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 it’s 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 villa’s main house and two bedrooms in the guest cottage. In the main house, you’ll 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, there’s 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, it’s 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 it’s time to leave, it’s a 35-minute drive to the airport.
Left on 07/13/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | BenyReviewed Jul 13, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
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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