Chestnut is an 8 bedroom Premier Villa in the countryside outside of Florence, Tuscany. This important property can count famous historical figures among its owners.
The History was recorded as early as 970 as belonging to the Bishop of Volterra. It was badly damaged and sacked by Piccinino's troops in 1430 and by the Sienese army which spent the night there on 13 June 1554. There was already a 'Mansione' or hotel in the farm known as the 'Osteria Vecchia', which was moved to a larger and more spacious premises in its present site beside the provincial road. It became part oof the farm which was built there in around 1600 by the Senatoria dei Rinuccini family from Florence, both as their own home and to administer the other properties they had acquired in the area. In around 1815 it was inherited by the Marchesi Capponi of Florence. The Grand Duke of Tuscany visited the house on several occasions, together with his retinue, and almost always stopped to dine in the Villa with the Capponi. In 1834 it passed to Marchese Attilio Incontri as part of the dowry brought by his wife, Donna Ortensia, the daughter of Marchese Gino Capponi.
The Estate - is on Monte Cornocchia. It lies beside the provincial road to Volterra, known as the 'Volterrana', near the crossroads where one road leads to Volterra, another to San Vivaldo and the third to Castelfiorentino. This is also the meeting point of three valleys: the Elsa, the Evola and the Era. This spot also marks the boundary between three old 'contadi' in the municipalities of Pisa, Florence and Volterra: in 1308, three delegates from the three Republics established the territorial boundaries between the districts of Volterra and san Gimignano.
The Accomodation - The property is composed of the Mansion house and 14 independent apartments with their own private space to eat outside.The Villa is 368 square meters on the ground floor and 375 square meters on the first floor. It is in a large park where a lake, a swimming pool (20x10m) can be found. There is also a golf course close by (Castelfalfi Golf Club). Guests also have access to a typical Tuscan Trattoria and a bar/pizzeria where groceries and local gastronomic products can be purchased (wine, extra virgin olive oil, honey, grappa).
It consists of 4 ensuite double bedrooms, 4 ensuite twin bedrooms, kitchen (equipped with cooker, oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher), and living rooms.
For further information about alternative apartments on the same country estate, please visit:
Ash Apartment, Yew Apartment, Spruce Apartment, Elm Apartment, Maple Apartment, Sycamore Apartment, Acorn Apartment, Willow Apartment, Larch Apartment, Rowan Apartment, Fir Apartment, Holly Apartment, Beech Apartment, Pine Apartment
- Swimming pool
- Wifi internet
- Linen changed weekly
- Cot and highchair available upon request
- Tuscan Trattoria and a bar/pizzeria where local products can be purchased - 200m
- Daily fresh bread delivery on request (except Sundays, summer only)
- Golf course close by (Castelalfi Golf Club)
- Horse riding
- Guided trekking
- Please see 'Extra Details'
Approximate location shown for guidance only. Contact us for precise details.
|Bar||Osteria del Castagno||0.14|
|Restaurant||Osteria del Castagno||0.14|
|Cash Machine||Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena||5.28|
|Bank||Banca Cambiano 1884 S.p.A.||5.55|
DAMAGE DEPOSIT: €550 by credit card
LOCAL TAX - all tourists are required to pay €1 per person per night (except children under 14), for the first 6days. The payment is compulsory and must be in cash directly to the owner on arrival.
PRICES ARE FOR 7 NIGHTS AND INCLUDE:
- Use of water, gas, electricity
- Linen (changed weekly), final cleaning
EXTRAS TO PAY ON THE PREMISES:
- Maid service (€18/hour)
- Extra bed (€15/person/night) - 4 available
- Central heating (€55/day in winter)
- Guided trekking, bicycles
- Chef service, cooking classes, Italian lessons
- Wedding Fee - 500€
Pets: allowed, free of charge
Swimming pool open: beginning of May - end September (depending on weather conditions).
Guests also have access to a typical Tuscan Trattoria and a bar/pizzeria where groceries and local gastronomic products can be purchased (wine, extra virgin olive oil, honey, grappa).
WEDDINGS/EVENTS - Apartments Sycamore, Spruce & Maple must be booked together with this villa.