This villa was an ancient historical structure going back to before the year 1200, originally the chapel "Santa Maria Church", near the burg of Casaglia. Traces and information about the historical chapel are found in the book "CASAGLIA TERRA DEL CROCO" ("Casaglia, the land of the crocus" by Giuseppe Mantelli) and in the "Dizionario geografico, fisico, storico della Toscana" ("Geographical, physical and historical dictionary of Tuscany") by Emanuele. Over the centuries, the chapel was deconsecrated to become, first a watchtower, and then a place where the farmers of the surrounding countryside would hold their rural festivals and where they also kept their farming implements.
San Gimignano (about 6 Km.), Florence (about 35 km), Siena (25 km), Volterra (30 km), Pisa (50 km), the Chianti Classico (15 km) with its vineyards. Within a radius of about 20 km you can reach small historically and culturally interesting towns like Certaldo, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Colle Val d'Elsa and Monteriggioni (rare example in Italy of a still intact fortified town, or "walled city").
The owners have personally restored the villa, under the careful supervision of the municipality's technical staff, to ensure compliance with all architectural and scenic constraints concerning the building and the surrounding landscape: what remained of the ruins was carefully demolished, preserving the original stones, which were then used in the reconstruction; old and similar materials were used to replace what was missing; the floor was built with old and original floor tiles from the ancient complex of the Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala (Santa Maria della Scala Hospital) located before Siena's Duomo (cathedral). Even the small belfry was rebuilt and a bronze bell acquired from an antique shop was installed.
La Piccola Chiesa, to be let for exclusive use, is surrounded by cypresses that provide shade and is especially suited for relaxation and open-air lunches and dinners in full privacy and peace; the surrounding garden is equipped with tables, chairs and a cement barbecue. Behind the villa, on a hillock, is the pool for the guests' exclusive use; it is large, it has a convenient entrance ladder and it affords a view over the countryside and the towns of the Val d'Elsa. The owners personally look after the cleaning and maintenance of the pool (open from May to October) as well as the upkeep and care of the garden. The deck around the pool is equipped with beach umbrellas, deck chairs, a table and a hot water shower with solar heating. The villa's interior has been renovated in the full respect of the original structure using materials typical of the area. The ceiling is typical of the old Tuscan farmhouses, with flat terracotta bricks and wooden beams and rafters. The comfortable furnishing is in the Tuscan style.
The flat can accommodate six persons. The ground floor includes: a living room / kitchen with satellite TV, sofa-bed, dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, coffeemaker, toaster and a convenient access to the garden; a double room with access to the garden; a bathroom with shower and a small storeroom with a washing machine, iron and ironing board.
A wooden stairway leads to the loft, which includes a double room, a bathroom with shower and a room with two beds.
On request the services of a local chef: typical Tuscan dinners to enjoy homemade pasta and bread, dishes of the traditional regional cuisine based on game, beef and pork, seasonal vegetable dishes and homemade pastries. Breakfast service, with homemade pastries, biscuits, jams, bruschettas, excellent cold cuts, typical cheeses and seasonal fruit. A local chef looks after these services with the intense passion that she always brings to the preparation of simple and authentic dishes
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