Antico Mulino is a beautiful old 15th century stone watermill that has been carefully renovated and restored to bring it back to it’s original style and former glory and preserve it’s original features. The property is also known as "Casa delle Fate" – the Fairytale House, as it is very prettily situated next to a river in a splendid sheltered position. The villa is surrounded by timeless olive groves and vineyards and since the 1700’s when the English poet W. Wordsworth went to the Vallombrosa Abbey to find inspiration for his poems in the surrounding forests, he set its destiny forever by putting it on the international map and the area and old mill kept on attracting many writers, poets and artists from then on including the HRH The Prince of Wales.
The informal garden along the riverside offers many opportunities to relax with its many inviting nooks and crannies to while away time in complete peace and tranquility. The villa also offers guests a beautiful salt water swimming pool (10x5mtr, 1.40mtr deep, open from15/05-25/09), situated in the greenery in a beautiful corner of the garden which then leads down to the river where guests can reach the highest point of the waterfall and even take a dip. On the riverside there is a delightful covered river terrace-patio area which enables guests to eat outside overlooking the river. Lit with candles at night makes a truly romantic atmosphere.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2)|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
On the ground floor you will find the large kitchen / dining room with separate larder room, the characteristic mill stone room for rustic dining and wine tasting, entrancesitting room with large open fireplace, and laundry room. The actual accommodation consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 of which have en-suite bathrooms and one has a separate door into one of the en-suite bathrooms, all on the second floor.
The first floor consists of two comfortable lounges each with open fireplaces, a small separate kitchen, bathroom and access via internal staircase to the converted hayloft which is the perfect place for peaceful sitting and romantic candlelit dining. The delightfully restored fiennile (traditional hay loft) attached to the house is a wonderful magical place for outdoor breakfasts and dinners.
The outside covered wood oven and barbeque are adjacent to the mill stone room and are frequently used for roasting meat and home-made bread, and the barbeque, are next to this room and guests often like to participate in the fascinating wood oven preparation while sampling local and regional wines from our extensive wine cellar. We also offer home-made Tuscan dishes with locally grown organic seasonal produce.
Extra Services on Request (please call the office for costs):
Cleaning and Change of linens
Baby bed and high chair
Cookery courses, guided walks
|Further details outdoors|
Narrow motor access to the house (100 m via unmade road).
Parking available for 2 cars, limited number of spaces by the house.
We also offer home-made Tuscan dishes with locally grown organic seasonal produce.
Included: Linen for bedrooms and bathrooms, final cleaning, garden and pool maintenance.
Excluded: Utility bills payable on Check Out.
Extra Services on request: Daily cleaning and change of linens.
Security Deposit: 1000€ in cash on arrival.
Tuscany is considered one of the most beautiful regions in Italy with stunning scenery, outstanding food and beautiful cities full of art, history and architecture and for that reason many Tuscan towns have become UNESCO protected sites: the main square in Florence, Siena, the Piazza dei Miracoli at Pisa, San Gimignano, the historical centre of Pienza and also the Val d'Orcia. Tuscany is also considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and is also the birthplace of many famous Italian artists, painters, sculptors, musicians such Dante Alighieri ("the father of the Italian language"), Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Botticelli and that’s to name just a few.
The gently rolling Tuscan hills are lined with cypress trees and bathed in vineyards and olive groves which leave everyone who comes here with very special memories indeed. Tuscany has so many attractions and towns worth visiting that you would need to spend months to really appreciate everything there is to see and do here.
We recommend guests to visit Pisa with its leaning tower, Livorno and the Maremma coast for its spectacular beaches and landscape, Siena with its Piazza del Campo, Volterra and San Gimignano, smaller medieval villages but with lots of character and famous for its original medieval towers, Certaldo, the birthplace of Boccaccio and also Montecatini with its renowned spa offering curative waters and beauty treatments.
As you can see Tuscany has so much to offer no matter what your likes, hobbies and interest. For those who enjoy walking, biking and horse riding the options are endless. Other attractions include skiing at the Abetone ski resort which is just an hour and a half away from Florence, and the widely acclaimed Tyrrhenean beaches (between Viareggio, Pisa, Livorno and Grossetto) just over an hour away.
Last but not least is the Chianti. Nestled between the towns of Siena and Florence the Chianti region has become famous on an international level for its stunning hilly landscape covered in vineyards, cypress trees, hilltop hamlets and winding roads, and breathtaking vistas. A visit to Chianti gives access to an endless source to culture, architecture, scenery and many other attractions. Chianti is also internationally well known for its wine, Il Chianti Classico, olive oil and exceptional cuisine. Visiting the Chianti is a must for anyone coming to Italy! When in the Chianti land stop at Greve in Chianti, buy your local wine and stop off for a pannini at “Da Emilio” – the best sandwich/delicatessen store ever known to exist. When at Panzano in Chianti visit the famous macellaio – butcher “Dario Cecchini”. He also has a restaurant open for lunch and dinner (www.dariocecchini.com). Great steaks, meat anything you want. The meat he uses comes from animals specifically raised for him alone).
Furthermore, just 40 minutes from Florence you will find the Mall shopping outlet http://www.themall.it/en/ - a gallery of the world’s most exclusive designers available at bargain prices offering customers a very unique shopping experience.
The house is located just 30 km from the centre of Greve in Chianti, 35 km from the centre of Firenze, 40 km from the centre of Arezzo, in a quiet position.
Nearest shop 4 km, grocers 1 km, nearest arailway station at "Figline Valdarno" 7 km.
The house is very conveniently placed for exploring Tuscany being situated on the famous “Road of The Seven Bridges” – the old Roman road which once led to Rome. It is also 4km from the buzzing and pretty market town of Reggello, the “Town of Olive Oil” in the heart of one of the best olive oil producing areas in Tuscany, offers several restaurants and cafes, a variety of shops including a baker open on Sundays and a lively market on Saturdays.
In the area there are a number of pretty villages and beautiful Roman churches not to be missed for their architecture and in many cases, for their famous paintings. In the summer time Reggello offers a rich cultural programme with concert locations in these ancient churches and a number of local historically noted venues. In November during the olive harvest, the olive mills of the Reggello area open their doors and their hearts to enthusiasts of the rich green liquid gold.
What is more the spectacular 1000 year old Abbey of Vallombrosa immortalised in the poetry of William Wordsworth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, is a half hour drive up through winding pine forests noted for the quality of the air where infinite trekking possibilities offer themselves over the tops of the stunning Casentino Hills which rise to a height of 1500 metres and command spectacular views over a vast area of Tuscany.