I'l Granario - lovingly restored rural stone barn
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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|
|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), 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 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 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. 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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19 Jul 2014
"The perfect retreat in a beautiful setting"
I can't say enough about this villa - It was absolutely perfect in every way. Steve , the owner, was a joy to work with. He was extremely accommodating and provided all the information we needed… More
Thank you for such a great review and one that I hope other guests will find helpful. It was a pleasure to welcome you as guests and I am so pleased to hear that you were happy with the personal service I provide, you will always find a welcome at I'l Granario should you be able to return.
19 Jul 2014
"Wonderful location, lovely property!"
We had a truly fabulous memorable stay at this Tuscan paradise. Located about 45 mins from Pisa airport by car the scenic journey was the start of our holiday. Instructions by the owner were very clea… More
Thank you for your review. Yes, the views whether at night or day are truly amazing, especially the night sky when its clear. I'm pleased to hear that you found everything you needed at the house and had such a memorable stay.
11 Jul 2014
"Never tire of visiting this place"
This was our fifth trip in recent years to Torrichi and the third occasion we have rented accommodation from Steve the owner. Those facts speak for themselves and this really is a class place to visit… More
Thank you for your fabulous review. I value the opinion of every guest but as you have been coming to Torricchi for so long and have seen the site 'blossoming' over that time it's especially pleasing to know that you still enjoy your stays so much and wish to return. Thank you for being such a super guest and I look forward to welcoming you back.
16 Jun 2014
"set in quiet picturesque countryside"
Well located for local sorties and day trips to many cities Il Granario sits on hillside with scenic views towards Volterra. Support and helpful information online and in villa from owner was exceptio… More
Thank you for your lovely review, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your kind comments about the service I provided. You will have seen from a more recent review that the access road has now undergone repair, I visited a few days ago and can confirm that the road is in much better condition. It is a gravel surface and this is very common in rural parts of Tuscany but it is now much easier to use. I also note your comments about the clothes dryer. It is very unusual for rental properties to provide electric clothes driers as the drying rack combined with the hot weather is normally sufficient to quickly dry washing. I will however update my website to clarify this.
I hope to welcome you again in the future,
Very Best Wishes,
15 Jun 2014
"Paradise in Tuscany countryside"
We have just recently returned from our second stay at I'l Granario, set in the spectacular Tuscan countryside, with views and scenery to die for! This is a very comfortable house to stay in, wi… More
Thank you for your review, I was delighted to welcome you back again. I was pleased to hear that you enjoyed the house and the amazing views. The access road is shared by other property owners and farmers and I have made every effort to improve its condition so I am pleased that the recent repairs made your journey that much easier and you included this in your comments. I look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.
14 May 2014
Steve the owner was great to deal with from the beginning to the the end of rental process. Very attentive and available at a moments notice to answer any problems.The property is extremely well equip… More
Thank you for your great review, I am pleased to hear you found my home met your expectations and its always a pleasure to fully support my guests. I can reassure future guests that only four of the properties are rented, the Italian owners of the others do visit occasionally, especially at weekends, but most of the year it is as you experienced. Yes, that road needs to be driven along carefully and its not untypical of roads to rural properties in Tuscany. However it is worth the slight inconvenience to get to such a wonderful setting. I have been negotiating with the other users of the road to have it completely resurfaced so improvements are on the way! Thank you for taking the time to write your review, I appreciate your helpful feedback. Very Best Wishes,
27 Nov 2013
"Incredible Owner Support For a Lovely Property"
As many others have said this is a lovely property with all of the amenities and very close to many tourist destinations and shopping areas. The home is comfortable and clean. If you read all of the o… More
26 Oct 2013
"You will ove this place - perfect Tuscan vacation villa"
Please see my earlier review - you will not be disappointed by this villa. Great setting with beautiful views, quiet, well equipped. Excellent support by the owner Steve Pitts. Good starting point fo… More
Thank you for your review. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed i'l Granario. Since your stay I have had all the shrubs at the front and side of the private garden removed or cut very low to open up those gorgeous views. I hope that one day you will return and I will be able to welcome you back to this beautiful part of Tuscany.
26 Oct 2013
"Wow - nice villa with all amenities in a beautiful Tuscan setting"
My wife and I stayed here with another couple. We had a great time. The villa is really far out in the countryside - over 10 km from the next villages. And the last 2 km you have to drive on a in part… More
12 Oct 2013
"Good location to see surrounding towns"
This cottage is well located to see many towns and cities around the Tuscany area. A nice cottage that sleeps 4 comfortably with 2 full bathrooms. Although the property has an expansive view this unit… More
Thank you for your very kind comments about my property, I am glad you found the house comfortable for four people and you enjoyed your stay. I take note about your observations about the bushes surrounding the garden. I try to maintain a balance between affording guests privacy in the garden from adjoining properties and being able to see the view however your comments suggest that I need to trim the bushes more so those wonderful views can be seen better. I will ensure that is done. I do provide a very comprehensive guest information book in the house and send details of places to visit, recommended restaurants, where to go wine tasting, cookery schools and the location of the nearest supermarkets to all my guests at the time they book their stay. I also respond very quickly to requests for additional information. I welcome guest feedback so maybe I could get in touch with you separately to ask how I could improve this.
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