VILLA TOUR

The front door opens from a courtyard and garden area where you can park around four cars. There is a shrine to the Virgin Mary which the villagers from Dezza lower in the valley come to pray at once a year. And there is a huge fig tree.

 

You walk into the formal reception room which has a marble floor, and a highly decorative painted ceiling.The doors you can see in the photo open on to a large balcony overlooking the garden and the valley views…

 

Off this room there is a large cloakroom and toilet and what used to be the chapel room (at one stage in its history the house was occupied by an order of nuns). The chapel room too has a beautiful ceiling.The next room you come to is one of the most beautiful in the house. At present it is set out as a formal dining room but we may turn it into a music room. It has frescoes on all the walls and a sky scene with cherubs across the ceiling

 

You then come to a split level study / library. Like many of the rooms in the house the ceiling is made of old chestnut beams.And through that room there is a very large more relaxed living room with great views.

 

As regards bedrooms there are two suites and three further double bedrooms one of which has twin beds.

Suite number one consists of a very large bedroom with four poster bed; a dressing room; an ensuite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath

Suite number two consists of an enormous bedroom and living room area with massively timbered roof and an ensuite shower room.

The other three double rooms all have great views; lots of storage and furniture designed by Lorenzo Paccini. Lorenzo who knows the house well designed the kitchen and the four poster bed to match the house’s intrinsic style.

 

There are then two further family bathrooms-one with a bath and a shower; the other with a shower. All the bathrooms are designed in blue and white ceramic tiles in what is I suppose a Spanish style. We put in two separate cloakrooms / wcs. One near the garden and one by the formal reception rooms.

One of the great features of the house is the kitchen dining area. The dining room was made by knocking two rooms into one and dropping floor levels down to create a large cool dining area with stone flagging and leading directly out into the garden.The kitchen then was specially designed for the house from chestnut wood and carrara marble. It includes a pizza oven which we have had restored and is now fully functioning plus all the modern equipment like dishwasher, microwave, large hob, oven etc. Fridge and freezer facilities are in the adjacent utility room.

 

There are quite a few other rooms: a garden room, a large lovely room we are not too sure what to do with; a laundry room etc.
But when you are at the house you will spend most of your time in the garden. There is a main garden area at the back of the house (i.e. looking across the valley) with two small terraces underneath.

 

We put in a new swimming pool during 2006 and relandscaped the garden. The pool is 11.5 metres long so fine for swimming or just cooling off after a hot Tuscany day. There is a solar powered shower next to it.