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An old Villa and a charming Cottage in a wonderful country setting near Florence - La Villetta

People8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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

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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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Owner
Gwyn Pritchard
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
9 June, 2017

About Gwyn Pritchard

Email: pritchard.gwyn@gmail.com.

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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Notes

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.


Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Reggello in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • villa
Building Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
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
Bathrooms:
  • 2 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
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
Notes:
A cleaning service is available, and a local cook will prepare a five course dinner including wine for 30 euros.

Reviews

5/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

5

Fantastic place - amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

The house is fantastic - it's warm and welcoming and is fully kitted out with everything you might need. Wonderful views and really helpful owners - highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you had such a good time, and enjoyed our holiday home. You are, of course, welcome to join the list of people who return there regularly.
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5

Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in the downstairs apartment here eight times over the last 20 years. This rural cottage is the most relaxing place on earth. Very comfortable inside, with aircon and spacious bedroom and living room, and an extensive garden with magnificent views of the Prato Magno hills. Everything is spotlessly clean. You can roast indoors or BBQ in the garden, the kitchen is fully equipped. The local villages Reggello and Cascia are within walking distance for all provisions, or there are excellent trattorie and pizzarie. Some of Italy's finest olive oil is produced here, not to mention the local chianti. It's a wonderful place to base yourself if you want peace and quiet. Although it is less than 20 miles from Florence, yet it is in the heart of the Tuscany that few tourists ever visit or see. We thoroughly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful time in a wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

We, and some friends, rented both houses, La Capanna and La Villetta, and both of them were well equipped, clean and suited us perfectly. We basked in the early autumn sun in the beautiful gardens, looking up into the amazing view of the Pratomagno Mountains; we visited Florence, Siena, Arezzo and no end of gorgeous little villages in the area near Reggello. We also ate and drank (a bit too much!) in five or six of the local restaurants. In short we couldn't have asked for more!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Charming, cozy and great value for money!

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed here a couple of times (in both summer and winter) and really love this place. The house is simply but well equipped and very welcoming. The garden is lovely and the views are wonderful. Although it's situated in a quiet little hamlet, there is easy access (very nice walks!) to the local village and nearby town and just a 30-minute drive to Florence. I hope to return again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

An idyllic paradise in the Tuscan countryside

  • 5 of 5

After a long journey from London to Pisa, then from Pisa to the heart of Tuscany, my friends and I were relieved and delighted to arrive at La Villetta: a cottage as comfortable, well-equipped and beautifully decorated as we could have hoped. We unpacked our suitcases and made our selves at home before heading out into the garden, where we were astonished by the stunning views of the picturesque Tuscan hills. We spent many nights lounging out here with a bottle of Tuscan wine (or three) watching the sun set and the fireflies come to life. Alongside the beautiful flowers, trees and bushes, there are many fragrant herbs and fruits growing, which I highly recommend taking advantage of should you choose to cook your own meals (we made a delicious apricot crumble using the apricots from the tree in the garden).

La Villetta is the ideal abode from which to venture out and explore Tuscany and beyond. The nearest town, Reggello, is a 15-20 minute walk away though the winding country roads; there you will find several small shops selling locally produced meat, cheese, wine, fruits, vegetables and some of the world's finest olive oil. My friends and I spent several lazy afternoons on the terrace of Bar di Foffa opposite the church in the town square. We also took a dip at the Lido and went to an outdoor concert of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. I'm not usually one for ice cream, but the gelato from Reggello's gelatoria is so good I had at least one every day. The pizzeria's are excellent - be sure to visit Stagnino's and order their truffle pizza.

Our one concern was that we did not have our own car, therefore we had to rely on public transport. This proved not to be a problem, and we visited Florence (three times), Rome, Siena, Arezzo, Pisa and many other towns. Should you have a car, you will be fortunate enough to easily travel to all the famous vineyards, monasteries and churches in the most remote locations.

The owners, Gwyn and Claudia, gave excellent customer service when we made the booking. Beyond that, we never needed to contact them as all written information provided in the cottage regarding facilities, utilities, wifi, laundry, air conditioning etc. was very clear and thorough.

Whether travelling with friends, as a couple or with family, I recommend La Villetta very highly. You will forge many happy memories of this extraordinary place.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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