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Villa Ginestraio is a magnificent property which is the result of meticulous renovation that has transformed an old 13th century Pisan watchtower into an exclusive place of relaxation and well-being.
It is located about four kilometres from the lively historic borgo of Castelfalfi in the pictoresque countryside between the Era valley and the beautiful hills of Florentine Chianti. This elegant, two-storey villa, finely restructured with quality materials of Tuscan tradition, stands on a hill; on the top floor are the comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, each personalised by the warm, enveloping pastel shades of the romantic beds and by lovely ornaments and furnishing accessories, which can comfortably accommodate up to fourteen people in a location which is ideal both for families and for sports-loving and adventurous travellers, given the multitude of sports activities at your fingertips, like the most beautiful golf course in Tuscany, with 27 holes. The house contains a beautiful, spacious living room with billiard table, seating area and dining room connected to the professional kitchen that leads out to a panoramic porch overlooking the rolling hills and then on to a vast, manicured expanse of lawn with a cosy outdoor living area and a children’s play area. The property is enhanced by a luxurious, enclosed pool area which includes a whirlpool and a gazebo set up for relaxing in the shade. Surrounding this inviting setting is the peaceful, regenerating atmosphere of nature, absolute protagonist here, and, at the same time, with plenty of opportunities to learn about the artistic wonders and the numerous borghi that surround Castelfalfi. N.B. From time to time, the owner, a very kind and discreet lady who oversees the maintenance of the garden and pool on the days agreed with the guests, but with full respect for their privacy, stays in an annex near the main house.
The house has two floors; an external stone staircase goes up to the old watchtower where there is today a small porticoed terrace, ideal for enjoying a good glass of wine and which also has access from the inside in correspondence to the small relax room. The main entrance on the ground floor leads into a hallway communicating with a large room that extends along the length of the villa and inside which is a billiard table, a seating area in front of the historic fireplace and a large dining room communicating with the beautiful, fully-equipped kitchen. Also on the ground floor is a sitting room with TV and, up two steps, a bathroom with shower and laundry. A terracotta staircase goes up to the first floor with three double bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, two bedrooms with single, joinable beds with ensuite bathroom and two double bedrooms with fireplace and ensuite bathroom.
A short, cypress-lined driveway takes you from the entrance gate to the parking area near the villa. The property is surrounded by about 2000 sq m of manicured lawn, framed by holm oaks, pines, and old larches that provide shade and relief from the heat on hot summer days. Everything is embellished by shrubs of medicinal plants and bushes of roses and geraniums that lend a touch of colour to this green, tranquil oasis. The house has a beautiful portico accessed from the kitchen French window, set up with table and chairs, ideal for pleasant breakfasts as well as alfresco lunches and dinners. Guests have at their disposal a large brick-built barbecue where they can prepare tasty grills accompanied by a good glass of Tuscan red wine. In addition to the fenced-in lawn that surrounds the property, the remaining 5000 sq m of park adapts to the hilly morphology of the territory and merges into a vast property where olive and fruit trees, pines, willows and larches alternate in the green wooded setting where it is not rare to encounter fallow deer, roe deer, wild boar and squirrels.
The beautiful swimming pool lies in an area of the garden overlooking an open, panoramic landscape, about 50 m from the house and reached down a tuff-paved path. The pool, measuring 9 x 17 m with a varying depth of 1 to 3 m, with a circular hydromassage area with terracotta seating, is lined in sky-blue tiles with a terracotta border and has five Roman steps in terracotta and a ladder for access to the water. All around the pool is the large, tuff-paved sunbathing area, equipped with comfortable sunbeds for relaxing in the sun. There is a cold and hot-water shower and a wooden gazebo with table and armchairs. The pool has chlorine purification and internal and external lighting and so can be used at night as well. The pool is open from the last Saturday of April until the first Saturday of October.
The property is located in the border area between the Pisan and Florentine Hills, a hilly region rich in chestnut woods and land covered in vineyards and olive trees in the centre of Tuscany. The area, of great naturalistic importance, is dotted with numerous little towns full of important historical and architectural evidence; the borgo of Palaia, of ancient Etruscan origins, about 7 km from the house, contains buildings and churches of significant artistic interest and a priceless 13th century parish church perched on a promontory, offering a beautiful panorama that ranges from the Florentine territory to that of Volterra, continuing along the whole upper Valdera to Pisa and the coastal area. The territory offers numerous opportunities for recreation: nature and sports lovers can take advantage of long hiking and mountain biking trails, can ride horses along country paths (the riding club Lo Scoiattolo is about 15 km away, in Treggiaia) or play golf at the 9-hole San Miniato course about 35 km away or at the 27-hole course in Castelfalfi about 6 km away. Wellness fanatics can use the prestigious spa facilities in the area: those of Casciana and Uliveto are just a few kilometres from the property. About 20 km away in Pontedera are all necessary services and shops (although you can also do your shopping in Legoli, just 4 km away) as well as the Piaggio Museum, famous throughout the world, which houses the entire range of historical Vespas. The villa is easily reached from both the north and the south thanks to the A1 motorway (Autostrada del Sole) and the highway that connects Florence, Pisa and Livorno (FI-PI-LI) with the Pontedera exit about 20 km from the property. The airports of the region are very close, with the international one of Pisa about 30 minutes away (35 km) while that of Florence is about 64 km away. In addition, for those wishing to travel by train, Pontedera has an important railway station about 20 km away, directly connected to Florence and Pisa.
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