Villa Clarentis

San Gimignano

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Ground floor 2

First floor

The Setting

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This private Villa, situated in the heart of Tuscany and Chianti, sleeps up to 12 and its annex, the Porcile sleeps 2 + 2 children. Each can be rented for min. 1 week in the season, May-October, from Saturday to Saturday and outside the season also for long weekends.

Villa Clarentis lends itself to great family holidays as well as to important entertaining, both of family, friends and business contacts. It is very comfortable and equipped to cater for large numbers inside as well as outside. It has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday in a Tuscan Country House - space, beautiful views, a sense of history and a very central position for touring.

The Villa: 3 double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms,1 twin with ensuite bathroom, 2 twin bedrooms that share a bathroom. All bedrooms fitted with flyscreens! 1 bathroom on the ground floor.

The Porcile: 1 open space room with kitchen, living and a double bed plus an open balcony that can sleep 2. 1 bathroom.

Swimming Pool. Cleaning, 3 times a week, cooking can be arranged by request.
Central Heating (extra). Telephone. Hi-fi. Internet plug-in available. TV&Video. Completely equipped modern kitchen, laundry room with washing machine, tumble drier and ironing facilities.
Golf 20 km, Tennis 1 km., Riding 3 km. Supermarket 10 min.
San Gimignano 8 min, Florence 40 min., Siena 30 min., Volterra 35 min., Pisa 1 hour, Lucca 1 hour,
Cusona 5 min.

Villa Clarentis was originally a large fortified tower that guarded the pilgrims on their way to Rome. Later it became a defense and signaling tower, situated in what was in the turbulent 1500 Century a strategic position for the defense of San Gimignano against Siena and Florence.

The position:

The views from the Villa are truly extraordinary, both of San Gimignano and of the surrounding countryside on clear days with a view of the 5 pinnacles of Carrara, all the way past Lucca to the Apennines. In a series of undiscovered valleys, hills roll away, collating meadows, forests, vineyards and olive groves with hill top farmhouses, and villages, dominated by the silhouettes of San Gimignano's famous towers. In the morning light you can see every detail and window of San Gimignano and in the evening this amazing town displays its proud silhouettes striving towards the sunset above the background hills. For good reasons this most famous of Italian medival towns has been called "The first New York".

The Villa:

On the ground floor a grand entrance hall with a single barreled ceiling leads to a very large, comfortable and elegantly furnished room with a marvelous high, double vaulted ceiling springing from brick piers. These vaults make natural divisions to form a drawing room including a grand piano and a large open Tuscan fireplace as well as a dining room. There is another drawing room on this floor equipped with TV, Video and a satellite receiver as well as an open Tuscan fireplace. The  farmhouse dining kitchen with a pizza oven and larder forms a connection between this and the hall and has an outside dining courtyard with barbecue. The laundry room, cloakroom and bathroom off the hall complete the arrangements on this floor.

The first floor, reached both by external and internal stairs, has a sitting- room, and access to a shaded, furnished terrace at the rear, with a barbeque. There are three double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, 1 twin bedroom wit ensuite bathroom and 2 twin bedrooms that share a bathroom, One bedroom has a door to the terrace. The bedrooms have exposed beamed ceilings and color-washed walls.

Decoration and furniture are everywhere selected to enhance all the special features of a Country House with beautiful furniture, antique as well as Arne Jacobsen designed modern Danish furniture collected by the diplomat owners on their extensive travels. It exudes a warm and cozy atmosphere.

The Garden:

Outside, there are carefully nurtured gardens with gently sloping lawns and several inviting places to relax and celebrate the views with a cool glass of wine. The swimming pool with its mosaic lining sparkles invitingly in the sunshine. Beyond the garden, wines, olives and cypresses frame the extraordinary Tuscan views, and tempt you to long walks

The Porcile:

The Porcile is an idyllic and private self contained flat/annex, open spaced living, sleeping, kitchenette plus a bathroom with shower as well as its own private terrace and entrance.

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