For a family or small group of couples that wish to immerse themselves in the pleasures of Italian life, this Tuscany villa for rent is the place! You will enjoy your own quiet vacation amidst the beauty of your own peaceful Tuscany villa rental. Day trips to visit nearby cities are a breeze from this Tuscany holiday villa, via the conveniently located SS2 SuperStrada highway from Florence to Siena. It is in the small towns and villages of the Chianti District that you will really enjoy exploring and discovering the many excellent restaurants and vineyards that offer the traveler the chance to sample the bounty of this historic region. And do...n't worry about grocery shopping until you're ready... when you arrive at this (apartment/villa), you'll find dinner waiting, and the refrigerator stocked, so all you have to do is arrive and relax!
The main section of the villa consists of an 11th century tower to which two sections were later added. When this typical Tuscan dwelling was completely and carefully restored, its original structure was consolidated while retaining as much as possible the original materials and features. The villa is one of the central structures on a working farm of 69 acres which specializes in the production of extra virgin olive oil.
Adjacent to the villa is another farmhouse where the owner lives (two people), but the outdoor area of the villa (garden, pergola and pool) are completely private and reserved for the exclusive use of the guests. The expansive views from the villa and its garden include the Castle of Santa Maria Novella and stretch across the rolling countryside as far as the towers of San Gimignano.
In the large garden surrounding the villa, there is a private gazebo equipped with a barbecue and dining area and lounge chairs positioned to overlook the valley and San Gimignano. The private pool is 11m x 5m. There is a pool shower and WC provided in the garden under one of the two loggias attached to the villa.
(320 m2/3,444 ft2) Very elegantly furnished with original antiques, the house consists of three floors and sleeps up to 9 people. Each of the five bedrooms has a large closet and an independent A/C unit, while the other rooms are not air conditioned.
Ground Floor: Contains the entrance hall, a small sitting/TV (satellite) room, one double (queen-size) bedroom (3 steps at entry) with en suite bathroom (shower, WC), a large kitchen with a large refrigerator/ice maker, dishwasher, microwave, Italian and American coffee makers, washing machine, clothes dryer and a dining area which has a wood burning oven. The kitchen area opens to a loggia and has a WC located adjacent.
First Floor: The large and colorful living room has comfortable sofas and a fireplace, along with access to a small loggia outside (steps into the garden). There is a double bedroom with an en suite bathroom with tub and separate shower. There is a twin-bedded room and a small bedroom which has a single bed with a pull-out trundle bed (150 Euros extra per week and most suitable for children). These bedrooms share a bathroom with shower.
Second Floor: A stairway with 10 steps leads up to a double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower and WC. Please be aware that the doorway to this room is 20 cm lower than average… So watch your head! The house has 3 loggias.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Housekeeping: Additional housekeeping available upon request
* Baby Bed: Available upon request
* Chef: Upon request; must be reserved 2 months in advance
* Cooking Classes: Upon request; must be reserved 2 months in advance
* Transfers: Driver is available for transfers. Upon request, subject to availability
* Concierge Service: Concierge can assist to book excursions, tickets, restaurants, wine tours. Upon request (fee depends on service).
* The villa comes with a stocked pantry. Basic groceries will be provided according to the number in your party. Supplies include milk, coffee, tea, bread, biscuits, sugar, salt, water, fruit, eggs, oil, butter, jam, orange juice, and cereal (items subject to change without notice).
* Housekeeping: Included 2 hours per day Monday - Friday. Bed linen is changed weekly and towels are changed twice weekly.
* Gardener: A gardener comes twice a week and the pool is cleaned twice a week.
* Air Conditioning: Only in the bedrooms
* Window Screens: All bedrooms and bathrooms have window screens. Some windows in the living room have them as well, but not all.
* No more than 3 children accepted.
* Short stays (minimum 4 days) are accepted from March 29 - April 19, Aprl 26-May 31, and September 13 - November 15, 2014 on bookings with arrival and departure dates between two Saturdays (Sunday - Thursday is fine, Wednesday - Monday would not be accepted).
* For 2014:
* Continental breakfast will be provided Monday – Saturday
* A Tuscan dinner will be provided on Tuesday
Additional amenities include: concierge, free parking on premises, window screens - partial house, welcome basket, air conditioning - partial house, cd, cook service available - extra cost, iron and board, housekeeping - included, outside area - private, independent villa, telephone - local calls only, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside dining, american coffee maker.
The location and view of Tuscany were absolutely stunning.
Perhaps the mosquitoes and some of the modern conveniences we are used to in the States--but this is not inherent to the property by any means.
The beauty and proximity to everything--the wineries and beautiful walled cities.
Nick's review of La Novizia
Left on 10/31/2008 for a stay in October 2008 | Nick
Overall, we loved it!
The beauty, yet comfort, of the villa, the outside areas, and without question, the views.
If I have to answer this, I guess I would say the noise of the workers in the early morning.
Visiting the many small hilltop towns and enjoying the incredible food.
Alexandra's review of La Novizia
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | Alexandra
We had a marvelous time at La Novizia. We spent the second week of our three-week holiday in Italy there and it was a restful haven.
We loved the setting and the expansive views of the dreamy Tuscan countryside. The house is authentic and charming and yet has all the modern conveniences: air-conditioned bedrooms, essential in July, washer-dryer and a clothesline with a view! and dishwasher. It is perfectly maintained and kept impeccably clean by the maid who comes in daily. The pool, while not enormous, was a refreshing respite at the end of the day and the site of a great deal of family fun. Its setting among rosemary bushes and lavender added aromatherapy to our splashing!
The kitchen, though charming and authentic, is not very practical because of the fact that it is built on two levels.
We visited Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Certaldo, all of which are within easy driving distance of the villa. We had also planned to see some other nearby towns but were seduced into spending a couple of quiet days just enjoying the property.
Elsa's review of La Novizia
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | Elsa
The property, location, and welcome dinner were excellent.
The location was excellent for touring the region and the house had a lot of charm with a great view.
We found the lack of privacy an issue, as the owner's mother lived steps away from where we spent 90% of our time.
The trips to Siena, Florence and surrounding towns was wonderful.
Tammy's review of La Novizia
Left on 08/31/2007 for a stay in August 2007 | Tammy
I would recommend this property to anyone interested in a relaxing and 'authentic' atmosphere!
The overall ambiance was fantastic - we really felt like we were in the heart of Tuscany...and the view was out-of-this world!
Loved the small towns and proximity to some of the major cities we wanted to visit, such as Siena and Florence. We took a one-day bike trip which was another highlight. The trip was not strenuous and the guide really gave us a lot of history about the region. The company is called Bicycle Tuscany.
Janet's review of La Novizia
Left on 10/31/2006 for a stay in October 2006 | Janet
The villa was everything I wanted, hoped for, and more. The interiors were beautifully appointed, and just being in a 12th century villa was a treat in itself.
I loved the kitchen with the old sink and stone fireplace. The views from the lawn were magnificent!!!! It had views of the hill towns of Tuscany that went on for ever (a great spot for morning coffee and evening cocktails) . The views from the bedrooms (and loved the wooden window doors) overlooked the same gorgeous views. We woke every morning to the sounds of the church bell towers off in the distance and the resident rooster. We used the dining table under the outdoor vined pergola for breakfast and dinner. Elena, the owner that lived on site in a smaller separate villa, was a delight and very helpful when we had questions. The villa was well appointed with amenities. Each bathroom had hair dryers, ample towels, soap, shampoo, toilet paper. The kitchen had a modern refrigerator and ice maker. The villa has a small washer/dryer.
Murray's review of La Novizia
Left on 09/30/2006 for a stay in September 2006 | Murray
The rustic style of the house is very appealing. The house is best suited for 3 couples and 3 children as it has 3 good bedrooms all with en suite plumbing.
The fourth bedroom has twin beds and no en suite bathroom. The pool is small, and the property would benefit from a large pool and deck area.
The countryside is very picturesque.
Kathleen's review of La Novizia
Left on 06/30/2006 for a stay in June 2006 | Kathleen
We loved being there and plan to return next year!
The view is breathtaking! Loved having our morning coffee in the lawn chairs just taking in the scenery. Owner was very hospitable and really helped us with our poor Italian. She speaks English very well and did everything to make our stay very enjoyable.
Kitchen is very poorly lit and could use a couple of new fixtures. maybe. The downstairs bathroom needed some type of shower curtain around the bath to make it easier to use and not get water everywhere. Overall, though, our stay was wonderful!!!
Absolutely gorgeous and peaceful. Watch the local drivers, though. The roads are pretty narrow and difficult for two vehicles at a time in some places. The local restaurants in Barberino and Fiorno were great! Try to speak the language if at all possible. We found the local people really appreciated our making an attempt.
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