Villa | 11 bedrooms | sleeps 22
Originally a country estate dating back to 1795, this superb Leopoldine villa blends outstanding elegance and comfort with traditional rustic features which reflect its long history. It retains the typical rooftop pigeon-loft, now romantically transformed into an extra-special bridal suite, as well as most of its terracotta-tiled floors, wood-beamed ceilings and internal brick archways, all recently restored as distinguishing hallmarks of Tuscan interiors.
Many rooms are furnished with stylish 17th century antiques, lovingly chosen by experts, and exclusively commissioned hand-made woodwork, wrought-iron work, light-fittings and wall-frescoing add a distinctive note of artistic refinement to the whole environment. This really is superior–grade accommodation, in a class of its own, with facilities that lend themselves perfectly to wedding receptions, banquets and other such large-scale events.
Set on a gentle hill among extensive lawns, which guarantee utmost privacy and tranquillity, the villa commands spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding countryside in the direction of the Chiana Valley towards Cortona. These views can be enjoyed both from the grounds themselves and from the magnificent, large, round-arched windows in the two main lounges. The property boasts two fantastic pools, the larger of which is graced at one end by a lovely stone archway and can accommodate outdoor receptions on a grand scale under its twin poolside gazebos. The smaller pool, designed in the shape of a figure eight and crossed by a charming bridge, offers opportunities for more secluded, private bathing. All the houses on site have underfloor heating and Sat.TV and Wi-Fi Internet access are provided throughout. A powerful hi-fi sound-system also enables music to be relayed outside in the grounds, in addition to being played indoors.
MAIN VILLA: At ground-floor level you enter a big breakfast room and bar area with a lovely, high, brick-vaulted ceiling. Adjoining this is a large, fully equipped professional kitchen. There is a half-bathroom next door.
An attractive brick archway takes you into the ultra-spacious lounge whose main window, extending almost across one entire wall, lets in bright light and superb garden views. From here two further brick arches lead you through to the second lounge section, where three French doors open on to the grounds. Both these rooms are characterized by high, vaulted ceilings, frescoed walls and a striking collection of 17th century antique furniture, including elegant brocade armchairs and darkwood tables and cupboards. There is a second half-bathroom next to the lounge.
The ANNEXE APARTMENT is accessed only externally at ground-floor level. It consists of a kitchen/dining/sitting area, from which a hand-finished staircase leads up to a small double bedroom (housed under the sloping, beamed roof of the former tobacco-drying loft), plus ensuite bathroom with shower. Upstairs there is also a second, larger double bedroom (antique wooden bed, with two single mattresses), plus ensuite bathroom with shower. Both bedrooms feature original hand-crafted wall-lights and hand-painted wooden headboards and bedside shelving.
Returning to the MAIN VILLA and approaching up the steepish outside stone staircase, you step directly into a spacious, second-floor lounge/dining-room, divided by brick arches, where another large, rounded window looks out over the distant countryside. The furnishings include a dining table, sofa and armchairs around the fully working fireplace, frescoed cream-washed walls and a very special hand-crafted red and blue Murano-glass chandelier. A large painted cupboard conceals within it a mini built-in kitchen with sink, electric hob, oven, fridge and dishwasher.
Leading off from each corner of this central dayroom is a large double bedroom, four in total. Each one has an antique, wrought-iron bedstead and a wardrobe incorporating old-fashioned wooden shutters for doors. One of them, the so-called Bishop's Bedroom, even has an elegant curtain canopy at the bedhead. All these bedrooms contain their own enclosed, frescoed bathroom corner with shower cubicle, where many of the porcelain fittings are fashioned and painted by hand.
Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of this upper-floor lounge is its central wooden staircase, with wrought-iron banister of Art Nouveau design, which entices you up to the former pigeon-loft, now converted into an idyllic, out-of-this-worldbridal suite. Hand-produced glass screens enclose this very romantic, privatespace under the original beamed ceiling, while a red and blue Murano-glass wall-light echoes the downstairs chandelier. Dating from the 17th century, the double wrought-iron bedstead is canopied in fine cream material, which complements the stencilled pattern of the beige-washed walls. There is an ensuite bathroom with roomy shower cubicle, as well as a mini-bar, so that the happy couple rarely need to descend to earth!
COTTAGE ANNEXES: Within the grounds are three separate cottage annexes, each with its own little secluded garden, facing away from the villa. The first Cottage Annexe (Grancia) comprises an open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting area, with working fireplace; oven and gas hob; a double bedroom with canopy curtains at the bedhead; and an ensuite bathroom with shower, all at ground-floor level.
The second Cottage Annexe (Vecchio Forno) comprises a ground-floor fitted kitchen/dining/living area with double sofa-bed, working fireplace, frescoed walls and a lovely original sun-shaped mirror, there is one ground-floor double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Nestling among the lawns just behind the second and third cottages and shared by both, is an exquisite private pool, designed in the form of a figure eight and crossed by a delicate, wrought-iron bridge. It has a gazebo to one side, ideal for al fresco dining and relaxing.
The third Cottage Annexe (Il Fienile) is two-storey, consisting of a ground-floor kitchen/dining/sitting area, with one downstairs double bedroom leading off it, plus ensuite bathroom. Travertine-stone stairs proceed up to the second double bedroom, directly under the lovely, beamed, pitched roof. Here the greatest surprise of all comes in the shape of an ultra-chic, freestanding “Napoleonic-style” bathtub (all plumbed-in, of course!), which greets you, fully open-plan, in the middle of the bedroom! The basin and toilet are likewise in the room, though behind a partition!
The property owner is always available in the reception located in the estate in a buildind adjoining to the third cottage annexe.
Garden & Swimming Pool: A gravel drive winds through olive groves from the property's entrance gates to the informal gravelled parking area in front of the garden. From here steps take you up to paved pathways that cross the lawns, passing the old, covered-in well and among little trees, terracotta urns and bright, scented rosebushes. To your right, a welcoming garden-house serves as Reception, where all your queries can be answered!
Further steps, flanked by sloping flowerbeds, then beckon you down to the main pool (16x6 meters), where the encircling fence is lined with young Cypresses. A colourful pergola surmounts the adjacent pool-house, which accommodates two toilets and a hot shower, while a second, cold shower is available just outside. Looking itself somewhat like a fairy-tale cottage, the original old wood-burning pizza-oven – still fully functional – stands on the poolside lawn, by one of the shade-giving gazebos.
The second swimming pool (oval shaped 4x10 meters) is available close to the annexe "Vecchio Forno" and "Il Fienile".
|Size||Sleeps up to 22, 11 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castiglione della Pescaia 120 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia - Sant'Egidio 65 km, Nearest railway: Singlaunga 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||11 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 10 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||4 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (10), Cots (1), Dining seats for 22, Lounge seats for 22|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Casale Bettolle is just a short drive from Bettolle as well as near to many other picturesque villages in the area. Conveniently located 1 km from both the highway and freeway, some of the most important towns are only a short distance away. Please note that the highway can be seen and heard from the property. Montepulciano (quaint hilltop town known for its first class red wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano); Montalcino (the home of the world famous wine Brunello di Montalcino); Pienza (considered to be the “ideal” Renaissance town); San Quirico, Cortona and many others.
The most important Tuscan art cities of Florence, Siena, Perugia and Arezzo are all within one hour's drive if not closer. For those in search of a vacation dedicated to relaxation and health, there are a number of thermal spas in the area such as Bagno Vignoni, San Casciano dei Bagni and Rapolano Terme. The nearest airport is Florence about 1 hour by car. Pisa is 2 hours and Rome 2 ½ hours.
OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE NEARBY: Tennis, golf (5 minutes away), the beach (1 ½ hours), horse riding, bike riding, hiking, wine tasting, fabulous dining, thermal spas, Hot air balloon flying, designer out let shopping (one hour), Etruscan ruins and Renaissance and medieval art and architecture.
Nearest town: Bettolle km 1
Restaurants: Bettolle km 0,1
Supermarket: Bettolle km 1
Grocery: Bettolle km 1
Shops: Bettolle km 1
Outlets: Foiano della Chiana km 2
Bank: Bettolle km 1
Post office: Bettolle km 1
Chemistry: Bettolle km 1
Tennis court: Foiano della Chiana km 3
Golf: Bettolle km 2
Horse riding: Bettolle km 1
SPA: Rapolano Terme km 20
Train station: Singlaunga km 5
Foiano della Chiana
The history and layout of Montepulciano, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Renaissance”, derives from its strategic position. The town is located south of the province of Siena, between the Valdichiana and Val d'Orcia (at 605m), and was always coveted by Florence, Siena, Perugia and Orvieto. Today, it is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and is home to 15,000 inhabitants over an area of 165 square-kilometres. From the tower of its city hall, on a clear day you can see the Gran Sasso d'Italia. Moreover, Montepulciano is close to many artistic towns like Pienza, Chiusi, Cortona and Assisi.
The history and fame of the area of Montepulciano is thanks to the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, a wine of excellent quality and one of the most ancient wines in Italy. Other types of local wine that are promoted and safeguarded by the consortium are Rosso di Montepulciano DOC and Vinsanto di Montepulciano DOC. There are also the Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG and Valdichiana Vergine DOC. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil from this area is an important product and is often found with the DOP Terre di Siena certification. Other food products include pecorino cheese, marmalade from the Masciana Susina or Coscia di Monaca, Chianina beef, and Cinta Senese salami.
In addition to wine tours of the farms where Vino Nobile is produced, the Vino Nobile Tour offers visits to points of interest in the city of Montepulciano and surrounding towns, and wine-tasting at the many monumental cellars of the town, as well as visits to the small craft shops, tastings of wine and typical products at the enotheques, restaurants, dairies and olive presses, courses in wine and oil tasting, cooking lessons, spa treatments, itineraries for bicyclists and hikers and tours of movie sets. Montepulciano is the ideal place for a vacation in hotel or guest far, as a starting point toward spas like Bagno Vignoni, San Casciano dei Bagni, Etruscan settlements (Chiusi, Cortona), rural zones like Val d'Orcia and Crete (famous for its truffles) and Mount Amiata, as well as the many charming towns scattered through the area.
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