13th century farmstead (circa 1292) - Belonging to an Archbishop, Villa Florentine was rented out during medieval times as a farmstead. It has been completely reconstructed while still following the original floor plan, a requirement in Tuscany for the preservation of historical homes. The estate is comprised of three stone buildings that appear adjoined on the outside yet are not internally connected. These sections represent the former: homestead, barn and the pollaio or chicken coop. Villa Florentine successfully blends an ancient structure with the modern comforts of today's home. The furnishings, fixtures and décor are of the highest quality and complement all the authentic features: stone walls (measuring over 2 feet wide in some areas), bricked arches, wood beam ceilings and terracotta flooring on the lower level. Wood parquet floors are on the upper floors. The interior designer used pastel washed walls and Florentine silk fabrics.
Interior Amenities: All rooms are air conditioned. The two kitchens and the bedrooms have screened windows, with the exception of the cottage. The spacious bedrooms are comparable with each having its own bathroom accessed en suite. The one exception is bedroom no. 4 which shares an adjacent bathroom with bedroom no. 5, a small bedroom with a sofabed for children under 12. For entertainment, the living room seating 8 has a large flat screen TV with some movie channels in English language and a CD player with an Ipod dock. For those with a laptop, there are high speed Internet outlets in the foyer and the bedrooms. A couple of portable hairdryers are available.
Layout Notes: Inside, the focal point is the main dining room with a large open-hearth fireplace and oversized glass entry doors. This room is large enough to seat all guests and does so comfortably. There are two small living areas with one seating 8 and the other 12. The bedrooms are made up with queen beds - upon request, the beds in four bedrooms can be turned into singles. The cottage is designed for wheelchair access with a path leading to the dining patio and the main dining room.