Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Villa Lavanda is a welcoming two-story age-old farm house surrounded by the greenery. It sleeps nine people. From Villa Lavanda you will enjoy a fascinating view of the Tuscan hills and of the greenery. Villa Lavanda is 160 square meters (1720 square feet). It features a private swimming pool, a private patio, a private garden, air conditioning (please read description below to check in which rooms the units are installed) and winter heating.
You will be roughly 8 km (5 miles) from Sorano, where you will find restaurants and shops. You will find a grocery store at 2 km (roughly 1.2 miles).
To stay at Villa Lavanda you will need a car. You will be able to park it in a reserved parking space.
Villa Lavanda is an ancient small house with stone walls, which used to be a shelter for the peasants. The owners have turned it in a simple and pleasant holiday home, keeping the simple ancient structure made of wood and stone. Across the garden from the main building, at a short distance, the owners have renovated a second building, which will also be available for your exclusive use. Thus you will have at your disposal a total of five bedrooms: three in the main building, and two in the annex.
It is located a few kilometers outside Sorano, which is known as the “town of the tuff”. The history of Sorano dates back to the third century B.C., and it is an essential stop if you wish to discover the traces of the Etruscan civilization.
The area is made of verdant hills, and Villa Lavanda is situated in an elevated position on the slope of one of these hills. It is surrounded by an estate of 3 hectares (approximately 7.5 acres), which includes a beautiful oak wood.
You will be able to look around in any direction, from any spot in the garden or while sunbathing by the pool, and you will only sea a horizon of green hills, fields and woods.The air is clear and perfumed by the grass and the flowers. Your children will have fun playing free, and you will be able to take hikes in the nearby small wood.
Villa Lavanda is a perfect place to relax between a trip and the next one to the nearby villages, rich in art, history and traditions. In the immediate surroundings there are important Etruscan and Roman excavation sites, such as the Etruscan necropolis of Sovana, remarkable strongholds and sixteenth-century burgs, as well as an extraordinary natural environment created by the tuffaceous hills. You will be able to take day trips to Pitigliano, famous for being built on top of a tuffaceous hill, Orvieto and its splendid Cathedral, Siena, Florence and the other art cities of Tuscany.
The swimming pool is 5 meters (16 feet) large by 10 meters (33 feet) long. The swimming pool area is equipped with a table, chairs, deck chairs and sun loungers. From the swimming pool you will enjoy a charming view of the Valley and of the hills. The pool is open from mid-May until the beginning of October.
The patio is partly shaded by a roof. It is equipped with a table and chairs. From the patio you will enjoy a gorgeous view of the surrounding countryside.
The garden is 100 square meters (1076 square feet) large. It is equipped with a table and chairs. Here you will also find a wood-fired pizza oven. From the garden you will enjoy a fascinating view of the Tuscan hills and of the greenery.
Main Building, Ground FloorLiving Room 1
The first living room is paved with ancient terracotta tiles. The furnishings are rural and characteristic of the Tuscan house. The furnishings include a sofa and two armchairs. There is an age-old fireplace made of bricks. In the living room you will also find a cooking area. The kitchenette is equipped with a four-burner gas cooker, a refrigerator with freezer, a microwave oven and an Italian-style coffee-maker. The dining table can accommodate five guests. In this room you will find a satellite television. The room has a window.
You will be able to enter the first bedroom from the living room. It has two twin beds (80 cm/32 inches). From the bedroom you will be able to enter the garden through a French door.
The first bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the living room.
Main Building, First FloorBedroom 2 with en-suite bathroom
You will be able to enter the second bedroom from the corridor through an access area. The floor is paved with wood. The room has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, equipped with a washbasin and a toilet.
You will be able to enter the third bedroom from the corridor through an access area. It has a twin bed (80 cm/32 inches).
Annex, Ground FloorLiving Room 2
You will be able to enter the second living room from the garden. The ceiling has characteristic exposed wood beams and terraccotta tiles. The furnishings include an armchair. There is a nice fireplace. The dining table can accommodate four guests.
You will be able to enter the kitchen from the living room. It is equipped with a four-burner gas cooker, an electric oven, a refrigerator with freezer and an Italian-style coffee-maker. Here you will also find a washing machine.
You will be able to enter the fourth bedroom from the living room. It has two twin beds (80 cm/32 inches). The room has a window with a view of the garden.
The second bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the kitchen.
Annex, First FloorBedroom 5 with en-suite bathroom
The fifth bedroom has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The room has a window with a view of the garden. The bedroom is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a shower.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||70 km|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV|
|Utilities||Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Villa Lavanda is a small country house of approximately 100 square meters (approximately 1075 square feet) which sleeps five persons. It has a garden, a swimming pool and a wide view of the surrounding hills.
The house is an ancient two-story stone building, surrounded by 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of fields and woods.
On the bottom floor there is the living room with fireplace and kitchenette, a bedroom with a double bed, a bathroom with shower.
On the first floor there is a bedroom with a double bed and a small bedroom with a single bed.
The furnishing is simple and comfortable.
|Further details outdoors|
Outdoor you will find a covered patio equipped with barbecue, wood-burning oven, table and chairs.
The swimming pool, which is 5 by 10 meters (16 by 32 feet), is surrounded by a sun deck and is equipped with beach umbrella and sun lounges. It is open from mid-May to mid-October.
Included in the price
The rental price includes: towels; linens; electricity; final cleaning.
A 25% deposit is paid at the time of booking. The balance is due 60 days prior to arrival at the property.
Upon arrival at Villa Lavanda the property manager will ask you to pay a security deposit of EUR 50, payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure less any charges for accidental damages to the property.
The Tuscany region
Located in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is surely one of the most famous Italian landscapes. The essence of this beautiful region are its natural, artistic, and cultural heritage.
Bounded by the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian Sea (two arms of Mediterranean), this region is divided into ten provinces, whose capitals are Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. Florence is the capital city of the region itself.
The region was populated first by the Etruscans on the 7th century BC, and about 500 years later by the Romans.
The words Humanism and Renaissance evoke Tuscany, as immediately as Pope evokes Rome: just think that between the fourteenth and the sixteenth century, both these ages were born here. The entire region attained a very important artistic role.
If you are keen on art and nature… well you’re definitely in the right place! ;-)
Indeed the fathers of Italian painting, architecture and sculpture lived in this beautiful towns: such as Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. This is the reason why the entire region is rich in museums where thousands of amazing works are kept. You’ll be impressed by the majesty of the many ancient palaces (for examples “Palazzo Vecchio”, “Palazzo Pitti”, “Palazzo Medici”), monasteries and villas that are springing up all over the Tuscany.
Spring and fall are the best times to visit Tuscany, because the climate is mild. Bus-lines and trains connect the larger towns, but having a car would be a great advantage, and you would be easily able to enjoy the small towns and vineyards, which represent some of Tuscany’s strong points.
The “Chiantigiana road” is a must to see: it produces some of Italy’s finest wines. This is the colourful and legendary road of the “Chianti" region. The grape cultivation dates back to the Etruscan times. One of the biggest pleasures will be sipping different wines, at the wineries or at the wine bars scattered in the towns.
What about a drop in on “Mugello”? It is a countryside surrounded by oaks, chestnut trees and by the Apennines, This land of artists and painters have been source of inspiration in its farmhouses and colours. with kind people, authentic cooking, good wine, plus a great tradition in handicrafts.
The Apuan Alps are a monumental work of the nature. They consist in some of the highest peaks in the region: This regional park sets up the chance for those who want to practice trekking, cycling, horse riding or simply walking to enjoy this beautiful landscape.
Versilia is an area of 20 km sandy beaches located in the north of the region. The seaside with the colourful bathing areas is rich in bars and meeting places. Camaiore, Forte dei Marmi, Massarosa, Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Stazzema and Viareggio are the towns of this beautiful coast.
Another great attraction of this region is the archipelago. The largest island is Elba: more than one hundred kilometers of coast.
Curiously enough, since the Etruscans introduced the use of fresh herbs, the Tuscan cooking is still based on vegetable dishes, bread-based soups, meats perfumed with sage, rosemary, and thyme. Moreover the secret of its success is the good care and the devotion to guarantee the quality of the products of the land... crostini of chicken liver, soups, tortelli with Bolognese sauce, “pappardelle” with hare sauce or with boar sauce, boar hunter style, fillet of beef, salted cod with tomato sauce, ricciarelli, cantucci, Tuscan salt-less bread… We’re sure your mouth is already watering!
A holiday in Tuscany is an experience that will bring you back happy memories for the rest of your life.
Let yourself be enraptured with the beauty of Sorano... lovely hamlet retreated onto a suggestive tuffaceous steep cliff with numerous slopes. The South of Tuscany homes this charming village (at 170 Km from Florence and 140 Km from Rome), who's history is reach in events and deserved glorious moments: its fortress's remained unconquered for centuries!
Sorano is characterized by a maze of pretty alleys, courts, ashlar portals, external staircases, loggias and cellars excavated into the tuff where, in the past, the locals made their grape harvests. The cellars in Sorano are particularly interesting and some of them have been carefully restored and made visitable. Among those special cellars, we must mention the "Locanda Aldobrandeschi" in via del Ghetto and the lovely restaurant "Hostaria Terrazza Aldobrandeschi", located on top of a tuffaceous spur overlooking the river Lente, from where to admire the colombarium and the necropolis of St Rocco.
Once in Sorano you'll be able to admire the imposing Fortezza Orsini, stunning fortified medieval castle, enlarged by the noble Orsini around the first half of the XVI century. The whole complex is used as Museum of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Porta di Sopra is one of the two doors leading to the village of Sorano, preceded outside by a lovely piazza characterized by a system of loggias from where to enjoy a breathtaking panorama. Via Selvi is the main street easily reachable once passed the door: if you are in the mood of doing some nice shopping, here you can find the best craftsmen of the area, beside the first synagogue of Sorano. Every year, from the 10th to the 20th of August, from Porta di Sopra to the lower part of the old town centre, towards Porta dei Merli, there's asuggestive market/exhibition of local handicrafts, where to find any type of "Soranese and Maremmano" craftmade products.
Porta dei Merli, known as Porta di Sotto, is situated at the foot of Masso Leopoldino. It shows a notable ashlar stone frame surmounted by a coat of arms. On both sides of the door you can still admire the vertical openings of the ancient drawbridge. Once passed the door outside the historical centre, you'll see the river Lenge flowing just below the medieval village of Sorano and represents a hugely valuable naturalistic, ambient, historical, cultural and archaeological site.
Masso Leopoldino, typical fortress overlooking Sorano from the opposite side of Fortezza Orsini. Built by the noble family of Lorena during the XVIII century, over pre-existing medieval constructions, the fortress is surrounded by high sloping walls with a huge sighting tower rising from the side. The Masso is one of the main tourist attractions in Sorano, where you'll admire a unique vie of the entire Tufo Area as well as the green hills of Albegna and Fiora.
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