Description: A historical villa with beautiful views this property is a large historic villa, originally owned by the church until 1350, and subsequently sold to a noble Florentine family. It is located in a splendid panoramic position, immersed in the peace and tranquillity of the green Mugello valley, on the southern slopes of the Apennines, 350 meters above sea level. The estate consists of 230 hectares of farmland, mostly devoted to the cultivation of wheat and cereals, alternating with chestnut woods and fields. The villa has been recently renovated, but still presents some of its original elements, such as beamed ceilings in some rooms and warm Tuscan terracotta-tiled floors. The rooms are furnished with period furniture and decorated with paintings and prints. The balconies and the windows of the villa offer beautiful views of the valley below. Guests have exclusive use of the pleasant outdoor areas and the large swimming pool. Behind the villa and the swimming pool, partly separated by a laurel hedge, is a farmhouse divided into three apartments. The caretaker lives in one of the apartments which has a separate entrance. The other two are mostly rented for long term and have separate entrances. Privacy is guaranteed. A chapel and a groove of century-old trees are in the park. A portico is furnished with table and chairs for al fresco dining. Please note that the pool is located 200 metres from the villa. Florence (45 km) can be easily reached by car or using the convenient and frequent train service fromthis property. Its location allows easy day trips to many other popular destinations in Tuscany such as Arezzo (80 km), S. Gimignano (100 km), Siena, Pisa and Lucca (120 km). Rome is only 3 hours away by motorway. Most destinations can also be reached by train from the railway station ofthis property through Florence. Golf courses, tennis courts and a riding school are in the vicinity. Lago di Bilancino (45 km) offers water sports such as sailing and windsurfing, and it has some beaches that are suitable for bathing. About the area The Mugello area in north-estern Tuscany is also known as "the Switzerland of Tuscany", because of the hilly wooded quality of the countryside, so different from that of Chianti or Maremma. There are endless possibilities for trekking, or just walking around; the roads going north to Firenzuola, Marradi or S. Godenzo will shortly take you to the slopes of the Appennini, the mountain range that separates Tuscany from Romagna. The village of Vicchio (4 km), founded in the 14th century, is the birthplace of painters Giotto and Fra Angelico. In the Museo Comunale there are many interesting pieces dating from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Several restaurants in and aroundthis property offer tasty Tuscan cooking at reasonable prices. Nearby there are places where you can take riding lessons or go out for a ride on horseback. It is possible to buy fresh bread and other basic foods inthis property. There are supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, banks, chemists and a post office. Inthis property there are also a bus station and a railway station with busses and trains for Florence. In Borgo S. Lorenzo (15 km) there is a wide selection of shops. The old centre still retains its Medieval character; the main church, although restored, dates back to the 12th century. The village of Scarperia (15 km) has been famous for centuries for its cutlery shops, where knives and all sorts of blades are still made by hand. Today it is known for two nearby modern attractions; an excellent golf course and a car racing ground (Circuito del Mugello) where F1 trials are held. Near S. Piero (15 km) you can see the fortress built by the Medici in the 16th century, and the castles of Cafaggiolo and Trebbio where Florence's leading family came from. The picturesque Designer Outlet near Barberino (30 km) with its 100 shops is well worth a visit. Keep an eye out for the mercato (itinerant market) which is to be found on fixed week days all year round in the neighbouring villages:this property, Borgo S. Lorenzo, Dicomano. The lake Lago di Bilancino (45 km) offers water sports such as sailing and windsurfing. During the summer months many of the little towns and villages in Tuscany hold their fiera (fair) or sagra (feast). People gather to look at stands, eat in the open-air restaurants or dance to the sound of old time orchestras. The most important event of this kind is the ancient Fiera Calda inthis property, which takes place in the last week of August or the first of September. Initially a cattle and horse market, it is now a combination of commercial fair, bric-à-brac and art exhibition, horse show and other events. About the area Ground floor: Large entrance hall 2 living rooms, one of which has a fireplace 1 kitchen (the kitchen is not modern but fully equipped) 1 dining room 2 guests bathrooms Laundry room with washing machine Upper floor: Living room with fireplace 2 double bedrooms, one of which has a terrace, both have a bathroom with shower 2 double bedrooms with access to a large loggia 2 twin bedrooms 2 bathrooms with shower 1 bathroom with bathtub Garden: Private swimming pool (6.5 x 12 m) Panoramic terrace with views of the surrounding valleys Large garden with century old trees Parking area Location 45 km north of Florence. Rooms 3 living rooms, 1 dining room, 1 kitchen, 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Facilities Fireplaces, TV (only regional channels), Internet WIFI connection, 4-ring-gas hob, oven, washing machine, telephone (on request), iron, terrace, garden, private and gated pool, parking. Special features Historical villa with spacious rooms in outstanding country setting. Good starting point for reaching the art cities of Tuscany. Sports Swimming Trekking Tennis court 4 km Riding school 7 km Golf club 15 km Sailing and windsurfing at Lago di Bilancino 45 km Rent includes Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, pool cleaning service, garden maintenance. Rent does not include Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, final cleaning. Ideal for A large group of friends or a family reunion. Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, final cleaning to be paid in euros on the premises: Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection , pool cleaning service, garden maintenance all included in the price. Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only. Pool size: 7 x 15 m / opening dates: June 11th - Sep 24th. Pool towels are not provided. For bookings with more than 3 children please inquire. Baby bed available. Pets not allowed. Security deposit: EUR 1000. Heating (if required): EUR 80 set price per day. Wood for fireplace: please check price on the premises. Final cleaning: EUR 250. Maid service on request: EUR 12 per hour. Baby bed: EUR 80 per week. Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm at an extra fee: EUR 50.
Directions Touring ideas Vicchio (shops, restaurant, railway station) 4 km Borgo S. Lorenzo 15 km S. Piero 15 km Barberino di Mugello 30 km Florence 45 km Arrezzo 70 km San Gimignano 80 km Pisa 90 km Lucca 90 km Siena 100 km Venice 250 km