Guarded by a goose (who is loose), five friendly Great Danes (kept out of the guests' way) and a 200-year old acacia tree, is the entrance to the gracious 16th century villa. A short corridor opens into a large formal dining room with 18th century frescoes and a sumptuous Murano chandelier over a table seating up to 22. The walls are lined with elegant glass cabinets and an antique terracotta stove. Off the dining room is the "Cardinal Bedroom", a double room resplendent in red brocade, beautiful antiques and paintings. This room shares a large, well-furnished and frescoed bathroom with the adjacent bedroom. "Olandese", named for its glorious 17th century inlaid canopied bedstead, is filled with beautiful antiques and portraits and connects to a brocaded sitting room. Also on this floor are a frescoed library with telephone and Internet and a comfortable sitting room with satellite TV and DVD. The "Empire" bedroom, with its Napoleonic crowned bed, has an adjacent sitting room and bathroom. There is a laundry on this floor. From the library, a wide spiral staircase leads up to a large twin bedroom with iron bedsteads, country antiques and a shower room. All the beds have orthopaedic mattresses and all bathrooms have hairdryers. Fresh flowers greet your arrival. The staircase also leads down to the ground floor which is for entertaining. Here are a billiard room, a formal foyer, and a drawing room whose floral frescoes echo the furnished garden outside. A formal salone with 1930s' frescoes, golden Sienese marble pilasters, grand piano, table and chairs could be a special place for evening dining. Next to it a spacious, well-equipped kitchen provides a rustic table for 8-10. Off the kitchen are a shower room and two extra WCs.
The gardens surround the villa with a range of moods. The front garden is formally furnished with a fountain and citrus trees while the extensive back garden offers cooling shelter and benches wandering past the villa's outbuildings. An antique olive millstone which can be a breakfast or cocktail table from which to feast on glorious views of the towered walls of Monteriggioni adorns the side garden. Another treasure is a former cistern, now a modern filtered pool. Guests are also welcome to harvest from the vegetable garden. Because of the delicate and precious nature of many of the furnishings the owners cannot allow anyone younger than 14 to stay in the property....Read more
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