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The house overlooking the new private pool
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The house overlooking the new private pool
Plenty of space for dining al fresco on the terrace
Independent entrance
Swing seat on the terrace
The kitchen
Kitchen
Dining room viewed from the kitchen
Kitchen viewed from the dining room
Kitchen window
The kitchen viewed from the dining room
The dining room
The dining table seats 10.
The living room and staircase
The living room
The living room
Bedroom 2 (double)
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
The upstairs bedrooms all have a ceiling fan with remote control.
Bathroom 2
Bathroom 2
Bathroom 2
Bedroom 3 (1 double + 1 single beds or 3 singles)
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3 with 3 single beds
Bathroom 3
Bathroom 3
Bedroom 4 (double or twin beds)
Bathroom 4
Bathroom 4
Bathroom 4
Bathroom 4
View of the Elsa valley
Mist in the Elsa valley
Sunset in Val d'Elsa
Ground floor plan
Living room and staircase
Living room
Bedroom 4 with twin single beds
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Certaldo, Tuscany

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Annelle19...
Granada, Spain
1 review
“Even better than in the movies”
Reviewed 15 November 2015 for a stay in September 2015

A genuine tuscan house with an amazing view, surrounded by nature, peace and charm. It's located in the heart of Tuscany, but easy to find thanks to Charly's indications. It's a large house decorated beautifully and with taste, with all appliances needed.
Ann and Charly were very kind and helpful anytime we needed any information. We appreciated a lot their help, and we're looking forward to coming back someday. We felt like we were at home.

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Liked best: The surroundings (olive trees and vineyards) and the view
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Allan M
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
“Everything you Hoped For”
Reviewed 30 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Tuscany is one of the most beautiful places in the world and this restored farmhouse gives you a box seat to the beauty of Tuscany every day. Charlie and Ann are great hosts and this restored farmhouse is large, comfortable, and perched high above the rolling hills of Tuscany with the towers of San Gimignano in the distance. You won't be disappointed.

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: Narrow roads
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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georgesto...
Durbanville, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
579 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“A Heat Wave”
Reviewed 12 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Six of us booked this villa for 10 nights on the strength of the wonderful reviews, the great images of the place and the fact that it was heavily booked up. The owners were good communicators and we arrived full of expectations on a Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately the owners had been called away as a relative was very ill and we never met them. This, I am sure, had a bearing on what followed.
We were met by a lovely Italian lady (I think her name was Emma) who showed us around. We were enchanted by the lovely view from the terrace and were extremely satisfied with the look of the bedrooms, the kitchen, dining room and lounge.
We arrived in the middle of a heat wave and were very keen to view the pool shared with the neighbours. The pool was across the road and up several steps (not on our property as we had wrongly envisaged) . We arrived to find a crowd of people ensconced around the pool. Our lady was a bit embarrassed but told us that we could have use of the pool on the Sunday and the whole of the next week as the people over the road would be away. My wife and I are not great pool people but this did not go down well with the other two couples. To cut a long story short, the following day and the Monday there was once more a crowd of people enjoying the pool. They appeared to arrive from elsewhere by car (there were about four cars in the off street parking) and were unfriendly when we pitched up. I might add that they stayed well into the evening. So, we were , once again, unable to make use of the pool during the almost unbearable heat wave that lasted the entire time of our stay. By this time we were MOST unhappy. We were able to contact Charlie who promised to do something about the state of affairs. However, the same thing happened on the following Saturday and Sunday.
While no one can arrange the weather, even the (magnificent) evenings were very hot indeed. The bedrooms upstairs are all equipped with standing fans and mosquito guards but there is no through draft, (the wall between our abode and the owner's section appears to preclude the free circulation of air) despite us all leaving our bedroom doors open. The result was that it was stifling and we never had a good night's sleep during the entire stay.
Mosquitoes!!!! They attacked us day and night, inside and out, despite all kinds of potions and lotions, citronella candles of various shapes and sizes (one of which exploded!!) and this also made our stay less than comfortable.
Another disappointment was the fact that the advertised washing machine was nonexistent. One certainly needs to do some washing during a 10 day stay. We managed the old fashioned way. (There was a notice about E5 a load, so we surmised that the washing machine was in the owner's section next door).

The above sound like Jeremiah's lamentations but were VERY relevant to our stay and spoiled our stay somewhat.
On the positive side:
We spent 10 days driving hundreds of kilometers through THE most magnificent scenery and visiting so many beautiful towns,villages and abbeys.
The farmhouse is well situated.
The farmhouse itself is large and generally well appointed.
The view IS wonderful
We ate out at fantastic restaurants within a 10 to 20 minute drive.
To summarise:
Our stay could have been so much more enjoyable
- had the weather been a bit cooler (no one to blame).
- had we had daily access to the pool - and,even better, had it been on our property
- if our bedrooms were better ventilated/air condtioned
-if we had not been absolutely inundated by mosquitoes
and,maybe, if our hosts had been there.

I trust that I have been as fair as I possibly can.
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Liked best: The view
Liked least: All the negatives listed in the revue
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
10 Nov 2015
We're glad you appreciated the positive sides of our property but very sorry that you were disappointed by others. We do pride ourselves on helping our guests to enjoy their stay as much as possible. On this occasion, we were unfortunately called away to attend a close relative with a terminal illness. Had we been there during your visit, we could not of course have done anything about the heatwave or the mosquitos, but we certainly would have dealt with the pool issue and the washing machine, which is in our side of the house.
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AFrankel
Jerusalem, Israel
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Place for thr Toscany Expiruence”
Reviewed 30 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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The house is in between Siena and Florence - Great Location: close to everywhere but in a secluded and very beautiful area. Few restaurants close by and a small supermarket. We ate breakfast in the garden, in the lovely view "sipping" the beauty of the Chinti area that was revealed to our eyes. The house is well equipped and you also have a dishwasher that was very usefull. The "landlord" is a very nice person and very helpfull with all your needs and questions. We had a great time in the house. Cons? The only thing I can think off is that in the evening the house was freezing as the temp. droped a lot.. There is a heating stove in the house but you are told not to use and to use only the AC appliances in the house and we did but we found that they were not effective.

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Liked best: Sitting outside the house against the view with a glass of wine.
Liked least: Coming back to the cold house in the evening or at the end of the night
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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The4Woody...
Perth, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Simply amazing!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014 for a stay in April 2014

Words cannot do justice to this holiday home. The photos on this website do not do it justice. The farmhouse is truly exceptional. It is huge and comfortable and Charley and Anne have thought of everything to make it perfect. It has all the rustic charm you could hope for and it has all the modern comforts with a magnificent kitchen, great bathrooms, central heating, Wifi, the list goes on. The views have to be seen to be believed, honestly you will not find better views anywhere. We loved eating out on the terrace and looking out over the rolling hills. The house is private and quiet and you feel like you own Tuscany when you look out over it! Even though it was very private, Charley was on hand whenever we needed him and provided us with maps to help us find parking in Florence, did our clothes washing for us, looked into postage for us, he was amazing! The location is brilliant, many day trips to be had from here across all of Tuscany. We did some by car and some by train, both were fine. The nearby towns are quiet and beautiful but still with great supermarkets and restaurants. San Gimignano only a half hour drive away is a must-see. I could rave about this house for pages- just go there and see for yourself!

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Nothing, it was perfect
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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