Between Poggibonsi and San Gimignano, this holiday accommodation in Tuscany provides the benefits of a large Tuscan estate without the necessity of having to travel with a large group. This Tuscany holiday accommodation is an apartment within a villa, with plenty of space for outdoor relaxation, walks, and swimming. In addition to having your own rental accommodation near San Gimignano, which is where the movie "Tea with Mussolini" starring Maggie Smith, Cher, and Judi Dench was filmed, you'll find yourself in the perfect location for winery-hopping and day trips to Florence, Siena, and more.
This estate on a hillside, right on what was... once the old country road leading to the town of San Gimignano, and boasts a stupendous view of the town’s famous towers. Set magnificently within the splendid Tuscan countryside, the property is surrounded by olive groves and vines that produce oil of superb quality and the excellent white wine, Vernaccia. There’s also a large park with cypress trees and flowers. The property was recently renovated, but dates back to the Middle Ages. The villa has been divided into independent apartments. Guests can make use of the pergola for al fresco meals, or enjoy the shared pool (8m x 16m, open Apr 24 - Oct 30). There’s parking on the property.
Ground Floor: living/dining room with kitchen corner equipped with freezer, microwave oven/grill and dishwasher, 2 double bedrooms, one complete with bathroom with shower, 1 bedroom with twin-beds, 1 bathroom with shower. Small fully-equipped terrace.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Cooking Class (every Thursday morning upon request - minimum of 4 pax): €85 per person.
* There is a high chair available and it must be requested at time of booking
* There are hair dryers available upon request from the reception office
* There is a shared laundry room with one washing machine and one dryer to be shared with all guests of the estate: €5 per token
* Breakfast basket delivered to room on request. Usually includes coffee, tea, marmalade, honey, Nutella, biscuits, milk, and sugar: €7 per person
* Dinner on request: €28 per person (without wine)
* Mid-week bed linen change or extra housekeeping upon request
* Pool towel: €6 per week
* Baby bed available on request: €30 per week
* The internet is wireless and can be found outdoors near reception office. It cannot be received in the units as the walls are too thick.
* People beyond the maximum number of sleeping spaces, including children up to the age of 2, are not allowed.
* Children are welcome guests but, given the structure of the house, the antique furniture, the absence of equipped areas suitable for playing in, parents must pay special attention to the children present; this is to guarantee a peaceful and serene holiday for the guests.
* Finally, the guests must read the regulations of the house and respect them during their stay. Any group bookings must be agreed upon beforehand.
Additional amenities include: clothes dryer - shared, air conditioning - whole house, outside area - shared, pool towels, housekeeping available - extra cost, hair dryer, cook service available - extra cost, high chair, balcony/terrace, free parking on premises, washing machine - shared, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request.
Julia's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I
Left on 09/29/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Julia
Superb! It's a beautiful and beautifully-maintained property.
The owners were very welcoming and warm. The dinners were superlative and were the highlight of our stay at the villa. The views of the surrounding hillsides were beautiful.
The views. Watching the grapes being harvested.
Dawn's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 07/28/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Dawn
We were impressed with this property from the time we drove in to the time we had to say our goodbyes to the lovely owners. It was a very relaxing place to be. It is also centrally located and was easy an easy drive to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and other wonderful towns. We met other wonder families at the villa. Some of them were on their second and third stays. That is a true seal of approval. We will return one day.
There were so many thing we loved about this villa. The owners were very friendly and were on site everyday to answer any questions. The three authentic Tuscan dinners cooked at the villa were phenomenal. The apartment was clean and nicely decorated. The view was amazing and the pool, which is located in an olive grove, was a relaxing place to be after a hot day of sightseeing. My daugher and I took the cooking class that is offered on the property. It was taught by a local chef with the help of a translator. We both thought it was a fun experience and worth it.
We enjoyed the town of San Gimignano. It is a couple of miles down the road. The views were amazing and we enjoyed being able to take half day or full day trips to the surrounding towns.
John's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 07/02/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | John
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Il Cortile del Borgo 12, from welcome reception to departure. The folks were so lovely and accomodating. They went out of their way and certainly made us feel welcomed and relaxed.
The location near San Gimignano and the seclusion only 5 kms away. The views were what we expected of Tuscany. The meals prepared on site were exceptional. We did all 3, four course dinners. Wonderful food and wine and service. The aroma of the meals cooking each day was something to look forward to.
Very central for going to Siena, Florence, and Cinque Terre (2 hrs by car). The Pam Supermarket was 10 minutes away.
Jan's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 11/06/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | Jan
The villa was beautiful. We stayed at another villa 9 years ago and this was far better. The owners spent a great deal of time and money to restore the property and it shows! I can't imagine staying anywhere nicer. They also went out of their way to make you feel welcome and make sure you were having a good time.
The restoration was superb. A class act all the way.
The surrounding area was very picturesque with vineyards and olive groves everywhere. Our location on top of a hill gave a great view for miles around.
Margaret's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano
Left on 10/16/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | Margaret
We spent a wonderful week using the Villa as a base to visit surrounding areas and relax.
The spaciousness of the villa. Easily accommodated 5 adults.
Views were magnificent.
Close proximity to Siena, Florence, Pisa and Tuscan villages.
Liz's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 10/24/2009 for a stay in October 2009 | Liz
Our stay was brilliant. The staff were fantastic, very friendly and helpful. The property was very well maintained.
The spaciousness of the property.
The charm of the area. Every village had wonderful character and some great history and stories to tell.
Patrick's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -
Left on 07/18/2009 for a stay in July 2009 | Patrick
We enjoyed every moment at Il Cortile del Borgo 12. The weather was a little unsettled when we were there but didn't hold us back.
It was spotlessly clean and the owners were just wonderful hosts.
The pool was a delight and kept our kids happy and a great way to meet the other families who were staying there.
Loved the town of San Gimignano. All the views from the property terraces are just wonderful. Takes about an hour to drive to Florence and half an hour to Siena. Owners share fantastic knowledge re best places to park etc.
Louis's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I
Left on 08/02/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | Louis
It was a wonderful experience, staying three weeks kept us from rushing to visit other cities and retain flexibility to decide our agenda. It was peaceful, unassuming and the owners were terrific.
Tranquility, views, and the swimming pool was essential for my family. We had a 4-year old and a six-year old. The villa was renovated beautifully and the location could not be better, close to Poggibonsi and San Gimignano as well as Siena and Florence. The informality of the experience was great and we did not use all the clothes we packed. The larger cities were not as enjoyable for visits because of our small children, thus the visits to Volterra, Lucca, Radda, Castellina and more were more appreciated.
Ana Maria's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano
Left on 05/31/2008 for a stay in May 2008 | Ana Maria
Fabulous! The staff were all extremely kind and helpful, the villas were clean and spacious, and the grounds of the property were gorgeous.
The helpful staff.
San Gimignano and Poggibonsi
Vera's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 05/17/2008 for a stay in May 2008 | Vera
It was just wonderful! Wish we had stayed longer.
The serenity and the spacious restfullness of the property and its surroundings. We also enjoyed meeting the very attentive and friendly owners .
It was a pleasure going for a walk - everywhere we looked was beautiful.
Janet's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I
Left on 04/26/2008 for a stay in April 2008 | Janet
It was our second visit and we enjoyed the villa and Tuscany even more than we had 3 1/2 years ago.
The setting is lovely, views spectacular, and the people who own and run the property are absolutely delightful.
It's close to so many places: Florence, Siena and San Gimignano are all easy to reach by car, yet it is truly a country retreat. You have the choice to stay at the property and relax, enjoying the lovely rooms within the villa or taking in the beautiful views, enjoying the birds and flowers. Or you can easily drive to any of Tuscany's cities or hill towns, returning to comfortable and reasonably priced accommodations.
Bev's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 11/03/2007 for a stay in October 2007 | Bev
Staff was very helpful and courteous. Unit was immaculate when we arrived and the pictures on this website did it justice. Couldn't have asked for a better place to spend a week. The four of us really enjoyed it and we all believe that this week's stay was the highlight of our trips. Will definitely come back and hopefully to the same unit.
The unit was large and roomy and had all the comforts of home. Bedrooms were good sized and the great room was huge and airy. The kitchen was pretty well equipped with dishes, pots and pans, wine glasses. And although there was not an oven, the range, microwave, and panini maker managed to get us through breakfasts and a couple of pasta dinners. The table outside the door made for several wonderful evenings drinking local wines, eating wild boar salamis and pecorino cheese, and discussing the daily travels around the region.
Was in close proximity to Siena, Florence, Volterra, Chianti, San Gimignano. We even did a day trip to Deruta known for ceramics, although that was the farthest we drove any one day. The location was perfect for seeing the surrounding area, with a drive of one hour or less. Loved the countryside so picturesque with lots of Kodak moments.
Ann's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 10/20/2007 for a stay in October 2007 | Ann
All four of us would return tomorrow! I cannot recommend this property highly enough.
Everything! The property was spectacular, exceeding our wildest dreams. The pictures on your website, although enticing, can't possibly do it justice. The setting was perfection, just like the background of every Italian Renaissance painting you've ever seen. Our suite was lovely; the staff was charming and helpful.
We were in the Tuscan hills, the slopes of which are planted with vineyards and olive trees. Each day, we drove to one or two the medieval towns that crown the hills. Some of our favorites were Pienza, Monteriggioni, and Colle di Val d'Elsa.
Diana's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I
Left on 10/13/2007 for a stay in September 2007 | Diana
The property owners are so lovely, so accommodating, and so helpful. They are warm and enthusiastic and clearly take pride in their property. And rightfully so!
I have been to Tuscany before, and while my other property was nice, this property exceeded all expectations and we would absolutely returning again!
It was so lovely. The views, the privacy, the spacious feel.
Il Cortile Del Borgo is in such close driving proximity to so many wonderful hill towns, and is centrally located to go for day trips to both Sienna and Florence.
James's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I
Left on 09/01/2007 for a stay in August 2007 | James
Very beautiful - great design and lovely spacious rooms.
Beautiful countryside and very peaceful.
Jos's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 08/11/2007 for a stay in July 2007 | Jos
Spacious rooms and living space.
Tuscany food and wine.
Beth's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 07/14/2007 for a stay in June 2007 | Beth
This is a great find - you can be assured that your recommendations are right on the money. We would definitely seek them out again.
The hosts were excellent and the location perfect for touring the region. The restoration of the villa was very well done and so interesting to learn about. The village of San Gimignano was nearby and fun to tour and "hang out" in, despite the crush of tourists.
The vineyards, the olive groves and the landscapes were breathtaking. It was exactly what one would hope for in Tuscany. There were many tourists, but we had a great time and would definitely go again.
Robin's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I
Left on 05/12/2007 for a stay in April 2007 | Robin
The family that runs the property were very gracious and accommodating. Ricardo told us about the extensive renovation process. They are very proud of the finished product and they should be.
Although the pictures depict rustic charm the facilities are very up to date and modern including the bathroom and kitchen facilities, but still very Tuscan. We had more room than we really even needed.
Just the beauty of it all. We saw pheasants almost every day. It looks just like pictures you see of Tuscany only better.
Howard's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -
Left on 10/21/2006 for a stay in October 2006 | Howard
I would stay at Il Cortile el Borgo 12 or other number again in a flash - the whole experience was wonderful! Five stars!!
There were many things - it is hard to pick one! The views from the villa were outstanding. The helpfulness of the owners and helpers was exceptional. Our dinner on the Tuesday night was excellent at such a reasonable price. Our rooms were bright, large and decorated in what we think is the Tuscan style. There was attention to detail - hangers in the armoire, comfortable chairs and lots of dishes.
Again the scenery from every angle was phenomenal. The wonderful hill towns within a few minutes drive were plentiful. The abundance of vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees gave us a true Tuscan experience. The grocery shopping was good in Poggibonsi.
Conni's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I
Left on 10/14/2006 for a stay in September 2006 | Conni
We couldn't have asked for anything more. What a terrific find! Loved it!
The view was magnificent. The grounds were filled with olive groves, pomegranates, lovely flowers and vineyards. Everyone had their private patio to sit and enjoy a true Tuscan countryside. Meals were finely prepared and mouthwatering. The owners the most hospitable. We could not have asked for anything else.
The sheer beauty of the land. The sense of feeling out in the countryside and yet having towns and grocery stores less than 10 minutes away.
Richard's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -
Left on 09/30/2006 for a stay in September 2006 | Richard
Thanks you, and please thank Nicholas at the villa for just a wonderful vacation.
The property--it was a beautiful well kept quiet private villa--I said to my two older sisters after we walked in for the first time "I did good" The both agreed theie little brother had rented a great, great place. And the dinners were the best we had anywhere.
Everything--the view--San Gimignano--closeness to other great cities--ease to the train in Florence.
Jill's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 07/15/2006 for a stay in July 2006 | Jill
The property surpassed our expectations in all categories.
The friendly people, the large and beautiful apartment, and the welcoming pool.
San Gimignano was fantastic. We drove, since it can be a bit dusty.
Dan's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 07/01/2006 for a stay in June 2006 | Dan
The property had very beautiful views, was in excellent condition, and was in a very good location for exploring Tuscany.
Very close proximity to San Gimignano was a big plus for this property. We enjoyed the views of the vineyards and olive groves. In the evenings we also enjoyed the pool, which we found to be a very pleasant spot.
Frank's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I
Left on 06/24/2006 for a stay in June 2006 | Frank
The views were simply amazing. The staff are concerned with the renters' enjoyment and comfort and are very helpful in offering suggestions. Ask for a private tour of the olive groves at the villa and ask how one owner makes his own olive oil and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
The amount of things to do around the villa was astounding. We were within an hour of Siena, Pisa, Florence, Chianti, and other small and exciting Tuscan towns, as well as the coast.
Celeste's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -
Left on 05/06/2006 for a stay in April 2006 | Celeste
We loved our stay and would recommend it highly to any future travelers. We would love to return there someday with more of our family. Our only regret was that since we planned so much time for sightseeing San Gimignano, Siena, Firenze, even Venice, we left too little time to just relax and enjoy this beautiful location. If we are ever able to return we would spend more time in the villa and surrounding area.
Everything! The surroundings and views from the bedrooms and terrace were just beautiful, along with birds singing to compliment the setting. The interior was just as beautiful. The bedrooms were spacious, attractive and very comfortable. The bathrooms, living room and kitchen area were also excellent.
It was well situated for us. Close to San Gimignano it was also close enough to Firenze and Siena, Pisa as well as Chianti. The vineyards and olive trees, wineries and landscape, even the two km. gravel road up to the villa were scenic.
Stephen's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -
Left on 11/12/2005 for a stay in October 2005 | Stephen
One could not ask for more accommodating, gracious owners.
We loved the owners. The views unbelievably wonderful. The beds firm, the linens great. Being able to hike into San Gimignano was a great treat. We pinched ourselves at how lucky we were to be able to do such a magical walk at will.
Everything. and we've spent quite a bit of time in Italy before.
Mary Louise's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimigna
Left on 10/29/2005 for a stay in October 2005 | Mary Louise
We could not believe how clean, equipped or how beautiful they restored this magnificent piece of architecture. The Pam Supermarket has everything you would need. We took only salt and pepper and Equal with us and ate dinner there the first night -so we were set.
Everything. The owners are just wonderful. This was the first time in my travels that the property was exactly like the pictures, and even better.
We rented a car and travelled to Chianti country, San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena, Pisa and Lucca, and of course Florence. Tuscany was stunning - I had been to Montecatini Terme for a one-night stopover so this was such a treat to be there for seven nights in all that beauty and it was sunny every day even in October which is notoriously rainy.
Pam's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 10/01/2005 for a stay in September 2005 | Pam
The reviews before made me book it, and they were right on. The furnishings, linens and everything at this location are first class.
The views, location, personnel and the decor
Very close to San Gimignano along a beautifully scenic country road through the wine and olive groves. One hour to Florence or Siena
Joan's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 07/23/2005 for a stay in July 2005 | Joan
We had a great time. Highly recommend it to anyone who likes the solitude of the countryside and doesn't mind driving a few miles for dinner or sightseeing.
Gracious hosts, excellent food--we definitely recommend taking advantage of the meals on the evenings they serve dinner. The food was wonderful, and served on a covered patio with a beautiful view of the Tuscan countryside. Our villas was very comfortable, spacious and tastefully decorated.
Wonderful day trips to Volterra, Chianti country, Siena.
Ronald's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -
Left on 07/16/2005 for a stay in July 2005 | Ronald
The owners could not have been nicer hosts - we really felt like part of their family and they simply could not do enough for us.
This property was lovingly restored a few years ago by Sandra, Richard and their families. It was just lovely, modern and quite a beautiful place. Set among olive trees and vineyards it was truly the Tuscan experience we all want. The location was great - 10 minutes to San Gimignano.
We really explored and found our way to Pisa, Vinci, Florence train - real easy- Siena - yes, we saw the race and had dinner with one of the Contradas. San Gimignano, Poggibonsi and a number of small towns. We even went over to Rimini for a day and had a great dinner on the way back in Arezzo. This place is perfect if you like to explore and get a bit lost so the trip is as important as the destination.
Laura's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I
Left on 07/09/2005 for a stay in June 2005 | Laura
The property so lived up to what we had read about it! Even our cousins from Pisa thought it was great and amazed that they knew nothing about it!!
The villa and its grounds were just beautiful! Have to admit a bit nervous driving down the dirt road, in from San Gimignano and wondering what we might be getting ourselves into - but, made the turn down the driveway and we were thrilled!!! Our cousins came in with us from Pisa, to spend the day and even joined us for Saturday night dinner. They also loved the place, its view and the well kept grounds.
Of course, we loved San Gimignano and treated ourselves to many trips there. Also 2 days drove to Florence! We visited Siena again. Spent a day in southern Tuscany and loved all that we saw and tasted! Brunello wine became an instant favorite!
Hal's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il
Left on 06/18/2005 for a stay in June 2005 | Hal
Lovely landscape; lots of small towns to explore, etc.
Janet's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I
Left on 10/30/2004 for a stay in October 2004 | Janet
We travelled with our adult children and all 6 of us were extremely pleased with this property and would go back tomorrow if we could. Our only disappointment was that we had so many places to see that we never came back early enough to enjoy the restaurant at the villa. We felt that if they put the same love and attention to detail into their meals as they do into the lodging that we probably missed a good dining experience.
This property far exceeded our expectations in almost every way. We found it immaculately clean, with fresh crisp linens and a nicely equipped kitchen. Our outdoor seating area was a pleasant surprise.
We were in Tuscany to tour the countryside as well as to spend a couple of days in Florence. Driving to Florence took less than 45 minutes and parking at the south gate allowed us to easily walk into the city. There are countless beautiful hill towns within easy driving distance. Poggibonsi had a great supermarket PAM and a good restaurant that our hosts recommended.
Rosemary 's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano
Left on 10/09/2004 for a stay in September 2004 | Rosemary
The newness of the property. The view, the food, the location. We loved our stay there.
This was a great locaction because we were reasonably close to all the areas we had planned on seeing.
Shannon's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -
Left on 10/02/2004 for a stay in September 2004 | Shannon
I was not for renting a villa at first. I am a hotel kind of girl, but our experience was so good, I would do it again in a heartbeat. My husband is a pilot and I am a flight attendant, and we have traveled a lot and stayed in a lot of places. We really enjoyed our stay at the villa and would do it again.
The family who ran the property were so nice and helpful. The views were amazing and the villa was very clean and in wonderful condition.
The villa was very close to Siena and Florence, plenty of shopping, sightseeing, and wine tasting.
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