Villa Salix

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Sleeps: 16 - 23 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 6

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids Laptop Friendly Workspace

If you are looking for a unique and charming home for your Tuscan holiday, look no further than Villa Salix. Sleeping 16 guests across the main home and the annexe, with the option to add 7 extra guests, this Renaissance house with its extensive grounds is a wonderful setting for a special trip with family or a group of friends.  

As you approach the home through the tree-lined gardens, you will see these beautiful villas perched on the top of the hillside. These homes were built in the 1600s and are now a part of the stunning landscape. The spacious and elegant villa and annexe were once owned by the distinguished Medici family, who lived and ruled over Florence and the surrounding areas for centuries. The decor and furnishings reflect its prestigious past even today, and inside you will find traditional materials and period features alongside high-quality furniture and a calming colour palette.   

The main villa can accommodate ten guests in the bedrooms, and the annexe can sleep 6. A further seven guests can also stay when adding in extra beds and using the sofa beds, making this a flexible space that can be adapted to suit your party’s needs.   

As you enter the main villa, you will walk into a bright, open-plan living space with a large dining table, comfy sofas, and a feature fireplace. These areas all flow seamlessly into each other to create the heart of the home, perfect for coming together over a meal. Downstairs there is also a fully fitted kitchen with a breakfast table and a handy study. When you wish to retire for the evening, head upstairs where there are five serene bedrooms, two of which are en-suite.   

The annexe is decorated and furnished in a similar style to the main house though it is entirely independent. This second building is not short on space and has two living areas, a large dining room, a modern kitchen and three bedrooms. Both houses also have all the modern features you could need, including air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and smart TVs to make your stay more comfortable.   

Both villas share the expansive gardens, which are filled with trees, lawns and outdoor seating. If you wish to dine al-fresco, there are several terraces or covered dining spaces to choose from. On a hot day, you will love taking a dip in the private pool before relaxing with a good book for the afternoon, all while soaking in the views of the rolling countryside. 

Villa Salix enjoys a rural location but is not isolated, and amenities can be found a mere 7km away in a village called Vinci. Vinci is a small village, but it is well-known because it is the birthplace of artist, scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci and is where he lived his teen years. Those interested in Da Vinci can visit a brilliant museum in the village and his family home. There is also a 13th-century castle that towers over the other buildings, The Church of Santa Croce and a handful of artisan shops and eateries.   

A place which is a little further out but is a must-visit for a day trip is Florence, which is 35km away from the villa. This city is the capital of Tuscany and is known as the Cradle of the Renaissance. Head there early as there are countless museums, galleries, palaces and places of worship to visit.

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What you should know…

  • The villa is situated amidst the rolling Tuscan countryside, but there are a few neighbouring homes nearby.
  • The main villa and additional annexe can sleep 16 guests. Additional beds can accommodate up to 7 additional guests on request. Please refer to the ‘Features’ tab for full details.
  • We recommend that guests bring a car to drive to nearby villages and to Florence. Access to the home is via a country road next to the villa, and there is parking on-site. 

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ Safety Deposit Box Hairdryer Smart TV Table Tennis Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Ceiling Fans

Main House

Villa Interior (350m2)

Ground Floor

- Living room with fireplace, sofa, armchairs and Smart TV
- Fully-fitted kitchen with table seating 6 guests, oven, hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, toaster, blender, kettle, Moka Pot and coffee machine
- Dining room with garden access and table seating 10 guests
- Study (option to add 2 double sofa beds)
- Laundry room with washing machine and dryer 
- Guest WC

First Floor

- Master bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom with double sink, shower and WC (option to add single pull out bed)
- Bedroom with 2 single beds and en-suite bathroom with double sink, shower and WC
- 2 x bedrooms with double beds (option to add single divan beds)
- Bedroom with bunkbed
- Bathroom with bath tub, shower, sink and WC

Annexe

- Living room with sofas and smart TV
- Lounge with fireplace and dining table seating 16 guests
- Fully-fitted kitchen with oven, hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, toaster, blender, kettle and coffee machine
- Master bedroom with double-sized bed and en-suite bathroom with double sink, shower and WC
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with bunkbeds 
- Laundry room
- 2 x bathrooms with showers, sinks and WCs

Outside Grounds

- Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth: 1.5m) open from approximately May to end-September
- Fenced grounds
- Terrace with outdoor sofas
- Covered al-fresco dining space seating 20 guests
- Poolside sun loungers and umbrellas
- Outdoor shower
- Ping pong table 
- Barbecue
- Parking

Facilities 

- Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning
- Fireplace
- Heating
- Smart TVs
- Washing machine
- Dryer
- Iron and ironing board
- Hairdryers

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Salix
<1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Stalking/Hunting Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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The Chianti region of Tuscany is one of Italy’s most beautiful areas and is much-loved by visitors. Villa Salix is perfectly placed to make the most of the stunning countryside and to visit nearby villages.   

When you need to stock up on groceries, there is a supermarket under 4km away. You can also head to the charming village of Vinci, only 7km from the house, which has a number of shops and restaurants. Known for being the birthplace of the revered artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, people flock here to explore his childhood home, which houses a brilliant interactive museum and artworks. There is also a museum in town which showcases Da Vinci’s famous inventions and sketches located inside a medieval castle. After learning more about Da Vinci, you could enjoy a stroll along the Strada Verde walking trail shaded by olive trees.  The village also has some pretty Romanesque churches and a historical centre which is a scenic spot for a lazy lunch.  

The small town of Empoli (6km) was once a Roman settlement which was conquered and overtaken many times as the years went by, and though partially destroyed in WW2, it was rebuilt, and today it is a picturesque place to wander around. The main square, known as the Piazza dei Leoni with its pretty fountain, is a good starting point for exploring the town; from here, you can set off through the winding streets. A few key attractions include the Collegiata St Andrea, a church originally built in the 11th century and later updated; head inside to see amazing frescoes by artists such as Lorenzo di Bicci. Additionally, make sure to visit the Palazzo Ghibellino, a palace built in the 10th century, once home to the local parliament but now a palaeontology museum. As well as having gorgeous historic streets and buildings to look around, Empoli has bustling markets and a good selection of restaurants where you can sample fresh local produce grown in the surrounding farmland. Throughout the year, there are also many festivals held in town, such as food festivals, wine festivals, and even antique festivals.   

Nature lovers will be delighted to visit this area thanks to its rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards punctuated by traditional villages. If you would like to get out and enjoy the outdoors, then why not visit one of the local Chianti wineries. There are many which you can visit close to the villa for a guided tour, a wine-making lesson and lunch. If you feel a little more active, Bellosguardo Golf Club is just 7km away. This lovely 9-hole course spreads over 6322m, making it one of Italy’s longest. Alternatively, you can explore the nearby trails on foot or by hiring a bike.    

Make sure to set a day aside to visit the incredible city of Florence, which you can reach in under an hour by car (35km away). Florence is packed with maze-like cobbled streets lined with a huge selection of shops, eateries, palaces and museums. Some key attractions are the cathedral and the imposing Medici palaces, The Palazzo Vecchio and The Palazzo Pitti. If you are an art lover, there are plenty of galleries you can visit. However, the Galleria dell’Accademia, which has Michelangelo’s statue of David on display, and the vast Uffizi gallery with works by greats such as Botticelli and Giotto, are among the best. If you have time to squeeze in some shopping while in Florence, walk over to the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which is filled with ancient jewellery shops or explore some of the thriving markets in the centre of town. 

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Florence Airport

(33km)

Nearest Airport 2 Pisa International Airport

(55km)

Nearest Village Empoli

(6km)

Nearest Restaurant Empoli

(4km)

Nearest Supermarket Empoli

(4km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Empoli

(4km)

Nearest Beach Single Fin Tuscany Dog Beach

(62km)

Nearest Golf Bellosguardo Golf Club

(7km)

Nearest Train Station Empoli

(6km)

Nearest City Florence

(35km)

Region

Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, the Chianti and Arezzo region is a captivating destination that effortlessly combines the rustic charm of the Italian countryside with rich historical heritage. This enchanting area is renowned for its rolling vineyards, picturesque landscapes, and quaint villages, making it a haven for travellers seeking an authentic taste of Italy.

Tuscany
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 Kids Ideal for Teens

Villa Salix is a spacious home set in lush Italian gardens where children can run around freely and swim in the inviting private pool. This is the perfect base for a holiday exploring the Tuscan countryside and visiting nearby villages and attractions.   

There is a brilliant riding centre near the house, which is an ideal place for a trip out with the kids. Experienced horse riders can head out on treks through the nearby hills with the guides, while beginners can take lessons at the centre. The owners also run evening horse treks which would be a memorable experience for the children.  

You cannot visit this area without learning more about Leonardo da Vinci, born just down the road from the villa in the village of Vinci (7km away). There is a fantastic museum in the village, the Leonardian Museum, which has 60 of Da Vinci’s machines on display which have been built from his original designs. The museum is very child friendly and holds workshops, games and tours for little ones. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Kid-friendly museum
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Table Tennis

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Wine Tasting Included

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 pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
- Bike hire

Extras included at this property:

- Welcome basket 
- Wine tasting

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Private chef
- Transport
- Daily cleaning
- Wine tours

Please note that the use of any external caterers and/or contractors is not permitted.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
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 €1500 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 3.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Departure time By 10.00 a.m.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €600, 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.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Energy costs included? Yes, except for air-conditioning which is an extra €300 per week.
Heating costs included? Extra cost, payable locally.
Minimum stay 7 nights, all other durations on request.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Tax Italian Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€10 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access 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 cot and highchair are available on request.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open from approximately May to end-September. 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.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 18th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 £16,058
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 £14,545
Sep 21st 2024 - Mar 29th 2025 £12,398
Mar 29th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 £12,398
Apr 26th 2025 - May 31st 2025 £14,545
May 31st 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 £16,058
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 20th 2025 £14,545
Sep 20th 2025 - Dec 20th 2025 £12,398

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 18th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 €17,684
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 €16,018
Sep 21st 2024 - Mar 29th 2025 €13,653
Mar 29th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 €13,653
Apr 26th 2025 - May 31st 2025 €16,018
May 31st 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 €17,684
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 20th 2025 €16,018
Sep 20th 2025 - Dec 20th 2025 €13,653

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 18th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 $18,986
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 $17,197
Sep 21st 2024 - Mar 29th 2025 $14,658
Mar 29th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 $14,658
Apr 26th 2025 - May 31st 2025 $17,197
May 31st 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 $18,986
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 20th 2025 $17,197
Sep 20th 2025 - Dec 20th 2025 $14,658

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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