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Large luxurious private villa in Tuscany with private pool and grounds

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 6,350 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

8 bedrooms: 6 doubles (four en suite) and 2 singles, sleeps 14

Fagnana was originally a typical Tuscan farmhouse, now lovingly restored and furnished with the highest quality fixtures and fittings. Much care has been taken to maintain original features such as the typical wooden beamed ceiling, stone stairs and terracotta floors. It sleeps a maximum of 14 people.

The grounds are fully enclosed and access is via remote-controlled gates.

The accommodation is divided between the main house and the 'limonaia' annex (one double bedroom and shower room) which was once a barn. Both buildings are fully air conditioned/heated. The main house offers a well-equipped kitchen, dining room and very large living room. Doors from the kitchen and the living room lead to an open terrace with charcoal barbecue, dining table for up to 10 people shaded by a large umbrella, and a further smaller table with 6 chairs. Just a short distance from this terrace are the steps down to the swimming pool (6m x 12m) which has a brick terrace, shady gazebo and 12 loungers.

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 its day, it was one of the largest agricultural estates in the area. Today we produce three grades of high quality red wine and olive oil and guests are encouraged to visit the cantina to learn more about wine production and sample our limited stock of hand-crafted wines.

There are more than 20 old farmhouses on the land, 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 locally.

The villa: Ground Floor

Large living room with open fireplace and comfortable sofas and armchairs, TV with satellite and DVD player, small dining table. Fully fitted kitchen with oven, large hob, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge-freezer, toaster, kettle, filter coffee machine and cooking utensils. Access to back garden and al fresco dining terrace via the kitchen or living room. Separate dining room, laundry with washing machine and dryer and one double bedroom with en suite bathroom shower only and small private sitting room with door to back garden.

Opposite the main entrance is the Limonaia, a separate building with large double bedroom and bathroom shower only.

First Floor

Small living room with comfortable seating and TV with satellite and video player. Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom bath and shower. In the opposite wing, a double bedroom with en suite bathroom bath only and a further two doubles and two singles which share two bathrooms shower only.

Grounds: The house is surrounded by undulating lawns dotted with century-old olive trees and interspersed with attractive flower beds. The grounds are fully enclosed with an electric gate to ensure privacy.

An open terrace for outdoor dining runs the length of the house at the rear, with a charcoal barbecue, a large umbrella and two tables with chairs for al fresco dining. The terrace overlooks the sprawling back lawn and the pool area which is on a slightly lower level and enclosed by flower beds and olive trees. Sun loungers and pool towels are provided.

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Jenni Bird
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks so much for making us feel so welcome and looked after at Villa Saletta. We all had a wonderful break and wonder whether we should be making plans for a return trip next year.
May 2008
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Pisa Galileo Galilei
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Dar Giannini, Villa Saletta
Nearest Ferry
55 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Pontedera exit from SGC/ FI-PI-LI
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Palaia, Colleoli, Peccioli, Capannoli...
Nearest Ski
115 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
55 Kilometres
Car: necessary

This beautiful villa is immersed in the peaceful Tuscan countryside yet only a short distance from all day-to-day essentials including supermarket, butcher, baker, chemist and restaurants, in Forcoli or Palaia. The hilltop location allows for great views and spectacular sunsets.

Palaia is an old characteristic village with some lovely bars and restaurants but is also a very 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 Peccioli, Lari, 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: Truffle, olive oil and wine tasting

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.


Palaia Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 6350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Free Wifi
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    'Piaggia' - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Bath with hand-held shower attachment
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
    'Valle' - toilet , shower , bidet
    Guest - toilet
    'Limonaia' - toilet , shower , bidet
  • We provide an initial complimentary supply of high quality bath products in all bathrooms.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master bedroom (1st floor) - 1 king , En suite bathroom with bath and shower
    'Piaggia' (1st floor) - 1 king , En suite bathroom with bath only
    'Poggetto' (1st floor) - 1 queen , Shared bathroom with one other bedroom, shower only
    'Molinuccio' (1st floor) - 1 twin/ single , Shared bathroom with one other bedroom, shower only
    'Leccio' (1st floor) - 1 twin/ single , Shared bathroom with one other bedroom, shower only
    'Colline' (1st floor) - 1 king , Shared bathroom with one other bedroom, shower only
    'Valle' (Ground floor) - 1 queen , En suite bathroom, shower only
    'Limonaia' (External annex building) - 1 queen , En suite bathroom, shower only
  • 'Extra large double beds' measure 180cm width x 200cm length except Master bedroom which is 200cm x 200cm. 'Large double beds' measure 160cm width x 200cm length. 'Single beds' measure 140cm width ('Molinuccio') and 160cm width ('Leccio'). Beds are fixed singles or doubles as specified and cannot be altered or moved. All bedrooms have fully independent air conditioning or heating subject to season. All bedrooms have own hair dryer. Bathrobes and disposable slippers provided. Cot available upon request.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Spare fridge-freezer in laundry room. Laundry room has washing machine and tumble dryer, iron, ironing board. Cot with linen and high chair available upon advance request, no extra charge. Housekeeper 2 hours per day 6 days per week included in rental. We provide all linens, towels for bathrooms and pool towels. All sheets and towels changed on Saturdays. Bose docking station for Apple iPod provided. Laptop and iPod can be requested. Satellite channels mainly limited to news channels in various languages. Selection of DVDs, videos and books provided for guests to enjoy. A list of contacts for private services including private chef, tour guides, babysitter, etc., is provided, together with full and extensive information pack. We provide an initial complimentary stock of detergents, tea, coffee, milk, fruit juice, bread and butter and estate wine. Pool can be heated if requested in advance. Pool not covered so temperature can vary, but average 26°C with heating on.


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Large luxurious private villa in Tuscany with private pool and grounds
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

All of us were amazed by the villa. It is stunning, very well equipped with everything you can imagine and has a beautiful olive tree garden. The views around it are spectacular!

We had the most amazing vacation there and hoping to come back some time.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2012
  • Stayed: March 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $586.99
Stay tax $1.17 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 Euro required in cash upon arrival, reimbursed at the time of check-out subject to satisfactory check of the property.
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).
Swimming pool can be heated, it must be requested in advance and there is an additional charge of 250 Euro per week. As the pool is not covered at night the water temperature can vary according to the external temperature. Average water temperature when heated: 26°C.

Changeover day flexible during low season.
Pets are not permitted.
Smoking inside the house is not permitted.

The maximum capacity (14) of the villa must not be exceeded.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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