Recently Restored, Secluded Villa Gaia - Stunning Interiors, Breathtaking Views
Description from the manager
Hold a family reunion, anniversary party, or wedding Tuscan-style at Villa Gaia. For centuries, Italian noble families celebrated at this eighteen-bedroom villa near Siena in the Chianti region; now, its grand interiors have been restored and offer a luxurious retreat. Not only is there plenty of space for the whole family, there’s plenty to do on and around its manicured gardens.
From the moment you step onto Villa Gaia’s lush grounds, eight full-time staff members are there to ensure your comfort. Gather everyone around the barbecue or in one of several al fresco dining areas, relax in the pool, take the mountain bikes for a spin or face off on the bocce and tennis courts. After a day of activities, lounge in the whirlpool and sauna. There’s even Wi-Fi access and a PlayStation for the technologically inclined — or teenagers.
The villa’s interiors reflect its storied past as a home for aristocracy since 1400. The spacious two-story living room is covered by an arched brick ceiling, and has multiple seating areas, while other rooms have plush carpets and drapes, damask wallpaper and trompe l’oeil paintings. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, but the staff can arrange for a cooking service and assist with wine selection.
Each of the eighteen bedrooms has air conditioning, satellite TV and an en-suite bathroom. In the main house, there are sixteen bedrooms: one with a single bed, two with two twin beds each, and thirteen bedrooms with queen beds. There are two bedrooms in the annex, each with a queen bed. The bedrooms have the same traditional feel as the rest of the house, with antique furniture and richly colored fabrics.
Should you tire of bocce or tennis, there’s also golf and riding stables nearby. Arrange for a wine or bike tour of the area, or a motorboat excursion along the beautiful coastline of Monte Argenario. Villa Gaia is located in the town of Casole d’Elsa, just a 20 minute drive from Siena, 9 miles from San Gimignano, 35 miles from Florence and 166 miles from Rome.
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Bedroom / Bathroom Description
Single bed, En-suite bathroom, Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Telephone, Safe
Note: Bedroom layout for up to 25-guest occupancy (13 bedrooms) will be:
1 Single Bedroom
2 Twin Bedrooms
7 Queen Bedrooms
3 Queen Bedroom Suites (1 with Jacuzzi)
Features & Amenities
Fully equipped kitchen
Multiple alfresco dining
Riding and golf facilities nearby
Staff & Services
Twice a week linen change
6 Days a week staff services
At Extra Cost – advance notice may be required:
Activities and excursions
Additional maid service
Gas for central heating
Final cleaning service
Additional staff for groups over 25 guests
Mandatory Visitor’s Tax of 1.50€ per person per day payable on-site
Applicable on the first 7 days
Fees and conditions are subject to change
Maximum 35 guests
Pets not permitted
Limited use of kitchen appliances
Food allowance required
Security deposit required
Villa is rented on a weekly basis from Saturday to Saturday)
All services not included in rates are to be paid locally
Rental vehicle recommended
20 minute drive to Siena
9 miles to San Gimignano
35 miles to Florence
166 miles to Rome
Finest private villa for rent in Tuscany. Breathtaking views. Ideal for large groups. Convenient location between Florence and Siena. Full-time staff of eight including six domestics, gardener and caretaker. Staff works full time with a pre-determined set of working hours and alternates time off one day per week, per person.
Guided tours to the most important wine-cellars in Tuscany - Golfing - Mountain bike tours - Orchestral musical entertainment. The villa stocks an excellent selection of Tuscan and Umbrian wines and will purchase specific labels at the client’s request.
What to do in the Siena region of Tuscany?
The medieval town of Siena was founded by the Etruscans and later became a Roman colony. During the 13th and 14th centuries it flourished as one of the major cities of Europe, growing rich from banking and the wool trade. The 14th century saw a great amount of construction: the Duomo, the Palazzo Publico and the Campo Square were all products of this time. Siena's glory took a tragic downturn by the end of the 14th century due to the Black Death and political upheaval. The city became little more than a rural market center. It was exactly this decline that accounts for the incredible state of medieval preservation that Siena exhibits today. Built across several hills and valleys, you will find a bit of up and down while walking through the historical center. However, the lack of traffic makes it a wonderful place to stroll—even when packed with tourists, there is a quiet and easygoing feel. A must-see is the shell-shaped square called Il Campo. This is the focal point of the city as well as being the venue for the internationally renowned horse race, the Palio.
Casole d'Elsa hosts one of the most charming museums of the many recently opened/restyled in Siena. The art exhibited ranges from the Neolithic era to the XVII century. A visit to the attached Collegiata di Casole is also highly recommended.
Colle Val d'Elsa's newer outskirts offer very few attractions, aside from the crystal manufacturing—but the old town/historical center, Colle Alta, deserves to be seen. Particularly interesting in Colle Alta is the Palazzo Campana, built in the XVI century by the architect Agnolo di Baccio d'Agnolo. This private building looks like a city gate, or a triumphal arch, and dominates the main street of Colle. The Cathedral shows a rich collection of paintings from the XVII century. Don't miss the dramatic and intense Nativity by Rutilio Manetti (fourth chapel on the right, looking to the main altar).
Additional amenities include: video game console, staff member, golf nearby, tennis court, alfresco shower, alfresco dining, mountain bike, outdoor furniture....Read more
Left on 11/02/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 2, 2011Stayed Mar 2011
It was beyond expectation. 3 weeks of a magnificience of living, dining, and laughing; surrounded by a manager, owner, chef, and complete staff whose sole purpose was to ensure our complete satisfaction. Through highly troubled with flights being cancelled, rooms being changed, additional people remaining, additional people coming before schedule, their professionalism in handling all these unpredicted calamities was to them a small pebble in a large ocean. They were fanastic and made everyday perfect for all of us. Yes, 75 overly happy people.
Left on 08/19/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 19, 2011Stayed May 2011
Villa is a 5 Star from all aspects - the service is very friendly, accommodating and impeccable - the decor is the best of old elegance Tuscan - refined - palatial - every room was exquisitely appointed - the location was fabulous for day trips to Sienna and Florence as well as magnificent countryside and local restaurants and wineries. A world of quiet refined luxury and opulence for the eye and senses
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