Villa Laura is a historic 4 bedroom villa within walking distance of the beautiful village of Anghiari. It is set within spacious grounds and boasts a private swimming pool. Once a former monastery and over 1000 years old, it is a great option if you are looking for an authentic stay in this beautiful part of Italy.
The villa is set over three floors and can comfortably accommodate between 8 and 12 guests in 4 bedrooms. As you enter the villa, you come into a small office area. This has a desk and guests are welcome to make the most of the literature and area guides which are kept here. Or for those who can not escape work, it's a great place to catch up on emails or to do some studying. This room leads through to a large living space with original fireplace, upright piano, sofas, dining tables and chairs. The formal tables in this room will be arranged in accordance with the group size to make the most of the space available. There is a TV for lazy evenings in! In turn, this room leads to a smaller sitting area furnished with two leather armchairs. From here there is a step down to the kitchen. It is also possible to enjoy cookery lessons here should you wish to do do. This is a professional kitchen which, whilst small, is extremely well equipped with everything you could possibly need during your stay. There is a large 6 ring gas hob, an oven, 2 large refrigerators, a double sink, an extremely fast-acting dishwasher (which astonishingly cleans the dishes in just 60 seconds!) and sufficient worktop space in which to prepare home-cooked meals. There is a large rectangular table where you can enjoy meals together inside however outside the kitchen is a terrace equipped with table and chairs which is a lovely place to enjoy an evening meal together. Also on this floor is a WC. There is a separate laundry room leading off the terrace area with washing machine and dryer as well as a WC and sink. On the first floor of the villa, there are three bedrooms along with another living room. The first bedroom is named the 'Suite Loggia'. It is a lovely double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with corner bath tub. It enjoys wonderful views over the valley. If required, there is sufficient space in this room to add an extra bed. The second bedroom - 'Suite Voliera' - is another double bedroom, this time with an ensuite shower room. It enjoys direct access to the terrace. There is also a third large bedroom - 'Vocabolo' - which can sleep between 2 and 4 guests. This room again enjoys direct access to the terrace and has a separate living area with sofa bed as well as a bedroom area with double bed. Again, it has its own bathroom. This floor is also connected directly to the gardens via an external staircase. There is also a wonderful terrace area running along this level. Adorned with pots full of brightly coloured geraniums, the terrace enjoys stunning views and is the ideal place to enjoy breakfast or an aperitif at one of the tables and chairs. The sunsets are spectacular from this position and guests can gaze out over sunflower fields as the sun goes down. In May and June, it's also extremely common to see fireflies in the sky and this makes for quite a spectacle. A second staircase leads to the top of the house where there is a library and fourth bedroom. Please note that this staircase is steep and may be unsuitable for the elderly or very young. This is the oldest part of the house and is said to have originally been a watchtower. The library is a stunning space, almost reminiscent of a scene from a Harry Potter book. Bookcases line the walls and it is a beautiful space to sit and relax curled up with a good book. The last bedroom - the 'Torre suite' has a double bed as well as a good sized living area with double sofa bed so it can again sleep up to 4 guests. It also has its own bathroom with shower. Each bedroom is equipped with a telephone, minibar and WIFI. The owner has renovated the property but have always respected it's age and history. Original features have been retained such as exposed beams and handmade terracotta tiles whilst furnishings are in keeping with the period in which the property was built. Antique furniture adorns every room along with Persian rugs and beautiful handicrafts. The owners have also ensured that the property has been brought up to date though installing air conditioning or fans throughout. For those staying in the Winter months, the property also has central heating throughout. Please note that for larger groups, there are additional properties within the grounds that can also be rented. However, if these are not needed, then these will be closed off, ensuring that you have exclusive use of the grounds. The properties are set in extensive gardens filled with fragrant and brightly coloured flowers, from geraniums to hydrangeas and from sunflowers to lilies. In total the immediate gardens measure one hectare however there are also five acres of additional woodland to explore. A number of seating areas dotted around the grounds provide a variety of places in which to relax and enjoy the nature that surrounds you. Included amongst these is the geranium terrace on the first floor of the main villa as well as a covered verandah and outdoor terrace outside the kitchen. Guests will be able to spot numerous species of birds and animals including squirrels, deer, pheasants, owls, hare as well as a variety of birds of prey. A swimming pool is available for guest's private use. Set to the rear of the property in an elevated position, it also enjoys wonderful views across the countryside. Measuring 12m x 6m and with a constant depth of 1.5 metres, it's a great pool for those that enjoy swimming. To the side of the pool is a wonderful area for sunbathing furnished with sun beds, parasols, tables and chairs. For younger and more active guests, there is a table tennis table. Rackets and balls as well as other games are provided for your entertainment. A complimentary welcome basket is provided on arrival. Air conditioning is available at the property but the cost of this must be paid on departure at a rate of 500 euros per week. When required, heating is charged at 580 euros per week, again payable locally. A compulsory final cleaning fee of 200 euros is also payable locally in cash. On request, additional housekeeping can be provided along with the services of a chef. The owner can also arrange cookery classes at the property and various excursions. Please ask for more details. Please note that 2 cots can be provided if required. It may also be possible to add a couple of extra beds to the villa. Please ask for more details.
The property is ideally situated in Tuscany but close enough to the border with Umbria should guests which to explore that region too. It's also only an hour to Florence and Siena. Arezzo is just a 20 minute drive and trains leave regularly from here to destinations all over Italy. It's also within a 30 minute walk of the beautiful hilltop village of Anghiari. Guests can choose to either walk through the woods to the village or along the street.