San Mario - Secluded Relaxation in a Tuscan Stone House

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Last updated: 10/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

It is impossible not to fall in love with the garden at Casa San Mario; the big chestnut tree offering shade on a hot summer’s day, the terracotta patio where hours can be spent enjoying a lazy lunch or dinner, the generous pool where you can cool off after a morning spent exploring Volterra, or, as in the case of my daughters, topping up a tan.

Younger children can enjoy making dens in the garden or exploring the shaded woods, and when the sun sets the whole family can take part in hotly contested ping-pong tournaments on our floodlit ping-pong terrace. For a unique experience, the garden boasts a truly Italian pizza oven, where we enjoy making pizza and bread.

The house is a large, classical Tuscan farmhouse. Because of its traditional building style and airy rooms the house stays pleasantly cool, even in mid-august. It is ideal for both adults and families, and has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, as well as a separate toilet in the utility room. There is a living room upstairs, equipped with a large fireplace, where in the cooler seasons it is pleasant to play cards and chat, and two smaller sitting room/studies downstairs. Our favourite room in the house is the very large farmhouse kitchen and dining room downstairs, this room has a 14 seat hardwood table, and once the sun has gone down it and the adjoining terrace are often the hub of the house.

Volterra (4km from the house) is a very attractive, small hilltop town. The road from the house offers breath-taking views of Tuscany. Volterra was founded in pre-Etruscan time and flourished in the Etruscan period. It became important again in the Renaissance. Our house happens to be on the Roman unmarked road that leads to Florence. There is an impressive Etruscan Museum and a small, very pleasant, Art Gallery.

Walking in Volterra is always a pleasure thanks to the medieval architecture (fans of Twilight may recognise the piazza!), and there are plenty of interesting shops selling Italian leather, shoes, and clothing. There are also small grocery shops selling local produce, as well as a fantastic farmers’ market on Saturdays. If you are tired you can take a break at one of Volterra’s many cafes (we recommend l’Incontro, where you can have a proper Italian cappuccino, homemade ice-cream or pasticcini, and after dark enjoy wine tasting or sample their delicious cocktails).

The house is also close to Pisa, Florence, Siena and San Gimignano, as well as many interesting vineyards and farms. Why not explore Dante’s birthplace, or visit Fattoria Lischeto – supplier to Harrods – for a traditional Tuscan lunch, followed by a cheese-making class? And after a hard day sight-seeing, return to the beauty and tranquillity of Casa San Mario.

In Detail:
The house can accommodate up to 12 persons in comfort. Upstairs, on the first floor, there are three bedrooms with bathroom en suite and a large sitting room. Downstairs there are a large kitchen-dining room, a small kitchen and a living room, and two bedroom with one bathroom, and a utility room. Please see the house plan in the Photos section.

Swimming pool (Open May to mid October) seventy-five metres from the house. Green mosaic tiles. Width: 5m. Length: 13m. Depth from 1.4 to 2.6m. Surrounded by solarium of local stone and sandstone rocks and by the side of a small Oak wood providing shade.

Garden: Mature shaded garden and trees around the house, further away newly planted fruit orchard and open fields.
Garden and pool furniture. Barbecue, washing line, parking, table tennis table and bats, traditional bread and pizza oven.


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Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 250 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12

  • Master: 1 double

    Shower and WC en suite...moreless

  • Garden: 2 twin/ single


  • Garden Study: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Guest: 1 double

    Or Twin, bathroom en-suite...moreless

  • Arch: 4 twin/ single

    4 sngl or 1 double & 2 sng Bathroom en-suite Cot available...moreless

  • Ground Floor Double: 1 double


  • 2/3 doubles, 1/2 twins, 1 family bedroom, 1 cot, 1 Garden Studio room with sofa bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom


  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Family
  • Historic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


Write a review 4.8
from 19 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 24 - Dec 18, 2015
7 night min stay

Winter Holidays
Dec 19 - Jan 8, 2016
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Early Spring
Jan 9 - Mar 11, 2016
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Late Spring
Mar 12 - Jul 1, 2016
7 night min stay

Jul 2 - Aug 26, 2016
7 night min stay

Late Summer
Aug 27 - Oct 14, 2016
3 night min stay
Oct 15 - Dec 16, 2016
3 night min stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 17 - Jan 7, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
€1,800 €4,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee €0
  • Taxes Not included


Swimming Pool Open around May 1; closed around September 30th. Rental price within this period includes swimming pool maintenance. Swimming can be opened at other times on payment of additional fee.

Please enquire for last-minute rental' offers.

Special rates are available for lets of four weeks or more in the November - April period.

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/01/2015
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50 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
4 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
26 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Colle Val'D'Elsa
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
45 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary


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Speaks: english, french, italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The Swimming Pool

    The Swimming Pool

  • The Side Porch

    The Side Porch

  • The Garden

    The Garden

  • Garden in early spring

    Garden in early spring

  • The Main Kitchen and Dining Room

    The Main Kitchen and Dining Room

  • The Main Sitting Room

    The Main Sitting Room

  • Downstairs double bedroom, at night

    Downstairs double bedroom, at night

  • Double bedroom upstairs

    Double bedroom upstairs

  • A bathroom

    A bathroom

  • Twin bedroom downstairs

    Twin bedroom downstairs

  • The House with the side porch

    The House with the side porch

  • The front of the house with patio

    The front of the house with patio

  • The Pool

    The Pool

  • The Pool in the early morning

    The Pool in the early morning

  • Table Tennis Table

    Table Tennis Table

  • Sitting room

    Sitting room

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • The Fireplace in the living room upstairs

    The Fireplace in the living room upstairs

  • Upstairs twin bedroom

    Upstairs twin bedroom

  • Bathroom upstairs 2

    Bathroom upstairs 2

  • En Suite Bathroom

    En Suite Bathroom

  • The Garden

    The Garden

  • The front of the house with patio, in spring

    The front of the house with patio, in spring

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