This 2 bed/2 bath apartment opens onto a private garden with spectacular views over an olive laden valley topped by the spires of hill-top churches. The garden features numerous places to enjoy the view - including a patio dining area with umbrella & BBQ and a shaded alcove with bistro table. Crucial to a Tuscan summer there is a 10m infinity pool - again with wonderful views over valley. Apartment is spacious and combines period features - such as chestnut beams, terracotta floors and brick fireplace -with comfortable living. WI-FI, DVD and MP3 player. Tranquil but not remote, the bars and shops of little Cevoli are ten mins walk, supermarket less than ten mins drive. Ideally located for Pisa, Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano. Or undiscovered hill-top towns around Ripoli, the beach (40 mins) and the spa town of Casciana Terme with its thermal springs and massage treatments facials (10mins). This is a hidden gem of a location offering Tuscan authenticity with easy access to cultural icons.
Ideally Located For Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Volterra ... and the Beach
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About Fiona Hazard
We are a retired English couple with three grown-up children and families. After many years looking for the perfect Tuscan retreat for all our family to enjoy we discovered Ripoli - and its fantastic combination of undiscovered rural Italy and proximity to cultural centres, beach and airport. Every member of our family loves our Italian home and we all come regularly to enjoy its peaceful location and local scene. We maintain the property well for ourselves, with the little touches that go beyond a holiday-home feel. We hope all our renters enjoy Ripoli as much as we do.
Pool / Spa
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A fantastic location and the apartment has all that you need during your stay.
We enjoyed our first visit to this property so much that we returned after five years. The location is perfect - close to the airport and within easy reach of Florence and Pisa. The apartment is well equipped and the owner is particularly helpful in planning your visit.
This property is characterful and has a lovely garden from which the view is stunning. It was my favourite place to sit, particularly in the early morning with the first cup of coffee of the day and then in the evening with a glass of wine.
Everything you need is provided including lots of information on the apartment and the area.
It is well situated for visiting the hill towns, Pisa and Florence. We visited Volterra, San Gimignano, Sienna, Monteriggioni, Lucca and Pisa. We also did a couple of local walks and spent time by the fabulous infinity pool.
We shopped at the local supermarket and enjoyed the fresh vegetables, fruit, cheeses, bread and fish.
We went the last 2 weeks in June which are a bit cooler and less crowded than July/August. The inside of the apartment stays cool including the bedroom.
Although we were only there for 2 weeks we felt like it was home and are missing it now!
Lovely place, nicely decorated, great view and swimming pool
Fantastic views and property, swimming pool very well maintained.
Fantastic views and property, swimming pool very well maintained.
Wow! Loved it!
What a gem of a find. Lovely traditional Tuscan feel; great amenities; refreshing pool; stunning views. And Fiona had thought of everything - fresh coffee (very important); emergency supplies; spare suncream; insect repellents and the odd sunhat too! A must is dinner at the local B&B... And a must for our kids - decent WiFi! Thanks you Fiona x
Stunning and idyllic location
We were so lucky to find this lovely property which is set in a quiet spot but yet within easy reach of a number of towns and with a supermarket a short drive away. Spacious (comfortable for 4 adults), clean, well equipped and in such a good location. The view from the well kept garden was breathtaking and the pool, which again was well maintained, was enjoyed very much by our 20 and 15 year old boys. This is the perfect area to enjoy all that this part of Tuscany has to offer, from the cities of Pisa and Florence to the hill top towns of Volterra and San Gimignano. When all the sightseeing has been done how could you not relax watching the sun setting on that view. Fiona was an amazing hostess, she answered so many questions before our trip and was so helpful in advising us when we were booking our train to Rome. I can't praise this property enough, we spent an amazing 10 days there and could easily have spent longer. It really felt like we were staying in someones home not just a holiday let.
One of the advantages of the Pisa Province of Tuscany is you are in easy reach of the coast. Marina di Pisa (35 mins) is a public beach which boasts one of Italy's award-winning ice-cream parlours. Very close is the private beach complex of Tirrenia - hire beach loungers for the day and enjoy all the food and drink options to hand. The port of Livorno (40mins) is a must for fantastic sea food.
Further up the coast (1 hour) are the glamorous resorts of Viareggio and Forte di Marmi.
Pisa, the nearest airport, is 32km and 25 mins by car. Pisa is well served by all the UK budget airlines including Ryanair, EasyJet, Jet2, as well as BA. You can also travel to Livorno by motorail.
Car hire is highly recommended if you are to enjoy the surrounding countryside but it is not essential. Trains from Pisa to Pontedera take less than 15 mins and from there you can get a bus to Ripoli. Train from Pontedera (15 mins from Ripoli) is also our preferred route to get to Florence.
The nearest village is Cevoli. Other towns and villages within a few minutes drive are Lari, with its 12th century castle and the spa town of Casciana Terme with its quintessential Italian square and numerous restaurants and bars. If you're looking for culture, there's Pisa (32km), Florence (72km), Lucca (50km), Volterra (35km), Sienna (70km) and San Gimignano.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: The Rental price includes all household utility services, house towels & linen and final clean. Wifi is free. There are two optional extra charges: - Pool/Beach Towels are £5.00 each if required (optional) - our Washing Machine and Dryer are housed in our private cantina/utility room whcih we keep stocked with all the complementary washing materials you may need including detergent, conditioner, stain removers, whiteners etc. Unlimted use of the cantina is £15.00 per week/£25.00 for two weeks. (optional) cantina/utility room houses our washing machine machine - the Changeover Day: Rentals traditionally run Sat to Sat but we are always happy to be flexible with change-over days and to have rental stays that aren't the usual 7 or 14 days. Please email us first to see if we can accomodate your dates.