LA SELVA Giardino del Belvedere is a large villa with private pool in a botanic garden near Florence
Nearest village: Montegonzi (1 Km)
Swimming pool: private 12 x 6 mt (salt water)
Property features/services: Welcome dinner, Wi-Fi, near town, sat TV, 2 washing machines, 2 dishwasher machines, 2 wood pizza ovens, outdoor BBQ, 2 fireplaces, cleaning 3 day a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), parking, 13 hectares (32 acres) natural botanical garden with a stone amphitheatre, cook available on request.
Surrounded by centuries-old oaks, olive groves and meadows,the ancient stone farmhouse lies nestled in the Chianti hills within a 30-kms radius of Florence, Siena and Arezzo in a vast natural garden.
The villa was built more than 300 years ago; the restoration has kept the spirit of the house, respecting the original architecture with use of hand-made special materials following bio-architecture parameters..
The villa is in the middle of a 13-hectare (32 acres) natural botanical garden (Giardino del Belvedere) with olive trees, meadows, forest of ancient oaks trees, a stone amphitheatre with modern art sculptures and a private salt water swimming pool.
La Selva Giardino del Belvedere is the perfect place to discover Tuscany for a family reunion, a gathering of friends, a wedding or a meeting.
The rooms are spacious, furnished with antiques, yet offering every modern convenience. Giardino del Belvedere is a house for all seasons. The old stone walls keep it cool in the summer sun, while great open fireplaces offer warmth and comfort during cooler months.
Extensive natural garden stretch out towards the mountains on the horizon, with inviting pathways which meander through meadows of wild flowers. The house itself reflects the total peace and tranquility of its surroundings.
The salt water swimming pool, an oak solarium, and lounge chairs and umbrellas sit adjacent to the villa.
We love the fact that the villa and garden function in perfect harmony.
It is a pleasure to welcome guests who love nature as much as we do, and it gives us enormous satisfaction to share in their joy.
GROUND FLOOR: (2 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
- Lunch al fresco
- Spacious living and dining room with LCD TV, Satellite, DVD/DIVX player, Wireless High speed Internet, telephone and large open fireplace
- Music room with stereo, CD player, MP3, iPod docking station, piano. The room has a direct access to the Swimming Pool overlooking the Arno Valley
- 2nd living area with TV and fireplace
- 1 kitchen fully equipped with fridge-freezer, large stove\oven, dishwasher and wood fired-pizza oven
- 1 kitchen well furnished with fridge-freezer, large stove\oven and dishwasher
- 1 bedroom with queen bed
- 1 bedroom with queen bed and extra bed
- 1 bathroom with tub
- 1 bathroom
Separate laundry room with 2 washing machines (in the same building)
FIRST FLOOR: (5 large bedrooms, 4 bathrooms)
- Lounge room with 3 arched windows over looking the grounds
- 1 bedroom with queen bed and en-suite bathroom with tub
- 1 bedroom with queen bed and en-suite bathroom with tub
- 1 twin bedded room (beds can be joined upon request) and en-suite bathroom with shower
- 1 bedroom with queen bed and an extra single bed (on request) w/shared bathroom with shower
- 1 twin bedded room with shared bathroom with shower
La Selva Giardino del Belvedere is located in Tuscany on the Chianti hills within a 30 kms radius of Siena, Firenze and Arezzo.
- 0.6 km from the main road
- 1 Km or 5 min. by car there is Montegonzi, a nice small village dating back to 1191 A.D., here you will discover a lovely church, a good restaurant (Osteria di Montegonzi) with a magnificent terrace overlooking the Chianti area, a food shop with cafè and a post office.
- 1 km from Borgo di Fontebussi, an historic Tuscan village turned resort with hotel, apartments and a top chef restaurant open for lunch and dinner.
- 3 km from horseback riding center
- 6 km from Montevarchi: the main town of the Arno Valley, Montevarchi have a large shopping area, excellent shopping Prada, Gucci, Armani, Dolce e Gabbana factory shop, restaurants, tennis courts, a regular train service to Florence (52 direct trains a day), Rome (8 direct trains a day) and the main Italian cities, taxi , pharmacy, hospital, indoor-outdoor swimming pool
- 10 km from the major highway of Italy A1 (Valdarno EXIT)
From here beautiful roads leads into Chianti area:
Badia Coltibuono, Gaiole, Radda, Castellina, Greve and Siena.
More than any other place, this is a land where tradition and daily life exist side by side in perfect harmony.
Montevarchi, situated in the midst of what is known as unspoiled “wine country” - with its vineyards, olive trees, castles, medieval hilltop villages and churches - is one of the more lively towns south of Florence.
The history of Montevarchi dates back to circa 986, when pilgrims and travelers stopped here on their way to and from Rome; Montevarchi: for centuries the “market town” for Valdarno, Chianti and Pratomagno – and one of the most important in Tuscany.
A meeting place for traders, townsfolk, the local livestock and grain “dealers” and above all for farmers and small local producers who, until the 1960s used all means possible to get to the town squares of Montevarchi, to make deals and sell their goods: free range chickens, vegetables, rabbits, artichokes, olive oils and chestnuts.
Today the area is famous for its contribution to the international fashion industry and boasts the location of prestigious fashion outlets like Prada and "The Mall".
The area has excellent restaurants, a farmer’s market and regular train service to Florence, Arezzo, Rome (with connections to every major Italian city)
I only rent my villa as a private place to one group of guests (family or friends) at a time, being the only residents, the quality and privacy of their stay is guaranteed.
The rates are variable and depending on the number of bedrooms occupied by guests, season and length of stay (rentals usually run by week from Saturday to Saturday).
In case the guests do not rent all the bedrooms the remain bedrooms stay empty and closed; the other area of the villa (swimming pool, garden, kitchen, living room, dining room etc.) remain private to the guests.
Please contact me for rates, in your request include the period and number of bedrooms you will need (response within a few hours).
##### ABOUT US:
My family includes my parents, Paolo and Anna, my brother Andrea, and me, Francesco.
We are from Montevarchi, Tuscany (5 miles away from La Selva Giardino del Belvedere).
Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and cities of art, we enjoy living and working here.
My father Paolo is a horticulturalist and owns a nursery specializing in ornamental plants-- a family business for three generations. He has many passions, and is especially fond of nature and the arts. He dedicates his free time to La Selva Giardino del Belvedere, an ancient farmhouse immersed in a sprawling botanical park sprinkled with modern art sculptures. It is located just 10 minutes from Montevarchi’s historical center.
For the past four decades, my mother Anna has taught primary school. She is dedicated to her job, loves reading history books, and is passionate about culture. Andrea studies political science at the University of Florence. In his free time, he helps my father out, is a Scout leader and plays rugby.
I manage La Selva Giardino del Belvedere and other properties (please check my profile). I enjoy snowboarding, sailing, traveling and exploring new cultures—and speak excellent English, too.
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We can't imagine a more picturesque location to share an American Thanksgiving celebration with friends. Francesco was attentive and kind from the time of booking until the very last minute of our stay. The house is very private, cozy, welcoming and comfortable....and the ground provide endless opportunities for trail running and exploring. We enjoyed finding artistic treasures around each corner. I am trying to think of people I know who could get married at this place...it's spectacular! The 9 adults and 5 kids were all very comfortable inside...the fireplace is divine and with two kitchens, we had no problems preparing a huge thanksgiving feast! Thank you to Francesco and his family for giving us an authentic Italian experience and going above and beyond to help us create the vacation we dreamt of! If you like antiques, I highly recommend booking La Selva for the first sunday of the month--there's a great antique market close by where we found lots of treasures! Book without hesitations!
Francesco welcomed us all to his beautiful villa even though there were lots of us and we were very early!
Francesco provided a delicious welcoming evening meal, which his wife, sons and their girlfriends all attended. Everyone was incredibly helpful and kind. None of us speak Italian but it didn't matter.
The house and garden are decorated with lots of interesting art and sculptures. There are lots of books and a lovely pool. The bedside lights are really nice. The bedrooms and living rooms are lovely - lots of interesting furniture - a bit like my house here in London - definately not run of the mill.
It was very hot while we were there so we didn't do many touristy things, and spent a lot of time sitting in the beautiful garden, however there are loads of interesting places to see, and plenty of good restaurants to eat in. We went to Corona and Sienna. Francesco recommended places to look at antiques and places to swim in natural water. He helped with everything.
It was a lovely stay. Thank you so much Francescoo.
Francesco and his family are by far the nicest, most helpful hosts I've ever met. They make sure to give you a true Tuscan culture experience.
We were there for a month and a full house. Francesco went above and beyond what any of us expected in helping us find places to eat, where to get groceries, setting up cooking classes at the house with their chef Maria, where to go wine tasting... It was just absolutely incredible. One of the best experiences of my life and La Selva is what made it.
The property is *beautiful* and massive with tons of trails to explore and an old country "road" you can hike ~1hr up to Montegonzi (super tiny town with an awesome restaurant).
I can't wait to go back, if for nothing else to meet up with Francesco and his family again to thank them, again. I cannot recommend this house enough. Your life will be better after staying here, trust me :)
Occasionally in life you find something that is not only exactly as advertised, but in fact much much more - La Selva is one such place. This is the third place I have stayed in via AirBnB and it was nothing short of a magical experience. So much more than the 500 words allowed here can describe. In short - GO! The pictures absolutely do not do it justice, this is an amazingly characteristic house, ancient and modern at the same time, with many pleasant hidden surprises. I spent a week there and it was nowhere near enough to explore the entire grounds. There are numerous swimming pools (really, I found another one on day 3!), olive groves, forest walks, amphitheatre, barbeque, random abstract art, spread over 16 hectares - huge place. The house is warm, comfortable, and very beautiful. Most importantly Francesco and his family are extremely welcoming, helpful, and made my stay an absolute pleasure. Looking forward to coming back again next year.
The stay in Francesco's Villa was an unbelievably beautiful and relaxing experience. When we arrived we were welcomed with a wonderful home cooked delicious italian meal with fresh produce from the family's garden. It was a truly warm and lovely welcome.
The villa itself is a place of peace and beautiful nature, you can find all kinds of herbs and fruits growing in the huge garden, take relaxing walks and explore the great sculptures made by France sco's father Paulo. The pool is huge and just wonderful to swim in or relax and watch the beautiful mountains in the distance.
The villa was very clean and comfortable, and the location could not be better, it is far away from traffic, but close enough to Montevarchi for grocery shopping. Thank you so much Francesco, we cannot wait to come back!!!
We had a wonderful Tuscan holiday at La Selva ! I am writing on behalf of our whole group of 6 (two families from South Orange, New Jersey complete with two 10 year olds who are best friends at school) La Selva was perfect for us....day trips throughout central Tuscany, lazy time by the pool and exploring artwork on the grounds, an enjoyable cooking class and dinner, power shopping at the nearby Prada Outlet (Space), a decadent winery tour/tasting, a glorious day touring Florence, and lastly, a heavenly hot air balloon ride. There was something for all of us.
I am convinced that we would not have been able to do all of these activities without our wonderful host, Francesco, with assists from his family members. He provided us with a roster of activity options complete with a GPS and exacting co-ordinates. He also served as a travel coordinator by securing our bookings with various service providers (i.e. private tour in Florence, hot air balloon ride, winery tour/feast, etc)
Francesco is extremely dedicated to his guests. He left for his own vacation the day after we arrived. However, he stayed in touch with us everyday and made sure we were taken care of. We greatly appreciated his hospitality.
The villa was spacious and well -appointed. Maria who served as cook was also a very pleasant addition to the house. The rooms are nicely decorated Tuscan-style and the kitchen is well appointed (even with the option of using an American coffee maker in addition to the European style expresso maker.
There were a lot of great attributes to our stay at La Selva. Perhaps the most impressive was how the Cioncolini family really made us feel at home. We were not tourists but a part of the community. This was evident at the Welcome Dinner where we (the weary travelers) were greeted with wine, a wonderful home cooked meal, and lively conversation with members of their tight knit family and community. At the same time, we had the privacy we were looking for during our stay.
If you are seeking an enjoyable, memorable vacation experience, book some time at La Selva. You won't regret it.
Our stay at the villa was absolutely fabulous. My husband and I were here for 4 days on our honeymoon in Italy and it was one of the best parts. The pictures, amazing already, don't even do the place justice. It's jaw-droppingly gorgeous and we often bust out laughing because we couldn't believe just how wonderful it was! It was clean and tidy. I have zero complaints!
We were there with Francescoo's family (since we didn't need the entire villa to ourselves), and they were warm and welcoming. They even made us a great lunch!
I 100% recommend this villa!