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



Updated: 23-Sep-2016
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.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.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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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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13 Reviews

based on 13 holidaymaker reviews


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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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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Lovely week in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Very well maintained property with comprehensive directions supplied. Lovely location looking towards San Gimignano. Air conditioned too and a lovely pool to cool down in.

Went there for our silver wedding anniversary and it was well positioned to access Siena, Florence and other villages nearby.

Thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ruth, Thank you so much for your review of La Vista Grande. I am so pleased that you found our information pack with directions comprehensive, it's good know that I am getting things right! This is a beautiful part of the world in which to celebrate your silver wedding anniversary and I am so thrilled that you both had lovely time. I do hope to be able to welcome you back to La Vista Grande one day soon. Kind regards Mike
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The perfect Tuscan experience

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is set in unrivaled Tuscan countryside, offering spectacular views across rolling fields with the towers of San Gimignano gracing the horizon. Fully equipped, the apartment is decorated with impeccable taste - beamed ceilings and thick stone walls inside and an airy terrace in the garden outside allowed us to soak up the real Tuscany, of course while sampling some of the region's lovely wines.

The apartment is perfectly located - away from the hustle and bustle and yet within a stone's throw from San Gimignano, Volterra and about one hour's drive from Pisa and Florence.

I strongly recommend this place as being the perfect holiday location.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John, Thank you for such a fabulous review of stay at La Vista grande. We have tried to decorate our apartment with a mix of rustic charm and contemporary living with all the mod cons that we would want in our own home. John thank you for recommending this as being a perfect holiday location, this a huge compliment!. I hope to welcome you both back in the future. Kind regards Mike
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Delightful peaceful apartment in the heart of the Tuscan countryside

  • 5 of 5

Excellent apartment with everything you need to make your stay memorable. Immaculate and facilities as described.

Mike has thought of most things, directions and information about La Vista Grande were outstanding.

Lovely pool area with very comfortable loungers.

Would thoroughly recommend it.

Easy access to San Gimnignano, Siena, Volterra etc. Don't miss the old town of Certaldo - Certaldo Alto, a real gem.

Plenty of space to sit out in the beautiful gardens, rooms with views.

We even got used to the Tuscan white road to access the property!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your fabulous review of La Vista Grande. I am so pleased that the apartment met your expectations and you found our apartment, travel guides to be outstanding, wow !!!!! I think pool loungers are fab as well, particularly love the pistachio colour!. Our location is central for the great gems of Tuscany. Thank you again for your lovely comments and I hope to welcome you back to La Vista Grande very soon. Kind regards, Mike
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Nice Apartment in Beautiful Location

  • 3 of 5

The views from the apartment are absolutely stunning. The apartment itself is situated in a remote location within a number of very nicely renovated farm buildings. We were only 2 people and found the space ok but we are sure 4 people would find it a little cramped in terms of the actual living space although the bedrooms were fine and the bed we used was very comfortable.

The central location was perfect for visiting Siena, Volterra, Florence, Pisa and Lucca - all of them definitely worth a visit.

The only downside we experienced was a long (over 1km) and very slow (5mph) journey along a farm-track littered with massive potholes along the entire length from the main road to the property.

The owner was excellent with communication, directions etc. and told us that the road was due for its "annual service". I think we were probably unlucky in that we did have a couple of pretty hefty thunderstorms which definitely did not help the condition of the road afterwards.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Peter, Thank you for your review. I am so glad to read your comments that the central location was perfect for visiting Siena, Volterra, Florence, Pisa and that the apartment views were absolutely stunning! I note that you thought that the apartment was little small for 4 people. I was surprised to hear this as in the 10 years that we have owned the apartment this issue have never been raised and indeed guests have commented that apartment has provided more than adequate space. With regards to the road, a tree logging company had damaged the road causing the annual maintenance of the road to be delayed. Once again thank you for your kind comments and I am very happy that you both had a lovely time. I very much look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best Wishes, Mike
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Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


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


'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.


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


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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low / Autumn / Fall
2 Oct 2016 - 6 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low / Spring
2 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid / Early summer
28 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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 by cheque, bank transfer and PayPal. Can be paid in Pounds, for payment in Euros please email me for bank details.

- 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 Pounds, for payment in Euros please email me for bank details. 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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Updated: 23-Sep-2016
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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


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

Leisure Activities

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • Self-catering


  • 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: Towels and linen are included in the price. Towels and linen

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