1 double bedrooms and 2 double/twin bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 shower rooms
Location: Chianti Villas Tuscany
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
The generous accommodation that Papavero affords occupies half of a large converted olive mill. Entrance through double doors at the front lead into an entry hall furnished with a long settee and an upright piano that guests can make arrangements to use if they have a musician in their midst. Off the hallway to the right is a living room with sofas facing each other in front of a small open fireplace. While a door in the entry hall opens to a small shower room, at the end of the hall three steps lead up to a large kitchen with tiled countertops, a dining table for 6 and access to the rear patio, furnished for outdoor living and al fresco meals. Opposite the living room the staircase leads up to the sleeping accommodations - a double bedroom and a twin/double bedroom that share a large bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and an additional twin/double bedroom with an ensuite shower room. In the property conversion the owners' sensitivity to attractive antiques, fine fabrics and quality fixtures is immediately evident and harmonizes well with the buildings traditional features.
Naturally, in addition to their private outdoor area, Papavero guests are welcome to enjoy the many outdoor features of Borgo Caserotto - from the large swimming pool set within an olive grove and provided with sun loungers to assorted extras that make outdoor living all the more pleasant. Gathering around a barbecue or a ping-pong table or borrowing a bicycle to explore local country roads all extends the delight of a day in Tuscany.
Convenient in its agricultural heyday, the property is only 2 kms from the ancient market town of Mercatale, whose public square dates back 8 centuries. With your host's tips on shortcuts, meandering over for a morning coffee and fresh pastries is quite doable. A seven-minute drive through the surrounding countryside instead brings you to the historic town of San Casciano, where Machiavelli began both his exile and his famous treatise 'The Prince'. Still set amongst vineyards and olive groves, the town is renowned for its production of wine and olive oil and is home to the principal cellars of the Antinori wineries, whose striking new Cantina Antinori, near Bargino, is on many a wine-lover's itinerary. Of course, sitting squarely in the Chianti Classico region makes it easy to go in search of the small family wineries that produce boutique gems.
The countryside is not the only thing which draws guests, however, and a half hour could have one in the center of the Renaissance wonders and busy markets of the city of Florence, with a bus from Mercatale providing a way to avoid parking problems. Other cities that receive their just due in Tuscan guidebooks also make easy day trips - medieval Siena with its beautiful shell-shaped piazza; San Gimignano and its ancient towers; Arezzo, known the paintings of Piero della Francesca and its monthly Antiquarian Fair and Lucca, whose ring of ramparts was happily never called upon to defend it. To go exploring and then return to a gracious home in the hills - what better way to spend a Tuscan holiday.