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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, 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
Apr-28-2018 - Jun-23-2018 $6,600 1 wk
Jun-23-2018 - Sep-01-2018 $8,100 1 wk
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-29-2018 $6,600 1 wk
Sep-29-2018 - Dec-22-2018 $4,500 1 wk
Dec-22-2018 - Jan-05-2019 $7,600 1 wk
Jan-05-2019 - Apr-27-2019 $5,300 1 wk
Apr-27-2019 - Jun-22-2019 $7,600 1 wk
Jun-22-2019 - Aug-31-2019 $9,300 1 wk
Aug-31-2019 - Sep-28-2019 $7,600 1 wk
Sep-28-2019 - Dec-21-2019 $5,300 1 wk
Dec-21-2019 - Jan-06-2020 $7,600 1 wk

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Arrival Times

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  • Sat 4:00 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: 1000 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption

Other Notes

  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 3 weeks prior to arrival
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day

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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 14 Reviews

Customer Reviews

The caretaker was fantastic upon our arrival! He provided an excellent tour and answered all of our questions. The villa exceeded my expectations and I have already recommended it to several of my friends.
Enjoyed Most:
Every bedroom had its own sitting room and bathroom. And lots of space for all of us to hang out and not be on top of each other.
Enjoyed Least:
Not really a complaint, but the dryer took forever to dry.
Surrounding Area:
Very serene and peaceful. Also, our group can get quite loud, especially with wine, so it was great not to have anyone super close by. )
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano. Technically it was in walking distance (about 2 miles away), but very hilly, so we didn't walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
Great restaurants in San Gimignano and Cesani winery in Volterra - wine tasting at Podere Marcampo and dinner at Ristorante Enoteca 'Del Duca'.
We used GPS so it was super easy.
Check In Out:
It was efficient and excellent!

Brandi, October

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This trip to Italy was the "destination" celebration of a milestone birthday and our stay at Villa Dora did not disappoint! The grounds were gorgeous as we found ourselves surrounded by vineyards and olive groves stretching down into a beautiful valley. The house was spacious and immaculate. There were ten in our party and each couple had their own bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The pool and surrounding terrace were beautiful, fully outfitted with loungers and umbrellas. We visited in October and the water was a bit cold. Regardless, we had two brave souls jump in and take advantage of the pool because we had perfect weather (in the mid-70's all week). The dining room was a treat with seating for 10. We did book a chef to come in and cook for us one evening it was an absolutely wonderful dining experience! I highly recommend this to everyone! After dinner, we spent most of our evenings out on the terrace (featuring a dining table and chairs for 10) enjoying our surroundings over bottles of Tuscan wine.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved the gorgeous vistas and the very peaceful location. We also loved the fact that we were close enough to visit San Gimignano, Florence, Volterra and many wineries with ease. The other wonderful discovery was that the owners had stocked the cupboards and refrigerator with enough items to get us through dinner and breakfast before we had time to get to the grocery store.
Enjoyed Least:
I would say that our WiFi Internet connections were poor. We rented TEP Wireless devices but, they had poor cell reception.
Surrounding Area:
The serenity and beauty of the valley.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town was San Gimignano and it is very close by car. We had rented cars in Florence and we drove to town rather than walk. There were plenty of parking lots outside of the town (you are not allowed to drive into the city walls).
Tips or Restaurants:
We had a great dinner at Olivieri Bistrot, Via S. Matteo, 55, 53037, San Gimignano, SI, Italy. +39 0577 940790. There is also a PAM Superstore (groceries) which is about a 20 minute drive from the villa. We purchased most of our groceries and wine there. It was fun to go through their wine department and purchase wines that we had no idea about!
We used Google Maps to find the property with only a slight amount of difficulty. We were driving in from Florence. I think anyone driving to the property needs to be aware that once you leave the paved road, it is quite a narrow, twisty dirt road to the villa (which is at the end of said road). I think it may have been a couple of kilometers. It wasn't a problem but, I think people just need to be aware of that fact.
Check In Out:
Check in and Check Out were seamless. The property manager was fabulous and made us feel at home immediately.

Valerie, October

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An incredible location. The historic charm was awesome and the finishings were incredible. We love the pool. It was such a nice surprise to find the kitchen stocked with goodies. Nelson, the caretaker, was extremely helpful and quick to handle any of our needs.
Enjoyed Most:
Nelson was extremely helpful and quick to handle any of our needs. Location was great close to the little town Pool was awesome. The gardener always kept the surrounding area in excellent condition. Excellent kitchen. We had a chef come in and it was very handy to have all the pots and pans and dishes. Everything was excellent.
Surrounding Area:
Only thing I wasn't sure about with the property was part of the road, since we had a van and it was pretty narrow in parts.
Nearby Events or Locales:
No, the smallest town was a short drive away.
Tips or Restaurants:
Can't remember the names of the restaurants.
Directions were great we just needed to go a little further on the road and Nelson was there right away to show us the rest of the way
Check In Out:
Check in was absolutely a breeze and Nelson made it so easy and showed us where everything was and how everything worked. Then just had a check out at the end to make sure everything was in great shape still; refund was automatic.

Terry, August

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