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ISOLA SERENA - New Private Luxury Villa - Chianti - Pool & Stunning Views

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

6 Bedrooms, All Ensuites 6.5 Baths, 440 Sq Metres (4500 Sq Ft) Main House

Located in Castellina in Chianti in Tuscany, Italy, 'Isola Serena' is a beautiful private luxury villa on 4 acres of land with the most breath-taking views in the Tuscan countryside. Overlooking Siena and covered in vineyards, olive groves, and captivating forestry, this brand new villa just finished restoration in June 2014. The villa was restored by local Italians of the highest standard to maintain the Tuscan culture, artisanal tradition, and craftsmanship, whilst complemented by modern furniture and contemporary amenities.

Some of the finest quality local materials that were used include hand-made terra cotta floors, Italian marble and travertine for the terraces and bathrooms, chestnut windows and doors, and walnut for the kitchen and library.

The main house is 440 sq metres (4500 sq ft) with 6 bedrooms and all ensuites, and it can sleep up to 13 people. It includes a large terrace overlooking the countryside, a small heated private swimming pool, barbeque area, full kitchen, dining room, library, WIFI, satellite TV, and all modern amenities that are perfect for cooking, entertaining, and relaxing.

More Details

Owner
Kalen Properties
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2017

About Kalen Properties

I am from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and have been traveling to Italy for many years for vacation ever since I was on exchange in Germany for a semester 20+ years ago. The first time I visited Tuscany, I instantly fell in love with the beautiful scenery, wine, food, and culture. In the summer of 2012 when I went on my annual Tuscan vacation with my fiancee, a real estate agent showed me this farmhouse which is mentioned in written historical sources as early as 1077. With over 4 acres of private land and the most breath-taking views overlooking Siena and covered in vineyards, olive groves, and forestry, my fiancee and I knew this was our dream home. After embarking on a 1 year restoration project and hiring all local Italians to maintain the Tuscan culture, artisanal tradition, and craftsmanship, this beautiful luxury villa is truly an oasis of serenity and perfection. The official name of the farmhouse is Podere Isola, meaning “island farm”, which I renamed to “Isola Serena”, meaning “serene island” and after my fiancée.

Kalen Properties purchased this villa in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The perfect spot for a group of wine lover friends to use as a base for exploring Chianti country. The villa is exquisite - the beautiful and pristine quarters will please even the fussiest of guests. Located literally in the middle of a vineyard and within an hour or less of any restaurant or winery you will want to visit. Really want to go back every year...will never find one to match it!"
Jun 2014
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Amenities

Castellina In Chianti Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Modern rain shower and hand-held
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Modern rain shower and hand-held
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Modern rain shower and hand-held
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Modern rain shower and hand-held
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Modern rain shower and hand-held
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Modern rain shower and hand-held
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , Powder room on main floor
  • Towels are provided and an initial complementary supply of soap. Hair dryers are also provided in every bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 king bed can split into singles with ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 king bed can split into singles with ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 king bed can split into singles with ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 1 king bed can split into singles with ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , 1 king bed can split into singles with ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 king bed can split into singles & 1 single bed on balcony
  • All bedrooms have brand new high quality furniture with a wooden armoire.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
5

Fabulous!!

  • 5 of 5

We went to Tuscany with our three children, aged 12, 10 and 3 and my brother and his family. From the moment we arrived we were in awe of the beauty and grandeur of the villa and it's surroundings. Our children and nieces absolutely loved being here, which made the adult's stay even better. We tried to experience everything Tuscany had to offer and the location of the villa made that easy to do. We highly recommend staying at Isola Serena as it is the perfect way to see and live the beauty of Tuscany!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Magical Trip and World Class Accomodations!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Isola Serena in Chianti was an incredible experience! The views and the landscape were out of a movie. The villa itself was very modern with state of the art amenities, extremely well-decorated yet had a rustic and very authentic charm. My family and I overall had a wonderful time and would love to book again next time we travel to Tuscany. Additionally, both Natalia and the property owners provided great advice with respect to attractions and restaurants in neighboring towns and cities.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

What a place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

As party of eight we just used this property. Nothing could have been better. The house looks exactly as it does in the picture and is well maintained and supplied. You can drink the water due to a recent addition to the purification system. The only catch is the hill just at the property- a little dicey especially with a 9 passenger van but we made it up several times- made an addition to the overall adventure.

Natalia who manages the property handled a couple of small problems very fast. The property owners are very accessible and will reply to your questions almost immediately. They are a source of knowledge as to what is in the area to do.

The property is well situated between Florence and Siena as well as other neat villages of various sizes. We made several day trips when we were not watching the harvest of the grapes at a nearby property.

Based on recommendations from the owner , we used Chef Matisse for dinner one night and liked it so much we had him come back later in the week for another meal. Great food and great wines. He also responds to emails quickly and will modify the menu to suit you. You can also get a free cooking lesson while he works.

Look no further for a great villa- easily could handle 12 people.

V. C. Smith

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous Property in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this practically perfect farmhouse in Tuscany. Newly renovated and beautifully appointed, this house has countryside views with modern conveniences. Our family of 9, ages 10 - 68, thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Natalia, the property manager, was very helpful arranging reservations and giving suggestions ahead of time. Check in and check out were very easy.

We did not use the pool much but it was nice to have it available to cool off at the end of the day. The kitchen well appointed beyond any rental expectation. The Wifi is good but did drop some when playing a game with multiple users connected - probably stretched it to the limit with 8 people connected.

Things to know:

If you want to have a tasting dinner at La Leccia (the castle next to the property), it might need to be booked months in advance.

They say the water is not potable so you need to bring in bottled water.

Do not let Google Maps bring you in the back way - only take the drive with the La Leccia signs. Going in past the La Leccia castle is a dirt road and challenging enough. You can make it the other way but it is pretty hairy and I would not recommend it.

There is a sky opening at the top of the house to let the hot air which rises out in the summer. The remote which controls it should be in the box in the great room.

Loved this house = would go back in a minute. As others have said, the drawback is that you never want to leave it to go anywhere.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the feedback and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Definitely agree that the best route to take is by following the signs for La Leccia and entering through there. We have recently installed a high quality water purification system, so the water is now potable. We hope to welcome you back to the beautiful Isola Serena again soon!
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5

A beautifully renovated house with a spectacular view overlooking vineyards.

  • 5 of 5

We rented the villa in late April for a family holiday with our four adult children and their partners. The house is bright, spacious, modern and very clean and is in a great location. Everyone had their own bedroom with king beds and ensuite bathroom. The kitchen was well equipped and worked well for our group and the living areas were nicely furnished. The large patio area with barbecue is great and the views over the vineyards are spectacular.

Natalia, the property manager, was very helpful and very friendly. She ensured that everything in the villa was up to our standards and responded immediately to any questions. As well, she offered advice on sightseeing, points of interest and restaurants in the area.

However, there are two items to be aware of. The drive into the villa is narrow and windy and quite steep at times. You need a good all wheel drive vehicle. As well, the tap water is not drinkable so we were constantly buying water from the grocery store in the local town which is inconvenient and not environmentally friendly. We did not know this until we arrived. Our family believes that a water purification system needs to be installed.

Other than these two points the villa is beautiful. We had a wonderful vacation and would highly recommend the villa. In fact, this was one of our best holidays and the accommodation was one of the main reasons.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the feedback! The water comes from a well so it was not officially certified to be drinkable, which is why we suggested our guests to get bottled water. However, we have now gone ahead and installed a high quality water purification system, so the water is now potable. We just got back from the villa and drank the water all week, which was very clean and pure! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back to the beautiful Isola Serena again soon!
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5

Tuscan Charm and Luxury

  • 5 of 5

Looking forward to our Italian vacation, we knew with certainty we wanted 2 weeks in a villa which provided a tranquil escape, panoramic views of vineyards and rolling Tuscan hills in the horizon; we wanted to begin each day greeted by beautiful sunrises and ending with mesmerizing sunsets. In the villa itself, we wanted a stay in a Tuscan villa with rustic charm but complete with modern amenities for our convenience and comfort. To our delight Isola Serena surpassed our expectations! The villa was thoughtfully and strategically designed to complement the Tuscan landscape. The thoughtful design was illustrated through each window of the home which acted as frames for the surrounding landscape presenting it as living art, achieving the goal to remind us of the beauty surrounding the villa.

As for our comfort and convenience, this same thoughtfulness was applied through the amenities both in and outside the home (kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, bathrooms, patio and pool). The only downside of Isola Serena is that we wanted to spend every moment possible in this picture-perfect home.

It is worthwhile to mention the convenience of the location where the town of Castellina was less than ten minutes away. There was easy access to many other towns in the Chianti region, for a day trip to Florence or Siena, or a short drive to Montalcino to explore the Brunello region. Our stay was also made more relaxing by the ready availability of Natalia, the property manager, who was always willing to answer any questions or address any concerns.

We have visited Italy numerous times and have rented a number of villas, many of which were beautiful homes with significant sentimentality attached, however we can attest that, for us, Isola Serena tops the list.

To answer the common question when we consider renting a home away from home: ‘Do the pictures reflect the reality? Our emphatic response is the reality is much better!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Florence
Car: necessary

The villa lies in the heart of the famous Chianti Classico wine region and is surrounded by many popular vineyards. Wine tours are a must and are usually accompanied with wine sampling and a delicious meal.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cancellations made between date of booking, up to 65 days before arrival date carry a 25% penalty of accommodation cost. Cancellations made less than 65 days before arrival carry a penalty of 100% of accommodation cost. Tourist tax of 1,50 Euro per person, per night for first 7 nights must be paid at time of arrival. Security Deposit is 500 Euro or equivalent in your own currency paid on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.