Lovely Tuscany Villa
The Casale di Sant’ Andrea is tucked into the hills between Cortona and Mercatale. The day were arrived the sky was a bright blue, accented by fluffy clouds perfectly set therein. Silvery olive trees glistened under the sun. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner who welcomed us to the Villa in September 2016. She is a lovely lady who is exceptionally kind and talented. Her passion for this property was immediately evident, as every detail was meticulously selected. This villa features creativity, whereas each room was remodeled into an exhibition of art. It is one of the most beautiful properties in Tuscany. The owner was able to transform an old manor home and still preserve the charm of the original structure. She masterfully combined a selection of colors and fabrics to accentuate the natural rich stone doorways, wooden beams and oak ceilings. The selection of decor is brilliant with colors that blend softly from one room to the next. Thick wood window shutters open out, inviting the exterior landscape inside – all flowing together perfectly. What she created is a visual symphony of beauty and elegance. From the windows and terraces the endless rolling hills in the distance of olive trees and Tuscan foliage, set the ambiance for this perfect magical retreat.
As we approached the Villa, I was taken to a special place where I have never been. It was like entering a story from the past, which was brought to modern day by sophistication and style – combining “the old with the new.” Giampiero who has led the restoration of many projects, including Locanda Rosati, where he restored his grandfather’s farm into an Agriturismo, was very impressed with the workmanship. He whispered as we walked from one room to the next, “this is an unbelievable restoration, the best I have seen.” “This is a spectacular property!” I was in agreement, as I passed through the rooms with enthusiasm, like a child in a playground. As I photographed the villa, I realized each room I entered was even more beautiful than the one I left!
This villa offers seven bedrooms with six bathrooms (one located on the ground floor). You will find two first floor terraces, one beside the Master bedroom and one from the hall. From there you can enjoy a glass of wine, while castles in the distance emerge from the hilltops. The large 60 ft drawing room is spacious; the study with a large stone fireplace is intimate and cozy. The sofas are deep and comfortable with supremely rich artifacts and paintings. There are spaces for privacy if you should desire complete peacefulness, or vast areas to seat groups of 12.
The kitchen is large and fully equipped with the finest appliances and a large table for gathering to enjoy chef prepared meals. The bedrooms bright, with rich furnishings and comfortable mattresses. Outside the bedrooms there are places to sit and read or just enjoy a conversation with your guests. The bathrooms are characterized by their free standing antique marble baths, two large walk in showers and Tuscan stone sinks. Each room has unique decor, individually warm, cozy and comfortable.
The ground floor also opens to a terrace and formal garden at the front of the property. An arched loggia with a dining table crafted from reclaimed oak, welcomes seating for 12 guests. The large infinity pool can be seen from the upper and lower terraces. It is just a short stroll through the magnificent passageway of fragrant lavender. There you will find lounge furniture beneath a pergola, inviting you to an area for perfect serenity and peace. You will be drawn to walk along the many green pathways, through this sprawling estate for acres of endless beauty. The over 70 acres of fenced grounds maintain the safety of the natural environment and the protection of the wildlife. You can hike under tall tress, through woodland walks to a private lake. A holiday at Casale will be a memorable experience!
We welcome our guests with a basket of fresh bread, butter, biscuits, milk, tea, coffee, orange juice, salted biscuits, honey, marmalade, the house olive oil, balsamic vinegar, water, soft drinks as well as some toiletries. This is a non smoking property, permitted only outdoors (away from the parameters of the Villa). No pets or smoking permitted.
check in is at 4:00 PM local time, check out 10:00 AM
€3000 damage deposit to be received 1 week prior to arrival. This should be paid to our agency and returned after check out.
The full service for 2017 will be a supplemental charge of €5500 this includes a concierge, full time maid & chef. (Food & wine & drinks are at an extra cost.)
Dinner clean up of kitchen & laundry , €15,00 per hour, shopping services €25,00 per hour, wine delivery is to be pre-arranged. A chef is at a cost of €25,00 per hour (preparating, shopping, cooking), clean up services for the meals are at a cost of an additional €15,00 per hour. Babysitting services are available at a cost of €15,00 per hour. Central heating is extra charged at cost for usage (paid locally in cash euros).
This property is to be used as a vacation rental for the guests who are renting the property only. Events & Celebrations can be arranged upon approval, (this will be an extra cost). Additional services can be arranged such as a pizza demonstration at property, wine tours, mountain bike hiring, sailing courses can all be arranged by the house manager for a small fee (paid locally at an extra charge).
What's Included in the Cost
WiFi, maid service (4 hours per day not Sundays), daily bed making, bathroom cleaning, tidying in the reception area, also in the kitchen area, (not to include previous evening meals cleaning).
Linen linen changed once a week, towels changed twice a week. Electricity is included, Pool heating is included. Use of Tennis on a private court is located not he property, four racquets and tennis balls are at the property for the guests use.