tuscany, Italy

Villa Ghizzano

Low season per night from$1,643High season per night from$2,468

Style

Fairytale farmhouse

Setting

Corner of Chianti

Sleeps

10

Set between Florence, Pisa and Siena, Tuscan farmhouse Villa Ghizzano​ is set on the sprawling Castelfalfi Estate, which contains the village of the same name. Restored by local craftsmen, the villa and its original exposed-beam ceilings and honey-hued stone exterior have been spruced up and retained. French doors lead from the spacious indoor living area to the alfresco pergola, terraces, manicured gardens and glittering pool. Just beyond, you’ll find the estate’s 27-hole golf course, tennis courts, hiking and cycling trails, indulgent spa and three restaurants; a 20-minute drive will gets you to the mediaeval hilltop town of Volterra. Cook dinners in this family-friendly villa’s large Tuscan kitchen, or call a local chef for lessons in traditional techniques. After leisurely meals, settle around the fireplace with a bottle of local wine, or make your way out to the terrace and enjoy the lavender-scented evening breezes.

Smith Extra

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A set of luxurious Aesop bath products (shampoo and conditioner, geranium-infused body cleanser, a bottle of zingy citrus body balm and a 'body-cleansing slab' of soap) and a six-bottle case of red and white Tuscan wines

First Glance

  • This typical Tuscan building has a honey-hued stone façade, external staircase and a dainty balcony on the first floor.
  • Inside, you’ll look up to vaulted ceilings with original exposed beams and down to terracotta floors. The villa is decorated with a mix of modern furnishings and Italian antiques.
  • A large stone staircase leads to the first-floor sitting room, which has a fireplace and direct access to a small balcony, which has steps back down to the garden level.
  • The large, fully-equipped kitchen has a central countertop that’s ready to host cooking classes.
  • Next to the kitchen there’s a large dining room with direct access to the garden and alfresco dining area.
  • The spacious living room has a triumvirate of vaulted spaces with terracotta floors, cosy seating and a working fireplace.
  • Additional guest bathroom.

Villa highlights

  • Traditional Tuscan style
  • Family friendly
  • Included activities

Sleeping arrangements

  • Cosy (15sq m) Bedroom 1 is set on the ground floor and has direct access to the garden. Inside, there’s a queen-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with a rainfall shower. This bedroom is suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • Spacious (23sq m) Bedroom 2 is set on the first floor and has views of the swimming pool and golf course. It has a king-size bed (or twins, on request), a dressing room and large ensuite bathroom with freestanding tub and a separate walk-in shower.
  • Located on the first floor, Bedroom 3 has views of the golf course and castle Castelfalfi in the distance. This 17sq m room has a king-size bed (or twins, on request) and an ensuite bathroom with a large walk-in rainfall shower.
  • Set on the first floor next to the living room, spacious (22sq m) Bedroom 4 has views over the swimming pool, a dressing room and a marble ensuite bathroom with a walk-in rainfall shower. There’s also a king-size bed (or twins, on request).
  • Bedroom 5 has views of the woods and garden from its first-floor vantage point. This 17sq m room has a king-size bed (or twins, on request) and an ensuite bathroom – accessed through the dressing room – with a large walk-in rainfall shower.
  • All bathrooms and showers are made of precious local marble.

Key kit

  • Free WiFi throughout
  • Sound system
  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Gas barbecue
  • Alfresco pizza oven
  • Housekeeping service six days a week, for two hours a day
  • High chair and baby cot available on request
  • Nanny services are available on request and for an additional charge
  • Laundry room

Poolside

  • The unheated 60sq m swimming pool is set next to the villa and is 1.5m deep throughout.
  • Sofas, chairs and four sunloungers are set around the pool terrace and on the covered lounge terrace.
  • There’s a pool house with a shower and bathroom.

Grounds

  • The villa is set beside the Castelfalfi golf course and is surrounded 3,000sq m of tree-filled grounds and gardens, sweetly scented by rosemary and lavender bushes.
  • There’s a small playground by the pool.
  • There’s a covered outdoor lounge and dining area, a barbecue and an alfresco pizza oven.
  • Up to three cars can park under under a pergola and more can park uncovered nearby.

Location

  • The villa is located within the Castelfalfi Lake Golf Course, just off a quiet country track that leads to a couple of other villas.
  • The small hamlet of Castelfalfi is a five-minute drive from the villa.
  • Pisa’s Galileo Galilei International Airport is 50 minutes away by car, and Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport is just over an hour away by car.
  • The villa is an hour’s drive from Florence and Siena.

The Guestbook

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