Il Vecchio Fienile is a beautiful detached house with private swimming pool, surrounded by its own well kept garden with wonderful views over vineyards and cypress groves towards medieval San Gimignano visible in the distance. Immersed in the countryside yet only 2 km from San Gimignano, it provides very high standard secluded accommodation in a much sought after area of Tuscany.
Built on a slope, the accommodation is on three floors, all connected by internal staircases, but each floor actually opens on to an area of the garden. Originally a hayloft, the house has been carefully restored by its attentive owners and it is fitted and furnished to an very high standard. Great care has been taken to preserve the original characteristics of the house, such as slanted brick windows in the spacious bedrooms, terracotta floors, beamed ceilings and brick archways, all so typical of Tuscan country architecture. The addition of 3 new shower rooms, one on each floor, and 2 fully equipped kitchens ensure modern comfort, and marry perfectly with the classic furniture. Both living rooms have comfortable sitting areas with settees which can also convert to double beds on request, and the lounge on the ground floor also has a characteristic fireplace, a specially commissioned hand painted mural depicting the beautiful landscape, and arched patio doors which open onto the large patio and garden.
Within the well kept grounds close to the house is the large swimming pool (14m x 7m) which is private to Il Vecchio Fienile and has a lovely view over the countryside.
The house and its garden is in a lovely position, just off the country road to Ulignano, it is fully enclosed, and has its own parking area. it is only 2km from San Gimignano and its selection of shops and excellent local restaurants, and many of the regions other sights are within easy driving distance. Florence and Siena are both easily accessible via main road and rail links from nearby Poggibonsi, and Volterra, famous for its alabaster production as well as its wealth of historic monuments is only 30km away.
Top Floor: Rear garden entrance to small hall > 2 double bedrooms > Shower room with shower cubicle, basin, bidet and w.c
Middle Floor: Living room with sitting area with settee (which converts to a double bed on request), satellite television, and dining area with table and chairs > Shower room with shower cubicle, basin, bidet and w.c > Kitchen with cooker (4 gas rings, electric oven) fridge, and door opening onto side garden > Washing machine
Ground Floor:Large living room with sitting area with settee (which converts to a double bed on request), armchairs, fireplace and satellite television, dining area with table and chairs > Fully equipped kitchen area (separated from the lounge by an archway) with cooker (5 gas rings and electric oven) fridge and dishwasher > Shower room with shower cubicle, basin, bidet and w.c
Air conditioning on ground floor* > Central heating* > Wi Fi internet connection* must be requested in advance at time of booking* > Large garden > Patio > Barbecue > Private swimming pool > Parking > 2km from San Gimignano with its shops and restaurants.
(facilities marked * are payable locally)
Additional amenities include: heating, oven: standard, garden: large....Read more
Beautiful secluded villa in a quiet and peacefull location
Left on 11/03/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
This was our second visit to this villa it met all our requirments and expectations it stands in its own grounds with nice gardens and a well maintained swimming pool,the rooms are clean and comfortable and furnished to a high standard you will be looked after well by the owners who are nice friendly people we would definitly recomend it to our friends and anyone looking for a relaxing holiday.
Left on 11/01/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Love Italy
We stayed in this villa for 2 weeks in September 2012. It is in a perfect location just 1.5 miles out of San Gimignano which, after 2 weeks of exploring this extraordinarily beautiful countryside and seeing all kinds of amazing hill towns and castles, is the most magical hill town of all.
The house is spacious, well equipped, attractively designed. The pool was cleaned for us every morning. We swam every day. The pool is not heated but the temps were in the 80's. Gorgeous.
The house faces East and we enjoyed wonderful sunrises over the distant hills. Great views. We watched them harvesting grapes in the vineyard below the house.
There were only two complaints about the house: there was a persistent septic system odor in the outdoor seating area and the house has many stone steps connecting the 3 floors but no handrails. This is not a house for people with mobility issues.
We did not complain about the septic system odor. I think they would have taken care of that for us had we done so. We did let them know about a shower that was not draining properly and they took care of that immediately. Very friendly owner and pool lady!
Wonderful vacation. We would go back.
Left on 08/13/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Wine Lover
My husband and I have stayed at Il Vecchio Fienile with another couple on three different occasions. We have always been delighted with the villa, the beautiful countryside, and the fabulous pool. The villa and grounds are beautifully maintained, great shops and restaurants are nearby in San Gimignano, and the local wines are superb. This has to be the closest thing to heaven on earth!
Left on 09/22/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Nice place but we were a bit disappointed by some details. The gravel area located just outside the living room is the place where you spend most of your time at night. A wooden deck or some klinkers would be a big plus. Outside ligthing could be better. The white plastic garden furniture (with not enough seats for everybody) is ugly and not confortable, bad smell from the sewer... Seats by the pool are old and not comfortable (I litterally fell through one. It hurt...). The house itself is not very convenient with children (lots of stairs) as you have to pass by the children's "room" to access the second floor where the parents rooms are located. The location near San Gimminiano is perfect and the pool area is nice. A better coffee machine should be nice as well...Small bathrooms and poor lghting in the rooms. With some slight improvement the place could be perfect.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Excellent property, but a couple of kilometers from San Gimino
Left on 08/09/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
3 stories high, ;arger than it appears. Clean, comfortable. Only problem was it was a little too far to walk into town every night, so we had to take the car.
All told a very good holiday.
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