Tuscany - Tavarnelle
Torre Ugolino – Tavarnelle - Tuscany
5 Bedrooms – Pool - SPA
Location and Surrounding Area. Torre Ugolino is an exquisitely restored, medieval property with its structural origins dating back to the year 1000. It was first noted in historical records in 1127 when it was part of a present to the Bishop of Florence and even gets a mention in Dante's Divine Comedy. The castle is nestled in the fabulous Chianti hills, deep in the heart of the enchanting Tuscan countryside between Florence, Pisa and Siena and close to several famous vineyards producing some of the world's finest wines: the Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Tignanello for example. The whole area is steeped in history with unchanged, medieval towns perched on hillsides, including the unforgettable San Gimignano with its high medieval towers.
Siena is medieval gem, famous for its architecture, the Campo central piazza and the Palio horse race, which is held twice every summer. The Palio and the Campo piazza both featured in the James Bond Quantum of Solace film and as you sip a cappuccino in the piazza, it's hard not to slip into film-star mode as you watch the world go by.
Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and an art-lover's paradise. It was the centre of the Italian Renaissance movement and the museums, galleries, palaces and churches house some of the world's greatest artistic treasures. The Piazza del Duomo is one of the most visited places in Europe. The Bell Tower next to the cathedral was designed by Giotto and the climb up its 414 steps is well worth the effort for the astounding view from the top over Florence and the surrounding hills. The Uffizi, Bargello, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and the Accademia have to been seen and once you tire of art and history, take a wander through the pretty streets and across the Ponte Vecchio bridge which spans the River Arno. Florence is also home to designer shopping and fine wine and dining experiences. Thick, juicy Florentine steaks are a local speciality and best accompanied by a delicious, local Chianti wine.
The castle is close to one of the most seductive golf courses in Tuscany and golfers can play for most of the year, thanks to the warm Tuscan climate. There are two courses (the Lake Course and the Mountain Course) with a total of 27 holes, a driving range, covered areas for golf clinics and a Club House with panoramic terrace and café. In 2011, the 18 hole Mountain Course was awarded 3rd prize in the prestigious Golf Inc Renovation of the Year.
Torre Ugolino is only 5 minutes from the nearest village, 30 km from Florence, San Gimignano and the Ugolino Golf Club, 40 km from Siena, just over half an hour from Florence international airport.
The Property. Torre Ugolino today is an interior designer's dream with modern fittings and a marvellously eclectic selection of top quality art, décor and furnishings. The accommodation is comfortably spread out over the main house and the magnificent tower. It sleeps 11 + 4 guests in five double bedrooms, one of which has a bunk bed, which would be ideal for a child. The master bedroom is in the main house and features a luxurious en suite bathroom, a dressing area and a terrace. The other double bedroom in the main house also has an en suite bathroom.
The Tower offers three double bedrooms, one with an en suite and the other two share a spacious bathroom. Of these two bedrooms sharing a bathroom, one is a double and the other is a twin. The twin bedroom contains the extra bunk bed.
If extra beds are required, a double room and a twin room can be made up in the spa area and they would share the spa bathroom.
The downstairs living areas are marvellous with abundant space, comfort, beauty, originality and light. Many of the original features, such as the timber-beamed ceilings, deep set windows and brick archways have been preserved and then brilliantly contrasted with modern fixtures. The fully-equipped kitchen is guaranteed to become a morning meeting place for lengthy brunches as you sit around the breakfast bar and decide which mouthwatering menus you are going to enjoy that evening. You can choose whether to dine indoors in the more formal dining room or outside al fresco as the Italians do in the summer months.
The gardens are surrounded by leafy woodlands and are a delightful place in which to spend time relaxing. The swimming pool is plenty big enough for everyone, there is a handy outdoor shower and the poolside area is fully furnished with sun loungers, umbrellas, tables and chairs.
- 3 Double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
- 1 Double bedroom with shared bathroom
- 1 Twin bedroom with an extra bunk bed and shared bathroom
- Living areas
- Dining room
- Kitchen with central island and breakfast bar
- Wine cellar/tasting room
- Games room with bar and table football
- Office/study space
- Air conditioning and heating
- Washing machine and dryer
- Iron and ironing board
- TV and sound system
- Infinity swimming pool
- Outdoor shower
- Various shady outdoor eating areas
- Hot tub and sauna
- Pizza oven
- Children's playground
- Table tennis
- Daily maid service (07:30 – 18:00)
- Breakfast chef (08:30 – 14:00)
- Dinner chef (17:30 – 22:00)
- Extra services on request: extra accommodation in the spa area (1 double + 1 twin with shared bathroom), pre-arrival fridge filling, airport transfers, chauffeur, tours, activities and excursions, babysitting, butler (18:00 – 23:00), baby crib
* Please note: the included amenities may vary according to final agreement, make sure to check your contract for complete list.