Villa Ghibellina stands on the same hill as Casaglia, ancient medieval burg within the municipality of San Gimignano (6 Km.), on one of the Via Francigena routes and overlooking the valley that in ancient times was the theatre of armed clashes between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. They fought each other to gain control over Tuscany's various areas and specifically: "during the Casaglia war, in 1199, the Colle and San Gimignano armies fought that of Poggibonsi over boundaries and dominance in the area, until the boundaries and sovereignty were reviewed and carefully established."
The magnificent location on which the villa stands affords splendid views: on clear and bright days, your sight can soar over the Apuan Alps, the Pistoia Apennines, the Monte Maggio, the Pratomagno and the hills descending towards the sea; the hills in particular offer a stupendous view from the villa's gardens. The road leading to the villa offers a very special scenery to those who love nature, as it winds its way through woods and fields, destination of hikes and of horse and mountain bike rides.
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 villa, divided into two flats, is a typical Tuscan farmhouse; it has been registered in the municipality of San Gimignano since 1800, but it was certainly built earlier, at a time when country cottages were not yet registered. Villa Ghibellina has been wisely renovated with care by the owners to create two flats while maintaining its original character: the external structure of the cottage has been left unchanged, restoring the degraded portions with ancient recovered materials from the same era as the original structure and renovating the interior spaces in faithful Tuscan style. The villa, let on an exclusive basis, overlooks the private garden and the pool. The ceiling is typical of the old Tuscan farmhouses, with flat terracotta bricks and wooden beams and rafters; one room has a vaulted brick ceiling. The comfortable furnishing is in the country style, with the characteristic furniture of the Tuscan tradition. Rental of the entire villa will accommodate nine persons in total.
The large garden, in which the private use pool is located, affords an enchanting view over the surrounding valley and hills. The owners take care of the garden personally and with passion, keeping it always well stocked with plants and flowers whose colours and aromas give a pleasant, comfortable and relaxing feel to the villa's exterior spaces.
The pool (approximately 8x16 metres), located in the sunniest part of the garden, is kept open year-round in order to give a more pleasant look to the property. The owners manage directly its cleaning and its maintenance in perfect working order. The pool is kept open even at night with inside and outside lighting regulated in accordance with the guests' personal requirements.
From the pool's deck, well equipped with deck chairs and beach umbrellas, you enjoy a beautiful view over San Gimignano's medieval towers: a peaceful and restful environment that favours a relaxing stay. The garden, as well as the threshing yard adjacent to the villa, is equipped with tables and chairs for enjoyable open air dinners and lunches. A barbecue area and a wood-fired oven are also available.
The cottage includes:
Two double rooms; one room with two beds; one triple room with one double and one single bed; two bathrooms with shower, hair dryer and washer; a living room with satellite TV and access to the garden; a kitchen with stove, dishwasher, microwave oven, coffeemaker and toaster. In addition, there is a small room, accessible through a four step wooden stair, reserved as a play area for children and containing various games, cushions and jigsaw puzzles. There is central heating. 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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