Villa Corte is a gem of a villa in Chianti, itself often considered to be the gem of Tuscany. The 14th century estate, surrounded by lush gardens and offering sweeping views of the rolling Tuscan countryside, was totally renovated to include modern amenities and comforts. Perfect for large groups and special events, Villa Corte is situated near Colle Val d’Elsa, a pretty village just 20 minutes away from Siena and nine miles from San Gimignano. The area is dotted with hills full of olive groves, holm-oak woods and imposing Medieval fortified castles.
Guests enter the grounds of Villa Corte through an iron gate at the end of a long row of cypress trees. The main structure rises majestically as the focal point of a courtyard ringed with additional accommodations for guests and staff. The estate is comprised of a main villa, a separate dependence and an apartment, hosting up to 35 guests.
The main villa offers 16 bedrooms as well as several sitting areas. The expansive two-story living room is the villa’s largest gathering space. It offers an arched brick ceiling and numerous paintings for guests to enjoy. The villa’s formal dining room is available for smaller groups and when the property is at its full capacity, guests can enjoy outdoor dining at its finest at an iron dining table on the terrace. Meals can be made in the fully equipped kitchen or on the barbecue outdoors. Staff can arrange for cooking service on request as well as assist with wine selection from the property’s wine cellar.
Comfortable antique furniture and richly colored fabrics can be found throughout the villa, including in the bedrooms. Additional to the sixteen en-suite bedrooms in the main villa, there are also three bedrooms in the two story dependance and two in the apartment. All of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, satellite television, air conditioning and access to wireless internet.
Extensive gardens and well-maintained lawns surround the house and lure guests to make the most of the Tuscan countryside. Fruit trees, roses and cypress trees are just a few of the highlights of the gardens and further out on the horizon guests can enjoy views of the olive groves and vineyards. Guests can lounge outside on one of the property’s many terraces to enjoy aperitifs or refreshments. The vanishing-edge pool (16 by 8 meters) is a perfect place to cool off after a day in the Tuscan sun or a fun game of tennis on the private courts. A canvas-covered pergola provides shade poolside for guests who want to lounge or read a book. There are changing rooms and bathrooms, as well as an outdoor shower in an adjacent dependence plus a Jacuzzi and sauna for ultimate relaxation.
Tuscany is an ideal location for exploring whether on a wine or bike tour or simply visiting the lovely towns of Siena, Florence, Monteriggioni and Volterra nearby. Villa Corte offers guests a prime location and ultimate privacy for a variety of gatherings.