OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag

Typical Tuscan Style Villa with Private Pool and Large Private garden.



Updated: 07-Aug-2016
Villa Nr. San Gimignano, Siena Province, Tuscany, Italy - 12.000 Square Metres Of Gardens, With Pine Trees, Monumental Oaks And Olive Groves

Wonderful stone building situated in a peaceful position with a panoramic view over the famous medieval towers of San Gimignano.The villa, a typical Tuscan country house, has been carefully renovated keeping the original features and tastefully furnished with antique pieces and modern facilities (air conditioning, central heating, TV,dishwasher, washing machine, etc.). A large private garden of over 12.000 m2 with olive, fruit, pine and oak trees which surrounds the house together with a beautiful swimming pool (5X10X1,40 deep) are an irresistible invitation to enjoy the open air. Several indoor living areas allow the guests great freedom to read, play music, cards, watch TV, paint or simply rest. The main living room opens onto a very large terrace well furnished, ideal for eating alfresco. For a complete privacy all the property and the pool are fenced, allowing the parents to fully relax knowing that children are safe.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My wife and I bought this rural building some years ago, having felt in love with it since the first moment we saw the place. With great passion, we followed all the works to renovate it. We bought old materials when necessary, fully respectful of the original features. We are now retired and live in Florence (I was working in finance and my wife was a literature teacher). Our two sons live and work in UK: the eldest is a veterinarian and the other one is a doctor. We are very pleased to inform and help guests, if needed and also can help to book visits to Florence galleries (Uffizi or Academia) to avoid long queues.

Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

16-23 April 2011.

We decided to spend a week relaxing in one of our favourite parts of the world. We rented this fabulous house and spent a week exploring, eating, drinking and playing crib and scrabble. The Chianti countryside is beautiful, and everything is within a forty five minute drive.

Laura Smith-UK. 

14-21 May 2011.

I am writing to you to thank you for a wonderful stay at Colle di Val D'Elsa. We wish to specially thank Veleria and Francesco for thier very kind help and concern. We really enjoyed our stay.

Najam Awan family-California (USA).

4-18 June 2011.

This has been a lovely house to stay in, really convenient for Siena and Florence and especially San Gimignano. Lovely for lazy days in the house by the pool. Mixed weather in first week was fine for cities, second week was hot sun. Pool quite nice and warm by end of week 2. The owner Francesco has been really friendly and helpful.

Graham Whitaker family-Brighton UK.
Jan 2011
  • 1 of 1

5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely traditional Tuscan villa with great pool

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely holiday at Francesco's villa. Although it is quite rural, the villa and garden were safe for our children and it was easy to drive to Siena and Florence. Francesco and his wife were very welcoming and we are still enjoying the bottle of olive oil from the trees in their garden that they gave us. The pool is large, clean and was a lovely respite from the heat. The air conditioning in the bedrooms was also very welcome during some hot nights. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend staying here for a relaxing family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great House for a Tuscan Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family of six really enjoyed our time at this house. It was great fun to live on this olive orchard for nearly two weeks. Francesco and his wife were great hosts....they went out of their way to both make sure we had everything we needed at the house but also make arrangements for various day trips (horseback riding for the kids, winery tours, etc.). This house is very centrally located in Tuscany. It is a 20-30 minute drive from five different towns that all have great history and wonderful sites. It also was very private and "remote" from anything. We loved the afternoons in the pool after day trips in the morning. Overall, a very great time for us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A spacious Tuscan villa in lovely grounds

  • 5 of 5

A lovely spacious villa in the traditional Tuscan style. The pool was lovely and despite extreme heat the villa was easy to keep cool. It's ideally placed to visit San Gimignano, Sienna, Volterra etc but is also very relaxing which is exactly what we needed. Francesco was a great host - helpful, thoughtful and friendly

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Not recommended

  • 1 of 5

Stayed for two weeks summer 2015. Cannot recommend property due to:

1. Facilities old fashioned, cleaned to basic standard, lack of recent expenditure, kitchen and fittings minimal, no extraction hood so cooking smell/heat cannot escape, tape around toaster lead, electric oven cannot be used if one other appliance (eg washing machine) is used at same time as the main electrics will trip.

2. Electric supply to property very poor - it rained on two occasions and both time electrics again tripped, leaving us one time stuck outside the fenced property as the electric gate would not open for access.

3. When electrics trip you have to go to outside the property garden into lane and open a sealed enclosure to reset the main electrics, we had to do this circa 6 times during our stay which appears rather dangerous for client to do especially in external environment.

4. Hot water and wifi both failed.

5. Advertised as private property but the owner has a man living actually on site and both he and the owner accessed the property during our stay without prior warning. One night the man living on site knocked on front door at 10pm to replace the TV set.

6. Air con only available in two bedrooms for which you have to pay extra, during our stay the remainder of the house became uncomfortably hot in evenings. There was no fans for use elsewhere so we requested these be provided but the owner told us he did not understand, only after a week later he arrived, again without warning, with one fan for our use.

7. Pool beds old and hard plastic, no cushions or covers.

8. At end of our stay the owner accused us of tampering with the pool filtration system and breaking two of the old poolbeds, tried to with-hold deposit, after we argued he returned the deposit.

9. Difficult to contact owner, phone message would tell us his telephone nr inactive, often instead had to ask the man living onsite to try to assist us (but he spoke no english).

The area of Colle Di Val D'Elsa is lovely area and ideal for exploring this part of Tuscany, local people friendly.

Restaurant - definitely try 'Portanova' located in entrance to the fortified walls to the old town, approx 100 Euros for 5 people. Cookery lesson - try 'Il Paretaio' near Barberino, 30 Euros each. Horse riding - try 'Centro Ippico L'Agrifoglio'- near Staggia Senese, 30 Euros each.

In summary, lovely area just don't recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: GUEST DID NOT WANT TO PAY AT ALL FOR AIR CONDITIONING, WHICH IS CLEARLY INDICATED AS EXTRA. CHARGED ONLY 50 EUR FOR 2 WEEKS OF USE, STILL WAS NOT HAPPY AND STARTED TO ARGUE RUDELY NOT TO PAY FOR THE DAMAGES HE CAUSED TO THE PROPERTY. AFTER GETTING AWAY WITH THAT ... STIIIIIIIILL NOT HAPPY, HE IS NOW RECURRING TO FALSE OR DISTORCED STATEMENTS TO DISCREDIT THE PROPERTY… I have been renting this property for 10 years (5 years with owners direct.co.uk) to a large number of holidaymakers, always receiving enthusiastic comments and warm thanks. This is the first complaint I receive and it is sad that it comes in the shape of an articulated fabrication. "IL POGGIO" is a typical Tuscan style villa recently restored with all mod cons, furnished with antiques pieces exactly as described in the pictures. Most people can appreciate this combination, others only like modern furniture. It depends on tastes and cultures. Air conditioning is an extras and its cost is clearly indicated in the website. Before booking, Guest asked me to confirm that air conditioning was “just in 2 bedrooms and not elsewhere in the property"; I confirmed. A supplementary fan was not due, it has been my courtesy to provide it. In second half of July 2015 there have been exceptional weather conditions: torrid temperature with a few violent thunderstorms, hail falls and tornados. In the property, a gazebo was taken away and even a tree near the house was struck down; in Florence about 1000 trees were eradicated and some roofs blown away. No wonder there were power and Internet failures throughout the region! House keeper and I did our best to help but we have no control on atmospheric events or the damage these might cause to power plants or Internet nodes… House keeper, living not far in a secluded cottage and separated property with its own access, is an asset to the Villa being able to assist the guests anytime. Hence the Villa is absolutely exclusive with a big private area of a hectare of fruits, pines and olive trees. Any contrary declaration is false. A so big property needs periodic maintenance: pool needs cleaning once/twice weekly, flowers need water, guests’ wishes need to be attended and unexpected events taken care of (e.g. removing the eradicated tree, replacing the gazebo or the furniture Guest broke…) However guests cannot ask for assistance and then complaining about somebody entering discretely the area surrounding the property to assist them!
Did you find this review helpful?
4 0
Spokane, WA USA

Comfortable Villa in Tuscany

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I had a great week at this Villa. The owner Francesco is very helpful and accommodating, he made the experience at the house great. Make sure that you speak with him about where to shop for food and other things, he has some great ideas. This is an old style farm house and is comfortable. The upstairs bedrooms are the only rooms with A/C. The pool is great and private, but it is not heated so make sure that you want to swim at the right time of year. The property is remote and very private. While we were there the neighbor had some hunting dogs and they did a lot of barking. When they were not around it is very quiet. Overall we enjoyed our time.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I wish to remark that our villa is situated in the center of a 12000 sq metres esclusive and fenced country property.Therefore any noise cannot be close to the house. Despite in Tuscany there are many hunters, during many years our property has received only very favourable reviews (since 2011 in ownersdirect.co.uk)
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : florence at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : campiglia dei foci at 500 Metres Nearest Train : poggibonsi at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : palio motorway at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : campiglia dei foci at 500 Metres Nearest Beach : cecina at 60 Kilometres Car: recommended


1 hour drive for the sandy beaches of Cecina. 1 ½ hours for the Gulf of Baratti (with Populonia etruscan remains). 1 1/2 hours for Follonica and Punta Ala.


Florence Airport, 45 minutes drive. Pisa Airport, 90 minutes drive. Rome Airport, 140 minutes drive. Car is recommended.


Thanks to its centrality and good road connection (the Florence-Siena dual carriage-way runs at just 7 km from the property) this place is an excellent starting point for daily trips to the main cultural sites of Tuscany: San Gimignano 8 Km, Siena 20 Km, Volterra 23 Km, Florence 45 Km, Arezzo 80 Km, Pisa 90Km, Lucca 100 Km.

Further Details:

Within walking distance (approx.500 metres) a small village is offering a restaurant/pizzeria, 2bars and a small supermarket, whilst the town of Colle Val D'Elsa (approx, 3 Km.) provides all kinds of facilities (supermarkets, banks, various shops, tennis courts, golf club, etc.). An interesting open air market is held weekly in Colle Val d'Elsa, where can also be found many hand made products (particularly famous the traditional manufacture of crystal).


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £168

Booking Notes:
20% deposit payable when booking. The full amount payable 6 weeks prior to arrival date.

Changeover Day:
Normal changeover day is Saturday. This can be flexible.

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week. Rental prices includes: water, gas for cooking and electricity normal consumption, final cleaning. Extra costs payable locally: air condition (on request) € 0,40 per Kwh, central heating (on request) € 5/cbm gas gpl. Booking expenses 30 Euros per person. Free internet WIFI 24h.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Enter your travel dates
Updated: 07-Aug-2016
Available arrival
This property calendar has not been updated in the last 60 days. Contact the owner for latest availability.


Property Type

  • villa


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • arboretum
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 50 m²


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, bathroom inside the bedroom


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 2 bedrooms with double beds + 1 cot. 1 bedroom with two single beds. 2 single sofa bed in the studio area (mezzanine)


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


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Central Heating and Air-conditioning (in all the bedrooms) on request with supplement. Free INTERNET WI FI ACCESSIBLE 24H Outside: big old terraces Independent house. Exceptional large and green spaces completely fenced, also very suitable for children who are free to play safely. Several terraces. Gazebo. Garden furniture. Magnificent Private 5 x 10 metres pool, which is fenced too. This is for exclusive use of the guests (not shared). View over San Gimignano towers. Outdoor Barbecue. Fruit, olive, pine and oaks trees. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Weekly change.

Partner Offers

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot