Capanno di Riorsoli Italy, Tuscany

Cradled in the Tuscan hills, this pretty two-level barn conversion is a self-contained sanctuary: a rural hillside retreat surrounded by olive groves with its own private pool surrounded by green lawns. It’s also just a ten-minute walk from the charming medieval town of Gambassi Terme and a 60-minute drive from Florence’s multitude of cultural, culinary and artistic treasures.
 
A tasteful renovation combining wooden-beamed interiors with comfort and vibrant colour, Capanno di Riorsoli offers couples and families a tranquil space to call their own, with two bedrooms, a double and a twin, which can also be converted into another double. It lends itself perfectly to lazy days at home in the sun, the spacious garden, covered outdoor dining area and barbecue offering a relaxing complement to balmy summer evenings, toasted with glass or two of that world-famous Chianti red. 
 
Warmly generous and a wealth of local knowledge, Carlo, the villa owner, will be on hand as much or as little as you need him to guide you towards the best restaurants, day trips and authentically Italian experiences to help you create the holiday you’re looking for. 
 
The local area

Further up the hill from the villa, Gambassi Terme is a popular spa destination, thanks to its natural thermal springs. You'll find all the essential shops there too, along with a town square where you can join the locals for an evening aperitivo.

For a more abundant choice of restaurants there’s timeless Certaldo, a 20-minute drive away, with its museums and palaces. From there you can also see the many towers of San Gimignano, just a 30-minute drive from the villa. The historic centre of this atmospheric medieval town is a World Heritage Site, but it also offers more than enough shopping and dining opportunities to satisfy the desire for a more contemporary take on Italian culture. 

 
 
Accommodation: 
  • 2 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)
Ground floor: 
  • Open-plan living/dining room 
  • Steps down to kitchen with hob, small oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Double bedroom with French doors opening out to garden
  • Shower room
Lower floor:
  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room 
  • Laundry room with washing machine
General: 
  • Wifi
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player 
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (1.10m depth throughout)

Complimentary wifi: 

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and email checking
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
Location:
  • Gambassi Terme (shops/restaurants) 10min walk
  • Certaldo 20min drive
  • San Gimignano 30min drive
  • Florence 1hr drive
  • Siena 1hr 10 min drive
  • Lucca 1hr 20min drive
  • Spiaggie Bianche (beach) 1hr 25min drive
  • Pisa airport 1hr drive
  • The villa was lovely, and much to my surprise, better than the description and photo’s online - in my opinion. The décor was a fusion of new & old, and very comfortable. We (especially the kids) absolutely LOVED the pool… and having this to ourselves was a key driver for us opting for the villa. Only real downside were the biting insects (to be expected really) – and I would recommend that you use the strongest repellent you can tolerate to keep them at bay. Location: The villa is a little off the beaten track (literally) and the approach to the villa is quite steep – although even small cars seemed quite able to travel up/down the lane. The villa is located just below the main town of Gambassi Terme and within easy walking distance – but its position is still very quiet and you hear no road noise. The roads to and from Gambassi are generally good, and it only take 10-15 minutes to get to the main arterial main roads & motorways – giving easy access to Siena, Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano, Livorno, Lucca etc. Town (Gambassi). The local town is not very touristy (I think a good thing), so you really get to see a more honest/less tainted view of Tuscany. It does however have all the basics: small supermarket, bakery, 3-4 restaurants, 1-2 bars etc. and a nice central square where many of the locals gather of an evening. Very friendly people from our experience. Arrival/owner Carlo, the owner, was fantastic! He could not have been more welcoming and attentive. He popped by every now and again to make sure we were ok, but was not intrusive. He was also very helpful when it came to offering local knowledge of shops, tourist information, restaurant recommendations etc. Summary: Lovely villa, friendly & helpful owner, beautiful position, ideal location for sightseeing & exploration – will definitely return! Wayne - August 2015
  • An ideal location centrally in Tuscany enabled us to day-trip all over Tuscany without any problems. The house provided the ideal mix of a peaceful and tranquil location but close to all sight-seeing such as San Gimignano, Siena, Pisa, Florence (including outlet malls!) and we even managed a magical day trip to Cinque Terre. The owner, Carlo, was very hospitable and friendly and made our stay even more enjoyable – including giving us a bottle of his own home-made wine! His handover instructions were comprehensive and made our stay all that much easier. The house, with it’s own pool, provided the perfect location for our family which included two teenage boys (14 & 18) and had ample room for us all to enjoy our own space when needed. The facilities were great, including the BBQ which enabled us to self-cater when we felt like it, but the village of Gambassi Terme provided supermarket and great restaurants for when we didn’t! The local Pizzeria provided us with the best pizza of our 6 week stay in Italy! We definitely would love to return as there is still so much left to explore from this ideal location. Mr Hatchwell - September 2013
  • On arrival we were made very welcome by Carlo who agreed to wait for us as we were running a bit late. The Villa was ideal for us with a lovely swimming pool. The Villa actually looked better than in the brochure. The air conditioning the bed room was essential as during our sty it was very warm even at night. The town was only a short distance away and some of the main towns such as Volterra and San Gimignano were not that far away. We had a very restful and enjoyable holiday and would recommend it to anyone. Thanks again to Carlo. Mr Newcombe - August 2012
  • My wife and I stayed at Sr Poserelli’s place for a week in June 2012. We were joined by family with four of us in total. In all respects, from first impressions throughout the stay, the house, the garden, the location and our host met and exceeded our expectations. It was well presented, tidy, had off-street parking, was quiet and welcoming. The pool was a luxurious extra for those that enjoyed it. Sr Poserelli knew and was able to share a great deal about the local and not so local area, and we were thus able to explore the countryside with his advice on what to see, where to dine and so on. The facilities at the house also meant we were able to cook for ourselves from time to time, including being able to use a barbecue onsite. Having a variety of local herbs in the garden added to the enjoyment of catering for ourselves. All in all the location, the house and our host were excellent and we have no hesitation in recommending it to others. Mr Macdonald - June 2012
  • The villa was excellent, very clean and tidy. It provided all that we required and the location was perfect. The swimming pool was a bonus with a nice area to sunbathe. The inside outside flow from the lounge and bedroom was great, Carlo has done a very good job. Carlo was a brilliant host and goes to any length to make sure your stay is an enjoyable one. We will be back! Mr Smith - June 2012
  • We love it, The place The villa Carlo the owner Everything. Easy reach to the most wonderful places. The weather 35-40 degrees this year, about the same the year before. We are hoping to go again next year at the same time, same place. It feels like home to us. So glad we found this villa and carlo and his wife David & Karen Gray - August 2011
  • We had a fabulous holiday in Tuscany so many thanks. The villa was very nicely furnished, well maintained, and a great place to stay for a week - I would definitely recommend it to others and would happily return there ourselves. I should also note that the owner, Carlo, was extremely welcoming and very helpful - really made it that extra bit special. Again, many thanks! Mr Dibble - June 2011
  • Just the best ever. The place, the villa was perfect - felt like home. Sig Carlo Posarelli was magic. We have booked to go next year... What more can I say! Mr & Mrs D R Gray - August 2010
  • We had a fabulous time. Carlo the owner was wonderful and we had dinner with him twice! Great location for visiting the Tuscan countryside. Quiet location, great for our honeymoon. Only problem was the barking dogs up the hill. We want to go back to Tuscany. Mrs Fahy - August 2010

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in Italy to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Florence

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Saturday All season

 

Pisa

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
Luton Airport easyJet Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season

 

Bologna

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick Ryanair Saturday All season
London Stansted easyJet Saturday All season

 

 

  1 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29 April
Capanno di Riorsoli 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 May 13 May 20 May 27 May
Capanno di Riorsoli 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  3 June 10 June 17 June 24 June
Capanno di Riorsoli 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 July
Capanno di Riorsoli 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  5 August 12 August 19 August 26 August
Capanno di Riorsoli 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  2 September 9 September 16 September 23 September 30 September
Capanno di Riorsoli 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 1,700 3,350 1,650 3,200 1,550 3,050
  7 October 14 October 21 October 28 October
Capanno di Riorsoli 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,500 2,900 1,400 2,750 1,350 SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

A daily tourist tax applies in Italy for only the first week of your stay which means that an average of €1.50 per person (12+ years) may be charged.  This should be paid in cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay.

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
 
INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in most of our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
 
Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
 
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
 
Cleaning
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
 
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
 
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience most of our properties in Italy have a washing machine.
 
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
 
Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
 
Satellite television
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
 
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
 
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
 
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.