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- Stylish and comfortable barn conversion
- Extensive garden with small lake
- Cooking classes available
- Simpson family extras available
- Shops/restaurant 5-minute drive
In the beautiful Elsa Valley, this light-filled, three-bedroom barn conversion is a beautiful, whiter-than-white combination of function and form, complemented by the lush green of a sprawling lawned garden. Meticulously designed and styled by Rita, the owner who bought the property a number of years ago and set about transforming it with a passion – of all our properties none are so aptly named. She now runs this elegant abode with the help of her three daughters, a psychiatrist, lawyer and teacher, and the only man on the premises is the much loved family labrador, Baloo!
Villa Passione is both romantic and practical, featuring the creative, thoughtful touches that make a stay here such a pleasure: comfortable beds, a bath and shower big enough for two and a kitchen with the gadgets you really want on a lazy summer morning, from juicer to espresso machine. Drift outside through the French doors and there’s a table and chairs for breakfast al fresco.
This is a wonderful home for three couples to share or a family, as there’s plenty of room for everyone to find their own space. In addition to a saltwater swimming pool, a pretty white-painted pergola creates a shady spot with sofas on the large terrace. There’s also a small lake – just ask Rita to give you access. Her home is close by, but tucked away behind thick foliage so you keep your privacy. If you ask, she’ll be delighted to guide you towards the area’s best attractions or share a few of her culinary secrets in a cookery course, paid for locally.
The local area
Villa Passione is 31km from the medieval walled town of San Gimignano, but closer to home is little Corazzano a few kilometres away for stocking up or eating out. Pretty Castelfiorentino, just 9km away, hosts the annual In/Canti & Banchi Festival in the fourth week of May, when streets bustle with performers’ exhibitions and antique markets. Or visit the spa town of Gambassi Terme, 18km away, where you can bathe in the therapeutic waters and admire the local glassware.
- 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)
- Open-plan sitting/dining/kitchen area
- Kitchen includes induction hob, electric oven, espresso machine, filter coffee machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
- Master bedroom with en-suite bath; French doors leads to garden and seating area
- Double bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower
- Twin bedroom (beds can be configured into a double if required) with en-suite shower
- Complimentary WiFi
- Air-conditioning in all bedrooms
- Flat screen TVs in living room and all bedrooms
- Satellite TV
- DVD player (available on request)
- Hairdryer in all bedrooms
- Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
- Outdoor dining area
- Private saltwater swimming pool 17m x 6m (depth 1m – 1.4m)
- Fenced swimming pool
- Occasional traffic noise might be heard from a secondary road that runs not far from the villa
- The small lake in the garden is padlocked and fenced off
- Cooking classes and cook service available
- 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
Simpson family extras
- Complimentary cot and highchair available
- Car seats and booster seats can be provided at a supplement, subject to availability
- To pre-book any of our family extras please call 020 8392 5747
- 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.
- Check in time – 4-8pm
- Check out time – 10am
- Corazzano (shops/restaurants) 30min walk or 5min drive
- Nearest train station Castelfiorentino 15min drive
- Gambassi Terme 25min drive
- San Gimignano 45min drive
- Pisa airport 1hr drive
- Siena 1hr 10min drive
- Florence 1hr 20min drive
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.
|Departure airport||Airline||Flight days||Seasonality|
|London Heathrow||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|London Gatwick||easyJet||Saturday||All season|
|London Stansted||Ryanair||Saturday||All season|
|Luton Airport||easyJet||Saturday||All season|
|East Midlands||Jet2||Saturday||June - September|
|Departure airport||Airline||Flight days||Seasonality|
|London Gatwick||Vueling||Saturday||All season|
|London City||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|London Stansted||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|Luton Airport||Vueling||Saturday||All season|
|Manchester||British Airways||Saturday||June - September|
|Edinburgh||British Airways||Saturday||June - October|
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 500 or similar*
- 3 guests – 1 group C, VW Polo or similar*
- 4 guests – 1 group D, Peugeot 308 or similar*
- 5 guests – 1 group F, Fiat Tipo SW or similar*
- 6 guests – 2 group C, VW Polo or similar*
* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.
Group B – 1.2 litre engine, 2 medium suitcases*
Group C – 1.6 litre engine, 2 medium and 1 large suitcases*
Group D – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group F – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large and 2 small suitcases*
The following cars are available as alternatives. Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group H – Alfa Romeo Giulietta AUT or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group G – BMW Gran Tourer Station Wagon or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large and 2 small 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.
First time we have used Simpson Travel for a villa holiday and not disappointed in any area. From the booking process and support from the pre-departure team to Amanda in Tuscany – the company could not be faulted. Would certainly recommend this experience.
Mr P – October 2018
Villa Passione is a very special place and loved and cared for so well by Rita who is just lovely – she made us dinner on our first night, complete with the lovely local wine. The accommodation is immaculate and the kitchen definitely 5-star, including the perfect welcome pack. We had some great days out including the train to Florence and some good restaurant recommendations in the guest book and from Rita.
The White Family – August 2018
Rita could not have been more welcoming and we really appreciated her kindness to us all, especially the children…and her food was wonderful. We thought Villa Passione, the house, gardens and pool were beautiful. Everything was spotlessly clean – Diana does a brilliant job. We enjoyed a trip to Florence for a short visit (very easy access by train with small children). We had a very special fortnight.
Max, Sally, Richard & Holly – August 2018
We loved the tortoises, they were a big surprise. Villa Passione was very good and the pool was fantastic.
Max (aged 6) & Ben (aged 3) – August 2018
Villa Passione is an absolute gem of a villa with some of the best facilities and pool we have ever experienced on holiday. Its location for all the main sights and cities of Tuscany was perfect.
The Carraretto Family – July 2018
We had a lovely week at beautiful Villa Passione. Rita was very warm and welcoming and her lasagne and lemon cake were both delicious. She was a wonderful host and made our holiday very special. We had a wonderful week enjoying time by the pool and barbeques on the pretty patio area. We loved the area and enjoyed trips to Florence, Lucca, and the beach at Viareggio.
Les & Judy Walsh – June 2018
Rita was very warm and welcoming at Villa Passione and the lasagne and lemon cake she made us were delicious! We had a wonderful week and enjoyed our time by the pool and the barbecues on the pretty patio area. We loved the area and enjoyed trips to Florence, Lucca, the beach at Viareggio and Castelfiorentino. We hope to return in the near future. Rita was a wonderful host and made our holiday very special.
Families Walsh & Watson – June 2018
Rita, the owner, gave us a warm and very friendly welcome to Villa Passione for our first holiday in Tuscany. We very much appreciated the lengths she went to, to make the villa feel like home. We absolutely loved the pesto lasagne and fruit pie she prepared on our arrival. The position of the villa is excellent for visiting all the major historical sites. It’s also an amazing place to sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet, to unwind and truly relax in such beautiful surroundings. We will heartily recommend this wonderful villa to our family and friends.
Nigel & Sharon – May 2018
Rita was a wonderful hostess at Villa Passione – she met us on arrival to show us around and there was a wonderful welcome pack which included everything for a week's holiday. She had even prepared an evening meal for us accompanied by a bottle of local wine. Everything exceeded our expectations, it was faultless and when preparing our next holiday we will certainly consider using Simpson Travel again.
Mr Cottle – May 2018
Dear Rita – Thank you for your warm and very friendly welcome to the villa and our first holiday in Tuscany. We very much appreciated the lengths you went to make the villa feel like home. We absolutely loved the amazing pesto lasagne and fruit pie you prepared on our arrival. I hope to recreate the lasagne at home! The villa is an excellent location for visiting all the major historic sites; it is also an amazing place to sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet, to unwind and truly relax in such beautiful surroundings. Once again, we both thank you and wish you a busy holiday season. We will heartily recommend this wonderful villa to our family and friends.
Mr B – May 2018
Thank you so much for letting us stay in your fabulous villa. It's been a perfect introduction to Tuscany and we look forward to returning again some day. Although we chose to visit out of season, we were pleasantly surprised with the warm sunny days, which we spent exploring the local area. During our stay we visited Florence, Siena, Certaldo and San Gimignano (twice!). We loved San Gimignano and its cobbled streets and beautiful cafés and shops. A special thank you to Rita for your warm hospitality and helping us make the most of our stay.
Penny, Darren & Ben – October 2017
Thank you so much for a wonderfully relaxing week at Villa Passione. You have looked after us to perfection. The food was delicious (next time we'll have cooking lessons please? ). The weather has been perfect and, as well as visiting lots of lovely cities, we made the most of the tranquillity of your beautifully appointed villa. Our batteries are now fully recharged and we are all looking forward to our return.
James, Sara, Richard and Gillian – September 2017
We have really enjoyed our week in your beautiful villa, it's a real home from home. The pool is fantastic and a lovely place to spend afternoons after trips out. Thank you for your hospitality and the tasty crostini, lasagne and Chianti. This is one of the nicest villas we have stayed in and the location and peaceful surrounding are lovely. Hope to be back one day...
Carolyn, Simon, Ben & Sam – August 2017
Dear Rita, the two weeks we have spent at Villa Passione have flown by! As well as visiting Florence twice, we took your advice and went to Certaldo, Monteriggioni, Spiaggie Bianche and Siena. All were well worth seeing. Climbing the Duomo in Florence is a must but must be booked (this can be done online and you can use a handheld device as a ticket). We also drove down to the Chianti region to tour the villages and taste and buy some wine, but stopped after visiting Panzano and Greve as the distance proved too much for the children in tow. The wines we bought there were lovely but it was also possible to taste and buy good wine in Monteriggioni and San Gimignano. We all loved the beautiful countryside surrounding the villa particularly the fields of sunflowers! We ate out a lot whilst on our trips and had some great meals. We enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Tuscans. We ate at Casa Masi as it got such good reviews from Villa Passione guests before but although it is a lovely looking place to go we didn’t have a good experience there and preferred the restaurant in Corazzano. We would recommend the Erasmus pizzeria in Montaione – it looks rather ordinary but the pizzas are great and the staff were very friendly and delighted to discover that one of our children could speak pretty fluent Spanish. They are about the only place open on a Monday night. We all enjoyed the lovely space and grounds around the villa as well as the lovely pool. The villa was extremely comfortable and it was a lovely experience staying here. Thank you for all the lovely food you prepared for us. Crostini on the night we arrived and then pesto lasagne and lasagne ragù on the evenings we returned to the villa from our Florence outings! It was extremely kind of you to save us from the effort of having to cook on those nights and the dishes were delicious. I will be definitely making my lasagne fresh when we get home from now on!
Mrs Mason – July 2017
We spent a wonderful week in your beautiful villa, loved relaxing by the pool or going on outings to Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano and Pisa. Millie grazie, especially for your tasty crostini and your excellent lasagne – I will try out the recipe at home... We hope to come back to beautiful Tuscany and its fields of sunflowers again soon!
Bruce, Kerstai, Alex & Elisa – July 2017
Thank you for such a lovely relaxing time at Villa Passione. We have so enjoyed the beautiful weather in stunning surroundings – and all too quickly the week has gone! We have found your home a perfect base for day trips out – and thoroughly recommend that future guests do the same. On our list were San Gimignano (delightful), Siena and Firenze – both not to be missed! Villa Passione is beautiful, equipped like a home from home, and it’s been a joy to stay here, loved the beautiful pool. Special thanks for such a warm welcome with crostini and also for our treat of pesto lasagne – mwah! I’m sure we’ll be back…
Mrs Janet Allan – July 2017
Villa Passione is beautiful and peaceful with a huge garden and lots of sitting areas. The house itself is beautifully decorated and immaculate throughout. We were particularly in awe of the huge fridge which churns out its own ice cubes so that we could have permanent cold drinks – and believe me, we were never able to use them all up as they were produced faster than we could use them. The rest of the house has been decorated to a high standard right down to magnifying mirrors in the bathrooms and lots of nice touches around the house. The showers are rain showers with a separate hand/held shower which is great. Rita is a wonderful host who greeted us on arrival with her homemade lasagne and a few days later brought us over an apple cake. We had a lovely holiday with a lovely hostess.
Sheena C – June 2015
Six of us had a lovely stay in this stunning villa. Plenty of space for all of us, and a wonderful pool. We were very lucky with the weather and only had one overnight shower all week. There were touches like covers for the chairs so we could relax a little with the children, mosquito blinds, etc. The garden and surroundings were amazing, classically Tuscan, and the owner Rita very friendly and helpful. The villa was naturally airy in all areas if you opened the windows and doors. The pool is set a little away from the villa but we found this fine. Seating areas and facilities very well thought out and a fun, wonderful holiday.
Wendy – August 2014
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