General Information about the 12th Century Villa near Certaldo:
The setting and location: The villa is located on a ridge, with a great view of San Gimignano, which is only a few miles away, across the beautiful valley of the Elsa river. Located very near the villa used by (former) British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, it is about 25 miles south of Florence, about 20 miles north of Siena and about four miles from the charming small town of Certaldo (birthplace of Boccaccio), with a train station on the line between Florence and Siena. The villa is only a few minutes walk from a popular and very good, traditional Tuscan restaurant. See photos of the house, of the nearby landscape, and of the swimming pool.
The management: The house, its garden and swimming pool are managed by my client and his family. They live in a separate house next door.
Description of the Villa: The very spacious (about 4,000 square feet) five-bedroom (sleeps 10), four bathroom villa dates from the 12th Century and was once a guesthouse of the Catholic Church, located, as it still is, just down the hill from the local duke’s palace. It has been beautifully restored, with original arches, beams, exposed stone and brick, while at the same time being brought up to contemporary standards, with (radiant) central heating, air-conditioning, new insulated wood windows, new plumbing and electric, and modern appliances. It is furnished with many valuable and interesting antiques and original art. WIFI access at no charge is available, as is metered telephone service. A complimentary "starter pack" of fresh food is also provided.
The ground floor has a large, fully-equipped (including dishwasher) kitchen with its own fireplace, huge living/dining room with fireplace and television, two bedrooms with two single beds each, two bathrooms, each with a shower, and a laundry room.
The upper floor has a very large living room, with large, antique billiard table, library, and other tables and chairs, bathroom with shower, three large bedrooms (two with two single beds each and one with two queen-sized beds and private bathroom with shower).
There is also a large, tiled pool, a terraced area and plenty of outdoor furniture for dining and sunbathing.
Terms of rental: Weekly rent for the villa is: €5,500 in July and August and at Christmas; €4,600 in April, May, June and September; and €4,000 in other months. There is no extra charge for heat. All other utilities are included, except air-conditioning charges. Clean linen and towels are provided weekly. Domestic help is available. The pool is open from about June 1 until about September 30. The rental period runs from Saturday afternoon (arrival between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) to the following Saturday morning (departure between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.). Once you let me know a specific rental period in which you are interested, I will check availability with my client. Payment terms are a 30% (of the total rent) non-refundable payment at the time of booking with the non-refundable balance due 60 days before scheduled arrival. Payment is to be made in advance to me, and I will transfer it to my client.
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