Located on a hilltop of a privately owned estate in the heart of Chianti, and approached by a classic avenue of spear shaped cypresses, it would be impossible to imagine a more desirable combination than that of the elegant and stylish Argiano - yet intrinsically part of a historic, and beautifully restored 13th century stone hamlet within easy reach of Siena. Its outside leisure and dining area, complete with travertine marble table for 10, is just outstanding.
When the present owners bought this beautiful estate, once owned by the Vatican, their mission was to restore the ancient 13th century hamlet and bring it into the 20th century, whilst losing nothing of its character and architectural integrity. The old farm cottages were sympathetically converted over the years, whilst the “Casa Grande” was beautifully restored to form their own treasured home - and it is this that has been entrusted to us to find guests who would appreciate it as their own luxurious “home from home”.
The owners have chosen beautiful fabrics throughout that complement the stylish and elegant furnishings, even personally choosing the marble that is evident throughout the house. On arrival, large iron gates open up to a pretty courtyard with terracotta pots and lemon trees, shrubs and flowers providing a colourful and lush foreground to the stone façade of the imposing property.
Steps lead up through two original arches, carefully preserved to provide an impressive outer covered entrance, and then into the cool hall and sitting room. The soft coloured stone flagged floor, beautiful travertine fireplace, and elegant matching marble staircase is a first introduction to this very beautiful home. Here guests can dine inside, when nights are cool. An archway leads to an elegant second sitting room, with the owners interesting pictures complementing comfortable furnishings and artefacts, and a small study. An extremely well equipped kitchen and breakfast area forms the hub of the house, doors leading to a breakfast terrace.
On the first floor is a beautifully furnished sun filled sitting room with parquet floor, the focal point being a hand-carved travertine fireplace. An archway leads to a charming “snug”, with stereo, a cunningly hidden tv, and doors to a balcony - perfect for evening drinks with a view over the Chianti countryside. A further archway leads to a charming covered loggia/sitting area, with two huge, arched “picture windows” with fabulous views. The elegant master bedroom suite has a seriously large double bed, a beautifully fitted-out dressing room, and luxurious marble bathroom with a walk-in shower, bath and double basin. The third floor has the second guest suite with en suite travertine shower room, with two further bedrooms, one a double (can be made into a twin on request) and a twin bedroom with the third bathroom.
Outside, and below the main terrace, is the former Limonaia, a most stunning dining, barbecue and leisure area, with a massive partly covered marble table providing a glamorous venue for candlelit summer dinners. This leads to a large covered sitting area with comfortable rattan furniture from Thailand, intriguingly made out of water hyacynth roots! Steps lead up to a soft-furnished games room where cards, backgammon and chess can be played after dinner.
From the house, a garden area and beautifully tended lawns, indispersed with olive trees and shrubs, lead to the fabulous pool area, surrounded by a small Italian formal garden, from which there are stunning views of Brolio and the surrounding countryside. The pool changing room house consists of changing cubicles, a shower, separate toilet with basin. There is a mini kitchenette, approached up wood stairs, a fridge for cool drinks, and a day bed to rest in the hot afternoons: ideal for a nap.
The comfortable guesthouse, also combined with pool house facilities conceals a double bedroomed, open galleried mini apartment, which is private and has a large terrace overlooking the Chianti countryside, providing a peaceful retreat for favourite guests or for older children and perhaps a nanny
Ground Floor: Hall/Reception room • Second sitting room • Study • Kitchen/Breakfast room • Utility room
First Floor: Sitting room • Small TV room • Covered loggia/sitting area • Double bedroom with dressing room and bathroom en suite
Second Floor: Double bedroom with bathroom en suite • Twin bedroom can be made up as a double • Double bedroom • Bathroom
Summer Room: Sitting room with ceiling fan, soft games area, large covered terrace with travertine dining table and barbecue.
Pool Cottage: Kitchenette • Sitting room • Double bedroom with bathroom en suite on the first floor • Pool changing room with shower and toilet facilities
Air Conditioning in the second sitting room, bedrooms of the main house, and in the cottage, payable locally, Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Microwave, Satellite TV, DVD Player, CD Player, Barbecue, Central Heating (Payable locally), WiFi Internet
Private Swimming Pool
10m x 5m, 1.1m - 2.5 m deep with ladder steps. The pool is open from 01 May until 30 October 2011. Outside these dates, the pool can be opened on request for an extra charge
This villa is a Saturday changeover