Part of a 15th century villa, this apartment is on a hilltop just 10km from Florence & is surrounded by olive groves and stunning views. Beautifully furnished & well equipped, it shares a swimming pool with one other apartment & has its own terrace
This beautiful 2 bedroom apartment occupies part of a 15th century villa. Set on top of a hill just outside Florence, it overlooks the Chianti region and is surrounded by 30 hectares of olive groves containing 6000 olive trees. The property is steeped in history. In Renaissance times, the property belonged to the Gherardini family, the family of the famous Mona Lisa, immortalised by Leonardo Da Vinci. For the past 200 years, the property has been in the Calamai family and the current owners, Eleanora and Marco, lovingly look after the property and tend the olive groves. The apartment enjoys an open plan living and dining area with sofa bed and chairs and a dining table seating 4 to 6. Double doors lead onto a terrace overlooking the inner garden filled with lemon trees and beautiful roses. There is outdoor furniture for al fresco dining. There are 2 bedrooms - 1 double bedroom with stunning chandelier and fireplace as well as 1 twin room. There are 2 bathrooms and a kitchen equipped with oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer. Doors lead to an inner courtyard.
Although surrounded by olive groves, this apartment is just 10km from Florence and as such is the perfect base from which to explore the city and the stunning local countryside. A bus does leave from the end of the driveway which will take you into the city centre.
A note from Jo
This is a special place to stay. Whilst husband Marco looks after the olive groves, his wife Eleanora offers guests the opportunity to share her passion for cooking, offering cookery courses. She can also arrange other excursions such as wine tasting at a local vineyard, a visit to a cheese producer or guided tours of the area. Eleanora will also be happy to cook for guests and, on request, guests have the opportunity to dine by candlelight in the wonderful frescoed salon of the villa. All are opportunities we would encourage you to take up. The property is in an absolutely idyllic setting with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside, across the olive trees to the Chianti Classico vines beyond. Guests are welcome to wonder through the olive groves and are also encouraged to help themselves to the wonderful home grown produce from the estate's fruit and vegetable patch. And for those times when you just want to relax, there is a swimming pool and beautiful gardens to enjoy. We promise... you will love your stay here.