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Lovely writer's bolthole: 1 bedroom apartment with stunning pool and fine views

Bedrooms 1
Space 193 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Apartment in Ripoli, near Lari, Tuscany, Pisa Province - Sun-Drenched Hillside near Pisa

Delightful one bedroom apartment on the first floor of a medieval farmhouse and watchtower in a quiet hamlet on the Western Valdera. Just 25 minutes from Pisa (which has cheap flights from BA, Ryan Air and easyJet), it is set among olive groves and has shared use of a pretty garden and a charming infinity pool. Beautifully restored, with exposed beams and original terracotta floors and ceilings, the apartment has its own private entrance, generous south and west-facing windows and is well equipped and furnished with a tasteful mix of contemporary classics and antiques. In a few minutes you can be in Cevoli, the medieval village you can see from the apartment, or Lari, famous for its castle, or Casciana Terme, well known for its thermal spa. Within an hour you can be in Florence, Lucca, Volterra or Siena - or playing golf on one of the best golf courses in Italy, or swimming in the sea. This is a Tuscany that's amazingly unspoilt and amazingly accessible, offering infinite possibilities for culture, food and wine. From London to Pisa takes less than 2 hours.

Christina Patterson
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
12 May, 2017

About Christina Patterson

I'm a journalist and writer. I fell in love with this special apartment when i first saw it, and I've been in love with it ever since. I go there to rest, and dream, and lie in the sunshine, and write.

My guests seem to love the place as much as I do. I hope you'll love it, too.

Christina Patterson purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Christina Patterson chose Valdera e Colline Pisane

I wanted a peaceful hideaway, where I could gaze at a beautiful landscape, and lie in a pool and look up at a blue, blue sky. This part of Tuscany is as beautiful as the rest of it, but it isn't overrun by tourists. Ripoli is a tiny hamlet, but the nearest village, Cevoli, just a 10-minute walk away, has a few shops and a couple of bars. A 10-minute walk in the other direction, there's a big supermarket, where you can buy practically everything. And there are plenty of lovely villages, and small towns, nearby: Lari, with its medieval castle, Casciana Terme, with its spa, Ponsacco, with its pretty square. Pisa is just half an hour away, and there's so much more to it than the tower. It's also less than an hour to Volterra, Lucca and San Gimignano. There's so, so much to see and enjoy...

What makes this apartment unique

Cosy, comfortable and stylish, this lovely flat is an excellent base to explore Tuscany, but also a peaceful place to read, sleep and dream.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely flat. We felt that it was a little slice of paradise that is already sorely missed. Our only regret was that we hadn't booked two weeks." Alison and Asa Harris

"We had a wonderful fortnight. The apartment was everything we could have wanted and the pool and the company at Borghettino di Ripoli helped to make it all a relaxing and enjoyable experience in a truly beautiful part of the world. We would love to stay there again in the future." Phil and Carol Morgans

"Had a fabulous week in your very gorgeous place. Swam in the pool every day - and fell in love with Tuscany." Viv and Graham Simmutch
May 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Cevoli in Pisa area

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 193 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • En-suite bathroom with marble finish and enclosed shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with 1 double bed, painted antique wardrobe, 2 folding chairs, a painted cabinet and 2 mahogany-stained side chests.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
Outside: The apartment has shared use of a pretty garden on the edge of the hillside and of a stunning, 10-metre infinity pool. It has two sunloungers, an umbrella, a small bistro table and a couple of bistro chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. The property is cleaned, and the linen changed, weekly. An additional cost is made for pool towels.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)


A little bit of Paradise (honest )!

  • 5 of 5

The review of the beautiful apartment in Ripoli is based on 5 previous visits and we intend to go again very soon! No review will do the apartment and surroundings justice, but believe me, if you visit you will certainly want to go back again. From the delightful apartment, to the beautiful grounds and infinity pool and the friendly locals, you cannot go wrong. We have always had a wonderful time in Ripoli, spending days by the pool with your peace and quiet only disturb by the bells in the local church or a tractor in the near- by vineyards. But within driving distance or a short train journey you can visit Florence, Sienna and dome unbelievable villages in the mountain areas. For all our trips we have had excellent information and help from the owner, even down to the very kind gesture of her leaving a 'welcome' card and bottle of prosseco for our arrival! It is an ideal place if you want to mix some rest with sight- seeing but being able to see so many fascinating places, many of which have not yet been 'spoilt' by the tourist industry. It really is a ' little bit of Paradise' but don't tell everyone as we want to visit again soon!

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely location, easy to get to, peaceful and relaxing.

  • 4 of 5

Pretty little apartment, perfect for one or two people. Beautiful setting in rolling Tuscan countryside with pretty shared garden and glorious pool. Only downside is no balcony in this 1st floor apartment so was a bit tricky going up and down the outside stairs with trays of food if you want to eat al fresco. Easy to get to from Pisa airport (thanks for the very clear instructions Christina) and located very centrally between Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca. Lots of very pretty wee villages to explore locally - ice-cream is to die for in Lari (about 7 km from Ripoli). Thank you Christina.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad you had a nice time. Yes, I wish the apartment had a balcony too, but alas, I can't conjure one up! I hope the setting etc went some way to making up for it.
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Lovely bolt hole!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at Christina's apartment in Ripoli at the end of September. The weather was perfect and so was the pool and terrace area surrounding it. The views over the surrounding olive groves and vineyards are beautiful. The apartment is tastefully furnished and appointed and we liked the large shower enclosure. Everywhere was well presented and very clean.

We enjoyed going for walks from the property and even saw wild boar and deer very nearby! We ate out at a few nice local restaurants - nothing within walking distance but not far by car. We enjoyed visiting Volterra and Lari particularly. The medieval reenactment day at Lari was memorable!

All in all, the apartment is in a great position for exploring Tuscany and isn't far from Pisa Airport. Christina gave us detailed instructions on how to find the property which were most helpful and lots more general information and suggestions for restaurants, travel etc. which was really great! It would be even better if the apartment had its own private outdoor eating space but we still managed to have an enjoyable barbecue by the well. We would definitely consider a return visit. Thanks very much, Christina!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little piece of Tuscany with much to give.

  • 5 of 5

Cosy and clean. Well positioned for visiting the well known and not so well known sights.

A lovely pool to dip into when the visiting is done or when the weather is too hot for travelling.

This is an ideal home from home for couples or close friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing apartment with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We arrived which I think was probably the start of the season, but we had stunning weather.

Christina's apartment is absolutely perfect, it has everything you need to make yourself comfortable and is in a fantastic location both in terms of the airport and surrounding towns/villages.

For someone that hasn't visited Tuscany (like myself) don't bother looking any further, the combination of; location, quality of the apartment, views and most importantly Christina's incredible customer service means you don't need to!

Make sure you spend a day in Volterra, we made the mistake of going there for a few hours for a meal on our last night and wished we spent more time! Also the book inside the apartment is VERY useless so make sure you use that.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A piece of paradise in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I spent a week here in June and it really was a perfect holiday. Christina's apartment is very tastefully furnished - the kitchen is small but is very well kitted out so that you can easily cook well for yourself during your stay if you want to stay local. And staying local is very tempting - the pool is a beautiful blue paradise overlooking rolling vineyards and the village of Cevoli, complete with church spire. Cevoli is 10-15 minutes walk away where there's a good village shop, and there are a couple of bigger supermarkets very near as well for stocking up. Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Lucca are all very accessible by car (less than an hour's drive); Siena and the Chianti region are a bit further off but still doable if you're really keen. Christina was very communicative before our stay and provided excellent instructions and recommendations so there were no stresses on arrival. There are lots of recommendations and tips from previous guests as well in the apartment - there is also quite good wifi which I think is not always the case in rentals in this region. I only hope we can come back again one of these days!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
medium season
23 Apr 2017 - 14 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
peak season
15 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 30 per cent of the total rent must be paid on booking. This is non-refundable if the booking is cancelled. The remainder is to be paid four weeks before arrival, together with a £100 returnable deposit against breakages. Rentals usually run from Saturday to Saturday (check-in after 3pm, departure by 11am), but weekend and midweek stays may be available by arrangement. Linen, towels and gas are included. An extra charge will be made for central heating, extra linen or pool towels.

Changeover Day:
Rentals run from Saturday to Saturday, arriving after 3pm and leaving before 11am. Weekend and midweek stays may be available by arrangement. Long lets at a reduced rate may also be available in low season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Discounts available on request for low season lets.

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