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Villa della Torre

Certaldo, Florence


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Location

In the heart of the Chianti region, halfway between Florence and Siena.

Special Features

18th-century villa with tower dating back to the year 1000. 

Prices € 900 - 1400 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
Facilities
  • Air con
  • Dog welcome
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Terrace
  • Airport distance:
    Florence 40 km
    Pisa 80 km
    Rome 280 km

Overview

In a fairytale landscape

Villa della Torre is a large, historic estate halfway between Florence and Siena (22 miles each), perched on a hilltop amidst a lush green countryside. This location is outstanding: From the garden you can enjoy stunning views of the gentle rolling hills, vineyards, olive trees leading to the extraordinary ancient towers of San Gimignano in the distance. The valley below is of rare beauty. The antique tower dates back to around the year 1000, the villa itself and the adjoining buildings to the middle of the 18th century. The massive walls, high wood-panelled ceilings, arches, wall friezes and wall frescoes, stuccoes and hand-painted ceilings in some of the rooms enhance the special atmosphere of this ancient house. Until recently used as the summer retreat for a Florentine family the villa has now been carefully divided into holiday apartments. All the original materials have been preserved or harmoniously matched with contemporary equivalents during this restoration that converted this grand Villa into different apartments. The individual rooms are designed to preserve the elegance of times past and, at the same time, provide comfort for present-day guests.

All apartments have retained a charming ancient character due to the original antique furniture. Tuscan colored walls, terracotta floors, beautiful mirrors with gold-painted baroque frames create a charming atmosphere resonant with history and art. This estate guarantees a lot of privacy: altogether the apartments occupy an area of 900 m2 and each has its own outdoor area. The lovely outdoor spots are located either in the large garden, under the old holm oaks, on a terrace or in an inner court at the rear of the villa. The beautiful classical Tuscan garden with hand-carved stone balusters is laid out on the south side of the villa. Rosemary and lavender bushes line the path to the large and elegant pool, which is spectacularly located on a plateau of English lawn and sits high above the valley. Even when swimming in the pool you can savour the enchanting view of one of the most beautiful Chianti valleys. The panoramic view is magnificent, maybe even unsurpassable. And to add to your pleasure, the park and the pool are romantically lit in the evening. It may sound exaggerated but we want to say it: you can feel the surface of the globe here!

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Location of the apartments:
Four apartments are located inside the villa (Torre, Affresco, Caminetto and Terrazza). Other four (Oleandri, Le Volte, Cortile and Nido) are located in adjoining buildings at the rear of the villa (not towards the garden). Two apartments (Giardino and Bellavista) are located also in adjoining buildings but are in the garden of the villa.

Outdoor areas of the apartments:
Each apartment has its own private outdoor area: Torre, Affresco and Caminetto inside the garden in front of the villa; Giardino and Bellavista just in front of the apartment located towards the garden; Terrazza has it's own private and panoramic terrace; Oleandri, Le Volte, Cortile and Nido have their outdoor area outside the walls of the villa, in the separate inner court with well - Oleandri and Le Volte just in front of the apartment, Cortile and Nido just a few steps down (approx. 5 m distant).

Villa della Torre is an active "Azienda Agricola" and cultivates the neighbouring fields. You may stroll through the olive groves and vineyards surrounding the Villa and taste the Chianti wine, olive oil and superb grappa produced by the farm. The farm organises wine tastings free of charge in the nearby wine cellar, and the recently awarded Super Tuscan wine is excellent.

What to do in the region?

A family-owned Tuscan restaurant with a nice patio, a small alimentari (corner store) and one of the oldest churches of the region are within walking distance (approx. 800 m). Bring a torch if you like to walk as the street to the restaurant is not illuminated. In the proximity of the villa there is a great variety of small trattorias and specialty restaurants - each night you can dine in a new place (we will provide you with tips for this region). 2 km away you can find a grocery shop, a butcher, a pharmacy, post and a nice breakfast bar; a big supermarket, all necessary shops and several restaurants are in Certaldo, 7 km away. Villa della Torre is a perfect starting point to explore Tuscany: situated in the heart of Chianti, it is a short drive to Florence and Siena.

The villa's location only 7 km from the railway station of Certaldo is a good base to visit Florence and Siena even without a car: You can park your car in Certaldo (free parking behind the railway station) and take the train in both directions. During the week, trains to Florence/Siena and back go regularly (approx. every 1.5 or 2 hours). The train ride takes less than an hour. In Florence the train will take you to the main train station which is right in the centre of Florence - it is just a short walk from the station "Santa Maria Novella" to the Cathedral or the Uffizi. In Siena the railway station is located approx. 3 km from centre, and you have to take a bus to reach the old town on top of the hill. One hour of driving takes you to the sea.

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Villa Details

TORRE 2

  • 65 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Air con
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • 1 room with high ceiling, bookshelf, writing desk and double bed (can be prepared as twin bedroom)
  • 1 kitchen with small oven
  • 1 en suite bathroom (shower)

Torre is located in the villa, on the Piano Nobile (elegant upper floor), in the imposing medieval tower. The apartment is traditionally furnished with antiques in plain country-house style and it is equipped with air conditioning. The height of the tower room ceiling gives the ambience here an added touch of class. View of the garden. The outdoor area of Torre is located in the garden of the villa.

Only the four apartments Torre, Affresco, Terrazza and Caminetto are located in the villa and share the impressive entrance hall of the villa.

AFFRESCO 2

  • 30 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Air con
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • 1 frescoed room with double bed (bed cannot be divided into single beds), sitting area by the window and a small kitchenette (in the corner between the bedroom and bathroom)
  • 1 en suite bathroom (shower)

Affresco is located in the villa, on the Piano Nobile (elegant upper floor). Affresco offers elegance on a small scale. This tiny apartment bears more resemblance to a bedroom than to an apartment, but it is charming and romantic with walls and ceilings adorned with frescoes in subdued colours. It is equipped with air conditioning. View of the garden. The outdoor area of Affresco is located in the garden of the villa.

UN SPECIAL REQUEST UPON BOOKING AFFRESCO AND TERRAZZA COULD CONNECT THROUGH IN INNER DOOR LEADING TO A CORRIDOR. RENTED TOGETHER THEY FORM AN APARTMENT FOR 4+1 PEOPLE.

TERRAZZA 2+1

  • 80 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Air con
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • 1 living room (single bed on request upon booking) 
  • 1 kitchen with oven and dishwasher
  • 1 double bedroom (bed cannot be divided into single beds)
  • 1 en suite bathroom (shower)

Terrazza is located in the villa, on the Piano Nobile (elegant upper floor). It is equipped with air conditioning (except in the kitchen) and has a private 70 m2 terrace in front of the apartment, accessible from the living room and the bedroom. The terrace is equipped with shadow roof, table, chairs and sunloungers. The panoramic view of the valley is very beautiful. 

TIP: TERRAZZA and AFFRESCO can be connected by a door in a corridor, and rented together they form a particulary beautiful apartment for 4+1 people. 

TIP: The three apartments TORRE, AFFRESCO and TERRAZZA rented together, are particularly suitable for 3 couples travelling together. Together they form a large detached unit measuring 240 sqm and comprising the entire upper floor of the villa. Please have a look at the LA GRANDE TERRAZZA house description.

CAMINETTO 4+1

  • 115 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • 1 living room with fireplace
  • 1 kitchen with small oven and dishwasher
  • 1 walk-through room with writing desk (can be used as bedroom with additional bed)
  • 1 double bedroom (can be prepared as twin bedroom)
  • 1 twin bedroom (beds can be joined)
  • 2 bathrooms (shower)

Caminetto is located on the upper ground floor of the villa. This upper ground floor is accessable via a flight of outdoor steps (see picture of the facade). As it has two bedrooms and two bathrooms it is ideal for two couples travelling together. The outdoor area of Caminetto is located in the garden of the villa.

OLEANDRI 2

  • 40 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • Dog welcome
  • Air con
  • Ground floor: 1 kitchen-living room with small oven and large glass door in front of the outdoor area
  • Upper floor: 1 double room (can be prepared as twin bedroom), 1 en suite bathroom (shower)

Oleandri is located in an adjoining building on the rear of the villa (the park is on the other side). It is a bright apartment built on two floors and the bedroom is equipped with air conditioning. Views of oleander bushes and the drive. The outdoor area is located in front of the apartment.

LE VOLTE 2+1

  • 85 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Terrace
  • 1 living room with fireplace and additional bed (access to the inner court)
  • 1 small kitchen with small oven
  • 1 double bedroom with outdoor access (can be prepared as twin bedroom)
  • 1 en suite bathroom (bathtub)

Le Volte is located in an adjoining building on the rear of the villa (the park is on the other side). The apartment is laid out on the ground floor (two steps lead into the kitchen). This apartment used to house the riding stables of the estate. Its outstanding feature is the large, somewhat dark living room (a plus in summer!) with fireplace with its beautiful, antique brick ceiling vaults, resting on a central pillar. The long, wooden dining table can seat a larger group of people. The apartment can be accessed through a courtyard containing a fountain. Both the bedroom and the larger living room with additional bed have exits to the courtyard, the two exits are especially convenient if you are travelling with three persons. The courtyard is equipped with tables and chairs for the units Le Volte, Nido and Cortile. The outdoor area of Le Volte is located in front of the apartment.

GIARDINO 2

  • 50 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • 1 living room with kitchenette with small oven
  • 1 double bedroom (can be prepared as twin bedroom)
  • 1 en suite bathroom (shower)

Giardino is located in an adjoining building in the garden of the villa. The apartment is laid out on the ground floor. A glass door in the living room opens to the outdoor area in front of the apartment.

TIP: LE VOLTE and GIARDINO can be connected by an inner door, and rented together they form a particulary spacious apartment measuring 135 sqm. Since all facilities are provided twice (bedrooms, bathrooms, kichens, living areas, outdoor areas) those two apartments rented together are perfect for 2 couples travelling together. Since there are three doors opening to the exteriour (both living rooms and one bedroom) a fifth person will not be disturbed when sleeping, in case the other four guests walk in and out for al fresco dining.

BELLAVISTA 2

  • 63 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Air con
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • 1 living room (equipped with air conditioning)
  • 1 kitchen with oven
  • 1 double bedroom (can be prepared as twin bedroom)
  • 1 dressing room
  • 1 en suite bathroom (shower)

Bellavista is located in an adjoining building in the garden of the villa. Some steps in the garden lead to the apartment. Bellavista is laid out on the ground floor and has a very beautiful view. The living room with large windows is equipped with air-conditioning. The outdoor area is located in front of the apartment.

CORTILE 4+1

  • 85 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • Dog welcome
  • Air con
  • 1 kitchen with small oven and sofa area
  • 1 walk-through room with sofa (can be used as bedroom with additional bed)
  • 2 double bedrooms (can be prepared as twin bedrooms)
  • 2 bathrooms (shower)

Cortile is located in an adjoining building on the rear of the villa (the park is on the other side), on the first floor. As it has two bedrooms and two bathrooms it is ideal for two couples travelling together. It allows a lot of sunlight to shine in and offers a beautiful view of the garden and the countryside. The two bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning. Cortile can be accessed through the courtyard containing tables and chairs for eating and drinking outside.

NIDO 4

  • 80 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • Dog welcome
  • 1 kitchen with small oven and sofa area
  • 2 double bedrooms (can be prepared as twin bedrooms)
  • 1 bathroom (shower)

Nido is located in an adjoining building on the rear of the villa (the park is on the other side), on the first floor. As it has two bedrooms and only one bathroom it is ideal for a family with two children. Nido can be accessed through the courtyard containing tables and chairs for eating and drinking outside.

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Weekly rates in

Location Our evaluation Interior
Villa della Torre 24 Mar 2018 - 26 May 2018
22 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
26 May 2018 - 22 Sep 2018
Availability
TORRE
2 PAX 2
900 EUR 980 EUR Calendar Request BookingTORRE
AFFRESCO
2 PAX 2
900 EUR 980 EUR Calendar Request BookingAFFRESCO
TERRAZZA
2+1 PAX 2
1150 EUR 1290 EUR Calendar Request BookingTERRAZZA
CAMINETTO
4+1 PAX 4
1250 EUR 1400 EUR Calendar Request BookingCAMINETTO
OLEANDRI
2 PAX 2
900 EUR 980 EUR Calendar Request BookingOLEANDRI
LE VOLTE
2+1 PAX 2
900 EUR 980 EUR Calendar Request BookingLE VOLTE
GIARDINO
2 PAX 2
900 EUR 980 EUR Calendar Request BookingGIARDINO
BELLAVISTA
2 PAX 2
1150 EUR 1290 EUR Calendar Request BookingBELLAVISTA
CORTILE
4+1 PAX 4
1250 EUR 1400 EUR Calendar Request BookingCORTILE
NIDO
4 PAX 4
1150 EUR 1290 EUR Calendar Request BookingNIDO

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Bookings for Oleandri: reservations are not limited to rental periods from Saturday to Saturday. Minimum 7 days.
Bookings for all other units: reservations from Saturday to Saturday.
Availability only during the above mentioned dates.
Pool size: 6 x 14 m / opening dates: April 28th - October 13th.
For bookings with more than 2 children please inquire.
Baby bed available.

Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, air conditioning, additional beds, final cleaning to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 150 per apartment.
  • Heating if required (electric heating by portable radiators):
    • EUR 8 per day for Oleandri. 
    • EUR 10 per day for all other units.
  • Wood for fireplace in Caminetto: please check price on the premises.
  • Air conditioning if required:
    • EUR 60 per week for Torre, Affresco, Oleandri and Bellavista.
    • EUR 80 for Terrazza and Cortile.
  • Additional bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded in Le Volte, Cortile, Caminetto and Terrazza: EUR 100 per person per week.
  • Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 50 per week.
  • Final cleaning:
    • EUR 50 for Affresco and Oleandri.
    • EUR 60 for Torre, Giardino, Le Volte and Bellavista.
    • EUR 80 Terrazza, Nido, Cortile and Caminetto.
  • Pool towels if required: EUR 10 per towel.
  • Dog may only be kept in Oleandri, Cortile and Nido: EUR 50 domestic pet supplement (small breeds only, dogs are not allowed in the park and pool area).

Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, wine and oil tasting at the winery, pool cleaning service and visitor`s tax all included in the price.

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Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Hi Bettina,

We have spent 2 days now here and we absolutely love it! Thank you for the recommendation. We would like to go to Florence tomorrow. Could you recommend or set up a tour for us? 
Thank you!
 Best regards,

C. Plumaker, July 2010

Hi there
,
Well, we have now returned from our holiday in Tuscany and how wonderful it was. Villa Della Torre was fantastic, we had a lovely time staying there. It definitely met our expectations - and more! It was certainly a wonderful base in which to explore Tuscany. I loved the views from the garden out to the Tuscan countryside and the pool was a great asset.
 We will definitely be back to Italy and will certainly use "Hidden Italy" again. Our last two rental experiences through your company have certainly been top class. 
Kind regards,
M. Thorpe, September 2007

Hallo Frau Röhrig,

herzlichen Gruß an den Hausbesitzer Alessandro, wenn Sie mit ihm sprechen. Der Urlaub hat uns sehr gut gefallen; ein sehr schönes, ruhiges Haus. Auf ein nächstes Mal.

N. Fox, September 2006

Sehr geehrte Frau Röhrig,
vor einigen Jahren sind wir schon mal sehr gut mit Ihnen in der Toskana untergekommen (ein tolles Haus, etwas nördlich von Certaldo). Dieses Haus war traumhaft und lag auch super. Dieses Jahr suchen wir wieder etwas in der Toskana oder Maremma...
Vielen Dank schon mal und beste Grüße,

N. Hoffmann, Juli 2006

Hello again Bettina,
We rented Villa Della Torre in Certaldo two yrs ago, and were very pleased. It was fantastic! We want to see another part of Italy - either close to the coast or quite close to Rome (to be able to visit Rome) - or maybe both?

P. Vegard, March 2006

Nachdem unsere Urlaub im Juni in der Villa so traumhaft war möchten wir im Herbst nochmals dorthin ............ hoffendlich ist etwas frei ........

J. Knes, August 2005

We would like to know the availability for the month of June 2005 for the Cortile Apt. How is the weather at that time of the year, last time we were there in September 2003, it was wonderful.

S. Jackson, February 2005

Sehr geehrte Frau Röhrig,

wir haben in der Woche nach Ostern unseren Tokana-Urlaub in der Villa verbracht und möchten uns für die Vermittlung und die sehr gute Vorbereitung durch die Versteckte Toskana bedanken.
 Eine kleine Anmerkung haben wir noch: Die Osteria ganz in der Nähe, die in Ihrer schönen Wegbeschreibung nur eine Wegmarke ist, wurde im Januar von den Hausbesitzern selbst übernommen. Wir haben dort sehr gut und sehr preiswert gegessen und uns besonders über die liebevolle und aufmerksame Beratung und die freundliche Bewirtung gefreut; wir hatten das Gefühl eher als Freunde des Hauses denn als zahlende Gäste betrachtet zu werden. Das Restaurant wird auch von den Italienern gerne besucht, telefonische Voranmeldung ist ratsam. Die Wirtin spricht auch Englisch und Deutsch und erklärt geduldig alle Gerichte. Es ist ein richtiger Familienbetrieb, die Mutter bäckt das Vollkornbrot, die Tante macht die gefüllten Crepes usw. Wir waren sehr angetan von dieser besonderen Gastfreundschaft...

M. Kurzke, April 2005

Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful trip and loved the villa. Looking forward to going back!

A. Ellis, November 2004

Liebe Frau Röhrig,

gerne möchten wir vom 07. bis 14. August das Appartement Bellavista reservieren. Wir werden zu zweit anreisen. Wir waren vor zwei Jahren schon mal zu Gast in diesem wunderschönen Anwesen, haben im Torre gewohnt. Gerade die Ruhe hat uns so begeistert. Wir meinen auch zu wissen, welches das Bellavista ist, wissen es aber nicht genau. Wir werden Anfang August heiraten und unsere Flitterwochen in der Toskana verbringen.

K. Gerling, Juli 2004

Dear Bettina,

I have now returned home after a wonderful holiday, thank you.

G. Bayliss, August 2003

Dear Bettina,
I just wanted to report to you that we had a truly lovely time at the villa. It was exceptionally beautiful, the owner very kind, and the other guests and surrounding countryside just perfect. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary there. We would love to visit the property again, perhaps in the autumn or spring. Thank you for your help with everything and for recommending such a lovely property. We'll be in touch.
K. Davies, August 2003

Sehr geehrte Frau Röhrig,

nun sind wir leider schon wieder eine Woche aus der Toskana zurück. Vielleicht freuen Sie sich über ein kurzes Feedback. Grundsätzlich kann ich nur Positives berichten. Die Villa ist wirklich ein wunderschönes und gepflegtes Anwesen. Alles hat hervorragend geklappt. Nicht zuletzt Ihre Restauranttipps haben uns den Aufenthalt besonders angenehm erscheinen lassen. Vielleicht ein klitzekleiner Hinweis: Polsterauflagen auf den Liegen am Pool hätten dort den Genuß noch gesteigert. Schade, dass die schöne Zeit schon wieder vorbei ist, aber ich schätze, dass wir uns wieder einmal mit Ihnen in Verbindung setzen werden.

M. Hohenschutz, Oktober 2001

Sehr geehrte Frau Röhrig,
im September 2000 besuchten wir die Villa della Torre. Es waren wunderschöne Ferien mit einer bezaubernden Aussicht und Landschaft. Im nächsten Sommer möchten wir wieder in die Toskana gehen und haben darum Ihre Unterlagen studiert...
F. Lardi, Oktober 2001