Villa Leopoldine gets its name from its architectural style in which it is built. History has it that in the 16th century, the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo worked towards the providing the farmers of the Val di Chiana better living conditions and financed the construction of farmhouses for them after draining out the swamp land. So, these farmhouses are famously known as Leopoldine Houses. Villa Leopoldine is one such a house, which has now been restored completely. However the professional restoration experts who have worked on this villa have taken great efforts to ensure that all elements and features of the original architectural style have been adhered to strictly. andnbspThese antique farmhouses usually follow a certain typical pattern: First floor: There is the Colombaia which was used to store small tools. This floor also had a huge kitchen with fireplace, which was one level higher than the rest of the house - a unique method of heating the house. There was a stone sink next to the fireplace Ground floor: This level comprised of the cellar and stables In this wonderful Villa in the Tuscan countryside, thanks to a professionally led work of recovery, one can admire all the typical architectonic characteristics of the Leopoldine which this antique rural home has kept intact throughout the centuries. The typical structure of the Leopoldine in fact was: on the top floor one finds the Colombaia, a room which served as a storage for small tools, whilst on the ground floor are the cellar and stables. On the first floor there was the big kitchen with fireplace, located on a higher step of the house and andnbsp unique heating source. Next to the fireplace was the stone sink, with the copper "bruchele" on top and with the tub and basin under. The kitchen brought together all the inmates of the houses. There were around 40 people who lived together in these houses and each of them had a room for themselves. All the rooms of the farmhouse were connected to the kitchen. andnbspThe restoration architects have note only retained the original old-world charm and simplicity of the farmhouse but have also cleverly andnbspmerged all the comforts of modern day living. andnbspThere is a gorgeous park around the villa. A walk through this garden leads to the huge 67x14 meter swimming-pool flanked by cypress and olive trees. The pool is open from May until September. There are parasols and sun beds placed around the pool for the exclusive use of the guests. The garden is a great place to enjoy plenty of sunshine. It also provides a breathtaking view of the sunset amidst the the rolling Tuscan hills, rows of cypresses, vineyards and olive trees...plus the town of Cortona, the antique Etruscan town. This beautiful town can is just 10 minutes from the Villa.andnbsp andnbspFeatures: 5 double bedrooms with private en-suite bathrooms and 2 double bedroom share one bathroom + 1 guest toilet. 14 persons + 2 andnbspFloor plan:andnbsp Ground floor: entrance + spacious living room with fireplace + 1 dining room + laundry + kitchen + 2 room with private en-suite bathroom (shower) to share + guest toilet + kitchen (5 burners, dishwasher, microwave, American coffee machine, toaster etc) The ground floor has the the living area at the entrance, a spacious living room with fireplace, dining room and a fully equipped kitchen from where you can directly access the garden. The garden has a gazebo for alfresco dining. This level also has 2 double rooms with private en-suite bathroom, a service bathroom and a huge laundry room. First Floor: antique Leopoldine kitchen, spacious living room with historic fireplace + 4 double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, of which one with tub. A stone staircase leads to the first floor, which has the old Leopoldine kitchen. This room brings back to life the merry congregation of andnbspall farm workers and also bears testimony to some of the typical features of Leopoldine architecture like a large elevated fireplace, the stone sink, and the wooden staircase leading to the Colombaia. Another feature is that this kitchen area leads to the 4 double rooms, all with private en-suite bathroom (3 of them have a with shower and 1, a tub) andnbspSecond Floor: Double room with en-suite bathroom (shower) The Colombaia is located here and is connected to the kitchen through a wooden staircase. This area is also connected to a pretty double room with private en-suite bathroom. andnbspFrom the villa there is a public bus that passes and will et you to the train station of CAMUCIA/CORTONA about 5 kms awayandnbsp
Additional amenities include: bicycles nearby, wine tasting on estate, close to public transport, hot springs nearby, restaurant nearby, fly screens, satellite connection, tennis court nearby, airconditioned, horse riding nearby, local markets....Read more
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