|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Valle was originally a traditional Tuscan farmhouse which has been lovingly restored and furnished with the highest quality fixtures and fittings. Much care has been taken to recreate the building's original features including the typical wooden beamed ceiling and terracotta floors. It sleeps a maximum of 13 people.
The grounds are fully enclosed and access is via remote-controlled gates.
The accommodation is divided between the main house and the smaller annex which was once the hayloft. Both buildings have their own separate kitchens and living areas. The main house also offers a large dining room and sun room with pool table. In between these two buildings runs an open terrace with swimming pool (7m x 12m), sun terrace with loungers and umbrellas, and a jacuzzi tub (cold water). Adjacent to this pool area is a shady gazebo with dining table and chairs and the charcoal barbecue area with two fridges. Various other sitting areas and tables by the pool and to the rear of the main house
The estate: This villa is part of the historical Villa Saletta estate which once belonged to the noble Riccardi family and remains an important part of local heritage. In total, there are more than 20 old farmhouses on the Villa Saletta estate, mostly dating back to the 1800s. Each one is unique and individual in size and location and each has its own story to tell. Only three of these farmhouses have been restored and are now available for rental, each with its own private grounds and pool and attentive staff.
A week is not enough to sample the variety of reasonably-priced restaurants in the area. An extensive list of restaurants is provided together with a full information pack about the house, the area and services available.
As for all our rental properties, the house offers full air conditioning or central heating (according to season) throughout, free WiFi Internet access, VOIP telephone, daily cleaning (2 hours per day, 6 days per week), all linen, bath towels and pool towels.
Main building: Ground floor: Large kitchen with breakfast area, fully equipped with oven, microwave, two dishwashers, large fridge-freezer, kettle, coffee machine, toaster, fruit juicer, tableware and cooking equipment. Utility room with additional fridge/freezer and some storage space, laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. Sun room, opening onto the swimming pool area, furnished with comfortable armchairs, billiards table, satellite TV. Dining room seating 12 people. Large drawing room with open fireplace, comfortable sofas and armchairs, satellite TV (mainly news channels in different languages) and DVD, Bose docking station. There is a selection of books, CDs and DVDs for guests to use.
First floor: Three double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (bath and shower); one twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom (bath only); stairs to tower (split level) with master bedroom accessed via the large bathroom with double shower and bath.
Annex building: Ground floor: Small sitting area with sofa and satellite TV. Fully equipped kitchen (oven/microwave, gas hob, fridge-freezer, kettle, filter coffee machine) with breakfast table and chairs. Bathroom with shower.
First floor: One small double bedroom and one small single bedroom, bathroom with shower only.
Well-tended garden, lawns and flower beds. Comfortable garden furniture. Ample parking within the grounds. Pool can be heated upon advance request and payment of a surcharge.
We had the most perfect vacation at villa Valle. The villa was everything we could expect and more. Each of our guests were speechless at the quality of the accomodations. One brother-in-law describes it as being on a movie set.
All in all, this vacation was very special for all of us because of the makeup of the group. Before we left, we all viewed it as one of those once in a lifetime experiences. The villa provided the perfect setting for us to thoroughly enjoy each other's company as well as memories that will endure.
This beautiful villa is immersed in the peaceful Tuscan countryside yet only 1km from all day-to-day essentials including supermarket, butcher, baker, chemist and takeaway pizza, in the centre of Forcoli. The valley location is a real sun-trap with the surrounding trees giving a sense of seclusion and being close to nature.
Forcoli is a central, well-placed base for easy day-trips to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena and the coast, most of which can be reached by car in less than an hour. The main cities can also be reached by train from nearby Pontedera.
Neighbouring villages such as Palaia, Peccioli, Terricciola, Lajatico and San Miniato offer a wealth of restaurants, stunning countryside, places of historical interest and colourful festivals to explore. The whole area is relatively untouched by the usual flow of tourists experienced in the better-known Chianti area, so you can get a genuine feel for the local community.
Other Activities: Wine, olive oil and truffle production and tasting, Poggianti shirt outlet. Peccioli dinosaur park
Golf: The Castelfalfi golf course, only 20 minutes away by car, has only recently been re-opened after renovation works. It offers a 9-hole course, an 18-hole course, and a driving range in a stunning and challenging setting.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$534|
|Stay tax||€1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 10 years.|
Security deposit of 500 euros required in cash upon arrival.
Local tourist tax applies.
Prices are inclusive of heating (October-April) or air conditioning (May-September), electricity and gas, Wi-Fi internet connection, regular garden and pool maintenance, cleaning (2 hours per day, 6 days per week) and weekly linen change (Saturdays only).
Pool heating is not included, must be requested in advance and is subject to additional payment of 250 euros per week.
Changeover day flexible during low season.
Pets are not permitted.
Smoking inside the house is not permitted.
The maximum capacity (13) of the villa must not be exceeded.