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Beautiful Villa With Panoramic Views near San Gimignano

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa near San Gimignano, Florence Provence, Tuscany, Italy - Peaceful Rural Location With Large Shared Infinity Pool, Just 20 Minutes To Volterra & San Gimingano

The property is ideally situated in a beautiful rural location with fabulous panoramic 360 degree views. The villa is a newly renovated 16th century converted farmhouse with a light & open feel. It has all 21st century amenities with well equipped bathrooms & kitchen and bespoke locally made furniture. The large shared infinity pool is a 30 metres walk away and boasts stunning views over classic Tuscan landscape. There are 2 sun terraces attached to the property which are perfect for enjoying the peace & tranquillity over a glass of Chianti wine & delicious local food. The medieval hill towns of Volterra & San Gimignano are both 20 minutes by car and are perfect for sight seeing, shopping or dining out. The nearest village Il Castagno is only a 5 minute drive away and provides a local restaurant & pizzeria. Siena, Pisa, Florence or sandy Mediterranean beaches are all just 1 hour away by car. The farmhouse is surrounded by olive groves & woodland and accessed along its own private road.


Owner
Steve Pitts (Manager)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
November 2, 2017

About Steve Pitts (Manager)

I am Steve and I am a retired senior police officer from the UK. I bought my dream home in Tuscany on leaving the police service in 2007. I met Allan and Claire and their lovely young family in 2009 whilst they were staying next to my property. They loved the area so much that they purchased their own lovely villa. Since then we have become very good friends. They are both busy doctors in the UK so as I have more time on my hands I help out by managing their rentals for them. I have been managing rental properties in this area for over 10 years all of which receive very good or excellent ratings from guests.

Steve Pitts (Manager) purchased this villa in 2010

Why Steve Pitts (Manager) chose Gambassi Terme

I was stunned by the amazing natural beauty of the countryside with its rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. The area is fantastic as is the house itself along its own private road which affords it wonderful views, peace and tranquillity. It's ideally located in the middle of the 'Tuscan Triangle' only 20 minutes away from Volterra and San Gimignano which are both stunning medieval hill towns. Florence, Pisa and Siena are all only 1 hour away by car. This region of Italy is famed for its local produce with delicious food (wild boar is a speciality) and Chianti wine. Children are made very welcome everywhere and the local people are friendly, warm and hospitable.

What makes this villa unique

The house is modern, comfortable, light and open. It is furnished to a high standard with bespoke locally made furniture, sofas, wardrobes. The villa is located at the periphery of the farmhouse complex and therefore has its own beautiful 360 degree views. There is a 'sunrise terrace' for coffee and cake with direct views of the ancient Etruscan hilltown of Volterra and a 'sunset terrace' for a glass of your favourite tipple with views towards Pisa and the coast. As we have a young family there is plenty of young children's equipment - travel cot, high chair, baby bath & pool toys. There is digital TV with a DVD player and ipod docking station. Its stunning rural location, access to the owners shared infinity type pool, peace and tranquility make it somewhere to really unwind and relax.

Guestbook comments from the owner

" Hi Claire, I just wanted to let you know what a lovely week we had at the villa. It really is in the most beautiful location. We did lots of trips to all the local hill towns. We went to several of the recommended restaurants and the local pizzeria is Fantastic!" Jocelyn Henton & Family, UK.



"Thankyou for an Amazing Holiday. Your villa is set in the most beautiful countryside. So peaceful and quiet. We all loved relaxing around the pool and had some wonderful trips to Florence, Siena and Pisa. Thankyou."

James, Hade Edge, UK.



"Now are we back home after a marvellous trip to Tuscany. Your house was very nice and the view was spectacular. Really nice. It was easy to find your house. I had a lovely 40th birthday with great food & wine and we used the barbecue in the garden. It was really nice to cook food there and look out over the hills". Joakim Sundmark & Family, Sweden.
Dec 2010
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Map

Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Castagno Val D'Elsa
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Castelfalfi
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Certaldo
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Castagno Val D'Elsa
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Cecina
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Please ask for details of local Tuscan Cookery schools, Bicycle hire, equestrian centres, wine tasting and much, much more.

Coast/Beach:

Sandy Mediterranean beaches are only 1 hours drive away if you want to swim in the Med. Marina di Cecina also boasts an excellent water park with slides, wave pools and kids pools. Fun for all the family - just remember your sun tan lotion!

Travel:

The nearest airports of Florence and Pisa are only 1 hour drive from the villa. Both are well supplied with regular flights via British Airways, Ryanair, Jet2, Thompsons etc. Car hire is available at airport locations with Hertz, Avis & Europcar amongst others. Full directions will be emailed to you following booking.

Distances:

The centres of the beautiful medieval towns of San Gimignano and Volterra are 20 mins by car, Pisa, Siena and Florence are all one hour away. There is a rail link from Certaldo or Castelfiorentino (both 20 mins) into Siena and central Florence. The nearest good restaurants are 5-7 mins by car.

Further Details:

While you enjoy Podera Collinella and beautiful Tuscany we hope you have a wonderful time. If you do have any problems or questions please feel free to contact us back in rainy England and we will do our very best to help. Our local administrator Nicola is also available whom we can contact on your behalf.

Amenities

Gambassi Terme Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Both bathrooms are well equipped and furnished to a high standard. There is a downstairs ensuite shower room with a sink, shower, toilet and bidet. Upstairs is a family bathroom with a sink, toilet and shower. A baby bath is also available if required.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a ground floor bedroom with a double bed & an adjoining ensuite shower room. Bedroom 2 is upstairs with a double bed and stunning views. Bedroom 3 has 2 single beds and a cot bed is also available. All bedrooms are modern & comfortable.
Entertainment:
  • Television
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The property benefits from free high speed wifi internet. Outside: The villa has its own private garden with local planting including Olive, Fig & Pomegranate trees. It has both sunrise and sunset terraces with stunning views over the local country side. Both terraces have comfortable garden furniture on which to relax at the end of the day. There is a purpose built barbecue with views up the valley as you grill and chill. A large shared pool is just 30 metres from the villa and accessed along our lavender-lined path through the villas private garden. The pool is fully maintained and open from mid May to the end of September yearly. The pool is shared amongst 12 other properties on the site, however most of these are not rented and are used for occasional weekends and holidays by their owners. There is a large grassed and paved area around the pool and the property has its own allocated loungers. The pool area is fenced to prevent access by unsupervised infants and is rarely busy. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing board are all provided in the upstairs bathroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is fully cleaned for all our guests before arrival. Towels and linen are provided free of charge. A welcome pack is provided for you on your arrival with local Tuscan produce and locally sourced wines. Other: All rooms have been finished to a very high standard featuring traditional chestnut beamed ceilings and Italian terracotta tiled floors. All windows and doors are double glazed & gas central heating is provided (though rarely required).

Reviews

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Beautiful Villa With Panoramic Views near San Gimignano
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5

Spectacular views in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at the villa and once again we had a fantastic holiday!! Booking and communication was made very straight forward by the owner Steve Pitts and any queries were answered promptly. The villa is beautiful, clean and comfy, the terraces and BBQ are a real bonus enabling you to spend the evening watching the most incredible sunsets. We alternated between days out and spending time relaxing by the pool. There are so many stunning places to visit, San Gimignano is well worth visiting especially in the evening as we found some lovely restaurants, Florence is an absolute must and I would definitely recommend going on the train, we also went to Gabni San Filipo Terme which are natural springs and were well worth the journey as was Pienza which is a beautiful town. If you want total peace and quiet in an absolutely stunning location, this is the place to go!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of your stay at Collinella 14. It was good to welcome you back. I'm glad to hear that, once again you enjoyed your stay and thank you for sharing some tips about places to visit. You have described the location perfectly, great views! You will of course always be very welcome at Collinella. Best Wishes Steve
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5

Paradise in the Tuscan hills

  • 5 of 5

We had ana amazing stay. Everything went very smoothly (thank you, Steve!).

Great facilities, clean and perfectly situated to explore San Gimignano, Volterra and further afield.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time to review your stay at Collinella 14. I'm very happy to hear that you found the villa met your expectations and you enjoyed your stay. I look forward to welcoming you back if you decide to stay in this beautiful part of Tuscany in the future. Best Wishes Steve
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5

Stunning views, home from home house, great pool

  • 5 of 5

The directions made it easy to find. Parking is easy and secure. The house was clean with good supplies for the dishwasher, washing machine and some other household items. The kitchen was a good size and well equipped for all our family meals. The beds were all comfortable and we were grateful for the fans and mosquito nets in a hot July. The two terraces gave us stunning views over the countryside. An umbrella for some shade would be lovely. The pool side had a good shaded area, although there was some competition for this in the latter part of the day. However all the other guests from the other houses were all very friendly, some of them were other owners. The pool was always clean as was the whole property. The position of this house makes you feel you are in a private villa on a private estate. Very luxurious! We can't wait to book again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review of your stay at Collinella. I am glad to hear that the property was up to your expectations and was comfortable. I have noted your comments about providing an umbrella for some shade, we did have one at the house that could be taken to the pool so I will enquire what happened to it and will obtain a replacement. I look forward to welcoming you back to Collinella in the future. Best Wishes Steve
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5

Stunning views, perfect position, beautiful Villa!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a lovely fortnight at the Villa. It is in a perfect position, tucked away with absolutely stunning views from every window, the photos really don't do it justice!!! Booking the villa and any queries etc were answered promptly by Steve and the welcome pack was a lovely touch as we arrived quite late so it was much appreciated. We were all comfortable and made plenty of use of the BBQ and outdoor space, the pool was beautiful and we were often the only ones that used it so we had plenty of peace and quiet and it felt like having own private pool. There are so many wonderful places to visit, San Gimignano, Radda in Chianti, Siena, Montalcino, Pisa and Florence is a must and we can definitely recommend climbing up The Duomo but book first as we waited for 3 hours!!!!! Well worth it though! We had some lovely food and usually opted for the housewine which was fine. We've all had such fantastic time and will definitely be returning!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guest. Thank you for lovely review of your stay at Collinella 14. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the villa and those stunning views. Your experience of the local house wine is typical - its good to hear that you gave it a try and found it so enjoyable. It sounds as though you spent plenty of time exploring the towns in the area - its a perfect base for seeing the best of Tuscany. I look forward to welcoming you back to Collinella 14 in the future. Warm Regards Steve
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4

Charming villa in beautiful surroundings

  • 4 of 5

This a charming appartment on a lovely compound in the Tuscan hills. Great for quiet and a bit of tranquility. The booking process was easy and communication with Steve was always prompt and helpful. The appartment is nicely done and comfortable. The outside terrace is perfect for eating and enjoying the surrounding hills. There is a brick fireplace for grilling. It can get quite windy in the afternoons. The kitchen is not large but well-equiped. The beds are comfortable, the fans were helpful when it got too hot and the views from the bedrooms were, again, spectacular. The welcome basket was a very nice touch.The bathrooms were clean and the washing machine was handy, and there were enough towels for the five of us. The wi-fi is appreciated, although can be a tad slow at peak times. The pool is the same depth throughout (over 4', no shallow end). The water, surprisingly, was cold throughout our stay with no noticeable rise in temperature despite the sunny weather for the most part. The kids weren't allowed inflatable toys in the pool, nor permitted to wear swim shirts. For these reasons we did not enjoy the pool as much as we would have liked. Aside from the pool there wasn't a whole lot else for the kids to do. We could not find kids' channels on the TV, so it was quite handy to have a DVD player, we just picked up a few used DVDs and were good to go.Volterra and San Gimignano are reasonably close by, keeping in mind the twisting roads in Tuscany. The closest grocery store is way down the road. We also enjoyed a nice supper at a restaurant called Tre Case. The access track didn't bother us, but our rental car was happy to get a car wash! The property is suited for adults looking to get away, who enjoy having peace and quiet and being remote all while having easy to do day trips to the coast, Firenze, Siena or the many charming hillside towns in between.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, Thank you for your review of your stay at Collinella 14. I am pleased to hear that you found the house comfortable and well equipped. I'm also glad to hear that you enjoyed exploring the area, its a great location to get away from it all and relax but close enough to see some of the best of Tuscany. I am sorry to hear that the pool was a little cool, it is unheated but is usually comfortable by July. The June weather was a little changeable and this clearly meant that the water was unusually cool. I note your comments about your children not being able to use inflatables and pool shirts. This is a condominium rule but I will see if I can get it relaxed for future guests. I hope that the issues with the pool did not detract too much from your enjoyment of Collinella 14. Finally thank you for taking the time to write about your experiences - I am very grateful. Best Wishes Steve
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5

Just Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time at Collinella 14 – a truly beautiful villa with amazing views over stunning Tuscan countryside. Loved the wonderful countryside and peace and quiet of the location and even got to see some baby wild boar  I agree with Julie’s comment below - it was just so easy to relax here and enjoy the food, drink, wildlife and scenery. Absolutely idyllic!

The villa itself is gorgeous, comfortable, clean and well equipped. The gardens are beautiful and the pool was just perfect for us and the kids (11 and 13) and was never busy. Loved having terraces on both sides of the villa so we could enjoy both the morning sun and stunning sunsets.

We also had some great trips out to Volterra, San Gimignano and Pisa, which are all well worth a visit.

Booking was really easy and Claire and Steve were incredibly helpful - providing us with easy to follow directions and lots of information. We also found the recommendations for local restaurants and shops very useful.

Thanks for a great holiday. We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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