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Certaldo (Chianti Area)

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Family-Friendly Villa Rental in Tuscany with Pool

Villa Sella

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About The Experience

Looking to explore the Chianti region of Tuscany with all the comforts of home and more? This accommodation in a Tuscany villa has it all, from a swimming pool to sprawling grounds and all the amenities indoors. One of the owners, who lives on the estate in the family villa, is American and she's furnished this holiday villa in Tuscany to American tastes. So relax! Lounge at this Tuscany vacation villa, take a refreshing bike ride to nearby Certaldo (we highly recommend exploring the Pretorio Palace), or take a day trip to Florence and beyond! There is another villa, Villa Certaldo, and an apartment, La Solaia, right next door.

Location Description

The property is located four kilometers from Certaldo, which has all the necessities combined with small-town charm. Pick up groceries or eat out in the modern section and spend the rest of your day exploring Certaldo Alta, the old medieval village. In July, you may find yourself in the midst of a lively Renaissance festival, complete with street artists, actors, musicians, and more. And don't forget to get your fill of medieval architecture! You can explore the Pretorio Palace or marvel at the profile Certaldo castle cuts across the sky. Like museums? Visit the house of Giovanni Boccaccio (author of the Decameron). Day trips can take you to San Gimignano, Siena, and Florence. Pisa and Florence airports are easy arrival points where you can rent a car.

Lucca: 60 km/37.5 mi
Rome: 250 km/155 mi
Livorno: 80 km/50 mi
Lucca: 60 km/37.5 mi
Pisa: 45 km/28 mi
Volterra: 42 km/26 mi
Florence: 40 km/25 mi
Siena: 35 km/22 mi
San Gimignano: 13 km/8 mi
Poggibonsi: 8 km/5 mi
Certaldo: 4 km/2.5 mi

Exterior Description
(500 m2/5,382 ft2)

This independent villa is situated on a private estate that consists of the owner's residence, another villa (Villa Certaldo) and an apartment (La Solaia), both for rent. This villa is nestled into the side of a hill leading up to the main villa, which sits on the crest of the hill. The outdoor areas are on different levels and separated by a fence, so remain very private. A gravel parking area is conveniently located a few meters from the front entrance, separated by a plot of grass. Views from the house are directed away from the other residences, making this villa private with its own fenced garden. There is an enormous fig tree adjacent to the backyard fence that overlooks the valley. At the front of the house on the ground floor there is a spacious covered terrace with a table and chairs for outdoor dining. A pathway from the terrace leads to the villa's own private swimming pool (open from mid May to mid September 9m x 4m, 1.1m deep). The property is accessed via a gate off of a paved, very lightly traveled country road. The surrounding estate includes a 74-acre nature reserve, populated with wild pheasant, hare, wild boar, hedgehogs, and newly-sited roe deer.

Interior Description
(110 m2/1,184 ft2)

Ground Floor: A path from the parking area leads onto the sidewalk of the front yard of the home, providing same level access to the front door. There is then a staircase that leads up to the first floor on the right. A guest bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower is located just on the left. The foyer leads directly into the 22 m2 living room, where there are two sofas (one is a sofa-bed suitable for one), an easy chair, fireplace, and a safe behind a portrait on the wall! There is also a large flat screen TV with satellite, a DVD player, and a small laptop computer. The entire house and garden offers wireless internet connection free of charge. The living room, as well as the rest of the house, is decorated throughout with an equestrian theme. An arched doorway leads into the 10 m2 kitchen, equipped with a cook-top, oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, American and espresso coffee makers, and a dining table seating four to six. There are settings for 12, along with children's plates and utensils. Large double arched glass doors from the kitchen and living room lead out onto the 13 m2 covered terrace, overlooking the countryside and furnished with a table and chairs for dining. Several steps from the terrace lead down to the swimming pool. The ground floor also has one 10 m2 bedroom with a 160 cm queen-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.

First Floor: Twelve sandstone stairs lead from the foyer to the first floor. The landing has a laundry area with a washer and dryer as well as a sink and iron with ironing board. There are two more bedrooms on this floor. The first 14 m2 bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed, a writing desk, and a large window that overlooks the valley. The ensuite bathroom has a sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld showerhead and skylight. The second 20 m2 bedroom has an extra-long large queen-size bed (175 cm wide x 205 cm long) along with a writing desk and three windows overlooking the valley and garden/swimming pool. The ensuite bathroom has two sinks, a toilet, and shower.

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.

  • Housekeeping: 10 Euros per hour
  • Babysitting: 10 Euros per hour
  • Mobile Telephone: According to outgoing use

Please Note:

  • This villa is located right next door to Villa Certaldo, and to La Solaia.
  • Mobile Telephone is ready to use with a prepaid credit included.
  • Housekeeping is provided for 1 hour each morning, Monday through Friday. This includes cleaning kitchen and baths and making beds. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.

Features and Amenities

  • Independent Villa
  • Semi-detached House
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Mobile Telephone Available - Extra Cost
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Fans Available - Upon Request
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Window Screens - Partial House
  • High Chair
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Four Weeks Three Weeks Two Weeks Weekly   Min
$9,074 $6,805 $4,789 $2,521 1 wk
$7,561 $5,671 $3,991 $2,101 1 wk
$9,074 $6,805 $4,789 $2,521 1 wk
$10,586 $7,939 $5,587 $2,941 1 wk
$9,074 $6,805 $4,789 $2,521 1 wk
$7,561 $5,671 $3,991 $2,101 1 wk
$6,121 $4,592 $3,231 $1,702 1 wk
$9,074 $6,805 $4,789 $2,521 1 wk
$2,941 1 wk
$2,941 1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 4:00 PM - 10:00 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: 250 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Cleaning - Weekly Charge: 150 EUR
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption

Other Notes

  • Housekeeping available upon request at an extra charge
  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Non-refundable fee to arrange Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc): $30 paid to

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 102 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Villa Sella is an amazing getaway and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The serenity of the surroundings are what one craves after a day of touring and the pool was a lifesaver. Amazing linens and towels made one feel spoiled.
Enjoyed Most:
The location of Villa Sella is perfect. The views are unparalleled and Elizabeth is simply lovely.
Enjoyed Least:
The kitchen was a little smaller than we would have liked as we are all avid cooks and it was definitely a squash and a squeeze.
Surrounding Area:
The villa is perfectly located to explore the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Nothing is too far away.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Certaldo is very close by- but not within walking distance. Sciano is close by and could be walked to but there is very little there!
Tips or Restaurants:
Elizabeth provides a great list of local restaurants. We did a lot of cooking at home for dinners and had big lunches out.
We used a GPS and it got us there perfectly.
Check In Out:
Everything was perfect.

Beth, September

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We had a wonderful time. The property is within easy distance of the train station, supermarket, and many vineyards and historical towns. The owner Elizabeth was warm and friendly and welcoming.
Enjoyed Most:
The view from the porch was outstanding, as well as the 2nd floor bedrooms. It was peaceful, with beautiful countryside all around us.
Enjoyed Least:
The kitchen was on the small side, with very little space to work in. The drains to the shower were very slow.
Surrounding Area:
The vast openness and scenic countryside. We loved driving down country lanes and came across some amazing towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Certaldo was the nearest town and it had everything we needed. It is not within walking distance but is easily a 10 min drive. It was easy to get to from the the villa.
Tips or Restaurants:
The property was well-equipped, including a hair dyer, so just bring your clothes and enjoy.
We flew into Pisa and used the directions given to us and had no problems finding the villa.
Check In Out:
The check in and check out were smooth. Elizabeth the owner lives next door so was always on hand if you needed her assistance.

Harinder, August

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I spent a month at Villa Sella and can honestly say I loved every minute of it. The location of the villa was ideal for anyone hoping to meander through the Tuscan countryside, with the charming village of Certaldo a 10 minute drive away and the hustle and bustle of Florence a 50 minute train ride from Certaldo. The villa itself was absolutely lovely and had every amenity imaginable included. Elizabeth and her husband were wonderful hosts, anxious to help their guests feel at home and enjoy their experience.
Enjoyed Most:
It was a toss up for us between the private pool where we relaxed in between all our day trips, the veranda, where we enjoyed many a bottle of local wine and delicious meals and last--but definitely not least-- the master bedroom suite.
Enjoyed Least:
Probably the mosquitoes. It was a warm, humid summer so they were in abundance. The owner brought us a fan for the veranda which really helped, coupled with plenty of citronella candles.
Surrounding Area:
The location in Tuscany was perfect...very close to San Gimignano, Certaldo and Poggibonsi with easy access to the main highway between Florence and Siena. We were able to visit many of the hilltop cities Tuscany is so famous for.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The little village of Sciano with a cute pizza/pasta restaurant was a good, long walk from the villa but the closest town with all amenities, Certaldo, was about 6 kilometers away. It was really a wonderful, little town with a walled city at the top of the funiculare with wonderful little restaurants, a great ceramic shop, and fantastic views. The main city of Certaldo itself had cute shops, great gelato on the square, and a wonderful market, the Coop, just outside of the city. Don't fret if you haven't visited any wineries yet, the Coop has a great selection of wines, especially Chianti!
Tips or Restaurants:
Elizabeth really thought of most everything for your convenience but be sure to bring your mosquito repellent devices. Also bring matches! For some crazy reason you can't find matches to buy anywhere. Be sure to avail yourselves of the wood burning grill outside. We made absolutely wonderful florentine Steak and seafood. As far as restaurants go, Pizza Marone in Sciano was good and had good take out pizza. In Old Certaldo I would highly recommend Da Messere Boccacio....wonderful food and great house red wine. If you are up for a beautiful, leisurely dinner with a view I would highly recommend Osteria Del Vicario near the top of the hill. Dinner and wine were both wonderful.
The directions were absolutely perfect. We had no issues finding the property.
Check In Out:
Elizabeth was an exceptional hostess who made us feel welcome and facilitated the check in and out process.

Chris, August

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