Villa in Stone



Casa ideale per passare delle vacanze in relax, in mezzo al verde e in compagnia. Il silenzio avvolge la casa rotto solo dal canto degli uccelli. Il prato verde con il campetto di calcio, il tavolo da ping-pong e la piscina offrono spazi per lo sport in compagnia. 
Noi eravamo con bambini piccoli che senza pericoli hanno potuto giocare fuori. I bambini avevano a disposizione anche uno scivolo, una casetta e tanti altri giochi offerti dai proprietari. 
L’accoglienza è stata calorosa e i proprietari avevano preparato per noi dei beni di prima necessità per la cucina. 
La cucina è spaziosa e ancor più spaziosa è la sala da pranzo, ma spesso abbiamo mangiato sotto il porticato in fianco alla cucina. Al piano terra c’è una grande camera da letto con il bagno di fronte, al primo piano ci sono tre camere da letto, una con il bagno di fronte e due con il bagno in camera. I materassi erano un po’ duri, ma ci siamo abituati. La cameretta con il letto a castello al piano terra era un po’ umida e ci si poteva dormire solo con le porte aperte. Era comunque la camera preferita da mia nipotina di tre anni e mezzo che aveva fatto del letto a castello il suo regno. La casa era molto pulita ed ha a disposizione tutti i mezzi e attrezzature necessari. 
Alla sera era piacevole sedersi fuori ad ascoltare il canto di tante varietà di uccelli che nidificano nei dintorni della casa. Era bello assaporare i profumi che ti raggiungevano da ogni dove e a ventate dominava il profumo dei fiori di acacia. 
Il paese non offre tante possibilità, ma per chi vuole visitare il territorio nelle vicinanze ci sono molte occasioni. Comunque per chi vuol godere della compagnia di bambini piccoli la casa e l’ambiente che la circonda sono più che sufficienti per passare un’ottima settimana di vacanza.

Maggio 2015

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Nous avons passé un séjour formidable dans la stone villa du 1er au 15 aout 2015 . L'accueil de Franco et de sa famille ont été exceptionnels , très chaleureux et plein d'attentions raffinées . La maison est tout à fait haute de gamme , avec un mobilier , une décoration , un équipement de charme et de luxe . D'autres grandes qualités sont le système de climatisation - exceptionnel de qualité - ainsi que la grande piscine partagée avec les hôtes des 2 logements de Franco situés dans le magnifique parc jardin à l'italienne de Franco : vous pourrez nager sans masque et plonger dans un eau parfaite : la meilleure piscine pour nous depuis des années , meilleure que dans de nombreux hôtels de luxe . La propriété est située à quelques centaines de mètres du centre d'Orentano, ni trop loin , ni trop près . 2 excellents restaurants italiens s'y trouvent pour un régal en famille et avec des amis à un prix très raisonnable . La situation est parfaite pour visiter la Toscane , entre Pise et Florence . Si vous venez en avion , choisissez Florence , dont l'aéroport est très bien organisé et directement accessible au bout de l'autoroute qui conduit à Orentano . Franco a été d'une disponibilité et d'une assistance précieuse pour toute question , trouver un médecin , réserver un musée , recevoir un colis , trouver le meilleur restaurant dans une ville .. Nous en pouvons que recommander sincèrement la très belle villa et l'accueil de Franco , pour un séjour haute de gamme dans le meilleur du raffinement italien que nous aimons .

Agosto 2015

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We had such fantastic week in Franco's Stone Villa! Franco and his family were extremely friendly, attentive, warm and professional.

The house is wonderful! We had 2 families (including 4 adults and 9 kids) staying and we had lots of space and different living areas so we never felt on top of each other.

The house is completely kitted out with anything you could ever need - coffee machine, high chairs, kid's bowls/cutlery, all size pots and pans! If there was ever anything we needed Franco would help out immediately.

The grounds were perfect for our group with the beautiful pool close but not right outside our house, the kid's play house and huge football field.

Location was perfect for touring around Tuscany. We didn't really do much in the village of Orentano as it is pretty small and not hugely exciting but beautiful villages were only minutes away in the car.

Franco organised his family to babysit one night when all the adults went out for dinner. It was a lovely thing to be able to do and feel so comfortable with the babysitters!

Thank you Franco!

Agosto 2015

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This is not a typical rent-a-villa experience, Franco and his family offer more of a nice boutique hotel in the rural part of Tuscany but not far from Pisa and Florence. The little village Orentano have a couple of genuine restaurants. Franco and his family did everything to make our stay fantastic and we give our best recommendations to Franco and his stonehouse in Orentano.

Luglio 2015

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We had a great stay. The house and pool was fantastic. Franco and his family were great and helped us with tips in restaurants and much more. They also welcomed us with great wine and snacks. Thanks

Luglio 2015

Franco is a gracious host and made us feel very welcome. The villa is superb, with every convenience to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. It is situated in a very secure garden, and is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday in Tuscany

We all had a wonderful time, relaxing on the terrace, swimming in the immaculate pool and exploring the beautiful countryside and towns. Thanks to Franco's recommendation we enjoyed a visit to Monte Carlo and Lucca, very easy to reach and interesting places to explore. 
On arrival we were made to feel very welcome, with a generous lunch provided for us, along with a well stocked fridge.

Franco was on hand for any question or advice, and kindly booked us tables at the local restaurants, which we highly recommend.

Making our stay as enjoyable as possible was Franco's main concern, and nothing was too much trouble.

Thanks Franco from all of us!

Luglio 2015

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We can't say enough about this place! Franco is the most hospitable and accommodating host you'll ever find. Every attention has been given to the smallest of details to make your stay a warm and rewarding one. The house has been renovated with antique materials so that you get the charm and ambiance of an old villa with all the modern amenties of a new one. Touches such as robes and slippers for every guest, hair dryers, supplies in the laundry room and the most wonderful touch of all - fresh baked treats and other goodies on our arrival. We were completely pampered by Franco and his family. The grounds are extensive and safe, allowing our younger children to run around freely in the late afternoon & early evening after a day's sightseeing. The location was very convenient to either drive or take the train into Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Volterra, all over the Chianti region. The pool was more beautiful than the photos with plenty of water toys for the kids to enjoy - pool towels supplied too! The kitchen was very well stocked with almost every utensil, tool and appliance you could require. We ate outside at the gorgeous outdoor dining table every night. This is truly a special place and we look forward to our next visit here. We highly recommend this exquisite villa. Thank you, Franco, for such a wonderful stay!

Giugno 2015

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We had a wonderful family vacation at the Stone Villa which all of will remember for long time. The Villa had all that you want from an ancestral home. 

On a family vacation in Tuscany for one week with seven adults, one child (7 yrs) and one infant (18 months), we needed a place that was large and catered to kids. We

selected the Stone Villa in Orantano, since it is well located from places of our interest in Tuscany - Lucca, Pisa, Cinque Terra, San Gimignano, Sienna, Florence and vineyards.

As the arrival date came closer, we contacted our host Franco on email and to our surprise he offered to pick us up from the nearest station of Altopascio. This was a big relief since those with kids were arriving by train from Milan via Florence.

Altopascio is a small station; it surprised us as we didn't expect it to be so small. Orantano is about 7 km drive into almost flat farmlands. The lane leading to villa is surrounded by lots of green cover. The Villa has large ground with well-manicured lawn and lots of trees. It has good size kitchen with a dining room - one additional dining table in the side veranda was a pleasant surprise. It allowed all family members to lend helping hand while keeping kids entertained. There is also outdoor grill and indoor pizza oven but we did not get time to use them. Due to the surrounding trees, there is gentle breeze flowing through villa if you keep window open, but a fan could make life better on a hot day. Very thoughtfully, Franco had kept some start up provisions like water, milk, cheese, cookies, bread and others ready for us.

There is a long outhouse kind of place opposite the villa that hides the swimming pool. It's a decent size pool with a small diving board. In the sunny weather, it became our favourite place morning and evening. The pool water was very well controlled - none of us had problem swimming without goggles. Even the little infant loved the pool very much since there is shallow meter wide area (about 6 inch deep) at one ends that allowed her to play along with the rest. After a tiring ride to nearby locations, it was most refreshing to take a dip in the water that was cool but not cold. The pool also has all kinds of floats for kids. 
There is also a TT table. Football as well. During our stay there was cooking class in the outhouse which some of us joined in.

Franco’s friendly, cheerful and helping nature made our stay very pleasant. He brought out more outdoor toys once he saw children’s age group. At the end of our stay he dropped us to the station. If you like a quiet surrounding, this is a charming place.

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Franco Barghini was the friendliest and most hospitable hosts I have ever had. 
His villa is really on a 5 star level. When we arrived the fridge was already filled with the essentials so we didn´t have to make any frantic purchases on the first day. He has also made a really rich breakfast buffet is available. All inclusive in the price! The area is really very extensive and therefore also very quiet. The pool offers everything you could wish for. 
All the rooms are even more beautiful as on the pictures. Every detail of the interior was consistent. 
Franco has also responded to all questions and requests patiently and gave us very good recommendations for excursions and restaurants. 
Thank you for the great time!

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My family enjoyed our stay at the Charming Stone Villa very much. Franco and his family were wonderful hosts, welcoming us the first evening with delicious, handcrafted pizzas from Franco's own pizza oven. It set the tone for a great visit. The villa is beautifully appointed with every amenity you could want. It's a nice location that is quiet and off the beaten path, but gives you access to so many things in Tuscany. Bravo, Franco!

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We are 2 families with 5 kids from ages 4 to 14, a total of 9 people. We spent one week in Orentano and Franco’s beautiful house and huge garden. The place was even better than we thought and appears in the pictures. The house is very spacious and equipped with everything we needed, and more. We could not believe the amount of food and drink that Franco had provided us with when we arrived, which saved us a trip to the supermarket that first day of our arrival and more. Not only were we thankful for the food and drink but all the other essentials you need when staying somewhere. All the little touch's we found around the house really made our stay better than a 5 star hotel. 
The garden and the swimming pool were excellent and everyone loved The table tennis table, the football goals and balls, plus games Franco had left for us all to enjoy. 
The 3 bedrooms were tastefully decorated and had air conditioning. Downstairs was another bedroom which our teenage sons stayed in. 
The villa is in a great location to travel around as well to Pisa, Florence etc. 
Franco and his family were helpful and generous with anything you can think of. We were all really sad to leave and felt one week was not long enough. We would highly recommend Franco's villa. We would all love to come back again. 
Thank you Franco and family for your generosity and hospitality, we had a fantastic time. 
Anita, John and family/Pippa, Toby and family

July 2014

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We were a group of nine people spending one week in Orentano and Franco’s beautiful house and huge garden. The place is absolutely wonderful, even better than it appears in the pictures. The house is very spacious and equipped with everything you need, and more (!). We were also very thankful for the fruit, drinks and food already in place for us when we arrived. This was such a nice gesture. 
The huge garden as well as the swimming pool is well looked after. A part of the swimming pool has a perfect depth for small toddlers. There are high-quality sunbeds for everyone next to the swimming pool. 
Inside there are three double bedrooms with private bathroom (one of them across the hall from the bedroom), and also two additional beds at the top floor plus a sleeping coach in one of the rooms at the ground floor. Franco had also prepared two baby cots for the two little ones travelling with us. 
Franco is the most helpful host, carefully answering every question before arrival, and also helping out with recommendations and restaurant reservation. He even brought over some freshly prepared Biscotti made by his wife. The two little ones simply loved the outdoor toys Franco had set up for them. 
We very much enjoyed our stay, and would highly recommend it! We hope to come back one day 
/Rita and Mona with family

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My family and me spent a marvelous week in Franco's hause. The place is awsome, the house is huge, clean and beautiful, and really well equiped. It's like a tipical old tuscany's house but brand new, confortable 100%, with heating and everithing you may need, like a big barbacue outside and even an authentic forno di pietra for cooking your oun homemade pizzas. All the rooms are perfect and big, with tones of light, and the beds are wide and confortable. The bathrooms are also great and the livingroom huge, with a fireplace and 4 big sofas. The kitchen is incredibly big, and has a huge dinning room next to it, perfect to share an Italian meal for 10 people. The house is sourrunded by huge terraces were you can relax and enjoy the huge green garden. In fact, the house is much better than appears to be in the pictures. 
Franco is the best housekeeper I ever had, he's allways looking after your needs and will do all it's in his hands to satisfy your demands: he borrowed us umbrellas for everyone when raining, present us tipical products when we arrived (such as a pair of bottles of wine, olive oil, balsamico, and even fresh fruit. Franco will also help you with his own recommendations for the places to visit or the restaurants to eat at. 
From the house you can easily jump to Pisa (30km), Florence (50km) and other beautiful places such as Lucca, Volterra, SanGimigiano, San Miniato, etc... 
In a word, our stay was simply PERFECT, so we are just looking forward to go to Franco's house again! 
Just the right choice!!

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Nous avons eu le plaisir de passer une semaine dans cette splendide maison traditionnelle. Le confort, la qualité des prestations, le calme, l'accueil extraordinaire, tout ce dont nous avions besoin pour nous détendre sous le soleil de Toscane. 
Entre les longueurs dans la grande piscine, le parc qui entoure le domaine, les parties de ping-pong et de foot, les deux salons extérieurs, il y a de quoi faire ! 
Je vous recommande chaudement ce lieu magnifique

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I stayed at this amazing property in May 2015 for a big family trip to Italy. The property and villa were drop dead gorgeous. It was the most picturesque setting and even better than the pictures we had seen online. The villa itself was spacious, comfortable, and contained every small amenity we could need, and more. Each bedroom had robes, slippers, and toiletries. The kitchen had all basic cooking needs and they even started our stay out with a variety of breakfast items, coffee, tea, fruit, and beverages in the fridge. On the property, they have a pool, ping-pong table, small play structure for the kids, an olive grove and beautiful landscaping.

The location was perfect for everything we planned to do on the trip. It was very close to Lucca, only an hour drive from Florence, and convenient to many other beautiful towns. My father, sister and I were even able to drive up the coast towards La Spezia and take the train to Cinque Terre in just over an hour! Orentano itself is not the ideal image of a Tuscan town, but it had its small charms and the people were great. Orentano also has one of the best restaurants we ate at during our whole trip, Trattoria da Benito. So, what the town lacked in traditional charm, it made up for in location, people and food. 

Franco was an incredible host, who went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. He came over twice with fresh baked goods for our family during our stay. On our first night, we had traveled for most of the day and didn't feel like cooking. So, Franco provided us with a homemade pizza dinner that he and his wife personally prepared. It was a delicious and decadent spread of appetizers, pizzas from his crafted pizza oven, dessert, and wine. We were blown away! 

On a side note, when my grandma suffered from an eye infection during our visit, Franco drove her to the doctor and acted as her translator to make sure she got what she needed. Additionally, he drove out of his way to Lucca to pick up her prescription at the pharmacy. I have never met a host that would have gone through similar lengths to help those staying at their property.

I HIGHLY recommend this vacation rental to anyone looking to travel near Northern Tuscany, or that are just looking for a great spot to relax.

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