|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Orione apartment is a roomy and airy apartment with impressive beams. It is accessed from ground level into the spacious living room with comfortable couches and table with chairs, embellished by some pieces of antiques and comfortable sofas. A flight of stairs lead to the open air loft with 2 single/joinable beds. There are also 2 bedrooms, one with direct access to outside. 2 shower rooms. From the kitchen a door leading to the spacious covered loggia with table and chairs, which enjoys views of the beautiful garden and the pool.
Osservatorio villa up to 11 guests
Independent villa with 6 bedrooms for up to 11 guests. For smaller groups of up to 6 guests you can rent half of the villa.
The road to the house is paved and lit all the way and although we are in a super tranquil and private area, the property is not isolated, with two restaurants located 2 minutes drive away.
The estate consists of the rental villa and our home which sits about 10 meters away where we live with our docile dog and cat. We work long hours in town and when at home, we highly prize our guests’ privacy and using an independent entrance gate.
We are immersed in manicured gardens with myriads of ornamental plants and terracotta statues scattered all over the grounds. There is a built in wood barbecue/grill and a large pool (13m x 6m). We added two beautiful wooded sundecks equipped with comfortable sofas and chairs where to immerse in total relaxation!
Amenities include air conditioning, Wifi connection (Satellite) suitable to check emails, laundry facilities (o request and operated by the maid).
Entrance on ground level into the living room, kitchen with doors to a covered large loggia with large table and chairs. Two double bedrooms and a reading room – one has direct exit to a terrace with table and chairs. Two bathrooms with shower. Open air loft with two single/joinable beds.
Lower level accessed via external stairways: entrance into a second living room, kitchen with doors to a covered loggia equipped with table and chairs. Two double bedrooms with direct access to the garden and one single room. Two bathrooms with shower.
Pisa 1hr and Florence 1hr 15mns. Bologna Borgo Panigale airport is also a valid alternative located 2hr 30mns drive on the motorway.
Nearest town with shops is Gambassi Terme less than 10mns. San Gimignano and Volterra are easily reached in 20mns on panoramic roads. Florence and Siena are great destinations for a full day out either by train or by car in little over 1 hour journey.
We have been renting the property for many years and enjoy having guests around. Maurizio, our grown up son lives in town and work long hours with us in our optician shopt. However we are only a phone call away in case of need.
On arrival you will find in the property a villa book with many information on the area and details about the house.
We live on the villa neighboring to the rental property with our best friends: a dog and a cat which roam free at the property and are very well behaved.
We enjoy cooking and if you feel like trying our services just let us know in advance and will do our best to accommodate you.
Since we have limited English we rely on our personal assistants/translators.
Hope to have you as our guests.
Neva & Giovanni Guazzini
Our previous guests say that the property is simply heaven. Cleanliness all over the property and care for the gardens are our must and people says this is a real asset.
The property is very central to explore San Gimignano (15mins by car), Volterra (20mns), Siena and Florence just above 1hour drive.
At the time of booking we require 25% of the whole amount. This is not refunable. The balance is payable 1 month before arrival or on arrival in cash.
We can only accept Bank Transfers.
Please contact owner.
A really beautiful and characterful house. Furnished with antiques. Friendly hosts who helped when asked with help of a translating App Italian to English!
We stayed as a group of 6, parents, grandparents and children, in Orione during August. The house is furnished to a good standard and stays pleasantly cool even in the summer heat. We were worried the sleeping area on the mezzanine might get too hot but that didn't seem to be case and our girls had no trouble sleeping. The house is set up in the hills and there was often a welcome breeze during the day although the temperatures were cooler than we expected at night for sitting out so glad we had some warmer clothing with us. The large covered terrace that Orione has was a real benefit and has both dining table and lounge seating, with nice views out over the gardens. The external areas and pool were stunning, with a wide range of sun loungers and lovely shaded lounge seats to suit everyone. The pool is large and spotlessly clean. Each apartment has its own dedicated deck set in the gardens in addition to the very generous shared facilities. There's a large shared Bbq accross the lawn by the owners house which we made good use of as there is no oven in the apartment. Neva the owner was both welcoming and unobtrusive, and came with little treats; tomatoes, cheese, home cooked pasta sauce etc. Using iPad as translator we bridged the language barrier and Neva made several bookings for us, including a memorable dinner at Bel Soggiorno in San gimignano where she managed to secure us a table by the huge panoramic window. Martina was always ready to assist through email with any queries and Nevas maid brought clean linen at end of week 1 and put our laundry through their machine (there's no washing machine in the apartment). The house is very rural with no shops nearby, so you do need a car. The nearest supermarket is about 15 mins drive, there is a decent pizzeria about 5 mins drive from the house. The countryside is lovely so driving to the shops or to nearby towns was a pleasure and there are some stunning views in all directions. The major attractions of Pisa, Florence and Siena are all in easy striking distance by car, as are smaller towns like San Gimignano and Volterra. Parking can be difficult so go early or late in peak season, the sights are worth it though. Siena remains a firm favourite. Overall, this was a great holiday that everyone in the family hugely enjoyed, and we loved staying in Orione. Grazie Neva!
This property is a two storey house plus roof space that stands in the grounds of the owners' larger home. We rented the upper apartment (Orione) which has two bedrooms plus a mezzanine floor built into the roof space with two single beds. There is another smaller appartment below but his was unoccupied at the time of our visit. It's best feature is a lovely long outside terrace with dining tables & chairs plus comfy rattan chairs for lounging. The grounds and garden areas were beautiful & we were given full access. The pool is a good size, very clean & has plenty of sun beds around it plus other thoughtfully built terraces where people can relax. The appartment itself is traditional in style, very spacious & cool. We stayed for a week in July & didn't need the aircon thanks to thick stone walls. Fans were supplied and needed on the mezzanine level which was where our two teenage daughters slept as it did get hotter up there - heat rises I guess! It is well equipped although it doesn't have an oven, just an electric hob and microwave. There is a barbecue area in the garden we were able to use however. The owners didn't speak English but were very friendly, very discreet & very welcoming. It's a lovely tranquil spot about 10km from the nearest town Montaione where there is a supermarket. It is necessary to drive everywhere from the villa as there is nothing within walking distance. All in all we very much enjoyed our stay, would love to return and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.