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Stunning farmhouse apartment located between Tuscan cities of San Gimignano and Volterra, shared pool, private garden, sleeps 6 – Home 132138 Apartment

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 4 nights min stay

Stunning farmhouse apartment located between Tuscan cities of San Gimignano and Volterra, shared pool, private garden, sleeps 6 – Home 132138

Excellent 5/5 Excellent – based on 40 reviews

  • Apartment
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 4 nights min stay

Apartment / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Azzurra is an apartment in Poderra Torrichi, a gated community of three farm buildings, which is located between the medieval cities of San Gimignano and Volterra. Podera Torrichi is newly renovated and has retained the charm of the traditional Tuscan farm buildings, with chestnut beams, interior exposed stone, chestnut doors, terracotta tiles and shuttered windows.

There is a large, shared, 14 x 7 meter infinity pool with covered gazebo, sunbathing areas and sunbeds. The pool is situated on the south end of the grounds near the edge of the knoll, and has a glorious view of Volterra and Pisa. The swimming pool is opened from May 1st to September 30. Podera Torrichi is located 2km off of the main road SP4.

Further details

Prices are in US$. 25% deposit required on booking and balance 6 weeks before arrival. Payment by VISA or MasterCard. There is a 200 euro damage deposit payable locally on arrival and refunded, less any damages, upon departure. Cancellation refunds:

Azzurra is an apartment in Poderra Torrichi, a gated community of three farm buildings, which is located between the medieval cities of San Gimignano and Volterra. Podera Torrichi is newly renovated and has retained the charm of the traditional Tuscan farm buildings, with chestnut beams, interior exposed stone, chestnut doors, terracotta tiles and shuttered windows.

There is a large, shared, 14 x 7 meter infinity pool with covered gazebo, sunbathing areas and sunbeds. The pool is situated on the south end of the grounds near the edge of the knoll, and has a glorious view of Volterra and Pisa. The swimming pool is opened from May 1st to September 30. Podera Torrichi is located 2km off of the main road SP4.

Further details

Prices are in US$. 25% deposit required on booking and balance 6 weeks before arrival. Payment by VISA or MasterCard. There is a 200 euro damage deposit payable locally on arrival and refunded, less any damages, upon departure. Cancellation refunds: up to 8 weeks – no cancellation charge. 4-8 weeks – 50% of rate refunded. 2-4 weeks – 25% of rate refunded. Less than 2 weeks – no refund. Any damage, breakage, or anything giving cause for concern noticed must be reported within 48 hours.

Properties are available for occupation from 4pm on arrival day and must be vacated by 10am on the day of departure. Changeover day is Saturdays. Keys are accessible by way of a key safe at any time.

Further details outdoors

The apartment has two private terraces to enjoy and relax. The north facing terrace with covered gazebo provides shelter from the hot sun and is equipped with dining furniture. The terrace located on the southwest corner of the apartment provides a 270 degree view of the Tuscan countryside and the infinity pool, and is great for sunbathing, having a meal, and enjoying the amazing Italian sunset. The apartment has its own private garden.

Location description from owner

The Tuscany region

Tuscany, the cradle of modern European culture, contains treasures of every age and style, from the Etruscan theatre and Roman baths at Fiesole, to the majestic Gothic buildings in the medieval town of Siena, to the exceptional art and architecture of Florence. The cities of Tuscany have produced writers, scientists, architects, musicians and artists whose works have literally changed the world. The immense dome of Florences Duomo, designed by Brunelleschi, inspired Michelangelos design for the dome of St. Peters in Rome, and influenced architecture in towns throughout Italy.

The peaceful Tuscan landscape is primarily rolling hills, with vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees and hilltop villages all bathed in a soft, amber light. The rustic Tuscan farmhouse, made of local stone and set atop a hill flanked by lines of cypress trees, is a sight unique to Tuscany. Silent medieval hilltowns, with their fortified castle walls and church steeples visible in the distance, are a part of the landscape: San Gimignano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Cortona. Tuscanys olive groves yield some of Italys finest extra virgin olive oil, but the heart of the region is in its vineyards, particularly the Chianti Classico, where you can visit fattorie (wine estates), to sample and purchase their wines (most famous of which are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino).

San Gimignano

San Gimignano (14km), possibly Italy’s most famous small town, is only a 20 minute drive. This city evokes the atmosphere of Medieval Toscana, with its cobblestone roads, high defensive walls, imposing towers and narrow streets. This small and charming medieval town, founded in the eighth century, is known for its lofty medieval towers, 14 of the 72 original still remain. Inside the city walls, there are many restaurants, speciality shops, art galleries, museums and churches.

Volterra (15km), the jewel of Roman, Etruscan, medieval, and Renaissance art, is only
a 20 minute drive.


Siena (50km), is famous for its large cathedral, the Duomo, which was completed in 1380, and is a great example of Italian Romanesque architecture. Siena is also famous for the Piazza del Campo, which is another architectural treasure, and is famous for hosting the Palio horse races that occur in July and August. Siena is a walled city, full of atmosphere and fabulous bars and restaurants.

Florence (aspproximately 60km), is a little over an hours drive away and is more easily accessible by train. Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Politically, economically, and culturally it was the most important city in Europe for around 250 years; from some time before 1300 until the early 1500s. Visit one of the world's most famous fine art museums, Galleria degli Uffizi, with collections of Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity. Also spend the day touring the Duomo di Firenze, the city's beautiful cathedral, the symbol of the city. Brunelleschi's huge dome was an engineering feat of the rennaissance. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio the oldest and most famous bridge over the Arno. The Ponte Vecchio is lined with shops, traditionally mostly jewellers since the days of the Medici. Vasari's elevated walkway crosses the Arno over the Ponte Vecchio, connecting the Uffizi to the old Medici palace.

Chianti area (40km), the beautiful small villages of Castellina, Radda, Greve and Gaiole are only minutes away. Hills, crossed by a rich network of short rivers, those of the Pesa, the Elsa, the Greve, the Ombrone and the Arbia, are everywhere famous for the incomparable naturalistic beauty and as an example of harmonious union between environment and human activity, which is reflected by the orderly cultivation of vines and olive trees and by the golden expanse of grain.

The rural reality of the Chianti region is not however monotonous, it also presents, in fact, woodland areas composed essentially of oak and chestnut trees of coppices that cover the slopes of the surfaces. The fascination of this territory lies in the perfect equilibrium between the soft forms of slopes and the thousand nuances of colour and crowded woods, populated by ancient castles, secular parishes, pleasant villas and large Jarms.







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Families

  • Suitable for children over 5
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 2 Double Beds, 2 Single Beds
  • 2 Shower rooms

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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About the owner

Mary Ann A
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
25 Sep 2016
Years listed:
6
Based in:
United States

Languages spoken: English


This Apartment has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 17 Jun 2010. Located in Province of Siena, it has 40 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £1000 to £1462.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 25 Sep 2016.

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“Stunning accommodation in a fabulous location”

Reviewed 11 Aug 2016

Amazing apartment with everything you could need for a reaching haven after a busy day of sight seeing. The views are like paintings and the gardens are beautiful. Mary- Ann is a fabulous host, we had an amazing holiday.

“A wonderful holiday home”

Reviewed 11 Aug 2014

Stayed at Azzurra in June and had the most wonderful holiday. We were a group of 3 couples, the home was spotlessly clean, very well furnished and the views, well.. they are just amazing, better than the photos show!! The owner Mary Ann was extremely helpful, and has put a lot of thought, time and energy into making the villa as comfortable and well equipped for the the guests as possible. Mary Ann has created a really comfortable holiday home in the most beautiful spot, the views really are better then the photos show! Our only regret...we didn't stay longer, hope to be back someday.

“Perfecto!!”

Reviewed 5 Aug 2014

What more can I say? Azzurra was amazing! A very special place & would be hard to beat. The views & sunsets were out of this world & the property itself was tastefully decorated with quality paintings & furniture that really captured the essence of Tuscany. The kitchen equipment was of a high standard & everything was spotlessly clean. Air-conditioning had recently been installed, however, we did not use it as felt cool at night & the ceiling fans were adequate. The swimming pool area had panoramic views & was never very busy. We often had it to ourselves & it looked spectacular when lit up at night. The location was quite remote but that's exactly what we wanted. We took day-trips to Chianti (wine-tasting), Pisa (by car) & Florence (by train). We also went horse-riding at the nearby La Fiaba stables (www.la-fiaba.com) The owner, Sharon, was very friendly & the horses are very well cared for. Some had even been rescued. We visited the 2 local towns of Volterra & San Gimignano which were lovely. Supermarkets were in easy reach & the owner, Mary Ann, provided detailed information about the local area as well as superb directions from Pisa airport (1hour). In my opinion, you could not find better accommodation for your money in this beautiful area of Tuscany. My family & I actually feel very lucky to have found Azzurra! Many thanks to Mary-Ann! Also, special thanks to Steve & Hayley next door who were extremely helpful!

“Beautiful house in fabulous setting”

Reviewed 5 Nov 2012

It is difficult to add much to the previous reviews by guests who have clearly enjoyed their stay at Azzurra as much as we did. This was our third visit to Tuscany and we were delighted to discover this super place to stay. The setting is amazing - wonderful views and peaceful surroundings. The house is very well appointed with comfortable beds and fully equipped kitchen. The owners clearly put a lot of effort into ensuring that their guests have a comfortable stay, and supplied superbly detailed directions (including photos of crucial junctions) and lots of useful information about the house. Wonderful!

“A modern Tuscan beauty - FANTASTIC accommodation”

Reviewed 25 Jul 2012

Azzurra is as beautiful as the name suggests. The photos on line are accurate as the villa is modern, extremely well equipped, furnished and decorated. Beds are comfortable, both showers and bathrooms modern and complete. All appliances are new and easy to use. Our week was over too quickly as none of us wanted to leave and all of us (we were two couples) rushed back to Azzurra in the evening to make supper in the gourmet kitchen and share wine on the private patio and watch the sun set. There are two private seating areas at the villa joined by a third giving a panoramic view. The gardens surrounding the villa were in full bloom in late June and made the accommodation both pleasing to the eye and private. The owner has thought of every possible need you could have, you don't need to bring anything except your groceries and wine...and you will want to buy some local wine. A car is a must and the driving instructions provided are detailed and simple to follow. It is an easy drive to San Gimignano, Volterra (20 minutes) as well as Sienna, Pisa, Lucca, Livorno, Florence or Montepuliciano (Florence being the furthest at a little over an hour). The villa on a private Tuscan hilltop even has WiFi but who wants to spend time on an iPad when the views are so breathtaking!

“Great Tuscan getaway”

Reviewed 20 Jul 2012

Azzurra is part of a relatively new apartment complex, consisting a number of apartments. Half of them are owned by Italians who are there mostly for the weekends. Azzurra is by far the best located apartment, with sun all day as well as amazing views over the Tuscan countryside. The apartment is very tastefully decorated and well equipped. Unfortunatley both TV and wifi did not work when we were there (wifi should be fixed by now). The amazing sunsets and a large enough (shared,unheated) pool as well as the lovely gardens made it a place where we really felt relaxed. We had the pool mostly for ourselves. A car was essential in order to gain access to the place and its surroundings. Access was via a 2 km dirt road which is about half an hour from both San Gimignano and Volterra. The remote location contributed to the countryside feeling and charm which we liked. We stayed with our one year old baby, which was fine. As there is limited space for children to run around we would not recommend it for children from 2-5. One thing to keep in mind is that there is only a portable airco unit in the apartment, which can cool just one bedroom at the same time. Even in July it tends to cool down at night, so we found it bearable even without airco. The booking process was smooth and owner Mary Ann made sure everything was according to expectations, also checking with us just after arrival. When we arrived we did not see anyone at check in which after a long drive was not ideal as finding the apartment and the safe with the key was not entirely clear from the instructions provided. This part of the process could be made more "user friendly".

“The views, the views the VIEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Reviewed 8 Jun 2012

Well, only a house like this could make or break a honeymoon with the in-laws! And let's say it MADE IT! You will not believe your eyes when you see the views. We had looked on google satellite, which gave no indication of what we should have been prepared for. The pics of the green rolling hills of Tuscany were not just advertisement (they don't do justice), they are very real and go on and on around (& mostly below) you in a panoramic paradise where you'll hear only the faint cowbells of calm grazing cattle. We found every detail of the house very quaint, well kept and stunning. You'll be charmed by the circular front entrance, leading to the sitting room and connecting to the kitchen (a Tuscan dream). Believe it or not, with all the wonderful food in the area, we enjoyed cooking at home the most! All appliances are phenomenal, but pay attention to the power rules! I hope that everyone will consider this particular home, it really will feel like one. Two points to add: the property does indicate the necessity for a vehicle. Be prepared to drive long distances to reach anything (including the grocery store). But, you will find peace in the pace of privacy. And also, there is no wi-fi connection available. This may frighten some of you, but be BRAVE. IT IS THE BEST DISCONNECTION POSSIBLE. You will relearn to CONNECT with those around you, and bathe in the serenity of the moments. MEMORIES FOR A LIFETIME!!

“Fantastic property”

Reviewed 31 Dec 2011

Wow! what lovely property...It had every thing you could possibly need and more...The owner has thought of everything, including very good instructions of how to get there from Pisa airport. The bedrooms where lovely and beautifully decorated as was the whole property. The views where fantastic, particularly at sunset. We had had a lovely holiday and will definately go back it was such a central position for discovering Tuscany. We visited Florence, Sienna, Volterra but are favourite place was San Gimminano..especially in the evenings. We saw a fantastic open air opera in in one one squares one evening which was very special. I would recommend this property, but you do need a car to get anywhere.

“Everything you need is here”

Reviewed 12 Dec 2011

A beautiful location with luxury accomodations and a gourmet kitchen. If you want to relax, relax. We used the pool even in late September and you can go for a long hike right from the property. The kitchen was a fully stocked gourmet kitchen. The owners have anticipated everything that you would want to enjoy your stay. The home seems brand new and clean with high quality furnishings. My wife and I stayed there with 2 other friends in September and we had plenty of room to relax. We also appreciated having plenty of poolside recliners set aside for our unit. They have a mini catalog of DVDs available to watch. We were nervous about driving in Italy but very thorough instructions were provided so it was easy to get there and find the property.

“Great expossure to the Tuscan flavor with supreme comfort”

Reviewed 1 Oct 2011

We loved the house! This was the closest to a home feeling that you can get out of a rental in the middle of the breathtaking fields of Tuscany. The kitchen was COMPLETE! all available for our comfort. The beds and bedding impeccable. They had all the amenities needed for a perfect relaxing getaway. Just minutes away from Saint Gemigiano, Volterra etc. The house feels like the perfect romantic getaway. The variety of entertaining DVDs was larger than we have ever received at any rental before. There was a washer and dryer, hair dryer, dishwasher etc. There was NOTHING missing! We were able to hike, and/or relax at the pool. If what you are looking for is a great experience, we highly recommend it.

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