Gorgeous Writer's Bolthole
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Charming 1-bed flat, with exposed beams and terracotta floors, on the first floor of a 13th-century watchtower. Set among olive groves, in a quiet hamlet 25 mins from Pisa, it has soothing views of the rolling Tuscan landscape - and a stunning pool.

The space

Borghettino di Ripoli is a farmhouse and watchtower dating back to the Middle Ages.This small, but lovely little flat on the first floor has big South-facing windows, ancient wooden beams and ancient terracotta floors. The living room has a dining area,with an antique farmhouse table, kitchen area made by local craftsmen, a small leather sofa and a couple of antique leather armchairs. There's also a TV (with Italian satellite TV), DVD player, hi fi and wi fi.

The bedroom has an antique painted wardrobe, painted cupboard and comfortable double bed.

The shower room, off the bedroom, has a big window, with a view of the next village, tiles made from local marble, and is a tasteful mix of old and new.

It's perfect for a couple; too small for anything more. It's my bolt hole, the place I go to escape the big city (in my case, London) and write. I fell in love with it, and most people who've stayed there seem to have, too. My neighbours - mostly Brits, and there just for holidays - are my friends, so I'm fussy about who I allow to stay in it. If you want peace, sunshine and a cosy base to explore Tuscany, you probably couldn't ask for all that much more.

Guest access

The flat comes with its own parking space. There's shared use of a small, but pretty garden, using chairs (and a table, if you like) stored in the flat. Best of all, there's shared use of a stunning 10-metre infinity pool, with sun loungers and parasol. There's the whole of Tuscany, to explore, but, to be honest, I find it quite hard to wrench myself away from that pool.

Interaction with guests

If you're there, I won't be. I'll make arrangements for keys and give you details of who to contact if you need any help.

In high season (June, July, August) my flat is usually booked by the week, from Saturday to Saturday. Outside high season, I'm more flexible, though the minimum stay is four nights. If you have any questions while you're there, you're welcome to contact me at any time.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $57 NZD
Weekly Discount: 8%
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House Rules

My flat in Italy is my cherished bolthole. I get on extremely well with my neighbours, who are generous and kind, and I expect my guests to be considerate to them, too, respecting the fact that the pool and garden are shared spaces, and that noise travels on a balmy Mediterranean night when the windows are open...


3 nights minimum stay

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Phoebe User Profile
August 2017
My friend and I had a lovely 10 days at Christina's. The apartment and pool are beautiful, especially the view from the pool! Christina was very helpful with any queries we had. Would highly recommend!

Veerle User Profile
June 2017
Great appartment in a central location: close to Lucca, Pisa, Firenze, Siena, seaside, ... together with the stunning view from the pool,

Laura User Profile
August 2016
We had the most amazing stay in Ripoli, the apartment is beautiful and incredibly well kitted out with anything you might need. Our arrival was very easy as we received clear and helpful instructions in advance. Another great thing was the folder full of dinner and sightseeing recommendations. Christina was a wonderful host and i would definitely recommend staying here!

Karolin User ProfileKarolin is a superhost.
July 2015
Amazing! Christina is the perfect host and her bolthole is the perfect spot! Before and during our stay, she would answer quickly and provide us with detailed information about her apartment, how to get there, what's to recommend around (trips, restaurants incl. address + phone numbers, etc.). Since we stayed almost 2 weeks in her wonderful and very pretty apartment where you wouldn't miss a thing, she asked us if we wanted our sheets exchanged. Very thoughtful! Everything is as described and even more beautiful. She arranged a lovely welcome with a bottle of sparkling wine and a card. We enjoyed little chats with the kind neighbours and quiet times at the pool with a infinity view over the Tuscanian landscape. I can't thank her enough and can highly recommend this lovely piece of earth.

Mollie User Profile
July 2015
Christina was very efficient with sending the details of directions to the apartment and where to find the key. The apartment was lovely and clean, in a beautiful quiet area. The pool is great with a lovely view and often we were the only couple by the pool. Would definitely stay here again!

Jacques User Profile
September 2016
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié notre séjour à Bolthole. Que ce soit pour la beauté et le confort de l'appartement ou la piscine, notre séjour a été parfait à Bolthole. Nous avons fait de superbes randonnées à vélo et visité de magnifiques villages et églises. Nous rapportons un souvenir inoubliable de notre séjour à Gorgeous Writer's Bolthole.

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Christina User Profile

I'm a writer, columnist and broadcaster. For 10 years, I worked at The Independent but I'm now freelance, and writing mostly for the Sunday Times and the Guardian. I write about books, politics, society, the arts - anything that interests me. I worked with writers for some years, and was director of the Poetry Society for a while. I have many friends who are poets, but ended up agreeing with Muriel Spark, who ran the Poetry Society in the 1940s. "I have never," she said, "worked with such strange people. I think poetry does something to them." I've just finished the first draft of a memoir, and am plucking up the courage to send it to my agent. I've lived in London for more than 20 years, and wouldn't live anywhere else...

Languages: Français, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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