Once a farmhouse and hayloft, the recently restored villa Valle is now a luxurious country retreat. With seven bedrooms divided between the main house and guest cottage and expansive yet private outdoor spaces, the property gives guests plenty of room to relax. But its also in the heart of Tuscany, close enough to the cities of Pisa, Florence, Siena and Lucca for day trips.
Restored in 2007, the villa is now air-conditioned and has a Wi-Fi connection and gated access. The enclosed garden has a broad lawn and bocce court, and the main house and guest cottage are connected by a terrace with a pool, barbecue and outdoor dining area. Adults can while away the afternoon over a book in the sun room, and kids can entertain themselves in the billiards room.
The interiors of Valle are warm and comfortable, drawing country charm from restored rustic fireplaces and beamed ceilings in the living spaces. With warm yellow walls, damask drapes and traditional-style furnishings, the living room is cozy and welcoming. A formal dining room is decorated in rich, earthy Tuscan reds and golds that glow under a chandelier and sconces. The sunny, modern eat-in kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar.
There are five bedrooms in the villas main house and two bedrooms in the guest cottage. In the main house, youll find three bedrooms with queen beds, one bedroom with a double bed and one bedroom with a queen bed. Each of the five bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. In the guest house, theres one bedroom with a double bed and one bedroom with a single bed; both are air-conditioned and have bathroom access.
During your stay, take the time to stroll the estate on which the villa is located, or walk to the local church, 15 minutes away. By car, its only 5 minutes to downtown, which offers a grocery store, restaurant and seasonal truffle sales and tastings. A tennis court and clinic are 10 minutes away, and a hospital and train station are 15 minutes away. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the golf course, 20 minutes away, or the beach, 45 minutes away. When its time to leave, its a 35-minute drive to the airport.
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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Valle is part of the wine-producing Saletta Estate. Guests are treated to a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, and are welcome to visit the vineyard (a 2-minute drive away) for a free tour and tasting.
The master suite is located upstairs on the fourth floor, in the central tower, and is reached via the master bathroom directly below.
The nearest small town is equipped with all the necessary conveniences: a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants and gelato!
Bedroom 1: Queen size bed, En-suite bathroom with tub and shower, Air conditioning, TV
Bedroom 2: Queen size bed, En-suite bathroom with tub and shower, Air conditioning, TV
Bedroom 3: Double bed, En-suite bathroom with tub and shower, Air conditioning, TV
Bedroom 4: Twin bed, En-suite bathroom with tub, Air conditioning, TV
Bedroom 5: Queen size bed, En-suite bathroom with tub and shower, Air conditioning, TV
Bedroom 6: Double bed, Bathroom with shower, Air conditioning
Bedroom 7: Single bed, Bathroom with shower, Air conditioning
Satellite TV (limited channels)
iPod (upon request)
Laptop (upon request)
Baby equipment (upon request)
Electronic gated property
Weekday housekeeping (2 hours/day)
At Extra Cost advance notice may be required:
Activities and excursions
Excessive phone charges
Maximum 13 guests
Pets not permitted
Pool close between mid-October until mid-April
Points of Interest:
15 minute walk to church
5 minute drive to:
Truffle tasting/ sale
10 minute drive to clinic and tennis court
15 minute drive to hospital and train station
20 minute drive to golf course
35 minute drive to airport
45 minute drive to beach
150 minute drive to ski slope
Villa Saletta estate, once owned by the Riccardi family (bankers to the Medici), covers approximately 1,760 acres. In total, there are more than 20 old farmhouses on the estate, mostly dating back to the 1800s. Each one has its own story to tell, being unique and individual in size and location.
Three of these farmhouses have been restored so far. Every restored villa has its own private grounds with electric gates, outdoor swimming pool, barbecue and comfortable shaded seating areas.
Additional amenities include: pool table, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, baby equipment, food processor, juicer, ipod, heating system, maid service: monday to friday, table-top grill, alfresco dining, outdoor furniture, electronic gate, toiletries, boules court....Read more
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It was a pretty amazing experience. This was the first time we have ever vacationed in a rental vs. a hotel/resort. As soon as we arrived, our apprehensions that the reality would not correspond with the pictures completely evaporated. The villa was exactly as the pictures portrayed -- actually it was even better. The pictures cannot convey the overall serenity and luxury the villa offers. Bedrooms and bathrooms were so comfortable. Kitchen was a dream to use. Even the laundry facilities were simple and efficient. We spent a ton of time in the playroom. We had dinner prepared a couple of times by Cinzia and her Chefs in Tuscany and the food and presentation was amazing. She made the experience even better. On site, our contact Elizabeth did a great job answering our questions and giving us great practical pointers. All kidding aside, I will be speaking to Luxury Retreats very soon to book Valle for an off-season jaunt. - Beny M., Quebec, Canada
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