Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il Cortile del Borgo 13
Description from the manager
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.
(90 m2/969 ft2)
Ground Floor: living/dining room with single sofa bed and adjacent small kitchen with freezer, microwave oven/grill and dishwasher, 1 double bedroom with bathroom with shower, 1 bedroom with twin-beds, 1 bathroom with shower. Large fully-equipped outdoor area.
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.
* Cook Service: 28 Euros per person
* Breakfast Basket: 7 Euros per person
* Cooking Classes: 85 Euros per person
* Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
* Laundry Facilities: 5 Euros per token
* Pool Towels: 6 Euros per week
* Portable Baby Crib: 30 Euros per week
* High Chair: Upon request
* Hair Dryer: Upon request
* 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, housekeeping available - extra cost, cook service available - extra cost, free parking on premises, washing machine - shared, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request....Read more
"Arnold's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -"
Left on 10/15/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | ArnoldReviewed Oct 15, 2011Stayed Oct 2011
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Il Cortile del Borgo 13. It was the Tuscan experience we had hoped to have. The owners and staff were friendly and accommodating. The owwners spoke English so translation was not a problem. The accommodations were modern and furnished with towels and tissue in the bathrooms. The kitchen had all the required utensils required as well as a modern gas stove stove and dishwasher. It was like a home away from home.
It is located on the side of a hill with vineyards and olive groves surounding it. The views are spectactular.
"Joy's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il"
Left on 09/12/2009 for a stay in August 2009 | JoyReviewed Sep 12, 2009Stayed Aug 2009
Our overall experience at the villa was just spectacular. The villa itself was beautiful, and the family who owns and runs the villa were extremely helpful and such a pleasure to talk with. The staff was always available and and excellent resource for our trips around Italy - with maps, directions etc. The few nights we ate dinner at the villa, which was prepared by the grandmother of the owners of the property, was fabulous. Overall our stay at the villa was excellent.
The owners of the property, and also the beautiful area in around the villa.
The villa was located outside a small quaint town called San Gimignano which was beautiful place to walk around, It was also about a 1 hour drive to Florence, Pisa, Siena, etc, and approx. 3 hours from Rome.
"Britt's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I"
Left on 07/26/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | BrittReviewed Jul 26, 2008Stayed Jul 2008
Fabulous. Did not want to leave and go sightseeing. Property far exceeded our expectations. It was much better in person than on the web site. Our best meals were probably the two that were prepared by our hosts on the night we arrived and the night before we departed. Upon arrival we found out that there is indeed wireless access in the reception area most of the time. Many guests had brought their laptops and were using them in the area outside the reception room.
Serenity and view. We had a large grassy outside area with 2 fig trees and plenty of comfortable outdoor furniture. We had all our breakfasts and some lunches and dinners on a large table under one of the fig trees. Also, we did not have any mosquito problem. We did not have any problem accessing the washing machine either.
"Anne's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il"
Left on 05/03/2008 for a stay in April 2008 | AnneReviewed May 3, 2008Stayed Apr 2008
We had a wonderful time at Il Cortile del Borgo. The property sits up on a hill overlooking stunning Tuscan countryside. It is very quiet and serene. It is a terrific place for couples or families.
The property has a multitude of small outdoor spaces to gather, sit, read, enjoy a glass of wine. We were constantly discovering new spaces, new views. The property was completely rebuilt a few years ago by the owners. All modern conveniences are present and none of the charm of a classic Tuscan estate have been lost. As the property was of historic value the remodel had to conform quite precisely to the original structure. It took 2 1/2 years to finish and the attention to detail is everywhere. Ask to see the photos of the remodel process.
The nearest town is Poggibonsi, about 8 minutes away. There is a very good market there, Pam, where we did all our grocery shopping. The great thing about the location of this property is that it is centrally located in a wonderful part of Tuscany. Siena, Florence, Chianti and Pisa are all about an hour away. Lucca is only 1 1/2 hrs away. San Gimignano was about 15 minutes.
"Phyllis's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -"
Left on 10/06/2007 for a stay in September 2007 | PhyllisReviewed Oct 6, 2007Stayed Sep 2007
We loved it!
We loved the stunning views and the elegance of this beautifully restored villa. We loved the privacy of the outdoor garden-patio areas attached to the ground floor apartments. The owners-staff were most accommodating and pleasant.
Simply gorgeous! We liked the feeling of the villa being among working vineyards and olive orchards. We got a sense of the daily life of Tuscany. We also appreciated the proximity to San Gimignano which proved to be our favorite town.
"Rhonda's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -"
Left on 10/28/2006 for a stay in October 2006 | RhondaReviewed Oct 28, 2006Stayed Oct 2006
Often I have found that Internet sites produce a false sense of grandeur about properties. This is the opposite - it was much lovelier than I had expected.
It exceeded my expectations! The family that owns and runs the property are warm, welcoming and such fun. The view from our private garden was over olive trees, vineyards and Tuscan hills - just breathtaking. Everything was so clean and well maintained.
Absolutely loved San Gimignano and it was only 10 minutes away. It was so easy to just go into a round about and take a different exit and find yourself somewhere in Chianti.
"Mykie's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I"
Left on 10/07/2006 for a stay in September 2006 | MykieReviewed Oct 7, 2006Stayed Sep 2006
The owners bought Cortile del Borgo in 1998. They shared pictures with us of just exactly what they bought into, since the property was only a dilapidated shell. It is truly magnificent what they have done with the property. It was absolutely a labor of love.
This newly renovated property is only a short distance to San Gimignano, so we were able to drive there in a matter of minutes. The owners were friendly and helpful, not to mention very hard working. We loved the true Tuscan feel that Cortile del Borgo gave to us. We were relaxed and felt like we had the entire property to ourselves, since we very seldom ran into other guests.
We had a car and were able to drive to 5 other hill towns. We enjoyed visiting them all because each one had its own special feel. There was beautiful scenery everywhere we looked. We also enjoyed the slow pace as we enjoyed an cappuccino in many of the town piazzas.
"Rita's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - Il"
Left on 07/15/2006 for a stay in July 2006 | RitaReviewed Jul 15, 2006Stayed Jul 2006
This property was like heaven on earth. We can't wait to go back.
Everything. The apartment was beautiful, comfortable and roomy. The property has the most amazing views. The meals that are prepared three times a week by the owners are the best you will eat in Italy. The pool is wonderful and relaxing.
We loved being in a relaxing and peaceful villa within a few minutes drive of San Gimignano, a great place to walk around the shops, eat at a restaurant and people watch. Volterra, a beautiful town a half hour away, was our favorite place to visit. Pam and COOP Supermarkets are close by for whatever you need.
"Randy's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I"
Left on 05/13/2006 for a stay in April 2006 | RandyReviewed May 13, 2006Stayed Apr 2006
We thought the owners were incredibly helpful, engaging, and enthusiastic. They were always ready to tell us how to get to a certain city, what restaurants were recommended, and to share what life is like in Tuscany. The property itself was immaculate and the view was to die for. We would return in a heartbeat!
We were able to drive or take public transportation easily to Florence, Siena, and the Chianti area. The view from the villa itself was incredible and changed with the weather. We made a conscious effort to spend one whole day at the villa so that we could enjoy the ambiance of just being there.
"Deena's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I"
Left on 06/25/2005 for a stay in June 2005 | DeenaReviewed Jun 25, 2005Stayed Jun 2005
Great experience. I think a great place to stay with whichever agenda you may have...just hanging out at their beautiful pool and enjoying the Tuscan landscape or taking day trips to the Tuscan towns of San Gimignano, Siena, Lucca, Pienza, Greve, Florence...all within 5min to 1hour drives.
Beautiful setting...very peaceful and relaxing. The owners were fabulous. They were very accommodating and eager to please with any help they could. The dinners they offered were incredible!
Great location. Very close to many of the Tuscan towns.
"Jerry's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano - I"
Left on 07/24/2004 for a stay in July 2004 | JerryReviewed Jul 24, 2004Stayed Jul 2004
This beautiful property is owned and managed by 2 couples Sandra and Nicola, and Riccardo and Simona. They really go out of their way to make you feel at home and comfortable. By mid-week, we felt like family. Leaving them behind as we left for home was probably the most difficult part of seeing our vacation end. We're sorry that they are so far away.
The sense of tranquility with charm. The place oozed relaxation.
The location was outstanding. We we're within 15-20 minute drive of some very quaint villages that included Colle Val D'Elsa and Volterra. Siena was 25 minutes, Florence a quick 30-35. Of course San Gimignano was no more than 8 minutes by car, or a 30 minute walk. We took very pleasant meals in small local restaurants in the first 2 towns mentioned above where there were few tourists. This made it all the better for us to really enjoy the effervescent Tuscan hospitality in it's natural state, uncorrupted by the demands of high volume tourism.
"Joanne's review of Apartment Rental in Tuscany, San Gimignano -"
Left on 08/09/2003 for a stay in July 2003 | JoanneReviewed Aug 9, 2003Stayed Jul 2003
The two couples who own and manage the place are just wonderful. Also the meals they serve three nights a week are great. They should let guests know ahead of time that dinner is offered on Saturday night. Guests should be able to sign up for it prior to arrival.
It was beautiful and the owners were delightful. It's one of the nicest places I've stayed in Tuscany. Also, Italy was hot, hot hot in July over 100 and the air conditioning was fantastic.
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