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San Mario - Secluded Relaxation in a Tuscan Stone House

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Last updated: 09/04/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Volterra farmhouse description

La Meridiana di San Mario nestles on the side of a hill looking across open fields towards the ancient Etruscan town of Volterra in Central Tuscany. Only 3 kms away, Volterra is a charming walled still mediaeval town with an unspoilt ambience. This is one of the most spectacular parts of Tuscany, discovered by those who enjoy and appreciate both its quiet beauty and its good location. From here you can make easy day-trips to Florence, Siena, Lucca, Bolgheri and Pisa or just linger around the beautiful pool or in the shaded, tranquil and peaceful garden with a good book and cool drink. With modern central heating and its large cosy Tuscan fireplace the house is also an ideal centre for spring, fall or winter holidays, each with their own ambience. The house is a modernised stone farmhouse (3 km from Volterra) with gracious proportions and exposed wooden beams, restored in a simple and stylish fashion.

Volterra and the Garden and Pool: Volterra (height 460m, population 12,000) is an Etruscan hill top town with mediaeval fortress walls and spectacular views. A working town but unspoilt with beautiful central square, a castle, Roman theatre, small narrow streets, arches and towers, a cathedral, an art gallery and one of the most important Etruscan museums in Italy. There are free Classical, Jazz and other events in the summer.

Superb swimming pool (Open mid 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 grazed by sheep. Garden and pool furniture. Barbecue, washing line, parking, Informal badminton court, traditional bread oven.

Layout: Many further photographs, plans of the layout and many other details can be found on the house's own website. Contact us for the web address. There is full gas central heating and a large fireplace.
3 high standard modern bathrooms.

The house can accommodate up to 12 persons in comfort. Upstairs, on the first floor, there are three bedrooms, a large sitting room, two bathrooms. 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. The ground floor is suitable for the moderately disabled.

Local amenities include horse-riding, tennis and walking. The region is known for gourmet food and wine.

Bookings and Further details: Bookings are usually for two weeks in high season (May to October), one week at other times.

Comments are available from past guests. For example:
'Wow! We felt right at home in your Tuscan hideaway. Our group had nothing but positive statements ..the fact there were comestibles left by the previous tenants, wine on the table, and the lovely Lombardos to see us through our orientation, started us on the right foot. The excellent accommodations and the lovely physical setting of the villa completed the equation. Thank you for the excellent driving directions. The location of the villa so close to Siena, Florence, Lucca, San Giminiano, Pisa, etc. made travel and visits to these important centers easy day trips. The town of Volterra itself is worth spending 2 days in. There was nothing we could think of to improve upon our stay.

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 250 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Limited Accessibility
          • Children Welcome
          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom


          • Ping Pong Table
          • Television
          • Satellite / Cable


          • Historic
          • Family


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

          Leisure Activities

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

          local services and businesses

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

          Location Type

              • Rural

              sports and adventure activities

              • Hiking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Cycling
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                  • Dining Room
                  • Seating for 12 people


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


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


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

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Outdoor Pool
                  • Private Pool

                  property descriptor

                      • Detached


                      Write a review 4.8
                      from 17 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Late Summer
                      Sep 6 - Oct 11, 2014
                      7 night min stay


                      Changeover Day: Saturday

                      Oct 18 - Dec 13, 2014
                      7 night min stay


                      Changeover Day: Saturday

                      Winter Holidays
                      Dec 20 - Jan 4, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      Early Spring
                      Jan 10 - Mar 21, 2015
                      7 night min stay


                      Changeover Day: Saturday

                      Late Spring
                      Mar 28 - Jun 27, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Jul 4 - Aug 29, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Late Summer
                      Sep 5 - Oct 17, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Oct 24 - Dec 12, 2015
                      7 night min 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: 09/04/2014
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                      50 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      50 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ferry
                      50 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      26 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Colle Val'D'Elsa
                      45 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach
                      4 Kilometres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      2 Kilometres
                      Nearest Restaurant

                      Volterra (3km from the house)is a splendid and unspoilt walled town, mediaeval in character. Its narrow streets given over to pedestrians give access to a cathedral, a beautiful square, a roman theatre, a picture gallery and one of the leading Etruscan museums in Italy. There are fine restaurants, supermarkets and shops. Nearby are San Gimignano (20 minutes) and Florence, Siena and Pisa (all 1 hour). The seaside is also one hour by car. The spectacular landscape around is depicted in the film Stealing Beauty among others.


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                      Speaks: french, italian, english

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

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                      • The Garden

                        The Garden

                      • Lunch in the garden

                        Lunch in the garden

                      • The Garden

                        The Garden

                      • Garden in early spring

                        Garden in early spring

                      • The Main Kitchen and Dining Room

                        The Main Kitchen and Dining Room

                      • Sitting room

                        Sitting room

                      • Downstairs double bedroom, at night

                        Downstairs double bedroom, at night

                      • The Fireplace in the living room upstairs

                        The Fireplace in the living room upstairs

                      • Upstairs twin bedroom

                        Upstairs twin bedroom

                      • Bathroom upstairs

                        Bathroom upstairs

                      • En Suite Bathroom

                        En Suite Bathroom

                      • The Swimming Pool

                        The Swimming Pool

                      • The Pool

                        The Pool

                      • The Pool in the early morning

                        The Pool in the early morning

                      • The Side Porch

                        The Side Porch

                      • Table Tennis Table

                        Table Tennis Table

                      • Dining Room

                        Dining Room

                      • The Main Sitting Room

                        The Main Sitting Room

                      • Double bedroom upstairs

                        Double bedroom upstairs

                      • A bathroom

                        A bathroom

                      • Twin bedroom downstairs

                        Twin bedroom downstairs

                      • The House

                        The House

                      €143 - €429 per night (EUR)

                      5 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 12

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                      Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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