An ancient castle dating back to the time of Leonardo da Vinci is the perfect backdrop for a vacation in Tuscany! The views are to die for. Sleeping up to twenty two, this large castle near Arezzo is great for family reunions and celebrations. The large estate produces Chianti wine and olive oil. The location is well suited for exploring Eastern and Southern Tuscany, including Arezzo, Cortona, Siena and Montepulciano.
Belonging to the same family for centuries, this Castello with a private chapel, lies at the center of a large estate producing Chianti wine and olive oil which you can buy directly from the farm. A long driveway, lined wi...th centuries-old Cypress trees, leads up to the Castello, first built in the Middle Ages and then enlarged during the Renaissance to be an aristocratic residence. The garden, which overlooks the valley, is surrounded by centuries-old trees, and on the stone panoramic terrace is a private swimming pool (16 x 6 meters) with a Roman staircase lined with mosaic work. There are two bathroom/dressing rooms, and a small gym. The terrace is lit up at night by large wrought-iron lamps.
Ground Floor: The entrance leads to the dining room with a corner kitchen and a large dining table for 22 people. There is direct access to the garden via a large glass wrought-iron door, with another large table for 22 people, opposite the large gazebo. The living room has a large stone fireplace, satellite TV and direct access to the garden. The main kitchen is equipped with an oven, large refrigerator, microwave oven, dishwasher and American coffee maker, and can be accessed from the outside. The first bedroom has a double bed. There is a bathroom with a bath tub. The second double bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a shower and access to the rear garden.
First Floor: There is a living room with a large stone fireplace, satellite TV and access to the balcony. Additionally, there is a complete kitchen and one double bedroom with an en suite bathroom with shower.
Second Floor: There is a large double bedroom with three windows and a large en suite bathroom with a bathtub. One twin bedroom has a bathroom with shower and independent access from the outside. A second twin bedroom has an en suite bathroom with bathtub, satellite TV and exit onto the panoramic terrace under the tower. The second double bedroom has an en suite bathroom with shower and satellite TV. The last bedroom has two double beds, a closet and a bathroom with a shower. Additionally, there is a small kitchen for breakfasts. (The first and second floors have air-conditioning).
Annex (exterior access only):
Ground Floor: The living-room is equipped with satellite-TV and has a complete corner kitchen with access to the garden where there is another gazebo. There is one double bedroom with an en suite bathroom with shower.
First Floor: There is one double bedroom with satellite TV and an en suite bathroom with bathtub. A twin bedroom has satellite TV and an en suite bathroom with bathtub and shower. The annex is equipped with air-conditioning on both floors.
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.
* Additional Housekeeping Available: 15 Euro per hour.
* Chef Available: 30 Euro per person
* The staff who look after the villa live in an independent apartment at the rear.
* There is no air conditioning on the ground floor of the main house.
* Housekeeping for 6 hours per day twice a week included.
Additional amenities include: housekeeping - included, pool towels, housekeeping available - extra cost, cd, cook service available - extra cost, independent villa, free parking on premises, outside area - private, air conditioning - partial house.
Left on 06/19/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | James
Overall, everyone had a fantastic time. The area was spectacular, the accommodations were good, and the owners and caretakers very accommodating.
The view was spectacular. It really did not get any more relaxing than sitting poolside every evening and enjoying cocktails and appetizers. For an old castle somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 years old, the bedrooms were well maintained. However, people looking for luxury and new age convenience should take heed: the place shows its age in places.
The showers in the bathrooms in most cases were inadequate by American standards. Often just a hose attached to a shower head... very small and cramped. And hot water was at a premium. Some guests may find the fact that the caretaker lives on site to be discomforting, but he was quiet and only appeared on request. Also, he was very helpful providing things we were missing. Particularly on the weekend, as the castle apparently has some historical significance, our stay was interrupted by people wandering on to the property to take photos of the castle, not realizing it was private property.
The view was spectacular, the people were friendly, the prices very reasonable, and the food was excellent. Siena, Lucignano, Monte San Savino, Montepulciano were all a short driving distance away.
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