Casa Gaia and La Contadina, Sovicille

Sleeps 18

A Tuscan country villa in the Montagnola hills north of Siena

Property summary

Sleeps 18

5 double bedrooms,
4 twin/double bedrooms and
9 shower rooms, 6 of which ensuite,

Location: Central Tuscany

This property rents from Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Bar, small shop, restaurants in Pievescola 7km

  • Sovicille 8 km and Rosia 10 km

  • Siena 15 km, Florence and seaside 75 km

  • San Gimignano & Volterra 40 mins each

  • Pisa Airport 1 hour and a half
  • Built in 1840 the property is a fine example of a Tuscan country villa situated with its farm buildings on a plateau atop a ridge of hills at 500 m, with a wide park-like expanse of lawn and garden circled by woods in 15 hectares. The buildings, which have been lovingly restored without altering their original characteristics, provide a high standard of furnishings and fittings and decorations are carefully chosen using warm colours that compliment the locally made furniture. Once the country villa of the owner of vast tracts of land and farms in the Montagnola area, its overall shape seems to imply that the family and its needs grew. When taking the property for a group of 18 both the upper floor of the main villa and the attached stone house with independent entrance are available.

    Accommodation

    One part of the accommodation is located on the first floor reached via a staircase up to a splendid furnished open loggia facing south whose wide arched windows allow a view of the lawn and pool area. Off the loggia one door leads into a country kitchen with marble-topped table. A hallway off the kitchen leads to a double and a twin/double bedroom, each with an ensuite shower room. From the loggia another door leads to a very large living/dining room which has sofas in front of a Tuscan fireplace, a table for 10 and a corner. From the living room, a corridor leads to three additional bedrooms, each with its own shower room.

    The stone house to the right of the villa is entered through a shady terrace leading to a large, comfortably furnished living room with a beautiful brick vaulted ceiling. On the same floor is a country kitchen with a fireplace, a dining room with a table for 10 and a shower room. A flight of stone steps takes you to the first floor with two double bedrooms, one with an ensuite shower room, and two double/twin bedrooms with two further shower rooms.

    There is plenty of room for the whole group to sit down to dinner together - either with an extra table in the very large dining room off the 1st floor loggia or outside on the wide lawns between the house and the pool. Also available on request is a separate catering kitchen and large dining room which can be taken for dinners or cookery classes.

    Local area

    While the vast lawns and sheltering trees ensure wonderful outdoor meals and the sunbeds around the decked pool is but a stroll away, Siena is only 20 mins away and many other major Tuscan attractions are nearby. Close to hand is Pievescola which annually celebrates the porcini mushrooms so plentiful in the surrounding woods, and in medieval walled cities there is the crystal of Colle Val d'Elsa, the towers of San Gimignano, the protected cloister of Torri and many other marvels to discover. The estate owners, who maintain an office on the property and will pass by to maintain the gardens and make sure all is well, are valuable resources. For more energetic types there are mountain bikes available, table tennis, volleyball and various walks in the surrounding woods. Birdsong fills the air and you may spot some of the local wildlife such as deer, foxes and wild boar - although as the property is fenced they will not come too close!

    Features

    Baby bed and high chair
    Babysitting
    Available on request with prior notice.
    Barbecue
    Bicycles
    Mountain bikes available on request
    Catering
    Estate restaurant catering available on request
    Coffee Maker
    American and Italian coffee makers
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    Dryer
    2 dryers available
    DVD player
    Event organizing
    Can help organize group festivities, including weddings
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Extra linen change
    Available on request
    Fireplace
    In the living room of Casa Gaia, wood provided
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished gardens and loggia
    Hair dryer
    Heating
    Central heating (Extra)
    Internet access
    WiFi internet works outdoors (in front of Gaia, including the loggia, all the way to the swimming pool), but not well indoors.
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Electric kettles in kitchens
    Microwave
    Mobile phone coverage
    Poor network coverage for mobile phones
    Oven
    Pets welcome
    Pets permitted on request
    Pool towels
    Pool towels provided
    Sports facilities on site
    Ping pong table and volleyball and net on site
    Swimming pool
    Swimming pool, Dim: 10 x 4.5 m., Depth - 1 m. - Ladder entry, surrounded by wooden deck.
    Telephone
    Telephone in the estate office available.
    Television
    Not satellite
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Can arrange transfrs from Pisa, Florence and Rome airports; guided tours in Chianti, Val d'Orcia, Florence, San Gimignano with or without driver (9 seater vans).
    Washing machine
    Shared laundry with 2 washing machines
    Facade2
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    Reviews

    Ms. H.T. with friends and family, Australia
    Date of stay: 28 June 2014

    We took two of the offerings for a party of 16 adults and a dog. It is well renovated to give lots of comforts (9 bathrooms nearly all ensuites, dishwashers, microwaves; 2 washers and 2 dryers ) and retain its charms. The place is set in large green spaces which are well laid out into zones to give lots of room for all. Lots of chairs, lounges, umbrellas ( and shady trees) and tables. Bedrooms are large and bathrooms are to high specs. Lots of indoor spaces as well. Table tennis table, mountain bikes, volley ball all available).. Walking trails also.As set in mountain area, weather is cooler from the heat felt in nearby Siena, and the location is good base for day trips in tuscany. But this means not so convenient if not wanting to self cater. Good supermarket at Rosia. We had a great time. Note: Pool is now fully fenced, thou water temp did not make it inviting even in late June.

    Mr. S.A. and friends & family, UK
    Date of stay: 24 May 2014

    I was going to email to say thanks for your help with organising the villa. We all had a wonderful time - 18 of us in all in the end - definitely a week to remember.

    The villa itself was superb - just right for a mixed group - we were able to keep all the noisy kids in the main block with parents around them. The lucky ones without kids were allowed to lie in, spread around the rest of the rooms.

    The communal areas were lovely - perfect for pre-dinner chat and drinks. With a bit of shuffling of furniture we were able to have everyone dining together. The grounds were great too, the morning parade of deer an added bonus. Unfortunately the pool was - er - bracing, I'm sure it will be lovely in a few more weeks.

    Franco and Giacomo were very helpful throughout. All in all we were very happy, and are seriously considering doing it again in a few years time.

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