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Beautiful Villa With Panoramic Views near San Gimignano

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa near San Gimignano, Florence Provence, Tuscany, Italy - Peaceful Rural Location With Large Shared Infinity Pool, Just 20 Minutes To Volterra & San Gimingano

The property is ideally situated in a beautiful rural location with fabulous panoramic 360 degree views. The villa is a newly renovated 16th century converted farmhouse with a light & open feel. It has all 21st century amenities with well equipped bathrooms & kitchen and bespoke locally made furniture. The large shared infinity pool is a 30 metres walk away and boasts stunning views over classic Tuscan landscape. There are 2 sun terraces attached to the property which are perfect for enjoying the peace & tranquillity over a glass of Chianti wine & delicious local food. The medieval hill towns of Volterra & San Gimignano are both 20 minutes by car and are perfect for sight seeing, shopping or dining out. The nearest village Il Castagno is only a 5 minute drive away and provides a local restaurant & pizzeria. Siena, Pisa, Florence or sandy Mediterranean beaches are all just 1 hour away by car. The farmhouse is surrounded by olive groves & woodland and accessed along its own private road.

Steve Pitts (Manager)
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2017

About Steve Pitts (Manager)

Hi, our names are Claire and Allan Johnston. We are both doctors working and living in Yorkshire. We have 2 children George and Mollie who are 6 and 3 years of age. We visited Tuscany whilst on honeymoon in 2003 and instantly fell in love with the sunshine, the people, the food (yum!) and of course the beautiful scenery. Whether you are looking for peace and tranquility, sunshine and fun around the pool, or world class history and culture on your doorstep - this property has it all. Happy Holidays! Claire and Allan.

Steve Pitts (Manager) purchased this villa in 2010

Why Steve Pitts (Manager) chose Val d'Elsa

We had such a wonderful family holiday in this property that we decided to try to buy it. We were stunned by the amazing natural beauty of the countryside with its rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. The area is fantastic as is the house itself along its own private road which affords it wonderful views, peace and tranquillity. It's ideally located in the middle of the 'Tuscan Triangle' only 20 minutes away from Volterra and San Gimignano which are both stunning medieval hill towns. Florence, Pisa and Siena are all only 1 hour away by car. This region of Italy is famed for its local produce with delicious food (wild boar is a speciality) and Chianti wine. Children are made very welcome everywhere and the local people are friendly, warm and hospitable.

What makes this villa unique

The house is modern, comfortable, light and open. It is furnished to a high standard with bespoke locally made furniture, sofas, wardrobes. Our Villa is located at the periphery of the farmhouse complex and therefore has its own beautiful 360 degree views. There is a 'sunrise terrace' for coffee and cake with direct views of the ancient Etruscan hilltown of Volterra and a 'sunset terrace' for a glass of your favourite tipple with views towards Pisa and the coast. As we have a young family there is plenty of young children's equipment - travel cot, high chair, baby bath & pool toys. We have digital TV with a DVD player and ipod docking station. Its stunning rural location, access to the owners shared infinity type pool, peace and tranquility make it somewhere to really unwind and relax.

Guestbook comments from the owner

" Hi Claire, I just wanted to let you know what a lovely week we had at the villa. It really is in the most beautiful location. We did lots of trips to all the local hill towns. We went to several of the recommended restaurants and the local pizzeria is Fantastic!" Jocelyn Henton & Family, UK.

"Thankyou for an Amazing Holiday. Your villa is set in the most beautiful countryside. So peaceful and quiet. We all loved relaxing around the pool and had some wonderful trips to Florence, Siena and Pisa. Thankyou."

James, Hade Edge, UK.

"Now are we back home after a marvellous trip to Tuscany. Your house was very nice and the view was spectacular. Really nice. It was easy to find your house. I had a lovely 40th birthday with great food & wine and we used the barbecue in the garden. It was really nice to cook food there and look out over the hills". Joakim Sundmark & Family, Sweden.
Dec 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gambassi Terme in Florence Area

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms are well equipped and furnished to a high standard. There is a downstairs ensuite shower room with a sink, shower, toilet and bidet. Upstairs is a family bathroom with a sink, toilet and shower. A baby bath is also available if required.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a ground floor bedroom with a double bed & an adjoining ensuite shower room. Bedroom 2 is upstairs with a double bed and stunning views. Bedroom 3 has 2 single beds and a cot bed is also available. All bedrooms are modern & comfortable.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Notes on accommodation: The property benefits from free high speed wifi internet. Outside: The villa has its own private garden with local planting including Olive, Fig & Pomegranate trees. It has both sunrise and sunset terraces with stunning views over the local country side. Both terraces have comfortable garden furniture on which to relax at the end of the day. There is a purpose built barbecue with views up the valley as you grill and chill. A large shared pool is just 30 metres from the villa and accessed along our lavender-lined path through the villas private garden. The pool is fully maintained and open from mid May to the end of September yearly. The pool is shared amongst 12 other properties on the site, however most of these are not rented and are used for occasional weekends and holidays by their owners. There is a large grassed and paved area around the pool and the property has its own allocated loungers. The pool area is fenced to prevent access by unsupervised infants and is rarely busy. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing board are all provided in the upstairs bathroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is fully cleaned for all our guests before arrival. Towels and linen are provided free of charge. A welcome pack is provided for you on your arrival with local Tuscan produce and locally sourced wines. Other: All rooms have been finished to a very high standard featuring traditional chestnut beamed ceilings and Italian terracotta tiled floors. All windows and doors are double glazed & gas central heating is provided (though rarely required).


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)


Stunning views, perfect position, beautiful Villa!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a lovely fortnight at the Villa. It is in a perfect position, tucked away with absolutely stunning views from every window, the photos really don't do it justice!!! Booking the villa and any queries etc were answered promptly by Steve and the welcome pack was a lovely touch as we arrived quite late so it was much appreciated. We were all comfortable and made plenty of use of the BBQ and outdoor space, the pool was beautiful and we were often the only ones that used it so we had plenty of peace and quiet and it felt like having own private pool. There are so many wonderful places to visit, San Gimignano, Radda in Chianti, Siena, Montalcino, Pisa and Florence is a must and we can definitely recommend climbing up The Duomo but book first as we waited for 3 hours!!!!! Well worth it though! We had some lovely food and usually opted for the housewine which was fine. We've all had such fantastic time and will definitely be returning!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guest. Thank you for lovely review of your stay at Collinella 14. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the villa and those stunning views. Your experience of the local house wine is typical - its good to hear that you gave it a try and found it so enjoyable. It sounds as though you spent plenty of time exploring the towns in the area - its a perfect base for seeing the best of Tuscany. I look forward to welcoming you back to Collinella 14 in the future. Warm Regards Steve
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Charming villa in beautiful surroundings

  • 4 of 5

This a charming appartment on a lovely compound in the Tuscan hills. Great for quiet and a bit of tranquility. The booking process was easy and communication with Steve was always prompt and helpful. The appartment is nicely done and comfortable. The outside terrace is perfect for eating and enjoying the surrounding hills. There is a brick fireplace for grilling. It can get quite windy in the afternoons. The kitchen is not large but well-equiped. The beds are comfortable, the fans were helpful when it got too hot and the views from the bedrooms were, again, spectacular. The welcome basket was a very nice touch.The bathrooms were clean and the washing machine was handy, and there were enough towels for the five of us. The wi-fi is appreciated, although can be a tad slow at peak times. The pool is the same depth throughout (over 4', no shallow end). The water, surprisingly, was cold throughout our stay with no noticeable rise in temperature despite the sunny weather for the most part. The kids weren't allowed inflatable toys in the pool, nor permitted to wear swim shirts. For these reasons we did not enjoy the pool as much as we would have liked. Aside from the pool there wasn't a whole lot else for the kids to do. We could not find kids' channels on the TV, so it was quite handy to have a DVD player, we just picked up a few used DVDs and were good to go.Volterra and San Gimignano are reasonably close by, keeping in mind the twisting roads in Tuscany. The closest grocery store is way down the road. We also enjoyed a nice supper at a restaurant called Tre Case. The access track didn't bother us, but our rental car was happy to get a car wash! The property is suited for adults looking to get away, who enjoy having peace and quiet and being remote all while having easy to do day trips to the coast, Firenze, Siena or the many charming hillside towns in between.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, Thank you for your review of your stay at Collinella 14. I am pleased to hear that you found the house comfortable and well equipped. I'm also glad to hear that you enjoyed exploring the area, its a great location to get away from it all and relax but close enough to see some of the best of Tuscany. I am sorry to hear that the pool was a little cool, it is unheated but is usually comfortable by July. The June weather was a little changeable and this clearly meant that the water was unusually cool. I note your comments about your children not being able to use inflatables and pool shirts. This is a condominium rule but I will see if I can get it relaxed for future guests. I hope that the issues with the pool did not detract too much from your enjoyment of Collinella 14. Finally thank you for taking the time to write about your experiences - I am very grateful. Best Wishes Steve
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Just Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time at Collinella 14 – a truly beautiful villa with amazing views over stunning Tuscan countryside. Loved the wonderful countryside and peace and quiet of the location and even got to see some baby wild boar  I agree with Julie’s comment below - it was just so easy to relax here and enjoy the food, drink, wildlife and scenery. Absolutely idyllic!

The villa itself is gorgeous, comfortable, clean and well equipped. The gardens are beautiful and the pool was just perfect for us and the kids (11 and 13) and was never busy. Loved having terraces on both sides of the villa so we could enjoy both the morning sun and stunning sunsets.

We also had some great trips out to Volterra, San Gimignano and Pisa, which are all well worth a visit.

Booking was really easy and Claire and Steve were incredibly helpful - providing us with easy to follow directions and lots of information. We also found the recommendations for local restaurants and shops very useful.

Thanks for a great holiday. We hope to be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

The villa was in an absolutely stunning location 'far away from the madding crowd'. The pool was close by but not intrusively so and it was just a short dander to it. The villa itself was beautiful and well equipped. We would recommend it to anyone.

Graham and Natalie, Michael and Vivienne

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of your stay at Collinella 14. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay there and the wonderful views from the villa. I hope to welcome you back to Collinella 14 again in the future. Best Wishes on behalf of Allan and Claire. Steve
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  • 4 of 5

If you want a peaceful holiday, this will suit you fine. You are half a mile from the nearest road, and all you can hear all day are the sound of the birds and the distant clanking of cow bells. You can see the towers of Volterra on the distant horizon, and apart from that, all you can see are lovely rolling hills. Volterra and San Gimignano are close enough for excellent restaurants, and there are a few places even nearer.

The only caveats I would make are (a) the kitchen / living room was rather small for five of us; and (b) the track from the road was becoming rutted and rocky (but it was October and I believe it will be repaired for the new season). Nearly five stars, even allowing for the caveats.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Richard, Thank you for your lovely review of your stay at Collinella, your description of the amazing views and the peace and quiet of the location. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and were able to award such a good star rating. I am also pleased to tell you that, in April this year, the road was repaired and the surface on the hill approaching Collinella was completely replaced. This will make it much more resistant to damage. I am sorry to hear that you found the kitchen/living room rather small but hope that this was compensated by the generous outdoor living space and those sensational views. Thank you for taking the time to write this review, I hope to be able to welcome you back to Collinella in the future. Very Best Wishes Steve
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Scenic Tuscan villa

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from our second relaxing holiday in this superbly located and comfortable villa. The views from both terraces are magnificent - whether you are watching the sun set or even a spectacular thunder storm. It was so easy to relax here and enjoy the food, drink, wildlife and scenery.

Claire provided lots of very useful info beforehand and was very responsive during both our stays - much appreciated. The booking process was very simple.

The pool area is nearby and not intrusive. In fact you can feel very private at the villa because of the planting which provides a natural screen.

The villa is well equipped and the beds are comfortable. The villa was clean on our arrival.

Proximity to both Volterra and San Gimignano is a bonus and both well worth visiting. We caught the train from Castelfiorentina to get to Florence - so easy. We also managed to get to one of trial races for the Siena Palio - very exciting. Lucca is well worth the drive (about 1h 20m).

Lots to see in this area - so much so we came back for a second visit!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Early summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
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Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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5 night minimum stay
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6 Nov 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
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