A place where time has stood still
Situated on the grounds of a large estate near Montaione, the origins of the villa date back to the 12th century. With its 19th century interior décor and its large rooms, the villa certainly captures the essence of Tuscan aristocratic country life.
The owner runs the villa alongside her three daughters, and you will be assured of the best attention at all times and most importantly, the advice and care of a family for whom the estate and the surrounding area is a passion. The villa accommodation consists of 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The drawing room piano will delight those wishing to have a tinkle on the ivories, while others may prefer to take advantage of the billiard room or the peace and tranquillity of the nearby chapel.
The 2-bedroom annex is made up of 2 doubles or twins (as per your request). One bedroom has an en suite bathroom, the other bedrooms has a WC and a wash-basin. The rooms share a living room and a small kitchen where breakfast can be prepared.
One family member lives in a separate section of the villa.
Visitors can also enjoy the local wildlife including boars and hares for the more adventurous, while those looking for a relaxing escape can enjoy a dip in the pool, which is situated close to a sun terrace where lemon trees offer shade from the summer sun. Whether your holiday is one of pool dipping, sun bathing and wine sipping or you want culture, local markets, glorious countryside and day trekking - you have found the villa of your dreams. Luckily, reality is just a click away.
The estate is approached by a beautiful country road. With each bend the modern world fades out a little more and then, all of a sudden, on the other side of a small valley, you see the villa, a rectangular, elegant building, set above a dramatic abyss.
Originally the site of a castle built by Count Ranieri in 1123, the estate has since passed through many hands and was given its current appearance more than a 100 years ago. Today the estate is well known locally for its pheasant farming and shoots, incredible extra virgin olive oil and its summer crops of wheat, maize and sunflowers. However, it is the building and its surroundings which bring guests back year after year.
The interior has been restored to its 19th century glory. But perhaps it is simply the atmosphere which holds the most promise at the estate. This is a lovely example of a place where time has stood still - where life moves at a slower pace and where one can leave the cares of the world behind.
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HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 4 x 8m
- Pool area is gated
- Internet WIFI connection
- Satellite TV
- Billiard table
- Grand piano
- Gas oven and cooker
- 2 refrigerators with freezer
- Food mixer
- Coffee machine (moka and filter coffee machine)
- Washing machine, iron and iron board
- Hairdryers in each bathroom
- Small fan in each bedroom
- Screens on the windows of each bedroom
- Breakfast terrace with Barbecue grill (Weber)
- Large panoramic terrace with several tables and chairs seating up to 24 people
- Parking next to the villa
- The villa is surrounded by a 1000m2 fenced park open to guests
Corazzano 5 km (15 min)
San Miniato 16 km (34 min)
Montaione 20 km (40 min)
Certaldo 24 km (41 min)
San Gimignano 33 km (50 min)
Volterra 43 km (1 h)
Lucca 56 km (1 h 10 min)
Florence 60 km (1 h 15 min)
Pisa 60 km (1 h)
Siena 72 km (1 h 20 min)
The estate lies in the hills half way between Florence and Pisa, not far from the town of San Miniato, known for its white truffle and exciting the truffel market held each year in November and December.
With everything from medieval villages to golf courses nearby, Villa Montaione is a wonderful choice whether you want to explore, play or simply relax. Stroll through the medieval villages of Certaldo and San Gimignano, discover local vineyards and olive oil producers, or drive to the town of San Miniato for a casual meal.
For a day trip, choose from the cities of Volterra, Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Siena, or make your way to one of the Mediterranean beaches.
The seashore: You will be just an hour drive away from the Tirrenea Beach close to Pisa and Livorno, whose white sands and turquoise waters have made it one of the top ranked strands in all of Tuscany. A bit more north along the coast of Versilia you find the sandy beaches at turn of the century Viareggio and fashionable Forte dei Marmi with their trendy bars, designer shopping and some of the best seafood restaurants in Italy.
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometers outside the town. The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, grown in the area.
Volterra: Visit Volterra with its well-preserved medieval ramparts.
Lucca: One of the most enchanting towns in Tuscany. Whether you stroll along the wide avenues cresting the top of the ancient city walls or wander through the narrow streets punctuated by its ninety nine churches, visit one of the richly endowed museums or browse among the old-fashioned little boutiques, sip a cappuccino at one of the many traditional coffee houses and sample some of the best ice cream in Tuscany, this is a sheer delight.
The celebrated villas around Lucca: Some of these historic villas are open to the public and a few have internationally renowned gardens, offering an inimitable glimpse of gracious living which has endured until the present day.
Florence: The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
Siena: The Sienese have no doubt, their town is the most beautiful in all of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Siena has remained a Gothic city. Renaissance, one of the major influences in Florence, hardly affected the urban development of Siena. The city unfolds around the main shell-shaped square called “Il Campo.” Twice a year the famous horse race known as the “Palio” takes place here. The narrow streets are lined with old shops and small cafes, while churches and museums are real treasures of the fourteenth century.
Local craftmanship: The town of Impruneta is famous for its large terracotta pots which originally were used for the lemon trees and to store olive oil. You might also want to look up the town Montelupo which produced pottery for Florence in the Renaissance. The same patterns are still hand-painted today. The town Colle Val d'Elsa on the way to Siena is famous for its mouth-blown crystal glass production. In Florence itself you will find a multitude of craftsmen working with silver, leather, wood, glass, pottery, paper and metal. You only have to walk around the small streets on the southern bank of the Arno river to discover them.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Choose your holiday home
If rented for 14 people
- Dining room
- Living room
- Billiard room
- 1 double bedroom
- 1 bathroom (tub)
- Large hall
- TV room
- 1 double with en suite bathroom
- 2 twins with en suite bathroom
- 1 twin with private bathroom across the landing
ANNEX (separate apartment located in the second floor of the MAIN HOUSE)
- The 2-bedroom annex is made up of 2 doubles or twins (as per your request).
- One bedroom has an en suite bathroom, the other bedrooms has a WC and a wash-basin.
- The rooms share a living room and a small kitchen where breakfast can be prepared.
- Fenced swimming pool with outdoor shower, equipped with six deck chairs, four sunbeds and two umbrellas
- Two terraces for outside dining and tables and chairs seating up to 24 people
3000 EUR €
3320 EUR €
4280 EUR €
If rented for 10 people
As above without the Annex. The Annex will not be rented to other guests, it will be closed.
2650 EUR €
2950 EUR €
3650 EUR €
Weekly rates in €
|Villa Montaione||28 Aug 2021 - 09 Oct 2021
||01 May 2021 - 19 Jun 2021
||19 Jun 2021 - 28 Aug 2021
If rented for 14 people
14 PAX 14
|3000 EUR €||3320 EUR €||4280 EUR €||N/A||Request BookingIf rented for 14 people|
If rented for 10 people
10 PAX 10
|2650 EUR €||2950 EUR €||3650 EUR €||N/A||Request BookingIf rented for 10 people|
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If rented for the reduced price for up to 10 people the Annex will be closed.
- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Pool towels
- Internet WIFI connection
- Daily pool cleaning
- Garden maintenance
- Telephone: metered
- Electricity for heating: metered. In case of cool weather the ground floor can be heated and the bedrooms on the first floor can be equipped with mobile electric heating.
- Final cleaning: EUR 200
- 2 baby beds with linen and high chair available. Baby bed: EUR 20 per week. Baby beds can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday.
- Extra set of towels: please check price on the premises.
EUR 300 cash deposit are due on arrival.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- Extra domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour
- Typical Tuscan meal on your first evening, after a long trip: EUR 20 per person. The dinner consists of an antipasto, a pasta dish, salad and pecorino cheese, fruit and local biscuits to finish, plus bread and 1 bottle of wine and 1 of water for every 4 persons.
- Cook for dinners during your stay: A dinner prepared by the cook of the estate. She will lay the table and prepare a first course (pasta dish), second course (meat with vegetables and salad) and a dessert. The cook is paid EUR 80 per evening, plus the cost of the ingredients. Dinners should be booked 3 days in advance.
- First shopping: EUR 120 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: 2 kg bread, butter, jam, honey, eggs, cheese, milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurt, orange juice, fruit of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, 1 litre extra virgin olive oil, mineral water, beer, red wine.
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
- Availability only during the above mentioned dates
- Pool opening dates: mid of May - mid of October
Historic villa in the green hills north of Florence
- Sleeps 12 Guests
- Bedrooms 6 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 5+2 WC Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 500 m2 m2