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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

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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
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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

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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 38 Reviews

Customer Reviews

It was an awesome experience. This property has it all. A couple of nights they provide a restaurant dining experience with great ambience. The owners are gracious and welcoming.
Enjoyed Most:
The shared patio areas make the most of the Tuscan landscape. Great views.
Enjoyed Least:
Our apartment did not have a private garden. It did have a outside table. Good for coffee in the morning.
Surrounding Area:
So close to San Gimignano.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano. You could walk to it, but a hilly journey.
Tips or Restaurants:
Mosquito spray with deet, if you like to hangout on the patios in the evening. We were there last week in September and the mosquitoes were present.
Directions were clear
Check In Out:
Check in and check out was very easy.

Charles, October

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It's an amazing property. We had space galore and help when we needed it. The location is very central in Tuscany, so it makes a great home base for daily excursions. The Pam grocery store and several good restaurants were within five minutes drive.
Enjoyed Most:
The location.
Surrounding Area:
San Gimignano and Chianti were super close.
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Gimignano - no.
Tips or Restaurants:
The hosts are a great resource for info or other assistance like making dinner reservations. This is a great property for people who like to cook at their villa. A major grocery store is 5-10 minutes down the road. Take advantage of the outdoor areas - ample space to relax or even dine al fresco.
The written directions were clear enough
Check In Out:
The baggage pick up at check in was great and we got a good walk through of the villa. Made us feel at home.

Steven, April

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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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