Set in a beautiful Tuscan seaside pine forest, Villa Tomboli is ideal for a great family stay. The estate belongs to an ancient Florentine family. A five-minute walk through the villa's private grounds takes guests to a locked gate at the edge of a sandy beach. This marvellous stretch of land which runs along the famous Maremma coastline lies one hour south of Pisa very close to the famous village of Bolgheri which The New York Times ranked 11th out of 44 places to go in 2009.
This is what the New York Times wrote: "Four words: George Clooney was here. The Italian coast of Maremma, a raw landscape of pebbled beaches in southern Tuscany, has, for some years, been the summer playground of Italian and English aristocrats. But now the beau monde is all abuzz about Mr. Clooneys visit; he rented the 16th-century Montepergoli villa in the village of Bolgheri. And Bulgari is reportedly looking at the coastline for a resort. A clubby waterfront bar in San Vincenzo, or the two Michelin-star restaurant next door, Gambero Rosso, which the estimable food critic of Le Figaro, François Simon, once called his favorite restaurant in the world."
Unspoilt beaches fringed with dunes are backed by hillsides covered in Mediterranean scrub and olive groves, crested by charming hill-top villages. The reclaimed flatlands where cattle used to roam herded by the local cowboys have today largely been given over to well-husbanded vineyards yielding some of the most prestigious vintages in Italy (Sassicaia, Ornellaia). These are the surroundings of Villa Tomboli, an elegant beach house only 100 m from the sandy beach with a private pool.
The beach is reached by a path leading through a beautiful pineta (umbrella pine-tree wood) belonging to the estate. Guests are given their private key to the beach. The walk itself is lovely, with pines, dunes, shrubs, and succulents typical of this seacoast. In the dunes behind the beach stands a cabana for picknicks, with table, fridge, sunbeds, and a shower. The housekeeper can prepare the picknick hampers while the caretaker will take care of bringing it to the beach.
The villa's garden, pergola, terraces, lawns and pool provide a variety of spaces for outdoor living. You will love the huge teak-floored terrace to the rear of the villa, equipped with comfortable chairs, sofas, loungers - it even has a pine tree growing through it providing shade in addition to a covered terrace for dining al fresco.
Inside, Villa Tomboli was rennovated 2008 to a very high standard and is a model of modern technology with computer controlled air conditioning, heating and lighting, along with many other modern conveniences and yet it keeps the atmosphere of a gracious seaside. The house develops over three floors, each bedroom has its own bathroom. There is plenty of space inside to enjoy games and conversation in the evening.
Although the setting is very private (4 acres of grounds), there is a 2-bedroom apartment with its own access and its own garden (Casa Limona / also featured in our portfolio) that is available for rent separately, located in the south looking basement of the Villa Tomboli. Also on the grounds is the housekeeper's cottage. She has worked for the family for many years and provides daily maid service. On the ground floor of the housekeeper`s cottage is another small rental (Casa Pineta / also featured in our portfolio).
Villa Tomboli is within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, playgrounds and sports facilities. You can visit the surrounding hilltop towns and Pisa, Castagneto Carducci, Massa Marittima, Volterra, Elba, Florence are in daytrip distance.
What you should know: In July and August the nearby camping grounds have music every evening from 9 pm to midnight, which can be heard from the houses.
Additional amenities include: security system, beach access, satellite TV (sky), electric kettle, iron and ironing board, no charge for preparation of the breakfast), *the villa is equipped with an comfort air conditioning system which provides coolness to the house, but cannot be compared with the systems you may find in hotels; it doesn’t reach the cold temperature of a normal air conditioning, a hair dryer, each bedroom is equipped with a plug-in device against mosquitoes, hifi stereo, air conditioning*, car park for 8 cars with automatic illumination, breakfast service is included (groceries need to be paid extra....Read more
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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