Villa MURGIANO is quite close to Florence - just 8 km/20 minutes on good if fairly narrow roads. A car is recommended, for your convenience. The rental comes with a wide car-park & shaded roofing for three cars. Guests have remote controls to drive through the electric gates.
As you get through the gated property you enter a dream world; your home is invitingly down through the olive grove at the end of the drive. It is a charming, fully refurbished 15 century Villa, set in its 75 acre Farm, with 360° inspiring views on pristine hills, woods, vineyards & olive-groves.
A few ancient houses here and there; one major historic building standing on the hill opposite: a formerly Medici Villa, which the Corsini family have owned since 1641 - in its vast, decorated, reception rooms private events are occasionally held.
Villa MURGIANO’s Guests have access to their in-house information folder. In addition they are welcome to text or phone Katia - the owner, about any additional queries.
Katia lives mostly on site - down a separate drive leading to her own shaded car-park and door.
Villa MURGIANO's farm estate produces Wine, Extra-virgin Oive Oil, Aromatic Vinegar and Honey - you can pick them up on arrival, order more for local consumption and have some shipped home.
BBQ fossil coal and wood for the hearth and the Pizza oven are also available on site (your bill is settled prior to departure).
Day-to-day shopping is under 4 km from Rental. This includes ATMs, Italian & international groceries, fresh fruit & vegetables street markets, pharmacy, restaurants, supermarkets. Recommended for location & facilities are COOP at Ponte a Ema (SR222 near Grassina), and ESSELUNGA (SP70 near Galluzzo) which are under 6 km from the Villa.
Villa MURGIANO sleeps up to 10 Adults, overall 12 Guests in 5 bedrooms, of which 4 ensuite, and a 6th bedroom in the Tower, with a Queen-size bed and a split-level loft; 5 full bathrooms; 2 studies, 2 indoor lounging/dining rooms, 2 kitchens, a covered, all-season Portico with a dinner table for 12 and ancient Pizza oven, 2 lounging Patios with 3 furnished gazebos, a BBQ shaded Patio with table & chairs, a lounging Terrace with table and chairs and a private, large (12 mt long by 6 mt wide) infinity edge swimming-pool.
All the bedrooms are air-conditioned and have electric ceiling fans. There is a good number of mosquito netted windows, and a generous provision of electric mosquito devices. There are shutters at every window to screen the daylight and control temperatures: traditionally, to keep the Summer heat out and retain the Winter heat in.
Villa MURGIANO is built in stone & brick, with a Terracotta tiled roof. It is harmonious like a cube & tower of alluring proportions.
There are 2 awnings, screening the sun rays on the South and West façades respectively.
There is a half enclosed, all Season Portico for lounging and dining, with charming arches and an ancient Pizza Oven.
Indoors most walls are plastered white, some walls come in stone or brick facing. There are ancient terra-cotta bricks upstairs in the kitchen hearth.
All the ceilings are beamed, starting from the 15 century Tower.
Down from the Tower is the Villa's upper floor, Palagio: 2 Master bedrooms en suite and a twin bedroom with a large, adjoining bathroom which it shares with the Tower. The Canopied West Master Bedroom features a child's crib with wood bars (bedding provided). From the canopy you can hang a mosquito net enclosing the bed, if you wish. The East Master Bedroom also has a hook for a traditional mosquito net, a clothes closet and the towels supply.
A central study, a long & attractive, air conditioned loggia with lots of light from its ample windows and an adjustable awning along its front: casual lounging furniture, a cards table, an elegant, rectangular dinner table for 8 and beautiful engravings.
An ample Winter Kitchen, with two rectangular tables - ideal for your cooking classes; both tables can be shifted sideways to make room for lounging & sipping your glass of wine by the hearth.
Down a charming flight of 11 ancient steps from the Winter Kitchen is the cloakroom for golf clubs and other sports gear, next to the main ground floor entrance to the Villa.
Tugged away in the cloakroom is some BBQ gear as well as the electric dryer - a machine easily dispensed with under the Tuscan Sky: 9 times out of 10 you will probably hang up your washing on the outdoor washing lines (pegs provided).
Down 2 more steps is the Villa's ground floor, i.e., Salabetta - " 2 double bedrooms en suite, a family lounging room, with its elegant oval dinner table, and the well appointed Summer kitchen.
An adjoining spare room, one step down from the dinner area, has the shelves displaying the Estate Wines, Extra-virgin Olive Oils, Honeys and aromatic Vinegar for sale; a fridge, a washing machine, the laundry sink, 2 clothe-horses and an iron & ironing board.
Salabetta features a Twin bedroom en suite, whose French door on the West front has a wheelchair slide; an Angel Master bedroom en suite, with tits golden-leaf Angel hung on a rare large span brick arch; a study between the two bedrooms, with French doors onto the wide Terrace.
Both bedrooms and study can be accessed in a wheel chair from the grounds. So can all the outdoor lounging Patios and the Terrace.
One caveat - wheel chair users please note - Salabetta’s family lounging room with elegant dinner table is one step up from the bedrooms/study /pare room, and one step down from the Portico, and level with the West entrance French door.
There are double French doors linking Salabetta’s living room and Summer Kitchen to the Portico, with its large dinner table seating 12 in comfort. Meals can be had in the Portico at all times of the year, with a natural priority for Winter lunch-time and Summer dinner-time.
The Pizza Oven comes in handy throughout the year.
Villa MURGIANO's infinity edge private swimming-pool is the cherry on the cream, the crowning glory of your stay at Villa MURGIANO -whether you meely look at it from the upper floor windows or the ground floor terrace, lounge in the pool precints, or enjoy your swim; it lies a short distance from the Villa, it is large, immaculate, inviting, totally private. Its overflow/infinity edge lets you enjoy the landscape from the water, as you refresh yourself or swim.
A warm shower stand is at hand. Pool Towels are offered in a basket by the Pool.
The pool is open from late March/early April to mid September/early October. It comes with 2 gated entrances: Guests are kindly requested to close these at all times, whenever they go in and out, as well as to allow no unattended children in.
Adjoining the Pool is the children's playground and swings.
The ancient Pizza Oven is a great attraction: you start your wood fire a good hour before meal time, at which point, having laid out your favourite ingredients on the table and variously decorated your raw pizzas, you carefully place them one by one alongside the ambers for baking. There are further secrets involved... but isn't discovering about them one of your aims on your visit?!
Mediterranean cuisine and Italian cuisine in particular are beautiful... If ever you would like a few dishes prepared for you to taste at the end of a long day, book with
"Katia's Takeaway": it is a text and 24 hours away: select your menu on the eve and the following evening, at the appointed time, you collect your orders and enjoy your meal in total relax, at one or another of your in/outdoor dinner tables.