Tuscany

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Villa Arcetri

Villa Arcetri
Tuscany
Combine the cultural pleasures of Florence with the tranquility and beauty of the Tuscan countryside at this wonderfully restored Renaissance property located only a 15-minute drive from the center of Florence.
people
10
bedrooms
5 BR
bathrooms
5
airport
Florence airport 13 km
villa concierge
pool
gym
spa
Daily maid
Cook
wifi
Air condition
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OVERVIEW

Nestled within a three-hectare estate of orchards, olive groves and vineyards this hamlet underwent a meticulous eco-restoration which beautifully transformed it into a stylish Tuscan retreat. Whether you’re relaxing in one of the outdoor living areas or cooling off in the infinity pool, you can savor soaring views of the picturesque landscape and the rooftops of the medieval Certosa del Galluzzo monastery.

The hamlet consists of a main villa and two annexes, which are surrounded by a manicured garden and connected by a charming stone “piazza,” like those typically found in Tuscan villages. The villa’s interiors have retained historic features including white-washed wooden-beamed ceilings and fireplaces. These are complemented with attractive modern furniture in earth tones, antiques and tasteful artwork.

A very large living space with an open-plan kitchen occupies much of the ground floor of the main villa. This has various sitting areas which open onto the dining area through large archways. Upstairs are two very spacious en-suite bedrooms. The Master’s en-suite boasts double basins, a large rain shower and a heavenly soaking tub. There is also a small gym and a sauna.

The two other bedrooms are each found in one of the annexes. Annex A is a loft style with a lounge and the bathroom downstairs and the bedroom upstairs. Annex B has a ground-floor dining room which can also be used for small meetings, which makes the villa a unique option for small executive retreats or other gatherings. Climbing a lovely spiral staircase, one reaches the bedroom.

There are several outdoor living areas to make the most of the villa’s stunning setting. Next to one of the annexes is a lovely vine-laden pergola beneath which is a sitting and dining area. There is another larger dining table on the kitchen side from where you can have sunset aperitivos or meals. Just beyond is the villa’s wonderful infinity pool, bordered by olive trees and with both a sunny terrace and covered area with sunbeds. Even when the sun goes down, magical outdoor lighting, and a cozy fire-pit sitting area, create an enchanting evening ambiance.

When you’re not enjoying the sublime atmosphere at the villa, in 15 minutes you can reach Florence to stroll its streets, visit its world-famous museums or have a meal out. Medieval villages, wine tasting and the other treasures of Tuscany can be reached on day trips.
Outdoors
• Large infinity pool, 5x12, with views over Tuscan countryside
• Beautifully restored Renaissance hamlet comprising a main villa and three independent annexes
• Located on a private 3-hectare estate dotted with orchards, vineyards and olive groves
• Manicured garden surrounding the villa buildings
• Pool terrace with a covered pergola with sun beds
• Two alfresco dining areas, one by the villa and a second for sunsets
• BBQ, fire-pit and traditional wood-fire pizza oven
• Covered parking for two cars, two open-air spaces
• E-bikes, ping-pong table and darts, available upon request

Indoors
• Beautifully restored interiors with wooden beams, archways and stone fireplaces
• Stylish decor blending modern furnishings, antiques and artwork
• Large main living room with comfortable sofas and armchairs
• Two additional living areas in each Annex
• Fully-equipped kitchen with island divider between living room
• Dining area seating 10 with unique chandelier and sunset views
• Second dining table for 10 in the Annex B, can be used for meetings
• Five bedrooms: two large en-suite bedrooms in Main Villa, one with soaking tub, two second double rooms in each Annex, bathrooms with showers on ground floors
• TV/library/office room (with printer)
• Small gym with an Tecnogym elliptical machine, pilates machine, weights and yoga mats
• Sauna for two
• Wifi, underfloor heating and cooling system
• Safe in Master bedroom
• Laundry facilities

DETAILS

Amenities
• Underfloor cooling/heating system
• Wi-fi
• Sauna x2 persons
• Gym fully equipped with Technogym Elliptical machine, Pilates machine and professional work-out accessories
• Coffee machine and mini fridge in each annex
• Ice maker
• Wine fridge
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Safe in the master bedroom

Staff | Service included
• 2 maids 6 days a week from 09:00 - 12:00 clean and organise common areas, bedrooms and bathrooms.
• Bed linens and towels will be changed Wednesdays
• Concierge will be there every morning except Sundays should there be something clients would need to be assisted with. He can be contacted 24/7.
• Uniform / Staff Outfits : all staff wear the following uniform - a beige polo shirt with dark blue pants / dark blue polo shirts with beige pants and white sneakers. As a team, the staff always wears same colour combinations.
Staff | Service on request
• Extra shift of bed linens/towels can be arranged for an extra fee of €30.- per pers
• Extra maid service is possible for an extra fee of €15.- an hour
• Chef : we can arrange a Michelin-chef to cook for you
• Butler to light lanterns, candles and fireplace, serve aperitif, serve at table

FLOORPLANS

To receive the floor plans of this villa contact Katharina or Gaia at contact@excellence.villas
Distances
• Nearest village Galluzzo 3 km/5 minutes drive
• Closest commercial and private airport Florence 13 km/30 minutes drive
• Impruneta 10 km/ 15 minutes drive
• Florence 8 km/ 15 minutes drive
• Chianti area with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone 25 km/ 30 minutes drive
• San Gimignano 50 km/ 50 minutes drive
• Siena 70 km/ 1 hour drive
• Arezzo 80 km/ 1 hour drive
• Pisa 100 km / 1 hour and 10 minutes drive
• Viareggio 110 km/ 1 hour and a half drive
• Perugia 150 km/ 1 hour and a half drive
• Rome 280 km/ 3 hours drive
Things to do
• Impruneta , a typical Tuscan town with tidy streets and honey-colored stone buildings bunched together, is 16 minutes away by car, and has a lovely square, 3 restaurants, and two good spots for gelato. Impruneta is famous for terracotta and ceramic production.
• 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.[2] 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 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.
• 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
• Restaurants: eating out is a way of getting to know the area. Simple local trattorias rub their shoulders with more sophisticated restaurants specialised in refined cuisine. Fresh local produce allways plays the leading role.
• Local craftsmanship: hand-made terracotta pots from Impruneta, hand painted pottery from Montelupo, mouth-blown crystal glass from the neighbouring village Colle Val d'Elsa, not to mention the south bank of the Arno river in Florence where you will find a multitude of craftsmen working silver, leather, wood, glass, paper and metal.

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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