Villa Mariella is the original charming Tuscan farmhouse located above a tiny hamlet a short drive from the Umbrian border and within sight of the delightful hill town of Castiglion Fiorentino. It offers extremely comfortable family friendly accommodation in the heartlands of the Aretine district. Surrounded by hill towns of note and benefitting from an elevated position from which the views are simply stunning. Gaze out over vistas of vineyards, sunflowers and olive groves where the countryside dictates the pace of life and town clocks have seasonal hands.
Beautifully restored in 2005 Villa Mariella retains all of the characteristics one would expect from a country villa, whitewashed walls, cotto floors and heavy beamed ceilings. Tastefully furnished with an eye for detail and those essential home comforts if is comfortable spacious and ideally equipped for dining al fresco. The terraced gardens are well kept and the villa really ought to have been called Casa degli Ulivi (house of the olives) as it is surrounded by 1 hectare of whispering olive groves. This beautiful villa is the perfect base for those in need of peace and tranquillity as well as ideal for those seeking the opportunity to discover, explore and revel in the beauty of Tuscany.
The Tuscan borderlands offer a wealth of interesting things to see and do for the inquisitive traveller. From the marvels of Piero della Francescas frescoes to the art and culture of an area hotly contested through the millenia by Etruscans, Romans and even Hannibal himself. This beautiful landscape has many secrets to discover although an hour or two spent on a terrace with a good book can be extremely hard to resist.
Local distances: Castiglion Fiorentino at 6km, offers shops, restaurants, a weekly market and a main line station with trains to Rome and Florence. Foiano 20 km, Marciano 19 km, Monterchi 49 km, Anghiari 50 km, Subbiano 37 km, Sansepolcro 59 km, Montevarchi (Prada & high fashion outlets) 62 km, Valdichiana (sports outlets) 23 km, Montepulciano 43 km (wines), Arezzo 20km, Cortona 20 km, Camucia 14 km (shopping). Take a trip into Umbria as Tuoro 30 km, Lake Trasimeno 32 km (watersports and ferries), Castiglione del Lago 33 km, Assisi 85 km, Corciano 51 km and Perugia 76 km are all worth a look. The major cities of Florence 85 km, Pisa 180 km and Siena 75 km make for great days out.
Recommended airports: Perugia 78 km, Pisa 182 km, Florence 100 km, Bologna 212 km, Rome Ciampino 220 km, Rome Fiumicino 235 km.
Kitchen with dining area and access to wisteria covered pergola with dining for 10, 2 double bedrooms each with en suite shower room, small living room with TV. An iron staircase leads to a lower level with a second large living room with comfortable sofas and a fireplace. There is a full bathroom off this living room. These rooms have traditional Tuscan terracotta floors and timber and tile ceilings.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR:
A wrought iron staircase leads down to shower room and large double bedroom with tiled floor. Leading from the bedroom is a further living room with TV, polished wooden floors and doors to patio with wisteria covered pergola.
Also at this level, accessed from the patio, is a laundry room with washing machine, laundry table, extra refrigerator and separate shower room.
2 spacious double bedrooms with polished wooden floors and shared shower room.
Dishwasher, washing machine, 2 refrigerator/freezers, hob/oven, 2 satellite televisions, WIFI internet, VCR, DVD, stereo system (CD), safe for valuables, traditional restored wood burning bread oven for baking, pizzas and barbecuing. Central heating available at additional cost and payable locally. Security alarm.
PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL:
5 x 10 m pool with depth ranging from 1.4m to 2.5m. For early and late season rentals pool heating can be offered at an additional charge. The pool is set on an upper level and there is a gate at the pool entrance to ensure child safety.