Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Angel is a typical Tuscan villa with an exclusive swimming pool, boasting spetacular views. This independant villa is situated at the centre of an estate of over 18 acres of woods and olive groves. It is on the last Western slope of Mount Albano, approximately 250 mtrs. above sea level.
The owners have carried out a rigorous and accurate renovation using only materials (such as stone) from the surrounding area and period while ensuring a structure which respects the norms of bio-architecture.
The living areas have been renovated with a careful eye for detail. Antique furniture (some going back as far as the 16th Century), antique ornaments, paintings, doors, prints and Persian carpets can all be found within the property, whilst at the same time providing the vacationer with every possible modern comfort.
The ground floor has a large lounge-dining room which seats up to 14 people and has a large 15th century fireplace with lounges and armchairs. There is also a lovely view of the garden and pool area as well as views looking up to the old town of Monsummano Alto. There is also another sitting come lounge room which leads to the big Tuscan kitchen with its own fireplace and antique-style oven. On this floor there is a bathroom decorated with an antique basin and floor but with modern design shower etc. There is also a double bedroom which gives onto a covered verandah with table and chairs for eating overlooking the pool and hillside towns.
From the entrance there is a beautifully wrought iron 17thC stone staircase leading to the bedrooms. On the floor of the middle and top landings of the staircase there are cotto tiles dipicting the Florentine lily. On the ceiling there are cotto rosettes painted in imitation bronze.
One the second floor there is one main bedroom (30 sq.mtrs.) with its own bathroom with Turkishbath/shower and a lovely view up to Monsummano Alto which is lit up at night. Another bedroom which is a little smaller has a view over the valley, olive groves, woods and pool. It shares a bathroom (with a Jacuzzi bath and shower with light and aroma therapy.) with the third bedroom which has two single beds which, on rerquest, can be put together to form a double bed. This also has a pidgeon hole window which looks up to Monsummano Alto (Alto means "on high"). All the upstairs bedrooms have antique cotto floors and beams, which have been restored with taste and care by the owners.
For more than 30 years the owners have cultivated their passion for antiques and have furnished the villa with pieces acquired from auction sales, antique dealers or antique fairs (of which there are many in the surrounding towns of Tuscany, especially Lucca and Pistoia.) The owners' taste is eclectic and includes pieces from the 15th century up to the French Liberty Period.
The outside of the villa is covered with tipical local stone in keeping with its original style - built two hundred years ago. The garden looks over a 360° view of woods and olive groves, hill side towns and hills with chestnuts and cypress trees. To the North one can see the towers of Serravalle Pistoiese and in the distance the mountains of Abetone, famous skiing resort. To the South West the characteristic hillside town of Monsummano Alto. The road in front of the villa leads only to the few surrounding houses. All in all Villa Angel is complete immersion in total silence.
Outdoor features include a small wooden relaxation area with armchairs and tables and a view down over the swimming pool. The pool is 8 x 16 meters and has a large hydromassage area for 8 people. It is on a natural terrace a few metres below the level of the villa and has a magnificent and almost theatrical view over the valley. It is equipped with tables, chairs, umbrellas, divans, chaise-longues, all in teak. It has a special depuration system which guarantees maximum hygene. It has 0.7% of salt, the same percentage which is found in the human eye. This eliminates the odour and the feeling of chloride on the skin. You can also keep you eyes open while you are underwater. It is open from April to October, wheather permitting. It is partcularly beautiful at nitgh when illuminated. Under the pool there is a big changing room with 2 showers and a bathroom.
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|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1)|
|Further details indoors|
The courtyard leads into the main entrance of the villa. In a niche on the left hand wall there is a precious terracotta Madonna with child, originally painted, of the 17thC. Two 18thC walnut doors open onto a built-in wardrobe. On the wall in front of the entrance there is a Louis XV consolle and 2 small Louis XVI Lucca chairs. Above the consolle is a late 18thC mirror painted green and gold.
Going from the entrance into the main part of the house on the left you find the kitchen, a spacious area dominated by an antique fireplace in cotto and stone (pietra serena). A beautiful double marble 19thC sink, Castelli ceramics of the first half of the 19thC representing the signs of the Zodiac are situated above an antique style stove with 6 flames, a hot plate, 2 ovens and a professional fan. There is a side-by-side fridge with icemaker, a double walnut sideboard of the 19thC and a Provencal double sideboard in oak of the 18thC.
The kitchen also has a 19thC dining table with eight a birilli Sienese chairs of the 17thC, above which there is a Liberty up-and-down lamp. The kitchen leads onto a southerly facing verandah which looks onto the valley and the small medieval hill top town of Monsummanoi Alto with a Romanic church.
There is a dining table for eating al fresco that can can seat 14. Note the terracotta Madonna on the right wall and an antique stone trough.
Central Sitting Room
Leaving from the kitchen into the main part of the house there is a very large sitting room with armchairs and divans, one of which becomes a double bed. There is a 18thC pharmacy showcase at the sides of which are two 18thC Roman painted terracotta medallions. There is also a 17thC elm sideboard above which there is an early 19thC Tuscan red laquered mirror. At the side of the showcase there are two Louis XVI walnut chairs. Antique prints and paintings on the wall and a Persian carpet. To the right there is a built-in cupboard with two18thC Piedmont walnut doors and also a precious little church altar gate from the 17thC. On the opposite wall there is a Liberty church stained glass window and through two antique stone half columns the entrance to the magnificent lounge room.
This room, which is 80 sq mtrs, has to the right a large 18thC dinign table with 8 17thC walnut chairs and 2 armchairs covered in velvet and orginating from a Florentine villa where tthe famous poet Gabriele D' Annunzio lived for a certain period with Eleonora Duse. In this section of the room on the right hand wall there is a peperino vincellaro from the Lazio region were they used to keep wine and water. It also has a stone basin with running water. There is also an important wardrobe of the 16thC with 2 large drawers where crockery and glassware etc are kept. Between the two sections of the room there is an elegant Louis XV walnut table. To the left of the lounge room there is an enormous 16thC Lombard fireplace in stone. In front of the fireplace there are 2 large armchairs and 2 large triple divans. Note the 18thC Piedmont trumeau.
The room furnishings are completed with a Chinoiserie area with an antique Tibetan sideboard, 2 Chinese lacquered reading chairs and variuos antique oriental silk paintings. Characterizing this stupendeous room is the beautiful sloping ceiling with antique beams and bricks. All the rooms in the house have antique beams. Above the entrance a walnut 17thC freize. Antique paintings and lamps and Persian carpets complete the furnishings. The room has double doors leading into the garden.
Blue Bedroom: To the left of the landing there is the blue bedroom with 2 single beds (that can be put together to make a double bed), which on request can be united. The paintings are French, the 18thC walnut wardrobe is from Piedmont and the chest of drawers is Liberty. This room shares the bathroom of the pink bedroom.Red Bedroom: This bedroom has two delightfully Napoleon III bedside commodes and a C 18th walnut wardrobe from Piedmont. There is also a Tuscan priedieu of the C 18th, a Louis Philippe armchair and a beautiful walnut chest of drawers/desk with rolldown top. Persian carpets and antique paintings complete the decor. The bathroom has two doors, one for the blue and one for the red bedroom. A multifunctional Jacuzzi tub and shower with chromo and ozono therapy. Above the bath there is an oval stone window with a lovely view out over the valley and olive trees.Yellow Bedroom: The yellow bedroom is the the master bedroom and is 30 sq mtrs. The bedroom itself has a very tall Piedmonte 18thC oak wardrobe, a king-size brass bed above which hangs a large Madonna and Child, an oil painting of the Bologna school of the 17thC.
In front of the bed is a French window with a lovely view over the Southern valley and up to Monsummano Alto which is illuminated at night. On one side of the window there is a 17thC red velvet chair and on the other side there is a 17thC chest of drawers. The room is finished with antique prints, paintings and a large persian carpet. The Bolognese walnut 17thC little table is below the second window.
This bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a Turkish bath with Jacuzzi shower, aroma and chromo therapy and there is magnificent view of the valley through the large double window.Green Bedroom: This bedroom is located on the ground floor, it is is characterized by a 17thC fireplace in peperino and two 17thC carved walnut small doors above the bed which hide a niche. There is a late Empire mahogany wardrobe and two Luigi Filippo bedside tables. Notice also a particular freize in walnut above the door figuring an equestrian subject. The green bedroom leads onto a north facing verandah with a suggestive view over the pool especially in the night when the pool is illuminated and in the distance the small hill side towns are lit up. A special place to enjoy dinner.
- Single heating and air conditioning
- 3 working fireplaces
- washing machine
- 2 irons and ironing tables
- hairdryers in all bathrooms
- 1 dishwasher
- 1 microwave oven
- 2 coffee machines
- 1 oven
- Side by side refrigerator with ice machine
- 1 toaster
- 1 TV 32 LCD with satellite
- English and American programs.
- complete Internet wireless conexion (wi-fi)
- 1 children's bed and 1 cot
- 1 highchair
- 3 mountain bikes
- All windows have mosquito screens- All beds have patented Waterlily matteresses to ensure maximum comfort.
- The special wooden slat supports for the matteresses can be adapted to the weight of the person and to the diverse distribution of body weight.
- The lighting of each bedroom is equipped with an automatic bio-switch for disconnecting the electricity, eliminating the electric tension when all the lights are off, thus permitting freedom from magnetic fields when you are asleep.
Each room has its own heating and air conditioning units and the possibility of summing up the electricity and gas consumption.The villa has an exclusive perimeter and house allarm which is connected to the police via radio and telephone. The code number and password vary weekly. Instructions on the premises.
- Electricity usage above 250 kw per week will be charged according to consumption.- Maid service ? 12 per hour- Cooking at the villa
- Extra linen change € 130
- Hire car with driver 30/40 per hour
- Driver with guest's car € 20 per hour (possibility of fixed price for excursions ect.)
- Baby-sitter € 10 per hour
- Shopping delivered (price to be agreed)
- Hair dresser, beautitian or masseuse at home (to be agreed)
- Body guard (to be agreed as per service requested)
The following can be organized on request:
- catering for up to 50/60 guests with or without entertainment (specialized in Tuscan and Italian cooking)
- guided visits to museums or art cities
- painting courses (on canvas or porcelain)
- courses in Italian cooking (especially Tuscan).
All the above extras are to be requested on booking and paid to the owner in advance.
PartnersGolf clubThe villa has an agreement with 6, eighteen-hole golf courses, amongst the best in Tuscany and all within a maximum one hour by car.
- La Pievaccia 15 min
- Montevettolini- Le Pavoniere 35 min
- Prato- L'Ugolino 50 min
- Poggio dei Medici 60 min
- Cosmopolitan 60 min
- Tirrenia- Versilia 45 min
For the guests of Villa Angel a 10% discount is offered. For the access to the golf club at least one of the players must be in possession of a current membership card.Spa Grotta Giusti
The villa has an agreement with the Grotta Giusti SPA in Monsummano Terme, 10 minutes by car. The antique thermal grotto, already famous for its curative and benefic effects from the middle of the C19th, was the object of extensive restauration six years ago and the number of services increased. As well as the natural cures of the grotto it is possible to enjoy diverse treatments such as massages for health and beauty, oriental disciplines, energetic and ostheopatic techniques, massotherapy etc.
Everything is illustrated in a treatment brochure, that you will find at the villa. It is also equipped with a thermal swimming-pool. For the guests of the villa a 10% discount is offered.Cooking at the VillaYou can eat in the garden al fresco with a lovely view and a cook will prepare genuine dishes for you.If you want to have a pool party, you wish to celebrate your birthday or any other occasion have some live music too!A great duo will play all kinds of music from the 70's and 80's. You can also choose from a wide range of rythms for dancing. Background music to liven up your happy hour, your dinner and afterwards. ( 160,00).
*Please enquire for additional information.
The Tuscany region
Within a range of 15/20 mins. by car there are many places of interest to visit - the Giusti Grottos with their hot thermal baths, the Monsummano caves, the Pistoia hills and mountains (skiing in the Winter), the Svizzera Pesciatina, innumerable Romanic churches, the Fucecchio swamplands (of great interest for the local flora and fauna).
- Florence km 40 min 35 (airport)
- Pisa km 45 min 40 (airport)
- Siena km 90 min 90
- The property is less than 10 minutes from the Montecatini exit on the A11 highway.
Villa Angel is in an area called the Valdinevole, as yet unruined by mass tourism, and presenting all the characteristic natural and artistic aspects of the Tuscan countryside.The villa is most strategically placed: away from the chaos of the cities but with easy access to Tuscan musts. In fact, 95% of the symbolic Tuscan landmarks can be reached within an hour and a half by car.Montecatini Terme (5km.) is 50 mins. to Pisa and 50 mins. to Florence by train. Monsummano Terme (2km.) is the nearest town and has 15.000 inhabitants and all necessary facilities and shops etc.