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Chianti Cottage Rental with Pool
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Refined, chic and undeniably Tuscan, Cottage Petra exemplifies vacationing in the new millennium where modern comfort and historical detail seamlessly mesh. Add to this sophisticated ambiance an ultra desirable location — a mere 25 minutes from Florence — and you have an instant winner. Not to mention Chianti wine country in 30 minutes and San Gimignano in 40!
Sitting picture perfect amid meticulously tended gardens ringed by tall Tuscan pines, Cottage Petra is part of a family estate. The owner's villa is a few yards behind the cottage. When she is in residence, the pool may be shared with the owner and her guests.
A flower covered pergola shades and shelters the cottage’s furnished patio surrounded by olive and fruit trees. A short path leading to and beyond the pool reveals delightful country views. Inside, the cottage is bright and airy thanks to large picture windows and an inviting color palette. High quality furnishings interspersed with well placed antiques and original art complete the inviting decor.
All of the bedrooms are air conditioned and have window screens. There are two living rooms on the ground floor and one of them easily doubles as an extra bedroom offering a sofabed and air conditioning. Additional amenities include a laptop with Wi-Fi Internet access and a large plasma television with English language movie channels.
While October and November guests witness the traditional harvesting of the olive trees, this estate’s extra virgin olive oil and wine may be purchased throughout the year. Meals, a cooking class and cleaning service may be arranged when booking.
Once past the estate’s 400 yard dirt road through the olive grove, it’s smooth sailing into Florence, Siena and the classic Chianti hill towns. The village of Cerbaia is a five minute drive and offers basic shopping. Ten minutes away, the pleasant medieval town of San Casciano Val di Pesa offers more shopping as well as three restaurants. Inhabited since Etruscan times, as evidenced by the town’s Museum of Holy Arts, San Casciano’s proximity to Florence made it a strategic bulwark as seen by the town’s fortified walls and nearby castles.
Easy driving and the entrance to the Florence/Siena highway in 12 minutes makes this a fantastic location for travelers wanting to see as much as possible between Florence and Siena and even heading west with stops in Lucca and Pisa en route to the coast.
For commuting into Florence, drive 20 minutes to the town of Scandicci with parking and board a tramcar with service into Florence's main train station.
Along with reaching Florence in 25 minutes, here are the driving times in minutes to a number of must-see towns: Castellina in Chianti: 30; San Gimignano: 40; Siena or Montecatini Terme: 50; Volterra, Lucca, Pisa or Arezzo: 60; Bologna or Viareggio, the Tuscan coast: 80; Rome or Milan: three hours.
First Floor: Two bedrooms; one with two single, joinable beds and one with a queen size bed. One bathroom with shower.