Villa Vallombrosa, tucked away in the hills close to Florence, is a beautiful villa exquisitely furnished in chic designer style, surrounded by its own large grounds filled with greenery and with private swimming pool. The villa, adorned by a mass of trailing roses, has a gorgeous covered veranda and there is plenty more space for relaxing on the terrace, in the wonderful garden and by the swimming pool.
The modern exterior of the villa disguises the beautiful interiors which are a masterwork of design and state of the art furnishings.The huge gardens and grounds which surround Villa Vallombrosa filled with mature trees and plants with plenty of areas for relaxing, as well as a large barbeque area complete with pizza oven and pergola with table and chairs.There is a private swimming pool (12m x 5.5m) surrounded by a sun terrace and even a very inviting hammock in a shady spot in the garden. Another highlight is the large covered veranda.
The villa itself is built of various levels and is exquisitely furnished in very tasteful style with colourful pink, green and blue hues, some rooms with hand painted wall decorations and frescoes. The main entrance, effectively leads to the first level, where there is a lovely kitchen, complete with all modern appliances and a beautiful living room with lounge area with comfy settees set around an unusual central fireplace at one end and a pretty dining area at the other. This luminous living room has picture windows enjoying lovely views over the garden, and opens onto the large covered veranda. On the same floor is a shower room and the spectacular master bedroom complete with huge en suite bathroom with hydro massage tub and marble fittings. Steps lead to an upper level where there is a double bedroom and shower room. The ground level, which can be reached via internal steps from the living room or from a separate external entrance, houses a further two bedrooms, one in lovely open plan style with double bed, another with two French beds and there are two shower rooms (one with hydro massage shower). Also at this level is a pretty covered terrace furnished with table and chairs.Other extra facilities are available at the villa, such as Wi Fi internet connection, and exercise equipment.There is also a sauna(payable locally).
The villa is excellently located south of Florence so this wonderful art city, just 30 km away, is easily reached by road or even nearby rail links. You can visit also Siena, San Gimignano and the pretty Chianti countryside or even do a spot of shopping at the various designer outlets close by. Local food shops are just 5 minutes drive away in the village of Donnini, and a larger selection are little further afield (15 minutes approx).
First Level: Fully equipped kitchen with 2 hobs (4 rings each), electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher > Living room with lounge area with settees, fireplace, satellite television, DVD player and dining area with table and chairs > Large covered veranda > Shower room with shower, basin, w.c. > Master bedroom with double bed and large ensuite bathroom with hydro massage tub, shower, basin, w.c, hairdryer and sauna room (payable locally).
Upper level: Double bedroom with en suite shower room with shower cubicle basin, bidet and w.c.
Ground Level:Double bedroom>Bedroom with 2 French beds >2 shower rooms with shower(one has hydro massage shower),basin,bidet and w.c.>Covered terrace
General facilities: Central heating* > Large garden (4000 sqm) > Covered veranda > Terrace > Swimming pool (saline) > Barbecue / pizza oven > Washing machine > Wi Fi Internet connection > Exercise equipment > Sauna* > Hairdryer > Local chef/maid service available on request* > Parking > 5 minutes drive to local shops at the village of Donnini > Florence 30 km approx *Services available/payable locally
Additional amenities include: heating, oven: standard + microwave....Read more
Left on 11/04/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Die Villa Vallombrosa mit ihren geräumigen Zimmern in aussergewöhnlichem, uns sehr ansprechendem Design (u.a. mit Bildern der Besitzerin,die Malerin ist) , grossen hellen Fenstern mit viel Licht und wunderbarer Ruhe hat uns sehr gefallen. Der grosse Garten mit angrenzendem Wald in leichter Hanglage bietet für jede Tageszeit das ideale Plätzchen. Wir genossen die Sauna, leider war der Pool schon winterfest, obwohl auch die Wärme dieses herrlichen Spätsommers sogar noch zum poolen eingeladen hätte. Morgens herrliches Brot und Brötchen aus der Bäckerei "Forno" in Donnini, einfache Zuganbindung nach Florenz ab Sant'Ellero, grosses Coop-einkauszentrum in Pontassieve, Wandern im Nationalwald Casentinesi, abends Grillen oder selbstgemachte Pizza aus dem Pizza-Ofen im Garten. Stets problemloses Wifi. Sehr freundliche und diskrete Betreuung des Besitzers, der in der Nähe wohnt. All dies fügte sich für uns zu einer perfekten Woche in Entspannung, Bewegung, Ruhe, Genuß und Freude.
Left on 08/18/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Jack Gorham
The upstair bed was unsatisfactory. Had to put blankets and mattress on the floor and use other cushions to make it at least bearable. The main floor bedroom was fine. The lower bedrooms had bugs which bit the occupants. The sheets and blankets were washed and aired out to make it acceptable. All other rooms were fine Outdoor deck was great and the outside table for eating. We used the Pizza oven outside to cook, but there was no barbeque. the kitchen was well equipped. The swimming pool was great except we had to fight off the bees. Nicely furnished house and grounds. A little difficult to back up the car due to the incline of the driveway and narrow road at the exit.
Overall, we had a good time, except for sleeping. The weather was very hot which also made it more difficult to sleep without any air conditioning or fans. No screens on the windows so bugs would enter in the early evening. Read more
The beds at Villa Vallombrosa are of good quality. Beds in villa rentals do differ in type and size, orthopedic mattresses or hard bases are only sometimes provided and if any particular aspect is important to a clients stay, (i.e requirements for back pain sufferers, tall guests and so forth) this should be stated beforehand so that we can advise on suitability.
Due to the type of windows, Villa Vallombrosa does not have fly screens, correctly, this facility is not stated in our description, if windows are left open it is of course possible that insects will fly into the house. If any insects or mosquitos had got into the bedding, had the owner of the villa or ourselves been informed we could have remedied this immediately by supplying fresh linens.
With regards to the comments about air conditioning/fans. Again these facilities are not advertised in our description, however this owner would have been happy to provide a couple of fans if requested.
Barbeque facilitiles are indeed available at the villa. We have double checked this out to make sure that nothing had changed. The barbeque is directly next to the pizza oven, it is of the charcoal grill variety, very typical to Italy. Some clients expect to find gas barbeques, which are not widely available nor commonly used here.
The grounds of the villa are indeed beautiful, as we state they are full of roses and flowers, which can of course attract bees and insects.
Villa Vallombrosa is a lovely very unique property with a very friendly and hospitable owner. The rating that has been given on this review we feel does not reflect at all the true quality of the property.
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