Situated above a hidden valley, backed by mountainsides of forest, Casa Quintino is at the end of a farm road, 1.7 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.
Casa Quintino is situated on the edge of the Parco Benessere (Wellbeing Park) which has been created for healthy holidays. Gambassi Terme is the center of a lively group of conservationists who organise excursions into the hills and forrests to visit hermits caves, ancient aquaducts and old monastires buried in the forrest. Whether walking, riding horses or by mountain bike there is plenty to explore along the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgims route to the Holy Land. There is a new spa in the little town of Gambassi as well as at the pretigious Castel Falfi where an upmarket resort has been developed for the rich and famous. This includes a sunset bar overooking the most beautiful valley in Tuscany, an exotic horizon swimmingpool and spa open to the public. see www.gambassigena.it
Casa Quintino is not offered as a pristine 'Villa', but is a quirky home, lovingly restored by the family to retain the feel of this old farmhouse. It was first 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, with no made made sounds or sights and you will have complete privacy to relax away from it all..
The original animal stalls ('Le Stalle') on the ground floor 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 tressle table ideal for long midday meals al fresco.
Also on the ground floor, the large double 'Lamu Room' (5 x 4 meters) has a massive four poster bed, with elegant mosquito net was carved in Lamu Island,East Africa. The view from the bed through the french windows, across the valley, makes this spacious apartment ideal for a romantic getaway.