Tuscany

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Casa all’Erta

Casa all’Erta
Tuscany
This newly restored Tuscan farmhouse features a chic contemporary decor, sauna, steam room and wonderful infinity pool with soaring views over a medieval castle, olive groves and the rolling vineyards of Chianti.
people
12
bedrooms
6 BR
bathrooms
6
airport
Florence 70 km
pool
spa
Daily maid
Cook
wifi
Air condition
disabled access
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OVERVIEW

The Casa all’Erta is part of a traditional Tuscan Borgo, a medieval hamlet consisting of a castle, ancient church and a number of farmhouses. This is nestled on a hill within an 800-hectare historic estate in the center of the Chianti wine region, between Siena and Florence. In addition to being exceptionally beautiful, this is also an authentic part of Tuscany, the perfect location for enjoying all the charms of this world famous region.

Meticulously restored, the villa combines historic features with contemporary design and comforts. The villa excels at outdoor living thanks to its various terraces and sitting areas. There is a covered patio with attractive outdoor furniture next to the villa, a covered sitting area with lovely views, another quiet sitting area for your morning coffee and a panoramic dining terrace with sweeping views. There is also an outdoor pizza oven for your alfresco meals.

The infinity pool has been designed to accentuate the vista of olive groves, the Borgo’s medieval castle, undulating vineyards and ancient oak forests. Guests can relax on the sunbeds bordering the pool or in the sauna and steam room.

The interiors are decorated in a chic contemporary style while maintaining historic details like terracotta tiles, wooden beams and stone fireplaces. Guests can gather in the spacious living room, smaller sitter room, or TV room with a piano. In the afternoons or evenings, enjoy some additional fun in the games room. There is a large square dining table that seats 12 as well as a small breakfast table in the well-equipped kitchen.

Each of the villa’s six en-suite bedrooms has its own ambiance and color palette. Some have slanted beamed ceilings, model floral wallpaper and attractive sitting areas. The en-suite bathrooms have all new fittings as well as large showers and/or a bathtub. The sitting room on the ground floor can be an additional bedroom, with en suite, adapted to guests in a wheelchair or with reduced mobility.

Leaving the villa, there is plenty to do in the immediate vicinity which is dotted with medieval villages, castles and wineries. The area’s vineyards and fields are dissected with small backroads which are perfect for exploring on foot or by e-bike. Siena and Florence can also be reached in under an hour’s drive. The villa’s friendly and welcoming staff is available at the estate’s office, to assist you with any of your needs during your stay. Daily maid service is included and a cook can be arranged on request.
Outdoors
• Infinity pool (4×11m) with spectacular view towards the castle
• Private location on a vast 800-hectare estate of vineyards and oak forests
• Manicured garden bordered by olive trees and with soaring views over the nearby castle and rolling hills
• Covered patio with outdoor furniture next to villa
• Sitting area under a pergola in the garden
• Small sitting area for morning coffee
• Panoramic dining terrace
• Outdoor wood fire pizza oven
Indoors
• Entirely restored interiors with historic details including wooden beams, terracotta tiles and decorative fireplaces
• Spacious living room with fireplace and large sofas
• Sitting room with TV, piano and separate games room
• Large kitchen with all new appliances and breakfast table
• Dining room with large square table seating 12
• Six en-suite double bedrooms each with a unique decor, modern floral wallpaper and sitting areas
• Luxuriously fitted bathrooms with large rain showers and/or bathtubs
• Extra bedroom and en suite on the ground floor, wheelchair friendly
• The ground floor of the villa and the access to the pool from the villa have been adapted to wheel chairs
• Air-conditioning and wifi through
• Sauna and steam room

DETAILS

Amenities
• Infinity pool (4×11m)
• Air-conditioning and heating
• WiFi through
• Sauna and steam room
• TV room with a piano and separate games room
Staff | Service included
• Maid service on Wednesday
• Pool and garden maintenance
• A/C
Staff | Service on request
• Extra maid service
• Cook
• Bed linen, towels and pool towels change

FLOORPLANS

To receive the floor plans of this villa contact Katharina or Gaia at contact@excellence.villas
Distances
• The closest town is Radda in Chianti, where you can find food shops, restaurants, ATMs and other useful necessities.
• The closest airport is Florence airport 70km
• Radda in Chianti 10 km – 20 min
• Panzano 18 km – 25 min
• Castellina in Chianti 20 km – 30 min
• Greve in Chianti 25 km – 35 min
• Siena 30 km – 40 min
• San Gimignano 45 km – 1h 10 min
• Florenz 55 km - 1 h 15 min
• Arezzo 70 km – 1 h 15 min
• Pisa 120 km - 2 hrs
• Rom 245 km - 3 hrs
Things to do
• Castello di Ama: This tiny hamlet is the unexpected setting for museum-worthy contemporary art.The “town’s” handful of handsome buildings are now part of the Castello di Ama winery — one of Chianti’s finest — and house some of the works that the winery began commissioning over a decade ago. Today the collection consists of a dozen permanent pieces, including works by Anish Kapoor and Kendell Geers. Their two-hour guided visit includes the winery, the artwork and a tasting of the estate’s olive oil and wines (€35; book in advance).
• Radda: Majestically perched on a hill and surrounded by a sea of green, this alluring town’s position is truly spectacular. It has a medieval walkway and main square, where the Palazzo del Podestà displays its coats of arms and elegant arches. This palace had been the headquarters of the Chianti League, a military-political organisation that controlled this territory under Florence rule, for over four centuries. Opposite is the Neo-Romanesque Church of San Niccolò.
• Brolio Castle: A must for wine lovers, Brolio is one of the oldest wineries in the world and is where the Chianti style of wine was “born.” This is the former home of the extremely wealthy Ricasoli family who has owned the estate since 1167. You can visit the castle and the gardens on your own or book one of their guided tours which includes the history of the estate, its wine-making facilities, cellars where Brolio’s wine is aged, and concludes with a wine tasting.
• Castellina in Chianti: A small medieval town nestled at the top of a rolling green hill at an altitude of 578m. Via Ferrucci, a pedestrian zone, is the main street and home to a number of restaurants, some with outdoor seating. Castellina is dominated by its early 15th century castle, home to the Archaeological Museum of Chianti Senese displaying ancient artifacts from area excavations, including many from the Etruscan settlements of the area. The parish church San Salvatore contains an important fresco of the enthroned Madonna attributed to Bicci di Lorenzo.
• Panzano: This picturesque town is well worth a wander and which features gorgeous views of the surrounding vineyards. Be sure to drift behind the square where you will find the old fortress and the Church of Santa Maria. The town is home to world famous butcher Dario Cecchini and his eatery, ideal for a hearty lunch. If you’re looking to do some shopping, track down Verso x Verso for custom designed leather goods. Just outside Panzano stands the beautiful 12th C parish church of San Leolino which houses precious pieces of sacred artwork.
• Greve in Chianti: A charming town with a delightful main square surrounded by porticos and pottery shops and other artisanal boutiques. On Saturdays this square hosts a weekly market and you can further enjoy the square’s ambiance over a delicious cappuccino and pastry at the Pasticceria Chianti.
• Montefioralle: A tiny hilltop hamlet of Montefioralle, worth the detour from Greve. Leave the car in the parking just outside the wall (piazza Santo Stefano) and walk the narrow cobbled streets of this small borgo that started its life as a castle. Get the camera ready for some very picturesque scenes.
• Badia a Passignano: The splendid monastery of Badia a Passignano takes the form of a quadrangular fortified monastic complex with corner towers. Towards the middle of the 15 C the convent was augmented by the addition of cloisters and a wall. Information regarding the year of the Badia’s foundation is unclear. In 1049 Badia passed into the Vallombrosano order, a reformed branch of the Benedictines. In 1545, the abbey became an important theological, literary and scientific study centre; the monastery chronicles report that Galileo Galilei taught mathematics here from 1587-1588. The monastery is still today occupied by the Valombrosiani monk community.
• The “Strada Chiantigiana“ (SR 222): An ancient road leading from Florence to Siena is full of spectacular scenery, historic sites and the romance of the Tuscany region of Italy. This back road runs through rolling hills overgrown with vineyards to Chianti’s small cities and towns such as Greve, Radda, and Gaiole.
• Hot Springs: In Tuscany there are several natural hot springs fed by volcanic water from 30 to 55 degrees Celsius. Some of them have been known from Etruscan and roman times like Calidario and Saturnia. You can add to your holiday in Tuscany a day in a thermal hot spring.
• San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometers outside the town. The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, grown in the area.
• Siena: The Sienese have no doubt, their town is the most beautiful in all of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Siena has remained a Gothic city. Renaissance, one of the major influences in Florence, hardly affected the urban development of Siena. The city unfolds around the main shell-shaped square called “Il Campo.” Twice a year the famous horse race known as the “Palio” takes place here. The narrow streets are lined with old shops and small cafes, while churches and museums are real treasures of the fourteenth century.
• Florence: The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
To receive a complete overview of activities and sightseeing in the area, contact Katharina or Gaia at contact@excellence.villas We will promptly email you an exhaustive document.

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