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casa rosada

Villas with heated outdoor pool are so rare in Italy. The pool water is automatically warmed up by the sun’s rays, right?

Well, at the start of the season (April / May for example) it can be useful to give Nature a bit of a helping hand. And we know that younger children always prefer warmer water.

Casa Rosada ticks all the boxes for a family-friendly holiday.

  1. A pool you can heat (for a very reasonable charge of just Euro 12 per day)
  2. Grounds which are completely fenced-in.
  3. 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, so plenty of space of family / friends.
  4. A basement gym to work off all that pizza and pasta.
  5. Table-football for any competitive Dads …
  6. Just 1.5km from the gorgeous medieval village of Lucignano, in Tuscany.
  7. Rental prices from as little as Euro 950 per week for a group of 12 people.

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The news today is full of a ‘school holiday rant’, which a guy posted to his friends on Facebook and has since gone viral. He complains about the general practice amongst holiday companies of raising prices outside of term-time, making it much more expensive for families. And of course this comes on top of the case of a Shropshire couple who were fined £1000 a few weeks ago for taking their children out of school during term-time.

 

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Lots to do on-site at these family apartments on an organic farm near Volterra, Tuscany

 

Are you planning a family holiday to Italy in May half-term 2014?  We have a huge selection of self-catering villas and farmhouse apartments in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio where the rental price remains the same throughout May, including half-term (24th – 31st May 2014). Not only that, but the whole of May is priced at LOW SEASON rates.  In other words, it’s cheaper to go on holiday in May than in June, July, August or September. And that includes May half-term week. Swimming pools, tennis courts, table-tennis, table football, volleyball, five-a-side football – our range of holiday houses has plenty to keep the children occupied all week long.

And it’s the same in October. LOW SEASON rates. No price increase for October half-term.

The above applies to everything in Brochure 1 on our website.

For advice and personal service, contact Gillian at One Stop Italy.

P.S. We offer a free tailor-made holiday search service

Not all holiday companies are alike …

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Families with young children often ask us for houses with fenced and  gated private pools. Here is a selection of our villas sleeping 10 to 20 people with this child-friendly facility. We are now booking for 2013.

Sleeps 10

Fattoria Il Barattino 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Sleeps 6 + 4. Near Cortona, Tuscany. Rental price from Euro 1160 to Euro 1800 per week. Table-tennis, bikes. Photo Gallery Book this house

Sleeps 12

Podere Caggiolo 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Sleeps 12. Near Marciano della Chiana, Tuscany. Rental prices from Euro 1200 to Euro 2290 per week. Table-tennis, satellite TV, DVD player. Photo Gallery Book this house

Sleeps 13

Casale La Meridiana 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Near Foiano della Chiana, Tuscany. Sleeps 13. Rental prices from Euro 1350 to Euro 2363 per week. Table-tennis, bikes for rent. Photo Gallery Book this house

Sleeps 15

Villa Campogrande 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Near Citta della Pieve, Umbria. Sleeps 15. Rental prices from Euro 1800 to Euro 3350 per week. VERY SPACIOUS MANSION – 1320m2. Billiards room, bowling green, sauna, small gym. Free wifi on ground floor. Photo Gallery. Book this house

Sleeps 18

Villa Enea 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Near Perugia, Umbria. VERY SPACIOUS – 1300m2. Rental prices from Euro 3000 to Euro 5025 per week. Grand piano. Photo Gallery.  Book this house

Villa Fiorentina 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Near Florence, Tuscany. Rental prices from Euro 7007 to Euro 10010 per week. Free wifi internet connection. Photo Gallery. Book this house

Sleeps 20

La Pineta 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Near Castiglione del Lago, Tuscan / Umbrian borders. Rental prices from Euro 1450 to Euro 3180 per week. Private tennis court, table-tennis, children’s playground and pool. Photo Gallery. Book this house

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La Contea pool

La Contea - house in Tuscany

La Contea tennis court

At this time of the year our time is largely spent looking forward to the next holiday season. That means taking a close look at our website, adding new villas and updating prices where necessary.

It has struck me how much booking patterns have changed over the 22 years that I have been running One Stop Italy. In the olden days, January and February would be the key months for new bookings; the phone would literally not stop ringing all day. (Of course in 1988 there was no internet and not even a fax machine in our office!)

Nowadays, the year has fewer peaks and troughs though there is always a spike in July/August as the late-bookers coincide with the early birds. For example, this year we had a last-minute rush for August 2010 holidays at the same time as people were booking one year ahead for large group, family reunion and wedding accommodation for 2011.

The biggest change of all has been the move towards large group holidays. Customers have realised that the cost savings can be enormous and yet – and this is important – they don’t have to sacrifice their privacy. Rather than sharing an independent villa they can, if they wish, take over a group of farmhouse apartments. The end result is the same: private use of swimming pool, tennis court and any other on-site facilities. But at the same time each family also has its own space, living room, kitchen etc. Here’s an example of  this type of family group holiday – see La Contea.

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From One Stop Italy . Bookings: +44 (0) 1603 812212 or contact us here.

Are you a group of family or friends who love to play tennis?

Not made any plans yet for May half-term?

Still free for school half-term week, 25th May to 1st June, and also the following week 1st -8th June 2013,  this 4 bedroom villa with private swimming pool and private tennis court is in walking distance of a medieval Tuscan village with shops and restaurants. Very popular with our clients over the years as it is unusual to find all this for such a reasonable price.   Rental price Euro 1160 per week + on-site charges.

Il Poggiolo is an independent villa in Tuscany, Italy with private swimming pool and private tennis court within walking distance of  the medieval village of Monte san Savino with restaurants and shops of all kinds. It sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, all on the first floor of the house.  There is a hall, kitchen, large sitting-room with panoramic terrace, three double bedrooms, twin bedroom, one bathroom with bath, one bathroom with shower. (The ground floor of the house is not used for accommodation.)

Photo Gallery Il Poggiolo

More details about Il Poggiolo

Il Poggiolo, house and pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

Il Poggiolo private tennis court

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