Villa Mille Desideri Italy, Tuscany

Surrounded by breathtaking Tuscan countryside, this five-bedroom villa invites gatherings of family and friends where relaxing and having fun together takes priority. It’s a magical place to stay, recently refurnished, but still full of its original character and charm: elegant 17th-century features and comfortably stylish interiors matched by ten acres of lovely gardens and stunning views across olive groves, cypress trees and rolling hills.

For those long, hot summer days, there’s plenty to keep everyone amused, from a private pool to table tennis and a giant chess game. You’ll also find a croquet set and badminton net and, with the expanses of well-kept lawns, a football match could also be on the cards in those more competitive moments. Alternatively, for lovers of peace and quiet, there are 80 acres of private, peaceful woodland for gentle strolls under a rich green canopy.

Villa Mille Desideri is owned by Nicola and Rosa and it’s their warmth and generosity that helps make this charming home such a wonderful discovery – as well as Rosa’s celebrated culinary talents. For just €30 per person, you can also enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by her in your well-equipped chef’s kitchen: a chance to dine in style for exceptional value without lifting a finger. And don’t miss out on a traditional Italian pizza cooked by Nicola in the stone pizza oven. Otherwise, the nearest restaurant is just a ten-minute drive away.

Throughout your stay, the couple will be on hand as much or as little as you need them to be, with suggestions for things to do and help if you need it, which can include arranging walks, wine tastings, horse riding or a round of golf on your behalf.

The local area

The charming medieval village of Monterchi is a 15-minute drive away, where you’ll find good quality restaurants and all the necessary shops for stocking up. In August, it hosts a programme of classical music concerts for a wonderfully atmospheric evening out and, in September, the Polenta Festival gets underway, a three-day foodie celebration, with music, dancing and a craft market thrown in for good measure.

About 35 minutes from Villa Mille Desideri lies Arezzo, used as a location in Roberto Benigni’s film La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful). As well as being home to such gems as the 12th-century Santa Maria della Pieve and the mighty Gothic Duomo, it hosts a huge 500-exhibitor antique fair in the Piazza Grande on the first weekend of every month and the spirited (and competitive!) Saracen Joust in June and September.

And if the glorious Renaissance city of Florence is on your wish list, it’s just under an hour away by train from Arezzo, or like Pisa and Siena, around 90 minutes by car.

Accommodation:

  • 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-10)

Ground floor:

  • Reception room
  • Sitting room access to upper terrace
  • Sitting room with TV
  • Dining room with open fireplace
  • Professional kitchen includes hob, electric oven, pasta making machine, griddle, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Sitting corner with doors to barbecue area
  • Guest WC

First floor:

  • 4 double bedrooms all with en-suite shower rooms
  • Double bedroom on a mezzanine level with en-suite shower room
  • Spa and massage room

General:

  • Air-conditioned bedrooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Extensive landscaped grounds
  • Laundry room
  • Gazebo for outdoor dining
  • Barbecue
  • Swimming pool (7m x 14m, depth 1m – 2.40m)

Complimentary wifi:

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected

Meals – see Menu tab:

  • Breakfast (€10/person)
  • Picnic lunches if ordered the day before (€10/person)  
  • Dinners (4 courses) available Saturday/Monday/Wednesday/Friday payable locally (€30/person excluding drinks) – see Menu tab
  • Pizza Night Tuesday or Thursday payable locally (minimum 4 guests, €23/person excluding drinks) – see Menu tab
  • Vegetarian options available
  • Dinners not available on Sunday
  • All meals on request and payable locally 

Wellness Centre (Borgo di Celle):

  • 9am-7:30pm, admission €20/person 
  • Città di Castello (Umbria) 30min drive
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room 
  • Relaxation area with herbal teas
  • Horse riding €25/person/30min (includes riding helmet) 
  • 9-hole golf course (green fees M-F €25, weekends €30)
  • Driving range and all equipment available to hire

Location:

  • Shops/restaurant 10min drive
  • Monterchi 15min drive
  • Arezzo 35min drive
  • Cortona 50min drive
  • Perugia 1hr 15min drive
  • Siena 1hr 30min drive
  • Florence 1hr 40min drive
  • Pisa airport 2hr 15min

 

  • Sitting in the sun in perfect quiet, looking over the mountains full of good food - our idea of a perfect holiday! Thank you so much for making a place to rest, east excellent food, drink good wine and totally relax - it was much needed! Rosa’s cooking was the best we tasted (and we did a large survey of the surrounding area) the room was beautiful, very comfortable and clean, and we both felt really well looked after. Thank you for a great holiday and we are already thinking about a return visit. Ann and Chris - May 2017
  • Thank you very much for a great holiday and an excellent villa. Your hospitality and service are incredible and made us feel at home. We are sad to leave but are grateful for the memories. Gerard and Anna - August 2016
  • Our group of nine friends recently spent a magical week at the beautiful Villa Mille Desideri. Nicola was the most charming host ever...each day he cheerfully made cappuccinos for all of us...and spent time visiting. During our week, Rosa cooked three delicious dinners for us. (I would stand in a long line to buy her cookbook.) The meals were fantastic...much better than anything you could order at a restaurant. We especially enjoyed the pizza night. Their daughter Sara visited with us a few times to answer questions and give us information. What a comfortable and wonderful villa! Our week in Tuscany will never be forgotten!! Mr & Mrs Hart - September 2015
  • 100% satisfied. Marvellous location and fantastic owners. Villa beautifully equipped and ideal for a large group. Rosa's cooking is superb. Nicola very kindly makes frequent coffee. Sara very helpful. All my family were very happy. Mr Pilkington - August 2014
  • It was beyond our wildest dreams amazing!! The villa was phenomenal!!!!! It was so great to meet the owners – Sara and her father, they are amazing and were wonderful hosts! Everything about the entire experience – the villa, the owners, the meals, everything was better than we could have ever even imagined it to be. Thank you for helping create such a great experience for us! Ms Cohen - October 2013
  • We had a super time there and we would go again. The owners certainly were exceptional in their dedication to ensuring that we were ok. When the bill came, there was even no charge for all the various coffees they had made for us at a moment's notice each day. The cooking which was done in-house for us by Rosa, the owner, was without a doubt better (and better value) than anything we had while eating out and that included food from a hotel on the coast that my son visited for 3 days. Mr Hunt - August 2013
  • What a magnificent experience. Thank you. Everything immaculately clean and perfect. Also 'grazie' for the wonderful breakfast and dinner. Five star quality indeed. Mr & Mrs Fourie - August 2013
  • Tuscany - the land of delicious cuisine, great wines and beautiful landscape. What could be a more perfect place to discover treasures of Tuscany than Villa Mille Desideri. Thank you for making this possible. Mrs Fin - July 2008
  • Thank you so much for your hospitality over the last couple of weeks. The family made our stay so much better and the food Rosa cooked was amazing. We have enjoyed every minute and I think our girls will miss Nicola very much. Mr Makenzie - August 2007
  • Thank you for a most enjoyable holiday. The special food Rosa cooked was first class, thank you once again for your hospitality. Mr & Mrs Bentley - July 2007
  • To experience Italy/Tuscany is to immerse yourself in the land, people, culture and food. We have experienced all of the above in the most delightful, inclusive and hospitable villa. Your warmth, generosity and hospitality made all of us feel comfortable and at home. Thank you for the wonderful meals, pomodor, and cake. We will miss you and the beautiful villa, but hope our paths will cross again someday. Grazie. Irene and Kendall - July 2007
  • We had such a great time here. We were here for 16 days and the best food we had the whole time was here. Everything was great. The pool and table tennis was outstanding. Also we cleared out the ice cream fridge twice. The hospitality was amazing. Mellgren Family - July 2007
Set menus of typical Tuscan dishes are served with vegetarian options and according to seasonal availability. There are more Tuscan dishes in addition to the sample courses below (€30/person payable locally excluding drinks).
 
Sample starters:
  • Bruschetta of cold cuts and cheeses
  • Caprese (tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil)
  • Bresaola (flakes of parmesan cheese and pickles)
  • Prosciutto e melone (prosciutto ham and melon)
  • Mixed bruschettas and salad (V)
Sample first courses:
  • Spaghetti alle 3 erbe (spaghetti with 3 herbs)
  • Penne alla Contadina (sausage, cherry tomatoes, courgette sauce)
  • Tagliatelle al Ragù (with meat ragu sauce)
  • Spaghetti with tomato sauce
  • Ribollita (traditional Tuscan vegetable soup) (V)
Sample second courses:
  • Hunter’s chicken
  • Polpettone (meat loaf)
  • Arista di maiale (pork loin)
  • Stuffed rabbit
  • Parmigiana di melanzane (oven-baked aubergine, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese) (V)
Side dishes (depends on courses served):
  • Mixed salad
  • Seasonal vegetables 
Sample desserts:
  • Panna cotta 
  • Crostata (fruit tart)
  • Ricotta cake with chocolate drops
  • Mini-cream cakes with chocolate
Pizza Night menu:
 
Asparagus risotto plus one authentic Italian pizza such as:
  • Margherita (tomato, mozzarella)
  • Napoli (anchovy, capers)
  • Salamino picante (spicy sausage)
  • Prosciutto crudo (Parma ham)
  • Vegetarian
  • Other options available
  • €18/person payable locally (excluding drinks)

Picnic lunches:

Please order the day before – lunches will include:

  • 2 sandwiches
  • Piece of fresh fruit
  • Slice of homemade cake
  • Soft drink
  • €10/person payable locally

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.

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

 

Florence

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

 

Rome

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Heathrow Alitalia Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick Vueling Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Birmingham Monarch Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season

 

 

For an introduction to Tuscany, take a look at our guide.

Tuscany gives you the permission to indulge in life’s simple pleasures – world-famous wine, indulgent food and hours consumed by epic histories. Each of Tuscany’s ten provinces has its own unique personality, but wherever you stay, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a verdant patchwork of olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards. From the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, to the narrow streets of hilltop San Gimignano, Tuscany makes for a stunning escape.

Overview

Where pleasure takes priority

How it’s possible for any kind of ‘normal’ life to take place in Tuscany remains a mystery. With its undulating landscape where solitary villas or ancient hilltop towns sit perched in splendid isolation, this is a place for epic histories and fine romance; surrounded by a verdant patchwork of olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards, hours should be consumed with feasting and fine wines – and then gently walking or sleeping it off. And as a destination with breathtakingly beautiful art and architecture, surely the only way to spend a day is in a state of wonder? Tuscany gives you permission to indulge in the pleasure of doing it all.

Your first ports of call

Strict building regulations ensure that Tuscany’s ten provinces remain beautifully unspoilt, but with 23,000 square kilometres to explore, where do holidays begin? For many, this journey of 1,000 experiences begins with the unmissable trinity of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano.

Tuscany’s capital and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, is a living art gallery, whilst Siena, known for its expansive piazza, superb duomo and Il Palio, the white-knuckle horse race, is a time-slip into the Middle Ages. The towers and narrow streets of small, hilltop San Gimignano are from the same era and crammed with opportunities to shop, eat and admire historic frescoes, along with stunning views.

Chianti, for the ultimate tipple

Tuscan life flows on its world-famous wines and Chianti, tucked between Florence and Siena, is the epicentre. Medieval Greve is seen as the gateway to this region with a wine museum, impressive September wine festival and plenty of restaurants around its triangular porticoed piazza for sampling the grape and the good.

Historic Panzano nearby hosts the Vino al Vino, an annual gathering of winemakers for tastings and live jazz, and Radda in Chianti, from its beautiful hilltop location, also pays regular homage to its local producers, hosting the Radda nel Bichiere in June. To see the wineries in action, time your holiday to coincide with the grape harvest in late August/September.

When in Florence…

Home to Michelangelo’s David and paintings by the likes of Da Vinci, Botticelli and Caravaggio, Florence is one of Europe’s finest cities of art. And yet with its iconic Duomo, churches, and squares, not least the famous Piazza della Signoria – a social hub since the 13th-century – masterpieces are everywhere. And this is a place to be sociable. There’s a lively nightlife and countless restaurants, café’s and wine bars. And from the jewellery for sale along the famous Ponte Vecchio to the designer boutiques – this was the birthplace of Gucci after all – a chance to shop is never far away.

Tuscany for tots, tweens and teens

From children’s activity packs and interactive exhibits in museums to the world’s best gelati, Tuscany caters for the younger generation – and welcomes them like a favourite grandchild in restaurants. Of course the whole region is a history lesson brought to life and climbing historic towers and medieval fortresses can be fun, but if that doesn’t cut it for older children, there are street parties and lively festivals, bike rides along Lucca’s ancient walls, Siena’s exciting Palio horserace or, south of the city, the adventure park of Saltalbero, in the spa town of Rapolano Terme, with tree walks and horseriding.

Map

A taste of Tuscany

The origins of Tuscan cuisine lie in cucina povera: peasant food that was simple, cheap to cook and followed a firm ‘waste not want not’ approach. Today, restaurants, and the more traditional trattorias and osterias, share a genuine passion for these homespun recipes and fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

A culture of hunting and foraging is reflected in many traditional dishes, with the intense flavours of wild boar, pheasant, porcini mushrooms chestnuts and black and white truffles appearing when they’re in season. Given Tuscany’s diverse terrains, local specialities vary hugely – and not just from province to province, but between towns and villages. But there are a number of kitchen staples, including beans, salt-free bread, pecorino cheese, piquant cured meats, chicken liver pâté and plenty of Tuscany’s world-famous olive oil. And this being Italy, pasta (often served with hare or rabbit meat sauce or mushrooms) and pizzas are always an option.

Being among a people who adore their food, you’ll also find many opportunities to count your gastronomic blessings. From cheese to steak, strawberries to truffles, bruschetta to honey, there’s a sagre or food festival that brings Tuscany’s foodies and visitors together in a particularly celebratory fashion.

Tuscan tipples

To stay in Tuscany and not taste its world-class reds is to miss a little of the region’s heart and soul. Sangiovese is traditionally the dominant grape variety and makes up 80% of the famous Chianti Classico blend. Look out for the supreme Brunello di Montalcino, alongside a host of excellent reds as well as the boutique range of Super-Tuscans. These emerged in the 1960s and are more expensive and experimental.

For something a little whiter and often sweeter, there’s Vin Santo, a traditional straw wine usually accompanied by cantucci (almond biscuits). And if you like coffee, you’ll find more choice than in the average high street coffee house – it’s a passion here.

Towns and villages in Tuscany

Arezzo

Gold has made Arezzo one of the wealthiest towns in Tuscany, but the history of its impressive Duomo, churches, museums, Medici fortress and ruined Roman amphitheatre enriches it still further. The rather magnificent sloping Piazza Grande, which appeared in the film Life is Beautiful, plays hosts to an antiques fair on the first weekend of the month and the highly competitive Joust of the Saracen tournament in June and September, with fully costumed medieval pageantry, is not to be missed.

Cortona

St Francis of Assisi chose hillside Cortona as the location for his first monastery in 1211. However, the city dates originally from Etruscan times and impressive tombs from that era are part of the sprawling valley view below. Presided over by the imposing Palazzo Comunale, the main square is at the heart of community life. And being near Montepulciano and Montalcino, there are great reds on offer in the many restaurants. In June, the city hosts the film and arts Tuscan Sun Festival.

Lucca

A walk along the Renaissance walls is one of the must-dos in Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini. However, the town itself is an easy day of strolling with its cobbled streets, charming squares and lovely gardens. It also has its own share of churches and museums. Explore the 11th-century cathedral and bell tower and the beautiful Palazzo Pfanner, from Portrait of a Lady, starring Nicole Kidman. And between café stops, there’s retail therapy along the Via Fillungo.

Pisa

A vibrant university town with a fine choice of cafés and bars, Pisa is more than its famous Leaning Tower. The Piazza dei Miracoli, a World Heritage Site, is also home to a cathedral, baptistery, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo full of medieval art and sculpture and the Camposanto cemetery: a combined collection of fascinating frescoes, sculptures and sarcophagi. Or join the here and now with a stroll along the Arno or around the expansive Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knights’ Square).

San Gimignano

Once there were 72 towers in this pretty hilltop town, built in the 13th century as symbols of power between wealthy local families; now only 16 remain standing. Climb the Torre Grossa, the highest, for a bird’s eye view of the town and then explore the little shops and restaurants tucked along the narrow streets below. The historic centre is a World Heritage Site, which includes the ornate Duomo, Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, and the Musei Civici.

Siena

Bankers and merchants brought Siena its wealth, embodied in its grand Piazza del Campo, the site of the Palio, the famous bareback horse race. This medieval city is also known for its sumptuous Duomo, intended to be “the greatest monument to Christianity” and it’s certainly a city that rivals Florence for its art. Sample it at the Pinacoteca Nazionale or the Santa Maria Scala. However, to really get to know Siena, simply wander, sipping, dining and shopping along the way.

Things to do

Enjoy a walk with your wine

With its lush, green countryside and countless wineries, Tuscany was made for enjoying both. Trekking hotspots include Garfagnana, Lunigiana, Casentino and the Florentine hills. To combine wine, the Brunello Trail takes you through some of the world’s most famous vineyards, ending up in Montalcino.

Discover bijou Cetona

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the pretty hilltop village is crowned by La Rocca, our fabulous 10th-century fortress turned villa, with the designer Valentino as a close neighbour. Relax in the main square, explore the tranquil churches and visit the archaeological music for a taste of pre-history.

Get in hot water

Tuscany, and the Siena province in particular, is bubbling with mineral-rich thermal baths, as nature intended or with graceful architecture and spa complexes attached. For natural hot springs to ease away stresses and strains, there’s Saturnia, an hour from Siena and Petriolo, 20 minutes away.

Visit Italy's most elaborate Duomo

If you need an excuse to visit Siena, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is it – a majestic Romanesque-Gothic creation and, artistically speaking, one of Italy’s most elaborate. Book the guided Porta del Cielo (Gate to Heaven) tour to marvel at the spectacle from above.

Spot a contemporary sculpture

Enjoy a quirky take on the classic arts’ scene at the Parco Sculture del Chianti, a hidden gem that’s great for families 16km south of Radda. Aside from the woodland beautiful park, there’s international artwork and weekly sunset jazz and opera throughout July and August.

Explore on two wheels

For cyclists Tuscany’s rolling landscape is a dream and a challenge. Follow the famous L’Eroica course, which starts in Gaiole in Chianti and takes you along unpaved, gravel tracks through Siena, Montalcino, Val d'Orcia and Crete Senesi – with exceptional food stops along the way.

Dine with the butcher of Panzano

With a shop playing retro disco, three restaurants and a sandwich bar, Dario is the world-famous butcher of Panzano in Chianti. Dine on lavish steaks and hamburgers flame-grilled in front of you and if you go on the first Sunday of the month, there’s also an artisan market nearby.

Catch the buzz in Greve's main square

As well as the Chianti Classico Wine Festival in September, Greve’s expansive Piazza Matteotti is a hub for restaurants and hosts a Saturday market and arts and crafts on Sunday. It’s flanked by delicatessens, inviting little shops and cafés for a spot of unhurried people watching.

Drive through the Crete Senesi

Unlike the lush green of Chianti, this dramatic expanse of undulating countryside consists of golden wheat fields, dotted with cypress trees and hilltop villas. South of Siena, its name means ‘Sienese clays’ after the area’s distinctive grey soil that creates the effect of a lunar landscape.

Helpful phrases

  Hello Ciao
  Good-bye Arrivederci
  Please Per favore
  Thank you Grazie
  Yes Si
  No No
  How are you? Come stai?
  I'm fine, thank you Stò bene grazie
  I don't understand Non capisco
  My name is… Mi chiamo…
  The bill, please Il conto per favore
  How much is it? Quanto costa?

Events

What’s on in May

11 May: Dating back to the middle ages, Cortona’s Giostra dell’Archidado, is a crossbow tournament. Expect to see knights and ladies, flag flyers and crossbow shooters in fine period costumes.

What’s on in June

16 Jun: Pisa is illuminated in the Luminara festivities, honouring its patron Saint Ranieri. Over 70,000 candles outline key palaces, bridges, churches and towers that overlook the river Arno.

17 Jun: Regata di San Ranieri is a boat race along Pisa’s River Arno between the four ancient town districts. Covering a distance of 1500 metres, it’s a nod to the region’s ancient maritime history.

24 Jun: Gioco del Ponte, Pisa. A military parade is followed by two teams competing in a show of strength to see who will be victorious in pushing a cart and opposing team off the sliding rail.

24 Jun: Catch the final of Calcio Storico in Florence, a combination of football, rugby and wrestling – played in period costume in the square in front of the Santa Croce church.

What’s on in July

The Lucca Summer Festival brings music to Lucca, throughout July, taking place every year in Piazza Napoleone. Previous acts have included: Simply Red, Lionel Richie, Tom Jones and Van Morrison.

Mid Jul-Mid Aug: Lucca’s Puccini Festival attracts a worldwide audience. Beautiful performances take place in Torre del Lago’s outdoor theatre.

Various weekends throughout Jul: The Medieval Festival of Monteriggioni is a fully-costumed spectacle of historical pageantry, with parades, concerts and fireworks.

End Jul: Held on the Island of the same name, the Capraia Festival showcases concerts in the newly restored Chiesa del Convento di Sant’Antonio.

What’s on in August

16 Aug: The annual Palio horse race in Siena draws crowds to the packed Piazza del Campo. Watch riders battle for a banner – costumed processions precede the race, and a street banquet follows.

27 Aug: Eight divisions take part in Montepulciano’s barrel rolling race, Bravio delle Botti. Weighing 80 kilos, they’re rolled along the main street of the town – an arm aching 1,800 metres.

What’s on in September

3 Sep: Originating in the 16th Century, Arezzo’s jousting tournament, Giostra del Saracino, is a colourful presentation of knights charging at the Saracen with lances!

3 Sep: Make your way to Siena’s Pienza Pecorino Fair to try and buy some of the best cheeses in Italy. And stay around for the Cacio al Fuso, a cheese rolling competition.

7-10 Sep: Rassegna del Chianti Classico in Greve, is an annually anticipated showcase for Chianti Classico wines. Buy a glass to taste up to eight wines from the exhibiting stands.

What’s on in October

6-15 Oct: The Sagra del Fungo e delle Castagne – Siena’s celebration of all things mushroom and chestnut with nature walks and tastings of traditional porcini mushroom and chestnut dishes.

 

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†  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
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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.

Our choice of Italian properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Criteria:

Location

Position, view, serenity, privacy

Comfort

Space, style, furnishings and interiors

Facilities*

Property enhancements

Amenities

Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

*

For further clarification on Facilities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Grading for this property:

Location

Comfort

Facilities

Amenities