This is a 10 bedroom Tuscan villa, built in the 18th century, with many historical features and furnishing. It sleeps 20 over 3 floors and boasts wonderful gardens, BBQ and a swimming pool. The magnificent dining hall and a former ball room is now an amazing living room.
This is a large 10 bedroom villa set over three floors and located at the end of a cypress lined avenue within secluded parkland in the hills of Tuscany. Built in the eighteenth century, the villa is furnished in a style in keeping with the era and has many original historical features. Outside, there are wonderful gardens and a swimming pool. A stay here gives guests the chance to spend a few days or weeks in a wonderfully historic property, renowned among historians all over the world. On the ground floor there is an elegant drawing room, formerly a ballroom, whose vaulted ceiling and walls are covered with incredible 'trompe l'oeuil' paintings of exotic birds, flowers and plants, whilst the walls are wood panelled. The furniture ranges from antique (18th century) to 20th century. Two large French doors open into the parkland, an open space to sit and relax under the Tuscan sun. There is also a second living area on this floor. The ground floor also comprises a junior suite for two people with large windows overlooking the park and a terracotta arch housing a library. Nearby is a bathroom with hand-made tiles from Amalfi. On this same level is a majestic dining hall, boasting what is said to be the largest sit-in fireplace in Tuscany. The dining tables seat up to 20 people, and the impression is one of dining in a large medieval banqueting hall. Other special features of this dining hall are a 16th century Sienese marble sink, original antique tiled floors and antique furniture. Beyond the dining hall is a small kitchen with modern equipment and professional cooking facilities, sufficient for 20 people or more. There is a utility room with 2 washing machines. A beautiful internal courtyard is accessed from outside the dining hall. This courtyard has its own well and a covered area or loggia, and can be used for outdoor dining in fine weather. Outside, there is also a fantastic swimming pool (14 x 7 metres) and charcoal BBQ. A gallery of paintings leads to an old stairway going up to the first floor. There are five bedrooms located on this floor, all characterised by tall windows, high ceilings and plenty of light. With views of Siena in the distance, and their antique furniture, all the bedrooms have unique features. The first one is famous for its frescoes representing the "Cantico delle Creature" di San Francesco, painted by Dario Neri. This double bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with shower. Further along the gallery, the master bedroom boasts a magnificent Murano glass chandelier, frescoes of angels on the ceiling and a magnificent 17th century Sienese painting. Its en-suite bathroom has a bathtub. A third bedroom has three single four-poster beds, and an en-suite bathroom with shower. The fourth bedroom has two single beds and an open free-standing antique bathtub and sink inside the room. The final bedroom on this floor has a double bed, with a television and a small kitchenette. A bathroom with shower is shared between these last two rooms. On the second floor are a further five bedrooms, set in a more rustic ambience than the floor below. A double bedroom with its terra cotta floors and wooden beamed ceilings has spectacular views of distant Siena. Its bathroom with shower is on the other side of the corridor. The next bedroom has a queen-sized bed, and a new en-suite bathroom with shower. A third bedroom has two twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with shower. A fully-equipped and colourful kitchen with washing machine separates the third and fourth bedrooms. This fourth bedroom has a charming low-beamed ceiling, two twin beds, television and en-suite bathroom with shower and tub, featuring painted 'trompe l'oeuil' tiles. There is also a fifth bedroom on this floor. A private chef can come to the villa to cook meals for you. A housekeeper comes into the property daily to remove garbage and provide some light cleaning duties. Additional housekeeping services can be provided for a charge of 15 euros per hour. Heating, if required, is an additional cost and is charged according to usage. A telephone can be provided for guests to use but, again, calls are an additional cost. A welcome dinner can also be provided on arrival. This is charged at 40 euros per person. For those wishing to have dinner cooked for them for 7 nights or more, the charge per person is reduced. Please ask for more details.
The nearest restaurant is at Ville di Corsano, approximately 5 minutes away. Siena is approximately 10 miles away whilst Florence can be reached in an hour.
A note from Jo
This is a truly historic property and is ideal for any history lovers out there! Some of the artwork on the walls and ceilings are incredible and many of the furnishings are true antiques. It's almost like stepping back in time and seeing how the aristocracy would have lived in Italy over 100 years ago.