(x 10 people)
Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 5 | Near Pisa and Lucca, Tuscany
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
San Antonio is a very pretty 19th century villa located a few paces from the main square of Castiglioncello, a fashionable seaside resort on the Tuscan coast. The house stands facing the sea at the end of a short drive that leads through a well-kept walled garden with nearly forty palm trees and a vigilant statue of San Antonio. Light and breezes fill the nicely furnished rooms through double doors opening onto terraces. There are two kitchens, one of which is fitted to professional standards to serve the dining areas inside the villa and in the garden. Air-conditioned bedrooms. A long terrace runs along most of the first floor, offering a superb spot for sunbathing and overlooking a lovely pool. Castiglioncello offers several shops, some very good restaurants and caffès, and a very nice beach - all of which are at their liveliest during the summer months. There is plenty to explore along the coast, from the beautiful old village of Bolgheri on the coastal wine road to the south to the must-see Leaning Tower in Pisa to the north.
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San Antonio is available for larger parties. For details see San Antonio (x 14 people) applicable for the 2013 season only. For the 2014 season a new option will be available San Antonio [x 16 people].
Rental option notes
The main house, with the exception of two bedrooms, is made available for this option. You shall be able to choose upon arrival.
Castiglioncello is one of the older and larger resorts along the 'Etruscan Riviera', splendidly located on a headland. The villa lies within walking distance, 300m/700 feet, of the town's main square with shops and restaurants. A white beach great for families is set just below the house. A few miles inland is the coastal Strada del Vino ('Wine Road'), which carries you through several of Tuscany's most exciting wine-producing areas, including Montescudaio and Bolgheri. It's a 20-minute drive to the port city of Livorno, and 40 minutes to Pisa.
Breakfast room leading out to a paved terrace with a dining table. Professional kitchen. Living room with a dining table and a traditional kitchen. Air-conditioned twin bedroom [convertible to a double]. Bathroom with bath. Bathroom with power shower.
Elegant hall/reading room. Paved terrace with garden furniture. Two air-conditioned double bedrooms [US Queen size]. Bathroom with bath and shower. Air conditioned double bedroom [Italian Queen size] with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Two air conditioned double bedrooms [Italian Queen size]. Air conditioned twin bedroom [convertible to a double Italian Queen size] with mezzanine twin bedroom [available for the 2014 season only]. Large bathroom in marble with bath and separate shower. Sitting room.
A green, palm-shaded oasis in a lively beach resort. The swimming pool, 5 x 10m/16 x 32 feet, is set immediately outside the house and down a few steps from the terrace. Note that noises from the town, road and railway [100m/110 yards away] reach the house.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's very efficient offsite caretaker, who speaks a little English. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Two dishwashers. Steam oven. Microwave. Espresso machine. Built-in barbeque on pool terrace. Two washing machines. Two Spin dryers. Satellite TV [Sky channels] with video and DVD player. CD/cassette player. Safe. Air-conditioned bedrooms. Large fans in all bedrooms. Central heating. Fixed telephone line [for local calls] with intercom in each bedroom. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer provided].
Airports: Pisa, 40 minutes; Florence, 1 hour 30 minutes. Railway station for Pisa and Rome at Castiglioncello, 20 minutes. Motorway exit at Livorno, 20 minutes along paved roads to the property’s gates. Parking for five cars.
The beach is within walking distance, albeit at the bottom of a steep slope. Tennis and 9-hole golf at Tirrenia, 30 minutes.
The swimming pool, 5 x 10m/16 x 32 feet, has a depth of 0.8-2.3m/2.5-7 feet with steps for entry/exit and a diving board.