Villa Raffaello is a stunning aristocratic villa close to Florence, sleeps 14
Villa Raffaello is an aristocratic Medici villa, which was commissioned by one of the Antinori family in the 15th century. It remained in the Antinori family until the beginning of the last century, when the family sold the property. In the 1980’s, a famous name in the Italian fashion industry bought the villa and made it their home. The owners’ affection for the Villa motivated them to carry out a restoration project, which was completed in 2003. During the course of the refurbishment, the villa was fitted with all the modern comforts, but still retains its beautiful historical features.
Villa Raffaello stands at the end of a beautiful cypress driveway. It is built around a courtyard and is surrounded by gardens and olive groves. Next to the villa is the garden, a sweeping lawn enclosed by high hedges and mature trees, embellished by antique rose bushes and pietra serena pedestals, home to potted lemon trees and a 300 year old Lebanese cedar.
The villa makes for a regal setting for wedding receptions, private functions, sumptuous parties and memorable corporate functions.
The entire ground level (400m²) and surrounding gardens (1,200m²) of the historic villa can cater for up to a thousand standing guests and four hundred seated guests.
It is in a great loctaion for exploring the magnificent Renassiance city of Florence (7km), steeped in history and full of art treasures as well as top designer boutiques of some of the most renowned fashion designers There are countless bars & restaurants as well as interesting street markets to explore and more.
|1 Jan - 18 March
6 Nov - 31 Dec
|19 March - 5 Nov
Villa Raffaello offers 6 luxurious guest bedrooms plus a staff bedroom all with en-suite bathrooms. The entrance is located under the beautiful arched loggia furnished with wrought iron chairs and couches and once inside the hall is adorned with antique mirrors, a large antique wooden table and a decorative bronze hunting dog collection. The villa is built on three floors according to the typical layout of aristocratic villas and features an impressive original ballroom that is completely frescoed and absolutely stunning.
On the ground floor there is a magnificent 18th century ballroom complete with grand piano and impressive chandelier. The Ballroom is one of the oldest rooms in the villa and it features a minstrel’s gallery for performing musicians and a Steinway grand piano, which was played by a Russian virtuoso at a private concert held at the villa. The Ballroom measures 135 sq mts and can comfortably accommodate 110 seated guests. There is a spacious living room with frescoed walls and a cosy study. The elegant dining room seats up to 20 guests. A large, five-tiered crystal chandelier with tear-drop and prismatic pendants hangs in the centre of the room.
The Blue Living room
Was originally a bedroom in the Sixteenth Century when the villa belonged to the Antinori family. Today it serves as an informal living room. It was frescoed around 1780, on the cusp of Romanticism, with picturesque landscapes and classical ruins as was common for the period.
The Sitting Room
Facing the Cedar Garden is a small sitting room that was entirely frescoed in the Nineteenth Century
- Bedroom 1
Also on the ground floor there is an elegant, frescoed double bedroom with king size bed, this pretty suite has a large canopied bed and an entirely frescoed bathroom with fireplace. The bathroom is made up of two rooms. The first features a bath with antique crystal fittings, a hand basin and a fireplace. The second room, which is also entirely frescoed, houses the shower
On the first floor there are five suites, each of them embellished with original furnishings, decorated ceilings and large windows which look out onto the beautiful Tuscan landscape.
The villa has in total eight bathrooms. Two are on the ground floor and six on the first.
Each bedroom has its own en- suite marble bathroom, which includes a washbasin, shower, bath, bidet and toilet.
- Bedroom 2
A charming Junior suite. The suite comprises twin beds and a comfortable seating area. The suite has four very large windows which offer views of Florence’s finest villas and beautiful rolling hills. The en suite bathroom is large and has twin sinks, a large marble shower with glass door and separate tub. All of the bathrooms in the villa are of the highest level. Furthermore there is plenty of wardrobe space in the bedroom and in the powder room.
- Bedroom 3
This is the largest suite in the villa. A hidden passageway for staff leads to a service hallway and stairs to the ground floor. The bedroom features a double bed, a sitting area with a working fireplace and a sizeable wardrobe.
- Bedroom 4
This bedroom features frescoed walls depicting Chinese figures. It is the smallest bedroom but commands a central view of the villa’s park and lake beyond. Fallow deer, hares and other wildlife can be spotted roaming the estate. The bedroom features a four-poster double bed canopied in Nineteenth Century Tuscan silk and a sitting area with a working fireplace.
- Bedroom 5
This is one of the more modern rooms in the villa, decorated with classic furniture and wood flooring.
It is a spacious corner bedroom that has two single beds that can be joined together to make a double bed. An oversize sofa-bed, if required ,can accommodate a third guest.
- Bedroom 6
The Guest Suite is furnished in a modern style. Its corner position commands a view of the cypress tree-lined driveway that leads to the villa. The suite has a double bed, a study area and a wardrobe closet.
- Bedroom 7
There is also a room suitable for staff on this floor, which is a double bedroom, complete with en suite bathroom and mini kitchenette for warming food, tea, coffee, baby bottles etc
On the lower floor there is a kitchen and staff quarters. There is a spacious and bright open style kitchen with typical Tuscan fireplace for indoor grilling and food preparation. The kitchen is complete with all modern amenities including dishwasher and offers plenty of space for food storage. There is also a laundry room with washing machine and two dryers.
The villa is set in 11 hectares of private grounds and comprises extensive gardens up to around 1,200 m² which includes a lovely oval shaped private swimming pool (18mts). The views from this area are stunning. There is also a covered dining area near the pool, which is ideal for picnics or cocktails. There is a further lounge area with wrought iron chairs and tables, which is the ideal setting for breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails and of course dinner ‘al fresco’.
Set in 11 hectares private grounds
Interior – 1,000 sq mts
Large garden complete with formal Italian gardens (1,200m²)
Private oval pool (18mts)
Electronic entry gate
Magnificent original frescoed ballroom (135 sq mts) features a minstrels gallery and Steinway grand paino
Several frescoed reception rooms
Formal dining room to seat up to 20
Frescoed ground floor master bedroom with frescoed bathroom
Laundry room with washing machine & dryer,
Luggage assistance on check in / out
Butler, chef, concierge service
WI FI internet with portable routers, phone, fax.
Check in is between pm
Check out by am
No animals allowed
Florence - 7km
Siena - 65km
Pisa - 88km