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Villa 21774 Tuscany (East), Italy

Sleeps: 10

Il Podere
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The villa is a unique rental villa at the border of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, midway between Rome and Florence and convenient to many of the most charming towns and villages of central Italy. It is situated on top of a hill with expansive views, this vacation home is surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of the rural Tuscan landscape with its magnificent oak woods, beautiful mountains, peaceful pastures, classic olive orchards and vineyards, and delightful medieval towns.

Il Podere has been beautifully restored by an Italian architect working with skilled local craftsmen. It combines the beauty of traditional stone farm house with the best of Italian modern interior design to create a unique blend of the old and the new

The villa is composes of 5 bedrooms and 4 and half bathrooms. All bedrooms have ceiling fans, built-in closets, and plenty of drawer space. On the first floor is a lovely bedroom with a king size bed and a large en suite bathroom with wheelchair accessible shower, this bedroom is especially convenient for anyone who may have difficulty climbing stairs.

On the second floor there are another 4 bedrooms, one has a king size bed and luxurious private bath with a shower, a free standing bathtub and has exceptional views across the valley. The second bedroom, has a king size bed, a fireplace with sitting area, a private outdoor terrace and entrance. The bathroom has a spacious shower and two sinks. The third bedroom has a king size bed with sitting area and since the room is exceptionally large, an extra single bed can easily be added to accommodate an additional person. Adjacent is a large full bathroom with separate shower, bathtub, and two sinks which is shared with the fourth bedroom, a cozy room equipped with two twin beds. All the bedrooms have wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

The main entrance to the house features arched French doors which open into a large and comfortable living. It is furnished with two large sofas set in front of a large, modern wood burning fireplace and across from a credenza with satellite TV and DVD player, as well as a stereo with an MP-3 player connected to a built-in sound system. The dining room seats twelve around a rustic table and includes a sitting area with library. From the dining room, down a bright hall that accesses a portico and a powder room, there is a modern gourmet kitchen with travertine stone counters and sink, gas cook-top, oven, refrigerator with freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. The kitchen island generously provides seating for five.

The grounds encompass four acres carved out of several hundred acres of sheep pastures and woods. An old existing pond was restored to become an open air cistern fed by a deep well for the
new irrigation system. By taking advantage of the century old oak trees around it and by creating a new gravel terrace overlooking the Valley below, the pond is now a restful and shady oasis with hammocks for relaxing on hot summer days.

The pool is built with a double infinity edge to allow for the full enjoyment of the surrounding views. It measures a generous 5 x13 meters [16 x43 feet] and has a comfortable shallow area for children and non- swimmers. It is flanked by a large stone patio with comfortable sun beds for tanning, reading, or napping.

A special feature of the house is a 10 meter (30 foot) long portico with stunning views of Monte Rufeno and the valley of the Paglia River. The custom stone table which seats twelve is a great place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. A wood-burning fireplace allows for outdoor cooking. There is also a comfortable seating area that is the perfect place for reading a book or sipping a glass of wine.

4 doubles, 1 twin, 4.5 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, ceiling fans, satellite TV, DVD player, mp3 player, telephone, stone over, swimming-pool.

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