Il Granaio is a pretty detached cottage on a lovely estate close to San Gimignano, it has a large private terrace with pretty views of the medieval town silhouetted on the hillside and a few steps from the house is a pretty swimming pool.
Light and airy, this pretty cottage enjoys a delightful atmosphere. Il Granaio has all its accommodation on the ground floor below there is only a basement floor and at the rear a storage barn. The cottage is comfortably furnished and has a large private terrace shaded by a pergola which to one side enjoys a lovely view across the beautiful countryside to the towers of San Gimignano. The terrace is furnished with table and chairs for dining outside whilst there are sunbeds around the lovely swimming pool (14m x 6m )which also enjoys a fine view.
The living room has a traditional wood burning fireplace, glass doors opening on the terrace and a large window also enjoying the splendid view towards the medieval town. A barbecue, utility room with washing machine, metered telephone, and internet WiFi connection are available for communal use and parking is in the grounds near to the cottage. The owner and his family, who are present most of the time, are friendly and helpful whilst not intruding on your privacy.
Composed of two traditional Tuscan farmhouses and a cottage, Il Casolare is divided into seven apartments including the owner's apartment, Il Granaio described here, and No 29 Le Volte.
Although immersed in beautiful countryside the estate is only 3 km from San Gimignano, and within walking distance of the historic Romanesque Church of Cellole and its stately cypress trees. Only 20 minutes drive away are the Castelfalfi country club with its splendid golf course and San Vivaldo where you will find in the woods 'Jerusalem in Tuscany' a medieval reproduction of the sanctuaries of Jerusalem. Just 14km away is the town of Poggibonsi with its rail and road links to Florence and Siena making these famous Tuscan towns easy to visit.
Living room with fully equipped kitchen area with cooker (4 gas rings electric oven), fridge, dining table and chairs, sitting area with fireplace, satellite television and settee (which converts to a double bed on request) > Double bedroom > Shower room with shower cubicle, basin, bidet and w.c. > Fly screens > Use of washing machine > Wi FI internet connection > Central heating* > Terrace > Barbecue> Swimming pool > Parking > 3.5km to the town of San Gimignano.
(facilities marked * are payable locally)
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Left on 09/04/2014 for a stay in June 2014 | ChristaSReviewed Sep 4, 2014Stayed Jun 2014
We stayed at the property Il Granaio for 1 week and added two days because we fell in love with it the moment we saw it.
First of all, the booking was done very professionally right up to the point when we phoned from San Gimignano for directions and were guided right to the gate. The owners of the property Guiseppe and Rosina welcomed us warmly and showed us the cottage we had booked. We loved it the minute we set foot into it. The view over vineyards and olive groves to the towers of San Gimignano on the hill was breathtaking. The cottage itself was well appointed, clean and comfortable. The living room-kitchen was well appointed and had everything one would need. The bedroom was spacious and the bed very comfortable. The cottage was advertised for 2 to 4 people. I would say that it is perfect for a couple and maybe a couple with 1 child. I would find it to be too small for 4.
The grounds were immaculately kept, the pool sparkled and the relaxed atmosphere made for a perfect Tuscan experience, especially because the towers of San Gimignano were always visible. The property is only minutes from the town of San Gimignano and a super market for grocery shopping. It is close enough to visit such Tuscan treasures like Siena, Pisa, Voltera, Greve di Chianti and more.
I am mobility challenged so what made it even more special for me was the help of Guiseppe. Tthere were three steps to get into the cottage. Guiseppe, without having to ask, immediately brought boards and built a ramp which made it possible for me to enter the cottage with my scooter. This was far beyond the call of duty and very much appreciated. Rosina had offered a unit that had no steps but once I had seen the cottage I didn't want to give it up, so Guiseppe's ramp was a real gift. Because we loved our stay so much, we added 2 more days. While we had to vacate the cottage for the next guests, Rosina offered us the accessible unit, which we were able to enjoy for these last two days.
It was a dream vacation and I can only recommend this lovely property to anybody who likes a peaceful, relaxed vacation near beautiful San Gimignano.
Left on 05/22/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 22, 2013Stayed Apr 2013
Our stay at the cottage of Il Granaio was like a slice of heaven. Wonderful location in the most beautiful setting. The owner Rosina is the most delightful lady, we loved her instantly. The property is clean, well appointed and the owners are only too pleased to meet any requirement you may have. Thank you for this gorgeous happening in our life.
Left on 11/24/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 24, 2011Stayed Oct 2011
It was very easy to book online direct with the company in Italy. We were welcomed by the very friendly owners who were always available to offer help and assistance. Our apartment was clean and well equipped and overlooked the town of San Gimignano. The weather was unseasonally hot for October and we glad of the large pool.For touring around Tuscany you are perfectly placed with Florence, Pisa and Sienna less than an hour away. I have already recommended La Bella Tocana to my friends who are looking for a quiet holiday with the bustle of city life on the doorstep.
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