Ambra, San Miniato

Sleeps 6

A spacious villa apartment on an ancient farming estate

Property summary

Sleeps 6

1 twin bedroom, 1 king-size double bedroom, 2 shower rooms. Additional attic room with 2 double beds and ensuite shower rooms

Location: Pisa and Lucca

This property rents Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Nearest restaurant & bar at Bottega Genovini, 1.3 km
  • Supermarkets, restaurants and train station in San Miniato 5 km, Castelfiorentino 16 km and Empoli 20 km
  • San Gimignano 35 km, Pisa, Lucca and Florence 48 km
  • Siena and Greve in Chianti 1 1/4 hr
  • The Versilia sea coast 1 hr
  • Set in the midst of truffle country, this first floor apartment in the San Miniato villa offers generous space for a family holiday. Located in what was once a border tower, then a rich Florentine's family country getaway, and finally a large lovingly restored villa of which Ambra is a part. The military memories are still there in the enormously thick lower walls, while the elegance of its later life is apparent as you drive up to it. Ambra is one of the four generous apartments created out of the large villa. San Miniato, the medieval village seen from the shared swimming pool, is one of many sites that will draw guests seeking a Tuscan experience.

    Accommodation

    From the entrance hall at the back of the villa two short stairways lead up to this first floor apartment and the landing which connects to living and sleeping quarters. To the left are doors to the living room and a large country kitchen with a dining table for 8, marble sink and counter top and an open fireplace, a feature much appreciated by late Autumn or early Spring guests. A wide arch leads from the kitchen to a comfortable living room furnished with armchairs and a sofa set against a brick-faced wall. While there is a shower room off the landing, there are two other showers rooms in the sleeping accommodations, one ensuite to a twin bedroom, and another, equipped with twin sinks and a washing machine, adjacent to the large double bedroom.

    The largest of the estate apartments, Ambra offers further accommodation in the large furnished attic, which is accessed via a stairway from the central landing. Contrary to most attics, this space is generous, partially lit by natural light and beautifully restored, with terracotta flooring and oak beams overhead. Furnished with a sofa for TV viewing, a table for 4 and two double beds, as well as two shower rooms, this may be an ideal spot for family group or teenage friends.

    Local area

    Very likely a first outing will be to the charming medieval town you can spot from the estate pool. Once famous for its position on the Via Francigena, the ancient road to Rome, scenic San Miniato now draws pilgrims in search of the prized white truffle. Being halfway between Pisa and Florence may have put you in harm's way in the Middle Ages, but it is a definite plus for the modern adventurer and visitors can hop aboard a nearby train or drive to the heart of these Tuscan cities quite worthy of the many pages in their guidebooks. Other day trips include ventures to the skyscrapers of the Middle Ages in San Gimignano, the beautiful shell-shaped Piazza del Campo in Siena or the beaches of the Versilia sea coast. Yet staying at the estate means having wonderful staff on hand to help set up local wine tasting, truffle hunting or canoeing on a nearby lake. At this property you won't be at a loss for something to do, though don't be surprised if a poolside sunbed and a gentle breeze in the olive trees persuade you to put off that doing to another day.

    Features

    Air conditioning
    Extra, by consumption
    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Babysitting
    Available on request
    Barbecue
    Canoeing
    Canoeing at nearby lake
    Catering
    Catering and breakfast available in on-site restaurant, on request
    Children's equipment
    Children's playground
    Coffee Maker
    American and Italian-style coffee makers
    Computer, Printer or Scanner
    Printer/scanner use available in estate office.
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    DVD player
    Available on request
    Extra beds
    Extra beds in the attic
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Fans
    Portable bedroom fans
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    In the kitchen, with wood available
    Fishing
    Fishing at nearby lake
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Private and shared outdoor areas
    Golf course
    18 hole golf course nearby -Golf Club San Miniato
    Hair dryer
    In shower rooms
    Heating
    Central heating, Extra
    Home-grown produce
    Olive oil available
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    Insect screens on all windows
    Internet access
    WiFi internet - good enough for e-mail but not for streaming films
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Microwave
    Available on request
    Mobile phone coverage
    Good throughout the property
    Music
    CD player and iPod player
    Oven
    Pool towels
    Provided
    Restaurant nearby
    In walking distance - "Bottega Genovini", 1.3 km
    Swimming pool
    Shared pool - Dim: 12.5 x 8 m; Depth: 40 cm - 1.5 m. - The shallow end is a wading pool for children with a divider from main pool - Open: 31 May to 30 September
    Television
    Tennis court
    Nearby - at Tennis Club San Miniato
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Airport transfers on request
    Washing machine
    Winery and Wine tasting
    Wine tasting on site, w/ snacks or combined w/ pizza night OR Local wine-tasting tour

    Things to note

  • This property requires a security deposit of Euro 200 on arrival. Please ensure you have the necessary cash to leave with the caretaker.
  • Ambra has the largest eat-in kitchen with good equipment, a fireplace and plenty of storage space.
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