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Luxury with Stunning Views in Rebuilt Ancient Hamlet Near San Gimignano

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

One-bedroom property with additional comfortable double sofa-bed

Large private terrace with stunning views across the valley to the ancient hilltop town of Volterra.

Located in the recently-reconstructed 1000-year-old hillside village of Borgo Mummialla. The tiny village has been redeveloped into 13 holiday apartments. The pool is shared between the 13 apartments.

Fully equipped split-level interior with exposed chestnut beams and cotto tiling. Four comfortable chairs, table and parasol on the terrace for 'al fresco' dining.

15 minute drive to San Gimignano. Ideally located to explore Tuscany. Volterra, Siena, Florence, Pisa and the Chianti region are all within easy reach.

The village is a haven of tranquillity, surrounded by woods and meadows abundant with wild flora and fauna.

Free Wi-fi. Please note that because of the remote location, the Wi-fi is satellite-based. It is fine for normal web browsing and e-mail but for example would not be very fast for video streaming, video-conferencing or downloading large files.

More Details

Owner
Colm Begley
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2017

About Colm Begley

We are an Irish couple and love all things Italian!

Colm Begley purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Colm Begley chose Gambassi Terme

In 2006 I heard that a group of local people planned to restore a tiny ancient ruined village. I went to visit the village and was immediately enchanted by its tranquillity and stunning views.

We took a leap of faith and purchased a heap of stones and broken timbers at the end of the village.

Now seven years later the village has been restored to its former beauty.

What makes this apartment unique

The reconstruction of the village was subject to strict Italian heritage laws. All original materials were re-used and other materials were salvaged from local ruins. The building work had to be carried out using traditional building methods.

The 'apartment' is actually a small house at the quietest end of the village, with its own roof and with windows on three sides!

The best feature is a large private terrace with stunning views across the valley to the ancient hilltop town of Volterra, with its many towers.

Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Pisa / Florence
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Il Castagno
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Il Castagno
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Castiglioncello
Car: necessary

Amenities

Gambassi Terme Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking

Reviews

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5

Just Perfect :-)

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many accommodations over the last 25 years in US and Europe, this property was the BEST !

Full of character,very well equipped and supplied with essentials? The images don't do the property justice. We used the terrace extensively and felt it offered superb views as well as privacy.

The pool has lots of features making very different from the regular rectangular pool.

A great place to stay, we have no hesitation in recommending this property for a couple.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous property in great location

  • 5 of 5

Top class accommodation in a superb location. Spotlessly clean and very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

Borgo Mummallia is an oasis in the Tuscan countryside, perfect for visiting all the major regional sites. Colm is a most charming and obliging host and La Terazza is a very well appointed and beautifully situated within a well maintained converted hamlet.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A paradise in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful stay at La Terraza appartment (Mummialla). The appartment was very well provided for (cooking, cleaning, towels, etc.) and was extremmely clean. Our best appartement in 10 years of rentals through Europe. The pool was gorgeous and not too crowded. It is located in a very quiet area but you can find good restaurants within 5 kilometers.

I would definitely recommend this appartment.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect peaceful home from home.

  • 5 of 5

Il Terazzo was absolutely perfect for the two of us. The design & layout of the property is such a great use of the space, the villa was really well equipped, the bed is very comfortable & all linen etc is as anyone would need & the spec of the property is very high.

The view from the terrace is actually better than photos can show.

The little hamlet in which it stands has been beautifully restored to be an excellent isolated place but near other properties. The pool was great - especially as there were not many properties occupied when we were there, in September - and Roberto, who welcomed us on arrival & checked on us occasionally through the week, was most helpful & charming. As throughout the whole booking & staying process, was Colm, the owner - even though he was actually in Dublin.

It is a perfect base for what is perfect Tuscan scenery & tourist spots within an hour or so- but we enjoyed the walking too. We found the Via Francigena, which we had no idea of until we arrived. What a lovely stretch it is there between Gambassi Terme & San Gimignano.

A perfect week. Many thanks.

Phil

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful property with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

What a find! The property is beautifully designed with a large, private terrace from which you can enjoy a fantastic panorama of the countryside and the hill topped old city of Volterra in the distance. We never tired of the views or watching the swallows sweep past us and, on occasions, eagles soaring over the valley in front of you. The herb garden in front of the terrace was just coming into flower attracting bees and butterflies and was very handy for our home cooking! A special thank you to Roberto who greeted us with some Chianti and home made biscuits and was always available to sort any queries out. Many basics had been provided such as tea, coffee, sugar, herbs, oils etc which were very welcome and a whole range of cleaning products. The peaceful hamlet has been tastefully restored using a blend of original and new materials and the swimming pool is stunning although cool weather and a busy itinery meant we didn't get to try it. This is a great base for exploring the area: Volterra and San Gimignano are very close and a must see although avoid weekends when parking gets difficult or go early morning or late afternoon; Florence is an easy drive but we drove to Castelfiorentino and took the train, 6 euros per person each way and the station is very close to the centre of Florence; Siena is a well worth a visit (we preferred it to Florence) and its Duomo is must see at 4 Euros per person; Monteriggnoni is a lovely place to visit en route to Siena; and the Chianti region also makes for beautiful drive with many interesting towns to stop off at. Making a welcome break from driving, there are some lovely walks from the hamlet, exploring paths off the quiet lane/ road in both directions we saw deer, wild boar, tiny lizards, a pond full of frogs as well as lots of birds and butterflies. A truly wonderful holiday!!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

No extra charges - final cleaning, electricity, gas and air-conditioning are all included in the price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.