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Villa Martinelli Apartment With Private Pool and Wi-Fi, Near Florence



Updated: 24-Oct-2016
Villa apartment with private pool and wi-fi inTuscany near Florence - Holiday Apartment With Private Pool In Olive Grove Overlooking Historic Pistoia

With magnificent views over the historic city of Pistoia, within easy reach of the Tuscan capital Florence, Villa Martinelli is perfectly placed for a couple or a small family to relax by the pool and take time to visit the treasures of Tuscany. Villa Martinelli is in the small village of Valdibrana, noted in Tuscany for its production of delicious olive oil. The house is actually in a beautiful olive grove, producing some of the best oil in the area. The apartment is newly renovated, with a double and a single bedroom. A fine private pool makes this a very desirable, great value holiday property. There is a restaurant nearby, and the city is easily accessible in a few minutes by public transport. Nearby Florence is easily reached by car or train. Your hosts Stefano and Beatrice will make sure that your stay with them is peaceful and relaxing. Stefano produces what is considered by locals to be the best olive oil in the area, and he is also head chef at one of Tuscany's top restaurants.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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We had a fabulous holiday in this very peaceful place. Stefano and Beatrice were friendly, discreet hosts. We have become experts in olive oil. Delicious!

Most afternoons we just lay by the pool, and some evenings we would go downtown to beautiful Pistoia ( great market on Wednesdays ), or just visit a local restaurant in the village. We found it easy to get around from this location, and we visited Florence twice as the train only takes 20 minutes, and we also went to the beach at Viareggio and watched an opera in Lucca. June Eastwood, St. Margarets, London
Dec 2014
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastic Location – A Slice of Tuscan Fried Gold!

  • 5 of 5

Sitting in the hills above Pistoia, Villa Martinelli is an excellent base for exploring the local area and beyond.

Split across two floors, the Villa has an open plan kitchen, dining and sitting area with double doors providing access to the outside terrace dining area. The kitchen is well equipped and met all our needs for the 2 weeks of our stay.

The only access to the upper floor is via a narrow metal spiral staircase that may prove a challenge for anyone with mobility issues. The main bedroom is spacious and there is plenty of storage space in the smaller second bedroom.

The pool is fabulous and a real asset to the property even if it does fall into the category of “lovely once you are in” as it can feel a bit chilly after you have baked in the Tuscan sunshine for a while.

Stefano, Beatrice and their family are truly lovely people, on hand to help out if necessary but conscious of the privacy of their guests. Generous to a fault, you could not ask for nicer neighbours.

A car is a must (make sure the horn works!) but be aware some local roads are steep, very narrow and some with blind turns, including the road leading to the Villa. For peace of mind, it is worth considering taking out additional damage insurance for your hire car but arrange this before you travel rather than taking the unnecessarily expensive ‘excess reduction’ insurances offered by the car hire companies.

Pistoia is a lovely old town, well worth a sightseeing trip or two in itself. It has plenty of shops, cafes, gelateria etc. Of the local supermarkets we think that the Co-Op and the Conad Superstore are the best. Pistoia is on the main rail line between Pisa and Florence which makes it ideal for exploring near and far. You can get to Florence in 30 – 50 minutes and Pisa in about the same amount of time. Should you wish, you can get to Venice or Rome in 2 – 3 hours. There is ample parking in Pistoia and the car park nearest to the station (Parcheggio Cavallotti) only costs 2 euro all day.

Other than to get some shopping in you wouldn’t really need to leave the Villa if you didn’t want to, spending days by the pool, watching the birds of prey as they ride the thermals off the hills, distant church bells cascading around the valley marking time that has slowed to a snail’s pace, evenings spent sitting on the terrace listening to the local stag population bellowing in the forest as the lights of Pistoia twinkle in the distance.

Did we have a great holiday? You bet.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great pool' good location and fantastic views.

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely week at this Villa. The pool, the views, the owners and the location contributed to a happy holiday for our family. Stefano and Beatrice were great hosts - very generous and very discreet. As in other reviews we would agree the villa is functional and basic. If weather was really hot then the lack of a fan or air-con may be an issue however it was slightly cooler than normal when we stayed so we didn't mind too much. The views of the surrounding area are just gorgeous and having our meals on the terrace over the pool was just what we wanted from this holiday. We were easily able to visit Florence, Lucca and Montetacini, and the journey from Pisa was swift. Although directions sent were a bit vague - so you'll need google maps or sat-nav. Over-all this is a gem - a great taste of Italy off the beaten track.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming apartment in the Tuscan hills

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Martinelli, Valdibrana, in July 2016. The description of the facilities is good, and customer communication is excellent. We had to slightly amend our booking shortly after placing it, and this was achieved with a minimum of fuss and bother. We were well looked after by our hosts. The apartment was clean and smart, and the swimming pool, for the sole use of the guests, was wonderful.

Day trips to Florence (by train), Lucca (by car) and into nearby Pistoia itself, were interspersed with pool days to create a really relaxing week in Tuscany. If you want to visit the area but not stay in the big cities, this is a great place to base yourself. Very happy with the facilities and service provided. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Martinelli and thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. The villa is in a great location and it sounds like you made good use of it by visiting nearby places. Friends of Tuscany offer a returners discount so if you or friends of yours would like to book this or another villa, contact us first so we can apply the discount before you book.
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This property has a wonderful relaxing feel to it!

  • 5 of 5

The Villa itself is set in a perfect location up in the hills above Pistoia. The best part of it is its terrace, where you can spend lazy mornings at breakfast overlooking your pool and the outstanding views down to the village. Simple but comfortable, Villa Martinelli is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy the surrounding Tuscan villages at leisure. The hosts, Beatrice and Stefano could not have been more accommodating - they respect your complete privacy but are on hand to give advice on local restaurants etc. Stefano even supplied us with his home grown veggies to sample one evening. Highly recommend this Villa for a quiet spot away from tourists. Don't miss the local Il Frantoio restaurant for the best pizza!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday at Villa Martinelli. The owners are lovely people who put a lot of care into ensuring their guests are well looked after and we will pass on your appreciation. Also, thanks for your recommendations - this is really useful for future guests. Friends of Tuscany give a returners discount so if you or your friends want to a book this, or another villa with us, contact us before you book so we can offer you a reduced price.
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A wonderful rural retreat well situated for exploring the main sights of Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Villa Martinelli is in the village of Valdebrana and being half way up the (steep) hill of the village it commands breath-taking and uninterrupted views of the adjacent hillside and a panorama down to Pistoia. The villa is a self contained two storey apartment attached to the owners house. To reach the bedroom/s and bathroom upstairs, you need to be able to climb a narrow, metal spiral staircase. The villa is beautifully clean and well maintained and contains all the equipment needed. I would however agree with previous reviews that some extra cutlery and cups/mugs would save the need to wash up ! There is a lovely covered terrace just outside the kitchen on which to enjoy shady meals, and the choice of two other eating areas nearer to the pool. There is no shortage of chairs and sunbeds on which to relax and enjoy the view in either the sun or shade. The pool is accessed down two flights of steps and is of good size and well maintained. Beartice and Stefano, the owners, are very friendly and welcoming. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they are on hand for advice about sightseeing, travel and even pizza making in their bread oven - which you definitely shouldn't attempt without Stefano's assistance ! The BBQ however is much easier to use, and although in their garden, visitors can use it whenever they wish. Whilst there are no shops in Valdebrana, Pistoia is very near for all catering needs and there is a restaurant in the village. We definitely recommend using the train (nearest station Pistoia), reasonably priced and regular service. Florence is the obvious must do, but we also recommend Lucca, Montecatini Terme, San Gimignano, Volterra and the coast north from Viareggio. We have fallen in love with this area of Tuscany and love this Villa, we have many things remaining on our "to see" list, so we intend to return and hope to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We really appreciate the time you have taken and the detail you have provided. This is very helpful for our future guests. The owners really are delightful people who enjoy having guests and go the extra mile to be helpful, provide information and make you feel welcome. We will ask them to provide more cutlery and cups too, so thanks for pointing that out. Your suggestions for travel and places to visit are excellent and it sounds like you really enjoyed exploring what this beautiful area has to offer. We would love to have you back in future and we offer a returners discount, so get in touch before you book and tell us your name and name of the house you stayed in, so we can discount the price for you.
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June 2016 Debbie and Denise

  • 4 of 5

Our villa was brilliant, although basic inside it was very clean and welcoming, as for the outside the grounds and views were amazing it was so relaxing we didn't want to leave. Having the swimming pool was great , just a bit cold, we would go later in the year another time. Our hosts were fantastic, they couldn't do enough for us a lovely family. You do really need a car as its too far into Pistoia to walk although we did do it once. The trains from Pistoia are a great service we used them a lot, went to Luca for shopping and Florence both had wonderful shops and amazing buildings, we preferred Luca, could have done with more time to do site seeing.The restaurant in our village was fantastic, food beautiful, staff friendly and welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Valdibrana at 500 Metres Nearest Ferry : Livorno at 60 Kilometres Nearest Train : Pistoia at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Valdibrana at 500 Metres Nearest Ski : Abetone at 50 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 50 Kilometres Car: recommended


The Tuscan coast has many resorts, notably Viareggio which is an hours drive.


Nearest airports are Pisa and Florence which are around 60 minutes drive.

There's a good train service to Pistoia from Pisa or nearby Florence.


The famous resort of Montechatini is only 20 minutes drive from Pistoia

Further Details:

Casa Martinelli is in the small village of Valdibrana, situated above the historic city of Pistoia, 9 km from the city centre. Pistoia itself is around 30 km west of Florence, and within easy distance of the 'Art' cities of Pisa and Lucca.

The immediate surrounding area is notable for its production of highest quality Tuscan olive oil, and the proprietor has won several prizes for his.....definitely a house for olive oil enthusiast!

Pistoia has a medieval centre, with an impressive town wall, a magnificent duomo, baptistery, Dukes Palace and interesting medieval public buildings. The old city is an excellent shopping centre, with a great market, fine restaurants and cafe bars. Outlet shopping with some of the most famous labels in the world is nearby.

There are several artistic and cultural events held during the year, notably the Pistoia Blues festival and 'Joust of the Bear' festival.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
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1 Mar 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
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2 Sep 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
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4 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit, balance due 8 weeks before entry.

Changeover Day:
Flexible entry days

Notes on prices:
All inclusive of bed linen and towels, gas, electricity, and final cleaning.

During colder periods if central heating is required consumption will be measured by the owner and the cost paid directly to the owner

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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • churches
  • museums
  • recreation centre

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • mountain climbing

Floor Area

  • 50 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • The bathroom has an enclosed shower unit, toilet and bidet


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There is one double bedroom and a single bedroom. The single bedroom is accessed through the double bedroom. A baby cot is also available.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: The 10 metre private swimming pool for sole use of the apartment. There are sun beds and deck chairs. Utility Room: Contains washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included.

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