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Go with a splash: make sure your villa has everything the family needs

What to look for in a family villa in Tuscany

By Sean Caulfield

We’ve hosted thousands of family holidays, so we know just what to look for to make sure your villa has everything the family will need? Here are our top tips:

Book enough bedrooms…

While many of our villas offer flexible living, some including sofa beds to maximise space, try to avoid skimping on the amount of bedrooms. The kids will have a more peaceful night in a room on which you can shut the door – and you won’t have to tiptoe around the villa after you’ve put them to bed.

… and bathrooms

As well as enough beds, extra bathrooms help keep everyone happy. You might not need a private bathroom for each individual bedroom, but book a villa with at least two to cut down on the amount of waiting – and potential arguments.

What kind of pool do you fancy?

We pride ourselves on the fact that the vast majority of our villas have access to a swimming pool. But which to choose for a family holiday, private or shared? There’s no doubt a private pool is a real treat – and if you opt for one, you might like to make sure it’s fenced or close to the house to keep children safe. But a shared pool offers the chance to mingle with other families, an easy way to help the kids make holiday friends.

Is there space inside and out?

Choose a villa with a few communal spaces, both inside and out. This will enable everyone to find a quiet corner should they want some private time and to ensure you’ve somewhere to gather under cover if you’re unlucky enough to experience a rainy day.

Keep connected

You might dream of taking a break from digital life, but for many families Wi-Fi is the key to a happy holiday, especially if you’re travelling with teenagers. Wi-Fi allows your kids to use their devices for entertainment, to stay in touch with friends, and to share photos and activities from the trip. It also means you can stay up-to-date with news, social media and, if you must, your emails.

Stop the boredom

Lots of our villas have activities on site, from tennis courts to snooker and ping pong. In many you’ll find books, DVDs and board games, too. Check out the fine details of your preferred villa’s page to see what is available.

Get out and about

Seclusion is nice, but so is history, culture, and nightlife. Unless you are a very self-contained family, it’s a good idea to choose a villa that is close to a town or village with shopping and restaurants – if eating out is important, choosing a villa within walking distance of good eateries is a bonus.


To Tuscany has a fantastic range of family-friendly villas.

Over 20 years ago, I moved to Tuscany with my Italian wife and founded To Tuscany as a villa rental company. Our first rentals were in a country residence in Chianti and we offered guests a tailored vacation using our local knowledge and personal service. Today, you can experience the same at over 600 superb villas.

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