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Character Holiday Home with Pool and Stunning Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

About the property

Holiday Home near Volterra, Tuscany - Peaceful Location, Close to Volterra and Easy Access to Florence, Pisa and Siena

Casa Nunziata was restored about 16 years ago to the highest standard, now creating a beautiful 3 bedroom home that is perfect for holidays. There is central heating for the colder months, and there is a lovely wood-burning stove. . The house stands alone on a small hill, surrounded by a grassy private garden overlooking rolling Tuscan countryside. The house has outdoor furniture for alfresco dining, a bbq, and shares a large pool with a few apartments in the nearby farmhouse. Nunziata is reached by a winding white road with little traffic, but is not isolated, sharing a large communal garden with the old farmhouse. There are lots of walks in the area, details of can be found at the house. Nearby is Monte Voltaio, a remarkable rocky hill which is easily climbed for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Please note: Casa Nunziata is not suitable for large or loud groups wishing to party into the night, and we ask our guests to respect the tranquillity of the area. Nearby Volterra is a charming hilltop town.

Property Manager
Elaine Monkhouse
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2017

About Elaine Monkhouse

We are Italy lovers, and after visiting Tuscany many times we bought Casa Nunziata (ref 8015409) in 2006. I am an independent coach and consultant, and my husband is a retired doctor (but his first love is renovating houses!). Nunziata is a beautifully restored ancient chapel, which had already been converted when we bought it, but we enjoy making small improvements each time we go. It's a 'home away from home', and we hope our guests feel that it's full of interesting things.

Elaine Monkhouse purchased this house in 2006

Why Elaine Monkhouse chose Val di Cecina

We first visited the area when on a walking holiday, and fell in love with the whole landscape around Volterra - stunning! A few years later when we decided to buy somewhere in Italy, it seemed the perfect place to look. From the property there are fantastic 360 degree views, and no road noise. Yet a short (if rustic!) drive takes you on to the main road with access to wonderful places such as Volterra, Sienna, San Gimignano, Pisa and Florence.

What makes this house unique

Casa Nunziata ref IT8015409: The property has lots of character and charm, and makes a beautiful holiday home. To eat outside in the evening as the sun goes down, offers an occasional glimpse of deer and wild boar in the neighbouring fields.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"What an amazing retreat! One of the nicest places to stay we have ever found".

"Thank you again for a wonderful, peaceful, relaxing holiday in a area perfect for exploring the Tuscany region - I think I'll still be dreaming of the sunshine, surrounding and waking up to fantastic views and bird songs for a few weeks to come."

"I can't recommend it highly enough".

"The relaxation, views and seclusion just capped off what was a series of perfect days and the sunsets was amazing."

"The perfect place for our honeymoon!"
Oct 2006
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Stunning location for a relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

I've now stayed at Casa Nunziata on multiple occasions, both with family and friends, and will always consider it first for future trips to Tuscany. It stands in the most relaxing setting, where I feel a world away from reality. The property itself is simple, but well equipped and nicely furnished. I enjoy sitting on the terrace for a spot for breakfast or for an evening with a bottle of wine - nothing is more relaxing! The pool is a great feature, and although I believe it is communal with the farmhouse at the top of the drive, it has never been busy when I have wanted to use it. The location of the chapel is perfect for me - either I can relax there every day and not see another sole, or it's the ideal base for exploring the nearby towns if I want to venture out. The road to and from Casa Nunziata is quite exciting, and typically Italian, but don't let that put you off! I've recommended a break away here to a handful of my friends and colleagues, and they've seen for themselves why I don't look for anywhere else to stay in Tuscany anymore. A beautiful escape!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely get away.

  • 5 of 5

Living in London we were after somewhere that was quieter and more relaxed. But we also wanted somewhere that would allow us to travel about and see other parts of Italy.

This chapel certainly ticked the boxes. It was very nicely decorated and the grounds were very tidy and nicely kept. It had a very well equipped kitchen, which was great for nights we wanted to have something more substantial. Although, we had more bbq's than meals indoors.

It also offered spectacular views. Most evenings were spent sipping on some local wine under the pergola watching the sun go down...what more could you ask for on a holiday?

We had great day trips out to Pisa, Florence and Sienna, with of course more than one visit to Volterra. If you do go to Volterra, try and book in at Fortezza Medicea, which is a restaurant inside the prison.

Whilst we wanted to be able to travel about, we also wanted to be able to just relax, lie by the pool and chill. We lay by the pool for a couple of hours at least most days, and it was pure tranquillity; we were the only people there.

We loved our stay there and are just in the process of reviewing dates to revisit again later in the year.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic and relaxing place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time we have stayed at Casa Nunziata, and we love it. The location is great for Volterra, Siena, Firenze and San Gimignano. It is also perfect for near isolation, quiet and relaxation. There is an unmade road to the property which you may not be used to driving on, but it is not the worst by any means that I've driven on in Italy. See it as a challenge!

The house is well kept and maintained, and everything works. The access to the pool, and the option to pluck ripe figs from the tree are two of the joys, as is the total silence, the unspoiled views and the friendly and inquisitive local cat that comes to visit.

Accessing the property is fine and the arrangements before arrival and on arrival all work, including great directions. The caretakers are a lovely Italian couple who don't speak English, but are adept at understanding mime!

We'll be going back for our 4th visit in September 2016. I can't recommend it enough.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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"The Wow Factor"

  • 5 of 5

a truly unforgettable stay at this tastefully furnished holiday home.

We travelled with our relations from the USA and after my brother(from the USA) got over the fact that we could not get Wifi and that there was no TV he just mellowed into the surroundings as did the rest of us. It was wonderful to wake up to such an amazing view each morning.Apparently the owners of the house are in fact installing wifi in the near future. We would definetely recommend this house for anyone wanting a quiet base in Tuscany. The pool was lovely and warm as well. The Houseman Antonio and his wife were always on hand to help although our sign language went a long way! As the previous reviewer stated the gravel road to and from the house was a bit challenging but luckily for us we had hired a Scenic Car so we were not too rocky! We were in driving distance for Siena -Pisa - Volterra and many more places of history and in fact we found it easier to take a train to Florence from Poggibonsi. My American sister in law stated that she did not think that the Italians knew how to make a straight road. Thank you Elaine for a truly memorable holiday from five gentlefolk!! We hope to return one day soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic with unusual access

  • 5 of 5

Completely isolated, exceptional location, we had a perfectly peaceful 2 weeks, pool was in a glorious sun trap, house well sheltered from the sun, we could choose to sit in the sun or the shade as the temperature dictated (our holiday was in late May early June so there was often a cool wind).

Be prepared for the "White Road" this is an unmade (no tarmac) gravel track, with several areas which need careful negotiation), that said it did not detract from our stay, just add 15 minutes to you drive, to get in and out.

The chapel was well maintained, and very homely, and situated in the middle of the countryside. we saw fire flies (every night), pheasants, foxes, and may other smaller animals including a migrant Hoopee bird.

Volterra was the closest town and each time we visited (5 times in all) we found something different, and enjoyed each visit. Other places to visit are san Gimignano (is a must), Colle di val d elsa (nice, quiet), Seana (exceptional architecture).

We would go again

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Super review, thank you John! We do hope people will enjoy the stunning setting and wild life - wild boar, deers and foxes can often been seen as well. The white road is variable with the weather: it was a bad winter this year with a lot of rain, but we understand that the road has now been repaired. The house is 6km (4 miles) from Volterra, and as you say there is much to discover there. We hope to welcome you again!
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Please contact by website or by phone in the first instance. Your booking will be confirmed on receipt of a 50% deposit. The balance of payment will be due 30 days before your holiday. We also ask for a refundable deposit of £250, to cover any significant breakages or damage. If you are booking within 30 days of departure, the full amount will be due at the time of booking.

Changeover Day:
Flexible. Arrival time after 17.00 except by arrangement. Guests are asked to vacate the house by 10.00 on day of departure.

Notes on prices:
There will be a supplement payable if the 2nd and 3rd beds are required, to cover additional laundry costs etc. Please note that there will be an additional charge if central heating is required. These prices are current as of January 2017, and may be subject to change. Please contact us for an exact quotation or for any other enquiries.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Volterra in Pisa area

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1, with bath/shower over and wc. Bathroom with shower and wc. Also houses washing machine.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size double bed. Bedroom 2 galleried, with king size double bed. Bedroom 3 galleried, with king size double bed.
  • Books
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
Notes on accommodation: Because of the two sets of stairs, Nunziata is not suitable for very young children. Guests with mobility difficulties would be able to access the ground floor ensuite bedroom. Outside: Garden furniture for sunbathing and outside dining. BBQ. Large pool shared with farmhouse on same property, open mid April to mid October, depending on weather conditions. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: House towels and linen provided. Pool towels provided. Cleaning and change of linen can be arranged mid-stay at an extra charge.

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