2 double bedrooms (1 with king-size bed, the other with French double bed) and 2 shower rooms.
Location: Pisa and Lucca
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
Once a border tower, then a rich Florentine's family country getaway, the large villa of which Celeste is a part has been lovingly restored. The military memories are still there in the enormously thick lower walls, while the elegance of its later life is apparent as you drive up to it. Celeste is one of the four generous apartments created out of the large villa. San Miniato, the medieval village seen from the shared swimming pool, is one of many sites that will draw guests seeking a Tuscan experience.
A few steps lead from the entry hall at the back of the villa to the front door of Celeste and the stone stairway up to the first floor accommodation. The brick-faced sitting room at the top of the stairs has a leather sofa set to face the corner open fireplace, a welcome feature for guests coming in the late Autumn or early Spring. An arched doorway connects the sitting room to an attractive eat-in kitchen with a dining table for 6, a painted hutch and appliances set behind walnut cabinetry and under a marble counter top. A hallway off the kitchen leads to two double bedrooms, each with its own shower room. One of the bedrooms is very spacious and furnished with a painted bedroom suite, while the other is smaller with a French double bed that allows a couple not quite as much stretching room. All rooms feature traditional beamed ceilings and terracotta tiling, but are air-conditioned and attuned to modern comforts.
Very likely a first outing will be to the charming medieval town you can spot from the estate pool. Once famous for its position on the Via Francigena, the ancient road to Rome, scenic San Miniato now draws pilgrims in search of the prized white truffle. Being halfway between Pisa and Florence may have put you in harm's way in the Middle Ages, but it is a definite plus for the modern adventurer and visitors can hop aboard a nearby train or drive to the heart of these Tuscan cities quite worthy of the many pages in their guidebooks. Other day trips include ventures to the skyscrapers of the Middle Ages in San Gimignano, the beautiful shell-shaped Piazza del Campo in Siena or the beaches of the Versilia sea coast. Yet staying at the estate means having wonderful staff on hand to help set up local wine tasting, truffle hunting or canoeing on a nearby lake. At this property you won't be at a loss for something to do, though don't be surprised if a poolside sunbed and a gentle breeze in the olive trees persuade you to put off that doing to another day.