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Private Villa with Pool in a Botanic Garden Near Florence

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The house and the garden are intertwined as if in symbiosis.

The house and the garden are intertwined as if in symbiosis. The house emerges unexpectedly from a large clearing surrounded by ancient oaks. The pool overlooking the Arno Valley The water, light, and energy of our lives that reflect, heat, and embrace. La Selva is a perfect place for a family reunion or to celebrate a wedding Lovingly restored, using only natural materials. The original character of the house has been carefully preserved. kitchen fully equipped with wood fired-pizza oven The dining room can host up to 30 persons in 2 table The original three-hundred year old fireplace Bathroom with tub; overlooking the Arno valley Lunch al fresco in front of the dining room A wedding table with 60 seats under the secular oak in front of the villa The property seen from Luciano helicopter. Amphitheatre, Villa and swimming pool The open-air private amphitheatre is available for private events Our amphitheatre is a perfect place to host a wedding celebration. A wedding dinner in front of the villa with around 100 guests (in 2 tables). Visit the villa website to view the photos of the room Visit the villa website to view the photos of the room

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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Cavriglia villa description

Surrounded by centuries-old oaks, olive groves and meadows,the ancient stone farmhouse lies nestled in the Chianti hills within a 30-kms radius of Florence, Siena and Arezzo in a vast natural garden.

The villa was built more than 300 years ago; the restoration has kept the spirit of the house, respecting the original architecture with use of hand-made special materials following bio-architecture parameters.

The villa is in the middle of a 13-hectare (32 acres) private botanical garden (Giardino del Belvedere) with olive trees, meadows, forest of ancient oaks trees, an amphitheatre and a salt water private swimming pool.

Our private villa hosts a single group of guests at a time.
Being the only residents, the quality and privacy of their stay is guaranteed.

The villa, the swimming pool and the garden is always completely private and can host up to 16 persons in rooms with en-suite bathroom.

La Selva Giardino del Belvedere is the perfect place to discover Tuscany for a family reunion, a gathering of friend, a wedding, a meeting.

The Amphitheatre: In the wood of centuries-old oaks above the house, there is a stone theatre in perfect harmony with nature.

Extensive natural garden stretch out towards the mountains on the horizon, with inviting pathways which meander through meadows of wild flowers. The house itself reflects the total peace and tranquility of its surroundings.

The rooms are spacious, furnished with antiques, yet offering every modern convenience.
Giardino del Belvedere is a house for all seasons. The old stone walls keep it cool in the summer sun, while great open fireplaces offer warmth and comfort during cooler months.


LOCATION:
La Selva Giardino del Belvedere is located in Tuscany on the Chianti Hills within a 30 kms radius of Arezzo, Siena and Firenze.

- 0.6 km to main road
- 1 Km (a scenic uphill walk) or 5 min. by car there is :
Montegonzi, a nice small village with a food shop, cafè, a good restaurant (Osteria di Montegonzi), church and a post office.
and Borgo di Fontebussi, an historic Tuscan village turned resort with a top chef restaurant
- 3 km from 2 horseback riding centers
- 6 km to Montevarchi, the main town of the Arno Valley, Montevarchi have a large shopping area, excellent shooping Prada, Gucci, Armani, Dolce e Gabbana factory shop, restaurants, tennis courts a regular train service to Florence, Arezzo (and every main italy city), taxi , car rental, pharmacy, hospital, indoor-outdoor swimming pool
- 10 km to major highway of Italy A1
- 40 km to Arezzo (40 min. by train)
- 40 Km to Siena
- 40 Km to Firenze (40 min. by train)

12 Unesco World Heritage Sites within 200 kms

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FLOOR PLANS:

GROUND FLOOR: (2 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
- Lunch al fresco
- Spacious living and dining room with LCD TV, Satellite, DVD/DIVX player, Wireless High speed Internet, telephone and large open fireplace
- Music room with stereo, CD player, MP3, iPod docking station, piano. The room has a direct access to the Swimming Pool overlooking the Arno Valley
- 2nd living area with TV and fireplace
- 1 kitchen fully equipped with fridge-freezer, large stove\oven, dishwasher and wood fired-pizza oven
- 1 kitchen well furnished with fridge-freezer, large stove\oven and dishwasher
- 1 bedroom with queen bed
- 1 bedroom with queen bed and extra bed
- 1 bathroom with tub
- 1 bathroom

Separate laundry room with 2 washing machines (in the same building)

FIRST FLOOR: (5 large bedrooms, 4 bathrooms)
- Lounge room with 3 arched windows over looking the grounds
- 1 bedroom with queen bed and en-suite bathroom with tub
- 1 bedroom with queen bed and en-suite bathroom with tub
- 1 twin bedded room (beds can be joined upon request) and en-suite bathroom with shower
- 1 bedroom with queen bed and an extra single bed (on request) w/shared bathroom with shower
- 1 twin bedded room with shared bathroom with shower

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INCLUDED SERVICES:

• On Saturday welcome Tuscan dinner prepared by our cook Maria
• Wi-Fi internet (free)
• Private salt-water swimming pool open from 04 May to 02 November
• Cleaning 3 day a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
• Linens for bed, bath and table
• Pool towels
• Weekly change of linens
• Final Cleaning
• 1 GPS car navigation system TOMTOM (with useful point of interest)
• 2 Washing machines
• 2 Fully equipped kitchens
• 2 Dishwasher machines
• 2 Large ovens, american coffee machine, italian moka coffee maker, toaster, electric kettle
• 2 Refrigerators with freezer
• 2 Wood pizza ovens (1 in the villa, 1 in the garden)
• 2 Wood fireplaces
• Central heating (charged by consumption)
• Barbecue
• Phone line
• Electricity
• Water (excellent from our well)
• LCD TV - DVD/DIVX player
• Full stereo with CD player and speakers for iPod
• Satellite television in multiple languages
• Piano
• Gas for kitchen use
• Iron, Ironing board
• Hair dryers
• Screen on windows
• Floor fans in each bedroom (available on request at no charge)
• Baby beds and highchairs (available on request at no charge)
• Private car parking in the property
• Municipality tourist tax


NOT included / available on request:

• First grocery shopping (shops are closed on Sunday)
• Tuscany dinner prepared by our cook
• Daily English breakfast
• Tuscany cooking class
• Wine dinner with sommelier
• Order Wine & champagne delivered at LA SELVA
• Daily Cleaning
• English speaking baby sitter
• Gas for heating (upon consumption)
• Airport/train station transfer / Taxi
• Car rental (delivery and collect of the car at the villa)
• Private bus rental with driver
• Personal guide for Florence, Chianti, Siena, Lucca, Pisa
• Massage therapist at the villa: Manual lymphatic drainage, Foot reflexology, Zero Balancing, ISTreatment, etc.
• Wine cellar visit with wine tasting
• Fashion outlets excursions (Prada, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, and many others are located in the area)
• Cell phone rental
• PA system with mixer and microphone
• Gas for heating (upon consumption)
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Keywords: Private Villa

Property Type

  • 400 m²
  • Villa
  • 2 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible
      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Massage
      • Private Chef
      • Staff
      • Concierge
      • Housekeeper Optional
      • Car Available
      • Chauffeur

      Suitability

      • Wheelchair Accessible:

        2 ground floor bedrooms with bath, please ask as for detail info. We had guests with reduced mobility...moreless

      • Pets Considered
      • Non Smoking Only
      • Children Welcome

      Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 14-16

      Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms

      Kitchen & Dining

      • Kitchen:

        (2) 2 kitchens fully equipped: one with fridge-freezer, large stove\oven, dishwasher and wood fired-pizza oven. the other with fridge-freezer, large stove\oven, dishwasher with dining room....moreless

      • Coffee Maker:

        We have 5 italian coffee maker (Bialetti moka) and 1 american coffee maker. M anual coffee grinder...moreless

      • Catering Available:

        Our chef Maria will be happy to prepare for you her tuscan specialities...moreless

      • Dishes & Utensils
      • Ice Maker
      • Cooking Utensils

      Amenities

      • Linens Provided:

        Linens for bed, bath and table Pool towels...moreless

      • Wood Fireplace:

        (2) Free wood for fireplace and pizza oven...moreless

      • Parking Off Street:

        Private parking in the property...moreless

      • Washing Machine:

        (2)...moreless

      • Hair Dryer
      • Iron & Board
      • Babysitter
      • Living Room seats 25
      • Fireplace
      • Wood Stove
      • Towels Provided
      • Heating

      Other Amenities

          • Natural botanical garden of 32 acres (13 hectares) with meadows groves of secular oaks trees and an outdoor stone theather. INCLUDED SERVICES: Saturday welcome Tuscan dinner prepared by our chef Maria, Wireless High speed Internet (free), Cleaning 3 day a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), Final Cleaning, Linens for bed, bath and table, Pool towels, Weekly change of linens, 1 GPS navigation system TOMTOM (with useful point of interest), 2 Washing machines, 2 Dishwasher machines, Phone line, Electricity, Water (excellent from our well), LCD TV, DVD/DIVX player, Full stereo, tape, CD player, speakers for iPod, Satellite television in multiple languages, Piano, 2 wood pizza oven, Barbecue, Wood for fireplace and pizza oven, Gas for kitchen use, American Coffee Machine, Toaster, 2 large Oven, Iron, Ironing board, 3 Hair dryer...moreless

          Entertainment

          • Satellite / Cable:

            News (channel #) 526 cnn, 528 cnbc, 529 bloomberg, 530 bbc, 531 france24 in english, 541 france24 in french, 546 zdf, Enertainement / Sitcom channels (channel #) from 111 to 180 Movie (channel #) from 301 to 320 Documentary (channel #) from 401 to 430...moreless

          • Television:

            LCD TV...moreless

          • DVD Player
          • Music Library
          • CD Player
          • Books
          • Stereo

          Communications

          • Telephone
          • Wireless Internet
          • Broadband Access

          Pool & Spa

              Outdoor Features

              • Lawn / Garden:

                The villa is in the middle of a 13 hectares (32 acres) of private botanical garden (Giardino del Belvedere) with oliv trees, meadows, forest of secular oaks trees and an amphitheatre. ...moreless

              • Deck / Patio
              • Gazebo
              • Outdoor Grill

              Theme

              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions
              • Family
              • Historic

              Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    Surrounded by centuries-old oaks, olive groves and meadows,the ancient stone farmhouse lies nestled in the Chianti hills within a 30-kms radius of Florence, Siena and Arezzo in a vast natural botanic garden....moreless

                  Car

                      • Necessary

                      Activities

                      • Medical Services
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Cycling
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Hospital
                      • Groceries
                      • Swimming
                      • Golf
                      • Equestrian Events
                      • Hunting
                      • Fishing
                      • Tennis
                      • Hiking
                      • Hot Air Ballooning
                      • Antiquing
                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Live Theater
                      • Duty Free Shops
                      • Churches
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Cinemas
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Shopping
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Outlet Shopping
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Walking
                      • Scenic Drives

                      Other Activities

                          • The open-air private stone theatre was designed and built in 2002 by the owner Paolo Cioncolini. Nestled in the heart of the woods and set against the natural backdrop of spectacular oaks and junipers, our theatre is the perfect place to host your private event or wedding. - Medieval/Renaissance towns throughout areas, from main sites (Florence, Siena, Arezzo) to picturesque Castles, Abbeys and Hamlets - Markets with local produce, fine wines. -Thermal Spas 30-45 min. drive. - Easy country walks at your doorstep, serious trekking trails in nearby hills. FASHION DESIGNER OUTLETS ### SPACE (10 Km from the villa) Prada, MiuMiu, Church's ### Dolce & Gabbana (35 km from the villa) ### Fashion Valley - Outlet (35 km from the villa) bally, blauer, caleffi, cp company under 16, dsquared2, ermanno scervino, guzzini, john richmond, marc jacobs, santoni, versace, vicini, viktor & rolf, vivienne westwood, zagliani, zanotti design ### THE MALL (40 km from the villa) alexander mcqueen, armani, balenciaga, bottega veneta, burberry, dior, zegna, fendi, gucci, hogan, loro piana, roberto cavalli, salvatore ferragamo, sergio rossi, tod's, valentino, yves saint laurent, and more ### Valdichiana Outlet Village (40 km from the villa) 140 shops included : Adidas, Brums, Calvin Klein, Calzedonia - Intimissimi, Conte Of Florence, Gant, Gap, Guess, Henry Cotton's, Levi's - Dockers, Nike, Piquadro, Puma, Replay, Samsonite, Sisley, ### Barberino Designer Outlet (85 km from the villa, north of Florence) 100 shops included: Adidas, Belstaff, Blumarine, Bose, Calvin Klein, Calzedonia, Roberto Cavalli, D&G, Diesel Kid, Furla, Geox, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Timberland, Trussardi Jeans, Wrangler...moreless
                           

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                          • Un posto magico... An enchanted place.

                            Un posto magico... An enchanted place.

                            • Guest Gino (Houston, TX USA)
                            • Date of stay 08/10/13
                            • Review Submitted 12/18/13
                            Since I live in both worlds I am happy to add my comments in English and Italian: La Selva, August 2013 La Selva is an enchanting and enchanted place where magic dreams become a reality to share with dear persons. Like in a fairy tale, friends and relatives from all over the world converged to La Selva to celebrate and honor the wedding of my son Diego and Klara, in a magic environment that exceeded everybody's fantasy and expectations. Thank you from the heart to the owners Francesco, Paolo, Anna, and to Elisabetta, Maria and the entire staff for having helped all of us, discreetly and efficiently, to realize a dream wedding and an unforgettable week! Gino Candida Diego's father ... also on behalf of so many friends from Sweden, Brazil, Norway, USA, Finland, Greece, China, Iceland, England, Ireland, Italy and more.!! -------------------------------------------------------- Description and photos of the property, services and amenities accurately reflect the listing and the owners were extremely accommodating in procuring additional information, equipment and services (e.g. a projection screen, a printer, a P.A., etc. at discounted prices). Catering by "I Vecchi Amici" for the wedding and various other parties was excellent and the food delicious. Sightseeing attractions within 50 miles range are too numerous to even list. There is something for everybody. To sum it up, I would recommend La Selva to anybody who wants to have a celebration, a family reunion or simply a week of peace and relaxation with family and friends in a picturesque and serene environment. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- La Selva, agosto 2013 Un posto incantevole ed incantato dove i sogni di magia diventano una realta' da condividere con persone ed amici cari. Come in una favola, parenti ed amici da tutto il mondo sono convenuti a La Selva per celebrare ed onorare il matrimonio di Diego e Klara in un ambiente magico che ha superato immaginazione e aspettative di tutti. Grazie di cuore ai proprietari, Francesco, Paolo, Anna e a Elisabetta, Maria, i servizi di catering e tutto il personale per averci discretamente, ma molto abilmente, aiutato a realizzare un matrimonio da sogno e una settimana indimenticabile. Gino Candida Papa' di Diego ...anche a nome di tanti amici da Svezia, Brasile, Norvegia, USA, Finlandia, Grecia, Cina, Islanda, Inghilterra, Irlanda, Italia e piu'...

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers.

                            Owner response: It was a great pleasure to host Gino, Diego and Klara with family and friends at Selva and receive this nice letter. Me (Francesco), my parents and all the staff that worked for the wedding want to thank you for your kindness and gratitude. It was an amazing party week with 100 guests from all over the world that joined here in Tuscany to celebrate a beautiful wedding !! E' stato un grande piacere ospitare la vostra famiglia a La Selva e ricevere questa bella recensione. Io (Francesco), i miei genitori e tutto lo staff che hanno lavorato per il matrimonio di Diego e Klara vi ringraziamo per la vostra gentilezza e gratitudine. E' stata una settimana di festa incredibile con 100 ospiti provenienti da tutto il mondo che si sono ritrovati qui in Toscana per celebrare un bellissimo matrimonio!

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                          • Carole - Sydney Australia

                            Carole - Sydney Australia

                            • Guest LanCar (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
                            • Date of stay 11/03/13
                            • Review Submitted 11/21/13
                            For us the Villa was perfect. The tastefully decorated and comfortable interiors made us feel we were at home particularly with the cosy fire burning morning & night. Very comfortable beds and pillows which is a must when you are staying for several days. Give yourself time to relax and enjoy the house, sit, take in the surrounds and enjoy, even if it's raining! Sit upstairs and enjoy the view, great for the soul. The garden swing took me back to my childhood and strolls around the gardens and forest consumed lazy afternoons collecting kindling for the fire. Plenty of cut firewood in the nearby shed. Loved the well equipped kitchen and our cooking class with Maria was a real lesson in preparing and cooking hearty Italian cuisine. Collecting, cleaning and cooking the fresh forest mushrooms and then gathering around for dinner eating them with our home made pasta was memorable not to mention the accompanying vino! We felt we fitted into the Tuscan life within a few days. Francesco and his family were great hosts and shared their Italian sense of family and hospitality beautifully. Oh and it's a must to feed the house cat, but don't let him in! What else can I say we highly recommend the villa and would love to return some time in the future, lovely memories.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.

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                          • Just Lovely....

                            Just Lovely....

                            • Guest Emma2013 (UK)
                            • Date of stay 10/26/13
                            • Review Submitted 11/05/13
                            La Selva is a delight, its a real home from home which is a blessing if you are fed up with vacuous 5 star hotel. The bedrooms are clean and comfortable and its very quiet - even with kids jumping around in the room next door. I love that the reception rooms are lived in, the odd family drawing, things they think you may find interesting. Great big real fire and huge table to sit 15 around! There is plenty of space and the grounds go on forever. The outside theatre is a fine place to find the diva in you. Thank you so much to Francesco and his family for being so welcoming. Finding White Truffles with dogs, relaxing in the thermal spa (on route to Siena, you really must go!), making pizzas in the wood-fired oven, treasure hunts, wine-tasting, visiting Siena, Arezzo and Florence - phew a whole lot packed into such a short time. Francesco can arrange all these events and help you out to have the best Tuscan experience. Can't wait to return... x

                            Recommended for: Pet owners, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children.

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                          • Lovely home for a Family Reunion

                            Lovely home for a Family Reunion

                            • Guest Marielle (Basel, Switzerland)
                            • Date of stay 09/28/13
                            • Review Submitted 10/26/13
                            The La Selva Villa was a lovely home, great for our family reunion for which we had people converging in Tuscany from the US, Philippines, and Switzerland. The property was clean and well-maintained, the kitchen had all the tools one would need to cook up a feast, the living areas in the first and second floors were spacious, and every room in the house had its own bathroom -- an important feature when you're in a big group! The hospitality of Francesco and his family were top notch. From before we had arrived at the villa (e.g. helping arrange for car rental, train station pick-up etc.), to our welcome dinner, and throughout the duration of our stay. Francesco had prepared various activities we could do -- such as trips to Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca; or wine tasting in Cortona. With very specific addresses and GPS coordinates, Francesco's program made it really easy to drive around a foreign place without getting lost. And once we had soaked up the beauty of the Tuscan region, it was an added bonus that La Selva is conveniently located close to several high fashion outlets! (Not a bad option to have especially on a rainy day.) For 10 days, and for a home away from home, La Selva was perfect.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.

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                          • Shabby not chic

                            Shabby not chic

                            • Guest luv2travL (United States)
                            • Date of stay 09/21/13
                            • Review Submitted 10/17/13
                            My experience at La Selva was fabulous mostly because of my beautiful , fun-loving family with whom I shared this space. We all enjoyed touring the cities of Sienna, Pisa, Florence, and Arrezzo , all within an hour or so of La Selva. One of the owners Francesco made our stay at La Selva enjoyable as he scheduled a FANTASTIC luncheon and tour at a local winery which we all enjoyed thoroughly! Francesco also took us all on a tour of the local town of Cavriglia - we saw how the real Tuscans live! La Selva, is hidden up a dirt road and a little difficult to locate. There are no views from the house of the Arno valley but, you can hike up the road to see some beautiful valley views. The pool was sparkling clean, but was surrounded by a splintered deck and dilapidated deck chairs. Upon arrival my husband and I were surprised by the rustic appearance of the yard surrounding La Selva. But, when we entered we were even more surprised by the unkempt nature of the downstairs rooms. The first floor of La Selva was not made ready for new guests as one might expect a vacation villa rental to be prepared. The rooms were dusty. The kitchen was not clean. We did arrive at about 4:30pm and the owner stated they expected us around 6pm. But even when the "housekeeper" visited throughout the week she only changed sheets, and didn't address any tasks one would normally associate with "housekeeping". Upstairs the bedrooms were all beautifully updated, had screened windows, and immaculately tiled bathrooms. The bedroom we stayed in was the front bedroom on the right looking out the windows. The nights were very peaceful and quiet. The best feature of La Selva is Francesco. A very congenial, interested host and helpful concierge who enjoys helping his guests.

                            Recommended for: Adventure seekers.

                            Owner response: I, Francesco had the pleasure to spent time with the guests in many occasions and I’m happy to read about the fabulous experience at La Selva including the surroundings, the lunch with tour of a local winery and my work but I’m sorry to know now (one month after the stay) that something was not as expected. La Selva is located 6 miles / 15 min drive from the A1 highway exit and the last 500 yards are on a dirt road; after the reservation and before check-in I always send by e-mail to my guests the detailed driving directions with photographs of all the roads intersections from the highway exit to the villa parking. The Villa is in the middle of a 32 acres botanic garden purposely kept in a semi-natural state; by the swimming pool we actually have 2 garden sofas, 15 deck chairs and other garden furnitures all made of wood; we just replaced 2 deck chairs and the annual maintenance of the pool area will be made in November. Guests arrival was expected by 6pm as previously arranged by email with the group leader; the same day we had 12 guests checking-out in the morning and the cleaning of the entire villa (7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 living room, 1 dining room, 1 lounge, 2 kitchens, pool and garden) that usually end by 4.30pm was completed by 5.30pm; we apologize for this delay. In the main kitchen Maria (our cook) was preparing the welcome dinner offered by my family to the new guests and the kitchen was cleaned by the end of the dinner. The villa rental also include the cleaning 3 day a week (Mon – Tue – Thu) and Maria our housekeeper makes the beds, clean the rooms of the villa that need to be cleaned but usually do not change the sheets unless needed or requested by the guests (at no cost). I would have appreciated if the couple had told me about any inconvenience during the stay by email or phone (using the villa phone) or in any other occasions when we met. I encourage prospective clients to read all the reviews including the previous “Food, Wine, Olives and more. The Real Tuscany!” written by one member of the same family who have stayed at La Selva during the same week.

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                          • Food, Wine, Olives and more. The Real Tuscany!

                            Food, Wine, Olives and more. The Real Tuscany!

                            • Guest Muddhome (Pennsylvania)
                            • Date of stay 09/21/13
                            • Review Submitted 10/02/13
                            We had a wonderful time at La Selva. It's a renovated dwelling in a beautiful setting that was very comfortable for our group of 12. The ownership and staff made us feel so welcome, and their guidance in suggesting destinations, travel guidance and restaurants were very helpful. Maria is an outstanding chef! We requested a special traditional Tuscan dinner for my wife's birthday and it was delicious. Best lasagna I ever had. Ever! I also requested a special service in that I wanted to experience the Tuscan hills up close and personal. Being an avid bike rider, I rented a mountain bike with the assistance of Francesco. The bike was waiting for me upon arrival and all I had to bring was my helmet and clipless shoes. Francesco, also an avid rider, was gracious enough to take me on a couple of very scenic rides through and in the hills of Tuscany. We rode on road and off road and I got to see some places that I most likely would never get to see. To me that is the "real" Tuscany. I highly recommend it for those capable of riding; besides, Francesco likes to ride! All in all, we had a very pleasant experience at La Selva once we settled into the mindset of being in Tuscany. Everyone, including people we didn't even know, made us feel like family. Molto bene!

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers.

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                          • A beautiful Tuscan retreat

                            A beautiful Tuscan retreat

                            • Guest Steven who (Edinburgh, Scotlahd)
                            • Date of stay 06/29/13
                            • Review Submitted 09/01/13
                            My daughter's wedding was held at La Selva in early July. This is a beautiful place to stay and relax. The villa has been beautifully restored and sits in wonderful grounds. It has a lovely pool and the villa is beautifully furnished in a traditional Tuscan way. It is situated not far from the town of Montevarchi which has some good restaurants and shopping. Additionally you are close to 'Chiantishire' and if you stay make sure you take a trip to Rada and other hill towns - the views are wonderful and even better with a glass of Chianti in your hand ! I would strongly recommend La Selva for weddings but it is ideal accommodation for an extended family holiday.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, tourists without a car, families with young children, families with teenagers.

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                          • Wine Tasting in Tuscany

                            Wine Tasting in Tuscany

                            • Guest Karen (Oyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland)
                            • Date of stay 06/15/13
                            • Review Submitted 08/29/13
                            12 members of our village enjoyed a wonderful week thanks to Francesco and his family. Initially we thought the house was a little shabby, but the character and peacefulness of the house and estate won us over. Francesco could not have been more helpful and his suggestions and contacts for restaurants and local wine tastings were superb. We enjoyed meeting Francesco at the local market and using local produce to prepare meals in the well stocked if not slightly chaotic kitchens. We even managed to make us of the amphitheatre in the grounds of the house for a performance of a play written by 2 of the guests. We thoroughly recommend a week in this beautiful place. The meal at Osteria di Montegonzi was a real highlight for us together with a fantastic tour of Sienna with Maria Elena Torchio. Thanks again to Francesco for all his help in making our holiday so special.

                            Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children.

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                          • Paradiso in Toscana

                            Paradiso in Toscana

                            • Guest Vedika (United States)
                            • Date of stay 08/10/13
                            • Review Submitted 08/22/13
                            Our daughter and son-in-law planned their wedding celebration in Tuscany to be close to European relatives and friends, and to have the opportunity to share a week long celebration in the beautiful countryside. La Selva was the perfect setting and Francesco and his family were the perfect hosts from the first moment of planning the festivities to the beautiful tables, delicious, mouth-watering food, wonderful service and positive willingness to help with each detail (including helping us find a soccer field!) The villa has been lovingly restored and is a pleasure to stay in. The surrounding gardens are a joy to wander through admiring the olive trees, flowers and art. It could not have been better and we are already planning when we can return.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers.

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                          • Exceptional Tuscan Experience

                            Exceptional Tuscan Experience

                            • Guest Val and Tim (South Africa)
                            • Date of stay 03/23/13
                            • Review Submitted 07/21/13
                            Our holiday in Tuscany was everything it promised to be and more. On arriving at the villa we felt that we had walked into a beautiful movie set, but yet it was real. We count ourselves lucky and privileged to have come across La Selva Giardina del Belvedere when we were researching our dream family holiday to Tuscany. Our whole family, from ourselves, to our recently married son and his wife and mum in law, our bachelor son, our eldest son, daughter in law and two young grandchildren were all blown away by the picturesque villa, the care and very special attention we received from Francesco and his whole family. Initially we walked and explored the surrounding hills and small villages on foot (you need to be ft and enjoy being physical ~ Tuscany is hilly!) and then we hired a car to go further afield, but mainly to get us to the train station, where we used the free parking, and did day trips by train to Florence, Arezzo, Cortona, Castagliano del Lago, Assisi, Perugia, Figlini, Buccini and San Giovanni, each was as beautiful as the next. Highlights......the walking tour around Montevarchi that Francesco took us on, through the bustling, weekly market,the organic artisan market and also pointing out the best bars and restaurants to frequent, nice shops and favourite gelateria, and also....wine tasting, pizza making, truffle hunting, log fires every evening, sharing favourite photos at the end of each day, the view from Montegonzi, Sienna flower market, Firenze Half Marathon despite the cold and wet, the 10 km Rememberance Day hike, Campari, Caffè and Cappuccino, the river, the trees the spring flowers, the kittens....... But our hugest thanks are for the Cioncolini family for the kindness and help we received when one of our family members suffered a medical emergency (pulmonary embolism) Francesco was with us every step of the way, phoning, translating, faxing, e mailing insurance, and attending every doctors consultation in the hospital, icu, and afterwards, despite having other guests and business to attend to. The bedside visits to Montevarchi Hospital from the Cioncolini family gave us all great comfort, and reassurance. Further accommodation was arranged when we had to extend our stay for three weeks until the the patient could fly back home to East London, S A. Thank you Paulo, Anna, Andrea, Francesco, Elizabetta and Maria for having us in your homes and the wonderful meals cooked and shared. Love and best wishes from Tim and Val

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          MID season (entire villa)
                          Mar 29 - May 23, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          €4,400
                          HIGH season (entire villa)
                          May 24 - Oct 3, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          €5,850
                          MID season (entire villa)
                          Oct 4 - Oct 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          €4,400
                          LOW season (entire villa)
                          Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                          5 night min stay
                          €670
                          €3,900
                          My Standard Rate
                          5 night min stay
                          €760
                          €4,400

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Refundable Damage Deposit €700
                          • Taxes Included

                          Notes:

                          The villa hosts a single group of guests at a time and is always private. Rates are variable by the N. of bedrooms used by the guests

                          Included services:

                          On Saturday welcome Tuscan dinner

                          Wireless High speed Internet (free)

                          Cleaning 3 day a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

                          Final Cleaning

                          Linens for bed, bath and table

                          Pool towels

                          Private salt-water swimming pool

                          Weekly change of linens

                          1 GPS car

                          30% down payment with credit card or wire transfer is requested to confirm the reservation

                          60% final payment 60 days before check-in


                          Cancellation policy:

                          Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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                          Last updated: 03/27/2014
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                          Location

                          • Nearest Airport: Florence (FLR) at 70 Kilometres
                          • Nearest Train: Montevarchi at 6 Kilometres
                          • Nearest Motorway: A1 - Valdarno exit at 10 Kilometres
                          • Nearest Beach: beach at 140 Kilometres
                          • Nearest Barpub: Montegonzi at 1 Kilometres
                          • Nearest Golf: Golf Club Ugolino (Florence) at 45 Kilometres
                          • Nearest Restaurant: Osteria di Montegonzi at 1 Kilometres
                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1993

                          About the owner: My family includes my parents, Paolo and Anna, my brother Andrea, and me, Francesco. We are from Montevarchi, Tuscany (5 miles away from La Selva Giardino del Belvedere). Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and cities of art, we enjoy living and working here. My father Paolo is a horticulturalist and owns a nursery specializing in ornamental plants-- a family business for three generations. He has many passions, and is especially fond of nature and the arts. He dedicates his free time to La Selva Giardino del Belvedere, an ancient farmhouse immersed in a sprawling botanical park sprinkled with modern art sculptures. It is located just 10 minutes from Montevarchi’s historical center. For the past four decades, my mother Anna has taught primary school. She is dedicated to her job, loves reading history books, and is passionate about culture. Andrea studies political science at the University of Florence. In his free time, he helps my father out, is a Scout leader and plays rugby. I manage La Selva Giardino del Belvedere (VRBO Listing #199293) and La Colombaia (VRBO Listing #344980). I enjoy sailing, traveling and exploring new cultures—and speak excellent English, too.

                          Why the Owner Chose Cavriglia:
                          In 1993, my parents bought and renovated La Selva Giardino del Belvedere, an ancient farmhouse made of stones. They use natural materials such as handmade terracotta, cypress wood treated with beeswax, coconut fiber and cork, used for insulation. It rises in the midst of a vast 32 acres botanical garden of meadows, various species of trees and a stone theater with modern art sculptures. The swimming pool, an oak solarium, and lounge chairs and umbrellas sit adjacent to the villa. We love the fact that the villa and garden function in perfect harmony. It is a pleasure to welcome guests who love nature as much as we do, and it gives us enormous satisfaction to share in their joy.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                          La Selva Giardino del Belvedere is the perfect place to discover Tuscany for a family reunion, a gathering of friend, a wedding, a meeting. The Villa is a special, private and quiet place to enjoy quality living. Just 1 Km (walking distances) or 5 min. by car from the villa our guests can visit the old castle of Montegonzi and Borgo di Fontebussi, an historic Tuscan village turned resort with a top chef restaurant. Dating back to 1191 A.D., here you will discover a lovely church, a restaurant, a grocery shop and a post office. Florence, Siena and Arezzo are only 40 minutes away by car or train. The A1 Autostrada and the railway allow easy travel to the north or south of Italy.


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                          Speaks: english, italian
                           

                          Photos

                          • The house and the garden are intertwined as if in symbiosis.

                            The house and the garden are intertwined as if in symbiosis.

                          • The pool overlooking the Arno Valley

                            The pool overlooking the Arno Valley

                          • Lovingly restored, using only natural materials.

                            Lovingly restored, using only natural materials.

                          • kitchen fully equipped with wood fired-pizza oven

                            kitchen fully equipped with wood fired-pizza oven

                          • The dining room can host up to 30 persons in 2 table

                            The dining room can host up to 30 persons in 2 table

                          • A wedding table with 60 seats under the secular oak in front of the villa

                            A wedding table with 60 seats under the secular oak in front of the villa

                          • The open-air private amphitheatre is available for private events

                            The open-air private amphitheatre is available for private events

                          • Visit the villa website to view the photos of the room

                            Visit the villa website to view the photos of the room

                          • The house emerges unexpectedly from a large clearing surrounded by ancient oaks.

                            The house emerges unexpectedly from a large clearing surrounded by ancient oaks.

                          • The water, light, and energy of our lives that reflect, heat, and embrace.

                            The water, light, and energy of our lives that reflect, heat, and embrace.

                          • La Selva is a perfect place for a family reunion or to celebrate a wedding

                            La Selva is a perfect place for a family reunion or to celebrate a wedding

                          • The original character of the house has been carefully preserved.

                            The original character of the house has been carefully preserved.

                          • The original three-hundred year old fireplace

                            The original three-hundred year old fireplace

                          • Bathroom with tub; overlooking the Arno valley

                            Bathroom with tub; overlooking the Arno valley

                          • Lunch al fresco in front of the dining room

                            Lunch al fresco in front of the dining room

                          • The property seen from Luciano helicopter. Amphitheatre, Villa and swimming pool

                            The property seen from Luciano helicopter. Amphitheatre, Villa and swimming pool

                          • Our amphitheatre is a perfect place to host a wedding celebration.

                            Our amphitheatre is a perfect place to host a wedding celebration.

                          • A wedding dinner in front of the villa with around 100 guests (in 2 tables).

                            A wedding dinner in front of the villa with around 100 guests (in 2 tables).

                          • Visit the villa website to view the photos of the room

                            Visit the villa website to view the photos of the room

                          VRBO #199293

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                          Date last modified - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

                          €629 - €836 per night (EUR)
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                          7 Bedroom / 6 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 16

                          View calendar: Updated 03/27/14
                          Minimum stay: 5-7 nights
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