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The House and the Park

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car essential
  • Nearest beach 90km

In the heart of Tuscany, the Antica Canonica is on a country estate surrounded on all sides by beautiful unspoilt countryside.

The historical residence, which origins can be traced back to the eleventh Century, has been recently fully restored and has a rich and interesting history. Originally a watch tower built in 1048, the building became the property of the church who transformed it into a Bishops residence and a medieval farming hamlet, later still the house and its grounds was used as a country retreat for many noble Counts and Dukes of the region.

The tiny hamlet was eventually abandoned, but now it has been lovingly restored, preserving its ancient heritage.

The Antica Canonica, full of charm, can give hospitality to 6/8 people. The three halls are cosy and refined: the Bishop's, the coat of arms' and the big dining-room are furnished smartly with antique pieces, Persian carpets and valuable fabrics in perfect harmony with the millenarian atmosphere.

The magic of the three fire-places, the frescoes and the historical decorations together with the objects designed by clever craftsmen complete the frame.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Puntala 90 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Florence 55 km, Nearest railway: Siena 17 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The Antica Canonica is on the first floor of the main building and was once the Bishops palatial rooms. Great care has been taken in the renovation and the furnishings are luxurious and refined. The original characteristics of the building have all been retained, beautiful high vaulted ceilings, archways, terracotta floors are all featured and the old beautiful fire-places keep the old glamour and suggest the idea that the time has stopped.

The three reception rooms are very welcoming. All have traditional wood burning fireplaces, and are elegantly furnished with antiques, Persian rugs and beautiful light fittings handmade by specialist craftsmen. The Bishops lounge is the perfect place for relaxing with its large sofas, warm red fabrics, drapes and satellite television, and there is a second lounge with fireplace in the hallway leading to the fully equipped kitchenette and beautiful dining room.

This characteristic room has crystal topped banqueting table, upholstered chairs, fireplace and a beautiful reproduction of the famous Guido Riccio da Fogliano fresco, the original of which is in the Palazzo Pubblico in the famous Piazza del Campo in Siena.

The three bedrooms are extremely comfortable, each being exquisitely furnished in different colours, with soft fabrics, semi canopy beds and en suite shower rooms decorated with hand painted tiles. A fourth bathroom near the bishops lounge boasts a large hydro massage bath tub two places.

Crystal glasses and fine china complete the refinery, creating the perfect atmosphere for a leisurely candlelit dinner

Antica Canonica has its own private area at the pool furnished with sun loungers, table, chairs and barbecue. Partly shaded and filled with flowers it is the perfect surrounding for an alfresco meal or just enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside.

Further details outdoors

At the entrance to the villa is a small terrace with table and chairs which overlooks the estate towards the beautiful swimming pool and grounds. The swimming pool (16m x 8m), surrounded by lawns and landscaped gardens framed by the rolling wooded hills beyond, is a lovely spot to relax and have a cooling dip.

Antica Canonica has its own private area at the pool furnished with sun loungers, table, chairs and barbecue. Partly shaded and filled with flowers it is the perfect surrounding for an alfresco meal or just enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside.

A stay at the Antica Canonica is also made of pleasant moments spent in the open: a swim in the swimming-pool, sunbathing in the magnificent frame of the wide park which surrounds the village, hikes and mountain bike rides across the gentle hills of the area.

When you can tear yourself away from this idyllic retreat, Antica Canonica is excellently located for exploring the area and discovering the delights of Tuscany. San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Volterra are all close by and the famous towns of Florence and Siena with their countless art treasures and historic monuments are easily accessible via the main road links at nearby Colle di Val d'Elsa, an interesting town in itself, being famous for its crystal production and medieval quarter.

In fact the owners of Antica Canonica have a lovely restaurant in the ancient hill town, featuring excellent refined cuisine, and with a large panoramic terrace for dining al fresco. Guests at Antica Canonica receive a complimentary voucher offering 10% discount at the restaurant.

Further details

Swimming pool only available from May 15 to Sept. 15

The villa has an exclusive garden and a large park with swimming pool shared with the other guests.

In price we include:

Tax (Iva 10%), Parking, TV + DVD + satellite, household linen end bed linen, washing machine with iron and ironing board, electricity, water; weekly housework, dishwasher, kitchen equipped of dishes and accessories; use of swimming pool (15/05 - 30/09) Hydro massage two places. Swimming pool equipment. Private garden near the swimming pool.

We don't include in the price:

Final Cleaning € 90,00 (payable to your departure).

Heating: € 4,00 for each cubic meter ( only November, December, January, February March).

Payment methods:

At the moment of booking - pay payment - 30% - with credit transfer - PAYPAL

30 days before arrival - settlement - 70% - with credit transfer - PAYPAL

English-speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.

The Tuscany region

When you can tear yourself away from this idyllic retreat, Antica Canonica is excellently located for exploring the area and discovering the delights of Tuscany.

San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Volterra are all close by and the famous towns of Florence and Siena with their countless art treasures and historic monuments are easily accessible via the main road links at nearby Colle di Val d'Elsa.

Colle di Val d'Elsa

Colle di Val d'Elsa, an interesting town in itself, being famous for its crystal production and medieval quarter. In fact the owners of Antica Canonica have a lovely restaurant in the ancient hill town, featuring excellent refined cuisine, and with a large panoramic terrace for dining al fresco.

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