La Civetta, a lovely detached cottage, nestles in a very peaceful and private location in the countryside and yet is only 1.7 km from the town of San Gimignano. The private terrace of the apartment enjoys a lovely view of the medieval town and its famous towers, and there is a beautiful secluded swimming pool.
La Civetta is a typical country cottage on a little estate in the heart of the Tuscan countryside only a very short distance from the beautiful town of San Gimignano. It is approached by a private driveway leading from the 'Via Vecchia' the old Roman road to the town. This quiet country lane enjoys a spectacular panorama and makes for a most enjoyable walk into the town with its selection of shops and restaurants.
La Civetta has been carefully restored and is furnished in a typical rustic Tuscan style reflecting the country way of life. Original beamed ceilings and terracotta floors have been retained and the comfortable furnishings and whitewashed walls create a warm and happy atmosphere.
The living room has two unusual arched windows, a sitting area for relaxing, dining table and chairs and a kitchen corner and there are two bedrooms and a shower room. The living room opens onto the apartments private terrace which is furnished with table, chairs and sun umbrella, and is the perfect spot for dining al fresco.
A pathway and rustic steps lead from the cottage down to the swimming pool (12m x 6m) which is in a very private position below the house and enjoys fine views of the countryside and surrounding woodland. The pool is furnished with sun umbrellas and sunbeds, and is reserved for the use of guests renting La Civetta and for the occasional use of the owner.
La Civetta's accommodation is all on the ground floor, on the basement floor there are only storerooms. The owners who live in Florence have a farmhouse close to the cottage which they visit at weekends and holidays. They are friendly and helpful without intruding on your privacy. Parking is in the grounds next to the cottage. Only 11km away is the town of Poggibonsi with rail and road links to Florence and Siena.
La Civetta is the perfect choice for a peaceful and tranquil holiday immersed in the heart of nature and the countryside, yet so close to San Gimignano and perfectly located for exploring the treasures of Tuscany.
Large open plan living room with kitchen area with hob (4 gas rings), microwave, fridge, dining table and chairs, sitting area with settee and two armchairs > Double bedroom > Single bedroom > Shower room with shower cubicle, basin and w.c. with incorporated bidet > Central heating *> Terrace > Swimming pool (saline) > Washing machine > Parking > Walking distance of 1.7km to the town of San Gimignano.
(facilities marked * are payable locally)
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Left on 08/13/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 13, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
We really enjoyed our stay at La Civetta , so much that we hope to return next year . The cottage was charming and very well equipped and ideally situated for exploring the Tuscany countryside and San Gimignano . which was what we wanted having not been there before. The swimming pool was lovely too , just a suggestion ,the loungers around the pool are getting a bit
Fragile. The owners were very friendly and made us extremely welcome and overall we had a very enjoyable holiday and look forward to seeing them hopefully again next year .Kind Regards Sue and Ken Seal
Left on 09/12/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | NEVERAGAINReviewed Sep 12, 2011Stayed Jul 2011
It costs too much for the comfort the owner offers. The house is isolated, settled deep down in the forest, with over 1km of bad approaching macadam road.The house is not clean, bedrooms are too small.The bathroom and toilet are out of work, because of unsolved problems with inadequate sewerage system. Every morning we were awakened by a persistent woodpecker's knocking at 4.30 am.There is no protection on the windows so lizards and lot of insects are your regular "guests" if you keep the door or windows opened.If you have such bad luck that you are there during the owner's holidays, there is a lot of noise and you will share the swimming pool with lot of people.The owner is not too kind nor receptive for guest's requests. For the price of over 1.000 euros per week, we cannot recommend this vacation rental not only to a friend, but to anyone.
La Civetta is not in a forest but is, as described in all our details, a cottage on an estate 'in the heart of the Tuscan countryside' and surrounded by woodland. We also describe the cottage as in country style and state that it is approached by a private driveway and the old Roman road. A property suitable for those wishing to be 'immersed in the heart of nature and the countryside' La Civetta along with all of our houses is thoroughly cleaned on arrival and our terms and conditions state that if the house is not found in clean and good order this should be reported to us immediately. No problems with cleaning or sanitary systems not working correctly were reported to us or the owners who were present in their farmhouse close to the cottage during these clients stay. Our description also says that 'the owners who live in Florence have a farmhouse close to the cottage which they visit at weekends and holidays' We also state that they occasionally use the pool. The cottage is immersed in the countryside so animals and birds are present. We do not advertise the property as having fly screens and the owners have no control of course at what time the woodpecker wakes up. We have rented this cottage for many years, we also have lots of return clients. The owners are experienced and very hospitable. It is a pretty cottage, in rustic surroundings and you are immersed in nature whilst being very close to the lovely town of San Gimignano and our clients appreciate very much the location and features of the property. Our description is accurate and fully details what the property is like, it is important to read our descriptions to chose the right property to suit you and we are always on hand to help out with any specific questions.
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"Felt like home"
Left on 09/04/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 4, 2011Stayed Jul 2011
We stayed for a week in La Civetta, and we didn't want to leave anymore. The owners are very friendly, and gave us a very warm welcome & stay. The house itself has it all, a nice, fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and a cozy living room, the terrace has a great view on San Gimignano. The surroundings of the house are stunning and many nice restaurants in the neighborhood. We will come back for sure.
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