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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
San Gimignano, Tuscany

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amandlaaw...
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful relaxing place”
Reviewed 20 November 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We stayed in Osservatorio - 4 adults and 2 kids in August 2014. The grounds were magnificent and the pool just sublime. Owners didn't speak English but we got by and they were very friendly without being obtrusive. And gave us some lovely fresh fruit! The house was very comfortable with everything you could need. Info on nearby restaurants and all recommendations were great. Perfect location for exploring Tuscany. Lovely BBQ area too which we enjoyed with food from nearby Spar being very good. I would certainly recommend any of the villas here as they were all of an incredibly high standard. One point - a car is essential.

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Liked best: beautiful grounds and pool
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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OldSchool...
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Under the Tuscan Sun”
Reviewed 19 November 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Spent a beautiful week in Tuscany at Orione. Apartment has two large bedrooms and a loft with two twin beds or one full. Eat in Kitchen, Living Room with Wifi and very large outside surrounding stone deck/porch with tables and hammock.

Lovely scenery, friendly hosts and staff, relaxing atmosphere. Great pool with huge sitting areas. Easy access to many towns including San Gimignano, Volterra, vineyards and unbelievable views.

Great fun to shop where locals do. We had our family in for a week and it was a perfect end to our European vacation. Love to Neva and we'll learn more Italian for our return!

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Liked best: Gardens, flowers, sculptures
Liked least: Loft is open
Travelling group: Other
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BartonBea...
Northampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Reach for the Stars”
Reviewed 11 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

From the moment you drive into the 'Osservatorio' grounds you know that you are in for a treat - and you won't be disappointed. Orione and another apartment , Acquario, are in a large house, built in the grounds of the owners, Neva and Giovanni. Orione is the larger and is wonderfully furnished with a balcony at the back which overlooks the garden and neighbouring fields. In the grounds, there is a fantastic swimming pool and a separate decking area with great outdoor loungers. Neva and Giovanni are always available and nothing is too much trouble ; as they speak very little English they rely on Serena who is always available on the phone for any help ; she is also the contact for booking the holiday. They also offer the facility to have a full Italian meal cooked for you and eaten on your balcony and served with local wine.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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antoine j
Bordeaux, France
1 review
“Second stay in Tuscany... and the best one !”
Reviewed 25 March 2014 for a stay in August 2013

2 weeks in Tuscany, at Villa Osservatorio - Orione, in excellent conditions : perfect weather, very nice villa, perfect country, so nice people !
We did appreciate every people we met : first, Serena (unfortunately we exchanged only by email or cellphone) who gave us a lot of advises and so many recommendations (lots of good addresses including typical tasty and famous restaurants as well as excellent wineries...), then the owner who is a so nice cook, and finally local farms where we found natural and tasty food products. Our only concern was that we do not speak a word of Italian language... and very few people speak French or English ! That prevented us to discuss and talk with all the guys we met !
This part of Tuscany is very nice to discover, and so close to Firenze, Sienna or San Giminiano. Chianti area is also easy to reach.
We did not see many Ferrari or Lamborghini, but original Fiat 500, and a few of radars on the road : are they fake or not, we do not know...

Again, very nice stay, Thx Serena !

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
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Lynn F
Belfort, France
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85 reviews
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“best accomodation we have ever rented!”
Reviewed 14 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

The owners, who live next door,were unobtrusive but very welcoming and kind. The inside of the villa is beautifully furnished and spacious but the outdoor spaces are spectacularly good with a wealth of different sitting areas for both sun and shade. Luxurious seating including a terrific hammock! The infinity swimming pool is generously sized and a decent depth. The gardens are immaculately kept. The location is perfect- very quiet with no other properties nearby but lots of restaurants within 15 minutes drive..

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Liked best: the wonderful gardens and outdoor facilities
Liked least: the weather!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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