Villa La Veduta
Villa | 9 bedrooms | sleeps 18
If you require superior accommodation with an unmistakable touch of class, this fully refurbished, early 19th century, two-storey villa will not disappoint you. It is furnished with valuable antiques dating back to the 1700's, complemented by elegant, Venetian-design mirrors, chandeliers and wardrobes. All the bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom with modern facilities. The secluded, hilltop location and panoramic views are simply stunning and have to be seen to be believed! Not to mention the possibility to use the heated pool in the low and mid season weeks!
The property is centrally heated throughout. Its interiors are generously spacious and all their original structural features, dating from 1823, have been carefully preserved during the restoration process. These include the polished terracotta-tiled floors, the high vaulted ceilings, the colour-washed walls, and the numerous French doors. The highlight, however, is the traditional Tuscan pigeon-loft on the roof of the house, now charmingly converted into a romantic, low-ceilinged bedroom, complete with a balcony boasting spectacular, top-of-the-world views.
Elegant paintings and Persian rugs adorn the villa's walls and floors and the soft furnishings are harmoniously co-ordinated in luxurious brocade. Many of the bedrooms feature typically Tuscan wrought-iron bedsteads, as well as electric fans for summertime use. In front and to one side of the property extends a gravel terrace, fully railed-in, perfect for al fresco dining and relaxation. Just below this, in a suntrap position, lies the grass pool-terrace, out beyond which stretches the idyllic scenic backdrop right over to the far horizon.
ACCOMODATION: 495 square metres in total. At ground-floor level, you enter a large, bright hallway, which leads through open-plan to the billiard-room, combined with the living-room. Issuing off here is a separate, comfortable TV room, equipped with Sat.TV, hi-fi and home-cinema unit. WI-FI internet connection available with extra price. The air conditioning is available in all the bedrooms and living area.
On the opposite side of the hallway is the spacious dining-room, where a long, wooden table seats at least 20. In addition, two lovely antique mirrored and glass-fronted dressers in cherrywood add great style. French doors open on to the gravel terrace, where another long table invites you to dine outdoors. From the dining-room you gain access to the kitchen, with its large chimney-breast over the cooking-range, terracotta-tiled splashbacks, old stone sink, round table, and French doors to the side-terrace. Appliances include: fridge-freezer, microwave, gas hob, electric oven, coffee-maker, toaster. Next to the kitchen is a downstairs double bedroom, with ensuite bathroom with shower.
Adjoining this is a service bathroom, comprising toilet and three washbasins. The laundry is adjacent, with washing-machine, iron and board, and storage room.
A separate, lockable, walk-in cupboard houses all the fuse-boxes. Returning to the entrance hall, you proceed up a stone staircase (with banister) to the second-floor landing. Leading off this large central hallway are the following: Double bedroom with built-in wardrobes. Ensuite bathroom with lovely tiled frieze and corner jacuzzi bathtub. This room enjoys superb views over the front garden. Double bedroom with antique cherrywood furniture. Ensuite bathroom with shower and elegant white antique-style fittings.
Double bedroom (beds can be separated into twins) with ensuite bathroom with shower. Double bedroom (beds can be separated into twins) with Venetian-style painted-wood wardrobes. Ensuite bathroom with shower. Double bedroom (beds can be separated into twins) with ensuite bathroom with shower. A separate little corridor, closed off by a door, then takes you into two further bedrooms, as follows:
Double bedroom (beds can be separated into twins) with built-in, Venetian-style painted-wood wardrobes, and darkwood marble-topped chest-of-drawers. Ensuite bathroom with shower. Double bedroom (beds can be separated into twins) with baby-cot. Ensuite bathroom, with lovely tiled frieze and shower.
From the upstairs landing, a narrow wooden spiral staircase, securely railed-in with a wrought-iron banister and a security-gate at the top, entices you further upwards to the converted pigeon-loft. This now accommodates a delightfully intimate double bedroom (beds can be separated into twins), with large ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle. From the bedroom's French doors you step directly on to a sunny, walled-in balcony, which commands magnificent countryside views from a bird's-eye perspective. A further section of the balcony is accessible from the little landing outside the bedroom.
GARDEN & SWIMMING POOL: You approach the villa along a minor, asphalted country road, which winds its way uphill among vineyards, olive-groves and Cypress trees. The house is perched on a secluded hillside, with nothing coming between it and sweeping open views of the surrounding hills, farmland and outlines of hilltop-towns, such as San Gimignano on the far horizon. Here maximum privacy, clean fresh air and quiet are guaranteed.
From the asphalted front driveway, you access an informal parking area, under tall, shady trees to the rear of the property, accommodating over 50 cars. Alongside this stands a covered loggia, sheltering washing-lines, as well as the outdoor BBQ and pizza-oven.
Bordering the house, colourful rosebeds flank the front gravel sunterrace, and brightly planted terracotta urns and lanterns for nighttime illumination dot the grounds. Mature trees, such as Cypresses, eucalypts and pines provide welcome shade, while the lawns around the pool are screened by rosemary and laurel bushes, as well as vines and olives.
The pool itself, accessed from the upper gravel terrace via a stone staircase, measures 18 x 5 metres and has an open-air shower to one side. Its sheltered lawn-surround is equipped with sunshades, loungers and wicker garden furniture and thoroughly spoils you with its breath-taking Tuscan backdrop. The property grounds are fully fenced-in and all the downstairs windows are fitted with security-grilles.
The pool has a thermical heating system and it can reach 30-36 Celsius degrees therefore upon request it can be open in the low and mid season for an extra cost of Euro 300 per week.
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 18, 9 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Livorno 75 km|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence - Amerigo Vespucci 40 km, Nearest railway: Castelfiorentino 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 9 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (5), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Villa La Veduta 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 La Veduta is situated 8 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 La Veduta 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.
You can drive to Tirrenia coast and you can go until Versilia, where you can find amusements, bars, pubs, restaurants and discos and above all you can enjoy the famous Tuscan Riviera. In the little towns in the vicinity of Castelfiorentino, from May to October, there are many village feasts where you can find antique markets and stalls selling the gastronomic specialitys of Tuscany.
Nearest town: Certaldo km 7
Restaurants: Certaldo km 7
Supermarket: Certaldo km 7
Grocery: Certaldo km 7
Shops: Certaldo km 7
Outlets: San Giovanni Valdarno km 85
Bank: Certaldo km 7
Post office: Certaldo km 7
Chemistry: Certaldo km 7
Tennis Court: Certaldo km 7
Golf: Castelfalfi km 26
Horse riding: Certaldo km 12
SPA: Gambassi Terme km 15
Train station: Castelfiorentino km 8
The original Chianti, the area between Florence and Siena, is the heart of Tuscany, traditionally identified with a thousand-year-old history of wine-making, gastronomy, artisanship and culture. At the very center of this area lies the Chianti Storico consisting of the three municipalities Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, and Castellina in Chianti. People in this area have cultivated the land and made wine and olive oil at least since Etruscan times.
The undulating hills form small, protected valleys with a unique, mild microclimate, which has made this area attractive since Etruscan and Roman times. Here we find a special flora and fauna and this is the reason for the high-quality wine and food products from this area. More than half of the Chianti, however, is woodland, which makes it perfect for outdoor activities.
Festivals, concerts, museums, exhibitions, fairs offer a wide range of cultural entertainment. The central position of the Chianti Storico allows for comfortable daytrips to Florence, Siena, San Gimigniano and Montalcino.
Medieval castles, churches, fortified hamlets, villas and farmhouses are scattered all over, making just driving around an experience in itself. A network of partly unpaved country roads invites to explore this beautiful landscape on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.
The Chianti being one of the most famous wine regions in the world means that wine tasting is a key holiday experience, whether visiting local wine festivals, touring wine producers, visiting enoteche, or simply choosing among the many local wines to go with a meal.
Eating out in the many little family restaurants gives a chance to experience local food specialties first hand. The welcoming and friendly atmosphere, the traditional Chianti recipes and the consistent high quality of the seasonal products all contribute to an enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Accommodation ranges from very elegant, high-end luxury hotels or rental villas, over agritourism and farm holidays to family run bed and breakfasts. A warm welcome and personal treatment is assured in any case, and as everywhere in Italy children are more than welcome.
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