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Villa Martinelli, a great value apartment with a private Pool, Wi-Fi, and AC

Bedrooms 2
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

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 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 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. The location above Pistoia ensures that the air is always fresh, and there is air conditioning for when the weather becomes hot.

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.

We can help arrange mountain biking, hill walking, horse riding, gorge walking, art classes and cooking classes.

You can see more properties in Tuscany on our website www.friendsoftuscany.com

More Details

Molly McKean
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
3 April, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Pistoia in Province of Pistoia

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The bathroom has an enclosed shower unit, toilet and bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
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. Another double bedroom and kitchen is available exclusively to the main apartment. Ask for details.


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Villa Martinelli, a great value apartment with a private Pool, Wi-Fi, and AC
average rating of 4.75 based on 13 reviews

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We'd highly recommend this property. The location is convenient - a short distance from Pistoia - and the house is set amongst olive trees with terrific views down the valley. It was very peaceful and we were made very welcome by Beatrice and Stefano who regularly left us 'gifts' of eggs, biscuits and olive oil - Stefano makes his own and has won prizes. We were there during a heat wave and Beatrice responded quickly to our concerns about sleepless nights by buying additional fans for the bedrooms. The family were superb hosts, allowing us privacy but always there if we needed something. With temperatures in the high 30s, we needed the swimming pool and made good use of it. This is a beautiful part of Tuscany and we had days out in the mountains as well as Pisa, Lucca and Pistoia itself, Italy's city of culture for 2017. Florence is not far and trains run from Pistoia. We had a delightful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jane, Thank you for the lovely review. We will pass it on the Stefano and Beatricce, who will be delighted. Stefano and Beatrice are fantastic guests and love to share their Tuscan produce with their guests. We would love to welcome you back to Tuscany, and can offer you a returners discount. Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you back to Tuscany. Best Wishes, Molly Friends of Tuscany
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Very comfortable and clean

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful wonderful holiday. I would like to book to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marisa, Thank you. We look forward to seeing you next year :-) Best Wishes, Molly Friends of Tuscany
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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: 28-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 31-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 26-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Florence and Pisa
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit, balance due 8 weeks before entry.
The law in Tuscany requires property owners to ask guests to pay a Tourist Tax of €1 per day per person (5 days maximum). Under 14s do not apply. This will be paid directly to the owner
Changeover Day:
Flexible entry days

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

Air conditioning supplement 50 euro per week if required.
During colder periods if central heating is required consumption will be measured by the owner and the cost paid directly to the owner

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.