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“Outstanding Villa in a beautiful Tuscan location” 5 of 5 stars
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Podere Le Ginepraie | Localita Pignano, 56048 Volterra, Italy   |  
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding Villa in a beautiful Tuscan location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

A truly delightful villa in a beautiful setting. We’ve recently returned from our second visit to Le Ginepraie and found it even more enchanting than the first time. Over the years we’ve stayed at some stunning places in Italy and France but Le Ginepraie stands way above all the rest. Put simply, it’s the only place we’ve wanted to visit again.
Set in rolling Tuscan countryside near the hamlet of Pignano, this is a holiday location for those who want to relax away from the world. Yet, for those who want a break from lounging by the pool, the major attractions of Siena and Florence are less than an hour away, with the hill towns of San Gimignano, Volterra and Monteriggioni being much closer.
The accommodation is faultless and elegantly decorated and furnished. We’re thinking of making our next visit in Spring, Autumn or Winter in order to make more use of the interior. Because in Summer, life is spent outside. We take our meals, apart from some poolside refreshment, in the loggia (including some of the preparation). There is a terrace for those who like to be in full sun. And cooking outside is possible with either the barbecue or wood-fired oven. The latter takes a bit to get used to but after a couple of attempts a fresh-made pizza is sublime.
But what makes Le Ginepraie extra special are the owners, Valerio and Paola. Their enthusiasm for life and the locale is infectious. They are unobtrusive, yet are there anytime for help and guidance (from ideas for walks to restaurant bookings). This adds another dimension to a wonderful destination.
I have no doubt that we will return.

Room Tip: Rosso Fiorentino is the most elegant but all rooms are well decorated and furnished
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Faversham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

We stayed here with family and friends in Aug 2011. The villa is lovely and Valerio was really friendly and helpful in all respects. We made good use of the pool and loved using the pizza oven for cooking during our stay. The children enjoyed horse riding at Pignano (a short walk away) and we enjoyed seeing the scenery in the surrounding area by hiring a quad bike from the viila (both of which Valerio helped organise along with a trip to some local small lakes which we swam in). We had a lovely holiday and hope to return one day !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waterloo, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

Nice house with a lot of bedrooms . Each one had his own privacy. The owner, Valerio ( and his pregnant wife...) is very kind. Take the breakfast , easy and delicious! Ask your question and Valerio answer immediately ( and try to help you to find the best way for you ). quiet. Nice retaurant , cheap, about five minutes away ...Enjoy this house! JM

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

I think I've been very lucky in finding villa le ginepraie because it's really my dream tuscan villa!I've stayed there for a week in Rosso Fiorentino apartment:the room is so romantic and the entire apartment is very charming and comfortable. I loved the panoramic swimming pool,the delicious local cuisine and the strategic location between the two most enchanting tuscan places: Volterra and San Gimignano! Lovely owners,enchanting panorama and charming apartments: i suggest it!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

I cannot begin to describe the beauty of the Tuscan countryside and Villa Le Ginepraie. We were greeted by a wonderful, hospitable Val who answered all our questions and helped us make the most a stay that was too short. If you are considering a stay in Tuscany make sure you stay here! I recommend you have a hire car while you're there to enjoy places like Sienna and Cortona and make sure you stay longer than 3 days. We will definitely return!
(please ignore my selections. I don't read Italian and can't work out how to change the page to English)

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2010

My wife and I spent 5 days at the villa of Paulita and Valerio. It was a great time of year to be there. Weather was great and we were really the only ones. Valerio and Paulita were so accommodating and nice. We wanted to do a pizza cooking class and they set up a personal training with a local pizza restaurant. They even came and translated! I think we became good friends and hope to see them again soon.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

We recently stayed at Valerio and Paola’s wonderful villa in the heart of Tuscany and could not have been happier. Our room was spacious, immaculate, and inviting, with a divinely comfortable bed. The views in all directions were postcard perfect - classic Tuscany. The breakfasts were delicious with a special surprise baked fresh each morning by Paola. Valerio and Paola, who both speak English, are genuinely warm and gracious hosts who went out of their way to ensure that we had a memorable stay. Stop looking; this is the place! You will love staying here.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villa Le Ginepraie

Address: Podere Le Ginepraie | Localita Pignano, 56048 Volterra, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Volterra
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 95 Specialty lodging in Volterra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Le Ginepraie, a typical 17th century Tuscan farmhouse, with private chef and private restaurant only for the guest, stands on a knoll surrounded by hills, offering a superb panorama. Even though the location enjoys total tranquillity, it is in a strategic position between San Gimignano, Volterra, Colle Val d’Elsa, Siena, Florence and the sea, which can all be reached easily. The private swimming pool and large garden encourage relaxation, sunbathing and reading, while the surrounding countryside offers a number of pleasant walks. In other words, Villa Ginepraie offers itself as a unique place to spend a restful holiday with your friends and family, only a short distance from Tuscany’s art, history and entertainment.The three roomy apartments and the two bedrooms that make up the Villa are elegant, but warm and welcoming at the same time. ... more   less 

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