Lovingly restored stone-built Tuscan barn
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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4
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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4
'Podere Torricchi' is a small collection of renovated 16th Century farm buildings converted into luxury houses and apartments. 'Il Granario' is a beautiful spacious house set on two floors and is located on a hill with stunning views of the Tuscan hills. The renovation has retained traditional chestnut beamed ceilings and terraccota tiled floors in all rooms. Furnishings are to a very high standard having all the luxuries of home combined with traditional Tuscan themes.
It is an ideal spot to explore the best that Tuscany has to offer being close to Siena , Florence and the beautiful medieval hilltop towns of San Gimigano and Volterra. After sightseeing you can eat alfesco in the large west facing private garden, watching the sun set over the Tuscan landscape or take a cooling swim in the large swimming pool. The area is very peaceful and relaxing, the perfect romantic getaway or an ideal family holiday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cecina 55 km|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 55 km, Nearest railway: Poggibonsi 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||King Beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The fully fitted, fully equipped kitchen has integrated appliances, (large fridge/freezer, fullsize oven, four ring gas hob, dishwasher, microwave grill, toaster, kettle, coffee maker), granite worksurfaces and a dining area with exposed stone wall and a dining table and chairs to seat four people.
The spacious lounge has a large open fireplace with a log burning stove, leather sofa and two chairs. There is 32inch TV, DVD player and limited English language satellite TV (Sky News, CNN, EuroNews, Music, documentary and some film channels). Wifi internet access is provided for e-mails and web browsing.
Each bedroom has beamed ceilings and is furnished to a very high standard with comfortable beds, wardrobe and bedside cabinets. The downstairs bedroom has a King size bed, the upstairs has two singles. Bedding and towels are provided are are high quality. Bedroom windows have mosquito screens and both bedrooms have very quiet air conditioning/climate control units.
Both bathrooms have power showers, WC and washbasin. The upstairs en suite has a bidet, the downstairs a bath and washing machine. There is a clothes drying rack for drying clothes in the open air (not electric tumble dryer).
All windows and doors are double glazed with interior wood shutters. All windows and doors have external wrought iron decorative bars that enhance the traditional look of he property whilst adding to general security.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a covered gazebo with large dining table and chairs on the patio facing the garden and beautiful views of the countryside. The gravelled garden area is surrounded by flowering shrubs and herbs and has two lightweight portable sunloungers, wought iron sofa and chairs with padded covers and glassed top table.
There are a further two sunloungers on the poolside for exclusive use of guests and the lightweight loungers at the house are easily transported to the pool if additional loungers are required.
The beautiful 17metre swimming pool has an extensive paved solaruim with sunloungers. Shade is provided by a large covered gazebo. The pool area has uninterrupted views of miles of Tuscan countryside, the distant Appenine mountain peaks are visible to the north on clear days. Whilst there is no shallow end the pool is just over waist depth on an average adult. The pool is open from 1st May - 1st October. Please bring your own pool towels as these are not provided.
Podere Torricchi consists of 13 renovated houses and apartments in three stone buildings that were originally farm buildings dating back to the 16th Century. Whilst each property has a private garden there are footpaths around the communal garden areas from which you can enjoy the different views of the rolling countryside and the nearby hill town of Volterra.
The entire site is private and is bordered by shrubs and low fencing and there are gated entrances at two points. All paths are lit at night with low level lighting. There is a large secure parking area adjacent to but slightly below the main site so as to not interrupt the gorgeous views.
Podere Torricchi is accessed via a 2.5 km gravelled 'white' road. The surface is regularly maintained but is unsuitable for vehicles with very low ground clearance e.g. sports cars.
Please note that the pool is open from 1st May - 1st October.
I regret the house is unavailable for rent between 1st November and 1st April due to the unavailability of cleaning services.
Arrivals and departures on any day of the week, minimum stay is 5 days. Maximum stay is one month.
The house is fully cleaned prior to arrival and on departure - for stays over 7 days a change of linen is included.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is steeped in history with many beautiful towns and cities to visit. Nearby Florence (about an hour's drive or by rail from nearby Poggibonsi or Certaldo) is home to the world famous Uffizi museum, The Duomo and 'Ponte Vecchio' bridge. This former capital of Italy is packed with historic buildings and beautiful statues can be found in many of the open squares.
Historic Siena is home to the 'Palio' horse race every July and is less than an hours drive. You can stroll through the winding cobbled streets taking in the fabulous atmosphere this historic town has to offer. There are many designer shops, restaurants and public gardens to enjoy.
The area is famous for its wines - amongst the best are Chianti and the DOCG 'Vernaccia di San Gimignano' white wine.
The Tuscan countryside is beautiful and the changing light has inspired painters over the ages. The climate is warm throughout the spring and autumn - summers are hotter but are tempered by cooling light breezes.
San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its famous stone towers look over the cobbled streets and paths that wind through the centre of this charming Tuscan town. There is ample parking and exploring the squares and gardens within the city walls reveals small shops selling local food specialities and wines. There are regular festivals and further information and photos can be found on the San Gimignano Official Website at; www.sangimignano.com
The medieval town of Volterra is equally close by. Sitting high on a hill overlooking Podere Torricchi the town was a film set for the recent hit 'New Moon' - the second of the Twighlight Trilogy. There are many beautiful shops selling local 'Alabaster' and the views towards the coast are simply breathtaking.
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12 Aug 2013
"So good we came back in 2013 - Terrific Villa, Pool, Views & Airconditioning"
A lovely traditional style Villa, extremely well appointed with the luxury of Airconditioned bedrooms - which meant a comfortable nights sleep for all. With two young children ( 7 & 9 yrs) the excellently maintained pool was terrific and the uninterrupted views of Volterra and the rolling Tuscan countryside was simply stunning. We enjoyed our first visit to Il Granario Villa in Aug 2012 and enjoyed ourselves so much we returned in 2013. The owner's administrative skills are unsurpassed, nothing is too much trouble and he's straight on the case should you need anything. Having stayed in more lower lying areas of Tuscany we found the elevated position of the Villa meant a significantly lower level of insects and mosquito free. It's hot in the height of summer and the recent addition of fixed wall mounted Airconditioning in the bedrooms can't be understated. As well as the modern convenience of wifi and satellite tv- it was a home from home. Unmade roads to Tuscan Villa's are the norm, so I'd leave the low slung sports car at the hire car centre. Something sensible is all you need. If you arrive in Pisa via plane or train, the hire car centre at the airport is so easy to find and takes you directly out onto the main route to the Villa. The owner's directions are so good you wont need a sat nav to find the Villa and there's a gigantic supermarket 5 minutes from the airport where we stocked-up on all that wonderful Tuscan food & wine. Simply a fantastic place to stay, excellent accommodation with plenty of privacy within the landscaped gardens to enjoy a bottle of wine and watch the sunsets. The children loved the pool and found several playmates amongst the other guests to splash the day away. It grieves me to recommend l'l Granario as when you find a beautiful 'Little Gem' you want to selfishly keep-it to yourself! But that would be hugely unfair to the Owner (Steve) who goes that extra mile to ensure you have a hassle free and relaxing visit. We loved it and have reserved for 2014 already!
Thank you for your review, it was nice to welcome you back this year and I'm glad to found the new air conditioning made your evenings much more comfortable. I try to make the villa as 'guest friendly' as possible so your feedback helps me to know that those investments are appreciated. Thank you also for your kind comments about my administrative arrangements and ongoing support. It's important for me that you have confidence in the person you are dealing with and your holiday is relaxing from the time you book to the time you leave. I look forward to welcoming you and your family back next summer.
31 Oct 2012
My husband and I, along with another couple, stayed here for 5 nights. The villa is very nice and the views are incredible. Steve was very prompt and thorough in answering our questions and providing information. I would recommend staying here to anyone who wants a great place to stay in the countryside.
Thank you for your lovely review of I'l Granario. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the incredible views. Its always a pleasure to help my guests make plans for their stay and to answer questions that help you make the best of your stay. Thank you also for your recommendation - I would be delighted to welcome you back to I'l Granario at some time in the future.
10 Oct 2012
"Home from home in beautiful countryside"
Lovely property, well set up for all weather, great facilities. Steve gave us excellent directions to get there. He was very helpful with booking and throughout.
Location is great, it is lovely and peaceful. The private road in is metal and a bit bumpy but we found it fine and added to the character of the location.
Lots of lovely smaller villages nearby and also in between Volterra and San Gimignano which are both gorgeous places. Nothing is really that far from the property in the car.
If you want a lovely location, high quality property with excellent views, then highly recommend Il Granario. Thanks Steve!
Thank for your kind review. I am pleased that you enjoyed the house and the lovely location. Thank you also for your recommendation, I hope to be able to welcome you back to I'l Granario again in the future.
24 Jul 2012
"Beautiful property in a stunning location"
We stayed at Il Granario during the first two weeks of July, having also stayed there for two weeks in September 2011. The location is perfect, surrounded by beautiful rolling Tuscan countryside, with the sound of the warm breeze being the loudest noise you will hear much of the time. The house itself is lovely with a well equipped kitchen and the added bonus of both Sky television and an Internet connection. The outside space is a good size, with the communal pool just a few steps away, and the perfect position for viewing the amazing sunsets which occur almost every evening. Both San Gimignano and Volterra are beautiful places to visit, you can sit and people watch or just wander the medieval streets. Driving to Certaldo to catch the train ro Florence and Sienna is easy and much simpler than driving. On both occasions we have stayed at Il Granario I have gone out horse riding at a local stables, Agriturismo Maneggio, which is a beautiful and inexpensive way to see the Tuscan countryside (I have left the details at Il Granario for future guests reference). The service we received from Steve was excellent on both occasions we have stayed at Il Granario, with great ideas for excursions included in the folder at the house. Overall my wife and I would highly recommend Il Granario, the perfect place for rest and relaxation in a stunning location.
Thank you for your review. It was great to welcome you back for a second stay. Thanks also for the information about the horseriding, it's good to be able to share your experiences with my future guests. You will always be most welcome back to I'l Granario, thank you for being such great guests and for sharing your experience with others.
21 Jul 2012
"Wonderful accommodations in the spectacular Tuscan countryside."
Had a wonderful time at I'l Granario! The owner provided extremely accurate driving directions from Pisa Airport, as well as many helpful hints about things to do in the area. He was most responsive with the many questions I had prior to departure. The accommodations were practically new and the maid service was efficient and on time. The surrounding countryside was stunningly beautiful and quiet.
Thank you for your review, I think it's important to ensure my guests receive all the information they require to make their holiday as trouble free as possible so I'm pleased to hear that you found the information I sent helpful. I hope to welcome you back to I'l Granario again some time in the future.
18 Nov 2011
"A Place To Call Home"
Our experience from the beginning to the end was seamless. From searching the internet, finding the site, looking at the description of the property, viewed the pictures and read all of the reviews. The availability calendar was current. We sent our first email and Steve responded within hours. Steve was a pleasure to work with. He held the reservation, took our deposit over Paypal, followed up with final paymjent. It was so easy. We made our reservations late within a few weeks of our arrival. Steve sent us pages of directions, things to do, places to go, shop, eat. Then we arrived at The Il Granario Villa itself!!!
Where do I begin. It was beautiful!! The details from furnishings, decorations, fully equiped kitchen, everything was as expected and more. Updated, very clean. Il Granario was the Tuscan experience with all the ammenties of home. My husband and I went in late September, early October. It was a quiet time, the pool was closed, that was ok with us. We enjoyed every moment, from early morning coffee, going to the co-op for groceries, cooking outstanding meals, relaxing, reading, day trips to a few tourist locations, but mostly places we picked out on the map. The location, sun, peace, evening sunsets, the views were stunning.
I would highly recommend Il Granario to a family, honeymoon couple, friends on travel together. Your experience will always be a wonderful memory.
Thank you for your review and for choosing my home for your stay in Tuscany. I have tried to make the house feel like home for my guests so I am pleased to hear it exceeded your expectations. I also always try and ensure that my guests receive all the information they require to help them make their booking experience easy and their stay enjoyable and truly memorable. I am very happy to hear that you had a wonderful stay and that you would highly recommend I'l Granario to other visitors to Tuscany.
11 Nov 2011
"A perfect location and property mixing sight-seeing and relaxation"
The property is located in beautiful rural Tuscany with amazing views of the countryside! The house itself is very well furnished; it felt like we were staying in someone's home rather than a rented house. The beds were really comfortable and there was everything in the house you would want; Sandra and I were particularly impressed at having the dishwasher!
The pool was lovely; with amazing views [Volterra was a silhouette on the skyline] and the owner [Steve] managed to answer all of our questions and even provided us with suggestions as places to visit [and even how to get there].
We had a wonderful time; we are planning our next trip back to 'Il Granario' and would certainly recommend it to anyone planning a holiday in this part of Tuscany as it's an ideal location for all of the most famous sites of interest [such as Pisa, Siena, Florence, San Gimignano]. Thoroughly loved it!
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