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Pleasant Tuscan Apartment on Large Hillside Estate

Il Cortile del Borgo 12

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About The Experience

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

(120 m2/1291 ft2)
Ground Floor: Living/Dining room with kitchen corner equipped with freezer, microwave oven/grill and dishwasher, 2 double bedrooms, one complete with bathroom with shower, 1 bedroom with twin-beds, 1 bathroom 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

Please Note:

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Outside Area - Shared
  • Pool Towels
  • 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

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly 5 Nights       Min
May-04-2019 - Jun-08-2019 $2,273
5 night
Jun-08-2019 - Jun-29-2019 $2,762
5 night
Jun-29-2019 - Aug-31-2019 $3,376
5 night
Aug-31-2019 - Sep-28-2019 $2,762
5 night
Sep-28-2019 - Oct-12-2019 $2,273
5 night
Oct-12-2019 - Nov-03-2019 $1,969
5 night
Apr-10-2020 - May-02-2020 $1,969
1 wk
May-02-2020 - Jun-06-2020 $2,273
1 wk
Jun-06-2020 - Jun-27-2020 $2,762
1 wk
Jun-27-2020 - Aug-29-2020 $3,376
1 wk
Aug-29-2020 - Sep-26-2020 $2,762
1 wk
Sep-26-2020 - Oct-10-2020 $2,273
1 wk
Oct-10-2020 - Nov-01-2020 $1,969
1 wk

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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

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: 300 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Weekly Charge: 30 EUR

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
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 36 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Very good.
Enjoyed Most:
Its setting, the view and its proximity to San Gimignano.
Enjoyed Least:
One of the bedrooms had no mirror.
Surrounding Area:
The view. A very beautiful part of Italy.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano. No, perhaps for younger people.
Tips or Restaurants:
Can't think of any. One great restaurant was in Poggibonsi but can't recall the name. It was adjacent to a small hotel. Also a great pizzeria in the main square of Volterra.
Put the actual address of Il Cortile rather than the address of the owner's residence. We were using a GPS which took us the owner's residence which is about two kilometers from our destination. We had to call them to lead us in.
Check In Out:
Check in and check out went well.

Leonard, May

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Superb! It's a beautiful and beautifully-maintained property.
Enjoyed Most:
The owners were very welcoming and warm. The dinners were superlative and were the highlight of our stay at the villa. The views of the surrounding hillsides were beautiful.
Surrounding Area:
The views. Watching the grapes being harvested.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano was a few kilometers away. It would have been a lengthy and dusty walk, so we drove.
You absolutely need a GPS for driving in Italy.

Julia, September

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We were impressed with this property from the time we drove in to the time we had to say our goodbyes to the lovely owners. It was a very relaxing place to be. It is also centrally located and was easy an easy drive to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and other wonderful towns. We met other wonder families at the villa. Some of them were on their second and third stays. That is a true seal of approval. We will return one day.
Enjoyed Most:
There were so many thing we loved about this villa. The owners were very friendly and were on site everyday to answer any questions. The three authentic Tuscan dinners cooked at the villa were phenomenal. The apartment was clean and nicely decorated. The view was amazing and the pool, which is located in an olive grove, was a relaxing place to be after a hot day of sightseeing. My daugher and I took the cooking class that is offered on the property. It was taught by a local chef with the help of a translator. We both thought it was a fun experience and worth it.
Surrounding Area:
We enjoyed the town of San Gimignano. It is a couple of miles down the road. The views were amazing and we enjoyed being able to take half day or full day trips to the surrounding towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town is San Gimignano. It is not in walking distance for most people. The villa is situated off a dirt/gravel road. Once you get to the main road San Gimignano is about two miles. Save your feet for walking through the towns.
Tips or Restaurants:
Having a car is almost a necessity. We rented a car in Florence, which was relatively easy. The supermarket is in a nearby town. The villa's kitchen had basic items such as dishwasher detergent, dishtowels, pots, utensils and dishes. Beyond that we had to purchase some things at the supermarket. The use of the washer and dryer for a nominal fee was nice to have. There is one washer and dryer for the entire property but that did not seem to pose a problem. The best place for a meal is on the property. It is offered three times during the week. We had dinner all three times as well as most of the other guests. There is also a restaurant in Siena that is worth a visit. It is Le Logge. It is on a street right off the piazza. We did not have reservations but it is probably recommended. Try to avoid the restaurants on the piazzas unless you want the experience of sitting on the piazza. We were disappointed in the food.
The directions were very good. The only wrong turn we took was on the dirt road leading to the villa. There is a fork in the road and we went the wrong way. You should go to the right at the fork.
Check In Out:
Check in and check out were easy. The owners deliver your bags to your apartment after check in and take them from your apartment after check out and load them in your car for you.

Dawn, July

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