Castle | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Villa Castello is a luxurious castle. It sleeps 12 people. From Villa Castello you will enjoy a charming view of the Tuscan countryside and of the Chianti valley. Villa Castello is 500 square meters (5380 square feet). It features a private swimming pool, a private terrace, a private garden, air conditioning (please read description below to check in which rooms the units are installed) and winter heating.

You will be roughly 3 km (1.8 miles) from Castelfiorentino, where you will find restaurants, the shops and public transportation.

To stay at Villa Castello you will need a car. You will be able to park it on the premises, free of charge in a parking lot.

Villa Castello is a magnificient castle of the 13th Century. It is a veritable testimony to luxury, beauty, and absolute privacy.

The castle stands in the heart of the world-famous Chianti Valley, just thirty minutes from Florence. This graceful country residence is located near the ancient town of Castelfiorentino and is steeped in history. Its origins date back to the early years of the 13th century when a powerful Longobard clan from the Elsa Valley chose this site for their castle, later converted into the elegant villa you can see today. The family owned the property until the 17th century. One can still see vestiges of its ancient origins in the square brick tower, with its compelling merlons jutting against the sky, and in the walls still standing erect, as if providing protection for a treasure of inestimable worth.

The castle was built on the Via Francigena, ancient via maestra, or main route, which joined Canterbury to Rome. The beginning of the second millennium saw this route travelled by thousands of pilgrims on their voyage to the Holy City, as Europe was crossed by a multitude of souls in search of the perduta Patria Celeste, or lost Heavenly Fatherland. This route, not only bearing testimony to the importance of medieval pilgrimages, was also a road of intense commercial exchanges, used also by armies for their movements.

Today the castle is a marvellously exclusive villa, where one breathes an atmosphere rich with history. Finely restored to preserve its original historical and architectural characteristics, it is an ideal place for feeling in touch with the past, while at the same time enjoying all the comforts of an exclusive and noble residence. The interior is furnished with special attention being given to detail and elegance. Original and antique objects such as statues, pieces of armour and frescoes decorate the numerous large castle rooms, giving the dreamy sense of a noble dwelling. One of the first guests to stay at the villa since the renovation, the actress Julia Roberts, felt compelled to send for her favourite photographer in LA to come to take photos of her holidaying.

The castle's strategic position among the surrounding gently rolling hills offers a truly one-of-a-kind panorama looking out over the vineyards, olive groves, fields and forests of Chianti.

The main facade opens out onto a large terraced lawn, where a stately magnolia tree and numerous vases of colourful flowers appear suspended in air and in time. In fact, the grounds of the castle are perched on top of a small hill, and here in the garden one enjoys a magnificent sense of space and freedom while taking in the panorama of the surrounding countryside.

Descending to a lower level, on one of castle's bastions, one arrives at the edge of the large swimming pool, just another one of the castle's perfect spots for carefree moments of relaxation, surrounded by breathtaking views. Complementing all of this is the lovely outdoor "limonaia", or conservatory, furnished as a glassed-in sitting room, where one can comfortably enjoy the fresh perfumed air of the countryside.

To make it a perfect location for celebrating weddings, there is also an adjoining chapel, part of the castle's original structure. This Chapel is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew and it was restored in XVIII century.Swimming Pool

The swimming pool is 5 meters (16 feet) large by 10 meters (33 feet) long. The swimming pool area is equipped with deck chairs, sun loungers and an external shower. It is partly shaded by an elegant porch. The pool is open from the beginning of May until the end of September.

Garden

The garden is partly shaded by a gazebo, and there is a table to sit 12 guests. In the garden you will find a portable barbecue. From the garden you will enjoy a broad view of the Tuscan countryside.

Main Building, Ground FloorLiving Room 1

The first living room is paved with Tuscan terracotta tiles. The ceiling is vaulted. The furnishings are elegant, and include some antique pieces. The furnishings include two sofas and two armchairs. There is an impressive fireplace made of stone. The room has six arched windows with a view of the garden.

Living Room 2

The ceiling of the second living room has white exposed wood beams. The furnishings are elegant and refined, and include some antique pieces. The furnishings include two sofas and an armchair. There is an age-old and impressive fireplace. In this room you will find a satellite television, a DVD player and a CD player.

Dining Room

The dining room is paved with Tuscan terracotta tiles. The ceiling has characteristic exposed wood beams. The furnishings are classic, and include some antique pieces. The dining table can accommodate 12 guests. There is an age-old fireplace made of stone. From the dining room you will be able to enter the garden through two French doors.

Study

The ceiling of the study has characteristic exposed wood beams. The furnishings are classic, and include some antique pieces. They include two armchairs. There is a nice fireplace made of bricks. In this room you will find a personal computer with broadband Internet connection.

Kitchen

The kitchen is very well equipped, with a five-burner gas cooker, an electric oven, a refrigerator with freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave oven, an Italian-style coffee-maker, a toaster and other small appliances. There is a table to seat ten guests.

Bedroom 1 with en-suite bathroom

You will be able to enter the first bedroom from a living room. It has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a Jacuzzi bathtub.

Half-bath

The half-bath is equipped with a washbasin and a toilet. Main Building, First FloorBedroom 2

The ceiling of the second bedroom is frescoed. The room has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). There is an age-old and impressive fireplace made of stone. From the bedroom you will be able to enter a small balcony with a view of the garden through a French door.

Bedroom 3

The third bedroom has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed).

Bedroom 4

The fourth bedroom has two twin beds (80 cm/32 inches). The room has two windows with a view of the garden.

Bedroom 5

The fifth bedroom has two twin beds (80 cm/32 inches).

Bathroom 1

The first bathroom is spacious and equipped with a washbasin, a toilet, a fully enclosed shower and a Jacuzzi bathtub. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the corridor.

Bathroom 2

The second bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet, a fully enclosed shower and a Jacuzzi bathtub. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the corridor.

Bathroom 3

The third bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet, a fully enclosed shower and a bathtub. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the corridor.

Bathroom 4

The fourth bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet, a fully enclosed shower and a Jacuzzi bathtub. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the corridor.

Laundry room

In the laundry room you will find a washing machine, an iron and an ironing board at your disposal. Medieval Tower, Ground FloorLiving Room 3

The third living room is paved with terracotta tiles. The ceiling has characteristic exposed wood beams. The furnishings are elegant, and include some antique pieces. The furnishings include a sofa.

Medieval Tower, First FloorBedroom 6 with en-suite bathroom

The ceiling of the sixth bedroom is vaulted. The room has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). There is an age-old fireplace made of stone. From the bedroom you will be able to enter a small balcony with a view of the garden through a French door. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower.

 

Size Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Private outdoor pool (heated), Internet access
Pool Private outdoor pool (heated), Shared outdoor pool (heated)
General Air conditioning, TV
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 6 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 10
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (heated), Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The ground floor living room is paved with Tuscan terracotta tiles. The furnishings are elegant, and include some antique pieces, including two sofas and two armchairs. There is an impressive fireplace made of stone. The room has six arched windows with a view of the garden. The second living room has a satellite television, a DVD player and a CD player. There is also a third living room.

The dining room is paved with Tuscan terracotta tiles. The ceiling has characteristic exposed wood beams. The furnishings are classic, and include some antique pieces. The dining table can accommodate 12 guests. There is an age-old fireplace made of stone. From the dining room you will be able to enter the garden through two French doors.

You will find the kitchen on the ground floor. The kitchen is very well equipped, with a five-burner gas cooker, an electric oven, a refrigerator with freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave oven, an Italian-style coffee-maker, an American-style coffee-maker (bring your filters!), a toaster and other small appliances. There is a table to seat ten guests.

In total there are 6 bedrooms. 4 of these are double bedrooms, two of which have access to the balcony, and one of which has an en-suite bathroom. The other two bedrooms both have twin beds.

There are 4 main bathrooms all of which can be accessed from the corridor. 3 of the 4 bathrooms are fully equipped with a jacuzzi-bath.

In the laundry room you will find a washing machine at your disposal.

Further details outdoors

The castle's strategic position among the surrounding gently rolling hills offers a truly one-of-a-kind panorama looking out over the vineyards, olive groves, fields and forests of Chianti.

The main facade opens out onto a large terraced lawn, where a stately magnolia tree and numerous vases of colourful flowers appear suspended in air and in time. In fact, the grounds of the castle are perched on top of a small hill, and here in the garden one enjoys a magnificent sense of space and freedom while taking in the panorama of the surrounding countryside.

Descending to a lower level, on one of castle's bastions, one arrives at the edge of the large swimming pool, just another one of the castle's perfect spots for carefree moments of relaxation, surrounded by breathtaking views. Complementing all of this is the lovely outdoor "limonaia", or conservatory, furnished as a glassed-in sitting room, where one can comfortably enjoy the fresh perfumed air of the countryside.

The swimming pool is 5 meters (16 feet) large by 10 meters (33 feet) long. The swimming pool area is equipped with deck chairs, sun loungers and an external shower. It is partly shaded by an elegant porch. The pool is open from the beginning of May until the end of September.

The garden is partly shaded by a gazebo, and there is a table to sit 12 guests. In the garden you will find a portable barbecue. From the garden you will enjoy a broad view of the Tuscan countryside.

To stay at Villa Castello you will need a car. You will be able to park it on the premises, free of charge in a parking lot.

The Tuscany region

Located in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is surely one of the most famous Italian landscapes. The essence of this beautiful region are its natural, artistic, and cultural heritage.

Bounded by the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian Sea (two arms of Mediterranean), this region is divided into ten provinces, whose capitals are Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. Florence is the capital city of the region itself.

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Tuscany, because the climate is mild. Bus-lines and trains connect the larger towns, but having a car would be a great advantage, and you would be easily able to enjoy the small towns and vineyards, which represent some of Tuscany’s strong points.

The “Chiantigiana road” is a must to see: it produces some of Italy’s finest wines. This is the colourful and legendary road of the “Chianti" region. The grape cultivation dates back to the Etruscan times. One of the biggest pleasures will be sipping different wines, at the wineries or at the wine bars scattered in the towns.

What about a drop in on “Mugello”? It is a countryside surrounded by oaks, chestnut trees and by the Apennines, This land of artists and painters have been source of inspiration in its farmhouses and colours. with kind people, authentic cooking, good wine, plus a great tradition in handicrafts.

Versilia is an area of 20 km sandy beaches located in the north of the region. The seaside with the colourful bathing areas is rich in bars and meeting places. Camaiore, Forte dei Marmi, Massarosa, Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Stazzema and Viareggio are the towns of this beautiful coast.

Castelfiorentino

Castelfiorentino is situated in the administrative district of Empoli-Valdelsa, between the Arno River Valley and the northern side of Elsa Valley.

In the Middle Ages this area surrounded two extremely important ways, Via Francigena and Via Volterrana, which were transition points for pilgrims and wayfarers coming from the North of Europe to Rome.

The village of Castelfiorentino was built near the crossroads, over an ancient Roman settlement, called Timignano. It was Feud of Cadolingi and later belonged to Counts Alberti: in the XII century, Castelfiorentino was preempted by the bishop of Florence and underwent the conflicts between Church and Emperor and between Siena and Florence, of which it used to be a very important outpost. For that reason it became official seat of the Podestà, obtained the priviledge of the red lily on its flag and the name turned into Castelfiorentino in 1149.

In 1260, after the battle of Monteaperti, Castelfiorentino became famous because the peace between Siena and Florence was signed there. Since the XII century, this lovely town has had a great political, economical and artistic importance, due to its special position in between Florence, Pisa and Siena: three fundamental towns for the Italian Renaissance. This significant mixture of art, history and tradition has largely influenced the local trends and life-style, creating a unique cultural and artistic patrimony .

There's a huge range of events and happenings in Castelfiorentino all over the year. Among the main local festivals, “In canti & banchi”, during the fourth week of May, is certainly the buttonhole. In canti & banchi is a street theatre and ballad singers festival, that fills up the old town centre's streets in a magic atmosphere. You will be able to attend suggestive exhibitions of art as well as antique trade and collecting markets.