If you’re looking for a truly relaxing family friendly villa holiday, Tuscany is a great choice. The varied and beautiful landscapes provide loads of opportunities for fun days out and exciting activities, and the sun, food and wine are definitely a must for parents who need a bit of hard-earned R&R.
And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, a luxury villa in Tuscany beats a hotel hands down when you’ve got the little ones in tow. You can make snacks at any time thanks to the kitchen, have your own space in a place that feels more like a home, not to mention that many villas have a whole host of handy extras and services that make holidaying with kids a breeze. We’ve put together our 10 favourite Tuscan villas that are as suited to a family holiday as a gelato is to a hot day.
1. Villa Dania
Price from: £30pppn
Kids will adore the back-in-time feel that this villa has thanks to its owners’ tasteful refurbishment – keeping as many original features and furnishings as possible. A beautiful setting, and a charming village within walking distance; along with thoughtful extras like high-chairs, bikes and a child-safe pool ensures that your family will have everything you need for your stay in Tuscany.
2. Villa Fassio
Price from: £95 pppn
This charming 13th century farmhouse has plenty to entertain curious kids. Its privileged location is close to historic Siena, but on an enormous natural reserve. All manner of flora and fauna are on your doorstep to explore, and when the sun goes down, turn your attention skywards. The house has its own observatory, with an astronomer available to guide you through the stars.
3. Villa Gaiole
Price From: £92 pppn
Villa Gaiole is great if you’re looking for a bit of pampering. Not only will you be surrounded by a beautiful and luxurious villa, you can arrange to have cooks, spa treatments and even a babysitter come straight to your door.
4. Villa Poggio
Price from: £19 pppn
Two hectares of private grounds complete with olive groves, woods and meadows mean that your clan can frolick to their heart’s content at this villa. The main house is also ideal for families with elderly or infirm members as it has step-free access and roomy bathrooms.
Price from: £42 pppn
This beautifully decorated and recently renovated villa is in a secluded spot, close to the gorgeous town of Arrezzo. Perfect for families travelling together, this property is split into two self-contained apartments, so it’s possible to have a little alone time with your own clan if you wish. It also has high chairs, cots and two extra single beds for kids under 12 that can be provided free of charge.
6. Villa Bello
Price from: £22 pppn
This ten bedroom family villa is a delight, perched on an 180-hectare farm looking out over sunflower fields. Guests will stay in one of four apartments each with their own entrance and kitchen – privacy at its finest. But of course, you can still enjoy many evenings together cooking up a storm or chillaxing with a bottle of wine in the large common areas, while the kids play in the garden. Villa Bello is a safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of normal life – perfect for large groups of families.
7. Villa Anna
Price from: £51 pppn
This private villa will shower you and your family with luxuries. A child-safe pool will keep little ones entertained, and the spa and sauna will relax the adults. High chairs, cots, a pool table and table tennis will all ensure youngsters are well catered for. The owners produce wine and olive oil from the farm on site, so you’ll really feel immersed in Italian life in this gorgeous property.
Sleeps: 8 – 20
Price from: £25 pppn
Fancy heading off on a Tuscan jaunt with the extended family or friends who have kids of their own (or both)? You might want to have a look at Villa il Gufo, which is comprised of three separate renovated dwellings. That means there’s plenty of room for everyone – and everyone gets their own space.
Price from: £34 pppn
Villa la Fauci is great if you like nature and are pining after a little privacy! It’s set in a beautifully secluded part of Tuscany (so a car rental is pretty essential) and if you’re lucky, you might spot some wild boar, deer and foxes in the surrounding countryside!
10. Villa Orlandi
Price from: £36 pppn
While there’s plenty to keep kids of all ages active and entertained (including a pretty unique swimming pool that’s half inside, half outside), parents will be able to keep up with their workout routine thanks to the property’s yoga room and martial arts gym – in between relaxing next to the pool, of course.
If you’re planning a family holiday in Tuscany, check out the rest of our brilliant range of villas, and ask our concierge team about the family-friendly extras we can help you plan! To get you extra excited for your trip, here’s the best family activities in Tuscany, the yummiest food and wine in the region and a run-down of the most gorgeous towns and villages to visit.