Soak in the Tuscan sun at villa Sole del Chianti. This eleven-bedroom farmhouse near Florence dates from the turn of the century but has been recently renovated, with accommodations in both a main house and a separate cottage. Today, it offers both country charm and modern luxuries like a gym and spa facilities. The villa’s hilltop location affords beautiful panoramic views of vineyards and hills and easy access to the region’s cities and beaches.
If you’ve come to Italy to relax, you’ll appreciate the villa’s secluded grounds, filled with olive groves, cypress and aromatic herbs. Relax on the sunbeds and hammocks by the pool and Jacuzzi, taking in the view, or work up a sweat in the fitness room. There are two fully equipped kitchens, an al fresco dining area and state-of-the-art perks like a games room, computer and Wi-Fi. The home’s showpiece, however, is a spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, massage bed, showers, gym and change room, where treatments can be arranged.
Recent renovations have preserved Sole del Chianti’s beamed ceilings, cotto floors and brick arches, and added modern furnishings like plush sofas, rustic-style tables, patterned rugs and brocade and gingham fabrics. Living and dining areas are open to each other, creating a welcoming atmosphere, and multiple seating areas and a games room offer plenty of nooks for relaxing or playing. Two fully equipped kitchens have modern appliances ready to feed a crowd.
Each of the property’s eleven bedrooms has air conditioning available, as well as a ceiling fan. In the main house, there are six bedrooms with double beds; five have en-suite bathrooms and one has a private bathroom. There are also two bedrooms with two twin beds each, which have en-suite bathrooms, and a bedroom in a tower once used to house the villa’s doves with views from three sides, a double bed and private bathroom. In the cottage, there are two bedrooms that share a bathroom: one with a double bed and one with two twin beds that can be combined to form a queen.
Sole del Chianti is southwest of Florence, between the city and the coast. The town of Tavarnelle and its grocery store are a 3-minute drive away, a tennis court in Sambuca val di Pesa is 10 minutes away, a train station and hospital in Poggibonsi are 30 minutes away and Florence’s Golf Ugolino is a 40-minute drive. If you’d like to do some sightseeing, the beach is an hour’s drive, Florence and San Gimignano are 19 miles away, Siena is 25 miles away and Pisa is 50 miles away.
Left on 07/26/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 26, 2010Stayed Jun 2010
Extremely well located villa with respect to the area. The space in the villa was perfect, plenty of bedrooms and baths. The cleaning staff and maintenance man were lovely. Sometimes the manager was a bit put out when internet was not working properly. House was well maintained and spotless. Unfortunately smelled of smoke from house manager smoking in her office.
Left on 07/08/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 8, 2010Stayed May 2010
The location of S.d. C. meant we could enjoy the peace and beauty of the Tuscan hills and be close to Fierenze and Sienna for sight-seeing. Taverenelle was an easy walk and proved to be typical of any little Tuscan town. This meant that we could enjoy shopping, restaurants and a pleasant walk without using our cars. Tourist information provided us with hiking trail information which many of us happily used. Our on-site manager , Franchesca, was invaluable as an interrupter and source of useful information. The villa itself was beyond the expectations of all of us: beautiful pool, flowers, removed from the noise of traffic, exceptional views from all windows, accomodating rooms and bathrooms and well equipped kitchen facilities. Our welcoming meal was well worth the reservation and a wonderful start to an memorable vacation. I would not hesitate to use Luxury Retreats on another occasion. Patrick, Pascal and Jyoti were efficient and reliable in dealing with our arrangements. Many thanks
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