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2 Villas With Pool And Panoramic Views - Fienile

Overview

Property

Updated: 27-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided

Description

Fienile

(Barn in English) at one time used for storing hay and sheltering animals, today converted into a splendid independent residence, completely restored, on two floors covering 70 square metres, furbished with a double entrance with glass doors allowing guests to enjoy a wonderful view from the house. The large windows with characteristic grill give the rooms a very good light. The upper floor has two bedrooms: one with a double bed and the other with a bunk-bed. The day-time area on the ground floor consist of a kitchen with a our ring cooker, refrigerator, freezer, toaster and all necessary cooking equipment. Opposite the kitchen area there is a large meal-table surrounded by a bench built into the wall and four chairs. The bathroom with a wide shower cubicle is preceded by an area with a large cupboard. Below the entrance gallery we have an are for relaxation with a sofa and sat.


About the property

Il Borghettino

Il Borghettino is a completely restored rural hamlet in which the two holidays homes are situated. They consist in a portion of the old farm living quarters and ex-barn, both very comfortable and spacious. 90 meters each, with the capacity of 4+1 and 3+1 persons(with plus one we mean child under 12).

The hamlet is situated in a happy position, geographically. At only a five minute walk from the San Gimignano centre it is immersed in the tranquillity of country life.

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About the Owner

Roberta Falchini
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 February, 2017

About Roberta Falchini

I'm 45, I have two children, Sara 10 and Duccio 7 years old. I will be to the house from June to September all the time you will be there and in the other times you can find there my parents in low. We will be happy to give to you all the help you may need.

Looking forward to see you!

Roberta Falchini purchased this house in 2014

Why Roberta Falchini chose Val d'Elsa - Siena

Il Borghettino was buoyed from my father in the 1960 and few years ago we have restructured everything, so....looking how is nice.....why not a holiday house.....

What makes this house unique

is quiet, comfortable, clean, easy to use, a lot of place for the children. A wonderful pool with a amazing view.

Available Rentals

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Notes

We can never accept payment with credit card. ?All payments excepting those made on the spot in cash will have to be made trough bank transfer orders.

11 Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

5

My favourite place to stay in Italy

  • 5 of 5

We have now been to this wonderful place, Il Borghettino in San Gimignano 5 times and each time we have loved every minute. From the time you arrive, Roberta and her family make you so welcome and treat you like part of the family. The fridge in the villa is full as Roberta cleverly offers a 1st day supplies shopping service which with young kids is a godsend.

My boys who starting going when they were tiny have thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful countryside and the freedom of being able to explore the vineyards, hills and surrounding area. As we live in a city, this has been such an incredible experience for them. They have learnt how saffron grows, what a pomegranate tree looks like, how ripe figs are seriously delicious from the tree and how capers grow. There's also ping pong in the shade which they've become great at.

Before having kids the thrill of each holiday was discovering something new, but with kids in tow, the fact that this place is so peaceful yet on the edge of a historic town with plenty of restaurants and shops, and stunning scenery and places to explore nearby like Monteriggioni has made it the perfect location to return to.

We have stayed in both villas and this is our favourite as the terrace is really private and you feel as though you have a small area of Tuscany to yourself. The morning mist is simply breathtaking over the hills and yet the town of San Gimignano is just a short walk away - yes it's a steep walk, but what better way to walk off all that pasta! It's only a few minutes in the car alternatively and parking by the gates isn't expensive and always easy - especially if the boys are too desperate for ice cream from the amazing shop in Piazza Della Cisterna, Dondoli.

The view from the pool is stunning and as there are only 2 villas sharing the pool, it's never busy. Roberta and her family work incredibly hard to maintain this beautiful place, keeping it immaculate and if you're lucky they invite you to share dinner with them. Roberta makes the best fresh pasta and homemade pizza I've ever tasted in their wood fired oven - she spends hours kneading the dough in preparation for a true Italian feast which you feel honoured to be part of. I have no hesitation in recommending this place to others if you want to sample a true taste of Tuscany.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What can I say for this fantastic review.......THANK YOU from the deep of my heart.
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Worst holiday experience we have ever had

  • 1 of 5

We had the misfortune of staying with Roberta for 2 weeks for our honeymoon (with our 3 month old baby) this August; we left a week early; were made to feel like intruders and were misled by Roberta for not telling us the property was unsuitable for a baby.

1. The Villa is not a 5 minute walk from town. It is 15 minutes up a 45 degree scree slope that is completely unsuitable to walk up or down during the day, let alone evenings in pitch darkness, with a 3 month old baby in a pram. We ended up having to drive into town and pay for parking.

2. The stairs in the villa as you can see from the picture are a vertical, temporary structure that wobbles precariously as you climb it. It was extremely difficult to take luggage up and down the stairs and absolutely not suitable to carry a baby on.

3. The day before we arrived Roberta e-mailed us to say that she was hosting a dinner party for the national holiday and that we were invited to join them for pizza. This seemed like a nice gesture but actually what she really meant was that she was going to have a noisy dinner party, in front of the villa in the courtyard, until midnight, making a huge amount of noise. Not ideal with a baby trying to sleep after 9 hours of driving.

4. They seemed to be constantly undertaking building work throughout the week and one day in particular she decided to have 2-3 builders to prune the trees by the garden for the entire afternoon when we were trying to relax by the pool. Not only was it completely unnecessary to undertake works at that time of day but it was also uncomfortable for the girls sitting by the pool getting stared at all afternoon. Roberta was sitting next to them chatting and joking away. After this (around 17:30) she then decided it was a good idea to chainsaw a massive tree outside the villa for 2 hours whilst we had a screaming baby inside unable to sleep. She gave us a bottle of wine as an apology but it simply said "country life is not always quiet". The day before we left Roberta's husband also decided to undertake further drilling works throughout the estate and then drive his noisy tractor for hours around the grounds.

5. The night before we left she hosted ANOTHER dinner party which went on until 23:30 at night and only told us on the day.

Overall we were made to feel like intruders at the property and that we need to fit in with their schedule or not at all. We left a week early and I would advise avoiding this place like the plague.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have had the pleasure of hosting several new born babies and people with young children and none of them have ever complained at all, yes some people have told us that the walk into the village is not that easy with the buggies but saying that they all agree that it is worth the effort. Not only in my opinion but in my guests opinion the description of the houses is well done and the pictures are exactly as the houses are. Photos and descriptions make it is clear that in order to reach the upper floor in the Girasole house there is a staircase.  The staircase as you stated are not  cheap and it is not a temporary structure and it is definitely not dangerous. I inviting you to have dinner with us on the evening of the 15th of August as being a national bank holiday and she seemed to be pleased to accept my invitation. However in my opinion we spent a very pleasant and enjoyable evening together in fact the other guests were overwhelmed with our hospitality.  The work that had to be done and not be posticipate because there had been a  major storm which had caused serious damage to some of the cypress trees in fact one of the trees needed to be cut down as it has become high risk to my family and obviously my guests. I am awfully sorry for the noise of chainsaw disturbing you and woke your baby up but there was nothing I could do to avoid the noise. I apologise if I did not make you aware on that day there would be some noise I should have done so my apologies were in giving you a bottle of Vernaccia and a note. We tried to respect all of our guests always starting work after 9.00 a.m. in the morning and never working during the siesta time and starting again after  04.00 p.m. to 07.00p.m.Yes, we organizing an other dinner party as other guests had requested. In order not to disturb you in anyway we moved the tables and chairs as far from your house as possible. I would also like to make it clear that after you and your family refused my invitation for dinner we  paid even more attention not only by moving the table but to keep the noise as low as possible. For us hours spent around a dinner table and parents enjoying the company of the children is an essential part of Italian life culture. I refuse to accept that you say that in any way I made you feel unwelcome. I did with you as I do with all my guests everything I possibly can in order for them to have pleasant and enjoyable stay with us, always being ready to help my guests whenever needed it.
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5

Gastvrij gezin op een toplocatie!

  • 5 of 5

We werden door de volledige familie héél gastvrij ontvangen. Ook tijdens ons verblijf werden we discreet geïnformeerd over bepaalde evenementen alsook bezoeken.

De woning zelf is eenvoudig maar bevat alles wat wij verlangen van een vakantie. Op het terras heb je een prachtig uitzicht op de Toscaanse heuvels & het mooie San Gim. Handdoeken en dergelijke waren netjes voorzien / de woning was ook zeer netjes gepoetst.

De weg naar de woning is een kleine uitdaging (onverharde weg die vrij stijl is). Echter de beloning qua rust en uitzicht maakt dit helemaal goed.

Op het domein is er ook een prachtig zwembad waar het heerlijk vertoeven is na een bezoek. Ook fijn dat het zwembad sluit om 20u. Op deze manier heb je gegarandeerd rust.

Op het domein is er nog één andere vakantiewoning. De privacy naar elkaar toe is gegarandeerd.

Vanaf de woning stap je in 10 min tot in het centrum van San Gim. Dat alleen is een fantastische troef! Je verblijft in alle rust en wil je even de gezelligheid opzoeken hoef je enkel 10 min te stappen.

Samengevat:

- top - locatie

- heel vriendelijke eigenaars

- prachtig uitzicht

- correcte prijs - kwaliteitverhouding

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The best review I had! Thank you!
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5

Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we arrived at the cottage and saw the magnificent view of the Tuscan hills knew we'd made the right decision. We were greeted by Roberta and her father-in-law who made us feel very much at home; we met other members of the family throughout the week, including Roberta's lovely children, all of whom were very friendly. Roberta herself was extremely helpful advising us on places to visit, restaurants to try and up-and-coming festivals. It was lovely just to chat with her to learn more about traditions and local history.The villa was spacious, well equipped and very comfortable. The surrounding gardens and grass areas were very well maintained. The swimming was great and a godsend when the temperature rose over 30C. The proximity to the San Gimignano (only 300m up a steep gravel road) enabled us to make the most of all that the town had to offer. All-in-all, I doubt we could have found a more idea villa!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review!😘
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5

Great location and lovely hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely family holiday in this spacious and comfortable villa. It is in an incredibly peaceful setting with fantastic views across the countryside. We had a lovely, friendly reception and the owners were very kind and helpful. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

The Smiths, Glasgow

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Smith family. We hope to see you an other time and to have more time to spend with you. We wish you all the best. Roberta & family
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5

Beautiful barn conversion set in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed with the villa, garden and surroundings. The villa was clean, well equipped and spacious. The patio gets sun most of the day and has wonderful views of the Tuscan countryside and up to San Gimignano. Roberta and her family were very welcoming, even bringing us some home baked Tuscan food. The gravel road up to San Gimignano is quite steep in places, but still less than a 10 minute walk to the town walls. A perfect location to explore Tuscany, and close to Poggibonsi where you can easily catch the train to Siena or Florence to avoid driving into the cities. The restaurant (Le Vecchie Mura) that Roberta told us about, was great, especially sitting outside in the courtyard garden.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for your review, it's very important for me to have guests impressions. hoping to see you again. ciao Roberta
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Location

From the Owner

Il Borghettino was buoyed from my father in the 1960 and few years ago we have restructured everything, so....looking how is nice.....why not a holiday house.....

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Florence airport at 65 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : San Gimignano at 300 Metres Nearest Ferry : Poggibonsi at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Poggibonsi at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A1 at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : San Gimignano at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : Cecina (LI) at 70 Kilometres Car: not necessary

We don't organize cookery courses but if you are interested to learn how to made italian dish we can teach you for free.

How to get there

Florence airport km65

Pisa airport km 73

Roma airport km 304

Milano airport km 345

We have good public transport to the main town Poggibonsi (km15) where you can find the reil station to go where do you prefer.

Distances

San Gimignano mt.300

Siena km 50

Firenze km 53

Pisa km 73

Perugia km 75

Arezzo km 120

Lucca km 125

Further Details

I will be able to explain during your holiday where to go what do to in the time you will be there, festival shops, nice little village and so on.

Facilities

From the Owner

is quiet, comfortable, clean, easy to use, a lot of place for the children. A wonderful pool with a amazing view.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic

General

  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

Floor Area

  • 70 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, Bunk beds

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • All around the gardens and the fields are at disposal to the guests. The surrounding garden is pleasantly equipped for sitting in the open air, Close to the houses there's a parking area for the cars. There's a Patio very nice to eat and have fun with ping pong or talking with us and other guests, reading books or informations about things to do and place to go in the surrounding. Barbecue is available and guests can bring that close to the houses.

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