Farmhouse in Volterra, Tuscany, Italy

Farmhouse With Large Pool Set In The Beautiful Tranquil Countryside 5 Minutes From Volterra, Tuscany

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

Farmhouse (6) Cantina (4) Studio (2) Loggia (2)

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

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    Property description

    The farmhouse is set in a valley of outstanding natural beauty outside the wonderful and charming Volterra. It is divided into 4 private apartments which accommodate up to 14 guests. Perfect for families or larger groups holidaying together and couples too. Each apartment has its own terrace with magnificent views, equipped for alfresco dining and complete with a firepit to take the chill off those cooler evenings. The farmhouse has been restored to a high standard with close attention to detail and the use of traditional materials. There is a playground area for children with various activities designed to amuse your little ones. Take a walk down the valley to the stream at the bottom where you will find some beautiful woodland shaded from the sun and a range of waterfalls. On the way back to the farmhouse help yourself to the various fruits in season on the trees. The valley is popular with hunters and foragers with the highly prized wild boar and truffles keenly pursued in season.

    Accommodation description

    Farmhouse (Sleeps 4/6, 2 Bedrooms)

    The farmhouse is set over two floors with wonderful views 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 TV and DVD player with a good selection of classic and up to date films.
    The accommodation comes equipped with Wi-Fi, an IPod dock and CD player, a selection of board games for the family, plenty of viewing points and a set of binoculars.

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

    Bedrooms: 2

    Bathrooms: 2

    Living Rooms: 1

    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 private pool is 8x16m and has stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The pool is open from the beginning of May to the end of September and longer if the weather is favourable. The church commanding the cliff top position just above the pool, will cordially chime on the hour to remind you to reapply the sun lotion and on the half hour to remind you to turn over! The farmhouse occupies the stretch of land where truffles are found. In season you will regularly see hunters with their sniffer dogs roaming the lower slopes of the property in search of the Tartuffo. The valley is rich in flora and fauna. The highly prized wild boars roam the undergrowths of our property.
    You are welcome to to help yourselves to the abundance of fruits on the trees and vegetables and herbs from the gardens that are in season during your stay.

    Important notes on accommodation

    Towels and linen are included. Guests will need to provide their own pool towels. Room fans provided for the hot summer nights and the accommodation has central heating for those chilly days.
    The owners are happy to prepare the outdoor fireplaces so that alfresco dining can be enjoyed throughout the seasons.
    To ensure your Autumn and Winter stays are cosy, the owners will 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 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)
    6 September 2014 - 25 October 2014 £ 900.00 3
    25 October 2014 - 20 December 2014 £ 800.00 3
    20 December 2014 - 3 January 2015 £ 1000.00 3
    3 January 2015 - 4 April 2015 £ 700.00 3
    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.

    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, Tuscany, Italy

    About the area

    Coast/Beach
    The nearest beaches of Cecina and Bobina are a 35 minute drive. For those prepared to travel a little longer there are some beautiful coastal towns well worth exploring such as Cinque Terre and Portovenere that we recommend.

    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 (which can also be fun 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 minutes / 65km
    Siena 45 minutes / 52km
    Florence 70 minutes / 80km
    Lucca 70 minutes / 71km
    Arezzo 110 minutes /140km
    San Gimignano 30 minutes / 31km
    Perugia 140 minutes /160km

    Distances
    Volterra itself is less than a 5 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 8 minute drive and Coop 10 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
    rating

    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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