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IT916 - La Villetta

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Overview

Property

Updated: 17-Sep-2016
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Description

La Villetta

LA VILLETTA consists of two floors, each with a sitting/dining-room/kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. The house may be used either as a THREE BEDROOM HOUSE (using the upstairs sitting room as a bedroom) or as TWO APARTMENTS, fully self-contained, each with its own entrance. The only connecting door, at the bottom of the stairs, may be kept locked or open as needed.

On each floor one room is set up as a sitting/dining-room/kitchen with a fully equipped kitchen area and a dining table, and upstairs also has a very good double sofa-bed (there is also a more basic one downstairs).

The other room on each floor is a bedroom, containing a large double bed, a folding single bed, a wardrobes, a chests of drawers, etc. The two recently restored bathrooms contains a shower, WC, bidet and hand basin.

The floors are of traditional Tuscan terracotta tiles, and the downstairs has beautiful chestnut wood beams. The backdoor leads onto a small terrace which leads to the large garden.

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About the property

IT916

Set in a small hamlet with spectacular views into the beautiful Pratomagno Mountains, the property includes an old house 'La Villetta', and a separate cottage 'La Capanna'.

LA CAPANNA is on a single floor, and sleeps up to six people in two bedrooms and a very comfortable sofa-bed in the large sitting/dining-room/kitchen. It is very well equipped and has off-street parking.

LA VILLETTA contains, on the ground floor, a bedroom, a sitting/dining-room/kitchen and a bathroom. The first floor is exactly the same, but the sitting room, with its excellent double sofa-bed, can easily function as another bedroom. In total the house can be said to have three double bedrooms, and including two single folding beds La Villetta can accommodate up to eight people.

La Villetta may also be divided into TWO APARTMENTS, fully self contained, with separate entrances, each sleeping up to four people. If the door at the bottom of the stairs is unlocked it gives movement throughout the whole house, making it ideal for two families or groups wanting to holiday together. The PRICES shown are for just ONE apartment; for the whole house simply multiply prices by two, and deduct 10%.

BOTH HOUSES have recently been renovated so as to retain a traditional Tuscan character, and both have air conditioning and all necessary domestic facilities: fridge, freezer, washing machine, etc.

THE LARGE GARDEN with superb views up into the mountains has flowers, lawns, pergolas, terraces with tables, BBQ’s, and lots of quiet corners.

The property is near the country town of Reggello, about 35km south-east of Florence, in the direction of Arezzo (about 50km). This is classic rural Tuscany - old stone buildings and lines of cypress trees scattered amongst olive groves, and vineyards. The mountains offer superb scenic walks, and there is easy access by rail or motorway to Florence, Arezzo, Siena and beyond. The nearby village has excellent restaurants, bars, shops and banks, and the local town has many more facilities. There is enough to do on holiday here to keep you happy for a lifetime!

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About the Owner

Gwyn Pritchard
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2016

About Gwyn Pritchard

I'm Gwyn Pritchard, a professional composer (classical) and a professor of composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London. My wife Claudia is a singer and singing teacher. We are currently in our sixties and getting younger every year!!

Italy is obviously a passion, which is why we bought our property there. However, we love travel, not only to our Italian retreat or for concerts of my music in various countries, but also (when time and circumstances permit) to India, the far east and other far-off corners of the globe.

Other passions we share include painting and sculpture, the theatre, good wine, 'cycling and above all each other people's company.

We have two adult daughters - one a composer like her father, the other an actress (who you may well have seen on the TV).

Gwyn Pritchard purchased this villa in 1980

Why Gwyn Pritchard chose Florence Area

We chose La Villetta when we were looking for a place near Florence where we had many friends and so visited the area often. When we saw the stunning setting of the property we had no doubt it was the place for us, especially as it is ideally located for easy access to everywhere we wanted to visit, as well as for all the things we like to do.

When the neighbouring house, La Capanna, came on the market we bought it both to guarantee the continued privacy and tranquility of La Villetta and also to enjoy it's extensive garden.

What makes this villa unique

We never cease to be amazed by the sheer beauty of the mountains behind the property, especially the ever-changing light on the trees, which we can enjoy whilst sitting or dining in the large garden. The mountains offer some of the best walking in Tuscany, but for anyone who wants less strenuous activity there are numerous artistic and architectural delights locally, or excellent restaurants serving delicious local fare. The wines and oils from this area are world renown and can be bought directly from the producers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The upper apartment of the La Villetta was a cosy place to stay at after busy days out. The place was well equipped and the garden with the beautiful views provided unforgettable moments of relax. The only issue we had was the parking-be prepared to park a few meters away from the villa. Would be happy to return to the place again!
May 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

The upper apartment of the La Villetta was a cosy place to stay at after busy days out. The place was well equipped and the garden with the beautiful views provided unforgettable moments of relax. The only issue we had was the parking-be prepared to park a few meters away from the villa. Would be happy to return to the place again!
May 2016
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Location

From the Owner

We chose La Villetta when we were looking for a place near Florence where we had many friends and so visited the area often. When we saw the stunning setting of the property we had no doubt it was the place for us, especially as it is ideally located for easy access to everywhere we wanted to visit, as well as for all the things we like to do. When the neighbouring house, La Capanna, came on the market we bought it both to guarantee the continued privacy and tranquility of La Villetta and also to enjoy it's extensive garden.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Florence at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Cascia at 1 Kilometres Nearest Train : Figline Valdarno at 9 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A1 Rome-Milan at 9 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Cascia at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Marina di Pisa at 127 Kilometres Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The sea is easy to reach by train or motorway e.g. Marina di Pisa or Viaréggio or Castiglioncello (120 to 150km) but the coast west of Florence can get very busy. We recommend a longer journey to Marina di Alberese (a nature reserve, so no shops etc.) just south of Grosseto (about 200km).

Travel:

Nearest airports are: Florence 40km (very few flights), Pisa 127km (best option) or Bologna 141km. Car hire is recommended but not essential. For getting about locally there are 2 mountain bikes for the use of visitors.

Distances:

The nearest village is Cascia at about 1km, and the small town of Reggello is 2km. Figline Valdarno (shopping, market and station) and Incisa (motorway) are both about 8km.

Further Details:

The local countryside is superb for walking. Other activities available locally include swimming, horse riding and fishing. There are plenty of shops close by for all basic necessities, including a modern supermarket, a chemist, banks and several restaurants. There is a local market on Saturdays. Excellent wines can be bought directly from local producers. For people interested in finding a real bargain in the world of ‘haute couture’ a nearby shopping centre called The Mall is home to the factory outlets of Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, and other top designer labels. Not far away there is a similar Prada outlet.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Low
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£120
for 3 nights
From
£40
£280
£908
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
1 Apr 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£138
for 3 nights
From
£46
£322
£1,044
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
High
8 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£168
for 3 nights
From
£56
£392
£1,270
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£138
for 3 nights
From
£46
£322
£1,044
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Low
28 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£120
for 3 nights
From
£40
£280
£1,040
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£138
for 3 nights
From
£46
£322
£1,044
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

There is a 10% discount for all 2-week bookings, and also for 2 apartments for 1 week. All prices are for 2 people per apartment in the main house or in the cottage. For all additional people there is a surcharge of £4 per person per night to cover the increased utility costs. Use of sheets and towels, if requested, is charged at £8 per person per week.

Negotiable discounts are available for last-minute and long period bookings. Please email or phone for details.

A payment of 50% is payable at the time of booking, and the remaining amount should be paid 30 days before the first day of the booked period.

Prices are in UK Pounds, but payments may in some cases be accepted in euros.

Changeover days are usually Saturday in peak season but are always negotiable when necessary.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

We never cease to be amazed by the sheer beauty of the mountains behind the property, especially the ever-changing light on the trees, which we can enjoy whilst sitting or dining in the large garden. The mountains offer some of the best walking in Tuscany, but for anyone who wants less strenuous activity there are numerous artistic and architectural delights locally, or excellent restaurants serving delicious local fare. The wines and oils from this area are world renown and can be bought directly from the producers.

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2 - Upstairs - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 1 - Downstairs - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms also have hand basins, mirrors, cupboards, etc

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - Downtairs - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - Upstairs - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 (also upstairs sitting room) - 1 Sofa bed/Futon, A good, strong and comfortable double sofa bed
  • Bedroom 3 may be used as a sitting room or as a kitchen/dining-room when the upstairs is rented as a separate apartment. The view of the mountains from this room is amazing.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • A cleaning service is available, and a local cook will prepare a five course dinner including wine for 30 euros.

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