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What we love
- Extensive lawns and well-manicured borders with lavender, herbs and flowers, cypress trees, olive trees
- Private pool
- Pool house
- Outdoor dining with kitchen and BBQ
- Spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
- Geothermal air-conditioning throughout
Run your fingers across Papavero's roughly hewn stone walls, rustic-red shutters and heavy, handmade farmhouses doors and look out over the wonderful scenery that surrounds the property. You'll feel a deep sense of satisfaction that you have navigated yourself deep into the heart of authentic, timeless Tuscany amidst its quintessential castellated villages and rolling hills, parched golden-brown in the hot summers and quenched a luscious green by winter rains. The whole area, known as the Valdera, renowned for its delicious wine, olive oil and truffles, is ripe for exploring, with a wonderful clutch of local restaurants to be found in the nearby hilltop villages. Neighbouring Lajatico, home to Andrea Bocelli, springs to life as evening approaches, tables and chairs appearing in the atmospheric little piazza and a local treasure trove of Tuscan recipes with sensational fresh ingredients starts to be served. One of the region's star attractions is medieval Volterra, within 30 minutes of the villa, commanding its ranks of neighbouring hilltops, perched on ancient ochre-coloured ramparts with a delightful winding, maze of cobblestone streets, historic churches and delicious restaurants, gelateria and cafés.
Villa Papavero's lovely, authentic exterior belies its well-conceived modern facilities - spacious bedrooms, en suite bathrooms with double basins and excellent showers (including one with a bath tub), air-conditioning throughout, a gated, salt water, heated pool and a superb pool house with bathroom and shower and separate outdoor shower, barbeque, kitchen and large covered dining table. The property has been designed to be energy efficient, using geothermal heating and air-conditioning systems.
The pool house has large ceiling to floor glass windows that can be fully opened or indeed closed according to weather conditions and preference. It's also very well equipped with brand new facilities that include a full kitchen set up with hobs, fridge and dishwasher and a large table that can seat up to 16 guests. There's also a set of glassware, crockery and cutlery here for convenience. For those who prefer to steer away from the hob and use a traditional wood oven and BBQ the pool house area also has these features and the BBQ has a grill. The pool itself is perfectly positioned to take in the wonderful scenery, surrounded by beds of flowers and herbs, as well as an ample pool terrace with high quality umbrellas and pool loungers. The pool can be heated for shoulder season weeks and has gentle steps and a good shallow end for children. It's also fenced which makes it much safer for young children and toddlers.
Inside, the property is set over two floors, the top floor being dedicated to bedrooms.
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In-Depth Villa Details
The bedrooms are spacious and well-proportioned - all come with air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms and nice views with carefully chosen high quality fabrics and colour schemes. The bedrooms are all configured as double rooms, but most can be converted into twin rooms on request. Windows are screened throughout the house so that they can be thrown open in the evenings to let the cool air flow through the house.
Bedroom 1: Kingsize bedroom suite with sitting room area, en suite bathroom with shower, has its own access to a pretty balcony with table and chairs, ideal to enjoy beautiful sunsets. This bedroom is accessed via a beautiful external stone staircase (15steps). This bedroom can also be accessed via one of the double/twin bedrooms, making it ideal as a family suite.
Bedroom 2: King/ Twin, en suite bathroom with shower - adjoining to bedroom 1
Bedroom 3: King/ Twin, en suite bathroom with bath tub and shower
Bedroom 4: King/ Twin, en suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 5: King/ Twin, en suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 6: King/ Twin bedroom suite with sitting room area, en suite bathroom with shower, private covered terrace area, garden access via external staircase (there are also disabled facilities)
Bedroom 7: King/ Twin, en suite bathroom with shower, garden access
Summary: Sleeps 14 + 2 - 7 kings, two of which can be made into twins, with additional space for infants and children on request (in sitting rooms of largest 2 bedrooms). There are 9 bathrooms in total at the property.
The living space of the villa is around 570 sq meters/ 6,135 sq feet , consisting of open space living areas with comfortable seating for 14 guests. There's a separate dining area with a large extendable table seating 14 + guests, a fully equipped steel kitchen with 2 fridges, 1 freezer, 4 hobs and table sitting 6 people with beautiful marble top. There's direct access to garden and outdoor dining area with beautiful views, equipped with a beautiful wooden table seating 16 people. There's also a separate T.V. room with satellite TV/ DVD and a large flat screen TV.
The views: Surrounded by rolling hills, hilltop towns and villages in a spectacular part of Tuscany
The gardens: Extensive lawns and well-manicured borders with lavender, herbs and flowers, cypress trees, olive trees
Why we like it? The villa and setting is quintessential Tuscany, but updated with superb modern facilities. The salt water pool with its fabulous views and exceptional pool house with outdoor kitchen and barbeque are modern and highly functional. The front and rear al fresco dining really provides exceptional views and a lovely atmosphere. The house is exceptionally well appointed throughout, everything of the highest quality and beautifully designed.
Location: Located in the heart of the Valdera area with superb access to surrounding villages, Volterra, San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca and Florence
Chianni 2.5 miles, Lajatico 6.5 miles, Volterra 18 miles; San Gimignano 23 miles; Pisa 26 miles; Lucca 27 miles; Florence 46 miles; Tuscan coast 28 miles: Closest Golf: Golf Club Castelfalfi 18 miles; Closest Tennis: Peccioli 9 miles
SPECIAL OFFER: Save 5% on 2016 rental when booking before 31st December 2015. Save up to £689 in high season.
Spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
High quality showers
Geothermal air-conditioning throughout
Wi-Fi, Sat TV, DVD, Music systems
Fully equipped kitchen with high quality crockery and cutlery
Large indoor dining room/ table
Living room area
Large, private, heated, salt water pool (also fenced making it much safer for small children)
Superb pool house with covered dining, kitchen, bathroom, shower, large dining table, exceptional views
Rear of house covered al fresco dining area with exceptional views
Shaded seating areas and pergolas in the gardens
Lawns, olive, palm and cypress trees, flower beds and herbs
Secure electric gates and driveway with parking for 5/6 cars
N.B. Additional charge for pool heating
Mid - week housekeeping
Good cook on request
Concierge service on request
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