Farmhouse in Volterra, Central Tuscany, Italy

Historic Farmhouse With Grand Pool Set In The Iconic Tuscan Landscape Only 3 Min

A Perfect Location To Enjoy All That Tuscany Has To Offer, Ideal For Couples, Families And Groups.

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    • Property type:Farmhouse
    • Sleeps:6 (2 bedrooms)
    • Bathrooms/Toilets:2
    • Pool
    • Internet access

    Special offer:

    15% off April to June! 10% off rest of 2015! Discounted cookery courses! Free pizza & wine evenings!

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    Property description

    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!

    Accommodation description

    Farmhouse (Sleeps 4/6, 2 Bedrooms)

    The farmhouse is set over two floors with wonderful views from a private terrace across the valley and all the comforts of modern living with a classical mix of traditional rustic and contemporary furnishings.

    On the ground floor there is a fully fitted kitchen with fridge-freezer, gas hob, electric oven and dishwasher. Table and chairs to seat 6 and a wood burner for those cosy winter evenings.

    On the first floor there are two good sized formal bedrooms with king size beds. There is a family bathroom with bath and shower attachment and wonderful views to enjoy whilst you bathe!! The mezzanine area is a flexible upstairs sleeping and living space with a double sofa bed, small library, a large TV and DVD player with a great selection of classic and up to date movies.

    The accommodation comes equipped with Wi-Fi, an IPod dock and CD player, a set of binoculars and a selection of board games for the family.


    A single bed can be placed in the main bedroom upon request.

    Bedrooms: 2

    Bathrooms: 2

    Property Type: Farmhouse


    Accessibility
    Regrettably due to stepped areas the accommodation is unsuitable for wheelchair access at the moment but we are working on some solutions.

    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.

    Important 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.

    Location Type: Rural, Town.

    Rates

    Farmhouse (Sleeps 4/6, 2 Bedrooms) prices

    Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
    4 April 2015 - 30 May 2015 £ 900.00 3
    30 May 2015 - 4 July 2015 £ 1200.00 7
    4 July 2015 - 5 September 2015 £ 1400.00 7
    5 September 2015 - 24 October 2015 £ 900.00 3
    24 October 2015 - 19 December 2015 £ 800.00 3
    19 December 2015 - 2 January 2016 £ 1000.00 3

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

    Special offer
    15% off April to June! 10% off rest of 2015! Discounted cookery courses! Free pizza & wine evenings!

    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.

    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.

    Location

    Farmhouse in Volterra, Central Tuscany, Italy

    About the area

    Coast/Beach
    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.

    Golf
    The nearest golf course is at Castelfalfi which is 35kms from the property.

    Skiing
    The nearest ski resort is at Abetone which is 150kms from the property.

    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.

    How to get there
    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

    Distances
    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.

    Guest reviews

    Farmhouse (Sleeps 4/6, 2 Bedrooms)
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    Guest
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    5/5

    Reviewed by: The Ashtons, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 24 September 2014

    Date of stay: September 2014

    "Stunning"

    One of the most amazing properties we have stayed in. The views and scenery from the farmhouse are unbeatable. The accomodation is just the right mix of authentic Italy but with the mod cons of the 21st Century. Josh and Louise are very welcoming, you wouldn't know they were there unless you needed them for anything at all. As for the location of the property it is perfectly located to visit all the major cities and towns. Florence, Sienna, Pisa, Lucca all manageable for a day trip. San Gimingnano less known than the bigger cities but well worth a visit, like Volterra lovely cobbled streets with lovely shops, coffee shops delicious ice creams the list goes on. There is a really good supermarket to stock up on provisions for lazy breakfasts, and after a long day sight seeing to make your own pasta dish with a glass of wine, drinking in the perfect Tuscan evening. It doesn't get much better. I would recommend any one of the 4 types of accomodation available and cannot wait to visit again. WE WILL BE BACK.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing and romantic getaway

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    5/5

    Reviewed by: Nina, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 21 January 2014

    Date of stay: September 2013

    "Idyllic Escape"

    Set at the top of a deep valley with views that go on forever, the location couldn't be more peaceful or beautiful. Whether you want a romantic getaway or relaxing break with the family it's perfect for lazy days reading by the pool and al fresco dining. The farmhouse is traditionally Tuscan with lovely wooden beams throughout and is equipped with everything you need including a wood-burner if the evenings turn chilly and a dishwasher. My favourite room by far though was the bathroom where you can even soak up those beautiful views from the bath! In terms of location, it worked perfectly for us as a sight-seeing base - we were able to explore not only Volterra with it's gorgeous cobbled streets and architecture which is just a short car journey from the farmhouse; but many more of the beautiful hill-top towns Tuscany is famous for. Sienna was a personal favourite; as was Cortona although a bit further afield! We also loved having the proximity to Florence and Pisa as well as the beach at Cecina. We couldn't recommend the farmhouse and location more highly and will definitely be returning! Many thanks to the owners Jonathan and Louise who were very welcoming; made our stay beyond comfortable; and helped us get the most out of Volterra and the surrounding area. We look forward to returning again soon.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children and romantic getaway

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    5/5

    Reviewed by: Lucky, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 19 October 2013

    Date of stay: September 2013

    "An amazing stay in Volterra"

    We stayed in the Farmhouse for a week during September and had a truly memorable family holiday. The weather was glorious and we just fell in love with this place, a great location and fantastic scenery. The property is owned and run by a delightful British family, who were on hand and incredibly helpful with directions and tips for places to visit and anything we needed. The accommodation was spotless and was beautifully decorated.The house is fairly high up on the side of a valley, which made for some spectacular views across the countryside, as well as the prominent old monastery which was illuminated at night. The very large pool was a treat for the children as was the play area where they spent a lot of their time. Volterra itself is absolutely charming, with its narrow cobbled streets, plenty of restaurants, fascinating museums and archaeological sites, interesting churches and a variety of shops. You also get a sense of real local life, mingled among a scattering of tourists, even within the popular bars and restaurants. We will definitely be returning at some point in the near future to see more of the surrounding area and would recommend staying here without hesitation.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, sightseeing, families with young children and romantic getaway

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    5/5

    Reviewed by: Antje S., Germany

    Reviewed: 18 August 2014

    Date of stay: July 2014

    "Ein wunderschönes hide-away "

    Wir verbrachten 2 wunderschöne entspannte Wochen im Haupthaus. Die Aufteilung ist für eine vierköpfige Familie optimal. Für einen Kurzbesuch der Großeltern hatten wir noch das Appartment nebenan gebucht. Die Kinder genossen das großzügige Gelände, auf dem sie sich gefahrlos frei bewegen konnten, Baumhaus, Trampolin und natürlich den riesigen Pool mit unverbautem Blick ins Tal. Wir waren hier fernab von jeglichem Stress, könnten abends am Feuer chillen und fühlten uns inmitten hunderter Glühwürmchen wie im Märchen. Louise und Josh sind herzliche Gastgeber, die alles ermöglichen, um den Gästen einen angenehmen Aufenthalt zu bereiten. Volterra ist in wenigen Minuten zu erreichen und ist eine hübsche Stadt mit kleinen Gässchen und guter Gastronomie. Wir wurden dort ebenfalls sehr herzlich aufgenommen. Wir können diese Unterkunft ohne Einschränkung jedem empfehlen, der die Ruhe und den Charme der Toscana genießen möchte und eine typische aber gut ausgestattete Ferienunterkunft sucht, gleich ob als Familie oder als Paar. Mit den anderen Gästen hatten wir sehr schöne Abende, aber immer auch die Möglichkeit unter uns zu bleiben.

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    Guest comments

    I have fallen in love with your wonderful piece of paradise. I couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate my 60th birthday. Thank you so much for your warm hospitality. Lesley, June '11

    We have loved being here - it's a really special place and a great location for visiting cities and the coast. We will be back. Clare & Ian August '12

    So sad to be leaving your amazing place of perfection. We love Tuscany anyway but staying here for our short time has made it really special. Steve & Jude Sept '12

    We have had a fantastic stay. This is a beautiful place - gorgeous house, stunning views and delicious swimming pool. So great to find a perfect place, where there is literally nothing you would change.
    Sam, Joe, Jess & Nettie August '11

    Wow! What a beautiful place, everything we dreamt of and more. Stunning views, wonderful accommodation and great location with easy access to all the main attractions. Thanks for your hospitality. Toni & Claire - Sept '11

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