Italian Villa Tuscany - Tenuta Abbazia - Casa Grappa
Although situated on a large estate with other luxury villa rentals, this Italian villa in Tuscany is unique for its private setting and beautiful views. The estate's vast private land borders a National Park so it is not uncommon to spy deer, pheasants, and other wild game. Beautifully landscaped with native flora, the private grounds surrounding this farmhouse holiday villa in Tuscany include a lovely swimming pool with comfortable lounge chairs. It is an ideal spot to enjoy peace, quiet, and spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside. This is a great holiday villa in Tuscany for a large group or family because each beautifully furnished bedroom has its own large ensuite bathroom. There are trails and dirt roads on the estate for jogging or walking. Conveniently located in Southern Tuscany, it is possible to take day trips to Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, and Cortona, as well as destinations in Umbria, such as Perugia, Orvieto, and Todi. You can arrange to have a cook prepare meals in your own home, or drive 8 minutes into the nearby town for dinner.
(2000 acres) An 11th century abbey is the focal point of this estate. There are eleven independent, Tuscan luxury villa rentals decorated in a similar minimalist, architectural style. Each villa is separate and private from other structures, and each has a wonderful view. Casa Grappa is a beautifully restored 15th - 16th Century farmhouse and is located near a small lake. There is a beautiful two-level garden. There is an exterior wood pizza oven. The private swimming pool (6m x 12m) seems poised over the lake. The lounge chairs at the pool provide views of the lake and the beautiful Benedictine Abbey.
Ground Floor: On the ground floor is a large kitchen with a door to the garden, WC, spacious living/dining room with a door to the garden, and three twin-bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms with showers. One of the bathrooms is wheelchair accessible.
First Floor: On the first floor is an entrance from the upper garden, a sitting room, and four twin-bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms with showers.
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: 16 Euros per hour, plus the cost of food
* Cook Service w/ Table Service: Additional 13 Euros per hour
* Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
* Laundry Service: Upon request
* Extra Towels: 10 Euros per person
* Transfer Service: Upon request
* Concierge Service: Upon request
* Babysitting: Upon request
* Bike Rentals: 18 Euros per bike, per day
* Gym & Sauna: Upon request
* Mobile Phone: Upon request
* Other properties available for rent on the same estate include:
Casa Le Quaglie,
Casa Il Cinghiale,
Casa I Picci,
Casa la Volpe,
Casa Il Tartufo,
Casa la Lepre,
Casa Il Fagiano, and
Casa il Fonte.
* Although this property is internally handicap accessible and has a roll-in shower, it is externally extremely difficult for someone in a wheelchair.
* No pets are allowed.
* The pool is open from the middle of May until the middle of October.
* Housekeeping is provided every other day. Linens are changed on Wednesday. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Additional amenities include: concierge, iron and board, housekeeping - included, bike, cook service available - extra cost, independent villa, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside area - private....Read more
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 31, 2008Stayed Jul 2008
This was the best way to spend a second week in Italy. The beauty, the peace and quiet, helped to calm everyone down and the huge dinner table allowed all ten of us to enjoy a family dinner at the end of each day.
The grounds. Absolutely stunning. Words can't describe the complete peace and serenity that you experience at this villa.
There is nothing at all to complain about. The only sad moment came was when there was a convention up by the abbey. There were more cars, but not more noise. It was just something that caught me off-guard. That's how spoiled we were!
Everything. The rabbits that came right up to us, the pheasant that led us out on the roads as we drove from the villa, the greenery, the birds in the morning, the frogs at night, the serenity of the lake in the morning, the gorgeous horses... Need I say more?
Left on 09/30/2005 for a stay in September 2005 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 30, 2005Stayed Sep 2005
We selected the property because we had a group of 5 couples and wanted 5 equal-sized rooms. This is hard to find, but "Casa Grappa" exceeded our expectation and we are all very picky. I would heartily recommend this property for a large group.
The location was the best and worst if you can believe that. It is a bit of a challenge to find, and the property is not near a large town or city, but as we adjusted, the location was fabulous.
The location was the only negative and soon wore off as we adjusted to our stay. This area of Tuscany is very hard to negotiate and even with good maps we were always lost. A cell phone is a must and a compass.
We explored all the cities such as Chianciano Terme, Chuisi, Montepulciano, Montalcino and really had a special time in all the little towns. The food, wine and most of all the people were great. Language was not a problem - most spoke some English and we had an Italian phrase book that was very helpful.
Left on 04/30/2004 for a stay in April 2004 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 30, 2004Stayed Apr 2004
Would love to stay there again, and would not hesitate to recommend it. It was very spacious and comfortable for 13 people. Incredibly relaxing country. Would remind renters that the pool that is next to the villa is only open in very warm months. The management of the Abbazia were very helpful with any questions or needs.
Location--it was extremely beautiful in all directions. The cianghiale were visible on one evening, the ducks, birds and other wildlife were wonderful, and the frollicking horses were wonderful to watch from across the hill.
Lighting is a little dim everywhere, especially a problem on cloudy days. The living room furniture could be more comfortable for a large group. The couch is lumpy and not up to the standards of the rest of the accommodation. Prior to arrival, it is a good idea to shop in Chiusi at the COOP supermarket. We paid 130 Euros for heating for the week, and we had the heater on some of the time.
Great location for a number of day trips. Sarteano is a convenient and charming little town, and Chiusi is very close and offers the convenience of the train station and better shopping. The beauty of the country around the villa was truly spectacular.
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