Historical Mansion in the heart of Tuscany. Nature and Culture. 5 to 7 doubles bedrooms with all comforts. Private Pool and Park. Unique Property
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About vicky burgisser
My husband and I live all year long in Fattoria di Monti and agriculture is our life. We manage both estates with our heart and with great passion. You will see it when here. Vicky Burgisser & Giovanni Querci
Why vicky burgisser chose Montaione
We own Villa Strozzi in Collegalli and have been managing the estate for 5 generations. Our mother lives in the estate and personally welcomes our guests and gives good recommendations on what best to do. We consider any guest part of our family and we love diversity and culture exchange. Who chooses Collegalli needs to love beauty, nature, culture and traditions, on top of good food, wine, olive oil and silence.... Welcome to Collegalli from the Burgisser Family
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
The Villa Strozzi dates back to the twelve century and has been restored state of the art to bring all comforts to our guests. There are very few such beautiful places in the world. Is like living in the past but enjoying nowadays amenities.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Many pluses, and a few important minuses.
I’d like to start out by saying Vicky, and her mother, who lives on the property, were lovely and engaged hosts. Vicky was very responsive and helpful in the half dozen exchanges we had before the trip, and very prompt on WhatsApp while there. The historic house is full of cool artifacts and details, as well as a few updates. There is no air conditioning anywhere in the house! Not a problem for morning or evenings, but can be during the day and with windows shut at night.
The positives further include a gorgeous, although remote location, plenty of space to hang out, two refrigerators, and all the dishes and linens you could possibly need.
The negatives: the remote location means it takes about 20 minutes to reach on a winding, steep, dirt trail. Not anything you want to attempt in the dark, so we were all stuck there from 8 pm onward. And leaving, once you’d arrived, was not an exciting prospect!
Mobility: if you have ANY mobility issues at all, this is not the house for you! Not realizing there was a long, steep, walk up to the house besides the 8-9 steps shown in the picture, as well as additional flights of stairs to get up to all of the bedrooms but one, I booked the house. As I was traveling with four people with limited mobility due to age, this was definitely an issue! The fact that this was not stated is an oversight by the owners, and could have potentially ruined our trip because of a fall or similar.
The insects: My room was fine, but saw many ants and heard of other bugs in other rooms, especially the kitchen and front top floor bedroom. The house is open throughout the day, but should really be sprayed before guests come in, as well as instructions left regarding this issue. My stepmother’s room was covered in little beetles daily, which I only learned on our last day. She stated that she had to kill 20 or more daily while there!
Finally, while many of the bathrooms have been updated nicely, the first floor bathroom has not been. It had no shower curtain, so every shower wet the entire room, and there was a very strong smell of sewage present. Again, we were 11 people, and I only learned of this on the last day.
I made no mention of these last two issues to Vicky, because it was so late in our 8 day stay, but I assume she’d have taken care of the problems that were treatable promptly had she known.
I do recommend this listing, as we enjoyed our stay, but am obligated to share the issues we witnessed while there.
Thank you for your kind words about me and my mother.
-Collegalli is listed as a Country House; it is on the top of an hill and the well-kept dirt road is 4 km, 10 minutes’ drive from main road, according to google maps, as almost all the Tuscan country house.
-We know that Collegalli is wheelchair inaccessible as written on the web side for the many stairs and we will add the picture of the 40mt ramp to the garden and entrance of the villa. Moreover we were very precise in the description of the rooms in the various floors
-About the insects : We are in the country side and we try not to use pesticide against insects for environmental issues . We extremely care about all hygienic matters. I’m sorry you did not tell me about the beetles, we have never seen them and nobody has ever complained. I would have immediately called a specialized exterminator.
-Downstairs bathroom: we will certainly add a shower curtain thank you per the advice.
I’m sorry if all these problems may have spoilt your family reunion but I’m afraid that it was not the right occasion to live the authentic and real Tuscan countryside experience.
A truly wonderful place to stay in Tuscany
This is the third time we have been to this villa in Montaione and we have loved it each time. It's beautiful, in beautiful country, and an ideal place both to relax in and also as a base to visit the nearby towns and villages of Tuscany. The owners are extremely hospitable, and it's perfect for a large party, with loads of space for all. We hope to be back yet again next year.
Beautiful property, stunning location, great service from Vicky, her Mum & especially Gabrielle. 14 of us stayed here & we had a fantastic time!
Four of us stayed at Villa Strozzi the last two weeks of September 2015. Thinking about a villa in Tuscany, the Villa Strozzi was everything and more than we dreamed it would be. Communicating with Vicky ( Franca's daughter) when planning our trip, was so easy. She answered every question quickly and accurately and was happy to accommodate us.
The villa setting is picturesque with gorgeous sunsets and countryside views, well maintained, in an ideal location as our home away from home and with our GPS easy to find. We felt very safe and secure.
The bedrooms were large with comfortable beds. The ensuite bathrooms were large and modern with plenty of hot water and perfectly functioning utilities, and hairdryers. All linens were first class and beautifully laundered.
The living areas were large and elegant yet homey.
The kitchen was well equipped including a coffee maker, toaster, tea kettle, microwave, stove, oven, dishwasher, two refrigerators with freezer compartments and best of all Carrera marble table and counters. We also had access to a laundry.
The outdoor areas are beautiful and well cared for with huge pots of lime trees and flowers. Plenty of comfortable patio tables with umbrellas and a grill.
The pool was beautiful and serviced daily.
We found the villa chapel to be a lovely spiritual gift from another era and way of life which seemed an appropriate opportunity to give thanks.
Franca, the gracious owner and resident was always available to help us with information and suggestions when needed as were the caretakers.
We did request a typical Tuscan meal for our first night at the villa and what a wonderful and delicious treat it was; an ideal start to our visit!
The family dog with her wagging tail was always the perfect ending to our daily excursions; always happy to welcome us home.
Tuscany is truly a beautiful place but the memories closest to our hearts will always be of our time and our hosts at the Villa Strozzi.
It's a guarantee
i can't remember the exact arrival date it was August. We were a family of 5 and having stayed twice at another villa belonging to the family we knew it was going to be amazing and we were not disappointed in any way. Vicki is an amazing hostess, to say nothing of her culinary skills, I always come away inspired and because the kitchen is so fab it makes you want to come in from the beautiful outside and cook.
In fact, we almost wished for bad weather so we could use the other rooms available, but the pool is so lovely thats where we were.
The villa is superb, very clean, things like rubbish dealt with without you knowing, anything you could want, if its possible, it won't be a problem. This place is great for the unwinding holiday, also good for moody teenagers they can go into the pool room and get over it!
AND to top it off there is a resident labrador what could be better.
Perfect, peaceful retreat
A large family of 15, we selected this beautiful villa to spend our holidays together. Situated on a hill overlooking the surrounding hills and forests, the setting allowed us all to enjoy a peacefull week. As the premises are of very generous proportions with several living and reading rooms everyone could enjoy their privacy when needed, on the other hand the lovely terrace and the large dining room were just perfect for all our family meals and parties. The pool size is all right and it is kept very clean. All the rooms are beautiful with lovely views. We particularly enjoyed the large kitchen and the music room with its piano. It is easy to make day trips to Sienna, Pisa, San Gimignano or Florence.
We would like to thank warmly Gabriela, who taught us to make a true Italian risotto and was always there when we needed her.
We would like to thank also Ludovica for her care, she made our stay just perfect. We will certainly come back again soon!
Special interest holidays:
In house cooking classes can be organised by owner.
Pisa Airport 60km:
Florence Airport 65Km
Castel Fiorentino Train station 15km
Corazzano is the nearest village 6kms: grocery, restaurant, post-office, bar, pharmacy, and bank.
Pisa 60 km
Siena 60 km
San Gimignano 35 km
Volterra 40 km