RECEPTIVE STRUCTURE. La Grande Quercia is a stylish Tuscan villa situated in a prestigious hillside position in the close vicinity of the historical centre of Prato. In it’s recent restoration high quality materials have been used such as handmade cotto pavements and the chestnut wooden floorboards for the bedrooms parquet, precious stones for the internal staircase and marble for the bathrooms. The villa has been furnished with taste by the owners whom have opted for a stylish – antique interior decor. The top point of this property is it’s position, in a very quite area of Prato but at the same time very easy to reach the historical centres on foot. The nature lovers can enjoy pleasant walks or bike tours via the several nature trails around the property, whereas for art lovers it is possible to reach in few kilometers by car and in twenty minutes by train the city of Florence and the most important Tuscan cultural centers like Lucca, Siena, Pisa and Versilia. Please Note: when the property is rented in this solution no other guests will be present on site.
Additional amenities include: ping pong table, security system, games, video game library, mountain bike (up to 2015), ice maker, american coffe maker, baby cot, mixer, books and magazines, internet wireless connection, outdoor jacuzzi for 4 pax, diswasher, radio with cd player, mosquito screens, billiard, rechargeable mobile phone with italian sim, moka, hair dryer in every bathroom, games for childrens, golf club, air conditioning in the bedrooms, american fridge, iron and ironing board, american coffee machine, complimentary toiletries, barbecue and wood oven, personal computer (on request).
Interior The villa is on three levels. From the main entrance we have access to the ground floor composed by a spacious living room with fireplace, TV room, dining room, kitchen with dining area and a service bathroom. All the rooms on this level have direct access to the outside via the French doors. Also on the ground floor with access from outside is a veranda with its vast windows and furnished in a part as a dining area equipped with wood oven, barbeque, tables with chairs and in the other part for living area. From the ground floor via a stone staircase one reaches the first floor made up of a double bedroom with corner study, bathroom with whirlpool bathtub and shower and a wardarobe. Also on this floor is a double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bathtub and shower, a double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower and a twin bedroom with two French beds and en suite bathroom with shower. From the first floor an internal staircase leads to the panoramic tower where there is a study. The villa also has an underground floor which can be reached both from inside and outside and is composed of a games room equipped with table tennis and all kinds of entertainment games, a service bathroom with shower which belongs to the swimming pool area. Finally, a stone staircase from the kitchen leads to the laundry room and to the garage.
Park The 3000 square meter of garden is totally covered by a well kept lawn and enriched with rosemary bushes, oleanders, olive groves, cypresses, oak and acacia trees and a variety of fruit trees like: medlar, cherry, apple, pear and pomegranate. The large “cotto” square in front of the house, from where it is possible to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over Prato, Pistoia and Florence, is embellished by impressive lemon plants and is setting with the outdoor dining space and the sitting area. right outside the veranda in placed the Jacuzzi with hot water for 4 persons. It is enough to over pass the main gate to have a pleasant and relaxing walk either on foot or by bike through the several nature trails which surrounds the hill behind the property.
Swimming Pool The totally fenced swimming pool area it is protected by tall green hedges and it is possible to access by a gate. Open from the last Saturday in April to the first Saturday of October the swimming pool is only 15 meters from the house and measures 12,50 meters x 6 meters with a depth which goes from a minimum of 1,10 meters until 2,10 meters and is equipped with a romaine staircase entrance totally covered by dark blue ceramic tiles. The pool’s water is purified by salt and it’s equipped with an automatic covered system which permits to maintain the water temperature constant during the night. The solarium area is paved with “cotto” pavement and it’s equipped with sun lounges, chairs, gazebo and outside shower. Pets On request
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To be paid at the time of booking: 30% as DEPOSIT (non-refundable) calculated on the listed price (and not on the possible discounted price), plus 5,9% of the total of the reservation for the EV Commissions (which include costs for opening and management of the practice,TripAdvisor property ID 1832145...Read more
LA GRANDE QUERCIA it can be found on the dominating hill side of Prato. Prato and its province are situated in the heart of Tuscany, nearby the most famous art cities of the world: Florence (Km. 18), Lucca (Km. 50), Pisa (Km. 82), and Siena (Km. 79). This area is the ideal destinations for tourism. These cities can offer a mixture of art, culture, nature and the history of textiles, a story which is still present and modern days and around which it has developed the richness, the sense of the welcoming and comfort between different cultures and ethnics in the city of Prato.
The province is made up of seven municipals: Cantagallo, Carmignano, Montemurlo, Poggio a Caiano, Prato, Vaiano and Vernio. It is a very variable territory able to offer high levels of historical and cultural attractions starting from the Etruscan period passing through the Middle Ages until present day. In spite of its recessed position the house is near to the main basic services such as: train station, highway, commercial centers, cinema, and theatre.
Airport: Florence 15 km, Bologna 102 km, Pisa 95 km, Milano 350 km, Rome 330 km
Train station: Prato 2 km, Florence 22 km
Highways: A11 exit Prato Est 3,5 km
Shops and services: Prato 500 meters
Beaches: Viareggio (Tyrrhenian Sea) 89 km
Access roads: Paved road until the main gate
Attractions within 100 km: Firenze 25 km, Pistoia 28 km, Mugello 28 km, Pisa 88 km, Lucca 65 km, Vinci 32 km, Montecatini 39 km, Versilia 98 km, San Gimignano 72 km, Siena 91 km
Left on 09/17/2013 for a stay in July 2012 | JulianneReviewed Sep 17, 2013Stayed Jul 2012
I spent a week at La Grande Quercia during the summer of 2012. Our stay here was a trip of a lifetime. The property is absolutely gorgeous and spacious. The hosts live close by and were available for any questions or assistance. The location of La Grande Quercia is ideal because you are a short distance from town where you can buy groceries or have a cappuccino. You are also quite close to the train station which provides for easy access to Firenze. Needless to say, this property has everything and we found ourselves enjoying the gorgeous days by swimming in the pool and taking in the views.
I highly recommend staying at La Grande Quercia. We were a group of 11 and the property never felt crowded.
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