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Sleeps:
10
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
5
Type:
Villa
Property #:
21028
Nearest Town:
San Gimignano

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Villa Dora

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Overall:
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'.
Directions:
We used GPS so it was super easy.
Check In Out:
It was efficient and excellent!

Brandi, October

Overall:
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!
Directions:
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

Overall:
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:
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

Overall:
Outstanding. This is a beautiful, luxuriously appointed property. Beautiful outside area and pool with spectacular views.
Enjoyed Most:
Sorry to be so general but really everything - all rooms were spectacular, pool area was terrific. linens, furnishings, kitchen were all excellent. There was one very cool surprise - the Via Francia (the ancient road) literally travels through the vineyard on the edge of the property, so it was interesting, particulary for our children, to think about pilgrims walking along this ancient road and helped them better understand how and why towns along the road like San Gimignano developed.
Surrounding Area:
Terrific location. Easy and short drive into San Gimignano, easy access to Siena, Florence, Volterra.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano. Not really walkable (60 minute walk).
Tips or Restaurants:
Volterra is a short trip away and considerably less crowded with tourists than San Gimignano and Florence and Siena. It was a very nice and easy morning trip and there are some great restaurants on the way back to the villa from Volterra.
Directions:
No, all very clear.
Check In Out:
A few mornings there were some problems with the water system (so no showers) but the on-site representative was extraordinarily responsive and is working on fixing the problem. He was terrific - friendly, helpful and could not have been more helpful. One last thing - having the kitchen stocked with some basics and food for the first night was superb, just a really nice and unexpected touch.

John, June

Overall:
Fabulous!
Enjoyed Most:
The ambiance, both indoors and outdoors.
Enjoyed Least:
The property was absolutely amazing. We could have used more explicit instructions on using the washer/dryer.
Surrounding Area:
Convenience.
Tips or Restaurants:
Really, everything at the villa is provided. I would recommend zip locks, "to go" cups for coffee or beverage of choice and food items. EVERYTHING else was provided.

R, March

Overall:
Absolutely perfect.
Enjoyed Most:
View, size, quiet.
Surrounding Area:
Village of San Gimignano.
Tips or Restaurants:
Go to Siena, Cortona, & Greve and soak up the culture of the area.
Check In Out:
Rent this property!

Cindy, March

Overall:
It was the most beautiful and peaceful area I have ever stayed in. The house is absolutely beautiful. The way it is presented and photos online was exactly all we expected and more.
Enjoyed Most:
Hard to choose. Just everything!
Surrounding Area:
The natural beauty of the area.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano
Tips or Restaurants:
We visited lots of cities close by. Easy to go with using GPS. Comfortable shoes.
Directions:
I didn't do any of the driving myself. But no one seemed to have any problems. Just getting use to the turn abouts and being familiar with the car seemed to be the most important thing.
Check In Out:
Unfortunately, my husband and I were late getting there, but no one complained about check in process.

Estella, March

Overall:
Excellent.
Enjoyed Most:
The villa was very large and beautiful with excellent furnishings. Everything we needed was there.
Enjoyed Least:
The stove controls were not very clear.
Surrounding Area:
The views, the grape vines and olive trees, and also the historic road to San Gimignano - "Via Francigena"
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano - yes, it was a good walk away.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring comfortable shoes.
Directions:
Used Google maps.

Dan, March

Overall:
Eight guests had the best vacation of their lives.
Enjoyed Most:
The view. Seclusion. Ample space to relax.
Enjoyed Least:
Only a minor point, but the narrow road to property.
Surrounding Area:
San Gimignano is a great little village. Easy access to surrounding areas.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano. Yes,you can walk but it will take 30 minutes.
Tips or Restaurants:
Best restaurant in area is Nona Gina's in Siena.
Directions:
Using a GPS or cell phone GPS is a must.
Check In Out:
Owner and contact person were very helpful and responsive.

Kim, March

Overall:
Staying at Villa Dora was a beautiful experience.... the farmhouse was spacious and immaculate and oh so comfortable. We were awed by the fabulous views of the vineyards and olive groves and started our days with a hike around the property.
Enjoyed Most:
The peaceful and beautiful landscape... every view was a painting.
Enjoyed Least:
The slow internet but we worked around that by hotspotting to our cell phone which we placed at a higher point.
Surrounding Area:
The landscape... fabulous!
Nearby Events or Locales:
We didn't walk to the nearest town. We found the long narrow road intimidating. We hired a car service (Miraco)...recommended by the owner.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a bathing suit... the pool is lovely. And a sun hat... the Tuscan sun is hot!
Directions:
We had a driver, arranged through RentVillas, pick us up at the airport. He knew exactly where the villa is located. If you rent a car, rent it ahead.

Lynne, October

Overall:
This was the vacation of a lifetime. We had to keep pinching ourselves. The villa was gorgeous, unbelievably luxurious. The house and grounds were impeccably kept. The landscaping was breathtaking. We were surrounded by flowers, a vineyard, and an olive grove. The pool was sparkling and clean. There were nine of us and the house accommodated us all with ease. There were plenty of spaces for chatting, reading, napping, eating, watching movies, playing cards, swimming, etc. We loved every moment!
Enjoyed Most:
It was beautiful inside and out. The inside was gorgeous and comfortable. The house is full of artwork - a feast for the eyes. Just looking out any window was a breathtaking view. Sitting by the pool filled one with a deep sense of peace surrounded by the vineyards and hills.
Enjoyed Least:
The road in/out was a bit tricky.
Surrounding Area:
We were so enamored of our villa, we didn't feel the need to leave. We did enjoy going into the ancient walled city of San Gimignano to shop and see the sights. Some members of our family went to Siena and Volterra. We were also close to Firenze. The villa is centrally located.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano is the nearest town. Yes, you could walk into town. It is a challenging walk, but my daughter did it. As a matter of fact, the estate is on the Francigena Pilgrim Trail.
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa met our every need. The kitchen was well appointed - it had everything. In fact, we only ate out twice. No one wanted to leave our luxurious villa home. There were lovely bath soaps, shampoos, creams supplied in each bath. We found a delicious little restaurant called Osteria delle Catene on a little side street in San Gimignano. The people were so warm and friendly. I had made advance reservations online. We had 9 people. We also ate at Vecchiemura - it was overrated.
Directions:
Your directions were fine. We did use GPS. Tell people not to give up when they hit the dirt road. When you make that last hairpin turn and see the pool below, you feel like you have reached the Emerald City! It's breathtaking!
Check In Out:
Check In was wonderful. The owner was there along with his estate agent and they gave us the grand tour. It was very welcoming and exciting. They had stocked the kitchen with food and wine - unbelievably kind and thoughtful.

Ed And Jo, September

Overall:
We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Dora. The property is in a beautiful private setting and the villa is very well equipped. All 5 bedrooms are great.
Enjoyed Most:
The setting on the vineyard; the welcome from the owner; the well equipped kitchen; the fact that it was stocked with groceries for dinner (including wine) and breakfast when we arrived; being able to walk into San Gimignano (1 hour roundtrip); the pool; the large outdoor dining area; and the BBQ.
Enjoyed Least:
The drive into the property was interesting as I had a 9-seater van. The trees at the side of the road could use a trim. But this is very minor.
Surrounding Area:
Being able to walk into San Gimignano (1 hour). Complete isolation in a beautiful setting surrounded by grape vines and olive groves Close to all of the main Tuscany towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano (1 hour roundtrip).
Tips or Restaurants:
Bug spray. The mosquitos do come out at dusk.
Directions:
Google maps worked perfectly with the co-ordinates provided.
Check In Out:
Could not have been better.

Andrew, September

Overall:
We were a group of 10 friends in need of suitable housing in Tuscany. We reveiwed the RentVillas offerings and rerceived some great feedback from our Travel Advisor. The property (2 miles outside San Gimignano) was better than the pictures. It is a fantastic point from which to explore Tuscany and still come home to an oasis with a pool area surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Special note to the owner, Sandro, who was absolutely great in working with us to arrange transport from Florence airport for one couple, arranged our group to have an in-house cooking experience (thanks to Maria Teresa Burlotti and her granddaughter Beatrice), to providingg us with a well-stocked kitchen to get us started. I can't say enough about how much Sandro made the whole arrangement work so well
Enjoyed Most:
Everything about the property, inside and out, was given great consideration by Sandro and his wife Bruna, and nothing was overlooked. The day to day property manager, Antonella, was friendly support and worked to keep the gardens picture perfect. All the bedbath rooms were comparable in comfort (no one gets shorted while others get spacious). The pool area is to die for. Greatest challenege is to pull yourself away from the property to sightsee and not just recline in the pool area
Enjoyed Least:
It is located a the end of an access road (approx. 1.5 miles) which while providing privacy may be a bit daunting when you first drive in
Surrounding Area:
The country side is gorgeous while being in close proximity to Florence, Pisa or Siena (all about 90 minutes away) AND having San Gimignano to go to in the evening to walk and ahve dinner after all the tourists are gone (except you)
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano. An ambitious 2 mile walk with elevation change
Tips or Restaurants:
Restaurant recommendations - for great pasta, Olivieri Bistrot for great grilled meats, Il Trovatore both in San Gimignano
Directions:
The directions provided were good. They had to be followed to the end. Some of our group "blinked" in thinking they had made a mistake
Check In Out:
The owner made it very simple. We had plenty of time to go around the property to understand how it all worked.

Jan, June