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Rustic Boutique Chic with Panoramic Vistas & Grand Pool - Studio Apartment (Sleeps 2)

Bedrooms 1
Space 376 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



Studio Apartment (Sleeps 2)

The Studio has beautiful elevated barrel vaulted ceilings making it feel very airy and spacious. It is furnished with a king size bed in the sleeping area and a fully equipped kitchen with gas hob, fridge freezer, toaster and dining table and chairs for two. A separate bathroom with shower completes the layout.

The accommodation comes equipped with a TV and DVD player with a good selection of classic and up to date movies, Wi-Fi, an IPod dock and CD player, a selection of board games and up to date guide books. Fling open the windows, pull up a chair and use the binoculars to take in the wonderful views across the valley and beyond to the Apeninne mountains.

Outside is a private garden area with a dining table and chairs. There is also a fire pit so that you can relax, cook, drink and absorb that scenery!

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About the property


The stunning farmhouse is nestled in a 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 and structure used in the original construction of these spaces with cross vaulted ceilings, barrel vaulted 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 outdoor comfort with sofas, occasional chairs, sunbeds and shade for the hotter days. Complete with fire-pits and a 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, 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.

The grand pool is set in a tranquil position overlooking the valley and olive groves. The large, well equipped pool (8m x 16m) is nestled into the hillside retained by sculpted stone walls and planted with sweet lavender. Relax in the pool and soak up the surrounding vistas with knarled olive trees giving way to hillside farms and an ancient monastery clinging to the edge of Le Balze cliff top. There is a beautiful church in a commanding position just above the pool on the outskirts of Volterra and in the opposite direction the rolling Tuscan hills are dotted with hamlets all the way to the Apennine mountains.


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Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Saturday to Saturday only bookings during July and August.
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.


Accommodation and facilities for Studio Apartment (Sleeps 2)in Volterra in Province of Pisa

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 376 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Saturday to Saturday rentals only during July & August (minimum stay of 7 nights). Stays of 7 to 12 nights; please check with owner before booking.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • 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
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 advise and assist to help make your stay memorable. A private chef is available at additional cost when pre-arranged. 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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Studio Apartment (Sleeps 2)
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Tuscan dream

  • 5 of 5

The Studio was a cool apartment in a beautiful setting. The accommodation was nicely presented both inside and out. Lovely details all around the property which gave it the 'rustic boutique' feel. Comfy sofas under the stars, sipping wine and watching the fireflies. Volterra had a bit of everything and was just as enjoyable to spend time in as the other more recognisable Tuscan sites and cities. The central location of the house made day trips to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and the beach easily accessible and what a great pool to come back to after a days exploration!

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely views and wildlife with Josh a wonderful host. Very central for exploring Tuscany.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week using the property as a base to explore the Siennese Hill towns. Magical encounters with fireflies, bee eaters and golden orioles in the mornings and evenings on our terrace.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed first in the Loggia and then the Studio. We had a fantastic time and thought that the location and accommodation was exquisite. It really is impossible to describe how lovely the situation was, what with the valley disappearing into the gorge below the property, or the breathtaking view through the valley onto the beautiful scenery in the distance. The accommodation itself is excellent being a very tasteful conversion of an ancient farm house. We fell in love with the ancient town of Volterra, situated on top of the hill and a short drive from the property. It is unspoilt, full of Tuscan character and full of wonderful places to eat and visit. The owner worked tirelessly while we were there, making us feel extremely welcome. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
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Absolutely wonderful, fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our villa was really lovely, the scenery is breath taking. Josh made us feel really welcome and was happy to help us with anything we needed. There are so many wonderful places to visit we will definitely be back

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing property and Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a 5 night stay at the end of September 2016. We hired cars that we pre booked from pisa airport and it took us approx 1hr ftom pisa to volterra. We booked all four houses. The farm House, the cantina , the Loggia and the studio. This was perfect for our family holiday (ageing from 3months - 84years )as everyone had their own space but we where still all together to enjoy eating and time around the pool,

The views are amazing I can't explain just how breath taking they are. All of the properties are beautifully decorated , clean and well equipped if like us you want to combine eating in/ out. Both the farm house and Cantina have open fire/ log burner and there are fire pits outside and a pizza oven which the children loved cooking on at night and we loved sitting around with a glass of wine (local wine is gorgeous and cheap)

The swimming pool is private to the four properties, again with stunning views and surrounded by fruit trees which we could pick and eat. There are plenty of sun loungers, and toys for the children to play with as well as a lovely play area.

There is a local supermarket 5 min drive from the farm that has everything you may need. A visit to volterra town is a must it is beautiful and if like us you have teenagers that are twilight fans you can visit the famous buildings and sites that feature in the new moon film. We ate in a few restaurants in Volterra both gorgeous and reasonably priced. One of the restaurants was in the main square where we watched an archery competition.

Josh the owner was fantastic nothing was too much trouble he was very knowledgeable of the local area and was able to advice where to go/ eat etc.

We loved it and can't wait to return. One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited

Thank you Josh and Louise

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely comfortable studio ideal for two .

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely very comfortable stay in studio. Volterra handy for restaurants and supermarket.

Ideal base for exploring Tuscany and beach only half an hours drive.

Louise and Josh very friendly and helpful. Lovely views at outside eating area.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Saline di Volterra
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
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.


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.


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


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.

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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.