Magno is a delightful apartment at Villa Il Podere. It is very spacious and extremely comfortably furnished and surrounded on all sides by garden terraces. A few steps away is a perfectly placed swimming pool and although immersed in beautiful countryside, incredibly San Gimignano is only 10 minutes walk away.
Il Podere is the perfect example of a Tuscan country villa, the original house dates back to 1600's and was said to be part of a large hunting estate.The house has recently been immaculately restored to its original splendour, and now forms two spacious apartments No 64 Magno and No 65 Leo. Well kept gardens with lawns, mature trees and flowering plants surround the house, and there is a large swimming pool (12m x 6m) which overlooks the olive groves is an ideal spot for relaxing and enjoying a cooling dip. Guests are free to wander the estate where there are over 10 acres of private land, ideal for enjoyable walks in the country, amazingly medieval San Gimignano with its historic monuments, art galleries and wide selction of shops and restaurants is just waiting to be explored only 10 minutes walk away.
Magno on the ground floor of the villa, is delightfully furnished to a very high standard including many antique pieces and family heirlooms. A wood burning fireplace forms the centrepiece of the comfortable lounge. The large kitchen invites you to prepare delicious meals and has two large arched glass doors opening on to the garden. There are two characteristic bedrooms which also open onto side garden areas. The private garden which surrounds Magno enjoys a fine panorama of the countryside. Furnished with sun umbrella, table and chairs and immaculately maintained, it is the perfect spot for dining alfresco, or just enjoying a chilled glass of 'Vernaccia di San Gimignano' whilst taking in the view and enjoying the essence of the Tuscan countryside.
A few steps away is the beautiful swimming pool. Framed by a paved terrace and lawns, the pool has a beautiful view over the olive groves of the estate, creating the ideal surroundings for relaxing and enjoying a refreshing swim after a busy days sightseeing.
There is a communal laundry room for guests use, a barbecue and WiFi internet connection is also available at a small local charge. The owners, Vittorio and Marina, who live in Florence have a small detached cottage on the estate which they occasionally use. They are friendly and helpful whilst not intruding on your privacy. Parking is in the grounds below the house.
When you can tear yourself away from this idyllic country retreat, the medieval hilltop towns of Colle di Val dElsa City of Crystal and Volterra famous for its alabaster are within half an hour's drive, whilst both Siena and Florence are easily accessible via the road, bus and rail links at Poggibonsi only 12km away. San Gimignano can be reached on foot or there is also a local shuttle bus to the town that runs every hour and stops 300m from the property.
Fully equipped kitchen with cooker (4 gas rings), small electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, table and chairs > Living room with dining table and chairs, fireplace, satellite television, armchairs and settee (which converts to a single bed on request) > 2 Twin bedrooms (which can be converted to doubles on request) > An extra single bed can be provided on request > 2 Shower rooms with shower cubicle, basin, bidet and w.c. > Central heating* > Garden > Barbecue > Swimming pool > WiFi internet connection* > Use of washing machine* > Parking > Walking distance of 800m to the town of San Gimignano.
(facilities marked * are payable locally)
Additional amenities include: oven: small, heating, garden: large....Read more
Left on 10/17/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We stayed at the property for one week. The owners live on site and were helpful but discreet. The gardens are lovely with pomegranate trees, olive groves, grape vines all growing near the house. The kitchen is rather basic (no conventional oven) and could do with some more crockery. The pool is lovely and as long as the other family is ok there is no problem. San Gimignano is just a short walk away. Marvellous.
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