Celeste, San Miniato

Sleeps 4

A comfortable villa apartment and pool in truffle country

Property summary

Sleeps 4

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

Surrounding Region

  • Nearest restaurant & bar at Bottega Genovini, 1.3 km
  • Supermarkets, restaurants and train station in San Miniato 5 km, Castelfiorentino 16 km and Empoli 20 km
  • San Gimignano 35 km, Pisa, Lucca and Florence 48 km
  • Siena and Greve in Chianti 1 1/4 hr
  • The Versilia sea coast 1 hr.
  • 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.

    Accommodation

    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.

    Local area

    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.

    Features

    Air conditioning
    Extra, by consumption
    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Babysitting
    Available on request
    Barbecue
    Canoeing
    Canoeing on nearby lake
    Catering
    Catering and breakfast available in on-site restaurant, on request
    Children's equipment
    Children's playground
    Coffee Maker
    American and Italian-style coffee makers
    Computer, Printer or Scanner
    Printer/scanner use available in estate office.
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    DVD player
    Available on request
    Extra beds
    Extra single available on request
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Fans
    Portable bedroom fans
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    In living room, with wood available
    Fishing
    Fishing at nearby lake
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Private and shared outdoor areas
    Golf course
    18 hole golf course nearby -Golf Club San Miniato
    Hair dryer
    In each shower room
    Heating
    Central heating, Extra
    Home-grown produce
    Olive oil available
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    Insect screens on all windows
    Internet access
    WiFi internet - good enough for e-mail but not for streaming films
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Microwave
    Available on request
    Mobile phone coverage
    Good throughout the property
    Music
    CD player and iPod player
    Oven
    Pool towels
    Provided
    Restaurant nearby
    In walking distance - "Bottega Genovini", 1.3 km
    Swimming pool
    Dim: 12.5 x 8 m; Depth: 40 cm - 1.5 m. - The shallow end is a wading pool for children with a divider from main pool - Open: 31 May to 30 September
    Television
    Tennis court
    Nearby - at Tennis Club San Miniato
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Airport transfers on request
    Washing machine
    Winery and Wine tasting
    Wine tasting on site, w/ snacks or combined w/ pizza night OR Local wine-tasting tour

    Things to note

  • This property requires a security deposit of Euro 200 on arrival. Please ensure you have the necessary cash to leave with the caretaker.
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