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Property Details

Sleeps:
6 - 7
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Type:
House
Property #:
20434
Nearest Town:
Certaldo (Chianti Area)

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Villa in Tuscany Near Certaldo and the Chianti Region

La Solaia

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About The Experience

Looking to explore the Chianti region of Tuscany with all the comforts of home and more? This newly refurbished accommodation (all on one level!) in a Tuscany villa has it all! The owner, who lives on the estate in the family villa, is American and she's furnished the villa in Tuscany to American tastes. So relax or dine on the covered terrace, hike through the woods across the country lane, explore Certaldo Alto with its Pretorio Palace, or take a day trip to Florence and beyond! There is another large apartment on the lower level, as well as Villa Sella, right next door (with its own pool), and Villa Certaldo, near the owner’s villa.

Location Description

The property is located four kilometers from Certaldo, which has all the necessities combined with small-town charm. Pick up groceries or eat out in the modern section and spend the rest of your day exploring Certaldo Alta, the old medieval village. In July, you may find yourself in the midst of a lively Renaissance festival, complete with street artists, actors, musicians, and more. And don't forget to get your fill of medieval architecture! You can explore the Pretorio Palace or marvel at the profile Certaldo castle cuts across the sky. Like museums? Visit the house of Giovanni Boccaccio (author of the Decameron). Day trips can take you to San Gimignano, Siena, and Florence. Pisa and Florence airports are easy arrival points where you can rent a car.

Nearby Attractions: Horseback riding 6 km, tennis 4 km, vineyards everywhere; nearest wine tasting 3 km.

Lucca: 60 km/37 mi
Pisa: 45 km/28 mi
Volterra: 42 km/26 mi
Florence: 40 km/25 mi
Siena: 35 km/21.5 mi
San Gimignano: 13 km/8 mi
Poggibonsi (train, bus): 8 km/5 mi
Certaldo (train, bus): 4 km/2.5 mi

Exterior Description

The home comprises the upper level of a newly renovated canteen constructed in 1939 by the grandmother of the current owner of the estate. The building was used for wine production for only a few years until the breakout of WWII at which time it served as a safe hiding place for those desperately attempting to avoid capture by the Nazi forces. There is still a hand dug WWII hideout located approximately 30 yards from La Solaia. The home is located on the same estate as Villa Sella and Villa Certaldo, therefore comprises the same property description (animal reserve, cultivated acreage) as these two properties. The structure contains two rental properties, each identical in size and layout. La Solaia is on the upper level; however, its entrance is ground level since it nestles against the hillside. There are no stairs in the home, other than the single step up to enter the home from its private terrace. Thus, it is a very comfortable home for families with children or guests with mobility challenges.

The home is reached from the parking area located just a few meters from the private front yard. There is a private fenced in garden (250 sq m/2700 sq ft) in front of the home. The private covered terrace (12 sq m/130 sq ft) furnished with dining table and chairs, comprises the entrance to the home. All floor covering inside the home and the loggia are Terra Cotta brick. There is an arched shaped double door glass entrance to living room from terrace.

Interior Description

Note: All furnishings and appliances unless otherwise indicated are new (2012).

Ground Floor (All Rooms): Throughout the home the ceilings are constructed with brick inlaid on large wooden beams typical of Tuscany. The walls are white and all rooms have ceiling fans for guest comfort. The table lamps are handmade and decorated ceramic. The wall fixtures are brass. The entire home is covered with wireless internet for guest use 24/7 at no additional cost. All bathrooms are luminous and each has window openings.

Living Room, Dining Room/Kitchen: The front double door entrance leads directly to the living room (25 sq m/270 sq ft) which is comfortably furnished with two large sofas (one is a sofa bed suitable for one, with a 120 cm mattress) and easy chair offering guests a large conversational area with coffee table and flat screen satellite television entertainment. The wood burning fireplace provides a cozy atmosphere. The writing desk offers a portable internet tablet for guest use. The series of 12 hand painted lithographs depicting colorful plants and herbs brings the feel of the countryside into the home. A large arched opening joins the living room with the kitchen/dining room (25 sq m/270 sq ft). The kitchen island provides a spacious and functional food preparation space as it overlooks both the dining and living rooms. Guests have a microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, dishwasher, electric ceramic glass cook top area and electric oven as well as all standard kitchen equipment and utensils. All kitchen appliances and home accessories including pots, pans, plates, and utensils are new (2012). The open dining area offers a large table with seating for 8 persons. There is an antique “madia” or bread cabinet for storage. 10 colorful hand painted lithographs adorning the walls depict various professions from the 1600’s. The in-home laundry room (5 sq m/54 sq ft) houses the washing machine and provides a storage area. An arched corridor (5 sqm/54 sqft) with wood beamed ceiling provides entrance to the wooden double doors leading to the master suite.

First Bedroom: (19 sqm/200 sqft) is light and airy with four windows on the three outer walls overlooks the countryside and contains a queen size bed, two night tables, an armadio, and writing desk with chair. Six hand colored lithographs depict the various counties in England, and an original drawing, Milan 1845, illustrates major nations and their populations. The suite includes a private bathroom (5 sq m/54 sq ft) with double sink, WC, bidet, and shower/tub with sliding glass doors and wall mounted removable shower head.

Second Bedroom: (14 sq m/150 sq ft) has a queen size bed, two night tables, an armadio, and writing desk with chair. The room has three windows overlooking the countryside. Hand painted lithographs depicting English military adorn the room as do prints of Napoleon’s battles. The private en-suite bathroom (4 sq m/43 sq ft) has a double sink, WC, bidet, and shower/tub with glass sliding doors and wall mounted removable shower head.

Third Bedroom: (14 sq m/150 sq ft) has three windows and offers a queen size bed, two night tables, an armadio, and writing desk with chair. Original hand painted lithographs dated 1815 adorn the room as does an original topographic drawing from Sicily, 1892. The third bathroom offering double sink, WC, bidet, and shower stall with wall mounted removable shower head is conveniently located adjacent to this bedroom and is also easily accessed from the living room.

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.

  • Housekeeping: 10 Euros per hour
  • Babysitting: 10 Euros per hour

Please Note:

  • This house is located in the same building as La Vinaia and right next door to Villa Certaldo and Villa Sella.
  • Beds cannot be separated.
  • The pool is open from the beginning of May until the beginning of October. It is shared with the owners, and occupants of La Vinaia and Villa Certaldo.

Features and Amenities

  • Detached House
  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Wheelchair Accessible - Inside Home
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Shared
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Mobile Telephone Available - Extra Cost
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Ceiling Fans - Whole House
  • Fans Available - Upon Request
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Firewood Available - Included
  • Heating - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Pets Considered
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Stay
Oct-28-2017 - Dec-16-2017 $1,888 1 wk
Dec-16-2017 - Jan-06-2018 $2,696 1 wk
Jan-06-2018 - Mar-24-2018 $1,888 1 wk
Mar-24-2018 - Apr-07-2018 $2,696 1 wk
Apr-07-2018 - Apr-28-2018 $2,291 1 wk
Apr-28-2018 - May-26-2018 $2,696 1 wk
May-26-2018 - Sep-01-2018 $3,235 1 wk
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-29-2018 $2,696 1 wk
Sep-29-2018 - Oct-27-2018 $2,291 1 wk
Oct-27-2018 - Dec-22-2018 $1,888 1 wk
Dec-22-2018 - Jan-05-2019 $2,696 1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash or traveler's checks. 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: 350 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Final Cleaning Charge (Payable upon Arrival): 250 EUR
  • Tourist Tax (per person) - payable on arrival: 6 EUR

Other Notes

  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
  • UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Rentvillas.com. Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 38 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Overall:
Good quiet location, comfortable beds, well appointed house and gracious host. Glad it had a washing machine, dryer and clothes line.
Enjoyed Most:
I liked that it accommodated three couples with complete privacy. Each of bedrooms had a private full bath to call our own.
Enjoyed Least:
Garbage sorting was confusing.
Surrounding Area:
It was located within short to medium distances to areas/towns we wanted to visit. Country feel, room to walk about.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Certaldo. It was not within walking distance but only four miles away.
Tips or Restaurants:
A suggested list is provided on the website for this rental. It is very important to remember to bring your own bar soap, shampoo, shower gel, etc. It is not provided. Easy enough to buy in town.
Directions:
GPS did not seem to recognize the coordinates given. We had our host come into town and we followed her to the rental.
Check In Out:
Be prepared with the exact amount of Euros for deposit, cleaning fee and taxes and a copy of your passport and it will work very smoothly.

Gail, May

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Overall:
This was an exceptional experience. The villa is over 400 years old and was completely renovated by the architect owner. His wife Elizabeth is the hostess and is very welcoming and helpful with recommendations for local restaurants and sites.
Enjoyed Most:
Very quiet and secluded but close to town.
Surrounding Area:
Yes, very authentic Tuscany. Winding roads, easy train ride to Florence. And close to other Tuscan towns and cities.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town is Certaldo, about 6km.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a good GPS. The roads are really confusing. Elizabeth has a list of great restaurants and local eateries.
Directions:
GPS, GPS, GPS.
Check In Out:
Check in was a non event as was checkout. Elizabeth made the visit a delight.

Steve, May

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Overall:
Lovely accommodations with beautiful setting.
Enjoyed Most:
The grounds and the size.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Certaldo. Roads not safe for walking.
Tips or Restaurants:
Many good restaurants.
Directions:
We had a GPS but we had trouble finding the property.
Check In Out:
Elizabeth was wonderful.

Linda, May

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