Francigena, San Gimignano

Sleeps 10

Large villa and pool for 10 near San Gimignano

Property summary

Sleeps 10

3 double and 2 twin/double bedrooms, 5 ensuite shower rooms, 1 of which has both tub and shower

Location: Central Tuscany

This property rents from Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Bar and restaurant at Borgo Santo Pietro, walkable at 1.3 km
  • Tennis court and bus lines in San Gimignano 9 km., Supermarket and train station in Certaldo 9 km.
  • Colle Val d'Elsa 30 km, Volterra 33 km, San Miniato 38 km
  • Siena & Vinci 1 hr, Florence 1 1/4 hr, Seaside 1 1/2 hr.
  • Airports: Firenze and Pisa both 1 1/4 hr
  • Close to San Gimignano a "strada bianca" track leads across the hills, ending at Francigena and Pellegrino, 2 large Tuscan villas, each with its own private pool and garden, yet close enough to be easily joined should a large group wish to take them both. Francigena, this one, is the smaller of the 2 and sleeps 10 in comfort. There is a small apartment at the very top of the house which is left empty and used should you wish to have the villa fully serviced, with a chef and maid on site.

    Accommodation

    Arched double doors lead into a short entry hall that opens to a large living area which extends to the length of the house. Modern in style and furnishings, it has a grand piano for guests who are adept at a keyboard and a door that opens to the furnished loggia facing the swimming pool in the back garden. The open plan of the ground floor provides easy access around the stairway to the first floor and into the dining room whose table for 10 under a crystal chandelier is positioned to best enjoy the view of the pool through French doors. The kitchen, conveniently off the dining room, has a pleasant mix of stainless counters and appliances with a marble-topped table and antique sideboard, as well as a door that opens to a furnished vine-covered pergola. Also on this floor is a laundry equipped with washer and dryer and a guest WC.

    All the bedrooms, 3 doubles and 2 twins that can be set up as a twin or a double with prior request, are on the first floor. Two of the bedrooms have access to the balcony over the poolside loggia. Each bedroom has an ensuite shower room, with one of these having a tub as well as a shower stall. Tuscan country in style, the bedrooms are spacious and unfussy, leaving guests with plenty of room to make the space their own. Outdoors, the lawn wraps around the swimming pool, itself surrounded by terracotta paving on which to arrange sun beds. Here umbrellas are not necessary, for the arched loggia, furnished with comfortable seating, makes a fine place to come in out of the sun and still keep an eye on splashing youngsters.

    Local area

    Slightly over a kilometre on the country road that ends at the villa, the Santo Pietro Estate reception centre has a restaurant, bar and concierge services that can help set up anything from wine tasting to bike rental. Being in the heart of central Tuscany places many sites in your guide book at easy reach. The closest is the San Gimignano, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its medieval towers, but also offering open-air concerts seen from the steps of the church and Vernaccia, one of Tuscany's rare white wines. Just as close is Certaldo, the birthplace of home of Giovanni Boccaccio, the Renaissance author of the 'Decamero' and, in mid July, the site of one of the best street theatre festivals in Europe, the Mercantia. Only slight further afield is Volterra, the ancient Etruscan city of alabaster; with more than three millennia of history unfolding on its high plateau, it celebrates life in a series of fairs and festivals throughout the summer and honors its history in the excellent Museo Guarnacci. Both Volterra and nearby San Miniato are noted for their truffles, so always keep an eye on menus for this prized tuber. An hour's drive away is Siena, the medieval gem with the beautiful shell-shaped piazza around which the popular Palio horse race is run, or Vinci, the natal town of the great Leonardo with a small museum that reminds visitors of the breadth of his genius. Day trips could even include Florence, though parking headaches argue for utilizing the good local transportation and discovering the historic center on foot. Naturally, if part of the pleasure of touring is the sightseeing, the other part is having a welcoming home to return to - at Francigena you will have both.

    Features

    Air conditioning
    A/C - Extra
    Arrive and relax package
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Barbecue
    Portable BBQ provided
    Catering
    Available on site on request or at Estate restaurant
    Coffee Maker
    American and Italian coffee makers
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    Dryer
    DVD player
    Event organizing
    Wedding event planning and catering, available on request
    Extra beds
    Child's extra single bed available for supplementary fee
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Extra linen change
    Available for a supplementary fee
    Final cleaning included
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished portico
    Garage
    Hair dryer
    In each shower room
    Heating
    Central Heating - Included
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Electric kettle
    Microwave
    Music
    CD Player and Radio
    Oven
    Pool towels
    Available for small fee
    Restaurant nearby
    On the estate, with breakfast and dinner available; 1.3 km = 4 min drive & 19 min walk
    Swimming pool
    Dim: 12 x 6 m. Depth: 1.5 m. Sun beds, umbrellas and furnished surround. Steps entry into pool. Pool open 12 May – 10 October.
    Television
    Satellite TV
    Tennis court
    In San Gimignano, 9 km.
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Tours of historical cities in the surrounding areas, organized on request
    Washing machine
    Winery and Wine tasting
    Wine tasting and Fattoria tour: Available on request

    Things to note

  • Next door to Francigena is another independent villa which hosts 15 people (# 377 Pellegrino); if required, both villas can be rented together. Please speak to your agent about pricing for such an occasion.
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