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Pleasant Tuscan Apartment on Large Hillside Estate

Il Cortile del Borgo 11

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Between Poggibonsi and San Gimignano, this holiday accommodation in Tuscany provides the benefits of a large Tuscan estate without the necessity of having to travel with a large group. This Tuscany holiday accommodation is an apartment within a villa, with plenty of space for outdoor relaxation, walks, and swimming. In addition to having your own rental accommodation near San Gimignano, which is where the movie "Tea with Mussolini" starring Maggie Smith, Cher, and Judi Dench was filmed, you'll find yourself in the perfect location for winery-hopping and day trips to Florence, Siena, and more.

Location Description

This estate is located down a 2 km/1 mi private, unpaved road and is 3 km/2 mi from the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano, which dates back to the 10th century. San Gimignano is one of the most visited towns in Tuscany and is full of life and things to do. From the property, you’ll be able to see the town’s famous towers, the 12th century Duomo. Be sure to visit the People's Palace, and the 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. If you’d like to explore bigger cities in Italy, a local bus can take you to the town of Poggibonsi where there is a train station that can connect you to destinations like Siena, Florence, or Pisa.

Arezzo: 90 km/56 mi
Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport: 80 km/50 mi
Florence Peretola Airport: 50 km/31 mi
Florence: 40 km/25 mi
Pisa: 30 km/19 mi
Volterra: 30 km/19 mi
Siena: 30 km/19 mi
Golf Course: 12 km/7 mi
Tennis Courts and Horse Stables: 4 km/2 mi
San Gimignano: 3 km/2 mi
Exterior Description

This estate on a hillside, right on what was once the old country road leading to the town of San Gimignano, and boasts a stupendous view of the town’s famous towers. Set magnificently within the splendid Tuscan countryside, the property is surrounded by olive groves and vines that produce oil of superb quality and the excellent white wine, Vernaccia. There’s also a large park with cypress trees and flowers. The property was recently renovated, but dates back to the Middle Ages. The villa has been divided into independent apartments. Guests can make use of the pergola for al fresco meals, or enjoy the shared pool (8m x 16m, open Apr 24 - Oct 30). There’s parking on the property.

Interior Description

(100 m2/1,076 ft2)
Ground Floor: living room with fireplace and single sofa bed and adjacent dining area, small kitchen with freezer, microwave oven/grill and dishwasher, 1 double bedroom, 1 bedroom with twin-beds, 2 bathrooms with shower. Small fully-equipped terrace.

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.

  • Cook Service: 29 Euros per person
  • Breakfast Basket: 7 Euros per person; generally includes coffee, tea, marmalade, honey, Nutella, biscuits, milk, and sugar.
  • Cooking Classes: 85 Euros per person
  • Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
  • Laundry Facilities: 6 Euros per washing machine cycle and 6 Euros per dryer cycle
  • Pool Towels: 6 Euros per week
  • Portable Baby Crib: 30 Euros per week
  • High Chair: Upon request
  • Hair Dryer: Upon request

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Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Outside Area - Shared
  • Swimming Pool - Shared
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • Clothes Dryer - Shared
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine - Shared
  • Air Conditioning - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sun 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Mon 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tue 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wed 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Thu 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 5 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Amazing! We felt like we were part of a family on the property - Sandra, Nicolo, and all the staff were so friendly and helpful. The whole experience made us feel special and peaceful. The food was amazing -
Enjoyed Most:
The villa itself, the pool, the scenery and the outdoor meals Tuesday, Friday, Saturday. Part of whole experience, and worth the added cost.
Enjoyed Least:
NOTHING! Just loved it. Would so highly recommend.
Surrounding Area:
The wine and olive oil tastings; we went very locally to a farm where we tasted honey and olive oils.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano is very close - but still, we didn't walk as it was hot. I'd recommend walking there and back for good exercise on hilly roads - but not in August! We just loved San Gimignano and wish we had gone back another day.
Tips or Restaurants:
Buy toilet paper, as it is not provided once you run out! Don't wait till last minute - do a grocery run early and get toilet paper/paper towels, plastic wrap, etc. Grocery store is 5 km away - easy to get to and terrific. Also - we found the Equinox gym on the very last day! Very nice, with an outdoor and indoor pool! My son is a gym nut, and was having withdrawals from not working out, and eating so much! Good to know about - very close to the grocery store. Lastly, and most importantly - it is SO hard to find at first, expecially if it is dark. Try to arrive in the light. The GPS took us the wrong way.

Rayna, August

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Almost perfect.
Enjoyed Most:
The setting and the quality of the facility.
Enjoyed Least:
The phone system did not work and the WiFi could only work in the courtyard, not in our room. For this reason, communication back to the U.S. was difficult
Surrounding Area:
Vineyards all around with miles of walking trails. Very convenient to Poggibonsi, where there was a modern supermarket with excellent quality foods and wines.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Poggibonsi is a very easy drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
Make sure to bring an international cell phone. We used a portable Garmin and it worked perfectly throughout Tuscany and was especially helpful getting into and out of Siena and Florence.
We used our GPS, but the directions were very good.
Check In Out:
Wine and cheese upon arrival would have been perfect. We had to go back out in the dark the first night.

Carl, October

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Everything was fabulous. One thing to note, there are no screens on the windows, so mosquitoes and bugs can enter freely. I guess this is the Tuscan way, of just opening the windows, and enjoying the outside. Plan to eat at least 1 meal at the property. We ate there on Saturday night, after we arrived, and also on Friday night our last night there.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything was perfect. Better than I expected. Just like a dream. The villa was very spacious and fully equipped. Furnished beautifully. Terracotta tile on the floor, high ceilings, with wide curved archways upon entering rooms.
Enjoyed Least:
There's nothing I can say about this property that I disliked or could recommend as an improvement. The owners are very nice and there to help, and they keep everything so clean.
Surrounding Area:
The beautiful country side, with the rolling hills filled with vineyards and olive trees. It is so quiet and peaceful. Totally picturesque.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano was the closest. I'm a runner, so I ran there and back on the dirt road. Other family members walked on the road and you could see the walled in city, but they did not walk into town, just a little to far away. They just had a nice out and back walk in the country with the vineyards and olive trees.
Tips or Restaurants:
I would bring washcloths for the showers and a kitchen wash cloth for dishes. We also had brought a roll of TP, but there was some in the villa already. I also brought various sizes of zip locked bags, to use for small left overs or whatever. Make reservations at the property prior to your arrival for Saturday dinner. We did, and it was the best thing to do. After renting the car and driving to the villa, we did not need to worry about getting to the grocery store or cooking our first evening there. A nice place to eat in San Gimignano is Tratteria Chiribiri. You will need to make reservations, it is a very small local restaurant. Great food and wine.
You will be on a short, dirt road before entering the property. There's pot holes, so drive slowly. Turning into the driveway of the property, your car will bottom out and you'll scrape the road. We tried to enter, very slowly and in various angles and we still hit the road. Glad it was a rental car!
Check In Out:
The owners greet you immediately, and carry your luggage into the villa and place it in your bedrooms. On check out, they will come to your villa at a specified time that you arrange and they will take your luggage to your vehicle.

David, June

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