Apartment in a Cool Stone Villa with Large Pool Near San Gimignano
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Manager
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Gambassi Terme apartment description
Osservatorio is a stunning villa for up to 11guests divided into two independent units which can also be rented separately (Orione apartment for up to 6 guests and Aquario apartment for up to 5 guests. The property is extraordinarily cool and pleasant throughout the summer, thanks to its location on a higher altitude (about 500 AMSL) and the beautiful structure in heavy stones. This magnificent country home offers no compromise in comfort either, providing guests with comfortable sitting areas, satellite televisions and WiFi connection. Attention to details and special touches are a common feature all over the villa.
One of the most evident highlights at this property is the luxuriate garden with a huge variety of plants so lavishly tended. Not to mention the stunning pool, surrounded by fantastic terracotta pots with flowers, sculptures and plenty of sun loungers.
The owners who highly prize their guests privacy and comfort, have built two fantastic sundecks, one for each apartment, with couches and tables to provide guests with great corners in total privacy.
Please note at this property there are not facilities for young children or toddlers therefore it is unsuitable for children under 7years of age.
The large property is completely fenced in and consists of two immaculately restored buildings, one of which is home to the discreet and friendly owners with their docile dog and a cat.
The 2 spacious apartments have heavy beam ceilings, cool cotto tiles and fine antiques all harmoniously blended in with more modern features from filter coffee makers to microwave ovens.
Orione apartment is an extremely roomy and airy apartment with impressive beams. It is accessed from ground level into the spacious living room with comfortable couches and table with chairs, embellished by some pieces of antiques and comfortable sofas. A flight of stairs lead to the spacious mezzanine where 2 single beds are located (on request the bed can be made as double). The 2 spacious bedrooms, each with its prettly tiled shower room are naturally cool in summer months. One also opens onto the private terrace, where to find a table and chairs, the ideal spot to read or sunbathe.
The kitchen is equipped with an electric worktop (4 hobs), an electrical grill, an American style coffee maker and a full fridge with refrigerator, dishwasher (there is not a full oven). From the kitchen a door leading to the graceful loggia which enjoys views of the beautiful garden and corners of the surrounding countryside. This covered loggia is large and well furnished with table, chairs for al fresco meals even on a warmer summer day.
A bright and delightful room is accessed from the living room and it is equipped with comfortable chairs, ideal as a reading retreat enjoying plenty of natural light.
Approx. distance from airports: Pisa 1hr and Florence 1hr 15mns. Bologna Borgo Panigale is also a valid alternative located 2hr 15mns drive on the motorway
Approx. driving distance to the nearest town, Gambassi Terme is less than 10mns while San Gimignano and Volterra are easily reached in less than 20mns on panoramic roads. Florence is a great destination for a full day out even by train from Castelfiorentino (20mns drive away) in about 1hr.
Within minutes walking there is a good restaurant, a beauty centre and tennis court where you can pamper yourselves with body treatments leading you to the evening supper succumbing to the lure of the caretaker's delicious home cooking (available on request) right at your villa. You are booking directly with the owners, the Guazzinis, without paying any agency fee. However, due to our lack of foreign language skills all correspondence will be replied by our local assistant, Serena Brachi who speaks fluent English and basic French.
The golf court in Castelfalfi is found about 20mns away and many other interesting sights and eating out places are conveniently listed for guests on the informative villa book available at the villa and written by a professional local assistant, who is available on request to visit guests in resort.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- 2 Double Beds, 2 Single Beds that can become double
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Hair Dryer
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Mountain Biking
- Fitness Center
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
ReviewsWrite a review
Summer 2012 Scotland to Tuscany
Summer 2012 Scotland to Tuscany
The property is in an absolutely wonderful setting and has fabulous facilities both inside and out. It is also well work a short walk (away from the direction of the main road) to see the stunning views down the valley. The villa itself is spotless, stays nice and cool in blistering heat, is very well equipped, and is absolutely beautiful. Given the fairly remote location, the availability of high pressure, constantly hot water was very encouraging (although, given the overall calibre of the property, not surprising). The pool and area (again absolutely stunning) was a great place to lie and relax, and to watch the swallows swooping in to have an on-the-wing drink from the water was one of the personal favourite experiences of entire holiday for me! Neva and Giovanni, the property owners, are incredibly nice people, and although their English is not especially strong (neither was our Italian), we still managed to communicate very effectively. We would highly recommend ordering a Tuscan meal cooked by Alina (if still available) - she is a wonderful cook, and Neva and Giovanni are lovely and generous hosts. Ceva the dog also made us feel very welcome, albeit she made us miss our own dog back home! Locally, there are a few restaurants nearby which are very nice, although given the quality of the property and facilities, you may not wish to leave very often. Travelling to places like San Gimignano, Pisa, Florence, Sienna and Volterra are all very do-able, whether during the day or at night. In summary, we could not recommend the property highly enough. Our only minor issue at all was a lack of mobile signal on the property (although I am sure many would regard this as a benefit!). Would i recommend this property to a friend or relative - definitely!!!
- Guest Drummer (Perth, Scotland, UK)
- Date of stay 07/21/12
- Review Submitted 08/15/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Good afternoon Serena, Just a brief note to thank you for organising us the opportunity to stay at the Aquario. We had a superb holiday and really enjoyed our stay. Please pass our sincere thanks to Neva and Giuovanni, too. Neva’s Ragu's were out of this world. We really felt welcomed to the fantastic villa. With all the best The Edinburgh folks
- Guest Osmosis (Edinburgh)
- Date of stay 06/24/12
- Review Submitted 07/25/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
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