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Villa Balconaio

Castagneto Carducci in Tuscany

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Private Pool
  • Car Essential
  • Free Wi-Fi

Villa Details

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Private Pool
  • Car Essential
  • Free Wi-Fi
Property ID 3208

Villa Balconaio

Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany

Set in beautiful Tuscan countryside in enclosed gardens, this welcoming two bedroom villa offers a high standard of accommodation throughout. The villa features well appointed furnishings, while outside, a covered veranda features a large farmhouse table, ideal for dining Italian style. A spacious sun terrace and private pool also offer a tranquil location to enjoy the views. The local village of Monteverdi Marittimo can be found within a ten minute drive or the popular town of Castagneto Carducci is just 20 minutes away. The bustling coastline can be reached within 30 minutes or the larger, historic town of Volterra is one hour drive north.

out of 10

Single Storey Accommodation

Ground Floor Amenities

  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Coffee machine
  • Satellite TV
  • Flat screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Dining facilities
  • Exterior access
  • Patio doors
  • Washing machine
Bedroom with ensuite
  • Double bed
  • Free standing fan
  • Patio doors
  • Shower
  • WC
  • Single washbasin
  • Bidet
  • Double bed
  • Free standing fan
  • Patio doors
  • Shower
  • WC
  • Single washbasin
  • Bidet

Villa Facilities

  • Heating payable locally
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Hairdryer

L-Shape Style Private Pool

L-Shape style pool
0.80m - 1.40m
10.00m x 5.00m

Open poolside shower

External Features

  • Lawn
  • Covered terrace
  • Natural Shade
  • Built-in barbecue

Accessibility Guide

  • No steps access to the villa
  • Ground floor, step free
  • No steps access to the pool

For more information on mobility, accessibility and passengers requiring assistance, please read our guide to special requirements.

Additional information

  • A non-refundable accidental damage waiver of £10pp will be payable pre-departure
  • Detached property
  • Cots and high chairs available free, just add during the booking process

Free extras

This property comes with Free Wi-Fi, Free Cots and Free Highchairs

Villa Floor Plans

Ground floor

Pool dimensions are for guidance only.


Simply Setting the Standard for Villa Living

Experience everything there is to love about a villa holiday with a James Simply property. Your own pool, all to yourself. There’s no scramble for sun loungers, or waking up at 6am to put your towels by the pool. Your spot is always there, reserved just for you.

Why squeeze the whole family into one room, when you can have a bedroom each?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are to be enjoyed when you choose, where you choose. This is your villa and it works around you. No scheduled meal times. No menu choices. No rules.

This is villa living, and once you’ve experienced the relaxation and freedom it brings, it’s almost impossible to settle for anything less!

Your Simply villa will be private. The kitchen equipped with hob, oven and fridge freezer. Not that you'll need to cook inside with your own barbecue to whip up a feast, and external dining space to sit and enjoy every bite.

All of this privacy and freedom doesn’t have to break the bank.

Our Simply collection offers those looking to live the villa lifestyle beautiful properties that are affordable.

Whether you are travelling with 2 or 20 people, these villas are a great value choice.

Handpicked by our Product team, just for you.

Location and Setting

We have labelled this villa property as being "Car Essential"

Your Villa Setting

  • Short drive to amenities
  • Castagneto Carducci is 1hr from Pisa airport
  • Castagneto Carducci is 2hrs 30mins from Genoa airport
  • Castagneto Carducci is 2hrs 45mins from Rome Fiumicino airport

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Villa Timeline

  • 2016
    • Sassetta
      Mr Mooney, August 2016


      “A wonderful little Tuscan hill village. A great place to while away a few hours. It was strangely full of sculpture pieces.”

      Places of Interest

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    • L'Osteria del Ghiotto
      Mr Mooney, August 2016

      L'Osteria del Ghiotto

      “A lovely restaurant with no menu! The waiters tell you what is on for that night. It is in a village called Cannetto (which also has a great Pizzeria) but you will need to book in advance as it does get very busy.”


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  • 2015
    • Milestone reached January 2015

      Wi-Fi added

  • 2014
    • Mr Thorp, July 2014

      Excellent location. Excellent pool for the children. Third visit to this villa and would definitely come again. Air conditioning would make this villa perfect!

  • 2013
    • Milestone reached August 2013

      500th guest

  • 2011
    • Mrs Osman, August 2011

      The villa was wonderful, quiet and well appointed. The only thing which would have improved it was air-conditioning - it was 30 degrees inside and the two bedroom fans helped but could not cool it down. Otherwise all was great. In this particular villa, the living room was accessible from outside which was a bit strange, but otherwise very comfortable.

    • Mrs Osman, August 2011

      Lovely villa in a very quiet place, about 1 mile (1.4 km) down an extremely rocky rough track, you couldn't really call it a road, which was fine as long as we took it carefully in the hire car. About 10 minutes drive from the little village Monteverdi Marittimo which had a couple of places to eat, or 30 minutes from Castagneto Carducci which is a bigger town and has a Co-op. The pool was excellent, an L-shaped pool with enough shallow area for young children. An inflatable boat and other pool toys were provided. Someone came to clean the pool and to water the garden during our stay.

    • Mr Brown, June 2011

      superb location, superb villa, helpful rep.

  • 2009
    • Milestone reached July 2009

      250th guest

  • 2008
    • Dr Thorp, June 2008

      excellent break. So relaxing. Would advice anyone to attend here.

  • 2007
    • Mr Erskine, October 2007

      Altogether an excellent holiday package that was thoroughly enjoyed by all four of us. For perfection all that would have been required was for the pool to have been heated, and a four wheel drive vehicle for the track up to the main road (the VW Passat we hired, consistently groung its underside on the very rough track from villa to the road.

    • Milestone reached September 2007

      100th guest

  • 2006
    • Milestone reached September 2006

      50th guest

Comments that appear in the villa timeline were received via the following channels: web enquiry, villa guestbook and through postal correspondence prior to 2014.

Pictures that appear in the villa timeline were received via our Travellers App and any opinions provided are of the customers and not James Villa Holidays.

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Holiday the Way You Like It

Balconaio Reviews

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Overall rating
Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 6 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10


Ipswich Family (with only pre-school children)
We've just got back from an amazing week here. If you love nature and being in the middle of nowhere then this place is perfect. We saw an Abundance of wildlife, snakes, wild boar, deer and there were so many lizards in the grounds. Every evening the geckos would come out and keep us company, George, Gertrude, Geoffrey, Grant, Grace and Graham (our 2 year old named them) were regulars. The pool was a little cold at the start of the week but as the temperatures increased so did the pool (thankfully) and we spent a lot of time in and around it. The inside of the villa was adequate with 2 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. But it was the outside area that was our favourite part. 3 seating areas to take advantage of we'd move around depending on the time of day. The grounds are a little scorched and DO NOT walk on the grass with bare feet as there are little prickly things that stick in your feet, our son found out the hard way. Luckily mummy had tweezers on hand!! The nearest shop we found was a coop in castagneto carducci about 20 minutes away. There's so much to see and do it really was an amazing holiday. The villa is about a mile down a dirt track, some of which is tarmacked but some is just rubble and a bit hard going on the poor hire cars! Balconaio is the last one so very private. Directions were spot on and the welcome pack was the best we've ever had. Would go back in a heart beat.
Confirmed guest: 14 June 2017
Published on: 15 June 2017
8 out of 10


Maidstone Couple
This is a lovely secluded villa. The decor is traditional/old, as are all the fixtures and fittings. That said they are all adequate. The beds are poor with uncomfortable matresses but ok. The pool is just right with depth ranging from .5m to 1m.

But there is a major down side. This villa is very secluded. What that means is it is at the top of a winding hill with hairpin bends every 50 yards so the top speed you can do is 20mph. It takes around 30 mins to get from the nearest major town to the villa, which is lovely first time but gets tedious if you do it frequently.

The directions to the villa are poor. It took us 50mins to find it once we got to the top of the hill. In the end we had to use the GPS longitude and latitude to find it as it's not on maps. It would really help if you got a street view picture in the instructions. Ive added a streetview link to help others. Just paste into your browser.


The turning is between roadside markers 17/6 and 17/7. They are in Roman numerals so it's 17/VI and 17/VII. It's a slight uphill tarmac drive with a four or five brown hand written signs for each of the villa and a couple of red post boxes. There are lots of these along the road so look out for the one with the name of the villa on it.

Once you find the road, it's 1800m down a track. The first part is tarmac but then the second half is an unmade road with many rocks and potholes. I had a 4x4 so not a problem for me but if you have a car with skirts or low suspension this will be a big problem for you. It took us 6 mins to drive the track at 5mph in a 4x4.

So all that aside once you get there this is a very secluded location. It's the last house on the track so you get no passing traffic and only the occasional walker. We went in early June and only saw 3 people in 7 days. It's a bit like being in your own private world. So if privacy is what you are looking for pack a hamper of provisions and lock yourself away in this beautiful location for total seclusion.

Despite the road and the track and the average beds we still loved it which will tell you a lot about just how nice this location is.
Confirmed guest: 07 June 2017
Published on: 14 June 2017
10 out of 10


If you are looking for a rural location then look no further, this villa is for you. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were particularly pleased that this villa is the last on the track.

The directions could do with a little more detail for the last 6 miles or so. It would also be of benefit to have details/directions to the nearest supermarket.
Confirmed guest: 21 September 2016
Published on: 15 October 2016
8 out of 10


Birchington Group
The villa was comfortable and clean with somewhat basic furnishings and felt a bit disjointed with the arrangement of the seating areas. The pool couldn't be faulted but the grounds did need some attention. The biggest problem was the road to the villa. Calling it a dirt track was an understatement. It was more like a rocky road and took nearly 10 minutes to travel less than a mile. This made a trip anywhere a major excursion. The local roads are also very rural and mountainous but worth the effort for many of the beautiful towns in the area.
Confirmed guest: 08 September 2016
Published on: 11 November 2016
7 out of 10


Croydon Family (the eldest child is at school)
Very remote and secluded (it is a mile from the road) but lovely for this. The pool and sun deck are great as are the outside seating areas - there are two to take advantage of the morning and afternoon sun. The furnishings are rustic but sufficient (just). The satellite TV could do with more English channels but the WiFi was strong and stable. The bathrooms were clean but lacked soap and a decent amount of toilet paper. The kitchen was again small but had all the appliances required it would benefit from having things like salt, pepper and other basic 'cupboard' essentials. Some information about the local area would have been very useful.
Confirmed guest: 17 August 2016
Published on: 18 August 2016
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