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Restored 16th Century Air Conditioned Apartment & Pool with Free WiFi

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

Apartment near San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy - Stunning Views Over The Tuscan Countryside

'La Vista Grande' is a large beautiful two bedroom air conditioned apartment situated within a small collection of renovated 16th Century farm buildings converted into luxury houses and apartments. 'La Vista Grande' has been sympathetically restored and now offers a high standard of accommodation, including free Wi-Fi, whilst retaining lovely features such as vaulted ceilings with chestnut beams and terracotta tiled floors throughout. Outside you have your own private veranda and garden with terrace, the vine covered gazebo gives shade from the Tuscan sun and the garden has uninterrupted stunning 360 degree views of the Tuscan countryside. Clear night skies allow for wonderful views of the starry night sky. The shared pool is 7x14m and there is also a large covered gazebo and sun loungers.The medieval hill towns of Volterra & San Gimignano are both 20 minutes by car and are perfect for sightseeing. Our guests tell us that they have had wonderful holidays here, the comments in our guestbook are testament to this and many come back every year. Please note for Owners Direct website: You can either make an enquiry about available dates and ask questions by using the ‘Enquire Now’ button or use the 'Book Now' button to make a reservation and payment.

Property Manager
Mike Moran
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a fantastic time and we've all said it was the most relaxing break we've had in a long time.

Back at work now and very jealous you're going there on Sunday !!

We can't recommend you're apartment and location enough - hope to return in the not to distant future.
Aug 2015
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Gambassi Terme Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • A large luxury bathroom consisting of bath, toilet, wc and bidet. A second luxury bathroom consisting of shower, toilet, wc. Both bathrooms decorated with Italian stone & marble tiles, a traditional Tuscan Cotto tiled floor, and high beamed ceilings.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms & 2 bathrooms) air conditioned Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom: large bedroom with king size bed and en-suite bathroom with beautiful views. Two cot beds available. 2nd bedroom: Two deluxe single beds and adjoining en-suite shower room with beautiful views. Aircon in both bedrooms and hairdryer.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Notes on accommodation: The apartment is first floor, has free internet WiFi, air conditioning and there is a log fire for winter use, in addition to gas central heating. All the furniture is of a high quality, with very comfortable beds ensuring a good nights sleep. The rooms are spacious and light and airy, children are most welcome, and there are two cots and a high chair available. There is free WiFi/internet access, a Ruark DAB stereo system with Bluetooth music streaming, LCD digital TV and DVD player, together with DVDs for your use and a small selection of books for you to read. Outside: The shared pool is 7x14m and 1.5m deep (open late May to September), there is large covered gazebo, sun loungers for use by the pool and has stunning far reaching views. Please note that the pool is fenced. The pool is shared amongst 12 other properties. The apartment has a private south facing garden with fig, peach, and olive trees, a sitting area shaded by a gazebo with grape vine and uninterrupted views. Also the external stairway to the property is child friendly with a child gate. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Extra charge may be applied for additional guests above 4


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Restored 16th Century Air Conditioned Apartment & Pool with Free WiFi
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 23 reviews

Fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

First rate communication from enquiry through to booking and providing of travel instructions, apartment information, suggestions on local restaurants, supermarkets etc etc was a decent clue that the property itself would be of a high standard and we were not disappointed.

The apartment is spotlessly clean, of high quality furnishings, especially the beds which, as per other reviews, are super comfy, not very common in Italy in our experience. The living area is well proportioned,comfortable and homely. It seems like everything is catered for, a good selection of pots,pans,utensils, books, guides, extra pillows etc etc and for the very first time in a dozen places in oven glove...why does nowhere else have one!!!

Outside is a large pergola with barbecue and garden and wonderful views for eating on an evening.

Air-conditioning in the evening is extremely effective and very welcome in the Tuscan summer.

The pool is of a very high quality with great loungers (note: no "shallow end" so very good for a decent swim) and further wonderful views.

We've stayed in many places over the years that we have enjoyed but might not have been 100% confident of unreservedly recommending to a friend. This is one of only 2 or 3 places in 10 years of travel to Italy that we'd have no hesitation in recommending.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marcus, thank you for your review of your stay at La Vista Grande. We are so glad that you and your family had a great time and we are very pleased that you found our apartment guide so useful and the quality of the apartment to be of a high standard. To say that you would unreservedly recommend us is a huge compliment - thank you. I do hope to be able to welcome you back to La Vista Grande one day soon. Kind regards, Mike
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Amazing views of rural Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful apartment is located between San Giminiano and Volterra. Count an hour before you reach Sienna and Florence. If you have children, the pool will be a major plus considering the heat of the Tuscan summer. Our host Mike has plenty of tips to share with his guests and be sure to follow his advice when it comes to fine dining!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Daniel, thank you for your review of Vista La Grande. The pool is great for children with a uniform depth, no deep end!! and really does take the heat off during the hot summers. I am glad that you found our guides informative and helpful. I do hope you are able to visit us again in the future. Kind regards, Mike
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Loved our week here

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful part of the world. We have stayed with 7 apartments during our 6 week trip. Mike's communication and information was the most helpful and complete. We loved the wildlife - saw a badger, deer, hare and lizards. On our last morning we spotted the wild boar and his family trotting over a nearby hill. We had day trips to Lucca and Pisa, Florence, Sienna and a few days at San Gimignano. The pool was a real bonus and we really enjoyed it. The gravel road was fine even after heavy rain. Whilst it is serene and remote the nearest amazing restaurant is only 5 mins up the road at il castagno. Glad we chose this as our Tuscan base.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Margaret, thank you for your review of La Vista Grande. I am really glad that you found our guides useful, I try to keep them as relevant as possible.Wild boar!! I seen them and eaten them a number of times!! Il Castagno restaurant has recently been refurbished and has good locally sourced food! I do hope to welcome back to La Vista Grande one day soon. Kind regards, Mike
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Space to relax

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in the apartment and enjoyed it very much. It has everything one needs for a nice vacation and quiet relaxation in abundance. The property is at the end of a gravel road. It is close to Volterra & San Gimignano. Siena and Florence are each about 90 min away. Good location for excursions and the patio and pool are great for days where one simply wants to do nothing.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Frank, thank you for your review of Vista La Grande. It is a great place to unwind and being central we are close to all the attractions that Tuscany has to offer. I do hope that you will visit us again in the future. Kind regards, Mike
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Very clean. Very quiet. Very relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

The property was one apartment in a group of apartments in a refurbished farmhouse. It was very quiet and relaxing. The gardens were beautiful. My son loved the pool. About an hour drive from Siena, Florence and Pisa. So a nice central location. Near wine country so we did a wine tasting, which was fun.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rebecca, thank you for your review of Vista La Grande. I am so glad that you all had a lovely time, I love the pool as well as it's situated in a nice breezy area so it's not too hot!!. Well I hope to welcome you back to La Vista Grande one day soon. Kind regards, Mike
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Brilliant villa in beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

The property exceeded our expectations, it was clean and obviously well looked after; and as importantly, very well equipped.

Mike's directions to the property and communication were of great use- an important feature.

The views from the villa were breath taking,and Mike had obviously put a great deal of thought into ensuring that our stay was truly memorable.

We loved the local tourist destinations and also enjoyed relaxing and food shopping in the nearby towns and villages; we felt this represented a 'real' Italian experience.

We took the opportunity offered by the relatively remote location of the villa to just sit back and relax; this was an important feature of our holiday in Tuscany.

We regularly take holidays in villas, apartments and cottages and this apartment has to rank as one of the best.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review of La Vista Grande. My apartment has a mix of rustic charm and all the modern equipment that you need. I am also so pleased that you both found the information I provided useful - this is a beautiful part of the world so I like to ensure you see the best of it. To say your stay exceeded your expectations is a huge compliment - thank you !!!. I hope to be able to welcome you back to La Vista Grande soon. Kind regards, Mike
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Car: necessary


Our apartment is located along a 3km 'white' road lined with mediterranean shrub and olive trees.


'La Vista Grande' is 20 mins drive to San Gimignano, 20 mins to Volterra. There is a rail link from Certaldo or Castelfiorentino (both 20 mins) into Siena and central Florence. By car Florence, Siena and Pisa are about 1 hour away.

Special interest holidays:

San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several miles outside the town, it has also been declared by UNESCO as part of the World's Architectural Heritage. It has many restaurants to suit all budgets. To the south west is another ancient walled town, Volterra, with its Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance architecture, there is a good selection of restaurants as well as a Saturday market. Siena is a beautiful walled city, famous for the Palio, a horse race in the main square II Campo piazza which is lined by numerous restaurants. Florence is full of museums, churches and great shopping and plenty of restaurants is less than an hour away. Pisa, with its world famous leaning tower of Pisa and Lucca another walled town are an 1 hour away.


Lovely beaches at Bibonna, with tourist information centre, beach bars, shops. Play area for the kids.


Pisa and Florence are the nearest airports and are 1 hours drive to 'La Vista Grande'. Budget flights available from Ryanair and Thomsonfly from Bournemouth and Stansted, Coventry and Doncaster; Easyjet from Bristol and Gatwick; Jet 2 from Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. Fly to Florence from Gatwick or Heathrow.

Further Details:

Nearest shop/restaurant is in Il Castagno is 8-10 mins away, banks and supermarkets at San Gimignano, Volterra.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

- A 25% deposit is taken on booking and the balance paid 8 weeks before your holiday.
- An additional fee for more than 4 adults is charged at £15 per night per person to cover the
cost of additional linen and cleaning.
- Payment can be made online by credit card via Owners Direct or if you prefer by either
cheque, bank transfer or PayPal. Can be paid in Pounds, Dollars, for payment in Euros
please email me for bank details.


- Long week ends may be considered, please ask for details.
- Late bookings may be discounted, please ask for details.
- For re-booking, we offer a discount.

Changeover Day:

- Changeover day is flexible outside of high season (July to August).
- High season change over days are Saturday & Sunday.

Notes on prices:

Prices include final cleaning, linen, towels, water, electricity and gas (except for winter rentals when gas is charged additionally).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.