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Restored 16th Century Air Conditioned Apartment & Pool with Free WiFi

Overview

Property

Updated: 21-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Apartment near San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy - Stunning Views Over The Tuscan Countryside

'La Vista Grande' is a large beautiful two bedroom air conditioned apartment situated within a small collection of renovated 16th Century farm buildings converted into luxury houses and apartments. 'La Vista Grande' has been sympathetically restored and now offers a high standard of accommodation, including free Wi-Fi, whilst retaining lovely features such as vaulted ceilings with chestnut beams and terracotta tiled floors throughout. Outside you have your own private veranda and garden with terrace, the vine covered gazebo gives shade from the Tuscan sun and the garden has uninterrupted stunning 360 degree views of the Tuscan countryside. Clear night skies allow for wonderful views of the starry night sky. The shared pool is 7x14m and there is also a large covered gazebo and sun loungers.The medieval hill towns of Volterra & San Gimignano are both 20 minutes by car and are perfect for sightseeing. Our guests tell us that they have had wonderful holidays here, the comments in our guestbook are testament to this and many come back every year. Please note for Owners Direct website: You can either make an enquiry about available dates and ask questions by using the ‘Enquire Now’ button or use the 'Book Now' button to make a reservation and payment.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Mike Moran
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a fantastic time and we've all said it was the most relaxing break we've had in a long time.

Back at work now and very jealous you're going there on Sunday !!

We can't recommend you're apartment and location enough - hope to return in the not to distant future.
Aug 2015
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Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a fantastic time and we've all said it was the most relaxing break we've had in a long time.

Back at work now and very jealous you're going there on Sunday !!

We can't recommend you're apartment and location enough - hope to return in the not to distant future.
Aug 2015
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17 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

5

Fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

First rate communication from enquiry through to booking and providing of travel instructions, apartment information, suggestions on local restaurants, supermarkets etc etc was a decent clue that the property itself would be of a high standard and we were not disappointed.

The apartment is spotlessly clean, of high quality furnishings, especially the beds which, as per other reviews, are super comfy, not very common in Italy in our experience. The living area is well proportioned,comfortable and homely. It seems like everything is catered for, a good selection of pots,pans,utensils, books, guides, extra pillows etc etc and for the very first time in a dozen places in Italy...an oven glove...why does nowhere else have one!!!

Outside is a large pergola with barbecue and garden and wonderful views for eating on an evening.

Air-conditioning in the evening is extremely effective and very welcome in the Tuscan summer.

The pool is of a very high quality with great loungers (note: no "shallow end" so very good for a decent swim) and further wonderful views.

We've stayed in many places over the years that we have enjoyed but might not have been 100% confident of unreservedly recommending to a friend. This is one of only 2 or 3 places in 10 years of travel to Italy that we'd have no hesitation in recommending.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marcus, thank you for your review of your stay at La Vista Grande. We are so glad that you and your family had a great time and we are very pleased that you found our apartment guide so useful and the quality of the apartment to be of a high standard. To say that you would unreservedly recommend us is a huge compliment - thank you. I do hope to be able to welcome you back to La Vista Grande one day soon. Kind regards, Mike
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5

Space to relax

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in the apartment and enjoyed it very much. It has everything one needs for a nice vacation and quiet relaxation in abundance. The property is at the end of a gravel road. It is close to Volterra & San Gimignano. Siena and Florence are each about 90 min away. Good location for excursions and the patio and pool are great for days where one simply wants to do nothing.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very clean. Very quiet. Very relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

The property was one apartment in a group of apartments in a refurbished farmhouse. It was very quiet and relaxing. The gardens were beautiful. My son loved the pool. About an hour drive from Siena, Florence and Pisa. So a nice central location. Near wine country so we did a wine tasting, which was fun.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Brilliant villa in beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

The property exceeded our expectations, it was clean and obviously well looked after; and as importantly, very well equipped.

Mike's directions to the property and communication were of great use- an important feature.

The views from the villa were breath taking,and Mike had obviously put a great deal of thought into ensuring that our stay was truly memorable.

We loved the local tourist destinations and also enjoyed relaxing and food shopping in the nearby towns and villages; we felt this represented a 'real' Italian experience.

We took the opportunity offered by the relatively remote location of the villa to just sit back and relax; this was an important feature of our holiday in Tuscany.

We regularly take holidays in villas, apartments and cottages and this apartment has to rank as one of the best.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review of La Vista Grande. My apartment has a mix of rustic charm and all the modern equipment that you need. I am also so pleased that you both found the information I provided useful - this is a beautiful part of the world so I like to ensure you see the best of it. To say your stay exceeded your expectations is a huge compliment - thank you !!!. I hope to be able to welcome you back to La Vista Grande soon. Kind regards, Mike
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5

Tuscany I adore you

  • 5 of 5

La Vista Grande was amazing. Mike provided all the info we needed to find our way to this remote spot. The views from every window and space are breathtaking. We definitely experienced some of the flavours of Tuscany each day, including some much needed sun. we did have a few house issues but Mike did try his best to get them attended to. Being remote means it doesn't get done fast. The dirt road leading over to the villa is really narrow and really bumpy so be prepared for that. I'd recommend a bit better signage for the corner when coming off the main road as we missed it initiallly.thank you for sharing your beautiful space with us Mike.

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brigitte, thank you for your review of La Vista Grande. With San Gimignano, Volterra and several other villages close by La Vista Grande is indeed situated in a lovely part of Tuscany and has fantastic views. I really do appreciate that you like our guides and that they have helped enhance your vacation. Glad that we resolved the house issues, my maintenance man was there the same day that I raised them. We now have a new sign that is placed at the entrance, it's an olive green colour so hopefully will not be missed. We do have a road maintenance plan for the shared Tuscan white road, 5 times a year and have just had some maintenance done in the past couple of weeks so its alot smoother. I am very pleased to hear so many positive comments about your stay so I'm grateful that you have taken a few moments to share your experience. Kind regards, Mike
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5

Grand Views for Sure!

  • 5 of 5

This property exceeded our expectations - on arrival we fully understood why the property was named La Vista Grande - every window has a stunning view over the Tuscan Hills.

We found the property comfortable and well equipped.

Dinner on the terrace, at the end of the day, with a cold beer or glass of wine overlooking the hills with the town in the distance made us feel we had arrived in heaven.

The location is excellent for visiting Tuscan highlights of Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, Sienna. San Gimignano is within easy reach and one of the nicest places we have visited. Florence would have been easy too, but we had two weeks with plenty of chill out time on our agenda and so didn't make its this time, and opted to spend every other day at the pool which we found very enjoyable.

Many of the other apartments are occupied by owners who were helpful, welcoming and informative, providing supplementary information to that provided by Mike.

Mike's directions were excellent, we found the property with ease. He also provided plenty of information, was helpful and very prompt in responding to questions etc..

Thanks for letting us have access to La Vista Grande and enabling us to have a fabulous holiday.

I am sure we will visit again in the future

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andy, Thank you for your review of La Vista Grande. I am humbled that you found our apartment exceeded your expectations. The terrace is indeed a fab place to relax and unwind and drink in the wonderful views, wine as well! I also like San Gimignano but have soft spot for Volterra with many amazing restaurants. Andy I am glad you both felt at home at La Vista Grande and had a wonderful holiday. I hope to welcome you back some day soon. Kind regards, Mike
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Location

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Apartment:

Our apartment is located along a 3km 'white' road lined with mediterranean shrub and olive trees.

Distances:

'La Vista Grande' is 20 mins drive to San Gimignano, 20 mins to Volterra. There is a rail link from Certaldo or Castelfiorentino (both 20 mins) into Siena and central Florence. By car Florence, Siena and Pisa are about 1 hour away.

Special interest holidays:

San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several miles outside the town, it has also been declared by UNESCO as part of the World's Architectural Heritage. It has many restaurants to suit all budgets. To the south west is another ancient walled town, Volterra, with its Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance architecture, there is a good selection of restaurants as well as a Saturday market. Siena is a beautiful walled city, famous for the Palio, a horse race in the main square II Campo piazza which is lined by numerous restaurants. Florence is full of museums, churches and great shopping and plenty of restaurants is less than an hour away. Pisa, with its world famous leaning tower of Pisa and Lucca another walled town are an 1 hour away.

Coast/Beach:

Lovely beaches at Bibonna, with tourist information centre, beach bars, shops. Play area for the kids.

Travel:

Pisa and Florence are the nearest airports and are 1 hours drive to 'La Vista Grande'. Budget flights available from Ryanair and Thomsonfly from Bournemouth and Stansted, Coventry and Doncaster; Easyjet from Bristol and Gatwick; Jet 2 from Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. Fly to Florence from Gatwick or Heathrow.

Further Details:

Nearest shop/restaurant is in Il Castagno is 8-10 mins away, banks and supermarkets at San Gimignano, Volterra.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Early summer 2017
28 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
£464
for 5 nights
£650
 
 
High Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
£643
for 6 nights
£750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Late summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£454
for 5 nights
£635
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn / Fall 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
£382
for 5 nights
£535
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 26 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
£393
for 5 nights
£550
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer 2018
27 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
£489
for 5 nights
£685
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
High Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£895
for 7 nights
£895
 
 
Late Summer 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
£587
for 6 nights
£685
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

A 25% deposit is taken on booking and the balance paid 8 weeks before your holiday. Cancellation Policy: Cancellation fees payable are 25% up to 8 weeks, 50% 8 to 4 weeks and 100% if cancellation made less than 4 weeks prior to your holiday. Payment can be made online by credit card via Owners Direct or if you prefer by either cheque, bank transfer or PayPal. Can be paid in Pounds, Dollars, for payment in Euros please email me for bank details.

Additional fee for more than 4 adults:

For a fifth adult there will be an additional charge of £15 per night to cover the cost of additional linen and cleaning.

Discounts:

- Long week ends may be considered, please ask for details.
- Late bookings may be discounted, please ask for details.
- For re-booking, we offer a discount.

Changeover Day:

Changeover day is flexible outside of high season (June to August).

Notes on prices:

Payments can be made in any currency. Prices include final cleaning, linen, towels, water, electricity and gas (except for winter rentals when gas is charged additionally).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • apartment

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool

Suitability

  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • A large luxury bathroom consisting of bath, toilet, wc and bidet. A second luxury bathroom consisting of shower, toilet, wc. Both bathrooms decorated with Italian stone & marble tiles, a traditional Tuscan Cotto tiled floor, and high beamed ceilings.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms & 2 bathrooms) air conditioned Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom: large bedroom with king size bed and en-suite bathroom with beautiful views. Two cot beds available. 2nd bedroom: Two deluxe single beds and adjoining en-suite shower room with beautiful views. Aircon in both bedrooms and hairdryer.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The apartment is first floor, has free internet WiFi, air conditioning and there is a log fire for winter use, in addition to gas central heating. All the furniture is of a high quality, with very comfortable beds ensuring a good nights sleep. The rooms are spacious and light and airy, children are most welcome, and there are two cots and a high chair available. There is free WiFi/internet access, a Ruark DAB stereo system with Bluetooth music streaming, LCD digital TV and DVD player, together with DVDs for your use and a small selection of books for you to read. Outside: The shared pool is 7x14m and 1.5m deep (open late May to September), there is large covered gazebo, sun loungers for use by the pool and has stunning far reaching views. Please note that the pool is fenced. The pool is shared amongst 12 other properties. The apartment has a private south facing garden with fig, apple, peach, and olive trees, a sitting area shaded by a gazebo with grape vine and uninterrupted views. Also the external stairway to the property is child friendly with a child gate. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Extra charge may be applied for additional guests above 5.