Torrevista, Casaglia, San Gimignano

Sleeps 10

A stone house with a splendid view of the towers of San Gimignano

Property summary

Sleeps 10

1 double bedroom, 4 twin bedrooms, 1 with ensuite shower + 2 shower rooms, 1 bathroom

Location: Central Tuscany

This property rents from Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Bar, restaurants, shopping at San Gimignano 9 km

  • Poggibonsi /w large PAM supermarket 6 km

  • Colle Val d'Elsa 10 km, Volterra 20 km

  • Siena and Florence 45 km
  • Sitting high on a ridge looking across the valley to the towers of San Gimignano, Torrevista is one of the oldest farmhouses in a small Tuscan hamlet surrounding a former monastery. Gently restored by a Swiss conductor who for over a generation has embraced the joys of music, wine making, and generous hospitality, it is now available as an excellent place for friends and extended families to gather. This in part is due to the varied accommodation possibilities it offers. There are places indoors and out for everyone to dine together and spacious living areas to sit and recount the day's adventures, but with two independent floors in the main house there is also room for privacy.

    Accommodation

    Entrance to the upper floor is via the stone steps from the poolside terrace. In keeping with Tuscan priorities, one of the first rooms encountered is a spacious country kitchen with travertine counters, a large dining table and a traditional fireplace. On a corridor off the kitchen are three roomy bedrooms, all furnished with country antiques and bright fabrics. One of the two twin bedrooms has its own shower and sink, and the large double bedroom has a sink. There is a shower room near the double bedroom and a bathroom, equipped with a washing machine and separate WC off the entrance landing. Beyond the bedrooms are two living areas that spread the width of the house. The first has a cosy sofa and chairs gathered around the Sat. TV on one side of the room; on the other side is a dining area whose windows have the best interior view of the evocative city across the valley. The second living area, a few steps lower through the double arched entry, has comfortable seating near an open fireplace and an upright piano, tuned and ready for a visiting musician.

    Two sets of French doors access the lower floor from the garden, one leading directly into a twin bedroom that connects to a second twin bedroom via curtained glass doors set in a brick arch. A door from the second bedroom leads to a large shower room with sweeping brick arches overhead. This floor also has an eat-in kitchen with doors up to the back garden, making it very handy for preparing those al fresco meals.

    Local area

    As the furnished pergola on the terrace suggests, outdoor dining seems natural on a summer's evening, and whether the nearby barbecue is put to use or the caretaker's home-cooking requested, guests can easily treat themselves to Tuscan ingredients that harmonize with the owner's red wine. Torrevista is an excellent base for day touring. San Gimignano is a UNESCO site for good reason and draws many to stroll their shops or sit on the cathedral steps under a starry sky for an evening of music. Also in easy reach are Colle Val d'Elsa, whose crystal manufacturing dates back to the middle ages, Volterra, whose Etruscan ancestors and alabaster production go back even earlier and, of course, Siena and Florence, once former rivals and now many-starred in any guide book and less than an hour away.

    Features

    Arrival groceries
    Organized for a small fee
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Barbecue
    Catering
    Available on request
    Coffee Maker
    American and Italian coffee makers
    Dishwasher
    DVD player
    Extra beds
    1 double sofa bed available
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Fans
    Portable fans in all bedrooms
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    In the kitchen and in the lower sitting room
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished pergola and terrace
    Hair dryer
    Heating
    Central heating - Extra
    Home-grown produce
    Home produced wine and olive oil for sale
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    In all bedrooms
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Microwave
    Mobile phone coverage
    Good
    Music
    CD/ radio, iPod dock, Piano
    Oven
    Pets welcome
    Well-behaved pets permitted with prior notice
    Pool towels
    Provided
    Suitable for disabled visitors
    Ground floor apartment available, but not appropriate for wheelchairs
    Swimming pool
    Dim: 12 x 6 m. with a graduated depth (1-3 m.) Corner steps into the pool and generous terracotta border. Lounge chairs & furnished pergola by the pool.
    Telephone
    Cell phone available which guests charge to use
    Television
    Satellite
    Toaster
    Washing machine
    Winery and Wine tasting
    Wine tasting at a local winery included and to be arranged wit the caretaker
    Tablemain
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    Reviews

    Mr. R.M. and family, USA
    Date of stay: 06 July 2013

    We really enjoyed our stay at Torrevista. The weather was great and the property just what we expected. I have to also say how satisfied I was with our overall experience using Invitation to Tuscany for our booking. Lyn was a great help and the whole process from making the initial reservations, being able to make them in English, making payments, getting information on the property and area in advance. The Internet is an amazing tool for this. I really appreciated how Lyn tried contacting us before our arrive to make sure we knew how to get to Torrevista as the address does not show up on GPS navigation. We would like to go back sometime.

    We will highly recommend Invitation to Tuscany to anyone we know interested in traveling to Tuscany.
    Thanks for helping us have such a great vacation/holiday.

    Mr. J.R. with family and friends, USA
    Date of stay: 25 June 2011

    Great value here! The hosts were fantastic and personable. The complimentary wine tasting is not to be missed - definitely a highlight of the trip. It's your own piece of heaven - very close to San Gimignano!I would definitely stay here again!

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