights and the accommodation has central heating for those chilly spring and autumn days. The owners are happy to assist with the preparation of the outdoor fireplaces so that alfresco dining can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. To ensure your Autumn and Winter stays are cosy, the owners can also prepare the wood burners for your arrival and will replenish logs and assist with keeping the fires burning throughout your stay. There is a laundry room with washing machine which is available for guests to use upon request. Outside: The pool is 8m x 16m and has stunning views of the iconic landscape synonymous with Tuscany. Relax by the pool and savour the vista of the surrounding valley, olive groves, meadows of poppies and sunflowers, historic buildings lining the cliff edge, hamlets dotting the rolling hilltops and beyond all the way to the Apeninne mountains. There is a range of outdoor seating and sunbeds for those who wish to tan. The church above the pool, will cordially chime to remind you to reapply the sun lotion and to periodically turn over!! Go walking around the valley discovering catacombs and waterfalls or join the locals roaming the lower slopes in search of the highly prized tartuffo. Make tasty pizza in our wood fired oven and wash it down with equally tasty local wine! Games and activities are available for the kids in the garden or we can offer advice on activities further afield. The pool is open from May to the end of September or longer depending on the weather.

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