Historic building, overlooking a pristine river, to enjoy the company of friends, to relax in the silence of unspoilt countryside. For an exclusive offering environments, the result of a restoration of quality in the recovery of ancient cooked, stone and wood. The house is independent, with a large garden on three sides which slopes toward the river. E 'on three floors with a total of 210sqm and has been carefully restored and furnished with pieces of the ancient Tuscan tradition. E 'consists of: large entrance hall with fireplace and sofa bed for 2 people and 3 armchairs. Dining area. Delightful stone fully equipped kitchenette. From the hall you enter the large terrace with table for outdoor dining. A stone staircase leads to the garden below with barbecue. Down the hall are the 4 double bedrooms each with private bath. Room used as laundry. Large porch overlooking the garden.
Improved Villa was built in the thirteenth century as a fortress, being part of the towers to protect the valley and still retains the look of the proud tower. In the Renaissance it was transformed into elegant residence by the noble family Buonamici. The family was part Giovanfrancesco Buonamici, ambassador to Madrid and friend of Galileo Galilei, who lived here as a guest. The residences are located in the village of Savignano lies on the slopes of the Protected Area of the Calvana mountains. Are placed exactly on the border between woods and olive groves that slope up to the valley floor, just above the stream that flows slowly through the village and up to the small Romanesque church of Sant 'Andrea, which is often chosen to celebrate beautiful weddings . This small stream almost embroider woods between a succession of charming, small waterfalls, with a generous and spontaneous vegetation completely unaware of the life that flows in the valley.
Point for easy access to places of cultural and historical interest, easily be visited in a day (Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Volterra and other famous places of the Tuscany region) .The nature is the host It is immersed in the Protected Area of the Calvana mountains and near the Natural Reserve Acquerino Cantagallo.
Arrival time: after 16.00 - Departure time before 10.00
The price includes: electricity, water, gas for kitchen use - weekly linen - park and swimming pool with outdoor hot sun shower.
Not included: cot and high chair provided on request for children up to 3 years € 100 per week.
Gas for heating € 4 / m. cube
Possibility of supplying firewood upon request before arrival (€ 20 / 100kg)
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- Calendar last updated:
- 15 Jan 2019
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
One of the highlights of our trip!
Staying at Christina’s villa was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy this year. We enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by Christina and her mother on the night we arrived. The accommodations were very clean and comfortable, and we wished we could have spent more time on the property. Many thanks for the great hospitality!
Hi Chris, I was happy for having you here! Always welcome. Ciao. Cristina and family.
Sorry to say but a little disappointing
Our family stayed here for a week in July 2018. We were disappointed as the villa did not live up to our expectations or the photographs and reviews. It was a little tired with threadbare rugs on the floor. I appreciate the building is old but the furniture doesn't have to be! The curtains and tablecloths in the bedrooms needed laundering and although the bathrooms were clean all four ensuites had severe mould. One of the bedrooms had disabled access and a wet room effect but wasn't able drain the water away leaving the bathroom swamped in water all day long. We didn't actually use the fourth bedroom in the basement as intended. It was very damp and musty and the mould in the bathroom was just not acceptable. There was a humidifier in the room which showed there was obviously a problem with the room, the sheets felt damp and there was an obvious smell of damp. My daughters shared a double bedroom upstairs instead of having their own. I spent 3 hours upon arrival with a scrubbing brush and some special treathment to make all the bathrooms acceptable to use. The mould was clearly from several months worth of incompetent cleaning and not just a poor service or quick handover. I made it known to the owner Christina who lent me the scrubbing brush and apologised that the bathrooms were not acceptable. I pointed out that their cleaning company should see the before and after photos that I took and she agreed. Christina did say that she would send the cleaners back to the villa in the week but this never happened as she went away herself for a week. Ricardo, Christina's brother was extremely helpful when needed, one of our toilets didn't flush and he arranged a plumber to come and fix this. However there was no communication between Ricardo and Christina as on our departure date we argued the cleaning bill of 100 euros seeing as I had had to do the cleaning of the bathrooms when I arrived and he knew nothing about this problem. After a discussion and showing him the before and after photographs he agreed this was not good and we paid half the price of the cleaning which we appreciated. Our villa experience this time was unfortunately not one that I would want to repeat.
However the pool area and gardens and view were just as photographed and very well kept and clean, comfortable sunbeds and a spectacular view that we won't forget. The property was a good location for sightseeing and close to a good mainline station.
Authentic Stone Villa in the Hills
We stayed in the smaller villa in early October. The area was isolated and charming with the sound of running water outside the back windows. If you are looking for a relaxing place in the country this will be a great option. Before booking I looked at many places and read countless reviews so for anyone reading this, I hope it is helpful! I would recommend visiting in the warm months when you can use the pool and enjoy the beautiful natural setting. For my family it was too cold at this time of year and we went sightseeing or shopping every day so we didn't get to enjoy the property to its fullest.. This property will be ideal for a group that wants to enjoy the local area. It was closer to an hour in high traffic times to Florence. I would definitely return with others that appreciate a laid back atmosphere and don't need tv in every room. The photos are accurate and its decorated very nicely. Everyone we came in contact with was very nice. The homeowner went shopping for us before we arrived & the brother delivered wood for the fireplace (for a fee). The Coop grocery in town was great! There is a washing machine on property and you can line dry clothing.
We travelled with a nine month old and they had a crib & high chair. It would be best to bring children who could walk bc of the stairs & stone floors.
I highly recommend you arrive during the daytime so that you can easily find the place and take time with the host to learn the ins and outs of your rental. It will make for a much better experience.
A week in Tuscany
We had a lovely week at this beautiful property. The house was breathtaking and yet it felt like home. Our host and her family were so welcoming. My son and his cousin enjoyed the pool with a view of the valley. We played with Luna the kitten and Therese the lop eared bunny. The other guest were friendly. I only wished we had stayed for another week so that we could spend more time relaxing in the perfect Tuscan get-away. Last night we tried to recreate Christina's signature sage ravioli, I think we got the sage leaves right 😉. Grazie Mille!
Beautiful villa, perfect hospitality
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the perfect ending to a hectic two weeks touring Europe. We were able to immerse ourselves in the Italian countryside and relax. The pool was as wonderful as the pictures, and we were in it within an hour of arriving. Cristina, her mother and her girls took great care of us, including preparing an amazing dinner our first night so we didn't have to worry about that after traveling (we came from Monaco by car). We were a large group of 7, mostly teenagers, and everyone loved the house, the pool, the view, the peace and quiet. So much space, we fit comfortably. We wish we could've stayed longer than 4 days. All the other 5 star reviews are true, excellent all around!
Wonderful stay great place
We had a wonderful time. We stayed 6 nights.
The place and the accommodation were great.
We were 2 couples and two singles and there was room for all of us.
We warmly recommend on the place.
Cristina, the owner, was very halpull and supported us with all the details before arriving.
Only a few kilometers separate this place that looks stolen from a fairy tale from the city of Florence. We are in Savignano in the municipality of Vaiano, the small stone village where the artist Lorenzo Bartolini was born in 1777 who became the official sculptor of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Coming from the city, the impact is a sudden slowdown, a sense of calm. It 'nice to know that there are still places like this. Unknown to most people, and available to all.
The residence is part of the wider Improved Villa is about 12 km from the center of Prato. About 25 km from the airport of Florence. The nearest station Vaiano connects us with Prato, Florence and Bologna.
Orario di arrivo: dalle 4.00 alle 8.00 pm - Orario di partenza entro le ore 10,00 am La quota comprende: elettricità, acqua, gas per uso cucina -- biancheria settimanale -- parco e piscina con uso doccia calda solare all'aperto. La quota non comprende: pulizia finale €uro 100 -- lettino e seggiolone aggiunto su richiesta per bambini fino a 3 anni € 100 a settimana. gas per riscaldamento € 4,00 mc Deposito cauzionale in caso di danni €300 da lasciare al ceck in. verrà rimborsato totalmente se non ci sono danni alla struttura. luglio e agosto arrivi/partenze di sabato