Farmhouse apartment near Florenceandlt/aandgt, Tuscany part of large farming estate. Villa Prat 1 andnbspis located on a magnificent estate comprising a private forest, vineyards and olive groves. The spacious farmhouse apartment measuring 180m2 accommodates 5 people. Its just 10 mins from the Florence city centre. It has a lot of Antiques and frescoes and there is a beautiful loggia looking onto a spectacular renaissance garden. The villa apartment is very quiet and private and you can enjoy outdoor dining or pleasant walks. The estate produces fantastic extra virgin olive oil and wine This is the perfect place to discover Florence and enjoy the real Tuscan countryside while staying in an graceful castle that has played host to guests such as andltbandgtNapoleon Bonaparteandlt/bandgt and andltbandgtKing Charles VIIIandlt/bandgt of France. Its famous for its architecture and design. A Shared Swimming Pool is also available for use. You can enjoy memorable dining experiences at the many local restaurants, some noted as being the best in Italy. Relax at the farmhouse, sip a glass of our wine and enjoy the splendid countryside view, explore the private forest or discover local attractions such as horse riding, trekking, antique markets, CarusoiA?A 1/2 s villa and gardens, medieval villages and Etruscan ruins. Stroll down and buy your fresh bread or morning cappuccino and feel like a local. Trains, buses and all shops are at a walking distance and close to all major highways. From, here it is just 20mins to Montecatini, 40 mins to Pisa / Lucca / Siena/ Bologna, 60 mins to Forte Dei Marmi/ Volterra/ San Gimignano/ Arezzo etc. andnbsp Villa Prat 1 offers you an incredible vacation experience, letting you live like a king. It has been completely restored 5 years ago. From the living room 2 sets of double doors open onto the loggia and the very typical Italian style gardens with lemon trees, hedges and fountain. This is a sunny, peaceful and private villa. This villaiA?A 1/2 s foundations date back to the 1200iA?A 1/2 s and its highlights are the 10m high ceilings, breathtaking frescoes, gold gilded mirrors and terracotta floors.andnbsp Each room is a beauty in itself. andnbspThe main bedroom opens onto the front terrace with views of the hills and Florence. The second bedroom has a queen sized bed and a single bed. There is 1 full bathroom with a tub, shower, toilet and hand basin PLUS a second en-suite bathroom off the second bedroom with a toilet and hand basin. The main bathroom can be accessed from the living room or the main bedroom. andnbspThe kitchen has a vaulted ceiling and fireplace with a dining table seating 6. There is Wi-Fi connection and the access is available from certain hotspots on the property. We cannot guarantee wireless access inside the villa as the walls are made of thick stone and sometimes you may need to move around to get access. This location special because its just 10 mins from Florence center and still lets you enjoy the splendor of the countryside.andnbsp The owners speak English, French, German and Italian. andltbandgtandltuandgtHistory of Villa Prat 1andlt/bandgtandlt/uandgt: Villa Prat 1`s foundations date back to 1200. The original use of the palace was a hunting residence for the elite Florentine Gentiles. The origins of the Lunettas was near andltiandgtPonte A Signaiandlt/iandgt and from ancient times they owned this villa and the other villa called on the Arno known as andltiandgtLa Torreiandlt/iandgt(the tower) that even today conserves the aspects of a 1300s walled castle.andnbsp Agnolo di Filippo, a great friend of Cosimo de Medici and admired by Leon Battista Alberti, retired tired and old in the villa of Ponte A Signa and lived there for 12 years, when he wrote the brilliant dialogues of the governing of the family and died at the age of 86 in 1446. In 1434 the wealthy nephew of the former, Battista di Pandolfini returned in patria from Naples and gave the initial magnificent architecture to his villa at Ponte A Signa, honoured by the king of France Carlo VIII on the 13th of November 1495. andnbspThe villa has been engraved with the date 1488, which is believed to be the date of the full restoration of this antique palace. The linear and harmonious architecture, the beautiful loggia, richly carved windows, the perfect sculpture of the stonework, reflects the work of the famous Bendedetto da Rovezzano. King Carlo VIII of France visited the castle as a child. Since the 14th century nothing was changed or hardly confirmed by Giuseppe Zocchi. At the beginning of the 18th century the Lunettas sold their antique villa to the family Samminiatelli that immediately resold the villa to the De Prats exiled from France after the revolution. In one of the living rooms, like the others, the 1800s style frescoes ornate the room. Hung on one of the walls is a large oil painting of the Marchis Francesco De Prat in his white and red uniform, narrating to his son the episode of July 14,1790, while serving as naval commander and his meeting with the king Luigi XIV also present is his wife dressed in satin who seated watches over us. Today all three rest in the chapel constructed by Filippo Pandolfini. Other guests to this villa included Napoleon Bonaparte. There is andnbspa tuscan cooking school in this estate if the guests of this property wish to participate in one of them, just ask for more information. andltbandgtReserve now as the Customer Favourites are the first properties to be booked!!andlt/bandgt andltbandgtVilla Prat 1 can be rented on a long term basis and also along with Villa Prat 2 for larger groups - Email Us!!!andlt/bandgtandnbsp
Additional amenities include: private chef, restaurant nearby, wine tasting on estate, view, close to public transport, horse riding on estate, cot on request, babysitter, walking to a village, local markets, maid service, heating, satellite connection, tennis court nearby, cot, wine tasting nearby, horse riding nearby, bicycles on estate....Read more
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