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Villa Dora

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About The Experience
Spend the vacation of your dreams in this idyllic Tuscan paradise amidst olive groves, vineyards, and wooded hillsides. This beautiful villa rental boasts traditional interiors that are both rustic and elegant. You and your guests will feel right at home on this large private estate just outside San Gimignano—one of Tuscany’s most renowned hill towns. Spend your days swimming in the pool, dining alfresco, or planning trips into the nearby towns and villages!
Location Description

San Gimignano is one of the most visited towns in Tuscany and is full of life and things to do. You will want to climb up one of the towers, visit the 12th century Duomo, the People's Palace, and 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.

While San Gimignano is 3.5 km away by car, it is possible to walk to the town on an unpaved country road for about half the distance, and then meet up with the main road into town - all uphill.

Nearby Attractions: Volterra is situated on a rocky hilltop 1770 feet above sea level and is filled with restaurants, shops, markets, and ancient castles. It is a great place to visit for anyone interested in the Etruscans. It is encircled by Etruscan walls and features the Guarnacci Museum, home to a large display of Etruscan antiques and artifacts.

Pisa Airport: 80 km/50 mi
Florence Airport: 57 km/35 mi
Siena: 42 km/26 mi
Volterra: 40 km/25 mi
Monteriggioni: 25 km/15.5 mi
Poggibonsi Train Station: 11 km/7 mi
San Gimignano: 3.5 km/2 mi
Exterior Description
(14 Hectares/ 34.59 Acres) This 18th century villa is situated in a valley along the historic Via Francigena—a pilgrimage route from England, Germany, and France to Rome dating back to the Middle Ages. The private estate is surrounded by 14 hectares of privately owned vineyards, olive trees, and woods. The farm is certified organic and guests can try its red and white wines and extra-virgin olive oil. Adjacent to the main villa is a small apartment for two additional guests. (16 Steps) There is a large pool (14 x 7m) open the beginning of May through the end of September, depending on the weather. There are sun beds and umbrellas, a grassy lounge area with chairs and a small table, in addition to a terrace outfitted with a table and chairs for alfresco dining. Private parking is also available on the property.
Interior Description

(400 m2/4,305 ft2)
The villa was recently restored while maintaining its historic charm. Throughout you’ll find terracotta, local stonework, period furnishings, and rustic elegance.

Ground Floor: There is a large living room with antique terracotta tiles, vaulted brick ceilings, fireplace, sofas, a piano, and a desk with telephone. There is also a TV room with 60 inch HD 3D TV, stereo, and DVD player. The dining room has French windows with views of the garden and a dining table for 10. The fully equipped kitchen has an old stone sink, gas stove, dishwasher, electric mixer, microwave, oven, toaster, American coffee maker, espresso machine, and a table for dining or meal prep. The kitchen is also fully stocked with silverware sets, tableware, and a variety of drinking glasses. There is also a guest bathroom with toilet and sink, as well as a utility room with a washing machine.

First Floor: (15 Steps) Up the stone staircase you’ll find the first of four bedrooms. The first bedroom has a four-poster 180 cm king-sized bed, dresser, desk, armchairs, walk-in closet with safe, and an en-suite bathroom with double sinks, a tub, and bidet. The second bedroom is a suite with a wrought iron 160 cm queen-sized bed, armchairs, a desk, and an en-suite bathroom with marble sink and tub, and a bidet. The third bedroom is also a suite with a 160 cm queen-sized bed, armchairs, desk, and an en-suite bathroom with twin showers, double marble sink, and bidet. The fourth bedroom has two narrow single beds (80 cm). There is also a dresser and an en-suite bathroom with shower and bidet.

Apartment: Adjacent to the villa is a cozy apartment for two complete with a kitchen with gas stove, fridge, dishwasher, and sideboard, a living room with fireplace, sofas, armchairs, and a small dining area. The bedroom has a 160 cm queen-sized bed and an en-suite bathroom with marble sink, shower, and bidet.

All of the bedrooms have air conditioning.
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.

  • Cooking Classes: Upon request
  • Housekeeping (Additional): 15 Euros per hour
  • Pre-Stocked Villa: Upon request
  • Chauffeur/Driver: Upon request
  • Chef Service: Upon request
  • Continental Breakfast: Upon request
  • Linen/towel Change: 30 Euros per room
  • Painting Classes: Upon request

Please Note:

  • Air Conditioning: All of the bedrooms have air conditioning.
  • Housekeeping: 3 hours of housekeeping on Wednesdays included.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Piano
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning - Partial House
  • Fans Available - Upon Request
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Firewood Available - Extra Cost
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Window Screens - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Pets Considered
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Safe
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping - Included

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Jun-03-2023 - Jun-17-2023 $8,300
1 wk
Jul-08-2023 - Aug-05-2023 $9,900
1 wk
Sep-30-2023 - Oct-07-2023 $8,300
1 wk

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Based on 38 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Fantastic - Sandro and Nelson were excellent hosts.
Enjoyed Most:
The fact that we had food stocked for us to eat upon arrival. Nelson was great and lit a fire for us one night while at the property. Grounds were lovely and walk to San Gimignano was nice.
Enjoyed Least:
The distance to a grocery store as we did not rent a car.
Surrounding Area:
Loved the vineyards and olive grove and all of the beautiful plants on the property.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano was 3.5 miles away - quite a hike.
Tips or Restaurants:
All of the restaurants were good. Bring layers of clothes as evenings were cool during this time of year (October).
The drivers we hired were great and figured out how to get to the property

Peggy, October

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We absolutely LOVED our stay at Villa Dora! Every room was stunning, and the villa beautifully appointed. Every detail was perfect. The views, and outdoor spaces were beautiful, too! The garden was like something from a dream, and even though it was already October, a few of us took a dip in the pool.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved EVERYTHING! We even cooked meals with the wonderful food, AND wine(!) that our Property Manager left for us. We had wonderful linens, comfortable beds, beautiful bathrooms, and even fresh flowers in almost all the rooms. There were so many nice touches. This is a luxurious villa!
Enjoyed Least:
We loved everything about the property, but the turnoff to the villa was a little rough.
Surrounding Area:
We had beautiful weather, and loved the stunning countryside of the villa. The vistas, the vineyard, and olive groves made for a magical Italian setting. In addition, it was somewhat close to surrounding beautiful towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano was our nearest small town, and we loved it. We walked into town three times, for shopping, a walking tour, and a few meals. The walk is about 45 minutes, and half of it is on the Francigena Historic Pilgrimage Path. It is stunning, but you need to be in decent shape, a lot of it is uphill, and wear comfortable walking shoes. San Gimignano has several great restaurants(Vecchia Mura), one of the best gelato places I've ever tried(Gelateria Dondoli), and some really fun shopping establishments. We also did a wine tasting at La Rocca. It was really fun, and we had delicious antipasti, and wonderful wines, including the San Gimignano Vernaccia wine.
Tips or Restaurants:
Ask a lot of questions. The staff from Villa Dora, and RentVillas are really helpful, and can make great suggestions. The villa is really well equipped with a washer and dryer, and everything you could ever need, but take comfortable walking shoes, so you can walk the beautiful countryside. Also, splurge, and hire a driver if you have a large group. It's worth it!
A detailed Francigena trail map would be helpful for people that want to walk into San Gimignano, or for just enjoying walks along the trails.
Check In Out:
Nelson was proactive in making sure our check in was smooth, and that we felt right at home, and happy. He was great!

Patti, October

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Our overall experience at Villa Dora was excellent. It is a remarkable property located just outside San Gimignano with spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside.
Enjoyed Most:
The authentic Italian and architectural feel of the home and guest house was amazing. The home was very comfortable and was made even more welcoming by the supplies and provisions the property owner stock for our use during our stay. There was a large fruit basket, local wine, cheese and ingredients for several snacks and meals that help us settle in after a long travel day. A personalized note and magnum of champagne was left to enjoy during a family dinner and celebration scheduled for later in the week. The grounds were wonderful and the pool area was a great place to relax.
Enjoyed Least:
The drive to the property was the least favorite experience of the stay. The dirt and gravel road are extremely narrow, have steep inclines and support two way traffic. There are sections that are white knuckle worthy.
Surrounding Area:
I love the centralized location of the Villa, once you are on the main roadways, it was a very easy drive to San Gimignano. It was also an easy to drive to Siena, Volterra and Poggibonsi. We drove to Poggibinsi to catch the train to Florence for the day.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano was within two mile, you could walk it, however the pilgrimage train is extremely hilly. I would recommend driving.
Tips or Restaurants:
Everything we needed for a wonderful stay and experience was provided. On-site washer and dryer, steam iron and extra power converters were a big plus.
We had requested a "never lost" GOS navigation in our rental vehicle (Hertz), regrettably in was not functioning, however we were able to use google maps on our phone which brought us close to the property. However, once of the main road, it got a little challenging. I would strong recommend more signage that clearly directs to to the villa.
Check In Out:
The arrival checking process was very helpful and informative. Beyond the villa itself, the owners representative Nelson provided excellent information about the surround area and local points of interest, food market, wine shops and restaurants. The check out need to occur at 5am to allow for adequate travel time to drive to Florence, return the rental vehicle a meet departing flight schedules. Nelson met us at that early hour and conducted a very painless check-out and departure process.

Phillip, October

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