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Charming Hillside Villa set in Olive Grove with Spectacular Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Villa Nr. Pievescola, Casole D'Elsa, Nr. Siena, Tuscany - Recently Refurbished, Spacious, Detached Villa between Siena and San Gimignano

Il Tramonto (the sunset), a spacious and recently refurbished villa, set in its own private garden and olive grove in peaceful wooded surroundings with magnificent views, is the perfect choice for those who enjoy the countryside. It is situated in the Chianti area on the protected hills of the Montagnola, with distant views of San Gimignano. In the holm oak and chestnut woods of the Montagnola with its abundance of wild flowers, birds and animals, the expression “away from it all” says it all. It is within easy reach of Siena and Florence and many other places of historic interest such as the abbey of San Galgano. Only a few kilometres away there is a superb choice of restaurants, shops and bars. A special feature of this property is the beautiful interior decoration by the artist owner. Although generously accommodating up to 7, the villa is equally suitable for fewer and is frequently booked by two or four people. Discover ancient pathways, hamlets, chapels, castles and villas.

Jean Tune
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
10 September, 2018

About Jean Tune

Jackie has been living and working in Tuscany for over 25 years and has been renting properties for the last 16 years. She is a photographer and teaches photography at the Siena Art Institute. She also works in metal and has her studio and showroom 5 mins from Il Tramonto, at the Villa of San Chimento. She already runs and is very willing to give guests photography lessons from one-day to a full week course. Jackie says: "It is always such a pleasure to be able to offer people from all around the world, who come to stay at Il Tramonto, a comfortable, quiet place to relax while they travel around the area enjoying the sites and treasures of Tuscany. I like to share with them my best secrets about where to visit, to eat and to explore and if there's time a stroll round the 16th Century Villa garden next to where I live and work. It's enchanting!" Jackie has two dogs, enjoys walking and cycling and being a photographer knows the area thoroughly.

Jean Tune purchased this villa in 2003

Why Jean Tune chose Casole d'Elsa

I used to ride up past this villa on my horse and fell in love with Il Tramonto, in it's spacious garden and olive grove nestled on the hill in a lovely quiet area. There is a very special and enchanting feel about this area of the Montagnola Senese. I have always enjoyed living in this part of Tuscany, where the sun shines most of the year, and history, art, nature and beautiful sights are abundant. It is great to have the space to work and develop my art and photography. The people are friendly and the food is so good. Eating out is excellent value and fresh produce is easy to find. Walking and cycling is wonderful here, especially on the Montagnola hills, and the tranquility of the area is what I love. Living on a farm makes it all the more interesting and I get to experience such a reality of nature. Siena is a short drive away and Firenze (Florence) too. Flights into Pisa make the area easily accessible. Some guests also use Rome or Florence. I enjoy the ability to travel widely from here.

What makes this villa unique

Tranquility, nature and wildlife, space and comfort says it all here... tracks that lead you on walks with stunning views. Everything works and if it doesn't we sort it out immediately!

The garden is large, the olive trees give it great character, as do the other large trees. Wild flowers in Spring and early Summer, orchids, anemones and broom, ensure butterflies and bees have "a field day ".

There are places to sit in sun or shade, and the terrace/ veranda is so special for sitting, eating, drinking and enjoying the views and sunsets.

Above all it is the peace of the villa and the beauty around it that guests love. Waking in the morning to views across rolling countryside is a delight.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Everything we dreamed it would be - peace and quiet, idyllic surroundings and breathtaking views. Watching the sunset from the balcony with a glass of wine; stargazing; awakening to the tinkle of nearby goats' bells..... The beautiful home held us from travelling too far. Who could want for more..... other than a few more days!'

'Thank you very much for a fantastic week at Il Tramonto. It's a wonderful building in a great setting You are very lucky people to have it, and we count ourselves fortunate to have been able to make use of it. The internal layout of the rooms is excellent - such a sense of space. Dining every evening on the balcony to watch the sun go down was a real treat, with fireflies in the hedge at no extra cost.'

'Villa is stunning and big enough for seven of us - opening up the bedroom shutters each morning and enjoying the view - I don't want to go home. This place is stunning. Every room is beautiful.'
Apr 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Casole d'Elsa around the Province of Siena

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathrooms are tiled and have good quality fittings. They all have windows. Bathroom 1 has bath, bidet, wc, and washbasin. Bathroom 2 has shower, wc, and washbasin. Bathroom 3 (downstairs) has shower, wc, and washbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All 3 bedrooms are spacious with lovely views. Two bedrooms have large double beds. The third bedroom has twin beds and a single bed. All three rooms have ample wardrobes and chests of drawers, bedside lights and chairs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Suitable for children. High chair available. DVD Player and Video Player with wide selection of DVDs and Videos. Logs available for open fire in Spring and Autumn. Central heating is included in rental. Outside: The property has an extensive private garden with olive trees and other trees which provide ideal shade for lazy afternoons (or mornings as well!) garden loungers and a sun umbrella complete the picture. Two terraces are ideally situated for eating, one for breakfast and the other for the rest of the day, especially for the evening to watch the sunset with a glass of wine (or two). BBQ on kitchen terrace. Utility Room: There is a washing machine adjacent to the kitchen. There is a large cupboard with ironing board, iron, etc. and unobtrusive clothes lines in the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included in the rental price. These are replenished once a week. We hope you will be pleased with the way the villa has been cleaned for you on arrival. Other: The whole living area is light and airy. Glass doors open on to the upper terrace, which is a popular eating and relaxing area, and for watching the sun go down with a glass of wine. There is a kitchen terrace which is often used for breakfast and BBQs.


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Charming Hillside Villa set in Olive Grove with Spectacular Views
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

Vacation in mountaintop paradise

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I loved our stay at Il Tramonto. The sound of the birds, the call of the deer, the cool wind in the trees, and the stunning sunsets were all conducive to a restful pleasant three week stay. There are many interesting areas to explore nearby on day trips. The villa is very spacious and well-equipped with lovely views from every window! Firewood was plentiful which we used on the cool nights of April 2018. Jackie was a very helpful “landlady” and acommodated all our needs. Highly recommend this villa to get away from it all!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to have you here to stay, such delightful, friendly and easygoing guests and so interested in everything near and far. There is so much to see and enjoy in this part of Tuscany, giving yourselves lots of time to explore so many places was a really good idea, with time to relax in between. I'm so pleased you all enjoyed the villa and its surroundings.
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Amazing house and location and Jackie is super

  • 5 of 5

This is certainly our favorite holiday home in Tuscany. The views were super and the grounds were large and dotted with olive trees. We spent 9 days there with my parents and three kids and there was more than enough space for everyone to completely unwind. There are lots of wild deer roaming very close the the house, we spotted five during our stay, the kids loved it. There is an animal farm close by with wild boars, donkeys and goats, the kids enjoyed feeding them. The host, Jackie was simply great, she had a wealth of local knowledge and bent over backwards to make us feel at home. We would happily come back just for her. The only downside is the access road was very bad, a 4x4 or car with high clearance is highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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House is wonderful!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here in late June 2018 and had a wonderful time. There is, however, one caveat that I need to mention, and that is the road leading up to the house. It's really not a road at all, just a rocky dirt path that may be difficult to navigate for larger vehicles or those with low ground clearance. We rented a brand new large family van and I was paranoid about getting it scratched, bottoming out, or getting it stuck. Several times I told my wife and kids to say a prayer and hold their breath because I wasn't sure we were going to make it up. Once we nearly ended up in a ditch, but by the grace of God managed to peel out of it in a blaze of dust and shower of stones. If you have a smaller car with decent ground clearance (4 wheel drive preferred!), you'll be OK.

Now on to the good news - the house is absolutely gorgeous! Solidly built, very spacious, tastefully decorated, and everything worked perfectly. The beds were comfortable and there is plenty of bathroom space. Plenty of hot water and the water is very good to drink. The view overlooking the fields of Chianti is amazing. It's truly charming and comfortable.

The other good news is that Jackie was a wonderful host. She led us up to the house and gave us the tour. Then she led us to an amazing family run restaurant that had some of the best food we had on our entire vacation, despite being out in the middle of nowhere. She even helped translate the menu and helped us order, which was greatly appreciated! We couldn't have asked for more from a host.

Overall we had a great stay - Thanks Jackie, it was a pleasure to meet you!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning villa and location.

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic place! We stayed here for our honeymoon and couldn't have chosen a better location. The house is beautiful, spacious and tastefully decorated. We particularly enjoyed sitting in the garden among the olive trees soaking up the beautiful view across the valley.

Jackie was very hospitable and couldn't have been more helpful. It is in the perfect location for visiting the many wonderful towns and cities in Tuscany (Sienna, Florence, San Giminano, Volterra) and we would not hesitate to choose the villa on our next visit. We hope to go back very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Restorative and good for the soul

  • 5 of 5

September was the perfect month for us to experience Tuscany at it's best. Perfect weather for eating our meals out in the loggia was a delight, catching the cooling evening breeze after the heat of the day. Rustic charm, but spotlessly clean was the perfect combination. The villa was spacious and filled with light, - a delight.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great time in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We spent a great time at Il Tramonto for three weeks last year - and will do so this year as well! We - that´s two mid-aged couples and a three years old girl. Jackie gave us very nice and uncomplicated welcome though we arrived quite late (departing from Warsaw and Hamburg in the morning). The location up in the hills is one you can dream of. Though you can visit lots of nice towns and tourist´s attractions around Il Tramonto (short distance to Siena and to San Giminiano; also "homebase" Colle di Val d´Elsa, where you can find two big supermarkets, has a tiny old town worth visiting): we all, including our little girl, just loved to hang out in the huge garden enjoying both the sun and the silence in the middle of nowhere. The villa´s interior is lovley, we felt home at once. You will find plenty of Jackie´s books left for her guests. The refrigerator broke down the other day but Jackie fixed it the very day after! We also loved to sit by the fireside in the night. For those who love sighseeing and hiking in a cosy but not overdone villa: you will enjoy it!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
85 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
26 Kilometres
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
58 Kilometres
A1 at Firenze
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The property is about 75 minutes drive from the coast.


The nearest airports are Florence 70 mins and Pisa about 1hr 30 mins drive. Rome is about 3.5 hours away. A car is essential.


The villa is up in the hills near the village of Pievescola about ten minutes drive away.

Siena and San Gimignano are 30 mins drive.

Florence is about an hour's drive, but we sometimes recommend public transport- to avoid parking there!

Volterra, San Galgano, Monteriggioni, Hot Springs and the Chianti vineyards are all easily accessible by car.

Superb swimming and diving pool about 15 minutes away in addition to river swimming locally.

Further Details:

The owner, Jackie, lives close to the villa and is very happy to suggest nearby places of interest depending on guests' preferences and deal with queries. She speaks English and Italian.

In addition to the bar and restaurants in Pievescola, 10mins there is a village shop where basic provisions can be purchased.

There is also a good value family run restaurant 15 minutes away and many others in the vicinity.

There are two good supermarkets and other shops and banks in Colle Val d'Elsa the nearby town, about 15 minutes away.

A great way to discover the Montagnola is on horseback, with 2 local stables 10 and 20 minutes away.

The hot springs (50 mins.) are a must for their healing qualities.

There is lovely river swimming just 25 mins away and a day trip to the coast is definitely worthwhile.

The owner, Jackie, is a photographer and photography teacher at the Siena Art Institute and is available to run daily or weekly photography sessions or courses, on how best to capture the tuscan light and landscape. She can take you on guided tours of her 'off the beaten track' special places. She also designs and makes objects from metal and has a show room just five minutes away. She can also arrange visits to studios of other artists and crafts people.

The whole area is very beautiful and great for walking and cycling. There is so much to see and explore.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Casole d'Elsa,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
13 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Standard price
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

50% of the rent is payable on booking. The balance is payable in cash on arrival or earlier by arrangement. Minimum length of stay one week. Bookings taken in UK with payment in British Pounds or Euros.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover days are Saturdays and Fridays, but we try to be flexible.
Time of arrival after 4.30 pm. Departure by 10 am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in Euros. Discounts available for long term rentals. Heating (which is very expensive) included in rent. Payment taken in British Pounds or Euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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