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Villa Isabella

Italy, Tuscany

As spacious as it is luxurious, this aristocratic estate is perfect for large family gatherings

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Villa Isabella






In the rolling hills of Chianti near Pievescuola, Colle Val d'Elsa

Travel Information

Florence airport - 50 minutes, Pisa airport 90 minutes

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The perfect villa for a large Tuscan family gathering


The care taken over every detail

Villa Isabella

Arguably the finest large luxury villa available for private rental in Tuscany, Villa Isabella is a Renaissance-style hilltop villa owned for many years by a renowned Roman family. Following a ten year renovation this exquisite villa now offers up to 32 guests the perfect venue for a large gathering of family or friends, or an exclusive wedding under the Tuscan sun. All 16 bedrooms are now en-suite and air-conditioning is available throughout the property. 

The privileged hilltop position of this villa ensures that it is an absolute treat for those who cherish Italian culture and the local way of life. Just 40 minutes from Florence, 20 minutes from Siena and close to San Gimignano, surrounded by Chianti's finest villages, Villa Isabella is perfectly situated in the unspoiled rolling hills of this beautiful wine growing region.

The villa occupies a commanding position on its own hilltop with 360 degree views of olive groves and vineyards, but also offers complete privacy. There are many places to relax or come together for memorable meals cooked by Roberto the excellent chef - a speciality is his melt-in-the-mouth Bistecca Fiorentina alla giglia, served up under the stars with many a bottle of fine Chianti Classico Reserva to hand.

The house is approached through iron gates and a gravel cyprus-lined drive that takes you up to the house. Each building is maintained to impeccable standards with the noble villa as the focal point of the estate. The main house can accommodate up to 26 guests in absolute luxury, while the Dependance can accommodate an additional 6 guests, in 3 more double bedrooms. There is a beautiful 16x8m heated pool, tennis court, croquet lawn, billiard room and spa/sauna/gym to keep everyone happy.

Bedrooms are all en-suite and are beautifully decorated and furnished in traditional aristocratic Tuscan-style. If required, air conditioning is available throughout the property.

Local activities include mountain biking, hiking, hot air ballooning, visiting Florence, Siena and local villages and, of course, exploring Chianti's vineyards.

A common theme that guests feedback to us is how the owners make them feel like guests in their own home, with staff that really care about making a vacation at Villa Isabella one that everyone remembers for a lifetime. This is a private villa with the facilities and service you might expect from a top-notch boutique hotel.



  • Gated entrance with gravel drive up to a central courtyard between the villa, dependence and the owners' quarters
  • Elegant gardens and plantings throughout 1.5 hectare estate
  • Outdoor living room with dry bar adjacent to pool
  • Pool (16x8m, 1.4m deep, with stairs) with vanishing edge; tented pergola and umbrellas for shade
  • Hot tub
  • Pool house with separate changing rooms, full baths and outdoor cold-water shower and sauna
  • Private tennis court
  • Terrace with retractable awnings for alfresco dining (up to 36 guests)
  • Lower lawn with outdoor barbecue
  • Croquet lawn

Garden level

  • Spacious vaulted living room with several sitting areas accommodates 25+. CD player and karaoke machine
  • Three separate but adjoining dining rooms can accommodate 31 people; double doors to patio from each room
  • Main kitchen (professional)
  • Rosso Suite with private entrance from living room or off garden; opens into living room with seating for three; double bedroom (queen) with two private bathrooms (tub with wall-mounted shower, partition in each)
  • Guest bath
  • Gym

Piano Nobile

  • Formal entrance hall reached via stairs from courtyard
  • Bar/game room with mini-kitchen (small fridge for cold drinks, microwave) and game tables
  • Fully restored chapel
  • 'Cavallo' single bedroom with ensuite bath (tub with hand-held shower, no curtain)
  • 'Coral' double bedroom (queen) with satellite TV and ensuite bath (tub with wall-mounted shower and partial partition); separate sitting area
  • 'Limonaia' double bedroom (king) with satellite TV and ensuite bath (tub with wall-mounted shower and curtain). Several steps from the door to the bed and bath
  • 'Rose' double bedroom (queen) with satellite TV and ensuite bath (tub with wall-mounted shower, partial glass partition)
  • Guest bath
  • Entertainment room with seating for ten+. Wall-mounted flat-screen TV with satellite, DVD and VCR
  • 'Affrascati' double bedroom (king) with ensuite bath (enclosed shower stall)
  • 'Green and Coral' double bedroom (king) with sitting area, satellite TV and ensuite bath (massage tub with hand-held shower, no curtain)
  • Full bath (tub with hand-held shower, no curtain); used as guest bath for TV room or terrace
  • Terrace with ample seating and dining tables for up to 12 people

First Floor

  • 'Bricks' double bedroom (twins cannot combine) with satellite TV and ensuite bath (tub with wall-mounted shower, partial partition)
  • Central sitting room with decorative fireplace. Opens to large balcony
  • 'Pompeian' double bedroom (queen) with satellite TV and ensuite bath (claw-foot tub with shower attachment and curtain)
  • 'Gold' double bedroom (king) with private vestibule, satellite TV and ensuite bath (tub with hand-held shower, curtain)
  • 'Bianco' double bedroom (queen) with ensuite bath (enclosed shower stall)
  • 'Peach' double bedroom (queen) with satellite TV and ensuite bath (tub with hand-held shower, curtain)
  • 'Popes' private suite. Double bedroom (antique twins cannot combine) with satellite TV. Private bath (tub with hand-held shower, partial partition) across frescoed hall.

Il Granaio

  • Lower level of the villa. Entrance room with ancient olive press
  • Billiard room with full-size antique pool table
  • Cantina in two round rooms which store villa wines; can also be reached via separate gated entrance from drive

Dependence (available on request)

  • Traforato; Private entrance directly from courtyard into double bedroom (king) with sitting area and TV; ensuite bath (oversized Jacuzzi tub with hand-held shower, double sinks)
  • Vestibule to staircase and first floor; small frigo at the top of stairs
  • Cortile; Double bedroom (queen) with ensuite bath (wall-mounted shower and curtain)
  • Giardino; Double bedroom (queen) with ensuite bath (shower stall)

Owners' quarters (available on request)

  • Spacious sitting room with hardwood floors and east- and west-facing windows overlooking pool and countryside. Double-height ceiling with exposed beams. Sitting area for four on elegantly upholstered couch. Custom cabinetry conceals fridge. Compact but complete kitchen (oven, stove, small dishwasher, sink)
  • Stairs lead from sitting room to loft with round window overlooking villa entrance. Custom cabinets with 'faux' bookshelves conceal generous storage for luggage, etc. TV with satellite can be enjoyed from comfortable seating area for two or three
  • Isabella: delightful double bedroom (queen) also with hardwood floors. Glass door opens to charming 'Juliet' balcony over villa entrance. TV and lovely ensuite bath (illuminated whirlpool tub) with view over garden to the breakfast terrace
  • Contessa: dramatic and elegant double bedroom (king) with draped iron-frame bed and TV. View to the west over the pool. Double-height exposed beam ceiling. Exceptional butterscotch-coloured 'Brocca Siena' marble bathroom (whirlpool tub with hand-held shower) with double sink. View to the countryside

Points of interest

  • Pievescuola, Colle Val d'Elsa: 10 - 15 mins
  • Siena, San Gimignano: 20 mins
  • Castellina in Chianti: 30 mins
  • Florence, Impruneta (Ugolino Country Club): 40 mins
  • Florence airport: 50 mins
  • Montalcino, Montepulciano: one hour and 15 minutes
  • Pisa airport: one hour and 30 minutes


  • Welcome dinner included courtesy of the owner. Continental breakfast; food and service are included. Staff includes four domestics, cook, gardener and director who manages the property for up to 25 guests. Staff works from 8.30am until after dinner, with a two-hour break during the day. Staff alternates time off of one day per week, per person. For groups of 25 or more, an additional maid is mandatory at additional charge. Linens are changed mid week and weekly. Additional linen changes incur additional cost. Up to 40 pool towels are included. Personal laundry is cleaned on-premises and charged per piece. Electricity is included. Complimentary WiFi provided in the villa, including guest rooms, although there is not consistent coverage throughout the property. Fax machine and computer (for checking e-mails) are located in the reception office. The cantina is stocked with a good selection of Tuscan and Umbrian wines at competitive rates. All extras must be settled in euro before guests depart, by cash or credit card. A lodging tax is mandatory on all extras and is calculated on the final bill. Each bedroom has ample clothes storage in dressers, plus an armoire or built-in cupboard, as well as its own safe and phone extension connected to switchboard. Heat/AC can be independently controlled in each room. Groups of up to 25 guests have access to the villa. Both the owner's quarters for four and the dependence for six can be added to any rental for an additional charge. Under no circumstance would these buildings be rented to other outside guests. Villa Isabella has a professional kitchen that is to be used only by villa staff. Child care is the responsibility of the guests. Saturday to Saturday rentals only. Arrival time is 4-5pm; departure time is 10am.

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