|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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 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.