About the property
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- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
Max Beds: 20, Min Beds: 13, Double Beds: 7, Single Beds: 0, Baths: 8, Reference: 14990
For those seeking a serene escape to the Tuscan countryside, this 1000 year old charming villa nestled amidst the verdant woodlands is an ideal choice. Once the home of a Camaldolese monastery, the property is just the place to commune with nature, while enjoying modern comforts such as a private pool, solarium and alfresco meals. Girasole has had many famous guests including Italian movie director Leonardo Pieraccioni, Roberto Benigni and the Duke of Aosta.
(6 hectares/14 acres)
The grounds are set amidst 5 hectares of woodland and 1 hectare of gardens filled with fragrant flowers, shrubs, potted plants and trees. The surrounding forest is home to the oldest cypress tree in the valley, and nature walks often lead to sightings of deer, birds of prey, squirrels, hares and owls. There are three primary buildings on the property: the main villa, a guesthouse and the old chapel (now a second guesthouse). There is also a cabin surrounded by olive trees, which serves as a relaxation room. Near the main villa there is a veranda in front of the kitchen that has dining tables and a barbecue, and there is another dining area with picnic-style tables. In the middle of the garden, a wooden staircase leads to the swimming pool (12 x 6 x 1.5) and a large outdoor solarium furnished with sunbeds, tables, chairs, umbrellas and a shower. There is also a covered patio with sofas, armchairs, games, magazines and an additional refrigerator/freezer. Near the pool, surrounded by olive trees, the small cabin is furnished with rugs and pillows. There is an ancient well as well as a children’s play area that has a ping-pong table, hammocks, rackets and balls. The first-floor terrace has geraniums, tables for up to 8 and great views. Parking is available within the gated grounds.
Ground Floor: There is a reception area with a small office/reading room filled with information about the immediate area and Italy as a whole. A stone arch leads to the living room, which has three sofas, a flat-screen TV with satellite, dining table for 20 to 30 people, a piano and a 7th-century fireplace. The professional kitchen is equipped with a 6-burner stove, oven, high-speed dishwasher (cleans in 60 seconds), microwave, American coffee maker, espresso machine, Italian Moka coffee maker, electric tea kettle, toaster, mixer, deep-fryer, breakfast table for 4 and a fireplace. Near the kitchen there is a bathroom with a sink, toilet and bidet. A terra cotta staircase leads to the first floor. Outside of the main villa there is a separate laundry room with a washing machine, clothes dryer, iron and board. A separate bathroom houses a shower, sink, toilet and bidet.
First Floor: There is a living room with a sofa, armchairs, TV with satellite, dining table for 8 and an original fireplace. There are three bedrooms and a large terrace with dining tables, chairs and beautiful views. The first bedroom has a large queen-size bed (170 cm), TV with satellite, telephone, mini bar and an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub with views of the valley, plus a sink, toilet and hairdryer. The second bedroom has a large queen-size bed (170 cm), TV with satellite, telephone, mini bar, door to the terrace and an ensuite bathroom with a shower, sink, toilet, and hairdryer. The third bedroom has a king-size bed (185 cm), and a large queen-size sofa bed (170 cm, sleeps 2), TV with satellite, telephone, mini bar and ensuite bathroom with a shower, sink, toilet, bidet and hairdryer. A wooden staircase leads to the second floor. A door leads outside to the furnished terrace (seats up to 8) and an external staircase, which leads down to the garden and also serves as a private entrance to the rooms on this floor.
Second Floor: Once an ancient watchtower, this is the oldest part of the house and now contains a library and a tower bedroom suite. The bedroom has a standard double bed (140 cm, comfortable for 1 and cozy for 2), and there is also a living room with a queen-size sofa bed (160 cm, sleeps 2), fireplace, TV with satellite, telephone and mini bar. The two rooms are separated by a door but they share the ensuite bathroom, which has a shower, sink, toilet, bidet and hairdryer.
Guesthouse 1 (former chapel)
Ground Floor: There is a bedroom with a large queen-size bed (170 cm), narrow single bed (85 cm, most comfortable for a young person) and an ensuite bathroom with a shower, sink, toilet, bidet and hairdryer. A terracotta staircase leads to the first floor, which is completely separate.
First Floor: There is a bedroom with a large queen-size bed (170 cm), TV with satellite, telephone, mini bar and an ensuite bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet. There is also a closet in which there is a kitchenette with a stove and Italian coffee maker.
Ground Floor: French doors open onto a bedroom with a large queen-size bed (170 cm), narrow single bed (85 cm, most comfortable for a young person), TV with satellite, small table for 2, a wardrobe and a second wardrobe that contains a small kitchenette equipped with a stove and Italian coffee maker. There is bathroom with a hydro-massage shower, sink, toilet and hairdryer, as well as a toilet room that is wheelchair accessible. Outside there is a garden with a table and chairs for up to 3.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
Cook Service: Upon request
Cooking Classes: Upon request
Extra Housekeeping: Starting at 150 Euros and up
Olive Oil and Wine Tastings: Upon request
Second Cot: 50 Euros per week
Tours and Excursions: Upon request
Towel Change: 25 Euros per person
Breakfast: 14 Euros per person
Air Conditioning available in every bedroom.
The villa can also be rented without the guesthouses under the name
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to accommodate fewer people.
A Welcome Appetizer and also a Welcome Basket are provided upon arrival. The Welcome Basket usually includes jam, butter, biscuits, cookies, pastries, juice, tea, sugar, salt, pepper, and cleaning products.
A standard double bed (140 cm) is narrow for two people by American standards.
The villa’s telephones have outgoing calls only and are charged according to use. Incoming calls may be arranged upon request on owner’s phone only.
Toiletries such as body lotion, shampoo, and bath soaps, are included in each bathroom.
Guests have complimentary use of speaking guides and information on the surrounding area and the rest of Italy.
Housekeeping is provided once per week, in the bedrooms and bathrooms only. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 01, 2018
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Wonderful! We had a group of 15, and everyone agrees that this villa and hostess are superior. ...
Wonderful! We had a group of 15, and everyone agrees that this villa and hostess are superior. We were there two weeks, and each day was better than the one before. Delicious meals, beautiful accommodations, and picturesque property. The villa was taken care of well, and we interacted with Laura, her sister, brother, husband, and mother. All lovely people.
The rolling landscape, the flowers, the way everything joined together--the cottages with the main house. The bedrooms were beautifully appointed and far enough apart that we all had privacy. The pool area was lovely. We spent a good amount of time in the outside pavillion.
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Anghiari is a charming and accessible village. Access to other cities was easy. We visited Sansepulcro, Arezzo, Florence, Assisi, Pisa, Cortona, Siena, and more. The train station in Arezzo wasn't far by car, and we used it several times.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Anghiari. Several people in our group walked to town.
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All of the rooms are equipped with blow dryers, so don't worry about packing one. If you like wash clothes, I would take a couple.
Da Alighiero is a jewel of a restaurant in Anghiari. We went back for more and got to know the owner and chef, Silvia.
Yes, we had a GPS on which we relied much of the time.
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It was all good!!!! Thanks you.
Laura, our host, was wonderful. ...
Laura, our host, was wonderful.
The pool area was fantastic. It was starting to get cool, but we managed to still swim in the pool and enjoyed being up there in the sunshine.
Also, everyone's privacy in their rooms was appreciated.
It was very dark inside - I realise that this is traditional but I did find it quite bleak to be inside... although in the evening, it had a wonderful atmosphere.
Anghiari is an amazing village - so, so beautiful and we really enjoyed walking through it most days. Also, the local coffee shop at Tavernelle, we loved to go early for a coffee and say good morning to the locals. The coffee was excellent. A really great treasure - would love to journey back through this area at some point in my life...
It is very close to alot of other major cities, we all went to Cortona one day, a few of our friends went to Siena for the day and another family went to Florence for the day. It was a great location from that point of view.
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Tavernelle was the closest and although we walked it each morning, the road to it was quite dangerous as there wasn't a sidewalk.... Italian drivers, ... need I say more!? But we are coffee addicts and so we managed each day!!!
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Laura was great at providing everything, we only needed directions to the local supermarket which she gave. Good restaurants, we found eating local was wonderful, one night we ordered take away pizza and brought that home, it was super pizza and delicious. It was ALL good.
Villa Girasole was wonderful. The ground and buildings are absolutely beautiful. Apparently Vil...
Villa Girasole was wonderful. The ground and buildings are absolutely beautiful. Apparently Villa Girasole over its long history went from a Monastery to a Tobacco farm and is now a Villa. We went in early July and the country side was warm/hot during the day and cool at night. Which enabled us to use the pool often during the day. The pool was a good size. And then at night it was cool enough not to use the air conditioning although it does have air conditioning if needed. The cool breeze came over the mountain and came right through the house making for great sleeping conditions. Having one building with one bedroom and then another building with two bedrooms with the remaining bedrooms in the main house worked out perfectly for our group. Laura (the owner) was there when needed to make sure everything was taken care of.
The Villa was wonderful but I also have to mention the area around the Villa as well. The town of Anghiari is a 5 minutes drive away. We had made a wrong turn trying to find the Villa and came down a road right next to Angihari and everyone in both vans jaws dropped. It is something to see sitting on top of a hill with its 50 foot walls protecting the city. There is an elevator at the bottom of the wall that takes you up to the sightseeing terrace at the top of the wall which looks out over the valley. There is parking at the bottom of the wall which made for easy access. Walking the street of Anghiari was something out of a dream.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Angihari (30 min walk, 5 min Drive). Other places we visited from the Villa were La Verna (40 minutes) which is where Saint Francis of Assisi experienced the stigmata. It is an amazing Monastery at the top of Mount Penna. The views and grounds are something to behold. We also had lunch and tasted local olive oil at Ravagni (10 minutes) where Francesco and his Family make everything from the heart. We traveled to Arezzo (30 minutes) for the antique festival. Arezzo is where the movie Life is Beautiful was filmed so you can image the beauty there. We traveled to Montalcino for wine tasting which was a little further away (1 12 hours) but we were set on Brunello wine. Montepulciano with its wonderful wine which we did not visit is about one hour away.
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We also had two wonderful dinners at Da Alighiero where Sylvia and Gianni create a great eating experience. The Italians do it right with smaller portions so you can have two o
We have stayed in many properties in Tuscany, and this equaled or rivaled our prior stays. Laur...
We have stayed in many properties in Tuscany, and this equaled or rivaled our prior stays. Laura, the hostess, was fantastic, always available, but never intrusive in our spaces. Her meals were exquisite--thank you, Laura.
We had plenty of space for everybody, no one felt crowded.
Tuscany, how beautiful!
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Anghiari was amazing, but it rained before we got there so the trail was very muddy. We went back many times, but by car.