Pilastri 8 to 12

A villa with private garden and pool in a beautifully renovated hamlet

Nice little touches

  • So many wonderful extras are possible on this estate and a friendly receptionist is there to help arrange them.
  • The Estate restaurant offers delicious Tuscan dishes featuring the estates home-grown produce and cooking lessons teach how to reproduce them.

Good to know

  • A ground floor twin bedroom and ensuite bathroom ideal for guests needing or preferring to avoid stairs.
  • The fireplace in the house is not for guest use, though there is a large Renaissance open fireplace in the Billiard Hall and several wood stoves in the Library which may be utilized during cooler seasons.

Close to Florence, on the slopes of the apennines, a skilled architect has transformed farm buildings into beautiful and elegant dwellings.

Pilastri is the queen of them, with an independent garden and private swimming pool. It has 4 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and two beauitful extra suites can be added to bring the total to six bedrooms and bathrooms.

The interiors are spacious and airy, with great attention paid to every detail. Next door the estate has its own private restaurant and private concierge, making you feel very well looked after indeed.

Getting to Florence is very easy from the villa, whether you drive, are driven or decide to use the train.

Accommodation

Entrance to the property is via a gate into the large private garden with wide lawns which enjoys a wonderful panorama and curves around two sides of the house. While in one area there is a stone-topped table suitable for meals al fresco, at the heart of the garden is Pilastri’s private swimming pool with a columned portico at one end furnished with sun beds that can be moved to take in more or less of the sun’s rays.

Looking onto the pool area are five sets of French doors that provide entrance and light into the whole of the ground floor. There is access to an eat-in kitchen with a table for 8 and a large room with a beautifully coffered ceiling whose living and dining areas are separated by a painted screen. The dining area has a table for 8, while the living area has sofas, armchairs and a round table for cards or board games all set near easy access to the garden.

Also on the ground floor is a twin bedroom with an ensuite travertine-dressed bathroom and independent access to the garden, making this an ideal suite for those needing or wishing to avoid the stairs. At one end of the long living area is a door to the laundry room and at the other a stairway leading up to further sleeping accommodations. On this level there are three double bedrooms; while all are under the eaves, they do not feel restrictive, for there are windows facing the garden and pool area. Each has an ensuite bathroom and in two cases also a separate shower.

When extra bedrooms are needed a door leads to a corridor with two spacious suites, with double bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms, taking the total occupancy to 12.

Features

Villa Details

  • Private pool
  • Bedroom air-conditioning (extra)
  • Central heating (extra)

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • 1 twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom
  • 3 double bedrooms on first floor, each with an ensuite bathroom (2 of which have both tub and shower)
  • 2 double suites with ensuite bathrooms
  • Air-conditioning in all bedrooms, extra
  • Hair dryer available

Kitchen equipment

  • Oven
  • American and italian coffee makers
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Microwave available on request

Amenities

  • Baby bed and high chair available on request
  • Dvd player
  • Wifi internet
  • Cd player/radio
  • Tv with satellite
  • Portable fans available
  • Safe deposit box
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Telephone use available on request
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer

What's included

  • Pool towels provided
  • Cleaning twice a week and mid-week linen change included
  • Final cleaning included

Extras on request

  • Arrival groceries available on request, for a small fee
  • Cooking lessons available on request
  • Prior booking available for breakfast or dinner in estate restaurant
  • Extra cleaning and linen change available on request
  • Laundry service available on request
  • Babysitting can be organized
  • Airport transfers available on request
  • Organizing assistance available for events in estate theatre, restaurant, enoteca and library
  • Spa massage room on site

Outdoors

  • Swimming pool (6 x 11.5 m) in enclosed garden
  • Furnished outdoor facilities in the private garden and under the portico near the pool.
  • Portable barbecue available, to be reserved in advance
  • Access to the shared pool, (10 x 20) metres

Nearby

  • Bike rental in figline valdarno and excursions can be arranged on prior request
  • 18-hole golf course at circolo del golf dellugolino, 30 km
  • Horse riding stable near reggello, 7 km
  • Tennis courts at montevarchi or castelfranco di sopra, 10 km'
  • Guided hiking tour available on request
  • Wine-tasting on-site available in the enoteca and wine tour available
  • Guests are welcome to use the family billiard table in the estate billiard hall, which is also equipped with a gaming table for cards, chess or board games

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Where is Pilastri ?

Getting here

  • Florence airport: less than 1 hr
  • Pisa airport: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Rome airport: 2 hrs 45 mins

Around Pilastri

Borgo Rinnovato is perfectly located to discover why Tuscany has been and remains a destination of choice. Being in the Valdarno, the wide valley through which the Arno River meanders, Florence, the famed city that straddles it immediately comes to mind. Leaving your car at the Figline or San Giovanni Valdarno free station lots, hourly direct trains will easily bring you to the heart of this Renaissance treasure chest where world-famous museums, frescoed churches, graceful bridges and historic piazzas are all accessible on foot, with sustaining gelato stops along the way of course.

The road south arrives at another major Tuscan city, Arezzo. Believed to have been one of the 12 most important Etruscan cities and always a center of commerce, still today Arezzo’s artisans and merchants enliven its medieval center, especially on the first Sunday of the month and the previous Saturday when its Antiquarian Fairs fill the streets with ‘treasures’. June and September visitors delight in Piazza Grande’s costumed Saracen Joust, while visitors the year round seek out the splendid frescoes of Piero della Francesca.

If bustling historic cities and a church too many begin to fatigue, there are other options. Designer outlets are half an hour away for those whose preferences lean to Italian styling and a good bargain. And in less than an hour winding cypress-lined roads through the Chianti region lead to small towns such as Gaiole-, Greve- or Radda in Chianti, known world-wide for what fills a wine glass and the delicious food that accompanies it.

Should small-scale exploration suit you best, head to nearby Loro Ciuffenna, a delightful medieval town built around a Romanesque bridge spanning the mountain torrent that powered the many water mills producing chestnut flour. Though the mills have ceased to flow, there are charming restaurants, an art museum dedicated to a native son Venturino Venturi and only 1 km out of town in Gropina the impressive Pieve di San Pietro, the oldest (774 A.D.), best preserved Romanesque parish church in Tuscany.

Yet even before hopping into the car to go exploring, the estate’s wooded panorama, reaching as high as the Pratomagno mountains, may well inspire guests to follow paths through their 800 hectares. Or perhaps join a guided hike and wine tasting tour through the nearby village of Castelfranco whose dramatic landscape and colourful eroded shapes, the ‘Balze’, featured in the background of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’. Certainly, with stables nearby and bikes easily arranged, life in the slow lane is a wonderful way to discover your surroundings, and with a beautiful house as your base and a restorative pool at hand, a Tuscan holiday will soon find its rightful rhythm.

Nearby

  • Bar, restaurants, supermarkets in Pian di Scò, 5 min. and San Giovani Valdarno 20 mins
  • Shops and trains in San Giovanni Valdarno, 20 min, and Figline Valdarno, 17 min, with free parking and direct line to Florence hourly
  • Weekly markets in Filigne Valdarno 17 min and Montevarchi 1/2 hr
  • Prada outlet and The Mall outlet stores in Incisa, 1/2 hr.
  • Loro Ciuffena 16 km, Chianti villages 50 min
  • Florence 45 min, Arezzo 50 min, Rapolano spas, 1 hr & Siena around 75 min

From € 1027 per day

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How to book

Is Pilastri perfect for you?

For availability and pricing see the calendar above. If you have any questions or would like help choosing, we visit our properties regularly and can help you choose and book the best villa for your holidays.

We can hold dates for you for 48 hours while you make sure everything lines up, then you simply pay the deposit (30% of total) to secure your booking. The balance will then be due 10 weeks before you travel. You can also add "Booking Protect" to your booking for a full refund if you can't travel.

For more details see our Booking Conditions and Booking Protect. You can add Booking Protect to your booking at any time until you have paid your balance, simply ask your agent.

Worth knowing

Many local administrations now charge a “Tourist Tax” for people staying in rented accommodation and these vary from town to town. The charges are generally per person per night with a maximum number of nights, usually around 5 but sometimes 7, beyond which they will not charge. The charges range between 50 cents to 3 euro. Children are sometimes included, sometimes not and these charges should be collected by the property owners.

Not sure?

It can often be faster to contact us to ask for advice - we visit all the houses so can give you first hand advice based on your wishlist. Once you find a villa you like we can hold dates for you for up to 48 hours while you check flights or make sure everybody is on board.

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Booking Notes

  • Air conditioning in the bedrooms will be charged for if used - normally 250 euro/week
  • This property is subject to a cautionary deposit of € 1,000, which should be handed over in cash or via credit card to the owner or her representative at the start of your holiday.