near Arezzo, Italy
- Dining: Breakfast is served daily under the pergola outside or in the villa's dining room, and Francesca prepares 4-course dinners on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from May to September. She can also help you prepare your own meals in the villa's kitchen, and offers cooking classes by arrangement. The top-floor apartment has a kitchenette for self-catering
- Communal areas: There are spacious, elegant drawing rooms in the main house, and a cosy lounge in the annex. Outside are 3 hectares of lovely grounds with fragrant jasmine, box hedges, Italian cypresses, lemon trees, kitchen gardens and olive groves
- Internet Access: WiFi is available in the annex rooms and some communal areas
- Swimming Pool: There are 2 pools in the grounds (open May-September and not heated) - a good-sized, secluded pool for all guests, and a smaller saline pool for adults only. Loungers and pool towels are available
- Spa Treatments: None, though there's a Jacuzzi in the garden
- Recreational: Francesca, the friendly, unobtrusive, English-speaking hostess, can arrange cooking lessons, local activities, personal shoppers and tours of the villa on request
- Weddings and Celebrations: The private chapel could be made available for wedding ceremonies, though the owners are unwilling to get very involved with the planning (more details)
- Meetings/Functions: Not suitable
- Disabled Access: None
- Pets: Welcome by prior arrangement
- Languages Spoken: Italian, English, French
When to go?
Late spring and early summer are best for flowers; autumn is best for the colours of the villa’s surrounding woods and vineyards. High summer is perhaps too hot and crowded for those whose priority is sightseeing in the nearby towns, though fine if you just want lazy days relaxing by the pool. If you want to catch a bit of local tradition, make sure you’re around when Arezzo holds its medieval jousting tournaments (the third Sunday in June and the first Sunday in September). Or if you’re into antiques, come on the first Sunday of any month, when one of Italy’s foremost antiques fairs is held in the town’s Piazza del Duomo.
The family makes its own Chianti and olive oil - both are delicious, so ask Francesa for a taste. And the beautiful old villa is certainly worth a guided tour.
- Dinner by arrangement
- Guest lounge
- WIFI internet
- Outdoor pool
- Jacuzzi/hot tub
- Wedding license
- Pets welcome by arrangement
- Off street parking