La Villetta is ideal for people wanting a place in a beautiful country setting with lots to enjoy locally, and also easy access to the great cities of Florence, Siena and beyond. The house and its extensive garden is in a small, quiet hamlet in a superb scenic setting looking up into the Pratomagno Mountains. It is several hundred years old and has been fully renovated, retaining traditional Tuscan features such as terracotta floors and chestnut beams. There are shops, restaurants and other amenities within easy waliking distance.
La Villetta consists of two completely self-contained apartments each sleeping 4 comfortably with room for a fifth person, so either apartment is ideal for couples or small family groups. The Lower Apartment (like the upper one) has a living/dining room with kitchen area, which is also useable as a bedroom as it has a double sofa-bed. It also has a large double bedroom with a double bed and a folding single bed. The bathroom has a shower and all other usual features.
Our private website (search for 'La Villetta Pritchard') gives comprehensive details of La Villetta and its surroundings, and also has information about an adjacent property 'La Capanna' which has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 6. This can also be seen as property 37984 on this website.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castiglioncello 120 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 127 km, Nearest railway: Figline Valdarno 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
There are some guide books, brochures about places to visit, past visitors' recommendations, maps, a few games and a range of books for all ages to read.
A cleaning service is available, and a local cook will prepare a 5 course meal including wine for 30 euros per person.
|Further details outdoors|
From the very large and beautifully laid out garden there is a superb view up into the mountains. The garden has lawns, patios, shaded and covered areas (including pergolas) so that visitors can always find a private spot to sit, sunbathe or eat. There are several outdoor tables, chairs and sun-loungers. As well as shrubs and flowering plants there are herbs for cooking.
There are two mountain bikes in the garden shed which visitors are welcome to use.
There is a very good, large open-air swimming pool in easy walking distance.
Tuscany contains some of Europe's most beautiful landscapes, along with the great cities of Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Pisa and Lucca. This is an area of great contrasts; from the mountains on the East side to the coastal plains and beaches on the West; from the tranquility of its green countryside to the great renaissance art and the contemporary sophistication of its cities. Tuscany is also well known for its wonderful wines, such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and many others, and for its superb olive oil.
The climate ranges from hot (but seldom oppressively) in summer, to cool (but seldom bitterly cold) in winter. This climate, along with the vast array of things to do and see, makes Tuscany an ideal holiday destination at any time of year.
The small rural communities of Cascia and nearby Reggello lie in the foothills of the beautiful Pratomagno mountains, on which the light is constantly changing. They are tree clad high up, descending into olive groves and small vineyards, punctuated by old buildings and lines of cypress trees. The area is renowned in this part of Italy for the freshness of the air, and the local olive oil is generally held to be amongst the finest in the world. People interested in walking, flora, fauna or bird watching will find the location extremely rewarding.
Cascia is a typical Tuscan village, famous for the Masaccio painting in the superb Romanesque church. There are several other fascinating small villages and towns nearby, many offering excellent walks, beautiful old churches and other ancient buildings and places of interest. Vallombrosa, a particularly famous beauty spot up in the mountains, is only a few kilometres away.
In Cascia and Reggello there is a LARGE SWIMMING POOL, equestrian centre, cinema and several shops for all basic necessities, as well as a market on Saturdays. For people interested in finding a real bargain in the world of "haute couture" the nearby shopping centre called The Mall is home to the factory outlets of Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, and other top designer labels. Not far away there is a similar Prada outlet.
Westwards lies the river Arno and the Chianti hills, producing the splendid wines of the same name. Around Cascia and Reggello there are far fewer tourists than in the Chianti heartland. Slightly further afield, the cities of Florence, Siena and Arezzo, which are very easy to reach, offer a great variety of things to do and see. Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture is everywhere, there are theatres (some in the open-air), Roman and Etruscan ruins, shops and markets of every kind, as well as swimming baths, sports events and much more.