Situated above a hidden valley, backed by mountainsides of forest, Casa Quintino is at the end of a farm road, 1.6 kms from the main road (SP4) : 25 minutes drive from either Volterra or San Gimignano and in the center of the cultural triangle, one hour equidistant from Pisa, Florence and Siena. To the east, it is an easy one hour drive to the long sandy beaches of the Etruscan coast, stretching from Cecina to Piombino, the gateway to the islands of Elba and Giglio. For naturalists, Casa Quintino is on the ancient pilgrim route, now the white truffle trail, and is ideal for mountain biking or hiking.
Casa Quintino is not offered as a classy 'Villa', but is a personized home, lovingly restored by the family to retain the feel of this old farmhouse. It was built 300 years ago on the site of a hermitage, where monks quarried travertine and built a little chapel, the ruins of which remain on the hill. We have tried to combine the ancient mood of the site, with modern comfort to offer you the deep tranquility of unspoiled Tuscan countryside. It is a haven of peace, off the conventional tourist route, and you will have complete privacy as it is not shared by other families.
Casa Quintino consists of two floors, with separate entrances: 'Il Refugio' upstairs sleeping 6-9, and 'Le Stalle' on the ground floor sleeping a couple.
The upstairs apartment 'Il Refugio', is up the original stone staircase and straight into the traditional living room with the original Tuscan fireplace. Now fitted with an effective jetmaster, and with TV and a small kitchenette, this cosy sittingroom is ideal for winter. On this floor there are three large double bedrooms, all 5 x 4 meters:
- the master bedroom, 'Lamu Room' is named for paintings of East Africa, with a kingsize 4 poster carved bed;
- the 'Zimbabwe Room' can be a double or have twin beds and has a pull-out sofa;
- the 'Bushbaby Room' (kids room) has twin singles which can be a double as well as an extra fold-out bed.
The ground floor is the main communal space if the whole villa is rented. The original animal stalls ('Le Stalle') have been converted into a large cool living room, (10 x 4 meters) under a double vault, with large comfortable chairs, sofa and television down one end, with well equipped dinningroom / kitchen on the other side. Two french windows open on the shady patio, with a refectory table ideal for long midday meals al fresco.
Also on the ground floor, the large double 'Tibetan Room' (5 x 4 meters) has the use of a simple shower room / WC (not en suite). The view from the bed through the french windows, across the valley, makes this spacious apartment ideal for a romantic getaway.