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Splendid, ancient Tuscan villa dating back to the 17th century, owned by the Posarelli family, completely restored and set inside a large property of 90 hectares surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The villa offers enchanting panoramic views over the surrounding landscape and over San Gimignano in the distance.
The villa interiors are tastefully furnished with some antique pieces. Beside the main house, this property also offers a small outbuilding with double bedroom and ensuite bathroom by the pool.
Distances: Sciano with food shop and pizzeria approx. 5,5 km, Barberino Val D’elsa with all kinds of shops and tennis court 6 km, Certaldo approx. 6 km, San Gimignano with its beautiful towers dating back to the medieval period approx. 30 km, Florence about 40 km. Siena and Volterra are in a 45-minute drive. The medieval hamlet of S. Appiano and Linari worth a visit. The small and charming village of Petrognano with ruins of the town of Semifonte destroyed in 1202 by the Florentine, is in a short distance.
At guest’s disposal: large, fenced and furnished garden (5.500 m2), private swimming pool (12,5 x 6,5 m – maximum depth 2,5 m), nice porch ideal for al-fresco dining and barbecue area.
Parking within the grounds. On the premises there is a charming private chapel.
Extra services: baby bed is available by arrangement at € 50,- / per week to be paid locally. Maid and cook service for excellent meals based on Tuscany recipes available by arrangement (price to be agreed at the time the booking is confirmed). The area surrounding the property offers and ideal terrain for nice walks.
To begin with, this villa is huge. Not only are the bedrooms large, but the dinning rooms and sitting rooms are spacious. There were 11 of us in our party and we still felt there was more than enough room.
Of the eight bedrooms, six are on the 1st floor (i.e. one staircase up) and are accessible via a steep set of stairs when you enter the main door. The two bedrooms at the top of the stairs might be a bit noisier than other bedrooms because of the proximity of the stairs. The other four bedrooms on the 1st floor share a kind of large sitting room with enormous couches and a table. I hung out there in the evening because it had a nice little balcony looking out over the hills.
The remaining two bedrooms are on the ground floor and are more suitable for guests that cannot climb stairs. One of them is in it's own retired building beside the pool. The couple lodged there said it was very quiet. The last room is near the kitchen and has it's own private TV room as a kind of parlor.
We found the building to be very cool and well insulated. The walls are so heavy, you can barely hear what is going on elsewhere in the villa. I imagine that it stays fairly cool during the summer but I can't say for certain. We never had to run the A/C or heat so I cannot comment on how well those work.
The kitchen was very good and had most of the cooking utensils that one would need. We made full use of the stove, microwave and convection oven when we were there. Interestingly, an American style coffee maker is not in the kitchen arsenal so be noted.
The pool was perhaps the best feature: It was very well maintained and has a spectacular view of the surrounding area. One interesting thing is that you can easily spot San Gimignano in the far distance with its many towers. I wish now I had spent more time just enjoying the view from the pool. It's so quite and secluded.
As a final note, the region is very nice for walking and there are a few very good restaurants within a few kilometers. (We would like to especially recommend Il Paese dei Campanelli in Petrognano). Certaldo is only 17 minutes away by car, and that is where we did most of our shopping. Also, trains down to Sienna and up to Florence depart from there on a fairly regular schedule.
Overall we were enormously impressed, and would recommend this villa to anyone. We would like to thank our hostess for the opportunity of staying here and enjoying such a wonderful venue!
We stayed in this villa with our friends for ballroom dance holiday purpose. Villa is really beautiful, with inviting pool with beautiful view to the Tuscany hills and San Gimignano. It is very quit around, we didn't met any neighbor. There are some recently renovated rooms with beautiful bathrooms, but other rooms are not renovated in the recent years and bathrooms are smaller. So, not every couple got the same level room and bathroom. But for families it would't be problem, I suppose. We enjoyed, that the gardener and pool cleaner staff came early in the mornings, when we were still sleeping:) This villa really made our holidays memorable! :)
Excellent Villa, lovely pool and location. Great that most of the bedrooms have air-conditioning, pity two did not. One bedroom has no bathroom attached. Too many mosquitoes.
Excellent location for a wedding or large party.
This villa is gorgeous. It is everything the website says it is. The views of the Tuscany area are breathtaking.
Villa très agréable, au calme
Bon niveau de confort et localisation parfaite
Regarding our stay in Villa Orchidea Pros: -The House is very nice, extremely big and the pictures posted in Airbnb portray very well the rooms/ bathrooms/ common rooms without exaggeration (unlike other places in Airbnb where the photo-shopped pictures are far away from the truth). -The main house fits easily 13 people in 7 bedrooms and the separate pool house another 2 making a total of 8 very large rooms with 7 bathrooms, so it feels more like a hotel rather than a house. A floor plan included in the Airbnb pics would have helped to make sure that prospective guests can better understand the size of the estate and the sleeping options. -The villa has recently been refurbished and the upgrades especially in the bathrooms are very well done. -The pool, the garden and the view are all very nice and we wish we had more time to stay at the villa. -The host was there to meet us and showed us around and also upon request opened the door for us to the adjacent church that belonged to the villa so that we could celebrate our Greek Orthodox Easter. Her English was average. -She was also extremely helpful with our Italian friends who arrived a day later. Probably the lack of the language barrier helped. Cons: -Despite the recent refurbishments the house does date back to the 17th century and it's really big so maintenance is tricky. There were a few minor issues with the heating, sewerage and flushing of one toilet, but the owner seems to be constantly striving to fix all issues. -Unlike the main house, the extra pool house room is only heated with airconditioning so this could prove to be inadequate during very cold/ humid days. -A booklet with info about the villa is available but suggestions about the area/ attractions/ restaurants would have been nice to be included. -The heating is charged extra and could be fairly costly for such a big house.
Wir (Großfamilie, 13 Personen) hatten eine wunderschöne Woche inmitten der Toskana. Besser geht nicht!
Merveilleux endroit où passer du bon temps entre amis. Vue sur San Gimignano au loin: sublime.
Nous avons passé d'excellents moments avec nos amis.
Villa stupenda,ottime rifiniture,ordinata e super pulita, e si trova in una ottima posizione per visitare posti incantevoli. Abbiamo trascorso delle giornate stupende .
Vi var 3 generasjoner ialt 12 personer fra 10 til 70 år, som hadde et fantastisk opphold i vakre Villa Orchidea. Huset og området rundt svarte absolutt til forventningene, det lå deilig og fredelig til med fantastisk utsyn til åsene rundt. En kveld fikk vi laget et toskanske måltid av en lokal kokk. Oppfølgingen fra norsk kontaktperson før turen var meget bra.
A wonderful location for our family vacation. We booked Villa Orchidea for our group of 14 including grandparent, parents and children from 15 to 1 year old. Everything was PERFECT!
Vi var tre familier som bodde i huset de to siste ukene i juli 2016. Totalt 13 personer. Et fantastisk hus ypperlig beliggenhet. Strålende service fra husforvalter under oppholdet. Huset ligger midt i smørøyet for store opplevelser i Toscana. Vi besøkte Firenze, Pisa, Viareggio, Volterra, Siena og San Gimignano. Herlig basseng som ble rengjort flere ganger i løpet av perioden. En utrolig flott ferie. Vi kommer gjerne tilbake!
En fantastisk eiendom midt i Toscana. Både hage og hus var som beskrevet. Beliggenheten var super, stille og rolig og med vakker utsikt og perfekt for utflukter til Firenze, Sienna, Chianti-byene og San Giminiano. Huset var stort og flott, og passet godt for venne-tur - alle hadde flotte soverom med egne bad.
Tusen takk til Posarelli ved Asbjørn som anbefalte huset - vi kommer helt sikkert til å benytte oss av deres tjenester ved leie av hus.
Fantastisk utsikt mot San Gimignano. Huset er fra 1600-tallet og er rustikt innredet med antikke møbler noe som gir en unik følelse av å reise tilbake i tid. Perfekt for 3-4 familier.
Cette villa est pratiquement parfaite sauf pour deux choses. D'abord il n'y a pas de BBQ ce qui ne permet pas de cuisiner à l'extérieur, ce qui est fort dommage considérant la beauté des lieux extérieurs. Secondo, chaque matin ou le jardinier venait faire l'entretien, il manquait d'eau pour au moins 2 salles de bains à l'intérieur. Pour le reste, nous recommandons cette villa car nous y avons passés une merveilleuse semaine et nous serions prêt à y retourner à la première occasion.
Mooi groot huis. Prachtige ligging.
"We stayed at the villa orchidea with a group of 14 friends and we all had the holiday of a lifetime. All the rooms are spacious and very comfortable, the catering facilities and excellent and the pool has a breathtaking view over the valley below. We would all whole-heartedley recomment a stay here to anyone.
The Villa is unique and has wonderful links to it origins in the 17th century. We truly enjoyed the features, its multiple rooms and it historical accuracy.
We really enjoyed Villa Orchidea! There is a capstone above the door indicating that it was started in 1616. Some of the walls are 4 feet thick. It was very clean and well-kept.
Chira greeted us and gave us the keys. She is very charming! We would have enjoyed having her spend the week with us.
We had a group of 9 and we didn't even use several rooms. We spent most of our time in the kitchen and the smaller dining room with the huge fireplace.
The location is about half way between Florence and Sienna but we stayed with the small villages like San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Barberino, and Certaldo Alto.
There is a local pizzeria in Sciano which is about 4 km to the west. A little further to the west is Certaldo which has a good patisserie and a grocery store along the main road. East of the villa is Barberino which seems nice but we didn't have time to explore it.
One thing to note is that the washing machine didn't work very well so don't plan on doing a lot of laundry. Pack light!