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Villa di Renai

Italy, Tuscany

A breathtaking traditional villa with unrivalled views over the rolling Italian countryside

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Villa di Renai

Bedrooms

6

Sleeps

12

Location

Near Florence

Travel Information

Florence Airport 35 minutes

Villa di Renai

The breathtaking Villa di Renai allows guests to see Tuscany at its most idyllic. The views over the rolling Italian countryside are second-to-none and the villa is conveniently located outside a charming town. There is much opportunity to explore the intricate maze of country lanes and the magnificent city of Florence is no more than a 40-minute drive away. The area is full of idyllic villages to explore: San Casciano in Val di Pesa and San Gimignano are popular and accessible within 15 - 25 minutes.

The family members of the Florentine dynasty who own this property took great care in its restoration and certainly their impeccable Italian taste is obvious throughout this villa. The restoration also involved a certain degree of modernisation while simultaneously maintaining the original architectural features.

Villa di Renai's beautiful paved courtyard is found at the heart of this magnificent property and can be reached by a short drive on an dirt road. It is steeped in history and your first glance will allow you to take in the 11th century Torre, the 13th century chapel and the villa itself which dates from the 16th century.

Old cotta bricks reach from the courtyard to a front dining terrace set beside the limonaia, with breathtaking views across the countryside. On the terrace there are two glass-topped iron tables seating 12 comfortably for dining al fresco. A large white umbrella has been added to protect from the heat of the midday sun. The central lawn with an extraordinary magnolia tree overlooks the pool terrace below and countryside beyond.

Grounds

  • Gated entrance up steep drive to open, shaded parking area for three to four cars
  • Paved courtyard with access to villa. Tower, chapel, front terrace, side terrace and lower pool terrace
  • Central lawn with dominated by lovely old magnolia tree, railing open to view
  • Front terrace, comfortably seats 12 and furnished for al fresco meals and relaxing, awnings for shade
  • Limonaia just off front terrace converted to casual sitting room with seating for at least ten guests
  • Side terrace for lunch, seats 12. Shaded by tall umbrella pine and view over neighboring farms; stays cool until 2pm so recommended for lunch
  • Gated stair leads down to pool (10x5m) with panoramic view, loggia with sun beds, fridge for cold drinks and cold-water shower. Adjacent enclosed lawn, ideal for lawn games
  • Restored, consecrated 13th century chapel
  • Direct access to original cantina, wine press and carpenters table. Open on request

Ground floor

  • Entrance hall with two seating areas for a total of ten - 12 guests. Flatscreen TV and satellite. Three double doors open to front courtyard. Stone stairs to upper level
  • Dining room for 12 with working fireplace. Double doors open to courtyard
  • Living room with seating for 11 with working fireplace and TV with VCR (PAL). Double doors open to courtyard
  • Studio with computer (WiFi), fax, CD/Tape player/radio
  • Well equipped kitchen with separate breakfast area for eight
  • 'Barbarossa' double bedroom (king) with ensuite bath (tub with hand-held shower, hydro-massage)
  • Guest bath

First floor

  • Upper hallway with entrance to private staff quarters
  • 'Yellow' double bedroom (king/twins) with ensuite bath (tub with hand-held shower plus enclosed shower stall)
  • 'Celeste' double bedroom (king/twins) overlooking the front terrace and countryside
  • Private bath (tub with hand-held shower, enclosed shower stall, double sinks and separate WC)
  • 'Pink' double bedroom (king/twins) with view over magnolia tree and countryside view
  • Private bath (tub with hand-held shower, shower stall and hydro-massage tub)
  • 'Julia' double bedroom (king) with decorative fireplace and TV with DVD (US format). Double doors onto balcony
  • Private bath (tub with hand-held shower, shower stall)
  • Laundry room (washing machine)

Torre

  • Direct entrance from courtyard into living room with seating for up to six. Stairs to upper level
  • 'Tower' double bedroom (king) with working fireplace and ensuite bath (enclosed shower stall). Step up to Juliet balcony. Stairs to roof terrace

Points of interest

  • Montespertoli, Castelfiorentino: five - 10 minutes
  • Cerbaia: 15 minutes
  • San Casciano in Val di Pesa: 20 minutes
  • San Gimignano: 30 minutes
  • Florence, Florence airport: 35 minutes
  • Castellina, Radda, Greve, Pisa: 40 - 60 minutes
  • Siena, Lucca, Viareggio: one hour

Notes

Welcome dinner included, compliments of the owner. Continental breakfast included Monday - Saturday (both food and service). Additional shopping and cooking available at additional charge. Cleaning is included three hours each morning, Monday - Saturday. Additional hours available, including Sunday, at additional charge. Weekly linen change included; additional linens on request at additional charge. Personal laundry on request at additional charge. Electricity included up to 300 kWh per week. Additional use is charged to guest based on consumption. Complimentary WiFi covers the studio and living room.  Computer available for guest use to check e-mail. Staff couple (cook and caretaker) live in private apartment in villa; they are helpful, gracious and very discreet. Mass can be arranged on-site and in English, with advance notice. Rentals run Saturday to Saturday from June till September. There is some flexibility for rentals in other months. Additional days are prorated, for stays of more than one week. Arrival time is 4-5pm; departure time is 10am.



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