Luxury and Historic Villa Near Florence - Villa Settignano
For a truly special experience, stay at this lovely Tuscany villa rental above Florence and near the charming village of Settignano. This Tuscany villa is the focal point of a beautiful, historic estate set into a hillside with spectacular views of Florence and the surrounding Arno valley. It is the ideal location for a wedding, family gathering, or simply a relaxing getaway. Your spirit and senses will be soothed by the view and the gardens at this Tuscany accommodation, and you will feel transported back in history. Enjoy a glass of Chianti on the balcony overlooking over the gardens and the city of Florence in the distance.
(Entire estate - 10,000 m2) Completed early in the seventeenth century in the traditional Tuscan style, this Italian estate villa rental is a marvel of architecture and gardening. And, in fact, the most stunning aspect of this estate is its beautiful gardens, famous throughout Italy. Undergoing additions and revisions throughout the centuries, today Tenuta di Settignano is a mix of ancient and modern beauty, rife with stylized topiary, stone statues, garden pools, and lichen-spotted walls. There is a small private swimming pool (9 x 6 m - open from the first of June until the end of September). The family in ownership after World War II began the process of restoration and preservation which makes this historic estate a pleasure to inhabit today. Because of their significance, the gardens surrounding the villa (and four apartments) are open to the public by appointment, so your party may not have entirely private access—a small price to pay for inhabiting a piece of Italian history.
Ground Floor: Enter the villa through the spacious main hall, an impressive room with vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, and a huge open fireplace. This area would be excellent for large group gatherings, or even dancing. The villa is built around a central open courtyard, so circling right around the center from the main hall brings you through several large rooms, each big enough to accommodate a group of people. First is a pine living room, then a blue living room, a pink dining room (seats 20), and a white dining room (seats 10). Also on the ground floor is a billiard room. Additionally, there are four bedrooms. One contains two 90 cm twin-beds (these can be combined into one king-sized bed upon request) and is attached to a bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with showerhead. The other is furnished with a king-size (180 cm) bed that can be separated into two beds on request, and is adjacent to a bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with showerhead. There are two additional double bedrooms, and a bathroom with bathtub. There is also a guest bathroom with sink and toilet only.
First Floor (there is an elevator): You’ll find five more bedrooms on the first floor. The first two share a bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with handheld showerhead. The “green” room has a queen-sized bed (170 cm) that cannot be separated while the “blue” room has a king (180 cm) that can be divided into two 90 cm beds upon request. The third room has a queen-sized (170 cm) bed that can be separated on request, and its own bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with handheld showerhead. The fourth and fifth rooms both have king-sized beds (180 and 200 cm) that can be separated on request and share a bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with handheld showerhead. In addition, there is also a large living room, furnished with all the couches and armchairs you’ll ever need, which opens onto a covered terrace with spectacular views of the garden and the city of Florence. Finally, the first floor is completed with a dining room (seats 14-17) and a large kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, oven, stove, washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, and iron.
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.
* Chef Service: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner upon request
* There are additional properties on the same estate that are available for rental. Please inquire.
* Three of the bedrooms on the First Floor have AC; the other bedrooms do not have AC.
* All of the bedrooms, except for one on the ground floor can be made into either queen/king or twin bedded rooms.
* Change of bed and bath linen included twice a week.
* Staff of 3 included.
Additional amenities include: iron and board, housekeeping available - extra cost, walk to town, cd, elevator (in building), independent villa, balcony/terrace, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside area - private, air conditioning - partial house....Read more
Left on 07/31/2006 for a stay in July 2006 | ArnoldReviewed Jul 31, 2006Stayed Jul 2006
What a thrill to be surrounded by such beauty! Unique fairytale setting.
Magnificent gardens, grotto, kind, accommodating, knowledgeable staff. proximity to Florence, amazing dinners by Camilla, charming and gracious owners.
Plumbing. It was very hot, and the air conditioning only worked in the living room or dining room for the first two days. No AC in the downstairs bedrooms. The elevator failed for 2 days, and we had a handicapped person with us making access difficult.
Wonderful proximity to Florence. Beautiful views of the Tuscan hills.
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