An 18th century manor house in the heart of Tuscany with private pool, billiard table, private tennis court and table tennis. This delightful property is situated an oil and wine producing estate only 60 Km from Florence and 1 Km from the nearest village of Mercatale valdarno. Tasteful interiors furnsihed with a mixture of antique and modern pieces creating a country chic ambience. In our opinion, Villa Massimiliano is the quintesential Tuscan retreat for large groups offering something for everyone, stunning views and easy acess to Tuscany's most beautiful towns. Cook service and wine tasting tours of the estate available. Please note: There are 3 more independent houses on the vast estate which alongside this property, can sleep a total of 65 people. A wonderful wedding venue - private chapel on site!
The Villa has a beauiful private garden of over 1 hectare, a 6 x 12 meter swimming pool and a tennis court for the exclusive use of the villa's guests and surrounded by centuries-old cypresses. Tasteful interiors furnsihed with a mixture of antique and modern pieces creating a country chic ambience.
- Entrance, 2 fully equipped kitchens, one for catering use with large traditional fireplace and one for the daily use, a dining room and a large double living-room with Sat-Tv both with a fireplace, another living-room with a vertical piano, a large billiard-room, an ensuite twin room, a utility room and two toilettes.
- Vast hall with Murano crystal chandelier, 1 ensuite double room with balcony, 4 ensuite twin rooms, 1 double room with private bathroom, 1 double room and 1 single bedroom connecting with each other and sharing one bathroom.
- Separate sitting area, 2 rooms with three beds, 1 double room, 4 twin rooms and 4 bathrooms for sharng.
The wine estate on which Villa Massimiliano is situated on - consists of the Villa itself, built in the early 18th
century by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi, and four other surrounding large farmhouses, each of which is completely independent and can accommodate from 4 to 10 people.
The charm of the estate is tied to its location, right in the center of Tuscany between Arezzo, Florence and Siena and placed on the south-eastern borders of Chianti. A landscapes of typical rolling Tuscan hills will welcome you covered with olive groves, vineyards and woods. Three small private lakes at short walking distance add to the charm of this property!
The winery is dominated by the stone watchtower of Galatrona, proud legacy of an important medieval castle known at least since 963 . Within the estate, facing Villa Massimiliano, stands the ancient Romanesque church of San Giovanni a Galatrona which holds precious renaissance works from the Della Robbia family.
A few hiking paths leave from here towards the ridges that lead to the hamlets of San Leolino, Cennina and Solata – an escape in to Tuscan country life
Activities can be organized during your stay: guided tours visiting the historical cities of art near to us is handy, Winery tours, bike hire, hikes, thermal baths, ATV rental (Quad), Professional photographic tour with lesson, Golf...
Shopping: The Prada outlet is 5 minutes from the villa. Other fashion outlets are at short distance
4 hours daily cleaning service included.? Villa Massimiliano is equipped with Wi-Fi internet access, burglar alarm, independent heating system, phone, washing machine and dishwasher.
Lorenzo is a local chef who we can recommend and book for you during your stay. He offers lovely menus at approx. 35 Euro per person and he arranges food based on your preferences. Lorenzo needs to be booked well in advance as he works on call and has many booking requests.
Another option is working with the maids of the villa, they are not professionally trained cooks but they offer a good level of traditional style - Tuscan home cooking . They are paid 16,5 Euro per hour + 10% vat .The cost of the food shopping is extra and they will provide you with receipts. Wines and drinks not included.
A combination of the 2 options is possible. Half board, Full board, just breakfast or occasional meals is another choice for you.
It is worth remembering that there is 4 hours maid service included in the rental. This time can be directed as you prefer. Eg the maid can prepare breakfast for the group, leaving less time for the cleaning, at no extra costs except grocery shopping, or another maid can be hired for any extra services required during the week: laundry, ironing, baby sitting etc