This is a typical Tuscan villa with an exclusive swimming pool with spectacular views. This independent villa is the center of a property of over 18 acres of woods and olive groves. It is on the last Western slope of Mount Albano, approx. 250 meters. above sea level. The owners have carried out a rigorous and accurate renovation using only materials (such as stone) from the surrounding area and period while ensuring a structure which respects the norms of bio-architecture. The living areas have been renovated with a careful eye for details - antique furniture, (some going back as far as the 16th Century.) antique ornaments,paintings, doors, prints and Persian carpets. On the other hand, the house has every possible modern comfort.
The outside of the villa is covered with typical local stone as are almost all the houses in the surrounding area and keeps the original aspect of when it was built two hundred years ago. The garden looks over a 360° view of woods and olive groves , hill side towns and hills with chestnuts and cypress trees. To the North one can see the towers of Serravalle Pistoiese and in the distance the mountains of Abetone, famous skiing resort. To the South West the characteristic hillside town of Monsummano Alto. The road in front of the villa leads only to the few surrounding houses. All in all a complete immersion in total silence.
There is a small wood with a relaxation area with armchairs and tables and a view down over the swimming pool. The pool is 8 x 16 mtrs and has a large hydromassage area for 8 people. It is on a natural terrace a few metres below the level of the villa and has a magnificent and almost theatrical view over the valley. It is equipped with tables, chairs, umbrellas, divans, chaise-longues, all in teak. It has a special depuration system which guarantees maximum hygene. It has 0,7% of salt, the same percentage which is found in the human eye. This eliminates the odour and the feeling of chloride on the skin. You can also keep you eyes open while you are underwater. It is open from April to October, wheather permitting. It is partcularly beautiful at nitgh when illuminated. Under the pool there is a big changing room with 2 showers and a bathroom.
The villa (350 sqm) is divided in 2 floors. All the rooms have mosquito nets and are air-conditioned.
Ground floor: The courtyard leads into the main entrance of the villa. In a niche on the left hand wall there is a precious terracotta Madonna with child, originally painted, of the 17thC. Going from the entrance into the main part of the house on the left we have the fully-equiped kitchen, a spacious area dominated by an antique fireplace in cotto and stone (pietra serena), next to the kitchen there is the laundry with a large washing machine. Leaving from the kitchen into the main part of the house there is a very large sitting room with armchairs and divans, one of which becomes a double bed. Lounge / dining room: this room, which is 80 sq mtrs, has to the right a large 18thC dining table with 8 17thC walnut chairs and 2 armchairs covered in velvet and originating from a Florentine villa where the famous poet Gabriele D' Annunzio lived for a certain period with Eleonora Duse. Service bathroom with a Jacuzzi shower and cotto pavement. "Green bedroom" with double bed and north facing veranda with a suggestive view over the pool.
First floor: Composed by 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms: "Blue bedroom": with 2 single beds (that can be put together to make a double bed), which on request can be united. The paintings are French, the 18thC walnut wardrobe is from Piedmont and the chest of drawers is Liberty.This room shares the bathroom of the red bedroom.
"Red bedroom": double bedroom with ensuite bathroom shared with the blue bedroom. The bathroom has two doors, one for the blu and one for the red bedroom. A multifunctional Jacuzzi tub and shower with chromo and ozono therapy. Above the bath there is an oval stone window with a lovely view out over the valley and olive trees.
"Yellow bedroom": This is the master bedroom and it is 30 sq mtrs. The bedroom itself has a very tall Piedmonte 18thC oak wardrobe, a king-size brass bed above which hangs a large Madonna and Child ,an oil painting of the Bologna school of the 17thC. In front of the bed is a French window with a lovely view over the Southern valley and up to Monsummano Alto which is illuminated at night. This bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a Turkish bath with Jacuzzi shower, aroma and chromo therapy and there is magnificent view of the valley through the large double window. The swimming pool opens from April 12 till October 11th.
This is an amazing property decorated with authentic of pieces of art, spacious bedrooms, plenty of space in the communal areas and an amazing garden with a large swimming-pool. Recommended for families or groups of friends who want to spend a wonderful holiday on the green and famous Tuscan countryside in an area famous for it's thermal water (Montecatini Terme) and near the highway that reaches Florence with Lucca and Pisa.
The property can only be booked from Saturday to Saturday.
Pricing Information:Included in the Price: included in the price: utility bills: water, gas and electricity (excluded air-conditioning), linens and towels, mid-week cleaning (2 h/week), swimming-pool and garden maintenance. Internet wi-fi, swimming-pool, baby cot, high chair.
Not included in the Price: air conditioning (€ 0,40/kwh); final cleaning of 250,00 €; heating (€ 1,17/liter). City tax (these imports are subject to change, they usually go from €1 to €2 per person per night and they will be collected on site).Attention: the consumption of AC and heating depends on many things: 1) the outside temperature 2) how cold or warm you like to have the inside temperature 3) open or closed doors and/or windows 4) turning down when you are not in the villa etcAnyway, the cost of AC can be from 20 to 40 € per day and of heating from 35 to 80 € per day.The AC and heating system are equipped with digital counters with an error margin of + - 5%.
This apartment for rent is not a hotel, agritourism, B&B or similar, and therefore by law, extra services similar to those you may find in these types of accommodations, such as a reception, concierge or security, receiving mail, provision of meals and drinks, cleaning and change of linen during your stay, and amenity kits with soaps etc. are strictly prohibited.
APE energy certification level: G 132.5 kWh/m2 per year
Parking:Parking - is exclusive to the villa inside the garden and is for up to 5 cars. Access to the property is no problem as the road is asphalted. Public transport (buses and taxis) are down in Monsummano and the train is in Montecatini. No traffic noise.
Destinations:The villa is located in an area called the Valdinevole, as yet unruined by mass tourism, and presenting all the characteristic natural and artistic aspects of the Tuscan countryside.The villa is most strategically placed: away from the chaos of the cities but with easy access to Tuscan "musts". In fact, 95% of the symbolic Tuscan landmarks can be reached within an hour and a half by car.Montecatini Terme (5km.) is 50 mins. to Pisa and 50 mins. to Florence by train. Monsummano Terme (2km.) is the nearest town and has 15.000 inhabitants and all necessary facilities and shops etc.Within a range of 15/20 mins. by car there are many places of interest to visit - the Giusti Grottos with their hot thermal baths, the Monsummano caves, the Pistoia hills and mountains (skiing in the Winter), the Svizzera Pesciatina, innumerable Romanic churches, the Fucecchio swamplands (of great interest for the local flora and fauna).
More facilities: Air conditioning throughout the house BBQ TV 32" LCD with satellite Dishwasher Washing Machine Private Swimming-pool Mosquito nets 3 working fireplaces 2 Irons and ironing tables Hairdryers in all bathrooms Microwave oven 2 Coffee machines Oven Side by side refrigerator with ice machine Toaster VCR DVD Children's beds Cot Highchair 3 Mountain bikes