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Villa near Florence: Pool, Theater, Vast garden

SuperhostMontevarchi, Tuscany, Italy
Entire villa hosted by Francescoo
16 guests7 bedrooms11 beds5.5 baths
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As seen on: VOGUE, Harper's Bazaar, Condé Nast Traveller, HuffPost, Airbnb Magazine, IG @laselvatuscanvilla

Surrounded by centuries-old oaks, olive groves and meadows, the large 17th century stone farmhouse lies nestled in the Chianti hills near Florence and Siena in a vast garden with salt water pool, contemporary arts, pizza oven and a stone amphitheater.

"The Most Wish Listed Homes Of The Past Decade"
Airbnb Newsroom, 06th Feb 2020

The space
LA SELVA is a large stone farmhouse with private pool near Florence.

Sleeping: 16
Bedrooms: 7
Barthrooms: 6
Nearest village: Montegonzi (1 Km - 0.6 miles)
Wi-Fi internet: Speed test Download 49.4 Mb / Upload 6.28Mb
Swimming pool: private 12 x 6 mt - 39 x 19 feet (salt water)
Property features/services: Wi-Fi, near town, sat TV, 2 washing machines, 2 dishwasher machines, 2 wood pizza ovens, outdoor BBQ, 2 fireplaces, parking, 18 hectares (45 acres) natural botanical garden with a stone amphitheatre, contemporary art sculptures, cook available on request.

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Guest access
Surrounded by centuries-old oaks, olive groves and meadows,the ancient stone farmhouse lies nestled in the Chianti hills within a 40-kms (25 miles) 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 the green-architecture parameters.

The villa is in the middle of a 18-hectares (45 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 is the perfect place to discover Tuscany for a family reunion, a gathering of friends, a wedding (see below) or a meeting.

The rooms are spacious, furnished with antiques, yet offering every modern convenience. 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.

We have just been featured on the "Airbnb magazine" October 2019 issue, to read the story search for "Six Uniquely Italian Design Gems You Can Stay In"

#### ACCOMMODATION:

GROUND FLOOR: (2 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)

- Lunch al fresco (2 outdoor dining areas)
- 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, no dryer)

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

It is important to note that while Tuscany is a very popular destination during the summer months, it is a beautiful place to visit during other months. Starting from early May and until the first week of November we can have outdoor ceremonies and banquets/parties.
Our large organic garden can also host amazing experiences including truffles hunting, mushrooms hunting, olives harvesting with extra virgin olive oil pressing and tasting.
Pools are open from end of April until early November; to view how the garden and amphitheatre change during the year please check our IG photos #laselvatuscanvilla.
Is not possible to host weddings between the 2nd week of November and the 4th week of April.

Other things to note
# WEDDINGs

This listing is the larger villa of our estate "La Selva Giardino del Belvedere" in the Chianti hills.
The estate can accommodate up to 26+2 guests in 3 private villas with 3 private pools surrounded by centuries-old oaks, olive groves, meadows and contemporary art sculptures. Each villa is completely private with his own salt-water pool, large garden and private road. Between the 3 villas the guests can walk or drive a car.
The villas are nestled in the Chianti hills and can't be seen from each others.
The venue is quite secluded and this allows privacy and parties to go on well into the night (no music curfew).

• Our stone amphitheatre and “Il Tondo” (the yoga pavilion) are both special places where is possible to have a symbolic ceremony or a legal civil ceremony celebrated by the Mayor of Cavriglia (we have the licence to perform legally binding civil wedding ceremonies) or a Catholic wedding in the nearest church of Montegonzi.

- In the past 10 years we planned and hosted many weddings (from 20 to 150 guests), we know the area very well including many wedding vendors.

- In the surroundings within 5 / 15 min drive are available 100+ rooms in hotels, resort, B&B, apartments or villas to host extra guests above the 3 villas capacity.
A shuttle bus can be arranged from / to nearby accommodations.

The property is in the Chianti hills only 40 km (25Mi) from Florence, Siena and Arezzo (by car or train) in a 18 hectares (45 acres) natural garden with a stone amphitheatre and contemporary art sculptures. We have just been featured on the "Airbnb magazine” October / November issue, to read the story search for "Six Uniquely Italian Design Gems You Can Stay In"

• La Selva is the larger villa and the wedding venue (this listing)
Sleeping 16 in 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, private salt water swimming pool
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/69439

• I’ Cocolli is 5 min walk from La Selva (or by car)
Sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living/dining room, private salt water swimming pool.
The entire villa have Air Conditioning
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10947699

• Pianellino is 10 min walk from La Selva (or 5 min by car)
Sleeping 4+2 in 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, private salt water swimming pool
The entire villa have Air Conditioning
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/21569751

Please check the last photo of the listing gallery for an aerial view of the entire estate.

When we host weddings the wedding venue (this villa) have to be rented for the full occupancy (16 sleeps) and a extra wedding fee is requested to be paid at time of the booking.

WEDDING FEE INCLUDE:
* On the check-in day a tour of the estate followed by a typical Tuscan dinner prepared by our cook for the guests of the villa(s). My family will be pleased to have the opportunity to welcome you and share our passion and knowledge of the area.
* Use of the amphitheatre for the wedding day
* A special –10% discount for your guests to rent the other 2 villas in the estate. (please enquire before booking to know how the discount is calculated)
* Wedding planning with assistance to arrange the wedding day: ceremony, reception, party and confirm suppliers; most suppliers only speak Italian.
* On the wedding day I will be at the villa for the entire day (12+ hours) to coordinate all the suppliers, to make sure the day itself runs smoothly and everything planned is executed properly.
* Cleaning after the wedding day
* Assistance to arrange extra guests accommodations. Within 5 / 15 min drive from the villa are available 100+ rooms in hotels, resort, B&B, apartments. You will have a dedicated private website to share with your guests to book their stay nearby the wedding venue and on a road suitable for the shuttle bus. The accommodations already hosted 1000+ guests for my weddings and everyone had great experiences. The accommodations will offer the best lowest price. I personally know all the managers and they commitment to offer the best services and best prices for my weddings guests.
* Assistance to arrange extra activities during your stay: pizza party, BBQ party, organic winery visit, truffles hunting, Florence or Siena tour, baby sitters, etc
The wedding fee doesn’t change with the number of people, we can’t have more than 150 people.

My family villa will be like your home in Tuscany and I (Francesco) will help you plan the wedding and other activities during the stay.

La Selva Giardino del Belvedere is the perfect choice for your wedding if you want:

- a bohemian wedding in a vast natural garden near Florence
- the best traditional and authentic Tuscan organic food and wine
- a unique & memorable wedding
- to party until early morning (no music curfew)
- a fun day
- to have no more than 150 guests (150 is the maximum number of guests we can have on the estate for the day)
- to have all your guests within 5/15 min from the wedding venue
- to do other experiences and parties before and after the wedding day

PRIVATE EXPERIENCES (before or after the wedding day):
Tuscany is an amazing land and I love to suggests for my guests unique and private experiences to enjoy and discover a special and less known Tuscany.

- Pizza party at the villa from € 20 per person (pizza buffet for 2 hrs)
- BBQ at the villa from € 35 per person
- Vintage gelato Van at the villa
- Organic Winery visit with wine tasting
- Tuscan Cooking Class or Pizza from scratch
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting at the villa
- Truffle hunting in the villa garden
- Florence private guide tours
- Wine tasting dinner at the villa
- Artisan gelato tasting
- Yoga class at the villa
- Private hiking from the villa
- Bicycle rental (Road, MTB, Vintage)
- Professional massage therapist at the villa
- Private driver for daily tours or Airport transfers

We know the area very well including many suppliers/vendors and we will be happy to have your unique & memorable wedding in Tuscany.

#### WEDDING CEREMONY
Our stone amphitheatre or “Il Tondo” (the yoga pavilion) are both special places where is possible to have a symbolic ceremony or a legal civil ceremony celebrated by the Mayor of Cavriglia or a religious wedding in the nearest Catholic church of Montegonzi

Teatro della Selva (stone amphitheatre)
The open-air private stone theatre was designed and built by the owner. Nestled in the heart of the woods and set against the natural backdrop of spectacular oaks and junipers, the theatre is a perfect place to host private event and weddings. The theatre can seat up to 150 guests and have a good natural acoustic. The use of the amphitheatre is not included in the property rental and is part of the wedding fee.

Yoga pavilion “Il Tondo”
“Il Tondo” is a pavilion, overlooking the Chianti hills located in the highest part of the property 5 min uphill walk from the villa. In case of rain weddings with up to 150 guests can be celebrated in the pavilion.
The pavilion is build with local chestnut and natural stones, the room is big (160 sq mt) and the height is variable from 330cm to 600cm (11ft to 20ft). The roof of the building has a big round window that can be open and natural hemp curtains can close the 16 sides of the building. Next to the pavilion there is a salt water pool, a small kitchen and a bathroom with bath and shower. “Il Tondo” is not included in the property rental and can be rented on request. Check the photos in the listing gallery.

EVENTS or PARTIES:
Any event or party that will take place in the property need to be requested and approved at the time of the reservation.

The villa and garden has been featured in:
AIRBNB: "The Most Wish Listed Homes Of The Past Decade"
AIRBNB MAGAZINE: "Six Uniquely Italian Design Gems You Can Stay In”
VOGUE: "The Most Stunning Airbnb Wedding Venues Around the World"
Harper's Bazaar: "These are the most popular Airbnbs for weddings"
HuffPost Living Canada: "How To Plan A Wedding In Italy"
Harper's Bazaar: "How to experience Tuscany like a local"
Condé Nast Traveller: "How Airbnb Is Competing With 5-Star Hotels (Tuscan. Villas.)"
WEDDING CHICKS: "A Relaxed Rustic Chic Tuscany Wedding With A Limited Guest List”
As seen on: VOGUE, Harper's Bazaar, Condé Nast Traveller, HuffPost, Airbnb Magazine, IG @laselvatuscanvilla

Surrounded by centuries-old oaks, olive groves and meadows, the large 17th century stone farmhouse lies nestled in the Chianti hills near Florence and Siena in a vast garden with salt water pool, contemporary arts, pizza oven and a stone amphitheater.

"The Most Wish Listed Homes Of The P…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
2 single beds
Bedroom 5
1 queen bed
Bedroom 6
2 single beds
Bedroom 7
1 queen bed, 1 single bed

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Wifi
Kitchen
Dedicated workspace
Cable TV
Indoor fireplace
Hangers
Pool
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Montevarchi, Tuscany, Italy

The property is in the Chianti hills only 40 km (25Mi) from Florence, Siena and Arezzo (by car or train)

LOCATION:
1.5 Km (0.9 miles) from Montegonzi, an authentic (not touristic) small town dating back to 1191 with a lovely church, a good restaurant (Osteria di Montegonzi) with a magnificent terrace overlooking the area, a coffee and food shop

3 km (1.8 miles) from horseback riding center

6 km (3.7 miles) from Montevarchi the main town of the Arno Valley with a regular train service to Florence (52 direct trains a day, 40 min journey), Rome (8 direct trains a day) and the main Italian cities. Montevarchi has one of the best Slow Food organic farmer market of Italy (Il Mercatale); the area also have large shopping center with supermarket, fashion factory shops (Prada, MiuMiu, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Dolce e Gabbana, etc) restaurants, tennis courts, pharmacy, hospital, indoor-outdoor swimming pool, wineries and many more activities and services.

10 km (6.2 miles) from the major motorway of Italy A1 (Valdarno EXIT)

7 Unesco Heritage Sites within 60 to 90 minutes (by car or train) from the villa

A car is needed to reach the villa and explore the area (we can arrange a private driver for your group)

During your stay my family villa will be like your home in Tuscany and I will help you plan all the activities.
The property is in the Chianti hills only 40 km (25Mi) from Florence, Siena and Arezzo (by car or train)

LOCATION:
1.5 Km (0.9 miles) from Montegonzi, an authentic (not touristic) small town da…

Hosted by Francescoo

Joined in September 2010
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Life is about experiences, and there is no greater experience than travel. I born in Tuscany and after travelling all over the world I choose to live between Tuscany and Thailand surrounded by beautiful nature and great food. In my free time I like to sailing, cycling, cooking, snowboarding, traveling and exploring new cultures.
Life is about experiences, and there is no greater experience than travel. I born in Tuscany and after travelling all over the world I choose to live between Tuscany and Thailand s…
During your stay
By many generations my family live in this unique and special part of Italy; for the last 20 years we passionately dedicated time and care to La Selva Giardino del Belvedere and to our guests.

We know the area very well and we will be happy to assist you in organizing extra activities or day trips (complimentary benefit for our guests) and make your time in Tuscany unique & memorable.

On arrival I would like to welcome you and your guests with a short walking tour of the property. During the tour I will show the estate and speak about:
• History of the place
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Wines
• Plants and wild animals of the estate
• Useful suggestions to better enjoy your stay
• Nearby interesting places to visit
The tour will be around 30 minutes and will start in front of La Selva main villa.
Guests usually love this short tour

GROCERY SHOPPING
On request we can stock the refrigerators upon your arrival so you can relax when you first get to the house and enjoy the setting. The service has to be requested not later than 5 days before check-in.
By many generations my family live in this unique and special part of Italy; for the last 20 years we passionately dedicated time and care to La Selva Giardino del Belvedere and to…
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House rules
Check-in: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Checkout: 9:00 AM
No smoking
Pets are allowed
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No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm

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