Small, charming & historic castle close to Florence. 6 bedrooms/7 bathrooms.
Tuscany-Florence Area Villa 12
Piccolo Castello is immersed in the heart of Tuscany. This splendid mansion is a place where refined elegance beckons total relaxation from the moment one arrives. A ravishingly updated 13th-century villa high in the hills over Castelfiorentino, this property offers a great selection of art, antique bath tubs completely renovated in 2004 and valuable artworks. Spacious boudoirs are graced with original frescoes, scented candles and fresh flowers, and there are a sacred chapel and a swimming pool area with loggiato unique in the entire region. The estate sits on a hill facing San Gimignano - the towers are visible from the main garden and facade of the property - on 25 acres full of olive groves, yet it is located just a few kilometres outside Florence, just perfect for frequent immersions in the Tuscan capital city or the great alternative of San Gimignano (twenty minutes away).
Every place in the Tuscan landscape carries traces of culture going back through the centuries. Piccolo Castello is a significant example. It lies along the old Via Francigena, an ancient trail used from medieval times by the pilgrims from England and France on their way to Rome. It was founded in the XIIIth century, when a noble and powerful family from Certaldo, the Conti Alberti, chose this place to be the centre of the Court of Val D'Elsa and built a castle there. In succeeding centuries it was transformed into an elegant aristocratic villa, but there still remains traces of the original square tower and of the walls next to the villa. Il Castello has been recently renovated to provide all the charm and uniqueness of a historic home, without changing the atmosphere of an aristocratic villa. It has also been equipped with all the latest modern conveniences to satisfy even the most demanding clients: air-conditioning, hydro massage baths, satellite TV, telephone with Internet connection, laundry with washing-machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave oven, DVD and VHS players. In the garden there is a swimming-pool (10 x 5m), situated on the ramparts of the castle, and with an area shaded by a loggia, the lemon-house converted into a living-room with terrace, and the 13th century chapel. The domestics (who live in an apartment on the first floor with independent access) clean the bedrooms and the bathrooms daily and prepare the continental breakfast 7 days a week between 9.00 and 12.00 in the morning. On request are available: cook, babysitter and further domestic help. Il Castello is recommended for family groups with not more than 4 children less than 12 years old.
6 BEDROOMS / 7 BATHROOMS (640m2/6912 sq ft)
Features & Amenities -
- Wi-Fi, Water consumption
- swimming pool (10 meters X 5 meters)
- Luxury Pool Furniture
- air conditioning in all bedrooms
- Kitchen Amenities: Coffee machine, blender, toaster, microwave, tea pot, dishwasher
- pool-area (covered) with fridge and shower
- outdoor barbecue
- outdoor dining under a shady pergola (in front of the villa)
- patio with seating for 12 people (breakfast, adjacent to the tower)
- consecrated chapel
- Welcome Basket (Spaghetti Pasta, bread, olive oil, salt, sugar, 1 bottle of local red wine, butter, biscuits, milk, pesto and tomatosauce, cheese)
- Daily cleaning 4 hours every day from Monday to Saturday (Sunday cleaning reduced hours)
- Change of bed linen (Wednesday)
- Continental Breakfast
- Change of pool and bathroom towels twice a week (Monday, Wednesday)
- Final Cleaning
COMPOSITION OF THE ESTATE: 1 Main villa (5 bedrooms); 1 Annex, same quality (1 bedroom) and 12 adults and 2 kids is the maximum number of guests the property can accommodate
Location Details -Between Florence & San Gimignano -
Blessed with beauty, wine and an unparalleled artistic legacy, this area of Tuscany that covers partially the province of Florence and faces the glorious San Gimignano, close to Siena, is an area that lives largely up to its fame and deserves it: its fabled rolling landscape has long been considered the embodiment of rural chic, a favourite of foodies and wine lovers, while its cities harbour a significant slice of the world’s Renaissance art. Blessed with beauty, wine and an unparalleled artistic legacy, it is famous for its hills outlined by endless rows of cypress trees, majestic castles, thermal spa towns, tiny medieval villages surrounded by olive groves: this is an idyllic valley with gorgeous emerald green and a medieval past originating from the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage road that connected Rome to northern Italy and beyond. From Chianti Classico to Mugello, from Montalbano to Pistoia, passing through Fiesole and Impruneta, Florence surrounding areas offer a variety of landscapes that are as appealing as the Tuscan city itself. This ring around Florence is within arm’s reach of some of the most important art and architectural sites in the world: guests will be able to head into Florence to visit Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Santa Maria del Fiore, and experience the beauty, culture, and history of one of Italy’s most unique churches, as well as some of the Renaissance masters in Florence at the Uffizi and the Galleria dell’Accademia.
- Property Type
- Tuscany-Florence Area
- Special Selection
- Deluxe World Class Property
- Our Favorites
- Outdoor pool
- Historic Property
1 main living room; 1 minor living room; 1 dining room; 1 game room; 1 kitchen; 1 breakfast room; 1 study room and business room; 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (Jacuzzi bath tub)
1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (Jacuzzi and shower); 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (bathtub and shower); 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom (Jacuzzi and shower); 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom (bathtub and shower); 1 Laundry room with wardrobe (washing machine for staff use only)
13TH CENTURY TOWER (Same Qualitywith private access) GROUND FLOOR: living-room, stair leading to the first floor. FIRST FLOOR: 1 double bedroom with fireplace and en suite bathroom (Jacuzzi and shower). Panoramic terrace.
Maid service from Monday to Saturday (4 hours per day - Sunday reduced hours)
Air Conditioning consumption when used indicatively € 120 plus VAT per day; Heating consumption when used indicatively € 200 plus VAT per day; Tax & Local Concierge €340 per booking (the local concierge can be requested to guide guests and/or do grocery and activities for guest at the cost of € 25 plus 22% vat per hour); Damage Deposit and Refundable Deposit for extras, activities and grocery 30% on gross rental value to be sent with balance
Nearest Grocery is in Castelfiorentino 5 km | Public tennis courts 4 km | Riding school 4 km | Golf 10 km | 25 kms from San Gimignano, 30 kms away from Florence, 36 kms from Florence Airport, 57 kms from Siena, 64 kms from Pisa Airport, 68 kms from Pisa, 69 kms from Lucia, 288 kms from Rome, 319 kms from Rome Airport The closest restaurant to the property is Le Boscherecce, a country house restaurant, 3 minutes by car from the estate. The restaurant is excellent and the setting is outstanding. During the summer it is possible to dine outside in the veranda. The restaurant operates a fixed menu, based on 2 main courses. The restaurant is only open for dinner and closed on Tuesday. Reservation are required. Please call the restaurant in the morning at the following numberTel. +39 0571 61280
Recommended Local Restaurants
The closest restaurant to the property is Le Boscherecce, a country house restaurant, 3 minutes by car from the estate. The restaurant is excellent and the setting is outstanding. During the summer it is possible to dine outside in the veranda. The restaurant operates a fixed menu, based on 2 main courses. The restaurant is only open for dinner and closed on Tuesday. Reservation are required. Please call the restaurant in the morning at the following numberTel. +39 0571 61280
WIthin 10 minutes drive
L'Artevino-via Sonnino 28, 50025 MONTESPERTOLI Tel +390571608488 The new management has preserved the atmosphere and quality of this very pleasant, centrally located restaurant. The setting is restful and the traditional recipes have been successfully reinterpreted. Moderate pricing.
Within 20 minutes drive
La Teda Rossa-Piazza del Monumento 9/14, 50020 CERBAIA Tel +39055826132 www.latendarossa.it Very highly rated restaurant with a fantastic wine list. Expensive, but with a very reasonable set menu for lunch.
Rinuccio-Via Cassia per Siena 133, 50026 Bargino Tel +390552359720 www.antinorichianticlassico.it This restaurant is situated on the roof of the new Antinori nel Chianti Classico winery. It focuses on traditional local cuisine, accompanied, as you would expect, by a choice of excellent wines. There are stunning views of the surrounding hills and vineyards, as well as an outdoor dining area for fine weather. Well worth the visit; located in one of the most modern, futuristic wineries in Europe. Tour the facilities while there and make an afternoon of it. Moderate pricing.
Casa Masi-Via Collerucci 53, 50050 SAN BENEDETTO Tel +390571677081 A characteristic Tuscan restaurant, set in a rural village with a villa and several country cottages dotted about. This attractive restaurant is actually located in one of these cottages. Moderate pricing.
Within 30 minutes drive
La Torre-Strada Spicciano 7, 50028 TAVARNELLE VAL DI PESA Tel +39055806470 www.castellodelnero.com The cuisine served here bears witness to the chef's many years working in renowned and reputable restaurants, with a menu featuring memorable dishes which are full of flavour and substance. The elegant One Micheli Star dining room echoes the smart decor elsewhere in the Castello del Nero hotel.
Most of the year.
The swimming pool is open for guest’s private use in the warmer months, from May the 15th to September the 15th. If the clients ask for previous opening or later closure of the pool an extra fee could apply. Guests are welcome to swim and use the pool area but do so at their own exclusive risk. Please be aware that there is no fence surrounding the pool and therefore we require children using the pool area to be supervised. Smoking is forbidden and pets inside or on the premises are not allowed unless authorized.| unpaved road access 1 mile
Prices include all taxes, agency fees, foreign exchange fees, and credit card fees.
2021Rates Starting at $13,000 Per Week
It was relaxing, inspiring, interesting and comforting, 10/10 Steve R
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