Rosa Dei Venti
(x 4 people)
Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Near San Gimignano, Tuscany
Independent villa | Private pool | Maid included |
Hand-made bricks from Siena were used in the construction of this lovely old building, which has been very nicely restored and updated from top to bottom. At the centre of the house is a vast, open living area with a long dining table and comfortable couches arranged around a fireplace. The kitchen, too, is open, and was designed and equipped with keen cooks in mind. Interesting features abound, from a lovely brick vaulted hallway to a unusual, sculpted sink and antique bedsteads. The views are wonderful, of rolling hills criss-crossed with lines of cypress trees. Minutes from the impossibly photogenic town of San Gimignano, Rosa dei Venti is splendidly located for touring Tuscany? vineyards and hill villages, for day trips to Florence and Siena, and even for an afternoon by the sea.
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Rosa dei Venti is available for larger parties. For details see Rosa dei Venti (x 8 people).
Rental options notes
Two bedrooms are not available and closed for this rental option. Note that they shall not be used by anyone.
Set just outside San Gimignano, 3.5km/2 miles, with its medieval towers and cobbled streets - and more practically, shops, restaurants and tennis courts. There are scores of small towns and wineries to explore in the immediate area. Slightly further afield, both Siena and Florence can be reached in less than 1 hour. To the east is the Chianti Classico wine-producing region: Castellina-in-Chianti, 40 minutes, is a good place to begin.
On one level
Very large living/dining area with high, beamed ceilings, an open kitchen and a fireplace leading out to a dining loggia with wonderful views. Master double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with bath. Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower. Two twin bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom with shower.
Large and very pretty sloping garden planted with lawns, herbs and fruit trees, including figs, peaches and pears. The fenced and gated swimming pool, 6 x 12m/19 x 38 feet, is set on a terracotta terrace with loungers and umbrellas. Outdoor shower.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's affable owner, who speaks very little English and lives just up the hill. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Portable barbeque. Washing machine. Satellite TV [No Sky channels] with DVD. Portable CD player. Portable fan in each bedroom. Central heating. Working fireplace. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided]. Mosquito nets on all windows.
Airports: Florence, 1 hour; Pisa, 1 hour 45 minutes. A convenient bus service links Florence and San Gimignano. Railway station and motorway exit at Poggibonsi, 13km/8 miles along paved roads to the property’s gates, which have a video intercom system. Parking for four cars.
Tennis at San Gimignano. Bicycle rental and horseback riding within 10 minutes' drive. 18-hole golf course at the Circolo Golf dell'Ugolino just south of Florence, 50 minutes.
Espresso machine. Filter coffee-maker. Hair dryer. Ironing and ironing board.
The swimming pool, 6 x 12m/19 x 38 feet, has a constant depth of 1.40m/4.5 feet and steps for entry/exit.