About the property
- Villa3552 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Villa Gourmet is a 1700 renovated Tuscan Villa with salt water swimming pool, park and unique outdoor lounge and eating area by the pool. The villa for 14 guests is modern and fully-equipped with all comforts. Gourmet meals are offered on request. During your stay we will be available for any request or necessity you may have, or to advise you concerning places to visit or tailor-made itineraries. We speak English, French, Spanish and Italian. We also organise wine-tasting tours, chocolate-tasting tours, cookery workshops, dinners at your villa with private chef, etc..
WHERE IS VILLA GOURMET?
Villa Gourmet, dating back to the 18th century, can accommodate up to 14 guests in 6 elegant and modern rooms with 4 en-suite bathrooms and 1 in common. It has a private outdoor pool with nearby bathroom, barbecue, wooden pizza oven and unique outdoor lounge. Villa Gourmet is the ideal place not only for lovers of Italian food and wine, but also for tourists who are passionate about nature and the Tuscan countryside. It is located in the village of Orentano, which is happily within reach of innumerable places of interest whether historic, artistic, nature-seeking or gastronomic and one can follow all kinds of itineraries. The village lies 5 km from the Pisa-Florence motorway A11(Altopascio exit) and 30 minutes' drive away from such renowned places as Lucca, the Montecatini spas, Pistoia and Collodi (home of Pinocchio). It takes 40 minutes to drive to Pisa, Prato, Vinci (the birthplace of Leonardo) or San Miniato in one direction, or, going towards the coast, to Torre del Lago (Puccini's home), Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi and La Versilia beaches. Florence can be reached within an hour.
LANDSCAPE AND ATMOSPHERE
Villa Gourmet is owned and cared for by a local Tuscan Chef, a fine lover not only of the Tuscan culinary tradition, but also of nature and tranquillity. Upon arriving at Villa Gourmet you are indeed irresistibly caught under the spell and beauty of the surrounding countryside and the feeling of utter peace and quiet it conveys. Whilst your eyes are filled with the enchanting scenery, your ears are delighted by a daylong sonorous background of birdsong, amidst herons, woodpeckers, swallows, pheasants and the chirping of crickets. The woods are occasionally frequented by wild boars, whereas the fields are crossed by little wild rabbits running about hurriedly.
The air is filled with the scent of an amazingly vast area of fields and woodland (100.000 sqm), covered with ancient oak trees, acacias, lime, holm and chestnut trees, as well as wild mimosa, rosemary, jasmine, and freshly mown fields and vineyards, whereas in the background one can enjoy the view of the Alps and Apennines, as far as the eye can see. What else could you wish for?
SWIMMING POOL AND GARDENS
In the Villa Gourmet gardens you'll find a brand new 12x6 m. swimming pool, pleasantly filled with salt water (therefore free of chlorine). The pool is surrounded by the precious local Santafiora stone with natural non-slip qualities. Through the stone you can feel the warmth of the Tuscan sun under the soles of your feet. Beside the pool there are deck chairs and a warm outdoor shower, as well as a bathroom, with a wc and yet another shower, which can also be used as changing room. There is also a pleasant covered outside eating and cooking area with a barbecue and a traditional wood oven to bake pizza and bread. Next to the pool you'll find also a unique outdoor lounge next to an ancient cherry tree, to enjoy warm summer evenings. Not far away in the same gardens is a playground for small children. The garden also has a ping-pong table and a soccer field. There is ample space to park several cars. Your family pets are also welcome at Villa Gourmet.
THE VILLA AND ITS ROOMS
The villa, originally dating back to the 1800s, has been recently renovated reutilizing all the materials of the ancient construction and fully respecting the Tuscan architectural tradition, and it is therefore in pristine condition.
You can enter the villa on two sides. On one side the wall of the fascinating villa is almost entirely made of glass with a see-through entrance into a gorgeously furnished open space salon, with a spectacular and traditional gourmet kitchen, a very large dining table, as well as a lounge area with elegant sofas and immensely large windows whereby you are literally placed within the landscape you are enjoying the sight of. Seeing is believing.
In the lounge area there is a large flat screen TV and a folk guitar, reminiscent and in honour of some of the most renowned fingerstyle guitarist who have recently been guests at the villa.
Observing the ivy that climbs towards the ceiling you will notice a modern staircase leading you up to the first floor onto an indoor balcony area with stunning views of the countryside through the all-encompassing vast windows. This area is equipped with a table and dining area, suitable for breakfast or any other meal of the day. On one side of the table you will find an electric espresso coffee machine as well as a sofa. From here you can immediately reach the first floor with four bedrooms just down the corridor.
At the back of the open space ground floor a door will lead you to the Aquamarine Room, a bedroom with two single beds that can be joined into a double bed; there is also a desk and a chest of drawers. The aquamarine coloured en-suite bathroom has a sink and a wc, it is the only bathroom (of the 6 total bathrooms) that does not have a shower. Next door is the Sand Room, a double bedroom with an antique wardrobe and a chest of drawers. In this room there is a further wardrobe that can be used by the guests of the Aquamarine Room. A further advantage of the Sand Room is the meter wide door giving directly out into the courtyard which can also be entered with a pram or a wheelchair, if necessary.
Adjoining is the largest and most beautiful en-suite bathroom of the whole villa: in it are a sink, a wc, a bidet, a large shower and a gorgeous tiled bath. The hues of the tiny tiles of this bathroom remind you of the colours of a sandy beach.
In the Aquamarine Room there is a door through to the back entrance and the staircase that leads you upstairs.
As you step inside the back entrance of the villa you will climb the original staircase made of “pietra serena” sandstone. You'll reach a corridor where you can't help noticing the elegant wooden flooring. To the left is the so-called Orange Room, decorated and furnished with warm Mediterranean colours which has a double bed, a wardrobe and an armchair, as well as an en-suite bathroom. It has windows on either sides and you'll be struck by the gorgeous modern bathroom with tiny multi-coloured tiles artistically shaped into patterns of orange hues. The large comfortable bathroom is equipped with sink, wc, bidet and a spacious and elegant shower.
To the right of the stairs the corridor will lead you to the romantic Lavender Room on your right and to the Willow Room on your left, and on the right again is the pretty and amusing Ivy Room.
The romantic Lavender Room, with a luminous French window, is furnished with a gorgeous double canopy bed, and scattered with flowers and carefully chosen objects, including an elegant desk to spend time writing cards or romantic love letters. The white, lilac and pastel colours add to the already poetic atmosphere. The en-suite bathroom is lilac, blue and white with sink, wc, bidet and a spacious shower.
The Willow Room, with French window onto the pool, garden and countryside, has two single beds that can be joined into a double bed, a wardrobe and a bathroom with a sink, wc, bidet and a spacious shower in common with the Ivy Room .
Finally the Ivy Room is a luminous fun room, ideal for children, with a unique bunk bed, equipped with safe and stylish wooden stairs to reach the top bed, and two separate single beds, for a total of four single beds and lots of practical drawers to keep clothes tidy during your stay. The gorgeous wardrobe adds to the fairy tale atmosphere.
The luminous bathroom, in common with the Willow Room, is decorated with climbing ivy and has a sink, wc, bidet and a spacious shower.
All the bedrooms have modern centralized air-conditioning and heating. There are also electric fans in all the bedrooms of the house, and there are mosquito nets on all windows. Furthermore wireless internet is available throughout the villa and as far as the swimming pool and gardens outside. The villa is also equipped with an alarm system for guests to feel completely safe at all times.
Finally on the ground floor there is a laundry room equipped with a washing machine, a drier, an iron, an ironing board and a vacuum cleaner.
BREAKFASTS AND GOURMET MEALS ON REQUEST
Villa Gourmet will be exclusively inhabited by the guests. However, being owned by a chef, on request the guests of Villa Gourmet can enjoy the treat of a freshly made breakfast or tailored gourmet meals served in the gorgeously furnished open space salon and dining room downstairs.
To sum it all up, Villa Gourmet is reminiscent of the old, but at the same time equipped with cutting edge installations and appliances, and flavoured with freshly cooked and served Tuscan gourmet cuisine! Seeing is believing.
To sum it all up, Villa Gourmet is reminiscent of the old, but at the same time equipped with cutting edge installations and appliances, and flavoured with freshly cooked and served Tuscan gourmet cuisine!
Mr. Stefano Barghini, Dear Tuscany Srl.
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- english, italian, By email also Spanish, French and German.
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- May 18, 2018
About Mr. Stefano Barghini, Dear Tuscany Srl.
My wife and I love food and wine! We love playing with our three children! We love travelling and discovering the traditions of any territory to feel like we’re a part of it! My wife and I have been renting our property, Villa Colombai in Tuscany for 5 years now with great pleasure and satisfaction. We have 3 small children and we know what it means to spend a holiday abroad with children, therefore we have equipped our villa with every comfort to make our guests feel at home and comfortable, and at the same time enjoy the luxury of living in a 19th century Tuscan villa with park and private pool. We are always available ready to satisfy all your needs and requests. We are looking forward to welcoming you! Stefano e Cinzia
Mr. Stefano Barghini, Dear Tuscany Srl. purchased this Villa in 2008
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Great Villa; Great Host
I booked the villa as a surprise for my partner's birthday and arranged for friends to turn up unannounced. The villa is spacious, very clean, well equipped and a perfect place to relax with friends. The weather in April was hot and the pool was perfect. We also had a dinner cooked by Francesca (arranged by our host Stefano, for my partner's birthday) which was excellent. We also enjoyed the outdoor pizza oven. What made this great place even more perfect was Stefano, who went out of his way to make our visit go well. He recommended excellent local restaurants, arranged a taxi service when needed and so much more. Would absolutely recommend this lovely villa as a base for exploring the area.
Our large family enjoyed this villa immensely.
- spacious and well-appointed bedrooms/bathrooms
- a kitchen equipped with all the extras to please the most demanding chef
- beautiful and tranquil property
- centrally nestled in the hills near the town of Orentano, location is perfect for day trips to all
This review would not be complete without a shout-out to Stefano, Owner/Manager. He is a very kind and thoughtful gentleman.
One in our group had a dental emergency. By the time we arrived at the Villa from Rome, Stefano had made an appointment, arranged to pick the patient and accompany him to the dentist to interpret.
We all agree this is truly a wonderful vacation home away from home.
The Webb Family
Peaceful rural retreat
Two couples + 3 boys = a fun, peaceful, relaxing holiday.
Coming from one of the Home Counties we needed some downtime and this is what we had. The weather was extremely hot for the time of year, but with air conditioning in the bedrooms it was certainly bearable. We ate in the pool area every night with a refreshing breeze to cool us, we couldn't have a better place to enjoy the Tuscan countryside. Stefano was the best host and helped us book one of the amazing local restaurants and helped us get there too.
Stay here and you won't be disappointed. Don't stay here and you will be!
That was amazing holidays. In the landscape but not far from everything, an answer as soon as we had a question. We enjoyed everything: the kitchen, the air conditioning in the rooms, the card parties in the sunset next to the pool with the calzone in the bread oven, the comfortable and long beds, the personal chef option (wonderful diner with wine testing. Thanks Fabrizio), the football field, the aromatic herbs from the garden for the BBQ meat and specially the big pool with salt water (so much better then the chlorine)..... it was so great! . We will come back!
Thanks Stefano and Fabrizio
Perfect home for holiday
We never had such a great home for holiday before! First of all the booking process was very easy, because the owner Stefano was always available by mail or phone and answered very quickly. He helped us with every question we had. We got a professional rental agreement.
As we arrived at Villa Gourmet, Stefano was already there and showed us the hole estate. The photos represent the villa perfectly. Everything you need is there. Each room is furnished and build individually, so you can really feel at home. If there is any problem, Stefano or his brother Fabrizio will solve it. The villa, the garden, the pool and the poolhouse are in much more than good order and condition. We traveled a group of 8 people and there was enough place to sit inside or outside, also at the pool. There is a huge garden with even a herbary.
Villa Gourmet is perfect to do excursions to Pisa, Firence, Lucca and even south of Tuscany.
On our last day, we had a pizza workshop with a professional pizza maker. It was great! Everyone made his own dough and creates his own pizza. It is baked in a professional pizza oven at the pool house. So you can sit outside and eat fantastic pizzas: first your own and than lots of different pizzas made by the professional pizza maker. Stefano was there too and told us something about the history of it all.
Summarized it was a really great holiday and we will book the villa again! Thanks to Stefano and Fabrizio!
Thank you very much for taking your time for writing your opinion on Villa Gourmet and our services. Hope to see you soon! Warm Regards, Stefano and Fabrizio
Our family have just had the most perfect holiday in this incredible house. The villa and gardens are stunningly beautiful and the pool is amazing. The house is beautifully decorated, furnished and equipped and has everything you could possibly want for an unforgettable visit. The town is a short walk away and has two great restaurants (at least) and a fantastic patisserie/bar. Pisa, Florence and many other places are a short drive away. Stefano and his team could not have been more charming and helpful. I hope we will return very soon!
Villa Gourmet is the ideal accommodation for a family or group of friends up to 12 people who want to visit the main attractions of Tuscany, because of its strategic position only 5 km away from the highway connecting Florence, Pistoia, Montecatini (Thermal Baths), Lucca, Pisa, Viareggio (seaside), Forte dei Marmi and other famous places.
In the centre of Orentano, less than 5 minutes away, you can find grocery stores, cafes, a butcher and a traditional baker. There is also a well-known pastry shop still following an old tradition of pastry making.
To eat out we reccommend the Trattoria-Pizzeria da Benito, one of the most famous restaurants of the area. Their absolute specialty is the typical very thick grilled Tuscan steak, absolutely delicious at an affordable price, but they also serve traditional starters, pasta dishes and pizza. Remember to reserve a table in advance because the restaurant is always fully booked.
Within 15km distance there are also a golf course, thermal resorts, tennis courts and many other activities.
Guided wine-tasting tours can be arranged for you, as well as any other activity you might be interested in. We can arrange visits to artisan ceramic or copper pot workshops, we can reserve concert or theatre tickets for you, etc… according to your interests.
We can also organize your wedding, anniversary, birthday party or other events and take care of all the details.
Here in Orentano you can enjoy the wine and the olive oil produced not far from the villa or the typical food of our area. We can arrange to have groceries delivered to your door by the local shop keeper on his bicycle.
Orentano is well known for the “Sagra della pizza” – a pizza and beer festival where you can experience the hustle and bustle of Tuscan life and at the same time eat pizza or grilled meat and listen to music. The traditional local “Sagra” takes place throughout June and July.
The ancient pastry tradition of the village is celebrated every year with a local event called the “Cream puff Festival” (“Sagra del Bignè”) , on the third Sunday of August.
There are other “sagras” (festivals) of all kinds in neighboring towns and villages. There are also historical festivals like, for example, the Medieval Festival in Monte Castello, Lucca, Nozzano, Buti, and many other places which take place from May to September, but especially during the summer months of June, July and August.
Only 5 km from Orentano you can find the small town of Altopascio with all kinds of shops and a market on Thursdays. You can also find supermarkets and other stores (furniture, clothes, shoes, etc..).
From Altopascio you can catch a train or take the highway to go and visit Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Lucca, Montecatini, Viareggio, Pisa, and many other places. The famous historic and art cities of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, etc.. or the sea are within easy reach. The surroundings offer a lot for sport freaks and wellness lovers: tennis (4 km), golf course (15km), horse riding (5km), thermal resorts (15km) and fitness centres (7km).