The apartment forms part of an elegant and prestigious country resort located in the Florentine hills, just 12 km from Florence in the village of San Donato in Collina (Bagno a Ripoli), in a dominant position, offering breathtaking views over the surrounding valley and countryside. Once a thirteenth century manor house, this ancient building has been sympathetically restored to its original splendour thanks to a meticulous renovation programme using traditional building techniques. A luxury resort has therefore been created, comprising 7 exclusive apartments which are superior in quality to even the most elegant and prestigious hotels within Florence and indeed Tuscany. Superbly furnished, stylish and full of charm, this unique resort is the perfect choice for those seeking a luxury holiday in total peace and tranquility, and for those who wish to immerse themselves in history and experience a flavour of the authentic Tuscan lifestyle in a truly historic setting. This charming country resort nestles in a beautiful 10,000 sq. metre estate bordering a chestnut and oak wood forest, and provides the utmost privacy. The complex comprises seven exclusive suites: five comprising one bedroom and two comprising two bedrooms. Each apartment not only offers guests all the modern comforts but has been uniquely furnished, echoing the elegantly refined Tuscan style. Furthermore, throughout the summer guests can take advantage of the fabulous swimming pool with waterfall and Jacuzzi tub. Camellia is approximately 55 m² and is located on the ground floor of the tower. It consists of a spacious living room with fireplace, a dining table and a sofa bed (120 cm x 190 cm), a kitchenette, a master bedroom and a bathroom with shower. It is an ideal apartment for a couple or perhaps a couple with an older child or indeed two smaller children who would occupy the sofa bed. All apartments are elegantly furnished and benefit from electronic card access, state of the art home automation system for overall management of the apartment, air conditioning, heating, telephone, LCD TV (in the bedroom 32”, and 42” in the living room) with Sky cinema and Sky pay TV. A home theatre system with DVD and CD player is provided, together with free wi-fi internet hotspot, safe, kitchenette (dishwasher and fridge, microwave oven, coffee and tea maker), a bathroom with shower, hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobe and slippers. Furthermore, historic charm exudes throughout the resort , thanks to the use of traditional materials incorporated in the renovation and construction techniques, and the choice of furnishings and interior décor used. Impruneta terracotta floors, locally quarried sandstone from Firenzuola, solid chestnut and cypress wood beams and traditional lime plastered walls endow each of the apartments with a unique and enchanting atmosphere. Nice and cosy apartment perfect for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. The apartment is located in a villa with other 6 properties that share the external area and the nice swimming-pool with heated jacuzzi. Very recommendable for a quiet holiday and to visit Florence and many other interesting Tuscan places. The property has a minimum stay of 5 nights. Shorter stays are possible on request, until 3 nights (not in the period June 13th - September 18th). Pricing Information: Included in the Price: Utility Bills: water, gas (for cooking) and electricity (not heating), house, swimming-pool and garden maintenance; Linens change on Saturday for rentals of more than 1 week; Internet wi-fi; swimming-pool access; external Jacuzzi tub access; baby cot on request; Excluded from the Price: Final Cleaning (50,00 €); heating if needed (€ 5,00/m3); linen change on request (50,00 €) and extra cleaning on request; bathrobe and slippers (€ 10,00); pool towels (€ 5,00); tourist tax (€ 1,50/person only for the first 7 days - No tax from November until February). Child Policy: Max. 1 child 0-10 years FREE in bedroom with 1 or 2 adults. Baby cot 0-2 years FREE available upon request. Children 3-10 year FREE in sofa bed. Adults/teens (from 10 years) in sofa bed 25,00 € per night. Security Deposit: A credit card will be requested as guarantee in case of any damage caused and/or payment for additional services. Destinations Close to San Donato in Collina (Bagno a Ripoli), the country resort provides an ideal base for exploring the area of Tuscany between Florence and the Chianti region, which is known worldwide for its beautiful hills and medieval villages. Florence is only 12 km away, approximately fifteen minutes by car or by local bus which stops about 1.5 km from the resort. Furthermore, you will discover that the Chianti region, famous worldwide not only for its beautiful landscape but also for its prestigious wine, Chianti Classico, specifically the typical “Gallo Nero” label is just 20 km away. Guests may also visit the small towns in the area such as Castellina in Chianti, Panzano and Volpaia which boast medieval castles and palaces, as well as the beautiful town of Siena. There are also many opportunities for guests interested in trekking and horse riding (the Equestrian Centre Antellino is just 6 km away); for those who love to play tennis, the Chianti Country Club is 15 km away ; and for golf lovers the prestigious 18 hole Ugolino Golf Course, is just 15 km away. Upon request it is also possible to book massages in the privacy of your apartment. For those who wish to take advantage of catering services, the resort can offer a personal chef service upon request. There are also two attractive restaurants in the area, one traditionally rustic and the other of a more elegant nature, but both offering typical Tuscan cuisine. At the reception you will find an array of tourist information on where to visit, what to see and also the many activities on offer: cookery classes and wine tasting where you can purchase olive oil and wine. There is also the option of visiting the nearby Mall shopping outlet where you will find some of the most famous Italian and international fashion stores. Main Distances from the resort: Florence city centre - 14 km Chianti area/region 15 – 20 km Siena – 75 km Pisa airport – 102 km Florence Airport – 22 km Ugolino Golf Club - 15 km Horse-riding centre – 6 km Parking: Ample parking with designated disabled parking bays More facilities: Wi-Fi Internet connection Laundry Service Well equipped kitchen Tea and Espresso Coffee Machine Welcome Basket (bathroom) Bathrobe and Slippers Electronic badge access Automated control system Home theatre with CD and DVD player Reception Luggage storage Heated Jacuzzi Additional Services on Request : Museum/theatre ticket reservations Personal chef Wine tasting Cookery courses Green fee reservations at golf courses
“We felt like we were coming back home at the end of each day.”
Left on 11/13/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Rebecca & JPReviewed Nov 13, 2011Stayed Oct 2011
Not only did we really like our apartment, but we really liked the village of San Donato. The couple at La Bottega were so good to us, helping us figure out how to get to Camellia. Their store became our "go to" place for cheeses, meats, wine and beer at the end of each day; and for coffee and tea in the morning. The villa and its surroundings are beautiful. Having breakfast included (and delivered to our room!) was fantastic. The only drawback we found was the directions to get there. It's kind of complicated getting off of the autostrada and going through several villages before we finally came to San Donata. But, we quickly forgot about that once we reached our apartment.
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