Villa Fratini

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids

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This historic and beautifully renovated villa is ideally located for day trips to Florence and Siena. Villa Fratini is surrounded by its own private gardens and picturesque Tuscan countryside but, conveniently, is just five minutes to the nearest motorway junction. The vibrant town of Terranuova Bracciolini is a short drive away, offering all the local amenities you may need during your holiday. There are two nature reserves in the Arezzo province and the beautiful River Arno is just minutes away.

Villa Fratini sleeps up to twelve guests and provides the most exquisite accommodation for large family groups or friends gathering together for a holiday or celebration. A dwelling of some sort has existed on this site since before the ancient Romans, and it has a rich history through the centuries. A discerning architect started its renovation in the 1980s, culminating in the romantic holiday home enjoyed today.

The large covered entrance is a peaceful place to sit, and features a pizza oven for al fresco cooking. Once inside, the ground floor is mostly open-plan but divided into sections thanks to the original vaulted ceiling and arches. Elegant furniture and large windows provide a welcoming living and dining space, and the large kitchen features professional-quality equipment. An attractive al fresco dining terrace and veranda leads away from the kitchen, creating a space for all twelve guests to come together and dine outdoors, morning, noon and night. From here, you can explore the delightful garden, which boasts a huge number of plants, trees and fruits, including an olive grove, cypresses and figs. Your private pool is flanked by sun loungers and a terrace for soaking up the Italian sun and snoozing through the afternoon.

You’ll find five bedrooms on the first floor, including three double rooms – two en-suite – and two twin rooms. All feature air conditioning and tasteful, colour-coordinated décor. The ancient lookout tower, adjoining the villa, is home to an additional twin bedroom and bathroom, making it ideal for those seeking their own space. The views from here are spectacular.

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What you should know…

  • A twin bedroom enjoys its own space in the ancient lookout tower. Guests are rewarded with breath-taking views of the valley
  • Please be aware that this is a two-storey villa and the garden slopes downhill to the olive groves and fruit trees
  • Air conditioning is featured in the bedrooms, kitchen and living room

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Smart TV Satellite TV Table Tennis DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Villa Interior

Ground Floor (170m2)
- Large loggia including comfortable seating and pizza oven
- Entrance hall leads to spacious living and dining room, divided into four sociable areas including old fireplace
- Fabulous kitchen equipped with professional-standard oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, coffee maker and toaster. Leads out to dining terrace
- Pantry with second fridge
- Guest bathroom and shower
- Laundry room with washing machine and dryer
- Storage room with fridge

First Floor (155m2)

- Small living room with television and open fireplace
- Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite shower room
- Bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite bathroom and shower over bathtub
- Bedroom 3 with double bed and adjacent bathroom including double sink and shower
- Bedroom 4 & 5 with twin beds (can be made into double) sharing ans adjacent bathroom with shower
- Small study room with PC and printer

The Tower

- Medieval tower renovated and furnished, with twin bedroom and bathroom

Outside Grounds

- Large verandah and dining terrace with barbecue
- Two hectares of lawns and gardens, featuring up to 200 plant varieties, an olive grove and fruit trees
- Private pool (8m x 4m, open approximately mid Mid May - Mid October)

Facilities

- Wi-Fi (villa and garden)
- Smart TV
- DVD player
- CD player
- Bose music speaker - portable
- Computer and printer
- Air conditioning in all bedrooms, kitchen and living room
- 2 x fireplaces
- Hairdryers in all bathrooms
- Windows screens in all bedrooms and kitchen
- Electric gates and private parking
- Pizza oven
- Barbecue
- Bose music sound system
- Table tennis

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Fratini
<1hr to Airport Rural Location Wine Tasting Cycling Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Villa Fratini lies in the heart of Tuscany and the beautiful Valdarno valley. This special area is brimming with nature reserves, wonderful towns and cities and the River Arno runs through mile after mile of stunning scenery. You’re just a few minutes outside of the small town of Terranuova Bracciolini and despite being surrounded by peaceful countryside, a motorway junction for the A1 is just five minutes away. You also have a bus stop just outside the villa gates.

Terranuova Bracciolini is small medieval Florentine town, complete with old piazza, historic centre and fourteenth century churches. You’ll also find mouth-watering eateries serving local dishes, including the irresistible variety of cakes, typical in the Arezzo area. Look out for baldino or gattò to complete the perfect meal.

With the incredible city of Florence just under one hour’s drive north of Villa Fratini, and Arezzo about thirty minutes south, you’re wonderfully situated for visiting the principal cities in this eastern part of Tuscany. Home to the iconic Duomo of Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore and world-famous Renaissance art, you may need more than one day trip to Florence, as simply wandering the old streets is a delight in itself.

Arezzo sits on top of a hill, overlooking four valleys, and has history dating back to the Stone Age. Today, it’s a vibrant place to visit with cultural landmarks including a Roman Amphitheatre, Medicean Fortress and Church of San Francesco. If your legs grow tired of sightseeing, head to Piazza Grande for a cooling drink, whilst watching the Italian world go by.

If you want to explore the countryside near Villa Fratini, the River Arno runs past Terranuova Bracciolini and up to Florence. You can enjoy the peace on a walking or cycling trail alongside the river, try paddle boarding or take a boat trip for a view of Florence from the water. The Balze Natural Protected Area (11km) extends up to Regello and is a unique landscape of eroded ravines, stone pillars and cliffs. It’s so spectacular, that Michelangelo features it in more than one of his paintings, including the Mona Lisa.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Florence

(60 km)

Nearest Airport 2 Perugia

(122 km)

Nearest Village Terranuova Bracciolini

(400 m)

Nearest Town San Giovanni Valdarno

(7 km)

Nearest City Arezzo

(40 km)

Nearest Restaurant Terranuova Bracciolini

(400 m)

Nearest Bar/Pub Terranuova Bracciolini

(800 m)

Nearest Supermarket Terranuova Bracciolini

(1 km)

Nearest Shop Terranuova Bracciolini

(500 m)

Region

With its rolling fields, historical heritage and a cuisine that’s a delight for all the senses, it’s no wonder Tuscany is one of the most popular regions in Italy for holidaymakers. Yet even with its popularity, you can still kick back in one of our luxury villas in Tuscany and feel peace, tranquillity and the joy of seclusion. 

This is one destination that really does have a little bit of everything for everyone, whether you’re travelling with family, friends or are just looking for a romantic getaway with that special someone.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

With its six bedrooms, Villa Fratini is a fabulous house for large family gatherings and celebrations. And as well as playing in the private garden and pool, you can explore the wonderful cities of Florence and Arezzo, enjoy family walks or take to the cycling trails along the River Arno and visit the awe-inspiring scenery of Le Balze.

You also have Valle dell’Inferno e Bandella about half-an-hour’s drive south of your villa. It’s a vast nature reserve boasting dramatic waterways, oak forests and wetlands teeming with wildlife. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Cycling
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Table Tennis
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally, to book in advance):


- Extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Private drivers for day-trips
- Car transfers
- Pre-stocked fridge/grocery shopping for arrival
- Chef
- Cooking classes
- Breakfast
- Maid service

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.
Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested in advance and that due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. Prices are on request. We will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €500 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00-7.30 p.m. (late arrivals until 10.30 p.m. are possible on request only and may be subject to extra charges).
Departure time 9.30 a.m.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €230, payable locally. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Energy costs included? Yes, excluding A/C (charged on consumption, payable locally.).
Heating costs included? Extra charge, based on consumption and payable locally.
Minimum stay 5 nights in low and mid season. 7 nights in high season (other durations on request only).
Changeover day Flexible in low and mid season. Saturdayin high season (other days on request only).
Pets welcome? No.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately mid May to mid October. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection included.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Other Ts and Cs A/C is in bedrooms, kitchen and living room.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 9th 2020 - Jun 19th 2020 £3,508 £4,463
Jun 19th 2020 - Aug 21st 2020 - £5,216
Aug 21st 2020 - Sep 19th 2020 £3,508 £4,463
Sep 19th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £2,956 £3,761
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 9th 2021 £3,508 £4,463
Jan 9th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021 £2,956 £3,761
Apr 3rd 2021 - Jun 18th 2021 £3,508 £4,463
Jun 18th 2021 - Aug 20th 2021 - £5,216
Aug 20th 2021 - Sep 18th 2021 £3,508 £4,463
Sep 18th 2021 - Oct 11th 2021 £2,956 £3,761

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 9th 2020 - Jun 19th 2020 €3,760 €4,784
Jun 19th 2020 - Aug 21st 2020 - €5,590
Aug 21st 2020 - Sep 19th 2020 €3,760 €4,784
Sep 19th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €3,169 €4,032
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 9th 2021 €3,760 €4,784
Jan 9th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021 €3,169 €4,032
Apr 3rd 2021 - Jun 18th 2021 €3,760 €4,784
Jun 18th 2021 - Aug 20th 2021 - €5,590
Aug 20th 2021 - Sep 18th 2021 €3,760 €4,784
Sep 18th 2021 - Oct 11th 2021 €3,169 €4,032

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 9th 2020 - Jun 19th 2020 $4,088 $5,201
Jun 19th 2020 - Aug 21st 2020 - $6,078
Aug 21st 2020 - Sep 19th 2020 $4,088 $5,201
Sep 19th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $3,445 $4,383
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 9th 2021 $4,088 $5,201
Jan 9th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021 $3,445 $4,383
Apr 3rd 2021 - Jun 18th 2021 $4,088 $5,201
Jun 18th 2021 - Aug 20th 2021 - $6,078
Aug 20th 2021 - Sep 18th 2021 $4,088 $5,201
Sep 18th 2021 - Oct 11th 2021 $3,445 $4,383

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

● How long have you owned the property?We bought the property in 2006. it was run down, no garden, no pool etc…In 2006-2007 Elena, the architect owner, took care of the renovation workstdown to the finest detail - from the building structure to the textiles.

● What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

The location and the well laid out spaces. The villa  is at the same time near the little town of terranuova ( less then 1 km) and a private  retreat immersed in  nature. It is also very well connected:  it is 5 mins by car from the A1 valdarno motor way exit and in less than 1  hour  and a half you can reach all the must sees in Tuscany. Indoors, the  space lends itself easily to smooth switching from communal activities to private relax.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
In the middle ages it belonged to a nearby parish and used to offer a welcome stop and refreshment for pilgrims on their way from Rome to fiesole along the via francigena. It was later owned by a branch of the medici family of Florence. During the 1800s one of the family landlords was very interested in plants and cultivation so he planted  most of the beautiful cypresses you can admire around the villa and various different types of trees and shrubs, some of which are very uncommon. Due to its position on top of a hill  during the second World War it served as a base and watch-out tower for the American and British troops that were stationed here.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Yes, we have. we have had a worldwide renown american novelist, a famous politician,  a film director, a magazine editor, a blogger, and many others..

● For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…
must do?

Sightseeing during the day – visit wineries and villages and then come back home, gather in the kitchen, have fun cooking and relax by the pool drinking wine while watching the sunset. Experience wine tasting in the comfort of your home with our knowledgeable sommelier.
must eat? 
Our chef's  hand made pasta, florentine steak and tiramisu; pizza by the metre cooked by our pizzaiolo in the old oven under the loggia entrance
must see?
Florence,  Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Siena  and the Chianti area. Off the beaten track: Loro Ciuffenna and the church of Gropina , Bandella nature reserve, the museums in Montevarchi, San Giovanni and Masaccio's house.
For those interested in fashion: Prada outlet 10 minutes away by car and Incisa mall for the best italian brands, 15 minutes away on the motorway

● What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
 The best icecream (gelato) in Tuscany – “Cassia vetus“ - is to be found in Terranuova as well as  the best  delicatessen in the area – “la sapientia”.
 The best spot for walks and trekking in the valdarno area, the  “balze“, is in piantravigne,  a little village in the municipality of terranuova. The balze are rugged hills, the original result of the drainage of the pliocene lake  which  covered the whole area millions of years ago. you can spot them in leonardo's la gioconda,  behind the lady's back. Also, do not miss the Oasi di bandella- the natural reserve of the valley of hell bandella – a protected natural area along the Arno valley.

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