About this listing
Casa Quintino is a lovingly restored farmhouse which combines rustic charm with modern amenities. A truly unique spot, perfect for groups of friends, romantic weekends & family gatherings.
It is situated one hour equidistant between Florence, Sienna, Pisa, and 25 minutes from Volterra & San Gimignano.
You will need your own car as there is no public transport nearby.
Expect spectacular views over unspoiled Tuscan hills.
Casa Quintino is a lovingly restored farmhouse and family home, with an eclectic taste which merges ethnic African artifacts with rustic decor. We have a library of English books, original paintings and piano, and it is an ideal spot for creative people who like to get away from it all to read, write or paint or play music.
Each large room (4x4 meters) is furnished with Tuscan beds with new anti allergic 'memory foam' mattresses. We have central heating for winter stays and in summer the rooms are cooled with ceiling fans. Mosquito netting on all windows make for a sound sleep in the velvet silence of a Tuscan night, far from any man-made sounds. If you are lucky, in June you may even hear a nightingale sing. Views from all rooms are magnificent over the rolling hills to Volterra. At the same time we are surrounded by forests so deer and wild boar can be seen from your window and porcupines, pine martins visit at night. One week in June the valley lights up with fireflies, and in summer we are visited by Africa Hoopoes. It is pure magic. We have a small splash pool to cool off in the garden, mainly for kids to enjoy. Chill out with a good book and bottle of local wine under the gazebo in a magic circle of cypresses. There is a barbecue that is perfect for evening meals while watching the moon rise. The long patio is ideal for large celebrations all fresco, whilst inside the large 'railway sleeper ' teak table seats eight people. The kitchen is generously equipped for catering if you have a large celebration. If you are looking for a wedding venue, Casa Quintino is a magical place to get married and we can help you with wedding planning and catering!
Casa Quintino accommodates 6 people comfortably with one extra fold out bed. Make yourself at home and enjoy time on the patio taking in the long peaceful views, wander around the lovely grounds and garden with kids splash pool and natural pond, and enjoy the wealth of wild flowers in spring.
During summer, Casa Quintino is rented to only one group at a time, so you have the whole property with no shared space or garden with other guests. This makes for memorable private holiday shared only with friends and family.
B+B Option: The owners are sometimes in residence from Mid July to October 2017 in a a separate apartment discreet apartment with its own access. Casa Quintino is then rented as an 'affitte camera' (i.e. per room) and during this period we can welcome same day bookings from cyclists, hikers, pilgrims or impromptu travelers and can provide basic meals.
Interaction with guests
1st July - 15th August. After a welcome by the Italian manageress Cristina or her English husband, Ben, you will have the whole property to your own party. They will only be around in case of emergency. They can give advise on local shopping and attractions, and may stock up the fridge in advance if arranged.
As the family will be in residence in self contained apartment between mid August and mid October, we do not offer the whole property for rental.
Instead you can book instantly same day for our large ground floor apartment with one large bedroom with separate entrance at Euro 90 per night or at a rate of Euro 75 per room for two extra double rooms.
Other things to note
Between us we speak English, French and Italian.
Quintino is at the end of a graveled farm road but most hire cars and their drivers manage it without problem. It is graded each year but can get slippery in the winter months in the snow.
There are no street lights along this farm road but the house itself and surrounds are well lit .
We are 20 minutes from nearest shops in Gambassi Terme for provisions so all food should be purchased before arrival. Stock up and then relax.
Casa Quintino is not ideal for toddlers, elderly, infirm or disabled, as there are uneven surfaces, banks and stairs. Children must be supervised at all times.
The house is perfect for true nature lovers who enjoy rural living. If you are expecting an insect free sterile environment then Quintino is not for you.
Please make sure you leave everything as you would wish to find it.
Cleaning is generally done only once before you arrive, however you can arrange additional cleaning with Cristina as required.
We do allow well-behaved small dogs on the ground floor, if they are well behaved and have flea guards. If they break things please tell us.
Smokers are most welcome to use the patio outside. No smoking inside please.
We are miles away from neighbours so noise is not an issue.
All breakages must be reported and shall reimbursed from your security deposit. If any larger damage occurs we will have to send you an additional bill.
Passports must be photocopied on arrival.
This host has a Strict Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 30 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 30 days of the trip and get a 50% refund of the nightly rate, as well as a full refund of fees.
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Anthony and Juliet Waterkeyn are the owners of Casa Quintino, which they brought as a ruin in 1989. They both grew up in Southern Africa and have spent most of their lives living in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. At the moment they travel a lot but are based mainly in Cape Town, South Africa where they run a charity. They have three married children, two of which have married Italians, and have three half Italian grandchildren.
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