Description: Tradition's comfort Nestled in a fairy-tale setting among the gentle hillsides south-west ofthis property, this property is set on a large plot of beauty and peace. It is perfect for seven couples and a single or an extended family seeking close proximity tothis property. The location could not be better. Set on an idyllic hillside just 20 minutes (14 km) fromthis property, this elegant country house is within an hours drive of all of the beautiful hill towns and vineyards of Chianti. The closest village, San Donato in Collina, is 2 km away. It offers easy access to boththis property and Chianti, so you can alternate trips to the Uffizi and the Duomo with excursions to the countryside of Tuscany. San Donato has a bar, a small grocery shop with bakery, a butcher, a hairdresser, and a church. Horseback riding is found at 1 km. A short unpaved road (500 m) leads to the farmhouse, surrounded by vineyards and olive grove. The property has been fully restored in 2011 and the attention to detail and beauty is remarkable. The property includes the house (400 sqm) for 12 people, a small dependence (100 sqm) for 4 people and a large private pool which can be heated. In the garden there is a gazebo for relaxing. A stone patio with pizza oven BBQ overlooks the country side. It is furnished with a long table, comfortable chairs for dining al fresco. A few steps from the house is the pool, surrounded by lounge chairs and umbrellas, and a panoramic view of the gentle hills. Inside, this property has beautiful terracotta tile floors and beamed ceilings, and is divided into three floors. There is a total of 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms (4 with shower, 4 with bathtub). The bedrooms are spacious. this property is an ecologic property as the electricity is produced by solar cells and refreshment of air and heating by geothermal energy. Next to this property is an other separate private villa belonging to the same owner ( Villa Leonina / also featured in our portfolio). The villas are close to each other, but separated by hedges and trees. Each villa has its private access, private drive way, and each villa has its own private pool. There is a separate fitness house of the estate (with hydromassage, sauna, equipment for gym and bar) with exclusive use for the first clients who reserve it. Sightseeing Florence Florence, the capital city of Tuscany, will make you swoon with its art, architecture, culture and history. Some favorites are Michelangelo's David in the Accademia, the Duomo, Campanile and Bapistry, the museum of the works of the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello, San Marco with Fra Angelica's frescos, Santa Croce, and San Miniato, not to mention the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Think ofthis property for leather, lace, linens, Florentine paper and paper products, wine, food and monthly rentals off season. Famous festivals are Easter and San Giovanni June 25. Do you wish to whet your appetite forthis property? Visit our new culture website and browse through the 70 museums ofthis property: http://www.museumsinflorence.com . Siena This is perhaps one of the most magical cities in Tuscany. The narrow streets and squares are grouped into sixteen different neighbourhoods or 'contrade' around the shell-shaped main square, each of which has a colourful flag depicting a different symbol to which the 'contradaioli' are fanatically devoted. Each contrada sends a horse to the race, run twice or three times yearly, which is held in the main square when life in Siena comes to a standstill and the hearts of its citizens are held in thrall. The Chianti area The hills of Chianti, criss-crossed with vines and crested with cypress trees have become the hallmark of Tuscany, the beauty of the landscape married to a quality of life which would be rare anywhere in the world. Chiantishire, as the English call it, has an infinite variety of hilltop villages where you can sip a cappuccino in one of the outdoor cafe's in the medieval squares, of cellars where you can sample the local wines from the barrels, of little trattorias serving robustly satisfying Tuscan food with its hams and salamis and delicious pastas and wild boar stew with white beans and salads growing wild in the hedgerows. The back roads wind uphill and down, between old stone walls crested with pale violet irises past Romanesque cloisters, sandstone farmhouses and shepherds with their flocks of sheep producing the famed 'pecorino' cheese. You are in the heart of Tuscany and the list of excursions half or a whole day away is long: Arezzo, famous for its Piero della Francesca frescoes and its monthly antique market, the walled city of Lucca with its 99 churches, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Val d'Orcia with the Renaissance town of Pienza and the wine-making meccas of Montepulciano and Montalcino and the awe-inspiring abbey of Sant'Antimo are just another few... VILLA (12 people) 1 reception room with a piano (85 sqm) convertible for conferences 2 living rooms on the ground floor 1 living room with a small bar on the first floor of the tower 1 breakfast room 1 dining room (with access to the stone patio) 1 fully equipped kitchen 3 twin or double bedrooms (large beds, 100 cm each), each room with en suite bathrooms 2 double bedrooms (king size) each with en suite bathroom; one of the double bedrooms has an additional single bed 1 single bedroom (bed 120 cm) with its bathroom 1 service room with washing machine and dryer DEPENDANCE (4 people) 1 double bedroom (king size) with en suite bathroom 1 twin or double bedroom (large beds, 100 cm each) with en suite bathroom 1 living room with fully equipped kitchenette GARDEN Private pool Stone patio with pizza oven BBQ and gazebo Use the fitness house (sauna, hydromassage, equippement for gym, biobar) to be requested when booking The weekly price is referred to an occupancy of 16 people. Please see the discount for smaller groups up to 12 people. Location 14 km south-west ofthis property. Floor area House 400 m2 Dependance 100 m2 Facilities Fireplaces, refreshment of air and heating produced by geothermal energy, piano, satellite TV, DVD, CD-stereo, Internet WIFI connection, vacuum cleaner, washing machine, dryer, alarm system, dishwasher, professional stove 6 burners, blender, microwave, kettle, American coffee maker, espresso/cappuccino maker, toaster, oven, large refrigerator with freezer, hair-dryer in each bathroom, iron and ironing board, terrace with gazebo, outdoor furniture and BBQ, pizza oven, garden, private pool (pool can be fenced on request), sun loungers, tables and chairs, sun umbrella, panoramic views, parking on private ground, electronic entrance gate. Use the fitness house of the estate (sauna, hydromassage, equippement for gym, biobar) to be requested when booking and available at extra charge. Please note: Refreshment of air produced by geothermal energy is a modern and healthy cooling system. The air will be refreshed circa 10-12 centigrade lower than the outside temperature. The guests will not have the 15 centigrade air conditioning but a healthy refreshed air. (If the temperature outside is 30 degrees Celsius we will have in the house circa 19-20 degrees Celsius). Special features Luxury villa nearthis property with all modern comforts. Wonderful base for exploringthis property and central Tuscany. Sports Swimming Sauna, fitness Hiking Cycling Horse back riding 1 km Golf Ugolino 11 km Rent includes Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday, bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday, water, electricity, Internet WIFI connection, refreshment of air and heating produced by geothermal energy, wood for fireplace and BBQ, maid service (4 hours house cleaning 6 times per week from Monday to Saturday/2 persons for 2 hours), pool cleaning service, garden maintenance. Rent does not include Security deposit, final cleaning. Use of fitness house (sauna, hydromassage, equippement for gym, biobar) to be requested when booking. Ideal for Several couples travelling together or a family gathering. Extra service available only on request, to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day: Use of fitness house (sauna, hydromassage, equippement for gym, biobar), please check availability when booking: Security deposit, final cleaning to be paid in euros on the premises: Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday, bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday, water, electricity, Internet WIFI connection, refreshment of air and heating produced by geothermal energy, wood for fireplace and BBQ, maid service (4 hours house cleaning 6 times per week from Monday to Saturday/2 persons for 2 hours), pool cleaning service, garden maintenance all included in the price. * Short stays promotion: Reservations from Saturday to Saturday during high season; shorter stays are possible during mid and low season (see below*). Pool size: 12 x 6 m, depth 1.2 - 2.8 m / opening dates: beginning May depending on weather conditions - end of September. Pool towels are provided. Baby bed with linen and high chair available: free of charge. During mid and low season rentals shorter than one week are accepted at the following condition: Price per day (weekly rate divided by 7) multiplied by the number of the requested nights + the cost of one extra night. (For example: if the guests want to stay 3 nights 4 nights are invoiced). Minimum stay: 3 nights. Typical Tuscan meal on your first evening, after a long trip, and cook for dinners during your stay: The lady who cooks is paid EUR 150 per dinner for up to 12 people (EUR 270 for more than 12 people), plus the cost of the ingredients (food and drinks). Dinners must be booked ahead prior the arrival. Cooking lessons: EUR 250 + grocery shopping. First shopping: EUR 20 plus expenses for the groceries (please specify the shopping list). Extra set of linen during the week: please check price on the premises. Extra domestic help (house cleaning): EUR 15 per hour. Car/minivan with or without driver: please check price on the premises. Tourist guide: please check price on the premises. Horse back riding: please check price on the premises. Professional masseuse: please check price on the premises. Painting lessons (watercolor painting and drawing): please check price on the premises. EUR 1000 per week to be paid upon booking. EUR 100 final cleaning to be paid on the premises. Security deposit: EUR 1300 (if rented without the Dependance EUR 1000). Exception: for Christmas and New Year the security deposit might increase. Final cleaning: EUR 500 (if rented without the Dependance EUR 400). Pet allowed upon request: free of charge.
Directions Touring ideas San Donato in Collina 2 km Bagno a Ripoli 9 km Florence 14 km Radda in Chianti 40 km Gaiole in Chianti 52 km Arrezzo 60 km San Gimignano 64 km Siena 80 km Montepulciano 95 km Lucca 100 km Pisa 120 km Viareggio 120 km Forte dei Marmi VIP beaches 130 km