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), 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 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.
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.
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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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.
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.
2 Jul 2013
"Words can't fully convey the beauty of this place!"
It is very difficult to find something else to say after all previous reviewsThe location and its scenery is stunning The facilities are excellent and it is an ideal location for visiting all the majo… More
Thanks You for your review. I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. I look forward to welcoming you back to I'l Granario again very soon.
22 Jun 2013
"A Tuscan dream"
My husband, our 4 year-old son and my parents stayed at I'l Granario for 5 days in early May and everything was perfect. From the beautiful, roomy villa and exquisitely maintained surrounding pro… More
20 Jun 2013
If you are after peace and tranquillity in the middle of nowhere with views to die for, then look no further. Il Granario is admittedly small, but very well equipped and spotlessly clean. In our case… More
Thank you for your review. I am really pleased to hear that you found the house comfortable and enjoyed its rural location and amazing views. I have many returning guests and you will always be welcomed back to I'l Granario.
I place a great deal of importance on ensuring that my guests have all the information they need to explore the lovely local towns and villages and enjoy great Tuscan restaurants. It's good to hear this was helpful.
27 Apr 2013
"This rental was comfortable, peaceful, and had everything we needed."
My husband, our 14 year old daughter, and I loved our vacation in Tuscany. This was our first time in Italy and after the crowds of Rome, we found Il Granario to be a welcome haven of peacefulness, co… More
Thank you for your review, I am pleased to hear that I'l Granario was comfortable and you enjoyed your stay there. I am glad you enjoyed those wonderful views and enjoyed the local wine, it makes I'l Granario such a special place to stay. I hope to be able to welcome you back to I'l Granario again some time in the future.
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.
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