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- About The Experience
This villa, located only 14 km from Florence, is well suited for a large group. It is also close to the small village of San Donata in Collina. Part of the villa dates back to the 13th century, but there are modern comforts throughout, including several bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The private swimming pool and beautiful garden add to the experience and invite all who stay to enjoy the natural beauty of this Italian villa in the Florentine hills.
- Location Description
This property is located 2 km from San Donato in Collina, a typical small Italian village with markets, cafes, and a post office. Due to its location in the Florentine hills, it is only about 15-minute drive to Florence (depending upon traffic!), a city rich in architectural and artistic masterpieces. Visit the Piazza San Giovanni, also known as the religious heart of the city, and you’ll see the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo), built in the 15th century. Other attractions include the Ponte Vecchio where you can go shopping, the Accademia with the famous sculpture of David, and of course the Uffizi Gallery. The centrally located train station provides for easy train access to Siena, Lucca and Pisa for the day.
Florence (Center): 14 km/9 mi
Florence Motorway: 12 km/7 mi
Incisa: 11 km/7 mi
San Donata in Collina: 2 km/1 mi
- Exterior Description
This large property, located in a panoramic position overlooking the hills of Florence and a small lake, consists of 3 parts, the oldest of which was built in the 13th century and was used as a resting place by pilgrims. The garden is accessible from the main entrance and also from a large veranda furnished for outdoor dining. The private swimming pool (4m x 15m) is located in the higher part of the garden, where there is also a changing room and shower room.
- Interior Description
The house has been recently restored maintaining its charming country style but adding all modern comforts.
Ground Floor: The entrance leads to a room with a billiard table, a cloakroom, and a large kitchen equipped with a microwave, filter coffee machine, toaster, blender and a breakfast table. There is a combination living/dining room with a fireplace and French doors opening onto a terrace furnished with a pergola and table for outdoor eating. There is an additional sitting room with a French door opening onto the terrace.
Lower Ground Floor: There is a double bedroom with queen-size bed, accessible only from the garden, with an en suite bathroom.
Mezzanine Floor: There is a sitting room with table tennis that opens onto the garden through a French door.
First Floor: This floor has five bedrooms. There is a twin bedroom and double bedroom (queen-size bed) which share a bathroom. A second double bedroom (queen-size bed) has an en suite bathroom. A second twin bedroom has stairs leading to a small tower (not suitable for the elderly or the very young) with an en suite bathroom. Finally, there is the master bedroom with queen-size bed and a large en suite bathroom with a bath and separate shower.
- Features Description
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
- Cook Service: Upon request
- Extra Housekeeping: 15-20 Euros per hour
- Transfer Service: Upon request
- Concierge Service: Upon request
- The stairs leading from the twin bedroom to the villa’s tower are not suitable for the young or the elderly.
- The bedroom on the lower ground floor is only accessible from outside.
- Housekeeping is provided for 3 hours per day, 5 days per week. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Features and Amenities
- Outside Area - Private
- Outside Dining
- Swimming Pool - Private
- Billiard/Pool Table
- Ping Pong Table
- Concierge Service Available - Extra Cost
- Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
- Housekeeping - Included
- Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
Please note: Official Arrival Times:
- Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 1000 EUR
- Heating: According to consumption
- Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
- AT THE TIME OF THE BALANCE PAYMENT, THE PRIMARY RENTER IS REQUIRED TO GIVE RENTVILLAS.COM THEIR PASSPORT #, ALONG WITH THE DATE AND PLACE THE PASSPORT WAS ISSUED. UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
- Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
- Departure Time: 10:00 am
- Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
* These prices and conditions may change based on your arrival date and length of stay. For exact conditions, please click on the View Availability button, enter your dates, and then click on View Pricing and Conditions.
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Based on 3 Reviews
Peace and Quiet
Everything was wonderful at the villa, very relaxing and clean!
The pool and outdoor dining area with the view was my favorite.
The bathrooms. The shower was a little small.
Very close to the city of Florence.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Florence, not in walking distance.
We had a wonderful stay at the property. Loved being able to pick fresh rosemary, lemons and cherries. There was plenty of space to spread out. We spent most of our time at the pool and at the outdoor dining. Loved that pool towels were provided.
The pool and the gardens are beautiful. There is plenty of space for a large crowd. The master bedroom shower is wonderful!
Some instructions were in Italian so we needed a dictionary to figure out what they were instructing us to do. The stove was awesome but it was hard to figure out the oven. Even the private chef needed help. The last 10 feet of the driveway was a little rough - you need the 4-wheel drive for that! Other bathroom showers were a little tricky getting in/out and using.
We were surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. We took a horseback ride (just 5 minutes from the villa) up to the castle to sample the wine. Wine was excellent - mailed a case home which arrived in less then a week! The estate is absolutely beautiful!
Nearby Events or Locales:
I think the nearest village is Antella which is about a 10 minute drive. No way you can walk there. There is a little bar with an outdoor seating area with a breathtaking view!
Tips or Restaurants:
Ice is not something you can buy at the store. We couldn't even by ice cube trays. If you like ice with your drinks, I would bring a couple of trays. Bug spray would be good to bring. We loved eating at Nuovo Ranch - about a 10 minute drive. Seems like a place locals eat. Food was awesome and we sat outside under an arbor.
GPS is great until you get into Florence then it is a disaster. If you can avoid driving in Florence, do.
Check In Out:
Check-in/check-out was a breeze - although there was some language barrier. I was expecting to be charged for a bunch of little things - especially after reading other reviews for other properties but we got 100 percent of our deposit back. We were left with wine, water and fruit in the kitchen that was complimentary.
We loved it all.
The guest room (bed) without a view that had a different entrance.
Florence and Siena...and the views!
Nearby Events or Locales:
San Donato; it's not within walking distance, but a short drive away.
Tips or Restaurants:
A great restaurant near the villa is Centi Palmi. In Florence proper we liked I Latini. We also had a wonderful chef and her helper from Lucca at the villa one night. I'd recommend that; we booked her through RentVillas.
We did not use the GPS, but it would have made a difference.
Susan And Tony, June