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Scaparzi

Casole d'Elsa

A villa and pool on a Tuscan winery with sweeping panoramas

  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • Private Pool
  • Wifi
  • Air Conditioning

A sweeping cypress-lined avenue draws a line between the vineyards on either side, leading to this beautiful and elegant villa on a ridge in Central Tuscany, close to Casole d'Elsa, San Gimignano and Siena. This is a beautiful holiday villa for 14 people with a mosaic-lined infinity pool looking out over the rolling hills of Western Tuscany. The main house has plenty of living accommodation for all, both inside and out, and is a house designed for luxurious relaxing and exploring. The house sits at the centre of fields of vineyards producing excellent wines.

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Accommodation

The end of the cypress-lined drive opens to a wide piazza in front of the main house that is framed by a large terracotta patio and furnished dining pergola on one side and an annex accommodating two apartments on the other. Entrance to the villa is via a short entrance hall with a stairway to the upstairs ensuite bedrooms, a guest WC, and opposing doors to the living and the kitchen areas that run the length of the house. The generous living room has sofas in front of an open pietra serena fireplace as well as a long cushion-strewn divan facing a satellite TV. While wide french doors open directly out to the back patio and pool area, an arched hallway connects the living area to the kitchen and dining side of the house.

The dining room, itself a later addition to the main house, is a very generous space and filled with light pouring through two large sliding glass doors at either end. Furnished with a table seating 14 and having direct access to the patio, garden and pool, this room immediately speaks to conviviality and the spirit of being on holiday. A short hallway leads to the kitchen, consisting of two rooms separated by a wide arched opening. Though its marble counters and wooden cabinets give it a country look, there is no end to the modern appliances useful in preparing meals for a hungry crowd. A door off the kitchen means it is a short walk to bring dishes to the pergola furnished for meals al fresco.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, one double and two twin/doubles, each with an ensuite shower room. The bedrooms are all spacious, bright and furnished with charming country antiques and the shower rooms have modern fixtures and roomy showers. Also on this floor is a games room, with a round wooden card table and a side buffet featuring brochures on local sites and activities.

The annex consists of two apartments, each with its own fully-equipped kitchen, living/dining area and two bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms. With the apartment entrances on different sides of the building and individual outdoor eating areas, these accommodations provide a large group with greater options for small family units or guests who appreciate fewer stairs or a bit more privacy.

Nice little touches:

  • An excellent wine matures quietly in oak barrels beneath the terrace - Be sure to take up an offer for tasting.
  • This villa sits in quintessential Tuscany with the views you'd expect - stalwart cypresses, rows of grapevines and receding hills crowned by villages.

Good to know

  • This property requires a cash deposit of €1000 to be handed in upon arrival. This will be returned on departure, minus any costs for damages.
  • In the shoulder seasons it is possible to take this property for fewer guests. Speak to your agent about adjustments in cost.


Villa Details

  • Private Pool
  • Air-conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Central Heating
  • WiFi internet
  • Mid-week cleaning
  • All bedrooms ensuite
  • Winery on site
  • Pets welcome with prior notice

What's included

  • Air conditioning included
  • Central heating included
  • Pool towels provided
  • Mid-Week cleaning included (2 hrs a week)
  • Final cleaning included

Extras on request

  • Arrival groceries available on request
  • Catering available on request
  • Cooking lessons available on request
  • Italian language lessons available on request
  • Extra cleaning available on request
  • Extra linen change available on request
  • Wine tasting offered on site, with wine on sale in the enoteca
  • Transport and tours can be arranged

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • 1 double bedroom in the main house
  • 2 twin/double bedrooms in the main house
  • 3 bathrooms with showers in the main house
  • 2 double bedrooms in the upper annex
  • 2 bathrooms with showers in the upper annex
  • 1 double bedroom in the lower annex
  • 1 twin/double bedroom in the lower annex
  • 2 bathrooms with showers in the lower annex
  • Hair dryer in each bathroom

Kitchen equipment

  • 3 fully equipped kitchens
  • Ovens
  • Microwave in main house
  • Dishwashers in main house and both cottages
  • Toaster
  • Italian and American coffee makers
  • Kettle

Amenities

  • WiFi internet
  • Satellite TV in main house and cottages
  • DVD player in he main house
  • CD player/radio in main house
  • Fireplaces in living rooms of main house and cottages
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Baby bed and high chair available on request
  • 2 portable fans available

Outdoors

  • Fenced pool: Dim: 5 x 10 m.; Depth: 1.40 m. throughout. Open May to October
  • Pizza oven near pool area
  • Barbecue
  • Panoramic furnished covered terraces
  • 2 mountain bikes available on site

Nearby

  • 6 hole course nearby and 18 hole course in 25 minutes
  • Tennis court nearby, in Colle di Val d'Elsa

Local area

Though nearby Mensano offers a nice restaurant and village life on a small scale, it would be hard to ignore the lure of the two larger villages seen on the horizons – Casole d’Elsa and Radicondoli. Both bustle along in their inimitable Tuscan fashion, with residents and visitors meeting in piazzas and meandering side streets and caught up in colourful summer festivals – Casole’s Palio horse race in early July and Radicondoli’s Music and Arts festival in August. Not much further afield are towns which wear their centuries with grace: Volterra, of ancient Etruscan origins, sits high on its steep hill and is famous for its Roman ruins, Etruscan museum and alabaster workshops, whereas San Gimignano, the UNESCO-acclaimed town famed for its 14 medieval towers, draws visitors to its well-preserved ancient streets, outdoor concerts, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano, one of Tuscany’s few white wines.

Scaparzi, like the nearby Chianti region, sits between two ancient cities, Florence and Siena; once fierce rivals, both are must-visit destinations prized for their walkable, well-preserved historic centres. Thanks to its position on the ancient pilgrim’s path to Rome, Siena saw its golden days in the Middle Ages and it may seem that the city layout has changed little since then with life radiating out from one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy. Florence, straddling the Arno river, is a jewel box of Renaissance power and artistry. Though a guidebook is handy as you navigate its museums, a meander through its non-grid cobbled streets quite often results in joyous discovery. And at the end of the day after the rewards of venturing, returning to Scaparzi’s spacious comforts and meditative views is in itself a pleasure.

Where is Scaparzi?

Distances:


  • Florence airport 1 hr.
  • Pisa airport 1 hr 30 mins.
  • Rome Fiumicino airport 3 hrs
  • Nearest train station in Colle di Val d'Elsa 20 km
  • Bar, grocery and restaurant in Mensano, 2 km
  • All services and summer festivals in Casole d'Elsa, 7 km
  • Restaurants and shops in Radicondoli 13 km
  • Supermarket in Colle Val d'Elsa, 20 km
  • Etruscan Volterra 30 km
  • Medieval San Gimignano 30 km
  • Siena 45 km
  • Florence 73 km
  • Pisa 1 hr 45 mins
  • Lucca 1 hr 45 mins
  • Coast 1 hr 30 mins

Prices and availability

From € 1120 a day for the villa.
€ 7840 to € 9310 per week.
That's from € 80 per person per day, based on 14 sharing.

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