Villa | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 16
This beautiful farmhouse complex has recently been carefully restored with great attention to detail, so as to combine authentic architectural features and an original rustic style with all modern comforts. It consists of a large main house with annexe and an outbuilding (dependance), the converted hay barn. They are set in lovely, well-tended lawns, within a 400-hectare estate of farmland, comprising olive groves and vineyards, just outside San Gimignano. This privileged position commands superb unrestricted views of the surrounding woodland and hills and guarantees privacy and tranquillity.
Centrally heated throughout, the properties have bright, generously-sized interiors, in which many traditional Tuscan design features have been preserved, such as: wide brick archways interconnecting rooms, sloping terracotta-tiled and wood-beamed ceilings, stone or tiled floors, light painted walls, open wood-burning fireplaces and wrought-iron bedsteads. Many of the bedrooms have floor-length net curtains surrounding the beds, with bedspreads and window curtains in elegant matching fabrics. The kitchens and bathrooms have been refurbished with an eye for style and provide all requisite modern fittings and appliances.
MAIN HOUSE: 330 square metres: Sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms with 6 bathrooms and 1 separate toilet. From the ground-floor entrance hallway, an open, brick archway invites you into the spacious, bright dining area, with its 10-seater wooden table, chandelier and vaulted ceiling. This opens out directly into the lounge area, with its group of armchairs, original fireplace and honey-coloured tiled floor.
The kitchen is fitted with many drawers and cupboards, finished in dark wood, as well as an “island” worktable unit and a pizza/bread oven in one of the corner niches. Other equipment includes: double sink, gas hob with extractor hood, large fridgefreezer. On this ground-floor level there is also one twin-bedded room, with ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle. Proceeding up stone stairs, you access the first floor, where the landing extends into a small day-room with two large sofas, lamps and a wooden sideboard. Issuing off this are the upstairs bedrooms, as follows, all of which have ensuite bathrooms with shower: three double-bedded rooms and two twin-bedded rooms (beds can be put together). A separate toilet is also located on this upper floor.
DEPENDANCE: 64 square metres: Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom (+2 extra on twin sofa-bed) with 1 bathroom and 1 separate toilet. On the ground floor is situated the living/dining area, which includes a 4/6-seater wooden table, a twin sofa-bed and a widescreen TV housed in the former open fireplace. A pretty, rustic-style kitchenette with serving-hatch leads off from here, affording lots of cupboard space, as well as modern fittings, which include: double sink, wooden worktops, tiled splashbacks, oven, gas hob, extractor hood. An open-plan wooden staircase with banister takes you up to the first-floor bedroom, providing double bed and ensuite bathroom with shower.
ANNEXE: Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom with 1 bathroom. This comprises a day-room with built-in kitchen corner; one double bedroom with small double bed (140 cms) and a bathroom with shower.
Garden & Swimming Pool:
The gravel drive extending from the property's entrance gates first runs past the “dependance” outbuilding, which is set on a raised lawn terrace, overlooking the pool terrace below. The drive then continues up to the main house, where a number of “tufo” rocks (local volcanic stone used for building) have been left on display as an eye-catching ornamental feature. There are ample shaded parking spaces nearby.
In front of the main building, the lower sun-terrace consists of a paved pool surround and lovely, well-tended lawns, where loungers and sunshades invite you to relax and take it easy! The pool itself measures 7x14 metres and has an integrated jacuzzi. The area is hedged-in for safety and shelter, but nevertheless commands spectacular unspoilt views of the neighbouring vineyards and farmland which stretch far into the distance. Next to the house, a covered-in loggia, accommodating a large wooden refectory table and with an idyllic scenic backdrop, makes a wonderful spot for outdoor dining.
|Size||Sleeps up to 16, 8 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 8 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (7)|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
It only takes 5 minutes by car from Villa Gialla to San Gimignano. All the most important Tuscan places of interest are within easy reach as well: Siena (45 minutes); central Florence (just over 1 hour); Arezzo (2 hours). The nearest airport is either Florence or Pisa, which are equi-distant (about 1 hour 15 minutes). Rome Airport is about 3 hours drive away.
Nearest town: San Gimignano km 6
Restaurants: San Gimignano km 6
Supermarket: San Gimignano km 6
Grocery: San Gimignano km 6
Shops: San Gimignano km 6
Outlets: Barberino del Mugello km 85
Bank: San Gimignano km 6
Post office: San Gimignano km 6
Chemistry: San Gimignano km 6
Tennis court: San Gimignano km 6
Golf: San Miniato km 40
Horse riding: San Gimignano km 11
SPA: Gambassi Terme km 15
Train station: Certaldo/Poggibonsi km 15
The council of San Gimignano, whose place name comes from the name of the Saint who saved the town from invasion by the Goths, is in the province of Siena. At a height of 325m above sea level it has a population of about 7,000 inhabitants.
In this council you can admire the churches of St. Iacopo and St. Peter, the Collegiate of St. Mary of the Assumption with the Chapel of St. Fina, the Cathedral, the Museum of Sacred Art, the Podestà Palazzo and the Pratellesi Palazzo.
In ancient times San Gimignano was a tiny village in the Greek-Etruscan period (III-II centuries BC). There is however some evidence of a more remote presence. The sacred area of Pugiano, still visible in the valley of the Riguardi river, seems in fact to date back to the Archaic-Etruscan era. The legend about the foundation of the city instead attributes its birth to the settlement of Silvio, one of the Roman patricians who fled after the failed plot against Catiline. The year of foundation would be 63 BC, with the rising of the Silvia village.
By medieval times Silvia was consolidated and took the name of the Bishop of Modena Gimignano, who it is said foiled the invasion of the town by Totila's barbaric hordes with his apparition. Thanks to the Via Francigena, San Gimignano saw the development of a growing number of churches and convents in the surrounding area. The route, opened by the Longobards along the ancient Via Cassia and subsequently controlled by the Franks, represents an authentic thoroughfare that links Northern Europe to Rome.
In 1199 the city became an autonomous council, freeing itself of the dominion of the bishopric of Volterra. In this era the village suffered internal divisions between Papal-supporting Guelphs and Empire-supporting Ghibellines, who caused a real “civil war” in the territory. Among the numerous diplomats welcomed to the city to resolve the fratricide that was storming Tuscany was Dante Alighieri, present in 1300. The plague in the mid-14th century aggravated the socio-economic crisis in the village which, in 1354, accepted submission to the authority of the Florentine Republic. From that moment San Gimignano became one of the most important centres of the Florentine county, despite its obvious demographic decline. Of the 13,000 inhabitants at the beginning of the 14th century only 3,000 remained at the end of the 15th century.
The degradation of its social make-up and the fall in the number of inhabitants meant that construction did not particularly interfere in the structure of the town centre. In recent times, therefore, the citizens of San Gimignano have realised they owned an authentic, valuable, open-air, artistic heritage. With all of its medieval structure still intact, the council has been recently added to the list of UNESCO-protected heritages.