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San Gimignano

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Villa Dora

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About The Experience
Spend the vacation of your dreams in this idyllic Tuscan paradise amidst olive groves, vineyards, and wooded hillsides. This beautiful villa rental boasts traditional interiors that are both rustic and elegant. You and your guests will feel right at home on this large private estate just outside San Gimignano—one of Tuscany’s most renowned hill towns. Spend your days swimming in the pool, dining alfresco, or planning trips into the nearby towns and villages!
Location Description

San Gimignano is one of the most visited towns in Tuscany and is full of life and things to do. You will want to climb up one of the towers, visit the 12th century Duomo, the People's Palace, and museums dedicated to artwork and archeology. There are also plenty of wine tasting, art galleries, shops, and delicious restaurants. Numerous celebrations and gatherings are held every year including a music festival featuring theater, ballet, and opera performances and a Medieval Harvest festival where the people of San Gimignano dress up as knights and play medieval games and have tournaments.

While San Gimignano is 3.5 km away by car, it is possible to walk to the town on an unpaved country road for about half the distance, and then meet up with the main road into town - all uphill.

Nearby Attractions: Volterra is situated on a rocky hilltop 1770 feet above sea level and is filled with restaurants, shops, markets, and ancient castles. It is a great place to visit for anyone interested in the Etruscans. It is encircled by Etruscan walls and features the Guarnacci Museum, home to a large display of Etruscan antiques and artifacts.

Pisa Airport: 80 km/50 mi
Florence Airport: 57 km/35 mi
Siena: 42 km/26 mi
Volterra: 40 km/25 mi
Monteriggioni: 25 km/15.5 mi
Poggibonsi Train Station: 11 km/7 mi
San Gimignano: 3.5 km/2 mi
Exterior Description
(14 Hectares/ 34.59 Acres) This 18th century villa is situated in a valley along the historic Via Francigena—a pilgrimage route from England, Germany, and France to Rome dating back to the Middle Ages. The private estate is surrounded by 14 hectares of privately owned vineyards, olive trees, and woods. The farm is certified organic and guests can try its red and white wines and extra-virgin olive oil. Adjacent to the main villa is a small apartment for two additional guests. (16 Steps) There is a large pool (14 x 7m) open the beginning of May through the end of September, depending on the weather. There are sun beds and umbrellas, a grassy lounge area with chairs and a small table, in addition to a terrace outfitted with a table and chairs for alfresco dining. Private parking is also available on the property.
Interior Description

(400 m2/4,305 ft2)
The villa was recently restored while maintaining its historic charm. Throughout you’ll find terracotta, local stonework, period furnishings, and rustic elegance.

Ground Floor: There is a large living room with antique terracotta tiles, vaulted brick ceilings, fireplace, sofas, a piano, and a desk with telephone. There is also a TV room with 60 inch HD 3D TV, stereo, and DVD player. The dining room has French windows with views of the garden and a dining table for 10. The fully equipped kitchen has an old stone sink, gas stove, electric mixer, microwave, oven, toaster, American coffee maker, espresso machine, and a table for dining or meal prep. The kitchen is also fully stocked with silverware sets, tableware, and a variety of drinking glasses. There is also a guest bathroom with toilet and sink, as well as a utility room with a washing machine.

First Floor: (15 Steps) Up the stone staircase you’ll find the first of four bedrooms. The first bedroom has a four-poster 180 cm king-sized bed, dresser, desk, armchairs, walk-in closet with safe, and an en-suite bathroom with double sinks, a tub, and bidet. The second bedroom is a suite with a wrought iron 160 cm queen-sized bed, armchairs, a desk, and an en-suite bathroom with marble sink and tub, and a bidet. The third bedroom is also a suite with a 160 cm queen-sized bed, armchairs, desk, and an en-suite bathroom with twin showers, double marble sink, and bidet. The fourth bedroom has two narrow single beds (80 cm). There is also a dresser and an en-suite bathroom with shower and bidet.

Apartment: Adjacent to the villa is a cozy apartment for two complete with a kitchen with gas stove, fridge, dishwasher, and sideboard, a living room with fireplace, sofas, armchairs, and a small dining area. The bedroom has a 160 cm queen-sized bed and an en-suite bathroom with marble sink, shower, and bidet.

All of the bedrooms have air conditioning.
Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Cooking Classes: Upon request
  • Housekeeping (Additional): 15 Euros per hour
  • Pre-Stocked Villa: Upon request
  • Chauffeur/Driver: Upon request
  • Chef Service: Upon request
  • Continental Breakfast: Upon request
  • Linen/towel Change: 30 Euros per room
  • Painting Classes: Upon request

Please Note:

  • Air Conditioning: All of the bedrooms have air conditioning.
  • Housekeeping: 3 hours of housekeeping on Wednesdays included.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Piano
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning - Partial House
  • Fans Available - Upon Request
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Firewood Available - Extra Cost
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Window Screens - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Pets Considered
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Safe
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping - Included

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Four Weeks Weekly       Min
Sep-30-2017 - Dec-23-2017 $4,500 1 wk
Dec-23-2017 - Jan-06-2018 $6,600 1 wk
Jan-06-2018 - Apr-28-2018 $4,500 1 wk
Apr-28-2018 - Jun-23-2018 $6,600 1 wk
Jun-23-2018 - Sep-01-2018 $8,100 1 wk
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-29-2018 $26,400 $6,600 1 wk
Sep-29-2018 - Dec-22-2018 $4,500 1 wk
Dec-22-2018 - Jan-05-2019 $6,600 1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 1000 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption

Other Notes

  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 3 weeks prior to arrival
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 3 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Staying at Villa Dora was a beautiful experience.... the farmhouse was spacious and immaculate and oh so comfortable. We were awed by the fabulous views of the vineyards and olive groves and started our days with a hike around the property.
Enjoyed Most:
The peaceful and beautiful landscape... every view was a painting.
Enjoyed Least:
The slow internet but we worked around that by hotspotting to our cell phone which we placed at a higher point.
Surrounding Area:
The landscape... fabulous!
Nearby Events or Locales:
We didn't walk to the nearest town. We found the long narrow road intimidating. We hired a car service (Miraco)...recommended by the owner.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a bathing suit... the pool is lovely. And a sun hat... the Tuscan sun is hot!
We had a driver, arranged through RentVillas, pick us up at the airport. He knew exactly where the villa is located. If you rent a car, rent it ahead.

Lynne, October

This was the vacation of a lifetime. We had to keep pinching ourselves. The villa was gorgeous, unbelievably luxurious. The house and grounds were impeccably kept. The landscaping was breathtaking. We were surrounded by flowers, a vineyard, and an olive grove. The pool was sparkling and clean. There were nine of us and the house accommodated us all with ease. There were plenty of spaces for chatting, reading, napping, eating, watching movies, playing cards, swimming, etc. We loved every moment!
Enjoyed Most:
It was beautiful inside and out. The inside was gorgeous and comfortable. The house is full of artwork - a feast for the eyes. Just looking out any window was a breathtaking view. Sitting by the pool filled one with a deep sense of peace surrounded by the vineyards and hills.
Enjoyed Least:
The road in/out was a bit tricky.
Surrounding Area:
We were so enamored of our villa, we didn't feel the need to leave. We did enjoy going into the ancient walled city of San Gimignano to shop and see the sights. Some members of our family went to Siena and Volterra. We were also close to Firenze. The villa is centrally located.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano is the nearest town. Yes, you could walk into town. It is a challenging walk, but my daughter did it. As a matter of fact, the estate is on the Francigena Pilgrim Trail.
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa met our every need. The kitchen was well appointed - it had everything. In fact, we only ate out twice. No one wanted to leave our luxurious villa home. There were lovely bath soaps, shampoos, creams supplied in each bath. We found a delicious little restaurant called Osteria delle Catene on a little side street in San Gimignano. The people were so warm and friendly. I had made advance reservations online. We had 9 people. We also ate at Vecchiemura - it was overrated.
Your directions were fine. We did use GPS. Tell people not to give up when they hit the dirt road. When you make that last hairpin turn and see the pool below, you feel like you have reached the Emerald City! It's breathtaking!
Check In Out:
Check In was wonderful. The owner was there along with his estate agent and they gave us the grand tour. It was very welcoming and exciting. They had stocked the kitchen with food and wine - unbelievably kind and thoughtful.

Ed And Jo, September

We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Dora. The property is in a beautiful private setting and the villa is very well equipped. All 5 bedrooms are great.
Enjoyed Most:
The setting on the vineyard; the welcome from the owner; the well equipped kitchen; the fact that it was stocked with groceries for dinner (including wine) and breakfast when we arrived; being able to walk into San Gimignano (1 hour roundtrip); the pool; the large outdoor dining area; and the BBQ.
Enjoyed Least:
The drive into the property was interesting as I had a 9-seater van. The trees at the side of the road could use a trim. But this is very minor.
Surrounding Area:
Being able to walk into San Gimignano (1 hour). Complete isolation in a beautiful setting surrounded by grape vines and olive groves Close to all of the main Tuscany towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano (1 hour roundtrip).
Tips or Restaurants:
Bug spray. The mosquitos do come out at dusk.
Google maps worked perfectly with the co-ordinates provided.
Check In Out:
Could not have been better.

Andrew, September