Tuscany Villa Near Florence - Villa Raffaello
Tuscany Villa Near Florence - Villa Raffaello
This villa offers a classic Tuscan setting with views, as well as easy accessibility to Florence by train from the nearby town of Pistoia. When not out exploring, this Tuscany accommodation has a picturesque swimming pool and is located on an estate that produces its own olive oil and wine.
(2 hectares) This villa, with its traditional Tuscan architecture, is accessible via an unpaved country road (about 300 meters long). The private terrace, surrounded by a wrought iron fence, is partially shaded by a large lime tree and a grove of high laurels. It overlooks the medieval architecture of Pistoia, the beautiful countryside, the swimming pool, and the garden below. The terrace has an outdoor dining area, a built-in grill, and a table with chairs for ten people. The swimming pool area has a smaller table, deckchairs, and an umbrella. A grass parking area (30m x 15m) is also available at the property. The owner and his wife and son live in a country house adjacent to the villa; they are always available to offer advice and any needed assistance.
Three floors. This recently restored, late 18th century Tuscany villa offers peace and quiet in fine surroundings. The spacious interiors boast antique wooden beams in the ceilings, original polished parquet floors, terracotta-tiled floors, French arched windows, and vaulted ceilings. It also features original antique furnishings, drawings, paintings, and numerous family heirlooms.
Ground Floor: This floor has a spacious kitchen with a breakfast table for four, an old working fireplace, and brand new household appliances (including a washing machine and a dishwasher). Next to the kitchen there is a large cellar/utility room with washing and ironing facilities. The study has a desk, a sofa, and access to the terrace. The large dining/living room (45 m2) has armchairs and a sofa, an old stone fireplace, a dining table for eight people, and access to the terrace. Fifteen steps lead to the first floor.
First Floor: This floor has three bedrooms. The first (green) and second (yellow) bedrooms each have two 80 cm narrow single beds and the third bedroom (pink) has a 160 cm queen-sized bed, writing desk, and views of the terrace and Pistoia. There is one large bathroom with a WC, sink, and shower with wall-mounted shower-head as well as a handheld shower-head. There is also a guest bathroom with sink and WC. Twelve steps lead to the second floor.
Second Floor: This floor has two bedrooms with unique wall paintings and two bathrooms. Both of the bedrooms have timber-beamed ceilings, worn terracotta floors, wrought iron bed frames, and a lovely view of Florence in the distance. The “East Painted Bedroom” has two twin-beds (each 80 cm wide). The “West Painted Bedroom” has a queen-size bed (160 cm). Both of the bathrooms are newly remodeled and each one has a shower (both showers have wall-mounted shower-head and handheld shower-head), WC, and a basin.
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.
* Cook Service: Upon request
* Housekeeping: 12 Euros per hour
* A Welcome Basket is provided upon arrival. Welcome Basket usually includes fruits, cookies, bread, drinks, coffee, sugar, tea, and milk.
* The owner prefers two week bookings, but may accept a one week booking between booked dates.
* This property accommodates a maximum of 10 people, including babies.
* The pool is open from the middle of May until the middle of October.
* Housekeeping is provided for 3 hours on Wednesday. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Additional amenities include: iron and board, housekeeping available - extra cost, welcome basket, housekeeping - included, bike, cook service available - extra cost, independent villa, balcony/terrace, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside area - private.TripAdvisor property ID 2027058...Read more
Left on 10/15/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | JanReviewed Oct 15, 2011Stayed Oct 2011
We loved being in an authentic historic villa with character and charm, yet modern conveniences. Three couples traveling together needed the generous spaces the villa provided, including three bedrooms with large beds, 3 baths/three showers, and spaces to eat/relax. We enjoyed the variety of experiences that we could reach in various directions--train to Florence, drive to Vinci, the Chianti loop, Siena, San Gimignano, etc.
The view across the valley to Pistoia is spectacular and we were able to enjoy it during many meals on the terrace under the large umbrella. Our hosts, were extremely helpful, friendly, and fun! The kitchen was well-equipped, had a dishwasher and a microwave, plus a good stove. The house has WiFi, which we appreciated.
One must be prepared for lots of steps to get to the bedrooms and baths, but that was clearly stated in the description. Though we were close to highways, it is quite a drive to the hill towns of Tuscany. We also knew that. The showers could have benefitted from the new curved shower rods used in US hotels. In two of the baths, the showers were small enough that one couldn't get away from the clinging shower curtains! Hot water didn't last through 6 people's showers--not too surprising.
We liked going into Pistoia for some meals and gelato--we ate that everywhere! It was nice to be able to take the train from Pistoia into Florence. In addition to the towns and tours mentioned above, we also liked visiting the American Cemetery. It is beautiful and moving. We visited Pisa/Lucca on our way to the villa from Cinque Terre so they are relatively close.
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