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Historic Farmhouse With Grand Pool Set In The Iconic Tuscan Landscape - Farmhouse (Sleeps 4/6, 2 Bedrooms)

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Property

Updated: 08-Jul-2016
Historic Farmhouse in Volterra, Central Tuscany, Italy - A Perfect Location To Enjoy All That Tuscany Has To Offer, Ideal For Couples, Families And Groups.

The historic farmhouse is set in the valley of outstanding natural beauty on the outskirts of the wonderful and charming Etruscan city of Volterra. It is divided into 4 private apartments which accommodate up to 14 guests and is just perfect for couples, families or even larger groups holidaying together.

Each apartment has been sympathetically renovated to a very high standard. Modern design fixtures and fittings have been carefully tailored to compliment the traditional materials used in the construction of the cross vaulted ceilings, barrel arches, chestnut beams and cotto tiled floors.

Each apartment has it's own private terrace with magnificent views, stretching out across the valley towards churches, monasteries and other historic buildings which cling perilously to the cliff tops around the outskirts of Volterra. The views pass over olive groves, hilltop borgo's, and the iconic tuscan rolling hill landscape extending all the way to the distant Apeninne mountain range.

Each terrace is well equipped for alfresco dining and complete with a cosy fire-pit with plentiful supply of logs to cook on or just to take the chill off those cooler spring or autumn evenings.

There is a newly constructed wood fired pizza oven in one of the communal areas for the use of our guests. Creating your own pizzas and eating under a star lit sky is a terrific experience which can be enjoyed by all. Throughout June you could even be joined by a throng of majestic fire-flies as they go about their nocturnal business!

Adventure playground area with a charming tree house, slides, zipline, bikes, scooters, sand pit and various other toys and activities has been designed in our garden to amuse your little ones.

The valley is popular with hunters and foragers with the highly prized wild boar and truffles keenly pursued in season. There are some relaxing walks around the valley, through woodland with waterfalls and hillsides with breath taking views. Look out for the Poiana and other birds of prey circling over the valley or track the deer and wild boar footprints across our land. Mediterranean tortoise, porcupines and badgers are seen occasionally but you will surely get to meet some of the geckos which frequent the nooks and crannies around the outside walls and terraces.

Guests are welcome to help themselves to the plentiful and varied fruits in season on the trees such as the cherries (May), figs, plums and apricots (July)and the plentiful supply of varied tomatoes and herbs grown at the farmhouse. Enjoy!

More Details

Details for holiday farmhouse Farmhouse (Sleeps 4/6, 2 Bedrooms), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate WC

The farmhouse is set over two floors with wonderful views from a private terrace across the valley and all the comforts of modern living with a classical mix of traditional rustic and contemporary furnishings.

On the ground floor there is a fully fitted kitchen with fridge-freezer, gas hob, electric oven and dishwasher. Table and chairs to seat 6 and a wood burner for those cosy winter evenings.

On the first floor there are two good sized formal bedrooms with king size beds. There is a family bathroom with bath and shower attachment and wonderful views to enjoy whilst you bathe!! The mezzanine area is a flexible upstairs sleeping and living space with a double sofa bed, small library, a large TV and DVD player with a great selection of classic and up to date movies.

The accommodation comes equipped with Wi-Fi, an IPod dock and CD player, a set of binoculars and a selection of board games for the family.

A single bed can be placed in the main bedroom upon request.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have fallen in love with your wonderful piece of paradise. I couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate my 60th birthday. Thank you so much for your warm hospitality. Lesley, June '11



We have loved being here - it's a really special place and a great location for visiting cities and the coast. We will be back. Clare & Ian August '12



So sad to be leaving your amazing place of perfection. We love Tuscany anyway but staying here for our short time has made it really special. Steve & Jude Sept '12



We have had a fantastic stay. This is a beautiful place - gorgeous house, stunning views and delicious swimming pool. So great to find a perfect place, where there is literally nothing you would change.

Sam, Joe, Jess & Nettie August '11



Wow! What a beautiful place, everything we dreamt of and more. Stunning views, wonderful accommodation and great location with easy access to all the main attractions. Thanks for your hospitality. Toni & Claire - Sept '11
Oct 2009
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14 Reviews

4.9
based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

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delightful properties in a stunning location

  • 4 of 5

We arrived on a public holiday with parking in the town overflowing and the shops unexpectedly closed. Josh and Louise the owners were so helpful taking us into town and tiding us over until the shops opened. They are rightly proud of what they have created with a variety of sizes of accommodation with lovingly detailed features and lots of outside space. The site is quiet, down a short track with amazing views across the valley, up to the town of Volterra and north across the rolling Tuscan countryside. We were in the studio which was cosy and simply furnished and has a grassy terrace outside. The bigger units have lovely paved terraces. Grassy slopes and steps lead down to a terrific pool perched on the side of the valley. We would love to return with our children and grandchildren: the play area is fabulous. Volterra is fascinating and friendly while San Giminiano and other favourites are within easy reach. Louise and Josh live on site and are lovely and really helpful if you need anything. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tuscan paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from an amazing stay. We stayed in the Catina and it was perfect for us as we have two young kids. The terrace is huge and has the most amazing views from Volterra down the valley to the Tuscan hills. Everywhere is tastefully decorated to a high standard and there are ample facilities. The pool is just stunning and the playground is an added bonus if you have kids. Louise and Josh are lovely hosts ensuring great communication before we arrived and hospitality during our stay. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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A wonderful, relaxing week

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful week in the Farmhouse. Louise and Josh are fantastic hosts with lots of helpful advice about places to visit and the best local restaurants. Volterra is beautiful and perfect for an evening or daytime stroll with all its restaurants, cafes and shops selling local produce. San Gimignano, Florence and Pisa are all an easy drive and we managed to visit them all in the week and still have plenty of time to relax by the pool. The pizza night was a great hit - a real Italian experience. We only wish we could have stayed longer.

The Axton Family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Again an amazing stay at this beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Me and my Girlfriend stayed here in 2014, and we needed to come back : ). The place is just a beauty on it´s own. The property is really made with love and you have an astonishing view over the Tuscany to the Alps (as well from the pool : ) ). Everything is clean and well taking care of. The customers Louise, Josh and their two girls are really friendly, always kind and helpful. It is just a 5 minute trip with your car to Volterra, where you can get everything for your daily life or just have a nice dinner in one of the restaurants. I can't write anything bad about it, I just want to go back immediately and enjoy life! Thank you so much for this lovely week!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Again an amazing stay at this beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Me and my Girlfriend stayed here in 2014, and we needed to come back : ). The place is just a beauty on it´s own. The property is really made with love and you have an astonishing view over the Tuscany to the Alps (as well from the pool : ) ). Everything is clean and well taking care of. The customers Louise, Josh and their two girls are really friendly, always kind and helpful. It is just a 5 minute trip with your car to Volterra, where you can get everything for your daily life or just have a nice dinner in one of the restaurants. I can't write anything bad about it, I just want to go back immediately and enjoy life! Thank you so much for this lovely week!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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great stay

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in the Cantina. The house is comfortable, large, quiet and very nicely decorated. Even at high temperatures (>35) there is enough shade and the house remains quite cool. We very much enjoyed our stay in Volterra and are sure to come back

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Volterra at 3 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Volterra at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Bibona at 30 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Cookery courses with an excellent Tuscan cook can be arranged for you (which can also be a fun activity for all the family) or we can arrange for a meal to be cooked for you in your accommodation by a local chef.

We can arrange for an Alabaster sculpting course for you during your stay. Suitable for all levels of ability.

If you have a special ocassion or family gathering we can help make your stay extra special - please let us know if you have any ideas, if not we can propose some for you.

Coast/Beach:

The nearest beaches of Cecina and Bobina are a 35 minute drive. A short distance on, there are some excellent unspoilt sandy beaches with adjoining Mediterranean pine forests.

There is also a natural gorge nearby with waterfalls and rock pools which provides an alternative bathing experience.

Similarly, there are a number of popular hot springs 2hrs drive, which are popular.

La Cinque Terre and Portovenere are within reach for an extra special coast day out and highly recommended.

Travel:

The use of a car is essential. Driving in Tuscany is very straightforward with good road networks and signage.

Pisa airport 60 mins / 65km

Siena 45 mins / 52km

Florence 70 mins / 80km

Lucca 70 mins / 71km

Arezzo 110 mins /140km

San Gimignano 30 mins / 31km

Perugia 140 mins /160km

Chianti 45 mins

Pienza 80 mins

Cortona 90 mins

Assisi 90 mins

Perugia 90 mins

Venice / Verona / Lake Garda 180 mins

Lake Trasimeno 90 mins

Rome 180 mins

Distances:

Volterra itself is less than a 3 minute drive from the property where you will find an abundance of cafes, restaurants, shops, banks and the post office.

There are two very good main supermarkets on the outskirts of the town; Conad an 6 minute drive and Coop 8 minute drive from the property.

Many guests like to walk into Volterra during their stay. As you walk up to the town you pass two Etruscan burial sites that are free to enter and worth taking in.

Further Details:

Volterra is a gem of a city (although more the size of a modest town) and has many charming shops, cafes and excellent restaurants serving local Tuscan specialities. It is renowned for its Alabaster sculpting and the captivating Teatro Romano ampitheatre that provides a stunning backdrop to this fabulous city.

There is a local market every Saturday morning selling many wares including delicious local produce. The porchetta paninis are a definitely worth sampling!

Volterra is a city which really comes alive through the vast calendar of activities run throughout the year. These include traditional parades, medieval festivals, celebrations of art, sculpture, classic car rallies, and classical, jazz and contemporary music events.

There is a very good tourist information centre in main Piazza dei Priori and they will help arrange any specific activities such as horse-riding, motorcycle tours or quad biking and much more.

Set in the heart of Tuscany it is perfectly located for visiting the splendours of Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca, all an approximate 1 hour drive from the property. San Gimingnano is a 30 minute drive and Perugia, Cortona, Arezzo, Assisi & Montepulciano are all un-missable day trips.

In the heart of the Tuscan wine region the area is popular with wine lovers as well as cyclists, walkers, horseriders, photographers and artists who find plenty to fuel their passion.

It is only 35 minutes to the nearest beaches of Cecina and Bobina. For those prepared to travel a little longer there are some beautiful coastal towns well worth exploring such as La Cinque Terre, Portovenere & Portofino.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 2
2 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
 
Rate 3
27 Aug 2016 - 1 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 
 
Rate 4
2 Oct 2016 - 23 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 
 
A
10 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
B
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,550
for 7 nights
£1,550
 
 
C
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,700
for 7 nights
£1,700
 
 
D
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact by email or telephone. 30% deposit required on confirmation which is non-refundable. 70% balance to be paid 8 weeks before start of stay. If you are booking less than 8 weeks before your stay the full amount will be required upon confirmation. A refundable 200 euro deposit will be required to cover any breakages or damage to be paid locally on arrival.

Changeover Day:
Saturday, but please ask if an alternative day is required as this will be accommodated whenever possible. Arrival time after 4pm and guests are asked to vacate the property by 11am on day of departure. If you require any alternative times please ask.

Notes on prices:
A fuel supplement will be payable locally to cover the cost of gas used in the winter months.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

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

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • Events Allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • town

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Towels and linen are included. Guests will need to provide their own pool towels. Room fans can be provided upon request for the hot summer nights and the accommodation has central heating for those chilly spring and autumn days. The owners are happy to assist with the preparation of the outdoor fireplaces so that alfresco dining can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. To ensure your Autumn and Winter stays are cosy, the owners can also prepare the wood burners for your arrival and will replenish logs and assist with keeping the fires burning throughout your stay. There is a laundry room with washing machine which is available for guests to use upon request. Outside: The pool is 8m x 16m and has stunning views of the iconic landscape synonymous with Tuscany. Relax by the pool and savour the vista of the surrounding valley, olive groves, meadows of poppies and sunflowers, historic buildings lining the cliff edge, hamlets dotting the rolling hilltops and beyond all the way to the Apeninne mountains. There is a range of outdoor seating and sunbeds for those who wish to tan. The church above the pool, will cordially chime to remind you to reapply the sun lotion and to periodically turn over!! Go walking around the valley discovering catacombs and waterfalls or join the locals roaming the lower slopes in search of the highly prized tartuffo. Make tasty pizza in our wood fired oven and wash it down with equally tasty local wine! Games and activities are available for the kids in the garden or we can offer advice on activities further afield. The pool is open from May to the end of September or longer depending on the weather.

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