Luxury Chianti Villa Near a Small Town - Casa dei Frati
Originally a medieval monastery, this luxury accommodation in Tuscany has evolved over time into the current lovingly restored farmhouse. Suitable for a large group or family, this farmhouse for rent in Tuscany is located in the Chianti wine region of Italy. The choice is yours to explore the countryside, the surrounding villages and towns, or stay home at your luxury villa in Tuscany and relax next to the pool and whirlpool. And don't worry about grocery shopping until you're ready… when you arrive at this villa, you'll find dinner waiting, and the refrigerator stocked, so all you have to do is arrive and relax!
(10,000 m2/107,639 ft2)
This vacation rental was originally a medieval stone and brick monastery. Over time, the monastery evolved into the current farmhouse which has been renovated recently (2006). Beautiful vineyards and olive groves surround the farmhouse as well as an extensive vegetable and fruit garden, which visitors are welcome to pick from. This farmhouse has a swimming pool (15m x 7.5m), open from early May to late September, and a whirlpool (cold water, only) area furnished with sun lounges, tables, and chairs with umbrellas. Near the swimming pool is a changing room with two showers and a WC and a fitness area. Barbecue for dinner or experience an ‘al fresco’ lunch on the shaded stone patio which is furnished with a table and chairs. Access to the property is via a dirt road and there is plenty of parking within the grounds.
(530 m2/5,705 ft2)
Ground Floor:This two-story villa has beautiful terracotta tiles and beamed ceilings throughout. There is a living room with a double sofa bed (available for an extra cost), satellite SKY TV, DVD player, and CD player. There is a dining area with a table for twelve people. There is a fully-equipped kitchen which features a microwave, oven, dishwasher. Five steps up from the living room you will find the first bedroom which has a queen-size bed (160 cm), air conditioning, a fan, and screens on the window. There is a bathroom with a sink, WC and shower. There is also a study situated between the dining room and kitchen which has a double sofa bed (available for an extra cost). This room does have curtains so that it can be separated from the other rooms.
First Floor: Going up a flight of stairs, there is a living room with a fireplace, satellite TV, and PC computer with printer. The master bedroom has a king-size bed (180 cm) and an en suite bathroom with a sink, WC and Jacuzzi tub. The second bedroom has two twin-beds (90 cm) which can be joined together, and an en suite bathroom with a sink, WC and Jacuzzi tub. The third bedroom has a queen-size bed (160 cm) and an en suite bathroom with a sink, WC and shower. The fourth bedroom has a queen-size bed (160 cm) and an en suite bathroom with a sink, WC and shower. There is also a separate WC. There is air conditioning on this floor.
Basement:There is a wine cellar and a laundry room with a washing machine and dryer, iron and iron board.
Arrive & Relax: Stocked with enough food to get your group through Saturday night and Sunday, this property allows you to show up, drop your bags, and settle in without a hassle. No searching for a grocery store after that long flight, and no worrying about Sunday store closures. You can deal with the details later... after a meal and good night's sleep! Arrive & Relax provisions include:
* Welcome Dinner: Simple meal such as a pasta dish, vegetable dish, salad, fruit, bread, and wine. The meal may be served by household staff or left with heating instructions.
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.
* Chef Service: Upon request
* Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
* Laundry Service and Ironing: 12 Euros per hour
* Transfer Service: Upon request
* Sofa Bed: 200 Euros per person per week
* Air Conditioning is available in the upstairs bedrooms only.
* Due to the stone steps connecting the two floors, this villa is not suitable to people with walking difficulties.
* Housekeeping is provided for 3 hours, Monday through Friday. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Additional amenities include: computer available, jacuzzi tub - inside, iron and board, firewood available - included, pool towels, welcome basket, air conditioning - partial house, fireplace - indoor, bike, housekeeping - included, outside area - private, independent villa, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside dining, american coffee maker....Read more
Left on 05/18/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | KeriReviewed May 18, 2013Stayed May 2013
Casa dei Frati is like someplace out of a dream. We loved staying there and are already looking forward to returning. The house is utterly charming and very comfortably appointed. The grounds and views are beautiful, with ample outdoor "living" spaces. The staff (key holder, housekeeper, and gardener) were lovely and a great pleasure to interact with.
The house has been thoughtfully renovated while still retaining its architectural authenticity and unique historical vibe. We really had the sense that we were staying somewhere very special. We especially loved the grounds, the stunning views and the abundance of outdoor "living" and dining spaces. Having a pool house down at the level of the swimming pool was also very much appreciated. We were pleasantly surprised by the generous size of the property and the privacy it provided.
The epic beauty and stunning views - olive groves and vineyards for as far as the eye can see. Tuscany feels like it exists on its own planet - it truly is a world apart. The villa is in a great location for a variety of day trips. The furthest we ventured was the Cinque Terre and even that was only about a 2 hour drive. We also enjoyed day trips to Florence, Siena, Volterra, Greve and a number of wonderful wineries. We particularly loved visiting and shopping in the nearby town of San Casciano in Val di Pesa - very sweet town.
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