Scaparzi for 10, Casole d'Elsa

Sleeps 10

A villa and pool on a Tuscan winery with sweeping panoramas

Property summary

Sleeps 10

Main villa: 1 double, 2 twin/double bedrooms, and 3 ensuite shower rooms
Annex: 1 double, 1 twin/double bedrooms, and 2 ensuite shower rooms

Location: Central Tuscany

This property rents Saturday to Saturday, with arrival day flexibility in 2018.

Surrounding Region

  • Bar, grocery and restaurant in Mensano, 2 km
  • All services and summer festivals in Casole d'Elsa, 7 km, & Radicondoli, 13 km
  • Supermarket, train, tennis court in Colle Val d'Elsa, 20 km, & Poggibonsi, 29 km
  • Etruscan and medieval towns of Volterra & San Gimignano, 30 km
  • Siena, 45 km, Florence 73 km, Pisa & Lucca, 1 3/4 hr, Coast 1 1/2 hr.
  • Airports: Florence 1 hr, Pisa 1 1/2 hr, Rome 3 hrs
  • On a property that epitomizes all things Tuscan, here there is space for a family’s multi-generational reunion or the ideal base for a group of friends on holiday. Stalwart cypresses, tidy rows of grapevines, and villages perched on distant hilltops provide the setting, but the life of the holiday gathering will likely happen on Scaparzi’s furnished panoramic patios or around its pool and BBQ / pizza oven. When guests need to recharge, there are spacious bedrooms, all with en suite shower rooms, and once refreshed, large living and dining areas in which to be together. That the property is also an up and coming boutique winery whose ‘Insieme’ label has already drawn glowing comments makes it all the more inviting.

    Accommodation

    The end of the cypress-lined drive opens to a wide piazza in front of the main house that is framed by a large terracotta patio and furnished dining pergola on one side and an annex providing additional accommodation on the other. Entrance to the villa is via a short entrance hall with a stairway to the upstairs ensuite bedrooms, a guest WC, and opposing doors to the living and the kitchen areas that run the length of the house. The generous living room has sofas in front of an open pietra serena fireplace as well as a long cushion-strewn divan facing a satellite TV. While wide french doors open directly out to the back patio and pool area, an arched hallway connects the living area to the kitchen and dining side of the house. The dining room, itself a later addition to the main house, is a very generous space and filled with light pouring through two large sliding glass doors at either end. Furnished with a table seating 14 and having direct access to the patio, garden and pool, this room immediately speaks to conviviality and the spirit of being on holiday. A short hallway leads to the kitchen, consisting of two rooms separated by a wide arched opening. Though its marble counters and wooden cabinets give it a country look, there is no end to the modern appliances useful in preparing meals for a hungry crowd. A door off the kitchen means it is a short walk to bring dishes to the pergola furnished for meals al fresco.

    Upstairs there are three bedrooms, one double and two twin/doubles, each with an ensuite shower room. The bedrooms are all spacious, bright and furnished with charming country antiques and the shower rooms have modern fixtures and roomy showers. Also on this floor is a games room, with a round wooden card table and a side buffet featuring brochures on local sites and activities.

    The annex provides an apartment with its own fully-equipped kitchen, living/dining area and two bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms. With an individual outdoor eating area facing the vineyard, this accommodation provides a large group with greater options for small family unit or guests who appreciate fewer stairs or a bit more privacy.

    Local area

    Though nearby Mensano offers a nice restaurant and village life on a small scale, it would be hard to ignore the lure of the two larger villages seen on the horizons – Casole d’Elsa and Radicondoli. Both bustle along in their inimitable Tuscan fashion, with residents and visitors meeting in piazzas and meandering side streets and caught up in colourful summer festivals – Casole’s Palio horse race in early July and Radicondoli’s Music and Arts festival in August. Not much further afield are towns which wear their centuries with grace: Volterra, of ancient Etruscan origins, sits high on its steep hill and is famous for its Roman ruins, Etruscan museum and alabaster workshops, whereas San Gimignano, the UNESCO-acclaimed town famed for its 14 medieval towers, draws visitors to its well-preserved ancient streets, outdoor concerts, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano, one of Tuscany’s few white wines.

    Scaparzi, like the nearby Chianti region, sits between two ancient cities, Florence and Siena; once fierce rivals, both are must-visit destinations prized for their walkable, well-preserved historic centres. Thanks to its position on the ancient pilgrim’s path to Rome, Siena saw its golden days in the Middle Ages and it may seem that the city layout has changed little since then with life radiating out from one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy. Florence, straddling the Arno river, is a jewel box of Renaissance power and artistry. Though a guidebook is handy as you navigate its museums, a meander through its non-grid cobbled streets quite often results in joyous discovery. And at the end of the day after the rewards of venturing, returning to Scaparzi’s spacious comforts and meditative views is in itself a pleasure.

    Features

    Air conditioning
    Included
    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Barbecue
    BBQ and pizza oven, near pool area
    Bicycles
    2 mountain bikes available on site
    Catering
    Available on request
    Classes
    Cooking and Italian language lessons
    Coffee Maker
    Italian and American coffee makers
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Dishwasher
    In main house and both cottages
    Dryer
    DVD player
    In the main house
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Extra linen change
    Available on request
    Fans
    2 portable fans available on request
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    In living rooms of main house and cottage apartments
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Panoramic covered terraces
    Golf course
    6 hole course nearby and 18 hole course in 25 minutes
    Hair dryer
    In each shower room
    Heating
    Central heating, extra
    Home-grown produce
    Wine produced and for sale on site
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Microwave
    Main house kitchen
    Mid-week cleaning
    3 hrs of cleaning 2 times a week
    Mobile phone coverage
    Good throughout the property
    Music
    CD player & radio in the main house
    Oven
    In all kitchens
    Pets welcome
    Pets welcome with prior notice
    Pizza oven
    Pool towels
    Provided
    Restaurant nearby
    'Osteria del Borgo', In Mensano, in 2 km.
    Suitable for disabled visitors
    In one of the cottages
    Swimming pool
    Dim: 5 x 10 m.; Depth: 1.40 m. throughout. Fenced pool, with step entry. Pool open from May to October.
    Television
    Satellite TV in main house and cottages
    Tennis court
    Nearby, in Colle di Val d'Elsa
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Can be arranged
    Washing machine
    Winery and Wine tasting
    Wine tasting offered on site

    Things to note

    CAUTIONARY DEPOSIT: Please bring a cash deposit of €1000 to be handed in upon arrival. This will be returned on departure, minus any costs for damages.

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