La Casa dei Mandorli

Tuscany, Italy

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  • Charming bijou Chianti villa
  • 'Room with a view'
  • A romantic interlude
  • Beautiful sunset terrace

The wonderful views, taking in the towers of Siena in the distance, from this delightful villa are Chianti through and through – a patchwork of neatly cultivated vineyards and olive groves draped over gently rolling hills. And being south facing, you’ll be bathed in Tuscan sunshine from dawn ‘til dusk.

In La Casa dei Mandorli, you have the perfect romantic interlude in this bijou villa for two that you can’t help but fall a little bit in love with. The spacious living/dining area with its bold modern art and contemporary lighting makes the biggest impact, and the interiors of soft cream, pale tiled floors and natural wood, with delicate feminine touches in the lace trim of the fabrics and pretty knick-knacks show the tremendous care and attention to detail the owners, Luca and Martina, spent creating this special place.

The villa is cleverly designed so only the back wall adjoins the owner's home allowing maximum privacy and as you sit on the stone terrace, listening to the gentle flow of water over the edge of the infinity pool, there’s nothing between you and that view. However, if you want advice on places to see, Luca and Martina are happy to offer you suggestions, as well as cook you a delicious dinner if you ask (payable locally).

The local area

For dining out or stocking up, there’s the tiny hamlet of Lecchi, 2km away, with a grocery store and wine bar/restaurant. Nearer still is Ama, which has a restaurant with wine cellars and wine tasting, although the region is full of opportunities for sipping Chianti Classico.

In typical Tuscan style, there’s also a beautiful medieval town not far away. About a 20-minute drive from Lecchi, Radda in Chianti dates from the 9th century. In July the Radda 1527 festival takes place there, with food stalls and historic re-enactments. It’s just one of the lively celebrations held over the summer, blessed as you are with a location tucked snugly between the Golden Triangle of San Gimignano, Siena and Florence, the latter just over an hour’s drive away.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 1 bedroom villa (sleeps 2)

Ground floor

  • Entrance to large open-plan sitting/dining room with fireplace, DVD player (as of 2018)
  • 4 steps up to kitchen
  • Kitchen includes induction hob, electric oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Double bedroom
  • Shower room

General

  • Air-conditioning
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Steps up to furnished terrace with gazebo for outdoor dining
  • South-west facing garden
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine
  • Infinity swimming pool 10m x 5m (depth 1.30m throughout)
  • In Italy, a daily tourist tax applies for the first week of your stay only, 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.
  • Due to the cooler temperatures, the swimming pool will be closed from 30 September until the end of the season

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.

Access times

  • Check in time – 4-8pm
  • Check out time – 10am

Location

  • Restaurant in Ama 10min walk or 5min drive
  • Lecchi (restaurant/bar/bakery) 25min walk or 5min drive 
  • Radda in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti (shops, restaurants, supermarkets) 10min drive
  • Pisa airport 1hr 45min drive

Flights

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

Car hire

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you.

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are available:

  • 2 guests – 1 group B, Fiat Panda or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.2 litre engine, 2 small suitcases*

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group C – Lancia Ypsilon or similar, 1.2 litre engine, 2 medium suitcases*

Group D – Volkswagen Golf or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

Group F – Volkswagen Golf AUT or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Customer feedback

Treat yourselves! La Casa dei Mandorli has the most wonderful location with superb facilities, peerless hosts in Martina and Luca and a view that is intoxicating. We loved it!
Ken & Bernie – September 2018

Having travelled with Simpson Travel for the past five years, we were confident that our villa and location would be lovely. However, La Casa dei Mandorli exceeded all our expectations and we had the most relaxing and wonderful holiday that we have ever experienced. The villa and grounds are immaculate and, since it is nestled into the hills, surrounding vineyards and olive groves near the hamlet of Ama, we immediately felt part of rural Tuscan life. The view from the terrace is breathtaking and it was hard to tear ourselves away from it and the pool. A short drive away are the atmospheric and unspoilt villages and towns of Lecchi, Radda and Gaiole, where we enjoyed delicious meals in traditional restaurants and cafés. The most memorable meal was at the Castello di Ama restaurant, a short walk from the villa. We will also never forget the amazing cookery course in the restaurant in Lecchi – a fantastic experience! Numerous beautiful towns and the stunning city of Sienna are so easy to get to from the villa. A huge thank you to Luca and Martina who are the most welcoming hosts. Their hospitality was so generous. Cooking with Luca's vegetables from the garden was a delight. Thank you again to Simpson Travel for giving us yet another very special holiday.
Judith & Ian Wheeler August 2018

Our villa hosts at La Casa dei Mandorli were very welcoming, knowledgeable of the location, helpful, always wanting to make sure you have a relaxing time. They are very kind and attentive. Both the hosts and their villa are a credit to Simpson Travel.
Michelle & Stewart – August 2018

We have totally fallen in love with Italy. The welcome we received at La Casa dei Mandorli was sublime. From booking the holiday to the departure, we felt in safe hands and knew we could expect a high standard with Simpson Travel.
Gary Hunter & Nichola Hicks – July 2018

We went to Casa dei Mandorli for some well-needed chilled out time and our week was perfect in every way! Perfect villa, perfect hosts (thank you Luca, Martina and family), perfect scenery and for us, perfect weather. This place was definitely ‘a home from home’ but with the addition of a pool and incredible views. We would definitely visit again if the chance ever arises and will think of our stay with fond memories.
Angie & Simon – June 2018

We’ve experienced many beautiful views during our years of holidaying in Italy, but this was by far the best. Wherever you sat, inside or out, it was like looking at a perfect painting.
Mr & Mrs Morrow – June 2018

We had a fantastic week in Casa dei Mandorli. Luca and Martina are wonderful hosts and couldn’t have been friendlier. We visited all the usual Tuscan favourites and a few not so common ones, such as Castiglione della Pescaia on the coast which is well worth a visit. Finally Lucca and Martina – thank you for your kindness and we hope to see you soon!
George & Gayle - May 2018

Casa dei Mandorli is lovely, with a view to die for! Luca and Martina were charming and really do go the extra mile for their guests. Sienna is inspiring, but not for the faint hearted. Go early for the Duomo and museum, but do take a walk in the gardens at the back of the University Music School. We liked the little places: San Gusmè which is perfect, quiet, unspoilt. Volpaia, Lecchi and Arezzo, which to our eyes, is more beautiful than Sienna.
Sheila & Brian – May 2018

Had the most amazing honeymoon, cannot thank Luca and Martina enough for their warmth and hospitality. They made us feel very at home from the moment we walked through the door. The villa was a lovely place to relax and enjoy the magnificent views, but also a good base to explore the surrounding area. Thank you again for a lovely holiday and look forward to coming back again in the future.
Kirsty & Andy – October 2017

All good things come to an end and having stayed in Casa dei Mandorli for two very happy weeks we will be sad to say goodbye. Martina and Luca were kind, considerate and generous and we enjoyed so much the delicious fruits and tomatoes they bestowed on us. The villa was just perfect in every way and a very good base to visit all the places we long wished to see. Tuscany more than lived up to our expectations and we are so glad we chose the Chianti area for this idyllic holiday. A big thank you Martina and Luca!
Emer and Paul – September/October 2017

Peter and I have had a lovely relaxing week here at Casa dei Mandorli. You have made us so welcome and we thoroughly enjoyed the wine, tomatoes and peaches – so delicious! We have visited lots of places – Siena, San Gimignano, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Radda and Castellina – all beautiful. Also enjoyed walks from your maps. Hope you have us back again.
Lesley & Peter September 2017

 

 

 

 

We have had the most wonderful stay at Casa dei Mandorli. The villa and the grounds are impeccably kept and the view from the terrace is just perfect. Luca and Martina were fantastic hosts. We would love to come back here again.
David & Clare – August 2017

What a wonderful stay at Casa dei Mandorli. A stunning villa and beautiful views. Memories that will last a lifetime. We took a bus from Radda to Siena on Palio di Siena day and enjoyed taking in the historic sights. A special thanks to Luca and Martina who made us feel most welcome. This is our second stay in Tuscany and we will definitely return. Grazie a te entrambie tanto.
Elaine & John August 2017

What a beautiful setting. The views are simply stunning. We wanted to 'get away' from it all – this villa certainly allowed us to do that. Thank you for your hospitality you were attentive but gave us the space we needed. Simply magical.
Bryony & Mathew – July 2017

Luca and Martina – Grazie Mille! Tutti perfetto. Vacanza memorabile. Wow! The villa is beautiful and everything is so relaxing. Kind and wonderful hosts. The local area is stunning. Visited Radda one afternoon, worth a visit, definitely. If you've not visited Siena, go – busy but always beautiful. It is very difficult to tear yourself away from the villa and pool here, but enjoy exploring if you do. Loved dinner here on the terrace in the evening. Make sure you cook with Luca's vegetables and herbs from the garden here – molto bene. We will definitely return here. To others, have a lovely holiday and enjoy your stay here.
Michelle & Stewart – July 2017

Luca and Martina, the owners of our beautiful villa went beyond our expectations, both with the accommodation, their friendliness, kindness and hospitality. We truly felt at home in their very romantic home. The views were stunning and the villages truly delightful. We hope to return.
Mr Davies – July 2017

Looks great on the website and the reality was even better. Quiet location with truly beautiful views, and everything about the property felt spacious and well cared for. The owners went the second mile to make us feel at home. The local grocery shop and restaurants were excellent. We certainly hope to return.
Mrs Morris – July 2017

This lovely villa epitomises Tuscany: fabulous views of the rolling countryside from the beautifully landscaped terrace and pool, peace broken only by cuckoos and crickets, and in the evening the distant lights of Siena. Cool interiors and a very comfortable bed after the heat of the day. And perfect for visiting Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and other lovely towns and villages.
Mrs Tilstone – June 2017

What a wonderful stay in this delightful villa – such scenery – and the hosts Luca and Martina are lovely and yes the veggies are perfect – we just chilled for the whole week relaxing in the quiet!! Thank you once again. Goodbye Tuscany!
Sally and Ray – June 2017

We have enjoyed staying in this lovely villa – fantastic view, dawn to dusk, hot sunshine, and beautiful pool and landscaping. Nice to have such a cool interior after the heat of the day. We haven't ventured far from this paradise (why move?) but liked the sculpture park. The views at Panzano were amazing. And lovely little wine bar there overlooking the view; nice brown bread crostini. As others have said – Martina and Luca have been wonderful hosts and have made our week quite special – thanks so much!
Jeanette and Gordon – June 2017

We came to Tuscany as part of a holiday to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We arrived at Casa dei Mandorli after a frantic few days in Venice and quickly settled into the gentle pace and beauty of Chianti. We could not have been happier with our choice. The house is beautiful – and such a view! – and Luca and Martina are fantastic hosts. We have enjoyed the café and the restaurant in Lecci. We have had a wonderful day trips. All in all a marvellous experience – thank you!
Richard and Corrie – June 2017

We have had the most magical honeymoon here at Casa dei Mandorli. Luca and Martina's hospitality was second to none – make sure you ask if you can sample the tasty vegetables from the garden. Although we did not venture very far – we did sample a lot of beautiful Italian food. We really have had the most relaxing, fabulous honeymoon anyone would wish for and hope you also leave with that view on your mind for years to come.
Sarah and Jason – June 2017

We wanted to leave a note to say thank you for a truly wonderful holiday – it is clear to us now that one week is not enough! There is so much to see and experience here and we have only scratched the surface! We definitely hope to be back, because there is so much more that we would love to see/taste/enjoy! Very many thanks in particular to Luca and Martina, who have been exceptionally welcoming hosts, and who could not have done more to make us feel at home!
Chris & Marie-Claire – May 2017

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Tuscany gives you 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. 

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