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La Fonte San Gimignano, Prov. Siena

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
3 nights minimum
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Gelsomino: is one of four, very comfortable, quiet self catering apartments in a traditional Tuscan country villa. It comands fabulous views over the rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. It has been completely refurbished yet retains all the original features including beautiful brick vaulted ceilings throughout.. Thei two roomed apartment is very spacious and has double glass doors which lead onto a private terracewhich runs the length of the apartment overlooking the valley and garden. It has its entrance at street level. <BR><BR>La Fonte is a traditional Tuscan country villa standing on the top of a hill overlooking olive groves, vineyards and the gentle rolling hills that stretch into the distance. Having spent nearly two years looking for somewhere we could call "home...Gelsomino: is one of four, very comfortable, quiet self catering apartments in a traditional Tuscan country villa. It comands fabulous views over the rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. It has been completely refurbished yet retains all the original features including beautiful brick vaulted ceilings throughout.. Thei two roomed apartment is very spacious and has double glass doors which lead onto a private terracewhich runs the length of the apartment overlooking the valley and garden. It has its entrance at street level. <BR><BR>La Fonte is a traditional Tuscan country villa standing on the top of a hill overlooking olive groves, vineyards and the gentle rolling hills that stretch into the distance. Having spent nearly two years looking for somewhere we could call "home", we discovered La Fonte. The house was still part of a large estate belonging to one of the oldest noble families of Tuscany and by pure chance the owners were thinking of selling the property. We have been offering hospitality to visitors from all over the world for nearly 30 years and the villa which is also our home, has become a second home to many of the super guests who have returned over the years.<BR><BR> There is one bedroom with a queen size matrimonial bed and a shower room with shower, basin, bidet and wc ensuite. The sitting/dining room has two comfortable sofas and the dining table seats 4. The kitchen is fully equipped with two ringed electric cooker, microwave, small fridge freezer, kettle and toaster. The large private terrace runs the length of the apartment and looks over the rolling hills at one end and the garden at the other It is ideal for al fresco meals. Double glass doors lead onto the terrace from both rooms.<BR><BR>The house was a farm house designed in the tradtional Tuscan style with a "tower" perched on the roof called the "colombaia". We completely renovated the interior creating four self catering apartments of varying sizes which all retain all their traditional features. On the ground floor there are two apartments both with original brick vaulted ceilings and on the first floor two more apartments which have ceilings of terracotta tiles supported by huge cypress beams. The walls are very thick which helps keep the apartments cool in the summer. <BR>San Gimignano can be seen perched on the hill 8 km from the villa from the avenue of cypress trees which leads the visitor to La Fonte. Certaldo is the nearest town where there is a great train service, <BR>good local shopping, a car hire service and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets<BR><BR>The villa has kept its traditional atmosphere with the beautiful original timber beamed ceilings, terracotta tiles and vaulted ceilings.The furnishings have been carefully chosen with soft colours to create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. <BR>There is a large, well cared for garden, a swimming pool ( 6 x 12 metres ) sun beds and umbrellas, a barbeque and many quiet areas for guests to relax or have alfresco meals . All the major tourist attractions are within easy reach of this very centrally located apartment . <BR>The English speaking owner lives on the property and are more than happy to help guests with any information they may need, book restaurants, museum tickets, wine tours, cooking classes, organise a taxi or car hire service, shopping trips, guided tours of major cities or train timetables. <BR><BR>Dinners can be arranged on request. Credit cards accepted. Insect screens are on one window of each room in each apartment for guests' comfort. Wi-Fi is available free of charge. A laundry service is offered to guests who require their washing to be done and a breakfast basket can be brought to the apartment for a small extra charge but must be booked 24 hours in advance. There is free parking on the property. Linen is provided<BR>( except swimming towels ) and changed once a week. <BR><BR>The house is 4 km from Certaldo which has good local shopping, supermarkets, many restaurants and a train station with a good service to Florence and Siena. The house is very centrally situated so whole or half day trips to all the major towns and tourist sites is very easy. The fabulous medieval city of San Gimignano is 8 km from the house.<BR><BR>Linen and towels ( except swimming towels) is provided and changed once a week. there is wifi, satelite TV, on site free parking, and a laundry service if required. Should guests require breakfast, a breakfast basket this can be ordered 24 hours in advance. <BR>Florence 57 km, siena 38 km, Volterra 25 km, the sea 90 km <BR><BR>The access roads are very good. <BR>All major tourist towns are within easy reach. Guests can play golf, go horse riding, follow ancient walking trails, hire bicycles and vespas or go to the sea for the day. Cooking courses, wine tasting, shopping trips, city tour guides can all be arranged. <BR>There is free parking for guests on the property. There is an excellent train service and very good local shopping in Certaldo 4 km from the house.<BR>Car hire is available in Certaldo<BR>More
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maria b
Languages spoken:English, Italian, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2013
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Reviewed 12 October 2014

This is the perfect place For the real Tuscany experience. Set in rolling hills yet within easy access to all that is Tuscany, La Fonte has easy access to all the major Tuscany sights. The nearby town of Certaldo has all the basics (restaurants, shops)...More

Date of stay: October 2014
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Highchair
Safe
Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Terrace
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How to get there
HOW TO GET TO “ La Fonte “ <BR><BR> ** FROM PISA AIRPORT **<BR>Exit Airport direction FLORENCE. On the Fi Pi Li Highway. After 40 Km. Exit Highway at EMPOLI OVEST & proceed direction SIENA / POGGIBONSI. <BR>Proceed South thro' villages & thro' Castelfiorentino Direction Certaldo. <BR>Before you reach Certaldo the Road curves sharply to the right & then goes thro' several tunnels & arrives at a roundabout. Take the FOURTH exit direction GAMBASSI.-<BR>Proceed for 1/2 Km and take the SECOND exit a sharp LEFT Direction PANCOLE . After 2 Km, you pass a small church on the Left. After 200 metres you enter an Avenue of cypress trees & “ LA FONTE” is immediately on your RIGHT<BR><BR> ** FROM FLORENCE AIRPORT **<BR>Exit Airport - turn right & go direction A1 Au...
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There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
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