Villa Carmelina is a large aristocratic villa between Florence and Siena, sleeps 26/32
Villa Carmelina is a fabulous, luxury villa located in the heart of Tuscany, between Siena and Florence. The villa, was owned for centuries by an Aristocratic, Italian Family and is surrounded by spectacular gardens, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Dating back to 1400, an additional building was completed between 1700 - 1800. The whole property was painstakingly restored over a 10 year period. The restoration included the completion of en suite bathrooms for every bedroom and the installation of air conditioning in both the bedrooms and reception rooms. The villa is unique in offering spacious, luxury accommodation for a large group of 26 - 32 guests.
|V. V. Low
|2 March - 30 March
|2 Nov - 29 Nov
|30 March -
5 Oct - 2 Nov
27 April - 1 June
|31 Aug - 5
|1 June - 31 Aug
|x 26 - €49,375
x 32 - €56,250
Sleeps 26 guests in 13 bedrooms:
2 twin bedrooms
7 double bedrooms
Exceptional spacious living room, the 'cantinone', in an apple green and velvet-red colour scheme with several sitting areas, all furnished with handsomely upholstered sofas, antique sideboards and table lamps. The cotta floor is softened with tapestry rugs, and several cleverly placed floor 'windows' offer tantalizing views of the Cantina below. The walls are hung with oil paintings. The arched ceilings feature original terracotta. Even in summer, this room remains a cool oasis, rarely needing air conditioning. It includes a CD player and karaoke machine.
Three separate, but adjoining dining rooms, accommodate up to 32 people at circular tables set under the vaulted stone ceilings. These have been designed so that smaller groups can still feel comfortable eating family-style. Each room opens through arched, glass, double doors to the south patio.
The main kitchen, designed for professional cooks, is also open to guests throughout the day for the preparation of food as they choose.
Spacious suite with private entrance, off the garden or through Cantinore, to a large living room with several beautiful paintings, fabric-draped tables and sunflower yellow sofa. A door leads to a double bedroom (Queen) with restored antique iron bed, traditional to Tuscany, finished in red cotton and closed off from an adjacent sitting area by means of red and gold plaid drapes. Two white-tiled bathrooms (tub with wall-mounted shower, partition in each) with views of the countryside.
A staircase from the courtyard leads to the main entrance, which gives access to the private rooms of the house. The elegant, refined taste of the owners, who have decorated the house themselves, is immediately evident in the freshly upholstered sofas, refurbished antique chairs, fabric-draped side tables, all in a gold and green colour palette. A Venetian-glass front alcove houses a collection of porcelain. The walls here, as throughout the house, are newly painted and hung with an extensive collection of oil paintings, engravings and prints.
Sitting room for watching TV (wall-mounted liquid crystal display, satellite, DVD, VCR, Play Station), also finished in a gold and green palette, includes comfortable sofas with small antique coffee table and large antique desk for writing. Two windows overlook the courtyard. Cotta floors with rugs.
Fully restored chapel with frescoes on all walls and a painting of the 'Madonna and Child' over the altar.
Delightful double bedroom has been named 'cavallo' for the horse prints on the walls, window lamp shades and other objects. Lovely countryside view. Large tiled en suite bathroom (tub with hand-held shower, no curtain).
Spacious suite in green. Sitting room with love seat, glass-topped coffee table and oversize antique armoire separated from a double bedroom (Queen) by green and coral plaid drapes. Antique restored iron bed on cotta floor. Various prints depict hunting scenes. Three windows open to south-facing view of tree-covered hills. En suite coral bathroom (tub with wall-mounted shower and partial partition).
Cheerful double bedroom (King), called 'limonaia' for the bright lemon pattern on the linens, drapes and various objects around the room. Fabric draped antique bed has been completely restored. Large closet. White tiled en suite bathroom (tub with wall-mounted shower and curtain). There are a couple of steps up and down from the door to the bedroom and bathroom.
Elegant double bedroom (Queen), the 'rose suite', with a lovely ensemble of antique furniture including a romantic canopied bed, all finished in a rose and yellow chintz print. Dresser, closet and dressing table under En suite bathroom (tub with wall-mounted shower, partial glass partition).
Beautiful double bedroom (King) 'affrascati', meaning the walls and ceilings are covered with fully restored frescoes from the turn of the century. Antique iron bed and pink and white en suite bathroom (enclosed shower stall).
Bright double bedroom (King) with restored antique iron bed complete with sitting area, all finished in a deep coral-coloured cotton, TV. Large en suite bathroom (hydro massage tub with hand-held shower, no curtain) with inset sinks with a marble counter, and south-facing window. Cotta tiled floor and rug.
Full bathroom (tub with hand-held shower, no curtain), finished in green and white tiles, used as a guest bathroom for the TV room or from the terrace.
Large terrace furnished with teak dining tables and built-in benches. This terrace makes an especially delightful place for having breakfast (up to 12 people), and is often where the staff serves drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The views of the countryside are lovely.
Spacious, elegant twin bedroom (can’t be made a double). Black iron Tuscan beds have been completely restored, under high ceiling. The red and gold fabrics, antique armoire and antique dresser add to the refinement of the room. En suite bathroom (tub with wall-mounted shower, partial partition) finished in white tile with yellow and green accents.
Central sitting room, spacious and elegantly furnished with antique wood-framed sofa finished in blue damask, antique gilt-framed mirror and samovar that opens onto delightful, large balcony with views of the garden and adjacent buildings and countryside beyond. The walls feature original stencils in gold on gold in a stylized fleur-de-lis design, and duplicated on a newly constructed marble-framed decorative fireplace.
Pretty, feminine 'Pompeian' double bedroom (Queen) with draped bed in peach tones. Hardwood floor with tapestry rug. Antique painted dresser and armoire. Delightful, oversized romantic en suite bathroom with roll top tub (with shower attachment and curtain) set in middle of the room and a draped dressing table in the corner. Two large windows in the bathroom.
Private hall leads to an elegant, large double bedroom (King) in gold which enjoys both east and west facing windows and as on the top floors, the views are especially far reaching. Very large en suite bathroom (tub with hand-held shower, curtain).
Cool, pretty double bedroom (Queen), 'azzure', with restored iron bed draped in white linen and finished with fresh white cotton spread. Blue and white colour scheme taken from the beautiful frescoed ceiling. Hardwood floor, armoire and dresser. Blue and white en suite bathroom (enclosed shower stall).
Pretty double bedroom (Queen) very nicely finished in soft greens and peach tones with lovely woven spread on iron bed. Armoire and dresser, decoratively painted, to fit with style of tapestry rug and bed covers. En suite bathroom (tub with hand-held shower, curtain) with Travertine counter.
Private suite of two rooms occupying the end of the hall comprises the 'Pope’s room, a twin bedroom (can’t be made a double) in sophisticated beige/coral damask stripe with a wonderful oil painting of a Pope. Across the frescoed hall, is the private bathroom (tub with hand-held shower, partial partition).
The lower level of the house has been restored and features the original olive press that was once driven by oxen. Beyond this is a large billiard room, with a beautiful, full-size antique pool table. The Cantina is made up of two small circular rooms, and includes the wine cellar. This museum-like series of rooms, which house various interesting artifacts from the estate's agricultural past, can also be reached by a separate gated entrance and gravel drive.
3 double bedrooms
Private entrance directly from the courtyard into an elegant double bedroom (King), named 'traforato' because of the open brick work characteristic of a hay barn. The sitting area has a sofa, TV and several lovely works of art and opens directly onto the courtyard. Spacious bedroom with draped bed, plenty of room for clothes storage and windows over the courtyard and lawn area. En suite bathroom (oversized hydro massage tub with hand-held shower, double sinks).
Small vestibule leads to staircase and the first floor. A small fridge is located at the top of the stairs for use by guests. Two lovely double bedrooms (Queens) each with restored antique beds and finished in a bright yellow/green fabric. Each bathroom is en suite (one with wall-mounted shower and curtain, the other with shower stall).
The gardens, patios and recreational facilities are all carefully designed to provide maximum privacy from the house and make full use of the lovely views.
There is 1.5 hectares that immediately surrounds the house planted with fruit trees, flowering shrubs, roses, flowering vines and cypress trees. There are characteristic views of green-covered hills, olive groves and vineyards from virtually every vantage point on the property.
To the south, a broad paved patio, with barbeque, is furnished with iron tables and chairs for 36 people and can be arranged to suit the size and configuration of each group. Retractable awnings provide shade when needed.
There is a spacious outdoor lounge where you can relax for aperitifs or refreshments, open on two sides and fully furnished with teak tables and chairs plus comfortable sofas, set just above the infinity pool (16 x 8 mts). A canvas-covered pergola provides shade poolside and there is a Jacuzzi. There are changing rooms and bathrooms, plus an outdoor shower (cold only), in an adjacent renovated dependence. This same structure includes a newly constructed sauna. The tennis court is set just below this area.
1,500 sq mts indoors
450 sq mts - dependence
Set in 13 hectares of private grounds
Reception area for staff assistance and computer with internet access, phone
Private pool (16 x 8 mts)
Air con in all bedrooms and living & dining areas
Flat screen TV with sat TV in main TV room
5 x sat TV’s in bedrooms
Ipod docking station
Play Station 2
Ping pong table
Stocked wine cellar – with the best Tuscan wines
2 x baby cots + 2 high chairs
5 x mountain bikes
Expresso coffee machine + American coffee machine
Facilities for small planes and helicopters are able to land locally at 2km
Check in: from 4pm
Check out: by 10am
No animals allowed
No outside staff allowed
Local village 7km
Colle Val d'Elsa 10km
San Gimignano 23km