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Podere alle Torri

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San Gimignano  | Bedrooms: 5 | Sleeps: 10

Rates: from £3,393 per week

Located only 4km from the stunning town of San Gimignano, famous for its Medieval towers, Podere alle torri is a newly restored farmhouse immersed in 14 hectares of private grounds comprising vineyards, forest and olive groves.

Podere alle Torri is a traditional Tuscan stone house with magnificently restored antique terracotta floors and vaulted ceilings on the ground floor and beamed ceilings on the upper floor. The country-style kitchen, lovingly decorated in a rustic style, is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious home-cooked supper using fresh Italian ingredients on the dining table which can seat up to 10 guests. Also on the ground floor is a TV room, a generously sized living room with a working stone fireplace and upright piano, as well as a guest bathroom, a dining room with doors opening out onto the garden, and a laundry room. All of the bedrooms in this magnificent farmhouse have been extravagantly furnished in a traditional style. The luxurious Green Suite and elegant Orange Suite both feature a living room, double bedroom and en suite bathroom, while the Blue Room affords a lavish baldachin bed and an en suite bathroom. There is also a twin room with its own en suite bathroom, while the annex is home to an additional living room, kitchen, double bedroom and bathroom. Outside, a 14m x7m private swimming pool overlooks the vineyards below and is equipped with chairs, sun loungers and umbrellas, perfect for lazy days in the sun as you relax and breathe in the aromatic scent of the local plants and shrubbery. There is also a terrace and an outdoor dining area - the ultimate spot to enjoy a sundowner as you watch the sun descend on the surrounding vineyards. Part of a working farm estate that produces its own organic wine and olive oil, guests at Podere alle Torri are welcome to indulge in a tasting session in the cellar of the estate. The villa is also the perfect base to explore the surrounding region, with the unforgettable skyline of San Gimignano and its world-famous towers just a short drive away.

Villa ACCOMMODATION

Ground Floor

  •  Entrance
  • Country style kitchen with table seating 10, fully equipped with two door fridge, microwave, espresso machine, dishwasher
  •  TV room with comfortable sofa, 60” 3D TV with English speaking channels, door to the garden
  •  Guest bathroom
  • Generously sized living room with sofas, working fireplace and upright piano
  • Dining room with two window doors on each side of the room opening to the garden
  • Laundry room with washing machine and dryer

    First Floor
    (Accessed through a steep staircase)

  • Green Suite: Living room, twin/ double bedroom, en-suite bathroom with tub and hand held shower
  • Orange Suite: Living room, double bedroom, en-suite bathroom with shower
  • Blue Room: double bedroom with baldachin bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and hand-held shower
  • Twin Room with en-suite bathroom (shower)

    Annex

  • Living room
  • Kitchen
  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower

KINDLY NOTE:

  • There are parts of the property which have low walls and terraces with drops therefore we would not recommend this villa for children under 8 years of age.
  • The property is accessed via 900 metres of unpaved road. Whilst the road is in fair condition, it is not suitable for 9-seater or bigger vehicles due to some narrow parts.
  • 2 cats live on the estate although they do not have access to the inside of the houses.
  • The villa is part of a working wine and olive oil estate.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.
May:

  • Maggiolata Lucignanese, Lucignano (Siena):

Traditional feast celebrating the upcoming spring after the long winter season in the hope of a fruitful harvest. Includes a parade with folk groups in traditional dresses and four carts decorated with thousands of flowers which will be rated by a jury. Last but not least, the race between the city districts will end with a one of a kind Battle of Flowers, leaving the carts empty and bare.

  • Cantine aperte:

Open-day for many wine producers who will welcome visitors into their cellars, giving them the chance to visit the estate and taste excellent wines often under the supervision of a professional sommelier.

June:

  • Siena Jazz:

Jazz concerts and sessions held in various locations in and around Siena.

  • Ferie delle Messi and the Giostra dei Bastoni, San Gimignano, third Saturday and Sunday of June.

This festival was once held to celebrate the harvest. Today it is a mediaeval-style festival with costumed knights on horseback, fireworks, musicians, an art and crafts market and plenty of good food.

July:

  • Corsa del Palio, Siena:

This is without any doubt the major event on the city's calendar and is held twice a year in the fabulous venue of Piazza del Campo. It is a bareback horse race with riders dressed in 15th-century costumes. Each rider represents one of Siena's 17 contrade (city districts).

  • San Gimignano Musica, San Gimignano:

Music entertainment and concerts held in the beautiful setting of the Rocca San Gimignano. Held in July and August.

  • Towers Festival, San Gimignano:

Classic music concerts but also contemporary musical performances held in Piazza Duomo, each year a new and interesting programme is created.

August:


  • The Aromatic City, Siena:

A summer festival held in Siena and its surroundings featuring rock, jazz, and ethnic music concerts as well as dance shows. Scattered among various locations, the festival usually ends with a popular music artist performing in the beautiful venue of Piazza del Campo. 2015 was the turn of Patty Smith who presented her latest album released in June.

  • Corsa del Palio, Siena:

This is without any doubt the major event on the city's calendar and is held twice a year in the fabulous venue of Piazza del Campo. It is a bareback horse race with riders dressed in 15th-century costumes. Each rider represents one of Siena's 17 contrade (city districts).

  • San Gimignano Musica, San Gimignano:

Music entertainment and concerts held in the beautiful setting of the Rocca San Gimignano. Held in July and August.

November:

  • White truffle fair, San Giovanni d’Asso, Siena:

Enogastronomic fair dedicated to the tasty white truffle.

December:

  • Festa dell'Olio Nuovo, San Quirico D'Orcia:

Enogastronomic festival dedicated to the delicious olive oil. Local producers gather here to present the best of their production offering oil tastings accompanied by local food.

General Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella - visit the pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and discover all the different perfumes, herbals and soaps
  • Opera - head to Torre del Lago and attend one of the many performances based on plays written by Puccini (only in summer)
  • Wine and Olive Oil tasting - travel to Badia di Passigano and visit the abbey with its wine cellars before relaxing in the abbey's Osteria di Passigano, for a real Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting experience
  • The Chocolate Valley Tour - visit the Chocolate Valley which lies between Pisa and Montecatini and visit an esteemed factory where you will be tantalised by aromas and flavours of the process of traditional chocolate making and tasting session (not available during summer)
  • Carrara and Pietrasanta Marble - enjoy the marble caves of Carrara, the marble that Michelangelo chose to immortalise his masterpieces. Afterwards see artisans at work as you visit a Sculpture Studio in Pietrasanta
  • Fantastic Gelato - located in central Florence to visit one of the most well known " gelaterias"
  • Private Villa Concert - the ultimate Italian music experience in the intimacy of your villa. A Violin-Piano Duo, Harp and Flute, a String Quartet with Soprano and Tenor singers as well as Jazz and Neapolitan Folk formations can be arranged
  • Ferrari Touring - drive on winding roads through the hilltop villages of Tuscany, down cypress-lined avenues and along the coastal freeways of the Mediterranean…all behind the wheel of a Ferrari

Sporting Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Golf - 18 holes: 10 clubs; 9 holes: 10 clubs (golf is well established in Tuscany and a secret golfers paradise)
  • Jogging/ Walking - put your running shoes on and enjoy the beautiful countryside
  • Mountain Biking - many routes are on offer including challenging tours like the Monti Metaliferi
  • Horse riding - Tuscany is a paradise for going horse riding
  • Swimming - is offered in many touristic locations
  • Surfing - is possible along the Tuscan coastline
  • Diving - is recommended especially in the Archipelago della Toscana and the Golfo di Baratti
  • Tennis - is offered in many touristic locations

Local Attractions IN TUSCANY

  • Florence, Uffizi Gallery - Open all year round
  • Florence, Ponte Vecchio
  • Florence, Bargello National Museum - Open all year round
  • Florence, The Boboli Gardens - Open all year round
  • Florence, Santa Maria Novella - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Forte dei Marmi - beach and exclusive beach resorts
  • Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner - climb Giunigi Tower
  • Lucca, San Frediano Church - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Villa Reale Gardens of Villa Real - House and Garden open all year round
  • Arezzo, Gothic Cathedral
  • Arezzo, Main Square with Vasari's loggia
  • Arezzo, Mecenate Archeological Museum - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Medieval and Modern Museum and Gallery - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Petrarca Theatre - Changing program
  • Arezzo, Piero Francesca's fresco cycle "Legend of the True Cross"
  • Pisa, Campo dei Miracoli and Duomo - The Dome is open all year round
  • Pisa, Leaning Tower and Cathedral - Open all year round
  • Pisa, Zoological Museum - Open all year round
  • San Gimignano, Medieval Towers
  • Siena, Il Duomo - Open all year round
  • Siena, Piaza del Campo
  • Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale - Open all year round
  • Siena, Torre del Mangia
  • Grosseto, Tarot Garden - Open from April to mid October
  • Grosseto/Maremma, Rocca di Franssinello - winery designed by Renzo Piano
  • Livorno, Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR TUSCAN VILLA HOLIDAY

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Italian

Currency Information

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping IN TUSCANY

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather IN TUSCANY

In general, the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity SUPPLY IN TUSCANY

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

Driving IN ITALY

There are some important rules of the road -

  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • Always carry your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • Traffic drives on the right.
  • Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
  • Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked " biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.

Parking in Italy

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying " Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

Guest Book

27th September 2014
Maja.Once again thank you so much for everything. The Villa was perfect in every way and your counsel and help made all the difference to us. We hope to return one day. Best of luck to you in the future.
The Rooney Party.

VILLA LOCATION:

  • 4 km from San Gimignano
  • 18 km from Colle Val d’Elsa
  • 19 km from Certaldo
  • 30 km from Castellina in Chianti
  • 31 km from Volterra
  • 33 km from Monteriggioni
  • 45 km from Siena
  • 47 km from Radda in Cianti
  • 50 km from Greve in Chianti
  • 55 km from Florence

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year, however shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available at some villas during low and mid seasons.

  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our Villa Only and A&K Hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Maid service 3 hours on Wednesdays.
  • Wireless broadband internet. Please be advised that due to the rural location of the property the internet connection might be intermittent and at an inferior speed than what you are used to.
  • Air-conditioning (available in the bedrooms).
  • Exclusive use of the swimming pool (14 x 7m / 45.9 x 23ft).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels.
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Final cleaning.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service - available on request at EUR 15 per hour.
  • Central heating as per consumption.
  • Chef service (professional service) - available from EUR 80 per person (based on a minimum of 6 guests) to include 4 courses, groceries, time to do the shopping and clearing up afterwards.
  • Cookery class - available from EUR 110 per person (based on a minimum of 4 guests).
  • 3 course pre-prepared lunch or dinner can be delivered to the villa from EUR 40 per person (min. 6 people), payable locally in cash. The meal only needs to be reheated and is swiftly ready.
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping - available at EUR 30 (up to 8 guests) or EUR 50 (up to 10 guests) plus the cost of items. The service is available up to a grocery cost of EUR 200. This service is included within our A&K Hosted offering.
  • Transfer from Florence Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 240. (Please note: between 7pm and 7am a supplement of 20% applies).
  • We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience such as transfers, guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, art classes and hot-air ballooning. Please see the Activities tab for further ideas and discuss with your Travel Consultant for further details.


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • There are parts of the property which have low walls and terraces with drops therefore we would not recommend this villa for children under 8 years of age.
  • The property is accessed via 900 metres of unpaved road. Whilst the road is in fair condition, it is not suitable for 9-seater or bigger vehicles due to some narrow parts.
  • 2 cats live on the estate although they do not have access to the inside of the houses.
  • The villa is part of a working wine and olive oil estate.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • In case extras are requested, a deposit might be due on arrival in cash euro.
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.


  • Air Conditioning (Partial)
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Coffee Machine (Espresso)
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Internet Access (Wireless)
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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