I had two days in which to find separate apartment accommodation for three couples. My brief was : best price, taking exchange rates into account, preferably little dog friendly and
within typical Tuscan rural environment, to show it off to first time visitors to the area.
Within an hour or two of placing the “enquiry” email, Federica of Villa Sensano called me up. She was charming and very helpful with arranging the right type of accommodation for our party’s size and needs.

Her beautiful old, large villa has been lovingly, (recently and expensively) renovated, top to bottom. each of the apartments (we booked one double apartment, and one double + twin) were very spacious, comfortable and the kitchen in ours was huge and well stocked. The gardens were gorgeous with a lot of attention to layout taken into account.
I didn’t experience the jacuzzi, but our friends did and they enjoyed it a good deal. Federica and her sister Lavinia were always most pleasant and welcoming – extremely eager to establish their new villa for future tourist travellers.

There is a great independent restaurant (serving typical Tuscan fare) in the next door building, so after a long drive there, it was so convenient to pop over for supper as opposed to getting back into the car and driving along the winding road to Volterra a few kilometres away.

Sadly it was too cold to make use of the swimming pool facilities – but I am sure in summer it would be excellent to take a siesta next to the pool!

October in Tuscany isn’t the best month of the year in which to visit – during our visit it was very chilly and wet, with mists obscuring much of the magnificent views and countryside, but when the sun did pop out occasionally, it was a real treat. Villa Sensano is very well placed for day visits to many of the regions most important sites/sights, villages and landmarks, not to mention the cities of Siena and Florence.

Villa Sensano Toscana

Villa Sensano Toscana

We normally book a rural villa to accommodate our large party of family and friends, so it was interesting to see what it would be like to try out apartment living. For our needs on this trip, it was just perfect : no children to bother the neighbours etc. We were delighted that our little dog was made to feel welcome too.

We will happily recommend villa Sensano to anyone wanting a really nice apartment for a few days, very well located for day tripping in and around the area, in a welcoming environment. Well done Federica and Lavinia – we wish you both a huge amount of good luck as you enter the tourist market with your great establishment.

B.U.