(x 14 people)
Sleeps 14 | Bedrooms 7 | Bathrooms 6 | Near San Gimignano, Tuscany
Independent villa | Private pool | Maid included |
A splendid 16th century stone farmhouse, Tizzano crowns a hilltop in western Chianti and gazes over its 300 hectares/750 acres of gardens, vineyards, woods and olive groves. The country retreat of an aristocratic Italian family for many generations, it has the patina of centuries of love and care. Antiques, objets d’art, comfortable sofas and shelves filled with books set the tone for the three sitting areas, one with vaulted ceilings, which provide plenty of quiet reading corners as well as space for the whole party to gather. There is a choice of eating areas, too: a formal dining room with a beautiful old terracotta floor, a vine-covered pergola for long lunches and warm evenings, and a loggia with a barbeque and fireplace or chillier times. The villa’s old world charm has been retained in the remodelled kitchen and bathrooms, and is echoed in a new and luxurious self-sufficient pool house, dubbed ‘The Lemon House’. A large independent suite over two floors can be accessed from the main villa or through an independent entrance. Facing south and across the Tuscan hills, the gardens include extensive lawns, a large swimming pool, several sitting areas and even a play area for children.
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Tizzano is also available for larger parties. For details see Tizzano (x 18 people).
Rental option notes
The independent suite and the second floor of the main house are not available and closed for this rental option. Note that they shall not be used by anyone.
Barberino Val d’Elsa, 800m/0.5 miles, lies along a beautiful road with views of the Colli Fiorentini on one side and the Val d’Elsa on the other. A hilltop village that has grown beyond its original walls, it has a lovely "centro storico" as do dramatically-sited Certaldo, 18 minutes to the west, and San Gimignano, 25 minutes to the south-west. Florence is quickly reached along the motorway, 35 minutes, but the slower route through the Chianti Classico region on the Via Chiantigiana, 25 minutes, is one of the loveliest drives in Italy.
Main house/Ground floor
Large sitting room with library and vaulted ceilings. Well-equipped kitchen with a fireplace. Dining room. Twin bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower and disabled facilities. Laundry room.
Living room with a large picture window. TV room with fireplace. Twin bedroom leading to the master double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi bath. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedrooms. Three bathrooms, two with bath and one with shower.
[up a steep staircase] Double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower.
Independent suite/Ground floor
Accessible from the main house or via private entrance. Sitting room with fireplace. Kitchen leading out to the garden.
Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath and shower. Reading room.
Lemon House/Upper ground floor
Well equipped kitchen with fireplace and dining room leading out to a dining pergola.
Lower ground floor
Available for the 2014 season only.
Large double bedroom with a stunning ensuite bathroom with bath and separate shower leading out onto a lawn and terrace.
A terraced garden with extensive lawns bordered by fields and olive groves. A large courtyard paved in ancient cobblestones leads from the house to the salt water swimming pool, 6 x 12m/20 x 39 feet, set a few steps lower with an outdoor shower. A pergola in the courtyard serves as an outdoor dining area, as does a loggia next to the courtyard with a fridge and a fireplace.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's helpful caretaker, who speaks English and lives in a separate house elsewhere on the property. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Barbeque. Washing machine. Satellite TV [No Sky channels] with video/DVD. Two CD players. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms; portable fans provided. Central heating. Three working fireplaces. Wireless Internet connection [computer not provided]. Fixed telephone line with cordless units
Airports: Florence, 40 minutes; Pisa, 1 hour 10 minutes. Railway station at Poggibonsi-San Gimignano, 15 minutes. Motorway exit at Tavarnelle, 11km/7 miles along paved roads to the property’s short white access road and gates. Parking for four cars.
Tennis is available at Noce (Tavarnelle) and Poggibonsi. 18-hole golfwithin 30 minutes’ drive. This is a wonderful area for walking and biking. A selection of biking itineraries in the area is available online at www.terresienainbici.it/index_eng.asp (in English). Horseback riding, hot air balloon trips, wine tours, cooking lessons, local markets, walking trails all nearby.
The salt water swimming pool, 6 x 12m/20 x 39 feet, has a depth of 1-2.5m/3-8 feet with steps for entry/exit.
Amenities for children
Children's play area in the garden with swings and a climbing frame. Selection of toys, English books and videos. Stair gates.