19-room villa 900 m2 on 3 levels, on the ground floor. Entrance hall. Dining room. Exit to the patio. Living room with separate WC and satellite TV. 1 double bedroom. Kitchen-/living room (5 hot plates, oven, dishwasher, freezer) with dining table. Shower/bidet/WC. Upper floor: lounge with open-hearth fireplace. 1 double bedroom. Lounge. Dining room with open-hearth fireplace. Open living room. Open lounge. Exit to the garden. Open living room. Sep. WC. 2nd upper floor: living room. Lounge with 1 double sofabed. 1 double bedroom with shower/bidet/WC. Small lounge with shower/bidet/WC. 1 double bedroom. 1 room with 2 beds and shower/bidet/WC. 1 double bedroom with shower/bidet/WC. 1 double bedroom with shower/bidet/WC. Heating (extra). Facilities: washing machine. Internet (WiFi, free).
building and outdoor:
Montecatini Terme 20 km from Pistoia: Villa the Salicone is an old 19th century residential house recently restored, belongs to the larger residence of the Salicone. In a quiet position, in the middle of a large park with centuries old trees. From the house you can see the observation tower to the Montalbano hills with olive groves and vineyards and to the stronghold towers of Serravalle. The swimming pool is 150 m away, open from 10.00-19.00 hours. Ideal for those interested in the culture of the region and it is possibile to organize the following: Delicious Week applicable in any season with minimum of 14 persons. Offers includes: 1 traditional Tuscan dinner, 1 degustation of the traditional meal, 24 bottles of wine (12 red and 12 white ) and 2 bottles of extravergine olive oil of 0.500ml at a cost of 650 euros to be paid on site. Villa Il Salicone, detached, renovated in 2005. 10 km from the centre of Montecatini Terme, 39 km from the centre of Lucca, 40 km from the centre of Firenze, located by a road. Private: garden (fenced), swimming pool (12 x 6 m, depth 90 - 140 cm, 23.05.-29.09.). Outdoor shower, garden furniture, barbecue. Room cleaning weekly (included). House maid daily on request (extra). Cook on request (extra). Pre-arrival grocery service. Motor access to the house (100 m via unmade road). Parking. Shop 8 km, grocery 1 km, railway station Serravalle Pistoiese 500 m. Golf course 15 km. Nearby attractions: Pistoia 6.5 km, Uzzano 18 km, Montecarlo 22 km, Pescia 24 km, Collodi 26 km. Suitable for events.
We loved our stay at Vila, Il Salicone! The home was stunning, beautifully and comfortably furnished with plenty of room for all 12 of us. (The house actually sleeps 14, and 2 more people would have not been a problem). The owner, Nicoletta, was very gracious and helpful. She showed us around the property, gave us recommendations for day trips, and even provided us with a jar of her excellent honey which we thoroughly enjoyed!
The views from our home were breathtaking, with rolling hills filled with vineyards and olive groves. And one of our favorite activities, was to enjoy breakfast in the manicured gardens, with the sun shining, birds singing, and stunning views as far as the eye could see.
I had been a bit concerned about the location, since we were north of Florence and many of Tuscany's attractions seemed to be South of Florence, but in truth the location turned out to be great. It was an easy trip into Florence, Pisa, and Lucca. And the drives to Siena and San Gimignano were not too bad at all. In fact, we even managed to take a drive out to the coast to spend a day in Cinque Terre! Pistoia and Montecatini Terme were charming nearby locations which felt unspoiled and not too touristy at all.
In all, I would absolutely recommend this Villa to anyone wanting to spend time in Tuscany!
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