Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Single family independent villa from the 1850's situated in a charming village. Villa Maria is in the small and charming village of Renai, 3 km from Castelfiorentino. The villa is encircled by vineyards and olive groves.
The owner Vincenzo realised the restoration work completely by hand in order to safeguard the architectural integrity of the structure which was originally an old hayloft. He recycled old materials when ever possible taking a lot of time and care. Then he furnished it with Rustic antiques to further reinforce the villas timeless feel.
This is a perfect place to savour the country's comforting peace and tranquillity, far away from stress and tension of the city you will completely relax and unwind. The dining room has been recuperated from what was once the stables and wagon room. The open fire place, originally used for shoeing horses is all fashioned from hand made bricks.
A wide corridor, leads us to the kitchen which is a faithful reconstruction of the old kitchens found in traditional Tuscan farmhouses, with its stone sink chiselled by hand. The 5 bedrooms are wide and airy, simple in their elegant order, graced with bright windows, each framing wonderful views of the undulating countryside. One bedroom on the ground floor has been designed with handicapped facilities. The 3 bathrooms, with bathtub or shower, are enriched by lively colours and Vietri's hand painted tiles.
There is a panoramic terrace, well equipped for dining al fresco. Far from luminous pollution of the big city you will be able to enjoy a simple but exciting show, like a starry sky or a full moon. The owners are at your disposal and can cook traditional meals for you using the produce of their gardens, orchards, vinyard and olive grove, they can also organise cooking courses and show you how to make Tuscan bread or pizza in the original wood fired bread oven.
Accommodation: Ground floor: the dining room with an antique wood table (seats 12 people), sofa, armchairs, an original hearth composed by handmade bricks, a traditional sideboard , TV-sat, a large and very bright corridor, in which you can find Hi-Fi stereo and the door to the downstairs bedroom.
The kitchen: well equipped, with original stone link, working fireplace, oven, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, and a nice marble table. A laundry with washing machine. A bathroom with shower.
The down stairs bedroom has the magic colours of coral with a well restored wardrobe, 2 bedside tables and a sofa. The stone stairway leads upstairs which has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (one with shower and one with tub):
- a double bedroom, enriched by a picture of Michelangelo like bed head, an old English wardrobe with a mirror, an antique chest of drawers, 2 bedside tables and a sofa;
- a twin bedroom from which you can admire starry sky, with a very pretty writing desk, a chair, a hand-painted wardrobe and 2 bedside tables;
- a double bedroom with brought iron bed head, a nice wardrobe, a chest of drawers, a large mirror and a pretty chair, 2 bedside tables and a sofa;
- a very romantic double/twin bedroom, that has a sunny picture like bed head, a sofa, a wardrobe and 2 bedside tables from the 19th century.
There is a hair dryer but no phone. Internet connection available. Mountain bike rentals are also available.
Garden & Swimming Pool: From the garden, there are wonderful views of the Tuscan hills and enchanting sunsets, in the complete silence that only the country can offer, broken only by the sounds of nature.
The pool is 5 x 10 meters, 1.5 metres deep and also has fantastic views.
Suggested event for this property: Palio di Siena tickets.
While staying at this property we would like you to consider the possibility to attend the famous Palio di Siena, a world wide renowned event. The Palio takes place twice a year on July 2nd and on August 16. You can contact us to reserve your tickets.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence - Amerigo Vespucci 40 km, Nearest railway: Castelfiorentino 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Villa Maria is near to San Gimignano as well as with easy reach of most important Tuscan places of interest. The nearest airport is Florence airport about 35 minutes. Pisa is just over an hour and Rome airports are about three hours away.
Villa Maria is situated in the small and charming village called Renai, 3 km from Castelfiorentino where there is a train station.
From there it is only 40 minutes the centre of Firenze, Pisa e Siena. The railway service is good; there are trains every hour and at all hours.
OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE NEAR BY: In Castelfiorentino you can find what ever you need, such as: railway station, supermarkets, banks, post office, chemists, hospital all kind of stores, gyms, beauty centres, library, cinema, theatre, antique churches and museums.
Villa Maria is situated in a strategic position to reach the most beautiful art cities in Tuscany. It is particularly interesting to visit the medieval villages around Siena, like Monteriggioni, Pienza and Montalcino, not only for their artistic value but also for their gastronomic specialities.
Nearest town: Castelfiorentino km 3
Restaurants: Le Boscarecce km 1
Supermarket: Castelfiorentino km 3
Grocery: Castelfiorentino km 3
Shops: Castelfiorentino km 3
Outlets: Barberino del Mugello km 40
Bank: Castelfiorentino km 3
Post office: Castelfiorentino km 3
Chemistry: Castelfiorentino km 3
Tennis court: Castelfiorentino km 3
Golf: Montelupo Fiorentino km 15
Horse riding: Castelfiorentino km 3
SPA: San Gimignano km 12
Train station: Castelfiorentino km 3
The city lies on the River Arno; it is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture and, more generally, for its cultural heritage. A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance; it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. A turbulent political history included periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, religious and republican revolution. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.
The historic centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and Euromonitor International ranked the city as the world's 72nd most visited in 2009, with 1.685 million visitors. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace, amongst others, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Florence is also an important city in Italian fashion, as well as a major national economic centre, being a tourist and industrial hub.
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