One of three elegant and sophisticated cottages nestled in a gated estate among olive trees on the hillside overlooking Florence. An ideal location for those seeking country and city life, just six kilometers from the center of the Renaissance capital of Florence and a short ten minute walk to a quaint small village with cafés, good restaurants and a bus stop with hourly service to Florence. The kind owner lives on the estate and is a famous interior designer who has restored many farmhouses in the Val d Orcia area of Siena province. She went to great pains in restoring these three cottages, scouring the countryside for wonderful antique furniture and accents throughout the house, including antique luxury silk fabrics that she made into bedspreads and curtains. Special touches are found throughout the house, including glass French doors to the bedrooms with floor to ceiling curtains creating a warm, comfortable cocoon feeling when closed. She used state of the art bathroom fixtures, with floating glass shower doors and rainfall shower heads. Outdoor living areas for each cottage for relaxing al fresco and a general parking lot with private paths leading to each cottage have been carefully designed as well. The estate is gated, located at the edge of a small town just six kilometers from the center of Florence. Here you have the best of both worlds. You are nestled among almost four acres of olive trees and vineyards and a large garden tended by Guilio, who will share his bounty with you. The village is a ten minute walk down hill where you have very good restaurants, a coffee bar and regular bus service to the center of Florence on an hourly basis until 11pm in the evening. The largest of the three cottages, this was once the Lemonaia and there are multiple entrances through large glass French doors. From the parking area, a private path leads you to the large covered terrace surrounded with lawns and ancient olive trees. Step through the large French door and you are on the first floor. FIRST FLOOR A spacious room that includes a kitchen and dining table on your left leads to the living room with a step up sofa created from an old horse stable. Continue on past the living room and you have a queen bedroom with a four-poster bed, antique fabric covered wall against pastel color-washed walls, a large fireplace, walk in closet and an en suite bathroom with tub and separate shower. French doors lead out to the other side of the house with a pretty garden and spectacular views of Florence. Next to the kitchen is a staircase to the ground floor. This staircase is flanked by an antique horse stall with beautiful antique posts that were once used to tie the horses to their stalls. The staircase is stone and antique wood from the same barn, with small accent lights on alternating steps. This leads down to the sunroom with large French doors leading out to the garden. On each side of the sunroom is a bedroom. On the right is a lovely twin bedroom that can be combined to a king bed. A glass French door leads to the en suite bathroom with a large floating glass shower door that has been carefully designed to see straight out to the private garden and on to Florence if you like. The bathroom also has a tub and walk-in closet. On the other side of the sunroom is a twin bedroom that can be combined into a king with its own en suite bathroom with large shower and walk-in closet. Here is a small laundry room with washing machine and dryer. The entrance to both bedrooms is through beautiful wood and glass French doors with curtains of luxury antique fabrics that can be closed for privacy. Sleeps 6 3 Bedrooms 3 Full Baths ROOMS Living / Dining Room, Terrace, Garden, Eat In Kitchen 1 Queen Bedroom with en suite bathroom 2 Twin/King Bedrooms with en suite bathrooms 1 Bathroom with Shower 2 Bathrooms with tub and separate shower FACILITIES Stove, Oven, Microwave, Private Barbecue, Refrigerator, Freezer, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, High Speed Internet Access, Satellite TV with English Speaking Channels, Stereo, WiFi, Mobile Phone AMENITIES Air Conditioning, Fireplace, Central Heat, Children over the age of 8, Maid Service, Daily Maid Service ( except Sundays), Midweek Towel Change,Welcome Dinner and First Shopping. TRANSPORTATION: GATED PARKING DISTANCE TO PARKING: 20 meters NEAREST AIRPORT: Florence, 10km NEAREST TRAIN STATION: Florence , 6km NEAREST BUS STOP: village, 600 meters CITIES AND TOWNS: Florence 6km SERVICES: Shops, Bank, Coffee Bar, Good Restaurants just 600 meters downhill
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