|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The Loggia has been renovated with care and attention to detail to provide the perfect accommodation for singles and couples alike.
It is an open plan design with the use of sleek surfaces combined with the rustic charm of chestnut beams and cotto tiles. It overlooks a small pond from the kitchen window and has it's own seating / dining area outside under a pergola surrounded by flowers.
It is furnished with a king sized bed, a fully equipped kitchenette area with marble counter, breakfast bar and funky stools.
The loggia has a separate wet room with the clever use of tiles and marble which compliment the rustic chestnut beams, cotto tiled roof and natural stone wall.
You will find DVD player with a wide choice of DVD's for movie nights, board games, guide books and a set of binoculars.
The stunning farmhouse is nestled in a 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 and structure used in the original construction of these spaces with cross vaulted ceilings, barrel vaulted 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 outdoor comfort with sofas, occasional chairs, sunbeds and shade for the hotter days. Complete with fire-pits and a 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, 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.
The grand pool is set in a tranquil position overlooking the valley and olive groves. The large, well equipped pool (8m x 16m) is nestled into the hillside retained by sculpted stone walls and planted with sweet lavender. Relax in the pool and soak up the surrounding vistas with knarled olive trees giving way to hillside farms and an ancient monastery clinging to the edge of Le Balze cliff top. There is a beautiful church in a commanding position just above the pool on the outskirts of Volterra and in the opposite direction the rolling Tuscan hills are dotted with hamlets all the way to the Apennine mountains.
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.
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.
We stayed first in the Loggia and then the Studio. We had a fantastic time and thought that the location and accommodation was exquisite. It really is impossible to describe how lovely the situation was, what with the valley disappearing into the gorge below the property, or the breathtaking view through the valley onto the beautiful scenery in the distance. The accommodation itself is excellent being a very tasteful conversion of an ancient farm house. We fell in love with the ancient town of Volterra, situated on top of the hill and a short drive from the property. It is unspoilt, full of Tuscan character and full of wonderful places to eat and visit. The owner worked tirelessly while we were there, making us feel extremely welcome. Highly recommended.
Andre and Carly, Caterham, Surrey
We had the most amazing stay in the Loggia in July. The Loggia is beautifully crafted, built into the cliff edge and separate from the farmhouse so that it was lovely and cool, despite the heat. Everything was there that we needed, and Josh was more than happy to help with directions and telling us about the local area. The grounds are stunning, overlooking the valley, and the pool is just divine!
The local "city" (more like a town!) of Volterra was lovely, with so many restaurants, churches and shops to enjoy. Siena and San Gimignano (especially lovely in the evening) are both within an easy drive, and well worth a visit. There is a deep gorge hidden away, around a 40 minute drive away, which provided a refreshing swim and a beautiful walk- something different to go and enjoy.
Would thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting to visit Italy, thank you so much for a perfect stay. We can't wait to return!
We had a lovely stay at the Loggia. Sunning surroundings and scenery with lots of places to see and things to do. Would highly recommend to friends and family, it's hard to believe it looks more beautiful in real life. Thank you for a lovely stay, Lily and Sean.
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.
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.