Three Bedroom Detached Private Villa Central Tuscany
Situated in a beautiful position on a pretty estate in the heart of the Tuscany with wonderful views of the verdant hills all around is Villa Cassiopea. Originally a barn, it has now been fully restored into a beautiful private villa with its own swimming pool and garden. Furnished in classic Tuscan style, the villa is fitted with modern comforts whilst retaining all its original characteristics.
The villa, which on two floors boasts gorgeous beamed ceilings and has a light and airy atmosphere, created by the large arched windows throughout. The ground floor consists of is a fully equipped country style eat in kitchen complete with large table and chairs, a washroom, two comfortable lounges, one with settee, armchairs and satellite television, the other with settee (which converts to a bed on request), all have patio doors opening onto the rear terrace which furnished with table and chairs and shaded by a pergola. Also on the ground floor a luminous corridor, which opens onto the garden and pool area, leads to a single bedroom with en suite shower room.
Steps from the main lounge lead to the first floor where there are two charming bedrooms one with double bed, one with twin beds and a shower room. Both bedrooms still retain original slanted brick characteristics on some of the windows, the larger of which enjoy pretty views over the estate. In front of the villa is its private garden complete with lovely swimming pool (8m x 3m) surrounded by lawns and secluded by a hedge. The pool area is furnished with sun loungers, umbrellas is the perfect spot for relaxing and the lovely patio in the garden is ideal for dining al fresco.
There are extensive views of the beautiful landscape of terraced land dotted with vineyards and olive groves all around and lovely walks in the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed. Also on the estate yet completely separate to the villa and with their own swimming pool are 5 apartments. Another building houses the little reception and a laundry room with washing machine. There is also Wi Fi internet connection and a built in barbecue for guests use.
Villa Cassiopea is situated just less then 2km from the characteristic Tuscan town of Lamporecchio which has a selection of shops, restaurants and amenities, and is renowned locally for its famous for its Brigidini wafer thin aniseed flavour biscuits. Its a great base for exploring the area. Vinci, famous as the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci and with an interesting museum to commemorate him is just 7km away and Florence, Pisa and the coast are easily reached by car or via train connections from nearby Empoli. Even Siena and San Gimignano are only just over an hours drive away.
Ground Floor: Fully equipped kitchen with cooker (5 gas rings electric oven), fridge/freezer, dishwasher, dining table and chairs > Washroom with basin and w.c > Lounge with sitting area with settees, armchairs and satellite television > 2nd lounge area with settee (which converts to a bed on request) > Single bedroom with ensuite shower room with shower, basin, bidet and w.c.
First Floor: Double bedroom > Twin bedroom > Shower room with shower, basin, bidet and w.c.
Central heating* > Air conditioning only bedrooms* > Terraces > Garden > Private swimming pool > Barbecue > Parking > Laundry with washing machine > WiFi internet connection > 2km from the town of Lamporecchio with its shops and restaurants > 7km to the town of Vinci (Facilities marked * are payable locally)
Additional amenities include: heating, oven: standard....Read more
Left on 09/20/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We stayed at this property in July and august and had the most fabulous holiday. We took our family who had never been to Tuscany before and they were blown away by the villa and the area.
The pool was lovely with plenty of sun chairs and we particularly enjoyed the outdoor eating area. The kitchen was also excellent.
Paul (known as Paulo) who managed the property was superb. He arranged the Pizza Nights (one a week) for all the holidaymakers and even came into our villa and cooked a meal for us. We understand he is shortly returning to Canada and he will be sorely missed. He was so patient with the children who were allowed to make pizzas and we have a great video of our daughter (she is not a child!) making a pizza under Paulo's supervision. We understand that Stefano (the owner) does the Pizza Nights as well and I am sure they will be fantastic. It really was s great way to meet the other residents and get to know them.
We did have some problems - like the freezer not working properly and not having any running water one morning, but everything was dealt with quite quickly and did not cause any real problems.
So despite the stings (of which there were quite a few) and the couple of problems already mentioned, we would not hesitate to recommend this villa - we really had a holiday to remember.
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