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Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
San Donato is an exquisite gem set in rolling Chianti vineyards with views that stretch 360 degrees past a nearby 13th century hill town to Siena and into infinity.
Part of the original estate of Villa Arceno, San Donato has a history that goes back many 100's of years, originally owned by the important and influential Piccolomini family (who have sent more than one Pope to Rome!) It has been lovingly restored in recent years by its owners who are designers and live in USA.
Thus the interiors are filled with an artful blend of modern and ancient with carefully chosen antiques and discreetly placed modern conveniences. Every detail has been carefully considered and positioned to create an atmosphere of refined elegance, luxury and comfort with a New York lean on cutting edge good taste.
Accommodation: One approaches the house from behind and comes around the corner to find a patio that looks on to an unobstructed view and a garden, lovingly planted with lavender, rosemary, olive trees and other local flora. There is also a nice stretch of rolling green lawn. The garden is beautifully manicured and up kept by the estate gardener.
Entering the house through the patio doors one steps into a living room with a fireplace and elegant beige sofas, there are antique prints hanging on the walls and an over whelming sense of soothing refinement. There is an antique cabinet with a C.D. player and Satellite television w/English & US channels including CNN & CNBC.
This room leads to the open plan Kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is fully equipped for even the most discerning cooks and fitted out with exquisite majolica tiles and a dishwasher. On this level, discreetly tucked beneath the stairs, there is also a half bathroom with the washing machine.
Upstairs one finds 2 bedrooms and a luxurious bath with large soaking tub. San Donato has been converted from an old hay barn and so the upstairs windows retain memories of this in the very unusual and beautiful terracotta fret work that sits behind the glass, creating both shade and privacy whilst allowing those inside to gaze out at will.
Every window has an incredible view and especially the master bedroom. The beds are antique Senese wrought iron with the highest quality linens that have been chosen with extreme care, the bathroom is all handmade glazed white tile with heated towel rails and a hair dryer.
The master bedroom has a Queen size bed and the second bedroom has two twin beds. The house has thick stonewalls & is well ventilated on a breezy hilltop and thus stays comfortably cool in summer. For autumn and winter there is central heating throughout.
Garden & Swimming Pool: Approaching the villa you will feel immersed in the green of the countryside surrounding. The garden is a perfectly manicured lawn offering unobstructed views from the patio fully equipped to eat and relax outside. The location also allows undisturbed walks through the vineyards.
Although the neighbours share the pool (14 x 6 meters) with San Donato, the pool is in a separate garden and does not at all intrude on the peace and tranquillity of the private garden attached to San Donato or the view, which stretches away over rolling Chianti hills.
The neighbours themselves are placed also behind and away, across a small private road and their gardens look in a completely different direction. The feeling is one of seclusion and serenity.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castiglione della Pescaia 115 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence - Amerigo Vespucci 90 km, Nearest railway: Siena 25 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
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Tuscany region
San Donato is perfectly located one hour to Florence and only 20 minutes to Siena. It is conveniently located to also reach San Gimignano, Volterra, Cortona, Arezzo etc. Fifteen minutes away in Rapolano are the spas with hot spring heated pools and fango (mud) treatments. It is five minutes drive from shops and restaurants in the village of Castelnuovo Berardenga.
The house is approached by driving through the Estate of Villa Arceno and past the main villa along drives lined with cypress and presided over by an ancient obelisk.
With in the area one can find horse riding, ballooning, and mountain bike hire, wine & olive oil estates open to visit and cooking classes.
Nearest town: San Gusmè km 2
Restaurants: San Gusmè km 2
Supermarket: Castelnuovo Berardenga km 7
Grocery: San Gusmè km 2
Shops: Castelnuovo Berardenga km 7
Outlets: Foiano della Chiana km 45
Bank: Castelnuovo Berardenga km 7
Post office: San Gusmè km 2
Chemistry: Castelnuovo Berardenga km 7
Tennis court: Siena km 25
Golf: Bettolle km 45
Horse riding: Castelnuovo Berardenga km 18
SPA: Rapolano Terme km 20
Train station: Siena km 25
The original Chianti, the area between Florence and Siena, is the heart of Tuscany, traditionally identified with a thousand-year-old history of wine-making, gastronomy, artisanship and culture. At the very center of this area lies the Chianti Storico consisting of the three municipalities Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, and Castellina in Chianti. People in this area have cultivated the land and made wine and olive oil at least since Etruscan times.
The undulating hills form small, protected valleys with a unique, mild microclimate, which has made this area attractive since Etruscan and Roman times. Here we find a special flora and fauna and this is the reason for the high-quality wine and food products from this area. More than half of the Chianti, however, is woodland, which makes it perfect for outdoor activities.
Festivals, concerts, museums, exhibitions, fairs offer a wide range of cultural entertainment. The central position of the Chianti Storico allows for comfortable daytrips to Florence, Siena, San Gimigniano and Montalcino.
Medieval castles, churches, fortified hamlets, villas and farmhouses are scattered all over, making just driving around an experience in itself. A network of partly unpaved country roads invites to explore this beautiful landscape on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.
The Chianti being one of the most famous wine regions in the world means that wine tasting is a key holiday experience, whether visiting local wine festivals, touring wine producers, visiting enoteche, or simply choosing among the many local wines to go with a meal.
Eating out in the many little family restaurants gives a chance to experience local food specialties first hand. The welcoming and friendly atmosphere, the traditional Chianti recipes and the consistent high quality of the seasonal products all contribute to an enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Accommodation ranges from very elegant, high-end luxury hotels or rental villas, over agritourism and farm holidays to family run bed and breakfasts. A warm welcome and personal treatment is assured in any case, and as everywhere in Italy children are more than welcome.
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8 Aug 2014
"wonderful and peaceful place"
San Donato is very quiet, a very beautiful place, the garden and all the Villa Arceno aera are amazing, the house is simple but comfortable, and with a soul, as if you ever know this place, I will return one day, for sure...
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