Villa i Laghi
Villa | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 35
Once a hotch potch of farm buildings this superbly renovated, tiered complex is totally snuck away into the hillside in complete privacy and overlooks the lakes of Santo Stefano, in the valley of the two rivers Rio and Torrese. Totally secluded and private I Laghi has literally been carved into the terrain and dominates a small valley of woodland, farmland and wild bush, not to mention two spectacular lakes with all the wild life that they bring. With fantastic views towards the west in particular, sunset on I Laghi is not to be missed.
All the villa suites are airy and luminous and sleep 3, 4, or 5 guests. Each with its own private terrace and/or Mediterranean shrub garden.
The furnishings and finishings are all of excellent quality and very tastefully designed. All rooms are decorated in Tuscan pastels. Italian fabrics are coordinated throughout and the furniture is solid, yet in an elegant Tuscan country style. Bathrooms are new with wall to wall showers, and simple white porcelains. All rooms of the villa suites are air-conditioned.
All villa suites have large sliding glass door entrances and many of the bedrooms have French windows leading on to private terraces.
Fully equipped with full country kitchens featuring rust coloured deep granite sinks and dark green grés tiling and spacious lounge areas, these reception areas lead out onto furnished private terraces for outdoor dining.
|Size||Sleeps up to 35, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||LIVORNO 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: PISA 50 km, Nearest railway: CASTELFIORENTINO 6 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 28 bathrooms of which 14 Family bathrooms and 14 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (15), Cots (2), Dining seats for 30, Lounge seats for 30|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Tuscany region
San Gimignano is located in the Val d'Elsa, in the province of Siena, 56 km south of Florence. For the characteristic medieval architecture of its historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its walls and fortified houses forming an unforgettable view, in the heart of the Etruscan landscape. San Gimignano was a meeting point for pilgrims on the Via Francigena route to and from Rome.
Volterra is in the province of Pisa. The city, famous for the extraction and processing of alabaster, has a major center of Etruscan origin (of this era remains the Gate Arch, beautifully preserved, and the Porta Diana, which keeps the blocks of the jambs; much of the walls built with cyclopean blocks of local stone, the Acropolis, where there are two temples, various buildings and a few tanks, and numerous tombs used for the burial of the dead), with Roman ruins and medieval buildings such as the Cathedral, the Medici Fortress and Palazzo dei Priori on the square, the nerve center of town.
Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance
Capital of the province of Florence and Tuscany. Important university and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and is universally recognized as one of the cradles of art and architecture, and renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, thanks to its numerous monuments and museums - including the Duomo, Santa Croce, the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Pitti. In the Middle Ages was an important cultural, commercial, economic and financial; in modern times has served as the capital of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany under the rule of the Medici and Lorraine. It was the capital of Italy from 1865 to 1871, after the unification of the country (1861).
Beauty, charm and history!
Among the most important monuments of the city must be included the famous Piazza del Duomo, known as Piazza dei Miracoli, a UNESCO World Heritage, with the Cathedral built in white and colored marbles, between 1063 and 1118, Pisan Romanesque style, with the bronze door of St. Ranieri, by Bonanno Pisano and the pulpit by Giovanni Pisano. In the square stands the characteristic leaning tower, tower of the twelfth century, 56 m high, which acquired its characteristic tilt ten years after the start of its construction, now one of the most famous Italian monuments in the world.
The city is known worldwide for its enormous historic, artistic, landscape and for its substantial stylistic unity medieval street furniture, as well as for the famous Palio di Siena. For these merits, in 1995 its historic center has been awarded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In the city the seat of the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, founded in 1472 and therefore the oldest bank in business as well as the oldest in the world.
Vinci e Leonardo
Leonardo da Vinci was born in Anchiano, a small town just outside of Vinci, in a stone house in the heart of a stunning Tuscan landscape. Here you can travel to discover the history of the Tuscan genius, his life and his territory and after visiting the Museum of Leonardo in the center of Vinci! Housed in two sites of the Uzielli and the Castle of the Counts Guidi, is one of the largest and most original collections of machines and models Inventor Leonardo. Each play is presented with specific references to the artist's sketches and handwritten notes. The exhibits range from different fields of study.
Cerreto Guidi overlooking the rolling hills of Chianti and is characterized by its historic center and its typical Renaissance Villa Medici. The villa, located near the Padule, was built between 1564 and 1567 for Cosimo I, as a hunting lodge and territorial coverage. The design of the building, characterized by two peculiar ramps "to Scalera" brick is attributed to Buontalenti. The first floor houses the Historical Museum of Hunting and the Territory with a collection of weapons, primarily for hunting and shooting of the XVII-XIX.
The Chianti region offers many opportunities to its visitors. Medieval villages, castles and Renaissance houses, scattered all Local area to be Florence to Siena. Flavors, typical dishes and products of an ancient land to try drinking a glass of Chianti.
The territory of the truffle
Enter the heart of Tuscany in advance and let nature tours, food and wine unique in the world! Nature, atmospheres and trails to discover the secrets of REAL TRUFFLE;
Villa i Laghi in Santo Stefano
How much history from the Etruscans to today! How much history from the Etruscans to today! When the mist covers the Val d'Elsa, Santo Stefano seems an island in a sea whitish. Coming from Montaione, after the rugged, bare, desolate, spectacular clays Collinella, Poggio Bruscolo and Broto A 'Leoni, be amazed, because here the landscape suddenly turns the page, showing the olive groves, vineyards, and woods down to the valley Orlo. Thanks to the great passion of daring entrepreneurs and as a result of tourism activity developed, this beautiful corner of Tuscany has not been forgotten, " here are peace, land that has always worked and never corrupt, plenty of sunshine. "
The territory The estate of Santo Stefano is located it the municipality of Montaione (Florence), an important tourist center of the Val d'Elsa, just 50 km from Florence and not far S. Gimignano, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, Volterra and San Miniato; covers an area of ??approximately 500 hectares, contains within itself many farms with farmhouses (ex farmhouses), ponds, large wooded areas, landscapes alternate paths by vineyards, olive groves and rows of cypress trees and Suddenly they are interrupted by the harsh, bare and "spectacular hills of clay" that form the backdrop to this (to-find / out of the traditional destinations) the destination.
History The castle of Santo Stefano with the VBorgo e Pieve is among those mentioned in the eleventh century. A castle with fortified city walls on a natural spur of tuff, part of the district of San Miniato in 1369 and subjected to Florence. The origins of the settlement, in all probability, are to be found much further back over time, even in Etruscan and Roman times, the period to which date the finds and still visible inside the archaeological site posts to the top of the hill of St. Stephen.
Different types of residence for guests! "in your house are the other guests at Santo Stefano the others are your family"
Villa i Laghi in Santo Stefano today! “ Getting between these walls is like opening a treasure chest: evocative ambience and warm atmosphere; the promise of an experience full of emotions ” Following a complex and careful recovery program has provided for the gradual restoration of these old farmhouses in total respect of best Tuscan tradition. Santo Stefano has become so over the years a unique destination and sophisticated accommodation .
renovations have been meticulous in detail , thanks to the use of precious materials such as terracotta , ceilings wooden beams and terracotta tiles, and natural stone, the faithful reconstruction of windows and doors made ??of cedar wood , the large masonry fireplaces .
Each cottage has been designed in the interior in an original and different, highlighting the features of each and to create a different range of accommodation , but always with a chic and cozy mood , never forgetting the focus on comfort and services. Inspired by the interior of the forest and nature passes of the interior of Tuscan style to end up with more novel solutions to contemporary design inspired by An extreme attention to detail characterizes any setting .
A particular attention has been paid to the kitchen area , evoking feelings past the kitchen as the heart of the home, and where the guest can not escape the pleasure of good food and an invitation to dabble in ' culinary art.
Activities n this beautiful natural setting you can go horseback riding, explore the territory following routes for hiking, walking and mountain-bike.
Golfers and tennis enthusiasts will find just a few kilometers away the opportunity to practice these sports In superbly equipped facilities!
For lovers of good food and truffles, it will be wonderful to be guided nature tours, food and wine unique in the world!
Our facility is able to meet every need and every request of their guests: chef-massager, personal service, Helicopter transfers and much more. A specialized staff is at your service to make every little desire!
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