About this listing
Nearest village: Montebenichi (3 Km)
Swimming pool: private 10 x 5 mt
Property features/services: On hilltop panoramic position, AC, near village, near restaurants, maid, BBQ, Pizza oven, Tv
Property features/services: Air conditioning, near village, near restaurant, sat TV, Wi-Fi internet, washing machine, dishwasher machine, outdoor BBQ, parking.
The Villa stands stands atop a hill in the south east Chianti, in Valdambra a place that has amazingly preserved the beauty and genuine aspects of its land.
The small hamlet of Montebenichi is the nearest village (3km) with a great restaurant and a 4 star hotel. The villa is halfway between Siena and Arezzo; this is an excellent starting point for discovering the artistic, natural,food and wine wonders of central Tuscany
This large stately, secular estate, dating from the early 1200s, once belonged to the powerful Medici family, and is now property of an illustrious Tuscan family.
Today's descendants, after brilliant careers as fabric makers to all the top fashion designers in the world, are putting the property through a monumental restoration of the vineyards, the villas and the winery.
The Villa was built by the grand duc of Tuscany Leopoldo II of Lorena, in fact its style is called 'Leopoldine'. It dominates two gentle hills with 360° degree views of rolling hills that spread as far as the eye can see.
The villa is completely independent and offers all the modern comforts and has been decorated respecting the traditional style of the time maintaining the original architectural features.
The scenery around the property is typical of the pictures painted by the Renaissance artists.
It has sweet hills and sweeping valleys, marked by noble cypress trees and adorned with vineyards, olive groves, and large forests of oaks, giving shade from the heat of the summer, the woods have trails and road for walks, mountain biking and horseback riding.
The Castle (build in 1134) was the last post in the state of Florence, protecting the Ambra valley, situated on the border between Siena and Florence. In 1554 a Senese and French army attacked and destroyed the castle, at that time a Medici property. In the 18th century the Castle was converted into a beautiful villa.
Villa Riccardo is the twin sister of Villa Leone, situated on the hill next to it (at approx. 200 mt).
The villa has a total of 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms in a 565 sqm two floors indipendent villa.
Air conditioning in all the rooms.
All bedrooms are comfortable and finely furnished according to the Tuscan country style; the wooden beam and terracotta ceilings, as well the other details of the interiors, all remind you of the glorious past of the villa.
a wide hall
very spacious kitchen, fully equipped (fridge/freezer, toaster, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine),
with raised original fireplace
large dining room with a long dining table opening onto garden on the side of the swimming pool accessed by two French doors.
living-room with fireplace and a separate TV room
1 twin bedroom (beds can be joined upon request)
1 bedroom with queen size beds
2 bathroom with shower
FIRST FLOOR accessed from the dining room:
4 bedrooms with queen size beds
4 en-suite bathrooms with showers.
1 twin bedroom with bathroom.
IN THE TOWER:
From the first floor landing you access the beautiful tower which has windows all-round;
here you find 1 extra double bedroom with a queen size bed with en-suite bathroom with bathtub.
The annexe, a completely renovated barn at only 6 mt from the villa, 135 sqm and sleeps 6.
The annexe can be rented only together with the villa.
large room mainly used as a living room or playroom
1 bathroom with shower.
2 communicating rooms with 6 single beds.
The annexe is ideal for children of a large party renting the entire villa.
Garden and view:
The Villa stands in a panoramic position overlooking the unspoiled valley below; there is a private garden with garden furniture and a large built-in barbecue. The villa and the pool are surrounded by ancient oak trees that offer ideal shaded spots to have a nap on a hot summer's afternoon or a quiet read.
On one side of the house there is a large covered porch of 54 sqmts, with a huge marble and iron table for dining 'al fresco'.
The villa has its own private pool with sunbeds in a beautiful panoramic position. Size: 1(URL HIDDEN)depth 1.40 m all over.
Private parking available on the property.
The Villa stands on the top of a hill at the far south east end of the Chianti hills, in Valdambra a place that has amazingly preserved the beauty and genuine aspects of its land. Montebenichi (3 km) is a nice small village, halfway between Siena and Arezzo.
This is an excellent starting point for discovering the artistic, natural and food and wine wonders of this area.
From Montebenichi, Chianti road tracks wind around the woods, the olive groves and the vineyards and take you to medieval villages and imposing castles.
Along the roads you can find vineries that you can visit on guided tours, tasting wines, oils and other local produce.
If you are wine enthusiasts, why not travel south west to Montalcino, a well-known area for its important Brunello wine, or south east to Montepulciano where it is possible to taste the no less well known Vino Nobile?
Slightly south of Montebenichi, the territori of the Crete Senese offers extraordinary, unique views and the thermal spa town of Rapolano, with its natural hot springs of sulphuric-calcium thermal waters that come out of the ground at 38°C.
Many cities of art can be visited from the villa. Florence can be reached in one hour drive as well as some cities in Umbria, such as Perugia, Orvieto and Assisi. Driving to Siena or Arezzo will take around 30 minutes. Other special places such as Florence, Cortona, Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino and San Gimignano are all within easy distance for a day trip.
Montevarchi is the nearest big town with 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.
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)
Sport activities in the area:
Tennis, horseback riding and bicycle rental .
Polo Clubs: There are two Polo clubs a very short distance from here (5 minutes away) that have games very often during the weekends and can be watched.
in Montevarchi "Prada, MiuMiu, Church's and Car Shoe" 10 minutes drive
in Reggello/Leccio The-Mall "alexander mcqueen, armani, bottega veneta, burberry, dior, zegna, fendi, gucci, roberto cavalli, salvatore ferragamo, sergio rossi, tod's, valentino, yves saint laurent (URL HIDDEN)
18-hole golf at Circolo del Golf dell'Ugolino, within 60 minutes.
The villa is available for rent only 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).
# INCLUDED SERVICES:
• Private Swimming Pool open from 04 May to 02 November
• Wi-Fi internet
• Air conditioning / Heating according to consumption
• Linens for bed, bath and table
• Pool towels
• Weekly change of linens
• Washing machine
• Dishwashing machine
• Electricity, Water
• Sat TV, Hi-fi
• Barbecue, Fireplace
• Wood pizza oven
• Gas for kitchen use
• Car parking in the property
• Final Cleaning
# NOT included / available on request:
• First grocery shopping (shops are closed on Sunday)
• Air conditioning/Heating consumption 0,7 Euro x unit
• Tuscany dinner or cooking class prepared by our cook
• Wine tasting dinner with sommelier at the villa
• Order wine & champagne delivered at the villa
• Airport / train station transfer / personal driver
• Private bus rental with driver
• Fashion Outlet shopping (Prada, MiuMiu, Gucci, Dior, Bottega Veneta, Armani, etc)
• Guided tours of Florence and Siena with skip the line museum tickets
• Wine cellars visit with tasting
• Daily Cleaning
• Cell phone rental
• PA system with mixer and microphone
• More extra services available on request