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restored farmhouse 8 minutes outside San Gimignano

Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Nestled in a centuries-old complex of farm-house buildings, just 10 minutes drive from the medieval "skyscraper" fortress town of San Gimignano...Le Fontanelle is the perfect place to soak in Tuscany's sunshine, culture, food and fun.

An easy drive from Pisa, Florence and Siena...Le Fontanelle is a perfect base for exploring Tuscany. But with its shared 18 x 8m swimming pool, shaded pergola for eating 'al fresco', modest gym and acres of wooded hillside you might not want to leave!

Nearby Volterra is another popular attraction, for fans of the best-selling "Twilight" series of vampire books and films.

Our 2-bedroom/2 bathroom property will sleep up to 5 people. Furnishings include TV/DVD, stereo, charcoal BBQ, wood-burning fireplace and fully-kitted out kitchen.

Bikes and scooters are available for rent locally. Horse-back riding stables are a short drive away. Tours of the area's historic sights, vineyards and olive presses can be easily organised.

And if you're planning a holiday with friends, neighbouring units on the same property are also available for hire.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Follonica 100 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Florence Airport 68 km, Nearest railway: Poggibonsi 12 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

You will be staying in the Villa Agrifoglia.

At ground-level, with south-facing views of the property's hilly 6-hectare forest and stream, the 90sq.meter property contains 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a double bed in each of the rooms. With a day-bed in the larger of the two bedrooms, the property easily sleeps 5. There is also room for a baby's travel cot, if you bring one.

On the first floor, overlooking the 18 x 8m swimming pool and a valley of perfumed vegetation, there is an open-plan living and dining room with TV, DVD and small library.

Should you get bored of the region's world-famous cuisine, our kitchen is fully-kitted out to satisfy even the fussiest chef, with enough seating and tableware to throw a dinner party for 8.

Even at the height of summer, the house's traditional Tuscan construction keeps it cool and breezy. During the colder months, the property is warmed by centrally-heated radiators and a child-friendly raised wood-burning fireplace.

Further details outdoors

We overlook a wooded valley, where locals find truffles in the fall. At night, you can sometimes hear the wild boar snorting at each other! The property is safely fenced and gated, but if you open the gates, you are free to walk the wooded paths down to a creek at the bottom of the small valley. Completely charming.

Further details

Rental usually from Saturday-Saturday, but can be flexible.

Swimming pool only available mid-May to mid-September.

Charming local caretakers available to answer any questions and recommend area's best food and places.

The Tuscany region

Tuscany's warm and and welcoming locals, its fresh and delicious food, its mild winters and warm summers, its rolling hills, vineyards and midieval hilltop fortresses, the art and architecture of Florence and Siena - all of these make Tuscany an ideal destination for families.

Thermal baths and spas dot the surrounding countryside, as do vineyards and olive oil factories open to the public. Less than an hour away from LeFontanelle, take in the fabulous sights of Florence and Siena.

Just under two hours away, Pisa - with its Leaning Tower and its budget airline airport - is also a pleasant day-trip, using LeFontanelle as your home-base.

At virtually any time of year, there are food, art and music festivals in one or more of these cities. Check online for what's happening during your visit !

San Gimignano

Nearby SanGimignano is one of Tuscany's best-know hilltop fortress towns. Also called "the midieval skyscraper town", San Gimignano is well-known for its skyline of Renaissance towers. Situated along what was once the major pilgrimage and troude route to Rome - the Frankish Road - San Gimignano's churches and public buildings attract visitors from all over the world. Enjoy San Gimignano's many cafes and restaurants, many with views of the vineyards and farms of Tuscany's rolling hills.

Across the valley, Volterra is Italy's epicentre of Etruscan art and culture - and also a location for one of the plot-lines of the recent best-selling books and films about vampires called "Twilight", "New Moon" and "Eclipse". According to legend, Volterra's ruling family at one point were vampires, and some of the art and architecture of Volterra hints at this.

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Review 1-6 of 6

25 May 2014

5/5

"Fabulous holiday!"

We had an absolutely great holiday in Tuscany. La Fontanella is ideally located to everything we wanted to do. 10 mins to beautiful San Giminiano, less than an hour to Florence, Siena and Chianti. Comfortable house, lovely terrace, very friendly caretaker. We will definitely go back!

1 Aug 2013

5/5

"My Tuscany dream"

My husband and I, and another couple stayed at Le Fontanelle - Agrifoglio for one week in July. It was an excellent place to stay at while touring around the area. We loved the low key feeling of Le Fontanelle. It was quiet, and we had the pool to ourselves every time we went for a swim. Our villa was clean and spacious for 2 couples. It was fabulous to cook some meals while in Tuscany. It had everything we needed. I was nervous about no air conditioning, but this wasn't a problem at all. The bedrooms were downstairs and were cool at night. We loved that there were no bugs! The location was perfect for us. Most days we drove to little towns, and explored the lovely Italian country roads. We stopped at wineries and had lovely food along the way. The only thing I wished for was that we had booked longer than 1 week. I think 10 days would be perfect. Then there would be enough time for exploring and relaxing!! Thank you for a dream vacation in Tuscany!!

19 Jul 2013

4/5

"Property has a real Tuscan feel right up in the hills amongst vinyards for the real experience"

The property has 2 double bedrooms in the cool downstairs with 2 bathrooms. There is a large single Living/Dining/Kitchen room upstairs decorated in keeping with the tuscan style. With the hill breeze… More

12 Aug 2012

4/5

"Excellent value, great location for exploring Siena, San Gim, Volterra etc."

La Fontanelle is extremely low-key establishment, we arrived, signed in with the owners and then didn't really see them for the rest of the week! For us this was absolutely fine, although some in… More

7 Dec 2011

5/5

"Awonderful base from which to explore Tuscany"

Our family of two adults and two teenagers loved our 6 week stay at Le Fontanelle. The proximity to San Gigmignano, Florence and Volterra was excellent. Bus and train service from Poggibonzi to Florence and Siena was also great. We enjoyed meeting other families in the other units. The caretaking and managment staff were extremely helpful. Great pool and amenities - lots of sun . Simple and attractive decor.

21 Jul 2011

3/5

"Mixed Emotions"

We arrived with family with 3 young kids on a Saturday at 4 pm, our appartment was not ready and although these things can happen an additional 1,5 hours to clean with a moderate result was dissappoin… More

Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad your stay was positive overall and that your three children had a wonderful time. I wish you had contacted me during your stay to let me know that you couldn't find wine-glasses and bottle-opener. I would have been more than happy to get whatever items you were missing, probably delivered that same day. There's a photo on the HolidayLettings/TripAdvisor advert of the red Chinese cabinet in the living room, well-stocked with wine-glasses and dish-towels, bowls and a bottle-opener. And I have been able to confirm that guests who arrived in August - the week after you? - found everything they were looking for. My apologies if these were for some reason not there during your stay. You praised the quality of the wireless internet connection. But I'm not sure whether your feedback implies that you had to pay for this WiFi? Our advert clearly says "free Wi-Fi", and again the other guests I've reached have confirmed they were given a username and password for free. If you did pay, possibly the caretakers were not understanding that you were staying in our place - where the WiFi has already been pre-paid annually. If you let me know who you are, I would be happy to refund that 10 euro charge. And again, I'm glad that you enjoyed your holiday overall. Best wishes, Kristina

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Calendar last updated:16 Sep 2014

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