For those looking for that perfect, tiny, authentic village in Tuscany, Belfort is your place. If you are looking for a spectacular, unique and luxuriously appointed Italian villa, this is your home. After a busy week visiting some of the bigger cities in Italy, Belfort was our respite. It was the perfect size for our family, with 4 adults and 2 children. We still had extra room, but the layout makes it feel cozy even with the extra space. This villa was the perfect mix of modern elegance and rustic authenticity that we dreamed of coming to Italy for our first time. Uniquely situated, the villa is part of the original town wall and has the most beautiful terrace with long range views of the surrounding farmland. We spend most of our time out on this terrace, or in the spa, soaking up the sun and enjoying wonderful meals prepared in the well equipped kitchen. This is a TINY town with few tourists, but the locals are very friendly and welcoming.
The owner, Paul, was incredibly responsive and helpful. We really felt like he would have done anything to make sure our stay was nothing short of perfect. It really was in every way. I have never been one to retrace my steps when traveling, always preferring to have new adventures. Belfort and this villa, may change that though, as our entire family still talks and dreams about going back.....I hope we do!
I stayed here in August 2016 with six other adults for nine days. It was incredible. The villa has four bedrooms, and a TV / lounge room (which could also be a bedroom. The villa stands on the edge and quite close to the top of the village, Belforte. The views from this location are truly incredible. Miles and miles of beautiful Italian farmland and wine country in Tuscany. The village itself is a quaint and historic. The village was a castle for the Aldobrandeschi family and was built in 1221. The local villagers are very friendly and there is a wonderful restaurant in the village. This villa and village is secretly quite convenient. Larger towns like Florence, Siena and Pisa are short ~1 hour drives away. Even closer are wine towns such as Montepulciano, San Gimignano, and Volterra. If you rent a car and drive here it is impossible for you to get bored. There is so much to see and do in the neighboring towns. After a long day of sightseeing and exploring, you can come back to the villa, sip on some wine and relax in the spa. It's amazing. The house also offers wifi, a TV (although you won't need this), laundry, a full service kitchen, with coffee machines! Bottom line: This villa is located in a private, little known town in one of Italy's most famous regions (Tuscany), and is remarkably close to some of the region's biggest attractions (Florence, Volterra, Siena, Montepulciano, etc.). The villa itself is historic and has amazing views from every room. This villa is perfect for relaxing after enjoying a day out and about exploring everything Tuscany has to offer. I can't recommend this place enough.
This place is amazing. The village itself is ancient and unspoiled, and the views out over the surrounding countryside from the villa are stunning.
The villa itself is very big with 2 separate lounge areas, and the kitchen diner opens directly out onto the patio and garden. There is also a separate spa building which is great for cooling off in, again the views from it are amazing. It's also decorated to a high standard unlike a lot of holiday rentals and the kitchen has everything you need.
It's a great base for exploring Tuscany. It's less than an hour from the coast and we found some lovely beaches, all very family friendly and unlike some parts of Italy the free areas are plentiful and very nice. It's also easy to get to Siena and Florence, but a lot of the smaller towns in the area are also beautiful and worth exploring.
Make sure you check out the restaurant in town, it's a proper family run place with good cheap simple food, and it's worth booking to get a seat on the balcony at the back.
I'll definitely be going back here!
The 4-5 bedroom house is immaculate with amazing 180 degree views over the surrounding countryside. It truly is a beautiful place. The village is small and cozy but bigger towns like Florence, Siena and Pisa are short drives away. Close to the beach at Follonica, wine areas like Montepulciano, quaint hilltop walled townships like San Gimignano and Volterra... There is so much to see and do. The food and wine of the area is wonderful. A local chef can come and cook for you in the house while you sip wine or prosecco on the terrace with the views. The spa is also nice as it has doors that open onto the views (while still being completely private!). We were there for two weeks and the cleaners came once to make sure everything remained spotless. The owners also left a welcome gift for us which was very nice. Wifi is available as well and there is a TV and dad player should you need it. Also laundry on site and a full service kitchen with all the pots and pans. Coffee machine also available (three in fact: drip/American style, moka and nespresso pods). The main thing however is how beautiful and comfortable the house is. Views from every window, wood and travertine through out. Nice water pressure in tb showers. Perfect place to relax with friends and family after daily adventures around the area. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
Beautiful villa with a commanding view on the edge of a small and very quiet village. We were 8 adults and the villa was more than big enough to accommodate us all comfortably. Although there is no pool, the spa pool was a great place to relax at the end of the day looking out over the sunset. We would stay there again if back in the area.