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

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking



La Villetta - Downstairs apartment

LA VILLETTA consists of two very similar apartments, on separate floors, each fully self-contained, with its own entrance (the only connecting door, at the bottom of the stairs, can be kept locked). Each apartment has a sitting/dining-room/kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. The house may also be used as a three bedroom house.

The downstairs apartment has many traditional Tuscan features, such as terracotta tiles, and beautiful chestnut wood beams. The backdoor leads onto a small terrace which leads to the large garden with spectacular mountain views.

The sitting/dining-room has a sofa-bed (good as a sofa, but best for children if used as a bed), other seats, a fully equipped kitchen area, a dining table and chairs and a bookcase.

The good sized bedroom has a large double bed, a folding single bed, a wardrobe (usable in either room), a chest of drawers, etc. The bathroom contains a shower, WC, and hand basin.

For use of the whole house please click on 'Ask Owner a Question'

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About the property


Please get in touch by clicking on "Ask the Owner a Question" before requesting to booking our property.

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 spacious sitting/dining-room/kitchen. It is very well equipped, has a wonderful panoramic view of the mountains through the window, and has off-street car parking.

LA VILLETTA is a two-storey house containing two apartments, one on each floor, and each sleeping four people. Both apartments have a bedroom, a sitting/dining-room/kitchen and a bathroom. The apartments can be kept fully independent, each with its own entrance; or, by opening a door at the bottom of the stairs, the building can become a single house with three bedrooms, as the upstairs sitting room with its excellent double sofa-bed can easily function as another bedroom. Used in this is way the house can accommodating up to eight people, making it ideal for two families or groups wanting to holiday together.

People considering booking both apartments to use the whole house should click on 'Ask the Owner a Question'

for more information, including a discount in the cost..

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 village of Cascia and the small country town of Reggello. It is 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 among 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 of Cascia has good restaurants, bars, shops and banks, an excellent swimming pool, 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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Gwyn Pritchard
Member since: 2002
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Gwyn Pritchard


I'm Gwyn Pritchard, a professional composer (classical) and 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 Reggello

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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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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Reggello in Metropolitan City of Florence

Property Type:
  • villa
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Downstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , also a hand basin, mirror, cupboard, towel rail, etc
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 (also sitting/dining room) - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , The sofa bed is fine for children, not for heavier adults
    Bedroom 1 - Downtairs apartment - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , The single bed is a folding bed
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • 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
A cleaning service is available, and a local cook will prepare an excellent five course dinner including wine for 30 euros.


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La Villetta - Downstairs apartment
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

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: 02-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 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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just fantastic

  • 5 of 5

it is a fantastic place. beautifull, clean, comfortable, spacious, pittoresque, silent and near to all cities within the region. go there and enjoy your time.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and lovely location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the downstairs apartment of La Villetta which was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed for our week's holiday. The garden is beautiful with lots of seating areas to enjoy the great views of the Tuscany hills. The nearby villages had nice restaurants and a convenient supermarket. The villa is centrally located and we hired a car to see lots of wonderful places. Gwyn and Claudia's instructions and information guides were excellent as was their customer service. We had a great Tuscan holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 08-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 15-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 09-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Figline Valdarno
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
A1 Rome-Milan
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
127 Kilometres
Marina di Pisa
Car: recommended


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).


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.


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.