Villa in Volterra, Pisa Province, Tuscany, Italy - Tranquil But Not Remote, 10 Mins To City
Newly built in 2011, villa built in traditional stone style with 10 x 5m pool (not suitable for small children / non swimmers as the shallowest end is 1.2M). High quality fittings throughout. We have tried to create a house of traditional architecture with a very contemporary interior.
Nice garden with views over fields and hills. 10 mins by car to Volterra. Basic shop and restaurant that can be walked to (or just 2 mins in car)
Whilst normal changeover can is Saturday to Saturday, we also offer other changeover days provided we don't end up with unusual gaps in bookings. This may help you select cheaper flights (Saturday flights are typically much more expensive) .
Upstairs Bedroom has super-king double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers... and amazing views.
Upstairs bathroom has twin basins and bath with shower attachment, plus bidet and toilet.
Downstairs Bedroom has 2 x single beds and spacious double wardrobe with shelves.
All bedlinen is high quality Egyptian cotton, similarly all bathroom towels are of highest quality.
Downstairs bathroom has basin and a shower plus bidet and toilet.
Kitchen is well equipped an includes a dishwasher and washing machine, plus oven with grill, gas hob and large standalone fridge / freezer. Tuscany is a food lovers paradise and apart from the great restaurants, you'll find the kitchen well equipped with everything to cook to your hearts content (we have no Microwave though!). There should be a great supply of all the basics (spices / flour / local pressed olive oils / plus a basket of local goodies to get you started if you arrive late or just fancy an easy meal one evening)
Whilst the house is technically a small 2 bedroom house, you'll find that all rooms (apart from the sitting room) are very generously proportioned. The sitting room is cosy with a woodburning stove and TV / DVD. As we really only use this room in the winter, we love it being cosy.
The garden is spacious and open to the country on 3 sides. On the 4th side is our neighbours farmhouse. Apart from that house, the nearest other houses are approximately 1/4 mile away. The garden has a shaded terrace to enjoy lunch or dinner around a 6 seater teak table. There is a Weber barbeque + four sunlounger chairs. The upper garden leads down to a lower garden with Olive trees. The bank between the 2 gardens is planted with Rosemary, Oregano, Mint, Thyme, Lavender etc... so you may find these useful for cooking... or you may just enjoy the butterflies and bees.
There is also a table-tennis table which is suitable for outdoor use ... it keeps many people well entertained.
The house has water and central heating by gas boiler.
We are in the countryside.. and sometimes the countryside can be quite noisy, with tractors, combined harvesters (the farms are all arable.. so no cattle attracting flies ) and birds chirping. We live in the city in England and were surprised how much you hear when there is no 'normal' background noise.
The garden is great for watching fireflies (in June) and the local area can have stunning poppyfields in Late April to June. The stars here are amazing, with so little light polution the night sky is stunning.
Volterra is a stunning city... not nearly as well known (or touristy) as San Gimignano but arguably just as beautiful. It is a real living city with everything you could wish for... probably 30+ restaurants, cinema, Theatre, excellent food shops, plus some nice clothes shops.
Within easy driving distance are Florence, Pisa and Siena (though we'd recommend the train to Florence).
Other great places to visit are Lucca (1.5hrs) plus Pontedera for good shopping and a great Piaggo (Vespa scooters amongst other things ) Museum.
There are great seasonal events... black and white truffle festivals in spring and autumn. The Medieval events in July in Volterra, plus the Palio in Seina and the a jousting festival in Pisa. No matter how many times you've seen the leaning tower of Pisa in photos, you'll be speechless when you see it in life. There is also quite an upmarket clothes-shopping area in Pisa.
Chianti is just over an hour away, however there are some excellent vineyards within 30 minutes where you can sample / buy great wines.
There is an olive press within walking distance of the house. Apart from Olive Oil they also sell local specialist honeys.
Whilst we don't leave recommendations for restaurants or places to visit, we are always on hand to provide information. The visitors book in the house tells of some lovely places that we then go and discover!
Top Traveller Review
Perfect villa in perfect location
Stuart & Jane
About the Owner
About Stuart Jones
Family with 2 teenage daughters. Enjoy good food, wine, and staying in good quality accommodation! We fell in love with this part of Tuscany having holidayed there around 5 times and made our dream come true through building our own house there. Contrary to rumours, it was a far smoother experience than we could have possibly imagined. We'd be happy to share our experiences with anyone with a similar dream.
Stuart Jones purchased this villa in 2012
Why Stuart Jones chose Val di Cecina
We love France and Italy and after a poor experience in a holiday home,we decided that life is too short for bad holidays!
We scoured the area within 20km of Volterra, until we found a plot which offered tranquillity, good access to roads, and the potential to build a house with a pool and great views.
The house is built on farmland and is tranquil, but has the farmhouse behind it and other houses within a Km (including the house of the lady who looks after the house for us).
(21 traveller reviews)
Perfect villa in perfect location
We have recently returned from our holiday after spending a lovely 2 weeks at this villa. The villa is well equipped, clean and in an ideal location for exploring the surrounding areas. The pool is wonderful and the pergola offers that all important shade. Stuart was most helpful with very clear directions on how to find the villa and if help was needed both Stuart and Jane were only a text/phone call away. Perfect!
Lovely, well equipped villa in superb setting.
The villa was spotlessly clean, well laid out and equipped. A real home from home.
Great communication from the owners.
We had a wonderful holiday and found the villa to be perfectly positioned. There is a restaurant within walking distance and and the pretty town of Volterra is only a short drive.
When not out and about, the garden is perfect for relaxing, either in the good sized pool or under the shade of the pergola enjoying the views.
We would throughly recommend it!
The property is superb. Great pool.
The house is lovely. It is beautifully situated, just below Volterra and has a great selection of restaurants and eateries near by. The pool is lovely and the weather was great while we were there. We couldn't ask for anything more. Stuart was really helpful and made everything very easy. A great week away.
Perfect Tuscan Villa
We have just returned from two perfect weeks in the Italian sunshine. Stuart and Jane are very attentive owners and Stuart was always available with helpful advice and provided excellent customer service right from booking.
The villa and pool are of an exceptionally high standard and very new and well maintained. The villa offers fabulous views over the Tuscan countryside which were a joy to wake up to.
We were within easy reach of Pisa airport and the atmospheric Tuscan town of Volterra is a ten minute drive away. We were able to easily visit Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano and many hilltop towns.
It was also wonderful to spend the day at the pool watching the wildlife and there was also a delightful covered pergola for dining. We made good use of the barbeque and spent most evenings enjoying a glass of wine while we waited for the fire flies to make an appearance.
The villa is extremely well equipped and everything is of an exceptionally high standard. We can't wait to return to this delightful property and would highly recommend it.
Douglas & Heather McKellar
Wonderful relaxing location near Volterra
Stuart and Jane's villa is in a wonderful location and has everything you would need for a home away from home experience. Fixtures and fittings are of the highest quality and the pool is large. Surrounded by farmland with lovely views across to Volterra often the only sound was birdsong. Volterra itself is a wonderful town with lots of restaurants and the location makes for easy trips around most of central, western and Northern Tuscany. We would recommend this to anyone wanting to do as little or as much as they wanted on a real Tuscan holiday.
Claire and Andy Lewis
Wonderful villa in a beautiful region
This villa was stunning. Beautifully clean with large airy rooms. Immediately felt relaxed. It had everything you could need for a wonderful holiday. The wildlife kept us entertained but when we did feel like going out It was just a few kilometres from a lovely town which was full of restaurants and shops. Thoroughly recommend without hesitation.
From the Owner
“We love France and Italy and after a poor experience in a holiday home,we decided that life is too short for bad holidays! We scoured the area within 20km of Volterra, until we found a plot which offered tranquillity, good access to roads, and the potential to build a house with a pool and great views. The house is built on farmland and is tranquil, but has the farmhouse behind it and other houses within a Km (including the house of the lady who looks after the house for us).”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Very close by there is a horse riding centre. Within 5 miles there is also quad biking.
Approx 1 hour to nearest beach.
The closest airports are Pisa (1 hr) and Florence (1.5 hours). There are many flights to Bologna (2 hours).
We have noted some popular airlines / routes from south of UK. There are probably many more from Midlands & North.
Airlines using Pisa include British Airways (Heathrow and Gatwick)
Easyjet (Gatwick and Bristol)
Other transport via Motorail (put your car on the train) Holland to Livorno
Or drive, typically 2 days from south of UK.
Shop and restaurant - 1km
Florence / Siena 1 - 1.5 hrs
Pisa 1 hr
San Gimignano 30 mins
Volterra is a buzzing and well lived-in city with probably 30+ restaurants and many local shops providing all the produce you require to self cater.
There is a theatre and cinema, with open-air cinema in summer, plus many outdoor summer festivals.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 May 2017 - 19 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
We only take a maximum of 10 bookings per annum with the ambition of keeping the house in nearly new condition.
£500 deposit payable upon booking, returned within 10 days of departure.
Full payment due 12 weeks before holiday.
This is a strictly no smoking property.. no smoking in either house or garden.
Saturday. Arrive after 17:00, depart by 10:00.
In peak season, all bookings on Saturday to Saturday basis. Outside of that period we offer more flexibility and periods can be less or greater than one week.
Notes on prices:
Peak 6 weeks (school Holidays) €1600 week
June and September €1100
Other periods by agreement
5% discount for 2 weeks+
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Kitchen ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library ...
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Upstairs - Bathroom with bath, toilet, bidet, twin washbasins, large mirror and window over garden. Downstairs - shower room with shower, bidet, toilet and washbasin. Window.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom one (upstairs) super king bed. Large wardrobe and chest of drawers. 2 windows, one looks over pool and countryside, other looks over hills up to Volterra. Bedroom 2 (downstairs) 2 x single bed. Large Wardrobe. 2 windows. Chestnut beamed roof.
- Golf ...
- Outside: Good sized garden with 5m x 10m pool. Gazebo with teak table and 6 chairs. 4 x Sun loungers Weber barbecue Outdoor table tennis table. Important note: The shallow end of the pool is 1.2m and the deep end 2M. This pool is not suitable for small children / non swimmers and there is no safety fence. The typical minimum age for children, dependent upon height, would be 8 years old due to pool safety issues. We are unable to rent the property to families with babies / toddlers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom towels and bedlinen included. Guests will need to bring garden/pool towels. Guests staying more than one week can choose complete clean and fresh linen, or just fresh linen.