About the home
Casa Florio’ is a 2 bedroom apartment designed in traditional Tuscan country style with chestnut beamed ceilings and terraccota tiled floors. It is light and spacious with doors leading from the well equipped kitchen/lounge to Master bedroom with 4 poster king-size wrought iron bed, bedroom 2 has 2 single wrought iron beds and fully equipped shower room with power shower, sink, bidet and washing machine.. There is also a double sofa bed in the lounge.
The shared swimming pool has its own sunbathing terrace, lawns and gazebo with breathtaking views. The hillside breezes offer a refreshing respite from the heat - ideal after a day of sightseeing.
The apartment's private garden has a brick built BBQ and patio area for al fresco dining beneath a pergola, or walk through an arch into another partitioned area with borders of oak beams and enjoy watching the breathtaking sunsets over the Tuscan landscape.
This is a perfect location to enjoy everything Tuscany has to offer. Close to Siena , Florence and the beautiful medieval hilltop towns of San Gimigano and Volterra. Fabulous walks and trails nearby, local horse riding, fishing and golf close-by at Castelfalfi. Recommended for families, friends or couples.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Short breaks|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Traditional Tuscan farmhouse decorated with beamed ceilings and 'cotto' style tiled floors. Corner log fireplace. Full gas CH.The fully fitted, fully equipped luxury kitchen has integrated appliances, granite work surfaces, a dining area with exposed stone wall and a dining table and chairs to seat six people.
Spacious living/dining area, open corner fireplace, leather double sofa bed and chair, a 32inch flat screen TV and CD player. Each bedroom is luxuriously furnished with a comfortable 4 poster wrought iron King size bed, wardrobes and bedside table and chair. The second bedroom has two wrought iron single beds with large wardrobe. Bedding and towels are provided are high quality Egyptian cotton. (will accommodate 4 persons comfortably).
Marble shower room has power shower, WC and washbasin, bidet 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 the property.
Further details outdoors:
There is a covered pergola 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 4 sun loungers, A second area overlooks rolling Tuscan hills has a wrought iron bench. The perfect spot to enjoy a glass of Chianti! Whilst each property has a private garden, there are footpaths around the common garden areas from which you can see breathtaking panoramas.
The beautiful 17metre swimming pool has an extensive paved area for sun loungers. There are a further two sun loungers on the poolside for exclusive use of guests. Shade is provided by a large covered gazebo. The pool area has uninterrupted views of spectacular Tuscan countryside. Although the pool has no shallow end, it is just over waist depth on an average adult. Unaccompanied children should be supervised.
The entire site is fenced 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 Exquisite sunrises/ beautiful sunsets guaranteed. Abundant wildlife,have seen wild boar, deer, foxes & many birds. Fabulous walks, local sulphur and natural springs. Local horse riding, fishing and golf close-by at Castelfalfi.
The pool is open from 1st May - 1st October.
Arrivals and departures on any day of the week, minimum stay is 5 days except July and August which is 7 days.
The apartment is fully cleaned prior to arrival and on departure - for stays over 7 days a change of linen is included.
Self catering includes all house linen and towels BUT BRING YOUR OWN POOL TOWELS.
It is a rental condition that the apartment including exterior areas are strictly NON SMOKING.
No pets please.
Rental includes final cleaning, electricity, water and hot water but there is a central heating surcharge of 90 Euro per week during cold weather.
The Tuscany / Siena Province region
Tuscany is the jewel in Italy’s crown steeped in history with fantastic towns and cities and its passionate Italian people. Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, the sea coast and islands. Students come to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture.
This picturesque region offers perfect opportunities for couples, families, or groups to enjoy the romantic ambiance. This part of Tuscany enjoys rolling hills which change from season to season. There are wonderful vineyards, sunflowers, olive groves etc.There is a lot to see and do in Tuscany, the difficulty is really where to start. Certainly most should start with Florence (about an hour's drive or by rail from nearby Poggibonsi) and is home to the world famous Uffizi museum, The Duomo and 'Ponte Vecchio' bridge. It is packed with historic buildings and beautiful statues can be found in many of the open squares. Then continue on to Siena and Pisa. The roll call of città di arte, cities of art, is daunting: Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca are all striking.
Siena is of great environmental and artistic interest with a wealth of important monuments including: Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Italy, Palazzo Pubblico (13th-14th century in Gothic style). The Campo is also famous as the site for the Palio (horse race) every July as well as other yearly events and is less than an hours drive. The opening scenes of James Bond's recent film "Quantum of Solace" was filmed here. You can wander down cobbled streets where you'll find little pizza parlours and quaint gift shops. There are many designer shops, restaurants and public gardens to enjoy.
The San Gimignano area
The beautiful medieval village of San Gimignano (15 mins drive) is well known all over the world as one of Tuscany's treasures. It is the only example of a medieval city which has preserved through the centuries many of its ancient and beautiful imposing stone towers. San Gimignano can always amaze the visitor with its charm, beauty and the unique atmosphere of its historical centre, which is almost intact. There are many cobbled streets and pathways that wind through the centre of this charming Tuscan town offering magical glimpses and unforgettable corners. Set on the top of a hill, San Gimignano dominates the surrounding Tuscan countryside.
There are plenty of signposted parking areas. Within the city walls there are beautiful little shops selling local food specialities and wines, clothes shops and many restuarants and ice cream parlours. There are regular festivals. Market day is Thursday.
The ancient walled Etruscan town of Volterra is one of the oldest Etruscan settlements in Tuscany with clear evidence of pre-Roman civilisation. It sits high on a hill overlooking Podere Torricchi. The City is awash with wonderful restaurants and bars as well as museums, churches, a theatre, sports centre, cinema and its own Roman amphitheatre which hosts music, dance and drama.
Throughout the year the City of Volterra organise a number of festivals including medieval pageants, jazz and traditional food and drink festivals. It is arguably the most exciting city in the Tuscan region.
Staying in Torrichi is ideal for those who want to walk, ride, cycle, fish or play golf....or do nothing more than relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity. For Andrea Bocelli lovers, why not visit his home town of Lajatico and enjoy his concert at the beautiful open air Teatro del Silenzio. (20 minutes away from Torricchi).
How to get there
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Podere Torricchi is situated between the beautiful hilltop towns of Volterra and San Gimignano.The nearest airport is Pisa (approx 1 hour by car). Pisa is served by most budget airlines from the UK and by British Airways from London Gatwick and Heathrow. You can also fly to Florence airport (about 1 hour by car) from London Gatwick by Meridiana. Many budget airlines fly to PISA: Ryanair, Easyjet, Thomson etc. Meridiana fly to Florence from Gatwick and BA fly to Pisa.
Other UK airport budget flights: Bournemouth, Bristol, MIdlands.
Car hire available at all all airports: We often use AutoEurope, although Travelsupermarket.com have good offers.
Train: Poggibonsi or Castelfiorentino
The journey from Pisa airport is well signposted and passes through scenic Tuscan countryside. The property is accessed via a private unmade road off the SP4 (Volterrana) passing through Olive Groves and woodland.
Activities near San Gimignano
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
19 Sep 2012
Lovely apartment and fantastic location - my family and I have had a super week at casa florio. The two bed appartment was clean and well equipped, can't fault it , it had everything we need for... more
08 Sep 2012
If you want a base in Tuscany that seems in the middle of nowhere, but is less than an hour from all of the famous Tuscan towns/villages, and a lovely apartment that is in the middle of stunning countryside, then this is the place for you.
The apartment is comfortable and homely with everything you could need plus more. The views from it, and from the pool are amazing, so too the sunsets.
We had a wonderful holiday and found everything straightforward to book, find it, and manage a great 2 weeks there. We had a nice mix of visiting tourists sights (Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano), finding beaches (some stunning ones both North West and South west), and chilling out by the pool enjoying living in the heart of Tuscany.
03 Sep 2012
This is a gem of a villa, beautifully furnished and with every conceivable
range of utensils, etc. Added to that is the lovely pool, fantastic scenery,
tranquillity and of course those gorgeous sunsets.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Spring||7 Apr 13||4 May 13||£ 575||-||-||5 Nights|
|Early Summer||4 May 13||29 Jun 13||£ 650||-||-||5 Nights|
|Summer||29 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|Late Summer||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 685||-||-||5 Nights|
|Autumn/Fall||28 Sep 13||2 Nov 13||£ 550||-||-||5 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday and Saturday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Payments accepted by cheque or bank transfer in GB Sterling or Euros. A deposit of 25% of the total rental cost is payable on booking. The balance is payable 14 days from the date of arrival. <BR><BR>The sofa bed can also sleep two more people, at a weekly cost of Â£60 per person.<BR><BR>No Smoking Please.<BR>No Pets.<BR><BR>The pool is open from 1st May - 1st October. <BR><BR>Arrivals and departures on any day of the week, minimum stay is 5 days. During peak season (30 June - 31 August) minimum stay is 7 days.<BR><BR>The apartment is fully cleaned prior to arrival and on departure - for stays over 7 days a change of linen is included.Book
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