Villa in Stone



Charming Villa in Stone in the heart of Tuscany.

The location, easily accessible, is perfect for visiting the main attractions in Tuscany. You can visit the cities of art, the old villages, rich in history, admire the beautiful landscapes and many other points of interest in this amazing region. You can also relax by the pool, enjoy the nature and see the birds in the park, and feel like you are at home.

In less than one hour you can go to Pisa and its airport (at 30 Km), to Lucca (at 20 Km), Florence and its airport (at 50 Km by motorway), to Montecatini Terme (at 20 Km), to Volterra (at 40 Km), to Siena and San Gimignano (at 100 Km by motorway), to the sea (the beautiful beaches of Versilia at 50 km by motorway), to the white marble mountains and the beautiful caves, to the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, to the medieval villages, including Collodi with the tale of Pinocchio, to the ancient and magnificent villas of Lucca with their amazing gardens, to the roads of wine and olive oil, and to many other interesting places.
We are in the countryside, close (300 mt.) to the village of Orentano, with two very good restaurants at walking distance where you can taste the traditional cuisine rich of aromas and flavors. There are some cafe’s, grocery stores, a bakery and other shops, just 5 km from the motorway A11 of Altopascio. The coordinates are 43°46'38.70''N 10°39'57.67''E

The property is in a big park, completely fenced and covered by free WiFi, with a large and heated swimming pool, private parking, a soccer field, green volley, fitness equipment, a ping pong table, a baby foot, other toys for children and many large, old trees.

On demand you can have bicycles and enjoy a tasty dinner eating Italian homemade pizza cooked in a brick oven in a tavern next to the pool.
Besides the stone villa there is another ancient villa, where I live with my family (me, my wife, our 27-year-old son and our 19-year-old daughter) and there is an independent apartment, and another small independent apartment near to the pool. All the houses have their own privacy and you can't even tell there are other people.

The pool is 15 mt x 6 mt with a deep from 1.2 mt to 2.60 mt in the deep area, plus a small area in wood of 1.30 meters x 6 meters, 10 centimeters under water, much loved by young children because they can stay in the water without fear. The edge of the pool is made of travertine stone, while the interior is in glass mosaic. With the light of the sun it reflects beautiful colors, like the Caribbean. It is not salt water. There is a diatomaceous filter and an electronic control unit of dosage for chlorine and PH. There is no smell of chlorine and the water is always very clean. There is a solar shower and 24 sun beds. The pool is surrounded by a green lawn and an oak tree that serves as the umbrella.
During the night the pool can be illuminated, to swim even during night time, and it can be closed automatically to maintain the water temperature and/or for children’s safety. In the spring and autumn months there is a system with a heat exchanger that keeps the water temperature warm enough.

The stone villa is about 250 sqm and it is equipped with everything you may need, also for daily cleaning (vacuum cleaner, washing machine, dishwasher, etc).

Air conditioning is provided in the whole house, along with a heating system.
There are 5 bedrooms: on the ground floor a bedroom with a queen size bed and a small bedroom with bunk beds. There is a sofa bed on the step level floor. On the first floor there are two bedrooms with queen size beds and one bedroom with two single beds and bunk beds. In total it can accommodate up to 14 (10 + 4) people.

Then there is:
- An equipped kitchen, dining room with brick oven, laundry room, living room with fireplace and stone stairs to go to the first floor, 4 bathrooms in marble, three with showers and one with a bathtub.
- Two large outdoor porches, one equipped for outdoor dining, including a big BBQ.

. For your babies there is everything you may need, such as cots, cribs, baby chair for the table, buggy, a baby changing table and several toys.



  • Refrigerator with deep freezer
  • Stone sink
  • Stove top
  • Electric oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Glasses and cups
  • Pots and pans
  • Tablecloths and napkins
  • Kettle
  • Juicer - Squeezer
  • Blender
  • Mixer
  • Various Spices
  • Chianti wine
  • Tuscan extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Espresso Machine
  • American coffee maker
  • Moka
  • Toaster
  • Food welcome
  • Highchair for infants
  • Wireless Internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Fan
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Towels
  • Pool towels
  • Slippers
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • Wood oven
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • lCD TV
  • DVD player
  • Cards and local guides
  • Games for children
  • Baby cradle
  • Children's beds
  • Indoor parking
  • Table tennis
  • Baby foot
  • Soccer field
  • Outside pool
  • Sunbeds
  • Outside playground
  • Barbecue with accessories and coal
  • Veranda with dining table
  • Veranda with chairs and sofas
  • Garden
Extra services
  • Private Chef
  • Babysitter
  • Service staff
  • Reception
  • Turkish bath

Villa in Stone

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Villa in Stone calendar: 
Wednesday August 1, 2018
Saturday September 1, 2018
Monday October 1, 2018
Thursday November 1, 2018
Saturday December 1, 2018
Tuesday January 1, 2019
Friday February 1, 2019
Friday March 1, 2019
Monday April 1, 2019
Wednesday May 1, 2019
Saturday June 1, 2019
Monday July 1, 2019


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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La villa è molto bella, curata e completa di ogni cosa si possa desiderare. Franco e la sua famiglia ci hanno fatto sentire a casa, viziati e hanno reso il nostro soggiorno meraviglioso. Speriamo di tornare presto!


Franco and his family have provide us a very warm welcome at the Stonehouse. It is truly a great location and very well taken care of. With all the care for details and treats (breakfast, types of coffees, etc. ) the vacation started right away. Franco also provided a number of useful advises on how to spend best its time in the region. We'll keep a great souvenir of the stay!

Lieve, settembre 2017 from

I've always been super nervous about airbnb bookings but this was my first one and I was very impressed! Franco is indeed a super host. Him and his family gave us the warmest of welcomes and we felt right at home and settled in almost immediately. From the mini treats upon arrival to the basic supplies provided - bath and kitchen (even a bottle of olive oil pressed from olives grown in the grounds) - we didn't feel a need to rush out to a supermarket upon arrival! Franco and his daughter have a wealth of knowledge on what to do and where to visit in the Tuscany region and they provide tons of guides as a resource. You do need a car to get around but the roads are great and we made several trips to Pisa, Florence, Pistoia, Viareggio, etc. There's much more to see but it was difficult to pry ourselves away from just lounging by the pool for most of the day. The home is just that comfortable and the pool is fantastic. Some reviews mentioned other families sharing the pool, which I was initially nervous about but I must say it was not a problem for us. It's a large enough pool with more than enough sun loungers so it does not feel crowded in the least. I would recommend Franco's home as a central and super comfortable place to stay if you want to visit the Tuscany region. Thank you Franco and Sonia for a memorable stay! Especially for giving our boys a ride to the airport. You didn't have to but we truly appreciated your kind gesture!

Uloaku agosto 2017 from Airbnb

Par où commencer??? Ce logement est parfait. Franco et sa famille sont attentifs, passionnés, disponibles, d'une gentillesse exceptionnelle. La communication est facile et rapide, (Franco parle couramment le français et l'anglais). La maison est très bien située, environ 1 heure de Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano, La Spezia ( pour Cinque Terre). 40 mins de Pise, et proche de Lucques. Bien que la maison se situe au village ( 2 minutes à pied des petits commerces et restaurants), on se sent en pleine campagne tellement le terrain est vaste et calme. Le terrain et piscine sont partagés avec 2 autres logements en location, cependant il est si vaste que cela ne pose aucun problème côté vie privée. La maison est très bien pensée. La vaste table extérieure pour souper se situe de l'autre côté de la maison, donc intimité assurée, et pas peur de déranger les autres logements si jamais votre repas s'étire tard. La piscine est immense, avec nombreuses chaises longues pour se détendre. Il y a un terrain de soccer, une table de ping pong, un baby foot, une maison et glissade pour jeunes enfants, ainsi que des jouets. Il y a de nombreux oliviers et autres arbres fruitiers sur la propriété. Un branchement électrique pour recharger les voitures électriques est disponible. La maison est immense, 2 chambres au rez-de-chaussée ( sans climatisation), à l'étage 3 chambres avec 3 salles de bains complètes. ( climatisation sur tout l'étage). De nombreuses serviettes, ainsi que peignoirs et pantoufles sont offertes, même pour les enfants, comme à l'hôtel. La touche la plus délicate et appréciée d'après nous, ce qui fait la différence ( sans parler de ce mentionné plus haut) entre ce logement ou un autre, c'est le buffet préparé par la conjointe de Franco. De nombreux petits gâteaux, mini pizzas, etc. nous sont offertes à notre arrivée, ainsi qu'une bouteille de vin. Tout est fourni pour que lors de votre arrivée, vous puisiez relaxer et profiter de la piscine sans vous rendre au supermarché: pâtes, sauce, oignons pour le repas du soir, ainsi que tout pour le petit déjeuner ( café, thé, lait, jus de fruits, pain, confiture, miel, Nutella.... enfin tout et plus...). Je recommande sans hésitation cette propriété, tout est parfait. Nous étions 10, ( 4 adultes, 2 personnes âgées, 2 ados, 2 enfants de 7 et 5 ans). C'était une réunion familiale, Franco nous a parmi de crée de beaux souvenirs pour nos enfants.

Daniel agosto 2017 from

Franco's stone house was truly amazing. We have used airbnb quite often (10+ times) and this was by far our best experience yet. We were a group of 11, 2 families with 4 adults and 7 children ages 10-15. The house comfortably fit all of us with beds to spare. The place was impeccable. Everything far surpassed any of the pictures and was far beyond our expectations. We honestly did not want to leave. We loved hanging out in the kitchen, dining room, patios, and of course by the beautiful and perfectly maintained pool. Franco made us a Tuscan dinner on our first evening and pizza on our last evening. What a way to start and finish our time in Tuscany! We loved spending time with Franco, his wife, and his lovely daughter Sonia. They helped to orient us to local restaurants and wineries, which were perfect suggestions every time. We will try to recreate the pizza experience ourselves but it will be impossible without the amazing brick oven and touch and feel of Franco himself making the pizzas! Thank you so much Franco and family for surpassing all of our expectations and providing us with a truly memorable Tuscan vacation!

Keith agosto 2017

The Stonehouse property was exceptional. We were a group of 13 family and friends reunited from Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland staying for a week. The house itself is huge, immaculately presented and matched generously by the attentive and warm hospitality of Franco and his daughter. They are the perfect hosts and have thought of everything to ensure you have a wonderful, peaceful holiday. From the high end kitchen and ample seating to host large dinners, the floodlit football pitch for the evening kick-about, to the crystal clear pool and the freshly baked cantucci, you couldn't want for more. We mixed our week up by enjoying long, secluded days by the pool with day trips to the local historic and beautiful towns of Lucca and Montecarlo - just 20 mins drive away. We can't thank Franco and his lovely family enough for what was a superb holiday in a unique and charming setting.

luglio 2017

Franco and his family (daughter and wife) are amazing hosts. We arrived late Saturday afternoon. Franco and his daughter met us on arrival, and they took us on a tour of the house and the facilities. We were three families in the Stone House. My wife and I together with our daughter and two kids, boy at 7 and girl 4 years of age. Further our son from New Zealand with his wife and two boys of six and three. So in total nine people and the accommodations were perfect. Five bedrooms (we used four) and four bathrooms. Everything was clean and everything we needed in full supply in the kitchen. Outside the kitchen on the terrace, we enjoyed our breakfast every morning as well as our dinner on some evenings. There is an excellent swimming pool, which is in a perfect condition, and of course, all of us enjoyed it every day and especially the kids. When we had questions about where to go, Franco was always there to give us good pieces of advice. On one evening, we had decided to enjoy Franco’s expertise in making pizzas and it turned out to be a great evening, where we celebrated the birthday of the youngest family member turning three. Franco’s wife had even prepared an amazing birthday cake. They had decorated the dining area next to the pool with birthday flags. All the pizzas, prepared by Franco with dedication, were appreciated very much by young and old and of a quality, which we have never eaten before. I should mention that Franco served a very good Chianti from Fattoria Uccelliera from 2014. It was so good that a few days later we decided to pay a visit to the vineyard. On our last night at Franco’s venue, we had asked the family to prepare a dinner, which like the Pizza Dinner exceeded our expectations. We had Typical Tuscan Starter followed by Risotto and fresh Lasagna as first courses. As Main Course salted Codfish and Panna Cotta with strawberries. Franco again served excellent wines. Especially, everybody liked very much the Montecarlo Vermentino. An evening, which will stay in our memory for a long time. Having small kids at the dinner it was a joy to be at a place, where you have a relaxed atmosphere, and such a situation you can never create at a restaurant with other guests. If you should rate this venue on a scale of 1 to 10, it would be 10+. Once again thank you to Franco and his family for making the week an unforgettable stay for our international family.


Olaf luglio 2017 from Airbnb

Vi fikk en fantastisk flott og hjertelig varme mottakelse da vi ankom Franco's herlige eiendom. Huset er akkurat så flott som bildene sier og vi følte vi ankom en fem-stjerners hotell- bare mye mer personlig! Vi var tre familier med totalt 13 personer og det gikk fint. Hagen var en vakker park med skulpturer, olivenlund og med et helt fantastisk flott basseng. Her var alt lagt tilrette for vann-og ballek for små og store. Det fungerte også fint å dele basseng med de to hyggelige australske familiene! Franco og hans familie var de perfekte verter og super imøtekommende. De hadde til og med installert en Tesla ladestasjon da de hørte vi kunne komme til å trenge å lade bilen!! Vi ble også helt overveldet da vi så alt de hadde satt frem til oss av mat, drikke og godsaker til barna da vi kom. Husets egen olivenolje var nydelig og kakene som Franco's kone laget smakte deilig. Vi fikk til med servert varme myke biscotti ved bassenget en ettermiddag. De fikk ben å gå på... Siste kvelden laget Franco's familie en deilig 5 retters middag til oss voksne som de serverte ved et nydelig dekket bord rett ved bassenget. Pastaen hadde vi vært med på å lage litt tidligere på dagen. En flott opplevelse som kan anbefales!! Barna fikk en hyggelig overtakelse da de fikk servert hjemmelaget karamellpudding til dessert den dagen. Dette et sted vi alle veldig gjerne kommer tilbake til og kan anbefale på det varmeste!! Tusen takk til Franco, hans kone og datteren Sonja for alt de gjorde for gi oss en perfekt og minnerik ferie i vakre Toscana!

Kirsten luglio 2017 from Airbnb

If this house is available, just book it right now. Franco is an amazing host, and you will be thrilled with the house, yard, and location. The Stone House is a 5 bedroom home located in the town of Orentano, Italy. The town is very small, but it has a top ranked restaurant along with a local pizza restaurant in walking distance to the house. Orentano is centrally located between Pisa, Lucca, and Florence, so it is convenient for exploring Tuscany. We rented a car, and it was easy driving around the area. We traveled with our family of four, and we were extremely comfortable in the house. The home has an outdoor dining area along with a grill which we really enjoyed. If you like coffee, this is also a great house because the dining room has a breakfast bar with multiple varieties of coffee makers. We loved making fresh espresso every morning. Franco was completely flexible with our arrival time, and he and his daughter greeted us and gave us a tour of the property. They had pre-stocked the house with some bread, wine, pasta, coffee, and fruit for us. That was incredibly kind and totally unexpected. Franco and his family live in a separate house on the property, so you have full privacy, but they are available to help you with anything you might need. Franco has lived in Tuscany his entire life, so he can give great advice about where to go and what to see. The house is clean and well cared for. Apparently the main kitchen refrigerator had stopped working, so they had just bought a new one in time for our arrival. There is another refrigerator in the house, so the new refrigerator wasn't necessary, but this just shows their dedication to making sure their guests have a wonderful experience. Franco is also a pizza chef in his spare time. He made an amazing pizza dinner for us on our last night. Plan to pay for his time and ingredients, and you will enjoy the best pizza of your life. He and his daughter also taught us how to make pasta, and I am looking forward to trying to prepare it at home. The Stone House was perfect for our family, and I really can't thank Franco and his wife and daughter enough for their hospitality.

Katherine giugno 2017 from Airbnb

We had an amazing holiday with the whole family, everything at the house was perfect and the surroundings was so cosy and nothing was missing, even toys for the children were available. Franco and his family toke really good care of us and his wife cooked the most amazing dinner for us. We hope to come back one day and enjoy another great holiday.

Mia maggio 2017 from airbnb

Accoglienza meravigliosa, curata in ogni minimo dettaglio, con un'attenzione particolare per i bambini!

Simona, maggio 2017,  from

Appartamento curatissimo nei minimi dettagli, biancheria di pregio e finiture eccellenti. I padroni di casa sono deliziosi e la signora ci ha viziato con degli ottimi dolcetti fatti in casa. Il giardino è splendido e ben tenuto, è stato un soggiorno incantevole.

novembre 2017 from

Posto incantevole egregiamente gestito dai disponibilissimi e squisiti proprietari. Un luogo dove sentirsi a casa immersi nella quiete, raffinatezza e nella pienezza di ogni confort. Ville da favola arredate con gusto che possono ospitare famiglie numerose o gruppi di amici per un soggiorno esclusivo. Consigliatissimo a tutti specialmente per chi vuol avere un punto di appoggio per la visita delle bellissime città e borghi toscani.

 agosto 2017 from

«The villa was fabulous. Everything we needed (and more) was provided including food for breakfast and all the essentials - sugar tea coffee etc. Everything was immaculate. Air conditioning was wonderful especially during the very hot evenings. The location is perfect but you need a car - don't miss a trip to Vinci which is beautiful. The most important thing about the villa, however, are its owners. Franco and his wonderful daughter Sonia (her English is perfect ))greeted us as soon as we got through the private gates with beaming smiles and an assurance that what ever we needed we should simply ask for. We were taken on a magical tour of the Montecarlo vineyards by Franco where we were able to obtain the most spectacular views of the valley. Something we never expected. This is a wonderful place.»

Marion from


«Franco and Sonia were so welcoming. Lots of nice touches- a bottle of wine , bottle of home produced olive oil and breakfast. The cleanest holiday accommodation I have ever stayed in. Well equipped kitchen and fabulous outside space. It was brilliant to be able to walk to two fabulous restaurants and ice cream and provisions shops on hand too.»

Caroline from

«We couldn't fault it with the exception of the two small items mentioned. Franco's Pizza and Calzone were amazing, Creme Caramel was also fab, fantastic hospitality. Franco and Family are lovely hosts, you couldn't meet nicer people. Loved the fact that there was the essentials left for us on the first night of arrival to make a meal, including wine, and have breakfast in the morning. Overall I would highly recommend this Villa»

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