A grand country home, the villa is both open, thanks to large brick archways between the living spaces, and cozy, courtesy of the wooden beams, stone fireplaces and sitting areas donning leather armchairs and plush sofas. Beautiful natural light and stunning views, via the expansive windows looking out towards the views and garden, add to the allure.
With a working fireplace for grilling and a vintage butcher’s block, the huge country kitchen is a delight for home chefs. If you would rather pass on cooking, a wonderful private chef can be arranged. Your meals can be savored at the regal dining table, with a wrought iron chandelier and wooden beams overhead, or on the alfresco dining terrace bordered by lemon trees. Guests can make use of ingredients from the villa’s vegetable garden, organic eggs from the chicken coop, exquisite Tuscan wines from the wine cellar and extra snacks and supplies from the well stocked pantry.
The five bedrooms are ideally distributed around the villa granting guests additional privacy. There are two master suites, each with a deluxe bathroom and private sitting area with a working fireplace. All of the bedrooms have ornate four-poster or wrought iron beds and private bathrooms. On the ground floor there is also a billiard room, a small kitchen, a media room/office with a small fitness area, a veranda and a laundry room.
A highlight of the grounds is the villa’s infinity pool which boasts the breathtaking backdrop of the undulating valley and hilltop castle. You can also take in this vista from various vantage points around the large terrace or from beneath the vine-draped pergola. The villa is a sublime setting for small weddings, other special occasions or simply the creation of unforgettable family memories.
On foot you can reach the charming town of Gaiole, home to a weekend farmer’s market and excellent wineries in addition to the Vertine castle and village, which has a restaurant serving coffee, wine and snacks. A short drive will take you to world class vineyards, many enchanting towns of Southern Tuscany and the main city of Siena or an hour’s drive is Florence with its museums, excellent boutiques and cultural attractions.
• Pretty garden with flowers, citrus trees, manicured lawns, olive grove and vineyard
• Soaring views over vineyards, cypress trees and a medieval castle
• Spacious terrace with seating areas, covered pergola and outdoor dining areas
• Organic vegetable garden and egg laying hens
• Barbecue and wood burning pizza oven
• Grass bocce ball court
• Historic architectural details including wooden beams, working fireplaces, stone walls and brick arches
• Large windows cast in natural light and offer splendid views
• Tuscan kitchen with fireplace for grilling meats and vegetables
• Vast Great Room with comfortable seating, fireplace and doors leading onto terrace
• Large dining room with wooden table and chairs
• Second living room with billiard room, small kitchen to prepare drinks and cocktails and veranda
• Two master suites with sitting area, fireplace, dressing and en suite. These can accommodate 2 further guests each in the sofa beds
• Two doubles en suite and one twin room with French door onto a private terrace and bathroom across the corridor
• Luxurious en suite bathrooms with free standing cast-iron bathtub and large showers
• Media room with TV and few exercise machine (elliptical, bike, weights and yoga's mats)
• Air Conditioning
• 5 Smart TVs, 5 Sonos speakers, laptop and I-pad
• 2 Vonage phones
• PS4, XBox, Blue Ray DVD reader and dvd library
• Cabinet bar filled with all sorts of spirits and all tools to mix up and serve cocktails
• Wine cellar with price list
• Nespresso machine
• Laundry facilities
• Underfloor heating
• Pool table
• 2 Safes
• Mosquito screens all windows, not on French doors
• House alarm
Staff | Service included
• Daily housekeeping 2/3 hours 7 days a week
• A chef-prepared welcome reception upon arrival with authentic local hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and cocktails
• Paolo the gardener comes in every day and prepares a vegetable basket guests, collects eggs from the hen house and cleans the pool
• A fully stocked bar with premium wine, spirits, and beer
• Light pantry stocking, including refreshments, breakfast items, and an artisanal local snack basket, which can be customized to guests preferences
• L’Occitane and/or Molton Brown shower and bath products
• A “Forget-Me-Not” basket for anything left at home, ranging from phone chargers to over the counter meds
• Heating and A/C
• Midweek linens and towels change
Staff | Service on request
• Additional maid service
• In-house massage
• Helicopter tour
• Cooking class
• Closest commercial and private (private jets) airport Florence 60 km – 1 hour drive
• Radda in Chianti 8 km – 15 min drive drive
• Castellina in Chianti 20 km - 30 minutes
• Siena 40 km – 40 minutes drive
• San Gimignano 50 km - 1 hour drive
• Florence city center 70 km - 1 hour and 10 min drive
• Volterra 70 km – 1 hour and 30 min drive
• Pisa 120 km – 2 hours drive
• Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi 150 km - 2 hours drive
• Rome 250 km - 3 hours drive
Things to do
• The Chianti area: Famous for its wines - the Chianti Classico - this area of Tuscany has more than just world-class oenological pleasures to offer. The curious visitor will come accross many delightful villages, each of them with a history of its own. Let us simply mention lesser known gems such as the romanesque church of Sant'Appiano, the Basilica of Impruneta, the fortified castle of Monteriggioni and the roofless romanesque abbey of San Galgano which are all close. And don’t miss the Saturday market in the small town of Greve.
• 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.
• 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
• Volterra. This town has a fascinating Etruscan past and amazing views over the surrounding countryside. It’s one of the most charming small towns in Tuscany.The area around Volterra is characterised by the ‘balze‘, steep clay hills that create a unique and otherworldly panorama.
• 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.
• The seashore: the sandy beaches along the coast of Versilia at turn of the century Viareggio and fashionable Forte dei Marmi with their trendy bars, designer shopping and some of the best seafood restaurants in Italy
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