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Villanovia Country House - inside nature, art surrounded



Updated: 09-Oct-2016
4 doubles, 5 apartments to sleep 18+ in the heart of the Volterra countryside

Villanovia is a conservative restoration example of a historic Tuscan farmhouse: it is preserved rustic and original but modernly equipped. Its distinctive special character provides a cozy and warm atmosphere.

The house provides 700sm of internal living accommodation and 37 acres of private land.

Uniquely located on a hilltop inside the natural park of Berignone, overlooking the Cecina valley, the cities of Volterra and Pomarance, the Metallic Hills and Larderello, with the visible geothermal vapors.

An unpaved-road drive, deep into the hart of the land, will lead you to our relaxed and far-from-it-all country house.

Villanovia is off the beaten tracks and worth the ride!

Staying in our property will offer you a 360° view over unspoiled Tuscany, its history and hills. And you and your family will love it!

The house sleeps 18 (+6 extra beds/futon for 6 and +2/3 cots) in large and comfortable rooms or cosy apartments equipped with a private kitchen corner.

The 16th century groundfloor entrance (all in stone) is the most ancient part of the house. Here you have a sofa area with satellite TV and indoor stairs to the upper floor where 6 accommodations are located, as well as a terrace overlooking Volterra.

Perfectly located for total relax vacation, at the same time offers short rides to the cities of Volterra (9Km), Pisa, Siena (about 60Km each), San Gimignano and Florence, as well as the Etruscan Coast beaches (45Km). A large kitchen and an impressive 170sm stone-walls living room with original brick arches complete the property.

Panoramic swimming pool is 5x12, fenced for children' safety. Wi-Fi is available.

More Details
  • Sleeps 26
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 9 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Speaks English, Italian

3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely, rural with amazing views

  • 4 of 5

Villanovia is off the beaten track. To the extent that it takes 15 minutes just to get to Mazzolla when going for a food run.

Don't let that put you off though as the house is great and the views, the views are to die for.

We were four couples with one child each (all under 3 years old) and the farm was perfect for us. The bedrooms are good sized, the gardens are large, the living area cavernous (almost too big) and there is room for everyone to hang out or be alone, if preferred.

There were plenty toys for the children (there is now a big paddling pool added to that collection), a big pool, a well kitted out kitchen and plenty of covered spaces to eat outside.

It's rustic in the most neutral sense of the word. It had a million knives, (but none of them were sharp), tumblers for wine glasses (any excuse to drink wine like water) and temperamental dishwasher. There is also a local fox that loves baby shoes and the contents of bin bags (beware - it's dead clever and we had to get new shoes).

Anyway, we'll be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifull house, fabelous view outside.

  • 5 of 5

We had with our family(14 persons) an amazone time. The house is great, the view on the mountains is wonderfull.

When you want te enjoj Toscane, we redommand this house.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ein Juwel im wohl schönsten Teil der Toscana

  • 5 of 5

Dieses zauberhafte Anwesen lässt keine Wünsche offen für jeden, der Erholung und Abgeschiedenheit im vielleicht schönsten Teil der Toscana sucht. Der Rundum-Panoramablick ist sensationell, der Garten und das Haus sind riesig groß, die individuellen Zimmer allesamt sehr sauber und gepflegt, und die gesamte Atmosphäre atmet Ruhe und Frieden. Hier kann man es sich richtig gut gehen lassen.

Das Städtchen Volterra ist genügend nahe, dass man zum gelegentlichen Einkaufen oder abends mal zum Essen hinfahren kann. Wer allerdings jeden Tag unterwegs sein möchte, den könnte es stören, dass man vom Anwesen aus zunächst rund 5 km über eine holprige Schotterstraße fährt, bis man das geteerte Straßennetz erreicht.

Die Besitzerin Laura ist sehr kompetent und freundlich, ebenso das Verwalterpaar. Kurzum: Wir würden jederzeit wieder hinfahren, und höchstwahrscheinlich werden wir das auch.

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello and thank your for your review and for having been such great guests. It is always a pleasure for us to host groups that appreciate the uniqueness of Villanovia, placed at the heart of the countryside. Right there, inside a natural park and definitely far away from hectic life. When we first discovered this place, more then a decade ago, we immediately felt at home and became passionate about it. We were determined to bring the place back to the old days when the local sheppard and peasants used to gather here for evening parties in simplicity and peace. We were convinced that we wanted to share all of this because other people might feel the same and get inspired by our project. And thanks to our guests and many that have encouraged us along our way, we still are convinced to continue to improve the experience.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 65 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Mazzolla at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Livorno at 70 Kilometres Nearest Train : Pontedera at 50 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Pisa-Livorno-Genova at 60 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Trattoria Albana, Mazzolla at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Marina di Cecina at 45 Kilometres Car: necessary

Villanovia is in Tuscany in the centre of the triangle made by Pisa, Siena and Florence. It is perfectly located for exploring the real Tuscany. Villanovia is 9 km from the historic town of Volterra. Volterra is a real, all year round, working town with restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and all modern facilities.

Villanovia overlooks a hilltop outside the village of Mazzolla and uniquely positioned inside a Natural Park, one of the protected areas of Tuscany, called Berignone-Tatti . Mazzolla was originally an Etruscan settlement, called Mazzum, the first historical document that attests the existence of Mazzolla dates from the year 1000 when the Bishop of Volterra was received there.

The natural reserve of Berignone is a completely untouched and unspoilt resort populated by a large variety of wild animals, some peculiar birds and night-birds as well as a dense and typical mediterranean forest. There are numerous horse-riding, trekking and biking paths inside the park as well as cultural routs to the ancient middle-age ruines of the Bishops' Castle, the Castle of Luppiano and the fortresses of Rocca Sillana. There are a few rivers that cross the natural park, all affluents of the main Cecina river that forms a large valley and dies into the see in the nearby Etruscan Coast. One of the few remaining untouristic spots of Tuscany. Not to be missed.

Volterra is a town of great architectural interest located 1770 feet above the sea level, between the rivers Bra and Cecina in Tuscany, Italy. The main features are two fine castles and numerous Etruscan remains.

The area is easily accessible from Pisa by car with a journey time of just one hour. Both Florence and Pisa International Airports are served by daily flights from the UK (London, Leeds, Bournemouth, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, East Midlands), Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia and Russia.

Other Activities:

horse-riding (we can arrange for you), trekking and biking paths inside the natural park

Interesting unknown places to discover:

24 Km away you can reach the Metallic Hills and the village of Larderello. It is located in the center of the "Valley of the devil", so called because of its landscape characterized by geysers with features columns of white vapor (already known at the time of Dante Alighieri and his inspiring landscapes of his travel through "Hell ").


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season 2
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2016 Winter High Season
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
2017 Low Season 1
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 Mid Season 1
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 Mid Season 2
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 Low season 2
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 Winter High Season
23 Dec 2017 - 12 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £448
Tax Rate 10.0%

HEATING: Heating can be pre-booked at a daily fee of 55 Euros, flat rate (the daily charge starts on day of arrival).
Wood for fire-places has a cost. If not availabe on-site needs to be bought locally at apposite shops (av. 12/15€ per quintal)

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Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • mountain biking

Floor Area

  • 700 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 7 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 8 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 9 - Toilet, One toilet room to serve dining and living areas on GF
  • Bathroom 10 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet


  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, aptmt with kitchen/dining
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, aptmt with kitchen/dining
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed, 2 Sofa bed/Futon, aptmt with kitchen/dining
  • Bedroom 8 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, aptmt with kitchen/dining
  • Bedroom 9 - 1 Double Bed, 2 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The house has 4 double bedrooms and 5 apartments with bedroom and dining room with kitchen corner. All bedrooms and apartments have their own private bathroom. The house also has an additional WC in the main dining on the ground floor.


  • Balcony ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • 24 garden chairs
  • 15 deck chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

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

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