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Restored Tuscan farmhouse with pool and views

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Plenty of space for dining al fresco on the terrace
Independent entrance
Swing seat on the terrace
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4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
9 guests
4 nights minimum
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L'Antica Cisterna is an authentic traditional Tuscan farmhouse in San Donnino, Certaldo, and has been tastefully converted into a residential villa for holiday lets. The accommodation comprises four bedrooms (including one triple), four bathrooms, a kitchen, large dining room and living room. It sleeps 8 or 9 people in comfort and measures 200 square metres. At a dream location in Chianti mid-way between Florence and SIena, the house is tucked away in the rolling hills overlooking the Elsa valley, with San Gimignano in the distance. The property has the following facilities: - tastefully furnished and decorated rooms with original beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, - garden: vine-shaded terrace with a table and barbecue, sun terrace, olive grove, all for exclusive use of guests, - pr...L'Antica Cisterna is an authentic traditional Tuscan farmhouse in San Donnino, Certaldo, and has been tastefully converted into a residential villa for holiday lets. The accommodation comprises four bedrooms (including one triple), four bathrooms, a kitchen, large dining room and living room. It sleeps 8 or 9 people in comfort and measures 200 square metres. At a dream location in Chianti mid-way between Florence and SIena, the house is tucked away in the rolling hills overlooking the Elsa valley, with San Gimignano in the distance. The property has the following facilities: - tastefully furnished and decorated rooms with original beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, - garden: vine-shaded terrace with a table and barbecue, sun terrace, olive grove, all for exclusive use of guests, - private swimming pool, 10 x 4 metres, - fully equipped kitchen and dining room, washing machine, - satellite TV, - parking space for up to three cars.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
We are animal lovers and welcome pets, but if you wish to bring any pets, please consult us before booking so that we can explain the situation regarding other animals in the vicinity.
Bathrooms
1 Shower, 3 Attached (ensuite)
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Meet the host
Ann and Charly F
Hosting since February 2012
Languages spoken: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsWe, the owners, are British and live in a separate part of the house. We do our best to respect your privacy but are generally available if you need help or advice. We are fluent in Italian, among other languages, and are at your disposal for assistance with your stay in Tuscany, e.g. reservations, tourist recommendations and activities.
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Reviews (20)
LoveTravel614688
LoveTravel614688
1 contribution
took the family [14 of us] including 5 children, to villa Avanella for a week as we had a wedding to attend. on arrival we were all amazed at the space of the villa with all bedrooms an average 18x18 a living room the size of a small barn -with enough seating for 14, as was the kitchen. the grounds had two full size bbq's and a pool 20mx 10m approx. which was maintained daily. the views -amazing, Francesca the manager was extremely helpful and if required was just a phone call away. an amazing place to stay.
Visited September 2016 Traveled with family
Written September 12, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Florence C
Florence C
Brussels, Belgium3 contributions
Nous avons passé trois jours inoubliables dans cette magnifique maison, pleine de charme, spacieuse et idéale pour un groupe de 9 personnes, dont un enfant. La rénovation et la décoration sont de très bon goût et on s'est senti tout de suite chez nous. Une seule suggestion: il faudrait peut-être un peu plus de plats et d'ustensiles de cuisine (épluche-légumes par ex.), ce serait plus pratique quand on est plusieurs à préparer le repas! Quant à la vue depuis la maison, elle est juste IDYLLIQUE... même sous la pluie! C'est vraiment la Toscane telle qu'on se l'imagine: les collines, les oliviers, les cyprès, les vignes et une lumière qui ravit tous les amateurs de photo! L'endroit est super bien situé, on a l'embarras du choix quand il s'agit de décider d'une excursion. Merci beaucoup à Ann et Charly qui nous ont fourni des informations et tuyaux fort utiles et nous ont accueillis très chaleureusement - nous regrettons seulement de ne pas avoir eu plus de temps pour papoter! Ce sera pour une prochaine fois!
Visited April 2016 Traveled with friends
Written May 28, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

CanadianFella
CanadianFella
Ontario, Canada34 contributions
Just finished up an amazing stay at Charley and Anne's farmhouse in Tuscany and I can't say enough about how great this place is! Charley and Anne were both amazing hosts, the house itself is spotless and full of character, and the view alone is worth the price of the rental. We stayed with a group of 6 and had more than enough room with each couple (3 of them) having their own rooms and bathrooms. The house is very centrally located and is less than a 10 minute drive away from the highway, close to several charming Tuscan villages, within driving distance to Sienna and Florence, but still very secluded and quiet for amazing glasses of wine looking over the Tuscan countryside. Laundry is offered at 5 euros per (large) load, however they will do it for you and our clothes came back to us clean and dry the next day (well worth the price). Charley and Anne were great hosts. Very communicative through the booking process, and very much available during our stay (they live right next door). We followed a couple of Charley's suggestions for dinner and both were amazing! This is the Tuscany we were looking for!
Visited May 2016 Traveled with family
Written May 22, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ricardo_215
Ricardo_215
Tullamore, Ireland90 contributions
This was an opportunity to get together with family from 3 different countries. The house itself had character, its thick walls betraying its age. Nice views from the outside table where we ate our evening meals and breakfasts. The owners live in the adjoining house and were usually available to assist with various small matters, and were always helpful. House was clean and beds were comfy. House was well equipped A few points to keep in mind: The pool is lovely, but is not on the property, it's about a 3 minute walk on a neighbouring property. Wi-fi is available (free) but is patchy, probably (I think) due to the thick walls; I think it's from their own home next door. There is nothing else in the immediate area except fields; you can go for walks, that's about it. For anything else a car is essential. Our group of 10 had 3 cars so it wasn't usually a problem. There are some interesting places in the area; Florence (Firenze) is about 30-45 minutes away, there is also Sienna, San Gimignano, a few places do wine tasting, there is old Certaldo with a funiculaire. Pisa is less than 3 hours. The house has some tourist brochures. There is a railway station not too far away (but too far to walk). We had a lovely week here and the sun shone most of the time!
Visited June 2015 Traveled with family
Written March 9, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Explorer399799
Explorer399799
Many thanks for your kind review. We have taken note of your comments and have improved the wifi coverage by adding a new router. We have also applied for permission to build a pool on the property in the next few months.
Written March 11, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Annelle1979
Annelle1979
Granada, Spain1 contribution
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.
Visited September 2015 Traveled as a couple
Written November 14, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Kraemer P
Kraemer P
Auvernier, Switzerland1 contribution
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié notre séjour chez Charly et Anne. La maison est magnifique, accueillante, avec une belle terrasse et une vue splendide sur les collines toscanes, dans un site silencieux et reposant. Les indications pour parvenir dans cet endroit éloigné étaient parfaitement claires (même de nuit avec la pluie!) et nous avons été très bien accueillis et conseillés par les propriétaires. La cuisine est bien équipée et le guide pratique pour les hôtes s'est révélé très utile. Les chambres sont spacieuses et permettent à plusieurs personnes de cohabiter confortablement. S'il fallait relever un seul point négatif: les matelas sont plutôt durs ! Encore merci et au plaisir de peut-être revenir un jour. Cordialement Pierre et Anne Krämer-Piguet, Auvernier, Suisse
Visited October 2015 Traveled with family
Written November 10, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Allan M
Allan M
2 contributions
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.
Visited September 2015 Traveled as a couple
Written September 29, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

georgestof
georgestof
Durbanville, South Africa632 contributions
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. -
Visited July 2015 Traveled with friends
Written August 12, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Explorer399799
Explorer399799
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.
Written November 9, 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Aliza R
Aliza R
Jerusalem, Israel81 contributions
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.
Visited April 2015 Traveled with family
Written April 30, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

The4Woodys
The4Woodys
Perth, Australia4 contributions
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!
Visited April 2014
Written June 2, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony
  • Grill
  • Central Heating
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Private Yard
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighborhood
San Donnino is a perfect starting point for visits to Tuscany's Unesco heritage sites and other nearby historic centres and market towns, and affords plenty of opportunities for discovering and enjoying the stunningly beautiful surrounding countryside. Distances: Florence (40 km), Siena (40 km), San Gimignano (18 km), Certaldo Alto, birthplace of Boccaccio (10 km) Volterra (48 km), Lucca (110 km), Pisa (82 km). The house dates back to the 17th century at least and some parts, such as the underground granary and stone foundations, may be mediaeval. Indeed, it is within the conservation area of Semifonte, the fortified city that was razed to the ground in 1202 by the Florentines. The village is home to a small but welcoming and cosmopolitan community.
Getting around
The nearest shops, banks, chemist, etc. are 5 km away at Barberino Val d'Elsa. Larger supermarkets and other facilities can be found at Tavarnelle val di Pesa (8 km), Certaldo (10 km) and Poggibonsi (13 km). There is a bus service from Barberino Val d'Elsa and regular trains from Certaldo, both serving Florence and Siena, Most guests therefore bring or rent a car, though some prefer to hire a private driver for transportation during their stay.
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Restored Tuscan farmhouse with pool and views is able to accommodate up to 9 guests. See all property details.

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