Self Catering Accommodation in Tuscany - Villa Cacciatore
This villa is a great choice for a large group to enjoy the peace and quiet of a large estate (with walking trails) as well as proximity to day trips to San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena, and Florence. There is also the possibility of hiring a cook for your evening dinners or special celebrations.
(150 hectares) This property dates back to 1900, when it was a simple farming estate. A famous aviator purchased the property and built three unique hunting lodges that still accompany the villa today. 20 years later, the Finzi-Contini family of Florence purchased the property. They lived there until 1954, when the current owners took it over. The property features a combination of Tuscan stone, cotto bricks, and rolling English lawns. Thanks to its location 500 meters above sea level, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, soft breezes provide a welcome respite from the summer sun. The hunting lodges have been converted into residences—Villa Cacciatore, and a small woodsman's cottage, Casetta Ombra. Each of the structures has its own history and distinct identity. They offer fabulous views, mature oak woods, and access to a vast nature reserve with trails. There is a private pool (5 x 8m), open from mid April to mid October for the Villa Cacciatore and a shared above-ground pool for the Casetta. The houses are very separate and private from the other.
(300 m2/3,229 ft2)
Ground Floor: There are three entrances to the villa. One entrance leads through the loggia, between two ivy-covered columns, and through a glass door into the main living area. Another entrance is via the terrace, where a glass door leads directly into the kitchen. The third entrance is through the garden, where an original terracotta staircase leads directly to the upstairs bedrooms. Entering from the loggia, there is a living area with a fireplace and terracotta floors. The ground floor also has a room furnished with a TV and antique sofas. The adjacent sitting area has a large sofa, a baby grand piano, and windows overlooking the garden. There is a dining room with marble floors and a large wooden table that seats eighteen people. A wooden door leads into the fully equipped kitchen, which has two refrigerators. There is also a WC with a washing machine. A hallway with a staircase leads to the first floor.
First Floor: A long hallway connects all five bedrooms of the first floor: Giglio, Ginestra, Rosa, Geranio, and Margherita. Giglio has a queen-size bed (160 cm), antique furniture, and an en suite bathroom (with shower). Ginestra has a queen-size bed (160 cm) and a private terrace. Rosa has a queen-size bed (160 cm) and access to the same private terrace. Ginestra and Rosa share an en suite bathroom (with shower), which is situated in a connecting antechamber. Geranio and Margherita each have two twin-beds. They share an en suite bathroom (with tub), which is also situated in a connecting antechamber. The first floor has wood flooring. At the end of the hallway, a staircase leads to the second floor.
Second Floor: There are four bedrooms: Girasole, Ciclamino, Iris, and Papavero. Girasole has a queen-size bed (160 cm), antique furniture, and an en suite bathroom (with shower). Ciclamino has a queen-size bed (160 cm) and an ensuite bathroom (with shower). Iris has a queen-size bed (160 cm), while Papavero has a queen-size bed and is most suitable for children. Iris and Papavero share an en suite bathroom (with shower), which is situated in a connecting antechamber. The second floor has terracotta flooring.
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.
* Housekeeping Available: 10 Euro per hour
* Chef Available: 30 Euro per person
* There is air conditioning on the first and second floors, but not on the ground floor.
Additional amenities include: piano, clothes dryer - shared, housekeeping available - extra cost, fireplace - indoor, cook service available - extra cost, outside area - private, independent villa, free parking on premises, washing machine - shared, outside dining, air conditioning - partial house....Read more
Left on 06/08/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | MickeyReviewed Jun 8, 2013Stayed May 2013
We had a lovely time although the weather was not cooperating. Gabriella was wonderful. The welcome dinner was great and the rooms are large. The whole house was very clean. We really enjoyed our stay.
Left on 08/20/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | DawnReviewed Aug 20, 2011Stayed Aug 2011
There were 18 of us there for a family get together. It was perfect! Lots of room for kids and adults. The pools were great, as were the bedrooms! It was a very relaxing week.
We really liked the patio area with the pool. The bedrooms also were excellent with lots of choice for all. Having laundry facilities on site is wonderful! Gabriella is also a wonderful resource, there if you need her, but not intrusive.
They need to have 2 refrigerators to accommodate large groups. Also, we had to remove our own garbage from the property. It would have been nice if it could be picked up. Lastly, the oven wasn't heating up fully, so it made cooking challenging.
We loved visiting the smaller and less touristy hill towns. Gabriella provided us with several excellent suggestions.
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | SandyReviewed Jul 31, 2008Stayed Jul 2008
Everyone greatly enjoyed our time at the villa. The space was lovely and the amount of outside space was tremendous. Lots of areas for people to get 'lost' in and not feel as if they were on top of each other.
The beds were very comfortable, the bathrooms very clean and had great water pressure. The kitchen, with the outdoor prep area right out the door, was great. It was stocked with everything one needed to cook. We had some very creative cooks with us and they found everything they needed! Also, earlier reviews mentioned the need for fans on the 2nd floor of the bedroom space. They are now there!
There is a smaller property literally right next door. We were fortunate because it wasn't rented during our week.
It is very conveniently located. Lots of small villages nearby, grocery stores are readily available. The train station at Castelfiorentina was very convenient for trips into Florence.
Left on 10/31/2006 for a stay in October 2006 | BarbaraReviewed Oct 31, 2006Stayed Oct 2006
It really was perfect. We all 16 really enjoyed the property and our hosts. We got to watch the olive harvest!!! We were in love with San Gimignano and all of the villages nearby. The trip to Florence by train was great and no problem - just perfect.
The location was perfect; close to just enough to fill our days. Our host and hostess wee just fantastic; they brought us train schedules, restaurant guides and offered to do more!!
Can't think of anything...
It was quiet and peaceful, but close to great restaurants and scenic drives, and beautiful little towns and villages.
Left on 08/31/2006 for a stay in August 2006 | KarenReviewed Aug 31, 2006Stayed Aug 2006
Overall, the villa was lovely. It has charm, was clean and very spacious. There were 16 people and there was plenty of room for everyone to feel they had enough space. I would definitely recommend the villa for a large group that is looking for an affordable place in Tuscany.
The house is in a beautiful location and in close proximity to many interesting sites,drives, and towns. The owner was very responsive.
The owners should supply instruction sheets for the appliances. We had 2 engineers and it took a while to figure out how to work the washing machine. One of the stove burners wasn't working. It would have been good to have a microwave. As there are no screens, we had wasps in two of the rooms the last few days of our stay. We had some brave souls track them down.
Left on 07/31/2006 for a stay in July 2006 | NancyReviewed Jul 31, 2006Stayed Jul 2006
We rented 2 villas, side by side. We loved the setting, with the lavender in bloom and the peace and quiet. Although it was unseasonably warm in the mid 90s some days, the lower floors of the house remained comfortable. There was plenty of room for all of us. The kitchen was well equipped--important to us because we did a lot of cooking. We discovered rosemary, thyme, fennel, and bay growing all over the place, so we were able to cook with fresh herbs.
The top floor of the villa was quite hot. Luckily we were able to avoid using bedrooms on that floor most of the time. Having electric fans would have helped with the heat we could find only one, however.
This villa is superbly sited for Tuscan sightseeing. We explored well known and little known destinations easily. Pisa and Florence were an hour's drive away. Siena was 45 minutes away. San Gimignano was a 20-minute drive away. And Volterra was also nearby. The wineries were fun to explore there were many nearby, including one in Gambassi Terme.
Left on 04/30/2005 for a stay in April 2005 | MichaelReviewed Apr 30, 2005Stayed Apr 2005
We would highly recommend this villa to anyone seeking an enjoyable Tuscan retreat, or base of operations for exploring the Tuscan region. In addition, we would seriously encourage large families and or groups of close friends to consider this property as it is wonderfully warm and accommodating. The cozy family room and living room, and the expansive dining room that seats 20 were awesome. We consider it our good fortune to have located this villa, and our privilege to have occupied this wonderful Tuscan property.
The villa was well maintained and the surroundings were appealing. Although we had a large group, there were no complaints concerning the accommodations. We also enjoyed meeting and speaking with the villa's owners, who were gracious and helpful in every way.
Quite honestly, there was very little not to like about this property. We had some issues concerning hot water for showers. However, with such a large group having to get ready at the same time, it is difficult to label this issue as more than a minor inconvenience.
The area where the villa is located is wonderfully picturesque. The location was conducive to day trips to many of Tuscany's major cities. The people in the area are friendly and helpful, and the food is incredible.
Left on 07/31/2004 for a stay in July 2004 | RobertReviewed Jul 31, 2004Stayed Jul 2004
The villa was large enough to accommodate our family of 17 people. The setting was rural and pleasant. The location made it easy to get to San Gimignano, Volterra, and Siena. More than enough seating for meals inside and out. Lots of dishes, tableware, etc.
The other two villas are close by. Therefore, your peace and quiet depends upon the behavior of the neighbors. We were lucky during our stay, but with inconsiderate neighbors it could affect your privacy. The above-ground pool was not popular with our group. There could be a view, if the surrounding bushes and trees were thinned. There are many stairs to the second and third floors.
Typical Tuscan countryside. Great views from the roads.
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