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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, with a 120 cm mattress), 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 and La Vinaia.
  • Mobile Telephone is ready to use with a prepaid credit included.
  • Ceiling fans are available in all of the rooms, except for the bathrooms.

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
  • Ceiling Fans - Whole House
  • 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 Daily Min
$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
1 wk
1 wk
$6,121 $4,592 $3,231 $1,702 1 wk
$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 $631 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

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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): $40 paid to Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival): $60 paid to

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
  • Peace and Quiet
  • View
  • Outside Area
  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
Based on 109 Reviews

Customer Reviews

We had a terrific visit to Villa Sella. It was relaxing and quiet, had all the amenities we expected and required, and was very picturesque.
Enjoyed Most:
The views from the loggia were unbelievable.
Enjoyed Least:
Personally for me, the bed in the master bedroom was a little uncomfortable. However, this is a matter of preference as I prefer a soft bed and this was very hard.
Surrounding Area:
Villa Sella is about equidistant from Siena, Firenze and Pisa, and there are several small towns like San Gimingnano, Certaldo and Volterra which are very picturesque and fun to visit. There's also a great pizzeria restaurant very close by.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Villa Sella is in Sciano, which has one great restaurant but nothing else, and it is within walking distance (watch out for cars, you have to walk on very windy roads). Certaldo is the nearest town with any real stores, and it is 10 minutes by car.
Tips or Restaurants:
It's a long way driving to even the nearby towns. The owner knows a local driver with a 7 pax van who can be hired for the days to take you to various towns (even Florence) and it's sooo worth it to be driven around (like you can enjoy the wine!). Plan to spend a day just sitting and enjoying the pool and the loggia. Bring a good map!
So, both of us driving there got lost. A lot. The problem is not so much the directions as the almost complete lack of road signs that match up to whatever the GPS tells you. The owner was very helpful and gracious in retrieving us when called. My best advice would be to a) make sure you have a working cell phone before trying to find this place yourself. b) call the owner once you get off the A1 near Florence. c) have at least one GPS. We had a rental car provided GPS and an iPhone GPS, they were at odds on every trip. And we still got lost driving around.
Check In Out:
Elizabeth was wonderful and very flexible with both check in and check out. We were surprised by the 150 Euro cleaning fee, though upon checking back it was in the fine print.

Rob, June

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The experience was excellent! We loved the property, the view, the privacy of having our own pool! The set up of the villa was absolutely perfect.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved the views and the privacy. We also liked the way that the villa was set up so that all three families had their privacy with each bedroom having an en suite bathroom. Additionally, there was an additional 4th bathroom on the lower level. We also loved working with Elizabeth....she is fabulous and extremely helpful!!!
Surrounding Area:
We loved being in Tuscany with the rolling hills. We also loved the fact that we were not in the city, but could enjoy the local area. We walked to a local eatery and enjoyed using our Italian to communicate.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Certaldo. It was about 2 1/2 miles away. The town itself was not within easy walking distance only because of the windy roads.
Tips or Restaurants:
Elizabeth was absolutely fabulous with ideas for dining, shopping, etc. The items that were listed on the sheet provided by RentVillas were extremely helpful!
We used a combination of GPS and the directions that were provided by Elizabeth.
Check In Out:
Check in/check out process was very easy.

Donna, May

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It was fantastic!
Enjoyed Most:
The house was very cozy, but the owner Elizabeth was the best! She offered to pick up some guests at the train station and help in ensuring the surprise factor for another guest!
Enjoyed Least:
The steep cost for cleaning that was taken out of the deposit. Editor's Note: A five-person cleaning team assists the owner in rendering the villa spotless in preparation for each arrival; the cleaning fee goes directly towards paying the cleaners, professional laundering of all linens, and pool maintenance.
Surrounding Area:
Its proximity to such wonderful, small, medieval towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Certaldo is not exactly within walking distance, but very close.
Tips or Restaurants:
Just ask Elizabeth...she was of great help!
We used a GPS and also used the typed directions emailed in the voucher as a back-up.
Check In Out:
Ask and you will probably receive! One couple checked in before the posted time but Elizabeth ensured us that no fee would be charged.

Laura, March

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