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Villas with Shared Pools

In Praise of Villas with Shared Pools

Going on holiday with the children is a wonderful time to be together - but sometimes the children would also like somebody their own age to play with, and make new friends. That's why we love villas with shared pools, places where everybody is relaxing and new friendships are made.

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italy > tuscany > siena

Virginia A

Sleeps: 4
€ 980 - € 1600 per week.

italy > tuscany > siena

Villa Luisa

Sleeps: 10
€ 1850 - € 3490 per week.

italy > tuscany > siena

Villa Donati

Sleeps: 14
€ 2140 - € 4400 per week.

italy > tuscany > siena

Ropoli Sotto

Sleeps: 6
€ 1000 - € 1850 per week.

italy > tuscany > siena

Ropoli Sopra

Sleeps: 4
€ 840 - € 1300 per week.

italy > tuscany > siena

Massimo

Sleeps: 4
€ 1100 - € 1800 per week.

italy > tuscany > siena

Marta

Sleeps: 6
€ 1150 - € 2070 per week.

italy > tuscany > siena

Emilio

Sleeps: 4
€ 1200 - € 2000 per week.

italy > tuscany > siena

Damiano

Sleeps: 3
€ 800 - € 1250 per week.

italy > tuscany > siena

Adriana

Sleeps: 4
€ 980 - € 1600 per week.

italy > tuscany > grosseto

Scuderia

Sleeps: 2
€ 771 - € 1271 per week.

italy > tuscany > arezzo

Stalla

Sleeps: 4
€ 779 - € 1344 per week.

italy > tuscany > arezzo

Pagliaio

Sleeps: 4
€ 779 - € 1721 per week.

We have two main types of villas with shared pools:

Three Villas with a shared pool

These are often big old farmhouses that have been converted into villas or sometimes apartments. Spacious, with plenty of space to roam around, these are great places to take over as a group of friends, so all the children can play together but each family has their own space when they need it. Valdambra is a perfect example of this kind of place, with three spacious villas and a large pool. Beyond the pool there are trees with hammocks strung among them, the perfect spot for relaxing.

Valdambra

Estates with shared pools

These are larger old farming estates, often with a big old villa surrounded by smaller farmhouses, perfect for meeting other families and letting the children play together. Our best example of this is Montestigliano, a stunning hill-top hamlet close to Siena, where all the buildings are Sienna red and magical. The is space for 65 guests here so the owners have very cleverly built two swimming pools. One of them, set a fair distance from the hamlet, is the children's pool, where they're welcome to play and run around. The second pool is close to the main villa and is dedicated to reading and swimming - the perfect place for at least one of the parents to relax - and if you use the babysitting services both parents could enjoy some welcome down-time here.

My sketch of Montestigliano - drawn before drones existed, merely using the mind's eye.. : ) Montestigliano

Bonus Romantic Spots

Pieve di Caminino is a thousand year old ex-monastery in the Maremma, in southern Tuscany. The current owners are architects and have carefully restored the 11th century church from its period of being used as farm stables. Today the church is their living room, hung with paintings from the famous painters in their family. It is glorious. Around the estate they have converted various buildings into romantic apartments, leaving plenty of breathing space for everybody and placing the swimming pool a good distance away from the buildings. It is a delight. My favourite apartment there is Scuderia.

This is the lounge at the Pieve: Pieve di Caminino Lounge