My wife and I just returned from 3 fabulous weeks in Tuscany. We rented Villa Lestra in order to accommodate family and friends that would be joining us. 2 couples joined us for 9 days and 3 individuals joined us for 6 days, we had the villa to ourselves the remainder of the 3 weeks. The owner, Francesco, and his wife, Fredericka, were a delight. The place is in perfect shape, built in 2009. All 4 bedrooms have ensuite baths. The 5th bathroom is downstairs and accessible for guests. The pool is cleaned regularly, the 3 outside sitting areas are covered and maintained 3 times each week. The villa is cleaned top to bottom weekly. We had cooking lessons twice at the villa provided by a local group from Peccioli, Ariana and Friends. Agratourismo Serravalle is about 500 meters further down the lane, owned by a fellow named Paolo, we ate there frequently, The food was wonderful and the place is in walking distance from the villa. The villa is about a half mile down an unpaved road. Vineyards and olive groves abound. The 3rd floor is a cupola which provides a 360 degree view of the surroundings. The furnishings were fresh and very complete. Food shopping was within a few miles. The local wine was inexpensive and wonderful. I would recommend the villa and the owner to anyone wishing to experience Tuscany and small village life. The villa can easily accommodate 8 to 11. You are about equidistant from Florence, Pisa and Sienna, less than 2 hours by car. You will need a car to get about, roads are good and main road is very easy travel. Internet is available but slow connection, don't plan on video or streaming of music. Email worked great. The owner has a web site for Villa Lestra, and all of it is accurate. We will likely return to this location in the future. If you need more room the owner has another villa nearby and several apartments. The local people were warm and friendly, many small villages are nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Lestra is a traditional 1800 Tuscan farmhouse converted with great attention to detail by the proprietors, the Ruatti family. The original features such as the terra cotta flooring, chestnut wooden beams and stone walls enhance the modern restoration to provide a comfortable environment.Situated where the provinces of Pisa, Siena and Florence meet, the Villa is just a short distance from the well preserved historical towns of San Gimignano and Volterra.The Villa comprised of two floors measures 250 sq.m and hosts up to 11 persons. ... more less