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Lovely Tuscan House with Garden in Medieval Village - "Authentic Tuscany"

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Traditional Tuscan house with terrace and garden

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Last updated: 01/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Full Of Character - Lovely Views - 3 Bed House with garden and terrace

Casa del Pretorio is a charming traditional Tuscan house nestled on a hillside in the heart of the Medieval village of Vicopisano.

The house is the perfect location for those looking for a typically Tuscan ambiance, an ideal base for exploring Tuscany or a peaceful retreat for families and friends.

Situated down a cobbled lane under the watchful eye of a Medieval Palace and Ancient Tower, the house dates back to the 1800s and has lovely views over the Medieval village and surrounding hills.

Casa del Pretorio's unique position nestled in the hillside does mean that it may not be suitable for those with mobility problems (please see accessibility details).

The property has been furnished with modern living in mind, however Casa del Pretorio retains traditional features such as beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls and terracotta pavements. Modern conveniences include Wifi internet connection, satellite TV and Play Station.

Casa del Pretorio is situated close to the village amenities all of which are within walking distance. There is a restaurant within walking distance plus a pizzeria, and 3 traditional bars serving breakfast pastries, snacks, cold drinks, tea, coffee, wine, beers and other alcoholic beverages.

The sleepy town of Vicopisano is full of character especially in its Medieval center where Casa del Pretorio is situated. The house is just a stone’s throw away from Brunelleschi's Medieval Fortress and the 12th Century Praetorian Palace both of which are open to the public at the weekends.

Vicopisano is the ideal base for exploring Tuscany being close to Pisa, Lucca and Florence and many other must see sites within the region.

The immediate area is also perfect for discovering a more authentic traditional Tuscany. Visitors to the area may visit an organic olive farm and see how extra virgin oil is made, there is also a ceramics workshop where an artisan potter still sits at the wheel. In addition there is the opportunity to take part in cooking lessons and discover the nearby vineyards for wine-tasting.

For those who love outdoor activities Vicopisano has the perfect terrain for walking, trekking, cycling and mountain biking. There are nearby stables for those who would like to ride. Within 30 minutes you can visit the coast and beaches, thermal spa and golf courses.

Bedrooms:
FIRST FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM - Sleeps 2 in Queen size (USA) double
FIRST FLOOR SINGLE ROOM - Sleeps 1 in single bed
SECOND FLOOR DOUBLE/TWIN ROOM - Sleeps 2 in twin or double Queen size bed

Bathrooms:
FIRST FLOOR FAMILY BATHROOM
The good sized bathroom is situated between the master and single bedroom. The room has a bath with a shower attachment, washbasin, WC & bidet. There is a cute little window with views to the top of the Brunelleschi Tower.

SECOND FLOOR BATHROOM - En suite to twin/double bedroom.
Shower, hand basin, WC, bidet

KITCHEN
The kitchen is accessed by 6 steps from the dining room. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking at home - there is a fridge freezer, hob, microwave, washing machine and even a special table for making fresh pasta!

LIVING ROOM
As you enter the house the living room is on the left. This room has character beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls in part and traditional interiors . There is enough comfortable seating for 6 people, satellite TV, DVD player and Play Station.

CONSERVATORY
There are 3 steps up to the conservatory which is a lovely space for relaxing. The room has a nautical theme with lounge style furniture. The large windows open out to an exposed stone walled area where there are two lemon trees.

CLEANING/TOWELS
Final cleaning, all bed linens are towels are included in the rental price. Towels and bed linen are changed on request for stays up to 7 nights and incurs a small fee. A change of bed linen and towels is included for stays of more than 7 nights.

ACCESSIBILITY
The property is situated on a hillside in the centre of the Medieval village. To access the front door from the car park it is approximately 300 meters. From the car park you will negotiate a village lane with a small ramp and a series of 5 steps - after the steps there is approx 50 meters of lane then 12 steps up to the lane where the house is. There are 7 steps to the front door.

GARDEN AND TERRACE
There is a large ground floor patio and an upper terrace garden to dine alfresco or just relax. The ground floor patio faces South West and is a complete suntrap. There is a table and seating for 6 and benches to relax on. The upper terrace garden has the shade of some trees and a summer gazebo and can be accessed by 33 steps. A BBQ and summer gazebo can be found on the upper level garden. Both the outside areas have wonderful views.

HIGHLIGHTS AND EXTRAS

WELCOME PACK
We provide a Welcome Pack on arrival including a bottle of chilled Prosecco, fresh seasonal fruit, a selection of tea, coffee, fresh milk & sugar.

ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE
For your convenience we provide a starter pack which includes bathroom hand soap and shower gel, toilet paper, washing machine detergent & washing up liquid.

PARKING
Easy free and safe parking is available in the village approximately 400 meters from the property. Plus there is a private parking space above the house.

Please read our notes on accessibility.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIME

Arrival from 4.00PM up to midnight.
Departure up to 11.00AM.

In some cases we can be flexible on arrival and departure time, please contact us before making your booking.

Arrival after midnight and requested late departures may incur additional charges.

NO SMOKING POLICY
There is a no smoking policy within the property, however smoking is allowed on the outside terraces and garden.

SERVICES & ACTIVITIES
We can organize a range of activities and experiences for guests, such as cooking lessons, guided walks and bike hire, for more details see below in the 'Activities' section.

Pet friendly - Please enquire

Check in from 4.00pm - 10.00pm

Manager

Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/15/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 180 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking in the garden and terrace area only...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Please contact us ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

    Situated on the first floor next to thefamily bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    This bedroom can be prepared as a twin room or as a doubl...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

    First floor - close to master bedroom and single bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet

    Second floor - en suite to second floor bedroom...moreless

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    la Rocca del Bruneleshi is just a stones throw away from the house and the huge medieval watchtower and pretorial palace can be seen from the garden...moreless

  • Rural:

    In the heart of the Medieval village but just 400 metres away from country walks and sunflower fields...moreless

  • Village:

    The village square with all its amenities is just a short 5 minute walk away...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linens are included in the rental price. Towels and bed linen is changed on request for stays up to 7 nights and incurs a small fee. A change of bed linen and towels is included for...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Seats 5 - 6 people comfortable on a sofa and easy chairs. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Free Parking is available 400 metres away from the house in the car park which is used by residents of the historic centre....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are included in the rental price. Towels and bed linen is changed on request for stays up to 7 nights and incurs a small fee. A change of bed linen and towels is included for...moreless

  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Situated on the upper level of the ground floor accessed by 5 steps from the dining room. The kitchen then leads to the conservatory....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Welcome pack on arrival includes bottle of Prosecco, pasta, pasta sauce, fruit, milk, tea, coffee and sugar...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Terrace overlooking the village and hills on ground floor level. The patio faces south west and is a complete suntrap, there is a table and seating for 6 and bench's to relax on. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The upper terrace garden has the shade of some tress and a summer gazebo and can be accessed by 33 steps. There is also a BBQ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low
Jan 9 - Apr 9, 2017
3 night min stay
$107
$721
Easter & Mid
Apr 10 - Jun 14, 2017
3 night min stay
$133
$849
High
Jun 15 - Sep 15, 2017
3 night min stay
$144
$902
Mid
Sep 16 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$133
$849
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$144
$902

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Rates include bed linens, towels, refreshment welcome pack and essentials starter pack

A 200 Euro refundable security deposit is required on arrival

The rate does does include heating if required - please contact us for more information


Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

20 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Pisa - 12 miles - 23 minutes drive
400 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Village Centre - 5 minute walk
30 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Livorno - 20 miles - 35 minutes
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Tirennia, Montecatini terme 19 miles 30 min drive
7.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Pontedera trains to Florence 5 miles, 10 minute
24 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A12 Genova/Roma or A11 Pisa/Florence both 30 mins
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Vicopisano 10 minute walk
91 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Abetone- 57 miles - 2 hours 25 minute drive
30 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Marina di Pisa - Calambrone 19 miles 30 min drive

Car: Recommended

BRUNELLESCHI'S MEDIEVAL FORTRESS

A Medieval Masterpiece. Designed by the Renaissance Engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. La Rocca as it is known is an impressive feat of Renaissance engineering designed to defeat and trap the enemy. A guided tour certainly makes this place come alive as one of the experienced guides takes you on a journey from times gone by. Visit the dungeons, climb the impressive watch tower and get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside. Discover the amazing history behind this Medieval stronghold and the village of Vicopisano- a place desired by the Medici family dynasty and a place well known and visited by Leonardo Da Vinci.

COOKING LESSONS

Discover the secrets of Tuscan food! How to prepare it, cook it and discover which ingredients and wines complement this simple but delicious cuisine.

You will assist and learn how to cook a typical Tuscan meal just like a Tuscan Mamma. You will learn all the skills of cooking an Italian meal from Francesco who is head chef and owner of a nearby restaurant.

GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES

Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, Cheese tasting at artisan producer, visits to an artisan pasta producer, Truffle hunting. All of the above experiences can be arranged. Please contact us for more details.

Visits to local olive mill in Vicopisano, includes a visit to the olive groves and vineyards as well as tastings of the olive oil, wine and local produce.

GUIDED WALKS AND CYCLING EXCURSIONS

Guided walks and Cycle rides can also be arranged with licensed and experience guide.

 

Manager info

Authentic Tuscany

About: The house is owned by a local family who live in the village of Vicopisano. English speaking property managers Marie and Lorenzo (pictured) also live in the village and they will be your first contact when booking Casa del Pretorio. If you have any questions regarding the booking process, the region or the property itself they will be able to answer your queries. As they live in the village you will be sure to meet them and they will be available during your stay should you have any further questions. For your arrival you will be met by either Carlo, Giuseppe or Barbara who are the property owners, they too speak English and look forward to welcoming you to Casa del Pretorio.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This is a unique village house nestled below the Medieval towers and fortress of Brunelleschi. The house has two terraces both with beautiful panoramic views over the surrounding countryside and Medieval towers. Both terraces offer the opportunity to dine alfreso or just relax with a book. Casa del Pretorio is one of the few houses in the historic center which has its own private garden.


Contact us

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/15/2017

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Photos

  • Traditional Tuscan house with terrace and garden

    Traditional Tuscan house with terrace and garden

  • The dining room leads to the kitchen on the upper ground level

    The dining room leads to the kitchen on the upper ground level

  • The living room seats 6 people comfortably

    The living room seats 6 people comfortably

  • The airy master bedroom on the first floor

    The airy master bedroom on the first floor

  • The second bedroom is situated on the second floor

    The second bedroom is situated on the second floor

  • The second bedroom with character beamed ceilings

    The second bedroom with character beamed ceilings

  • The family bathroom is on the first floor

    The family bathroom is on the first floor

  • The conservatory on the upper level ground floor is a great place to relax

    The conservatory on the upper level ground floor is a great place to relax

  • The ground level terrace faces south west and is a complete sun trap

    The ground level terrace faces south west and is a complete sun trap

  • Typical view from the terrace and upper level garden

    Typical view from the terrace and upper level garden

  • The colourful city of Pisa can be reached in just 25 minutes

    The colourful city of Pisa can be reached in just 25 minutes

  • The charming Medieval walled city of Lucca is just over half an hour away.

    The charming Medieval walled city of Lucca is just over half an hour away.

  • Character beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls in the dining room

    Character beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls in the dining room

  • The kitchen is equipped for cooking at home

    The kitchen is equipped for cooking at home

  • The living room situated on the ground floor

    The living room situated on the ground floor

  • The master bedroom looks out over terracotta roofs and Medieval village

    The master bedroom looks out over terracotta roofs and Medieval village

  • the second bedroom can be prepared as a twin or double room.

    the second bedroom can be prepared as a twin or double room.

  • The single bedroom is ideal for an adult or child

    The single bedroom is ideal for an adult or child

  • the family bathroom with bathtub with shower attachment, hand basin, WC & bidet

    the family bathroom with bathtub with shower attachment, hand basin, WC & bidet

  • the Conservatory situated close to the kitchen

    the Conservatory situated close to the kitchen

  • The upper level garden level has the shade of trees and summer gazebo

    The upper level garden level has the shade of trees and summer gazebo

  • Casa del Pretorio is nestled into the hillside of the Medieval village

    Casa del Pretorio is nestled into the hillside of the Medieval village

  • Pisa's famous leaning Tower less than half an hour away

    Pisa's famous leaning Tower less than half an hour away

  • Florence can be reached in under an hour by car or train

    Florence can be reached in under an hour by car or train

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, January 21, 2017

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