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Pleasant Tuscan Apartment on Large Hillside Estate

Il Cortile del Borgo 15

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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 m2/1076 ft2)
Ground Floor: Living/Dining room with adjacent corner kitchen with freezer and microwave oven/grill and dishwasher, 2 double bedrooms of which one with bathroom with shower, 1 twin-bedroom, 2 bathrooms with shower. Private furnished garden.

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
  • Independent Villa
  • Outside Area - Private
  • 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

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  • 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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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 11 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Except for a cooking class at the estate, we spent our time traveling to Siena, Florence, Cinque Terre, and the Chianti region during our 5 night stay. I'd rate the Borgo 15 as very good overall and the overall view and helpfulness of the owners as excellent. There was no real view from Borgo 15.
Enjoyed Most:
When I think about Tuscany this place is it: on a hill with views of vineyards and other estates. And again Riccardo, Nicola, Simona, and Sandra were most helpful with the luggage, advice, and directions. The cooking class was a wonderful experience.
Enjoyed Least:
A couple of minor things about Borgo 15 prevent me from giving it an excellent rating. We had trouble using some of the outlets, the gas stove had a burner out and on one of the other burners we could not adjust the flame. We were not provided with bar soap and had to purchase. All minor things, though.
Surrounding Area:
San Gimignano, Florence (the Uffizzi), Sienna (the Palio), exploring Chianti, and Cinque Terre.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano. No.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bar soap. Staples like coffee, salt, pepper and any essential groceries. But that was the case with each of our three rentals in Italy. Different country, different culture.
Il Borgetto did not appear on the GPS in our rental car. We had to use our phones.
Check In Out:
The owners were very helpful with the luggage both on arrival and departure. Check in and check out went smoothly.

Bob, October

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Our overall experience was fantastic. We were a group of 6 adults, retirement-aged, and were overwhelmed by the property. It fitted our needs beautifully. It was great sitting on our private patio for breakfast and late day wine drinking. The morning walks down the road were also fabulous. To see the towers of San Gimignano with the sun shining on them was simply beautiful! The 2 dinners we had at the Villa were wonderful. Well worth the 28 Euros/person. A great selection of wines also at reasonable costs. The staff were very accommodating and very helpful.
Enjoyed Most:
The ability to walk around the property and see Tuscan hillsides from different angles. The ability to just relax if you wished by the pool.
Enjoyed Least:
The rough, narrow, unpaved road leading to and from the property, yet the scenery was great. This road is necessary since you are in the Tuscan hills.
Surrounding Area:
Very close to San Gimignano (a must see town), Poggibonsi (for highway access and grocery shopping), Volterra (another must see town; the Alabaster was beautiful). All of the other towns we visited were within 1-2 hours drive such as Florence, Siena, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano. If you enjoy good red wine, Montalcino is must see town. It is home of the Brunello wine and almost every shop has free wine tasting. Your favourite Brunello can be shipped back home. A little pricey but well worth it.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town was San Gimignano. I don't believe it was within walking distance. The town was approximately 14 km. away.
Tips or Restaurants:
I would recommend future renters bring with them a salt and pepper shaker and some olive oil and balsamic vinegar or your favourite salad dressing. Since this is a self catering accommodation, no necessities are provided. Make sure to shop in Poggibonsi before arriving at the villa. The coffee maker available is an espresso type. Things to buy would be coffee, juice, milk, bread, eggs, butter, sugar, fruit, vegetables, snack foods, wine liquor, soft drinks, yogurt, toilet paper, paper towels. There was no oven in the villa, so if you plan to do some cooking make sure it can be done all on a stovetop. A microwave is available. The toaster took too long so we just fried up the bread in the pan with some butter.
We did use a GPS (a must) but still sometimes it had to re-calculate. At times it was a little frustrating. Would recommend gettingg alternate directions for arrivals from the other side of San Gimignano. Entering the property from that side was a bit easier and less hilly.
Check In Out:
Very accommodating. It was great to have the staff take your luggage directly to your chosen bedroom on arrival and on departure to take it to your car.

Nanci, September

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It was a fantastic vacation!
Enjoyed Most:
The family, the pool, the views, the food...
Enjoyed Least:
The view from the villa was obstructed due to the large trees growing right in front of a gorgeous vineyard view.
Surrounding Area:
Close to town, grocery, highway, etc...
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano is nearby, but is not within walking distance. You need a car to get to most places in Tuscany.
We used a GPS, which worked well. Also, this property is off of a long, dirt road. The cars will not stay clean here.

Elena, July

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