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Set in a picturesque rural location, the property offered us the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. It’s well located for those wanting to do site seeing in Florence, Pisa and Siena.” As it’s just around an hours drive from each. Very convenient for stunning San Gimignano just 15 mins away.
The property could be described as a beautiful little 2 story house with kitchen with living area down stairs and bedroom and bathroom upstairs. The bed is very comfortable and the shower is excellent (hot and powerful).
The kitchen although small offers plenty of facilities and enough space to prepare a meal. There is a small well maintained garden with outside table with 4 chairs to enjoy the evening over a bottle of wine.
The property is part of a complex has 2 pools, tennis court, children’s equipment. The complex was once included a spa resort with restaurant which unfortunately has since gone out of business. However the residents work hard to ensure the grounds and facilities are immaculately maintained.
The rural location does mean that a car is essential, as even the closest restaurant would involve a 30 minute walk down unlit country roads. Our host Franca was very attentive and ensured we had someone to meet us and show us around on arrive despite our heavily delayed flight meant we didn’t arrive until nearly mindnight.
Would highly recommend for those looking for a quite life. But will require a car to get around.
We spent 2 weeks at Podera Colinella villa 14 and had a wonderful holiday. The villa itself is a semi detached property, although the neighbouring property was only occupied ( by the couple who owned it) for 5 days whilst we were there and we didn't have any noise issues. Overall there are about 14 properties in the complex and it was very quiet. The property is accessed by a 3km track, which was easily navigated in the car (which is essential). The villa itself is small and cosy, we were a party of 4 and fitted comfortably. The furnishings were good and beds very comfortable, we were fortunate to have excellent weather, so the fans in the bedrooms were a bonus. The pool area was lovely, with charming views over the countryside. And most days we had the pool to ourselves. The large pool wasn't heated but that wasn't a problem for us in the hot weather, and was 1.4m depth throughout. There was some shade around the pool area, but some more would be useful.
We had a wonderful evening at the villa when a private chef (Laura) visited and cooked a delicious 5 course dinner for us, which we ate on the terrace whilst enjoying the sunset (the 360° views were beautiful). Other evenings we either ate out at one of the many marvellous restaurants in San Gimingano or cooked in the villa ourselves. San Gimingano was about a 20 minute drive from the villa and we visited frequently. We also explored Siena, Lucca, Pienza which were all fascinating and beautiful ( I would recommend going early to find parking space though), driving in the Tuscan countryside was relatively easy, parking in popular tourist towns could be more tricky.
Property manager Steve was very easily contacted by email, and was very helpful with suggested trips, he arranged for our wonderful chef and suggested a lovely local vineyard which we visited for wine tasting.
We had a wonderful holiday at The Podera Colinella, and would definitely return in future.