Valdarno Estate - Villa Gran Madre
Tuscany - Valdarno
Valdarno Estate - Villa Gran Madre - Valdarno
6 Bedrooms – Swimming Pool – Tennis Court
Magnificent 16th century stately home with private swimming pool in the idyllic Valdarno valley.
Location and Surrounding Area. Valdarno Estate - Villa Gran Madre is set in a magnificent private estate situated in the Valdarno, halfway between Florence, Arezzo and Siena. The Valdarno is one of Tuscany's most beautiful regions and is as famous for its scenery as for its wine and gastronomic delights.
If you can manage to tear yourself away from the luxurious estate and private swimming pool, there is a lot to see and do in the area. The valley of the river Arno contains some of the most romantic medieval borghi (hamlets) in the whole of Italy. Within a radius of 15km of Villa Casa del Pozzo, you'll find some of Tuscany's best kept secrets. The hamlet is perched up high on a rocky outcrop and the houses and cobbled walkways have remained unchanged for centuries. It is rather an exclusive hamlet and an addition to its picturesque buildings and boutique shopping, it features elegant restaurants and spa centres. Other nearby villages noted for their historical prestige and unsurpassed natural beauty include San Giovanni Valdarno, Figline Valdarno, Loro Ciuffenna, Castelfranco di Sopra, Rocca Ricciarda and Moncioni.
Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and an art-lovers paradise. It was the centre of the Italian Renaissance movement and the museums, galleries, palaces and churches house some of the world's greatest treasures. The cathedral, baptistry, Uffizi, Bargello, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and the Accademia all have to been seen and once you tire of art and history, take a relaxing wander through the pretty streets and across the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Florence is also home to designer shopping, fine wine and authentic dining experiences. Mouthwatering, thick, juicy Florentine steaks are a local speciality and best accompanied by an unforgettable Chianti wine.
For golf aficionados, the prestigious 18-hole Golf dell'Ugolino is the oldest Golf club in Italy. It even features in Chris Santella's best-selling book, “Fifty places to play golf before you die”.
Florence and Pisa international airports are respectively 50 km and 115 km from the property.
The nearest local shops and supermarkets are in Matassino, 4 km away. Florence is only a 20 minute drive and Arezzo takes about 40 minutes. The drive to Siena takes about an hour and passes through some absolutely stunning scenery. There are tennis courts 3 km from the villa, horse riding at 10 km and golf at 35 km.
The Property. Valdarno Estate - Villa Gran Madre sleeps up to 12 guests in six double bedrooms, each with its own elegant en suite or private bathroom. The sleeping quarters are all air conditioned and there is the luxurious, additional extra of another living room with frescoes and a cozy TV room next to the bedrooms on the first floor.
The ground floor offers a gorgeous blend of traditional Tuscan architecture and furnishings. The spacious entrance hall is a joy to behold and the delights don't stop there. The main living room features three French windows leading out onto the terrace and gardens. There is a second TV room and an elegant reading room with an exceptional stone fireplace. The main dining is ideal for formal meals and there is also a pretty breakfast room with a fireplace for more informal gatherings. The Tuscan style country kitchen is a chef's dream with all of the necessary equipment for creating mouth-watering Italian dishes. There is even a fully-functioning , wood-fired pizza oven where you can try your hand at making traditional focaccia bread. To complete the ground floor, there are two handy, downstairs bathrooms.
The private swimming pool is set in pristine gardens and the poolside area is fully furnished with sun loungers and umbrellas. Snuggled into the grounds, you'll find an exquisite 16th century chapel for intimate weddings and private moments of peace. There is plenty of space for outdoor parking and garage space for a couple of cars on request.
The estate offers a tennis court, a reception area staffed with people who'll be able to give you all the top tips for exploring the area, wine cellars and wine-tasting events on request and the delightful Bottega, a little shop and café selling homegrown, fresh, organic produce.
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- 1 master bedroom with en suite bathroom
- 5 double bedrooms (4 with en suite bathrooms and 1 with a private bathroom)
- Upstairs living room
- Upstairs TV room
- Principal living room
- Reading room
- TV room
- Fully equipped country-style kitchen with dishwasher
- Washing machine
- Dining room
- 2 extra downstairs bathrooms
- Air conditioning in all rooms
- Panoramic terrace
- Garden with BBQ and outdoor furniture
- Swimming pool
- Furnished poolside area
- Private chapel
- Staff (a butler, a maid and a cook for breakfast and dinner 6 days a week)
- Daily change of bath linen
- Weekly change of bed linen
- Pool towels
- Services on request: extra housekeeping (€20/hour), extra chef (€150/meal), laundry service, babysitting (€20/hour, €25/hour at night)