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Private Villa on a Castle Estate near Certaldo

Villa Grandiosa

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About The Experience
Imagine living in a beautiful Tuscan villa overlooking the rolling hills of the Val d’Elsa near the medieval town of Certaldo. In the distance, you see medieval towns dotting the hillsides. You don’t have to imagine, you can be there now! This elegant private villa is located on the grounds of a historic castle dating back to 1210. The estate is a thriving working farm featuring vineyards, olive groves and sunflowers. Visit the wine cellar and treat yourself to the owner’s private labels.
Location Description

The villa is located 3 kilometers from Castelfiorentino, 8 kilometers from Montespertoli and 12 kilometers from Certaldo. Castelfiorentino has all the necessities including a train station. Here you can explore the Romanesque-Gothic church of St. Francis (13th century), the Romanesque pieve of Santi Pietro e Paolo, at Coiano (11th century) and the Sanctuary of Santa Verdiana (18th century). Day trips can take you to Certaldo, San Gimignano, Siena, and Florence. Pisa and Florence airports are easy arrival points where you can rent a car.

Siena: 55 km/34 mi
Pisa: 50 km/31 mi
Pisa Airport – Galileo Galilei: 49 km/30 mi
Firenze: 35 km/22 mi
Florence Airport – Amerigo Vespucci: 30 km/19 mi
San Gimignano: 23 km/14 mi
Certaldo: 12 km/7 mi
Castelfiorentino (train station): 3 km/2 mi
Exterior Description
An expansive garden offers dramatic views of the Tuscan countryside, as far as the towered town of San Gimignano, which is just visible on the horizon to the south.
Interior Description

Ground Floor: The main entrance of the villa leads to a large open living room with an ornate working fireplace and comfortable seating. A beautiful marble staircase winds up to the first floor from this living room and a corridor provides access to the rest of the house. The spacious and fully equipped state of the art kitchen has a large bright breakfast room. A tastefully decorated formal dining room with seating for 12 offers French windows that open to a garden courtyard. The main Yellow living room has a working fireplace, a library alcove with Satellite TV, a computer with broadband line and a fax machine, as well as a piano (fortepiano). There is a double bedroom on this floor and an en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi tub.

First Floor: At the top of the marble staircase, a corridor leads to the 4 bedrooms. The first is the Yellow double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, shower and Jacuzzi bath. The second bedroom is the Celeste with 2 twin beds and a separate bathroom with shower and tub. The third is the Pink bedroom with 2 twin beds (can be pushed together to form a double bed upon request) and a separate bathroom with shower. The fourth is a double bedroom with outside balcony overlooking the front yard. There is an adjacent bathroom with both shower and Jacuzzi tub. There is a laundry room with wardrobe and second staircase leading down to the ground floor.

The Annex: The 12th century medieval tower is adjacent to the villa and has independent access. From the living room on the ground floor, a staircase leads to a double bedroom with its own bathroom with shower. There is a roof terrace with breathtaking views.

The Limonaia: Converted into a casual sitting room with six arched windows, from here there are sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. A staircase takes you to a rooftop terrace.

Chapel: This 13th century chapel with crypt has been dedicated to Saint Bartholomew, which was restored in the 18th century.

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
  • Pre-Stocked Villa: Upon request
  • Linen Change: Upon request
  • Towel Change: Upon request
  • Babysitting: 10 Euros per hour

Please Note:

  • Continental Breakfast is provided Monday through Saturday from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM.
  • Beverages, including water, are an extra cost. Cost of food is due upon presentation of receipts. Meals should be ordered and paid directly to the Manager at least 12 hours in advance. Lunches will be served between 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM; Dinners between 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
  • Maximum number of children allowed: Four (Age 12 or less)
  • There is air conditioning in the whole house, including the annex.
  • Housekeeping is provided daily between 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Features and Amenities

  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • Billiard/Pool Table
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Jacuzzi Tub - Inside
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Computer Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric Tea Kettle
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning - Whole House
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Firewood Available - Extra Cost
  • Heating - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Safe
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping - Included

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Jan-07-2023 - May-06-2023 $10,712
1 wk
May-06-2023 - Jun-24-2023 $12,112
1 wk
Jun-24-2023 - Aug-19-2023 $13,232
1 wk
Aug-19-2023 - Sep-30-2023 $12,112
1 wk
Sep-30-2023 - Dec-23-2023 $10,712
1 wk
Dec-23-2023 - Jan-06-2024 $12,112
1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable by cash, traveler's checks, or credit card (VISA or Mastercard). 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: 800 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Tourist Tax (Daily - Per Person): 1 EUR
  • Gas (for Hot Water and Cooking): According to consumption
  • Electricity (above 300 kw per week): According to consumption

Other Notes

  • Housekeeping available upon request at an extra charge
  • 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

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
  • Peace and Quiet
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  • Outside Area
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  • Kitchen
  • Bedrooms
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Based on 3 Reviews

Customer Reviews

The villa was in the most beautiful setting, the staff was absolutely fantastic and we enjoyed getting to know them and they took such good care of our large group. The living room, dining room were really cozy and we used them often. We loved sitting outside on the patio and enjoying the villa's wines.
Enjoyed Most:
The view was spectacular and so serene. We enjoyed the ease in being able to use all of the villa. Simona and Angelito the cook/butler became our friends and they took care of everyone!
Enjoyed Least:
The bed frame in the master bedroom is a beautiful antique, but was somewhat creaky and kept us up at night. This is a very historic home; we felt that some of the bathrooms might benefit from updating.
Surrounding Area:
The beauty of the land and tranquility.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town was Castelfiorentino and it was not walking distance. We took a taxi to a restaurant.
Tips or Restaurants:
I was very organized in planning ahead and stocking the Villa with food staples and spirits ahead which was great because people felt very comfortable in helping themselves to what they needed. I arranged for different experiences for dinners ahead and would highly recommend that.
The directions were good, the only thing is they need to really improve the dirt road leading to the villa.
Check In Out:
Stefano was very nice and explained everything very well.

Vesna, May

The property was better than our lofty expectations. We were treated warmly and everything that was done for us and our family and guests exceeded our imagination.
Enjoyed Most:
View, comfort, peace and quiet, pool. The wine cellar is fantastic--lots of well-ages wines at very reasonable prices. Try the house red and white.
Enjoyed Least:
Initially hard to find. Probably a virtue since no one else comes by.
Surrounding Area:
Vineyards - we walked them and learned a lot about the grapes and olives
Nearby Events or Locales:
Castelfiorentino was the closest town. Not walkable due to the steep and twisty terrain.
Tips or Restaurants:
Use the train in Castelfiorentino to go to/from Siena and Florence - even from Rome. Trains are every 20-35 minutes during the day, are comfortable, affordable and arrive in the middle of these cities. Forget the hassle of parking!! San Gimignano is easily visible from the villa. By car it is 25 minutes. Nearby is Tenuta Torciano - schedule a lunch and wine tasting - you'll not regret it. Bring bug bite and repellant. Little flies and mosquitos bothered some folks after a rain. Visit the ceramics shop in Montespertoli (you can see this town from the Villa). Huge handmade selection and good prices. Lady doesn't understand English but she nevertheless can communicate - she's a hoot!
Unsure. GPS gets you close but unless you know where the entrance is, you'll still wander a bit.
Check In Out:
Worked fine for us since I speak passable Italian. I doubt it would be a problem for anyone. The biggest issue is having to pay cash for Simone, Christy and the food/wine. The local ATMs only allow 200 Euro a day. I found the bank machines in Siena would give out much more.

Ken, August

A once in a lifetime experience at this spectacular historic castello.
Enjoyed Most:
The setting, the authenticity and the superb staff.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing, we loved it.
Surrounding Area:
Easy access to Castelfiorentino, Certaldo, Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena and Firenze. Excellent train station in Castelfiorentino, and supermercato Coop's.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Castelfiorentino, easy walk to town... Ride back to the villa.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring the kids and grandkids. Excellent restaurants in Certaldo Alto and Basso.
Used GPS, no problem.
Check In Out:
Easy check in/out facilitated by the staff.

Gerald, May