Meleto is a protected building of historic importance. The estate consists of a grand villa, houses and agricultural buildings. There is a large Italian park behind the villa where one can stroll between statues, lemon trees and box hedges . One may also enjoy the sun and the view of the Tuscan landscape from the spaciously laid out pool (15 x 7m). Casa Lucia is a house with a large garden and a private pool (4,5 x 9,5 m); the other residences consist of row houses - each with their own outdoor area. They have been renovated recently and have been furnished tastefully in Tuscan country style. The owner, an Italian/German family, lives on the estate, meaning that you can enjoy the Italian way of life without language difficulties. The landlady will be happy to provide you with tips about the region, to explain the history of Meleto or to assist you with language problems.
Meleto and Children: Meleto is a paradise for children. It has plenty of space to play, frolic and discover. The nearby fields and forests are ideal for exploring and there is no need to cross a dangerous road. Meleto is also large enough that there's no need to worry that your children might disturb the other guests. Our sons (born in 1994 and 1997) are both bilingual and always happy to have other children to play with. Every family with children who have spent their holidays in Meleto during the past few years have all either returned or rebooked; under pressure from the children, but certainly not against their will.
Personal Atmosphere: The owners of Meleto have taken great care to preserve a typical mixture of an imposing aristocratic country manor and a Tuscan fattoria which is still used for agriculture. In this way, Meleto is more than a sterile vacation complex, run by some anonymous corporation. On the contrary, it is place in which the family has been living for centuries. Meleto's personal and individual character has been helped by the many regular guests who have been returning for years. They have become household friends and continue to pass the tip onto friends. Meleto offers both sociability and tranquillity. Meet new people in the common areas or retreat into your own individual realm. The property is so spacious that every body will be able to find his or her own solitary space.
Running in Tuscany: Have you ever been running in Tuscany? The rolling hills and mild climate provide perfect training grounds throughout the year. Even during July and August, the mornings and evenings offer sufficient room to enjoy the Tuscan landscape in a very different way. A medieval pilgrimage route leads past Meleto: via Francigena. It is little traveled, a bit hilly, and unpaved. It takes you from the front door past pines and olives, vineyards, crops of sunflowers, fields and forests. Should you prefer a flat surface to run on, it is possible to traverse the Elsa Valley beneath the hill, from which you can admire Meleto from below. For conditioned runners, it is possible to combine both routes without having to spend much time on asphalt roads. The landlady is a runner herself and will be more than happy to show you where to go. Don't forget your running shoes!