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 (recently featured in the film 'New Moon - The Twighlight Trilogy'). 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|
|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||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The fully fitted, fully equipped luxury 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, a 32inch flat screen TV with English language satellite TV (BBC, ITV etc), and DVD player. Wifi Internet for e mail and web browsing.
Each bedroom is luxuriously furnished 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 bed rooms have very quiet air conditioning units.
Both bathrooms have power showers, WC and washbasin. The upstairs en suite has a bidet, the downstairs a bath and washing machine.
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 four lightweight portable sunloungers, wought iron sofa and chairs with padded covers and glassed top table.
A second side patio overlooks the swimming pool and has a small table and four chairs. The perfect spot to enjoy a cooling drink!
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.
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.
Please note that the site 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, restaraunts 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.