Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The Villa Matraia and the “Borgo” are surrounded by lovely, well maintained open spaces, similar to those you would find in an estate belonging to a prestigious ancient palazzo or villa. The Estate has a wonderful panoramic outdoor swimming pool and patio area built on a natural terrace on the hillside, and since it faces south, the area is bathed in sunlight all day long.
The Estate has been carefully renovated and restored in keeping with the rustic Tuscan style of that area and has been designed around a small square that leads to all of the apartment buildings – each one uniquely located, designed and furnished. The Villa Matraia, however, is located on one side of the Borgo and is set right in the heart of an ancient and prestigious parkland.
The Villa is a unique example of 16th Century architecture and thanks to a very careful restoration over the last few years, the Villa has been restored to its former glory and still retains its original Tuscan character and charm. The Villa’s former annexes have also been converted into several delightful farmhouse style apartments.
Since the Villa is very spacious, the Ground floor where the state rooms are, has been conserved in its original state, complete with all the antique furniture, living room with original wood fireplace and panoramic loggias (covered terraces), all of which is accessible to guests of the Estate.
The first floor of the Villa, however, has been transformed into several very spacious and luxury, panoramic apartments and the upper floors, further 7 beautifully furnished apartments.
All bed and bath linen is provided along with complementary toiletries.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Internet access|
|General||Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
The Frantoio apartment is situated on the first floor (20 stairs to climb) of the « farmhouse» and can accommodate up to 6 persons in three bedrooms. It represents a comfortable and typical location composed of a living room with a corner for lunch time and a very well equipped kitchen one double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower, one double bedroom, one bathroom with shower. On the second level (13 stairs to climb up) there is the third bedroom and a bathroom with shower. From the windows you have a magnific panoramic view over the valley, and the rest of the estate. The floors are in cotto and the ceilings feature some lovely original arches. This holiday house is furnished with a good taste and is a very good start for your holiday in Tuscany.
Each apartment is equipped with flat plasma screen satellite TV, telephone, ADSL Internet Connection, Sofa bed (160 cm). In the kitchen, guests are provided with a complementary welcome basket, fridge, freezer, 4 ring hob with glass ceramic plates, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine with inbuilt tumble dryer, toaster, electric kettle and hairdryer. All bed and bath linen is provided along with complementary toiletries.
Various extra services are available on request including: horse trekking, vintage car rental and private chefs for special dinners/lunches.
|Further details outdoors|
24h Reception, Fitness and Spa Centre (17 steps to go down from the main Villa which is shared by all guests at the Estate, including the heated swimming pool Jacuzzi and Sauna for up to 3-4 people, Gym relaxation room and various body treatments on request. There is also a red clay tennis court , an outdoor swimming pool, (15mx 7m), car park and extensive parkland all exclusive to guests of the Estate. Furthermore, there is a wonderful Wellness and Spa Centre on the underground level which offers guests a very unique and also relaxing atmosphere and which is open all year round.
The Tuscany region
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.
Florence Airport (1 hour by car/train), the sandy beaches along the nearby coast of Versilia in just 35 minutes and the beautiful historical cities of Florence in 1 hour and Rome and Milan in about 3 hours.
Due to its strategic position on the peak of a valley, the entire estate offers guests wonderful views over the surrounding hills and valleys of Capannori and Lucca, creating an immediate feeling of space, tranquility and relaxation.
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