|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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Santa Giulia is an independent first floor apartment of a restored old farmhouse, ideal to host 6 people. Santa Giulia was the name of the saint who protect the harvest, and is still to be found sculpted on the facade of the house. It has got a living room with a fire place, 3 spacious and comfortable bedrooms, all furnished with traditional Tuscan furniture, 2 bathrooms. The kitchen is well equipped, with oven & dish washer.There is a terracotta floor and the roof is with rafter beam. In the restored stable on the ground floor, there is a table tennis, and on the other side the washing machine that you may use under request. There is a large garden all around the house & olive groves. From the swimming pool, that is 12x6 metres, you can reach an inkling of the sea. There is a well -equipped area to eat outside with a barbecue.
In the garden you can find a lot of tipical italian aromatics herb like rosemary, laurel and lavander, nice for cooking.
Centrally located at the point where the provinces of Pisa, Siena and Florence meet, you can find the Tenuta di Ghizzano, which stretches for about 360 hectares among the gentle Pisan hills.
Our villa and farmhouses, built at the end of the 19th century, have been restored maintaining the original structure, but they are all fully equipped with modern comforts such as, satelite TV. and Wi-Fi Internet.
They are Situated in the middle of the countryside, among wheat fields, olive trees, vineyards, buzzards, pheasants, bee-eaters and roe-deers. Even if every farmhouse has it's own unique style, each of them have a swimming pool, a barbecue and a large garden.
Ghizzano, the little medieval village, reachable on foot from all of our farmhouses, has everything you may need: a bakery, a grocery store, a local club and an Italian clothes shop.
Within a ten minute drive you can find Peccioli, where there are some excellent restaurants, reviewed on TripAdvisor, banks, supermarkets, a chemist and butchers. You are only 30 minutes by car to reach Volterra and San Gimignano, while it takes about an hour to reach the most well-known cultural cities such as Lucca, Siena, Florence and Pisa. As a local would say, you are within 'shooting distance' of every main historical attraction!
Wine and extra-virgin olive oil have always been produced here, since 1370, which you are invited to taste in our ancient historical cellar or in our beautiful Italian Style Garden.
Our farming method is completely organic; that’s why you can still find rich and diversified local vegetation and animals that make the environment even more perfect.
We look forward to welcoming you!
1) ANIMAL WATCHING:
Our purpose is to bring you closer to the wonders of nature and to our great variety of animals, such as deer and roe deer.
The project 'Animal Watching' was created with this purpose.
You will be guided through the woods In the quiet of the sunset and dawn. with binoculars we will observe the open space where deer and roe deer come out of the woods in search for food.
During the breeding season - July and August - females make a high whistle to attract males and males roar and flash their white rump. However males may also roar or make low grunting noises when alarmed. During the rut, bucks will spread out and females move between them. At this time of year one can see fallow deer ungrouped compared to the rest of the year when they try to stay together.
In early fall roe deer males mate and they chase the females.
You can see the roe deer primarily at dusk, they live in the woods and they may venture into grasslands and sparse forests. In June females usually give birth to two spotted fawns of opposite sexes.
It's up to you what time of the year you choose to meet them.
At the end of this full immersion into the green, experts will be happy to answer your questions.
We are willing to take you on a guided trip around the natural habitat and the fields that tells us about the peasants culture and the history of the little village. During thistrip, there will be an optional stop to taste the specialities cultivated on our farm and the surrounding area.
2) WINE AND EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL TASTING
We are willing to make you taste the exceptional wines that we produce and that we export all over the world. They have been highly rated from all the major wine magazines such as Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Gambero Rosso.
The other traditional product of the family is the extravirgin organic olive oil, that you can taste with our wine.
The olive pressing is a cold and continuous cycle pressing within 24 hours from harvest ; we obtain a really fresh and flavoured oil.
There is a nice and comfortable room dedicated exclusively to relaxing massage. It's usually recommended to enjoy a pleasant, relaxing and regenerating hour and also as a relief from various functional unbalances.
SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT THE AGRITURISM
The agriturism has 2 VILLA , 2 FARMHOUSES AND 4 APARTMENTS , all located in the middle of the hills, 5 or 10 minutes walkIing from the Ghizzano Village, through olive trees. Initially, its belonged to the farmer, and thus the name “The Colonial House”. It is usual for such a house to be located at one side or in the centre of a field called “podere”. The “Podere” was a piece of land given by the owner to the peasant : the crop was divided among them in equal parts. This system was very common in the late Middle Ages and was called “Mezzadria”.
the houses were built on one side of the of land (podere). This allowed people to get to the main road easier and allowed easy access of the crop wagons to get to the market.
It was our grand grandfather who, by the middle of the 19th century, built these houses and named the places after the patron saint of the crops. Thus came to life “Casa poderale Il Monte & Santa Giulia”. Casa Poderale' San Prospero' .The Gamekeeper''s house : today called Casa Guardia . VILLA GORGO who was the huning house of my grandfather, who has the noble title of 'COUNT' ,today called Villa gorgo. 4 beutifull houses eachone with his own swimmingpool and his own garden.
In order to protect and highlight the beauty of the landscape where these houses are, we did our best to preserve the original features of the structure. The beautiful landscape that you can see from the windows is still rich of wildlife that you can appreciate having long walks along the paths crossing the whole area. Biking, riding & bird watching are the other exciting sports that you may practice in this 'piece of Eden'.
SOME MORE NOTICE ABOUT THE ESTATE
The estate currently extends over approximately 865 acres with 45 acres of vineyards, 50 acres of olive groves, 370 acres of cereals, 370 acres of wood and poplars groves. The woods are still rich of wildlife: hawks, buzzards, bee eaters, pheasants, hares and roes the t you can appreciate having long walks along the paths crossing the whole area.
Is a family property, we arrive in this area in 1370. from this moment olive oil and wine become our production. In 1950 the 'mezzadria' finsh and all the peasnt people migrate in tows to work in the industry so these houses was abandoned.
So we begin to rent tese houses and to welcome people for hoildays. me and my sister Lisa we are the more comunicative of the family , cause she live in florence , is me that welcome and take care of you when you arrive in Ghizzano.
I speak english good, franch really well, and spanish I understand quite all and I can speak only a little, I'm studying deutsch. I like langueges cause I love to know people coming from others country. I think that in that way you can travel staying at home. In 2010 me and a group of owners we foud an association called BELLAPECCIOLI to welcome people in the best way and create a quality path, ivolving local reastaurant, craftsmen, shops with typical products, museum and parks, so that you can move in the area with a kind of invisible guide, which will help you to appreciate the best aspect of Valdera.
Francesca Venerosi Pesciolini purchased this farmhouse in 1870
In 1998 governement give some money to restore ancient houses so one by one we restore them .
Today we have 4 houses: 1 luxury villa GORGO, 'VILLA GOROGO' 1 villa 'CASA GUARDIA' 1 beautifull really big house diveded in two apartments:' IL MONTE' and 'SANTA GIULIA', and 1 house diveded in two littele apartments : ' CAMINO' and 'SAN ROSPERO'
CASA GUARDIA is really quiet,private garden private pool, the kintchen is open on the big garden, where I love pick up the cherrys directly from the tree in printemps, and the fig in autumn.Really confortable for a group , a big family, or two little family, ground floor two bedrooms and first floor othes two bedrooms.
CAMINO is really romantic, perfect for a couple ; SAN PROSPERO is really practical and really illuminated, I 've lived there for a period, really nice for a little family, the garden is commun to both apartments, is really big and the pool is really qiuet and private.
IL MONTE is really big and confortable i usually use to have dinner with my friends in the winter time, when I have no guests cause is really confortable and the kincken is really well equipped; SANTA GIULA is romantic and usefull for a family I like to stay in the little terrace and listen the birds singing. Both have a marvellous view from the swimming pool, during the clear days the view can arrive till the see, wonderfull!! The garden is really big one side can be a game park for children and the othe side a relaxing space for adults.
30% of the rental amount up to 42 days upon arrival, and 100% from 42 days upon arrival.
PRICE DO NOT INCLUDE
We enjoyed a week’s stay at Santa Giula in April 2011 and loved it. We were thrilled when we turned up the cypress lined lane and realized where we’d be vacationing. The hamlet of Ghizzano and the farm are perched at the top of hill with fantastic views of surrounding hills, villages, etc. that extend to Volterra. Santa Giula is a beautiful and unique vacation rental. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. With various antiques and paintings, you feel as though as you’re staying in someone’s home. The building, which has two vacation apartments, is situated in a very private setting surrounded by olive groves. You can walk to town via a footpath through the groves filled roaming pheasants. That this farm remains in the hands of the same family for over 600 years is unique. We are still enjoying Tenuta di Ghizzano’s wine and olive oil – both superb. The property is very close to popular destinations including Pisa, Volterra, and San Gimignano. If you visit Pisa and need a respite, duck into the University of Pisa’s botanical gardens, which is a shady, quiet oasis in the city (its entrance is a very a couple blocks from the leaning tower). We enjoyed the smaller nearby villages, such as Lari, which has an interesting castle in the center of town. Thank you to Francesca and her family for sharing their beautiful property. And thank you to their very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend. We hope to return soon. Karen, Brian & family
We stayed 2 weeks in Santa Giulia.It was great time.The house is so charming and peacefull.The landscape is beautiful.A very good travel in Tuscany:good food ,good wines and very nice people.It was the paradise....
We stayed in the SANTA GIULIA unit for 8 nights. We were a little apprehensive as it was our first trip to Tuscany and the first internet holiday we had booked.
The property lived up to or exceeded our expectation on all counts. The unit was a good size and accommodation was comfortable for the 3 adult couples. There were 3 doule bedrooms one with an ensuite and the other 2 shared a bathroom. The kitchen dining area was just a nice size and a spacious lounge was great to relax in.
A games room on the ground floor had a table tennis table and this are was shared by both units.
The area surrounding the house had a lovely swimming pool shared between two units and each unit had its own barbecue area.
The owners went out of their way to make us feel at home and provided us with lots of information about their own magnificent estate and also where to eat and shop and see the sights in the surrounding villages.
We are definitely intending to return to Tuscany and will plan to take friends with us so they to can enjoy the hospitality provided by Francesca and her family.
Some of the highlights were: Volterra and the tug of war pageant. Lajatico and the Theatre of Silence. Capannoli and the Piaggio museum. Lucca and the wine tasting thanks to Francescas sister Genevra. San Gimignano with its incredible buildings and shops. Pisa and the leaning tower. The list goes on.
La Greppia retaurant in Peccioli was one of Francescas recommendations and it wasn't cheap but the meals were excellent and the wine cellar was the most impressive I have ever seen. It was so good we went back for a second night and weren't dissappointed.
The Tenuta de Ghizzano estate where SANTA GIULIA is situated is an extensive wine and olive growing farm where guests are free to wander at will. The estate wine cellar and olive crushing buildings are a relic of how things were done in earlier times and the family went out of their way to share the history with us.
During the booking process Francesca went out of her way to make the total experience a pleasure not only sorting out dates to suit us but assisting with on going travel plans well outside the immediate requirements of the actual booking. All arrangements that were agreed to by email were all adhered to without the slightest problem.
On behalf of our group I thank Francesca and her family for making our holiday a wonderful experience and look forward to being able to repeat the visit at some future time.
the house is very very charming, toscana was beautiful, there is a good customer service. i have recomended this property to many friends of mine!
If you want peace and quiet, this is the place to be!!!!
We really enjoyed the beautiful old house with antiques and lovely decoration and everything is present to make life easy. The eating place outside is just marvellous, even when it's reaining you can sit outside and enjoy the magnificent view on the Tuscan hills.
The swimming pool is absolutely gorgeous, big, comfortable for children, everything you want !!!
Really in the center of Tuscany, you easily can go to Lucca, Pisa, Volterra or San Gimignano, even just to eat an icecream (30-45 min).
Just enjoy also the little villages in the neighbourhood were life is going very slowly and people are very gentle.
And don't forget the wines, the Tenuta di Ghizzano wines are top wines but affordable, go and visit the winery !!!! Also the low priced wines are really good.
In addition the owner family is very gentle and helpful, thanks Francesca for the best family vacation we had so far !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!