Villa Elsa– Tuscany – Chianti

Accommodates 12 - 7+ Bedrooms - 7 Baths - Pool - Wi-Fi

What an incredible find! A fully eco-sustainable luxury villa immersed in the heart of the Chianti countryside. The owners of our Villa Elsa, passionate about the environment and obsessively committed to detail, spent seven full years transforming old foundations into a luxury villa in complete architectural harmony with its gorgeous surroundings.

Location? Just a few kilometers from Casole d’Elsa and Monteriggioni, two of Tuscany’s most delightful hilltowns, convenient to Florence, Siena, and the 4-lane highway connecting the two. You’re also within easy reach of such world-renowned sites as San Gimignano, Lucca, Pisa, Montalcino, the Chianti wine-producing villages, and the trio of gorgeous abbeys south of Siena: San Galgano, Monte Oliveto Maggiore, and, best of all, Sant’Antimo.

The initial impact upon arriving at Villa Elsa is the extensiveness of the grounds and, above all, the silence. These same two qualities pervade the interior of the house itself, the silence broken by the owners themselves as they guide you proudly through the villa, explaining the details of their philosophy of and commitment to eco-sustainability. Materials, fittings, and fabrics throughout are first-rate and reflect the owners’ extreme good taste. They are really experts at mixing family heirlooms, antique carpets, and contemporary art and achieving a fully harmonious aesthetic. Downstairs, floors are terracotta and ceilings vaulted, while bedrooms have wood floors and beamed ceilings. The kitchen is the very best we have seen in any rental property in Italy. The whole property is heated and cooled by a geothermal system that, combined with a radiant system under the floors, provides a “cellar effect” temperature in summer with less humidity in the air (thanks to dehumidifiers) and regular heating in winter. Thermostats in each room can customize the temperature, with a few hours’ response time depending on the temperature outside.

Villa Elsa’s gardens have been as closely studied as the house, with various charming lounging and dining spaces dotted among the varieties of native plantings. This is truly one of the great rental propeties in Italy.

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    • Spacious, comfortably furnished living/dining room with satellite TV and fireplace
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Charming bedroom with single bed
    • Bathroom shared by these two bedrooms
    • Bedroom suite with 4-poster matrimonial bed with decorative stone fireplace
    • Large bathroom en-suite with tub and separate shower and dressing room
    • Bedroom with 4-poster matrimonial bed
    • Large shower room, en-suite
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • En-suite shower room
    • Bedroom with joinable twin beds
    • En-suite shower room
    • Open-plan living/dining/kitchenette
    • Shower room
    • Lofted matrimonial bedroom
    • Shower room
    • Casole d’Elsa, nearest village – 3km
    • Monteriggioni – 22km
    • Colle Val d’Elsa – 11km
    • Siena – 40km
    • Florence – 65km
    • Montalcino – 75km
    • Greve in Chianti – 60km
    • San Gimignano – 20km
    • Lucca – 90km
    • Pisa/Pisa airport – 87km

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    Villa Elsa is one of the great rental houses of Italy, in our opinion. Perhaps the least attractive aspect of the property is the approach to it from the Florence-Siena highway. The shortest approach is via Colle Val d’Elsa, a beautiful town with an outskirts built up most unfortunately and full of traffic. The better and nicer approach, in our opinion, is via the narrower road from Monteriggioni.

    There is no true air-conditioning at Villa Elsa. Instead, the owners have installed an ecofriendly system which maintains a constant interior temperature. So no setting the A/C at 60 degrees and sleeping under down quilts when it’s 95 degrees outside! In a particularly hot summer (like 2012), interior temps are much lower than outside, but not polar by any means.

    You’ve got to be digging deep if that’s the only thing one can say against a place. Villa Elsa is really marvelous.


    • Twice-weekly housekeeping
    • Welcome meal
    • Fireplace, which needs special instruction to operate properly
    • Window screens
    • nfinity pool – 6 x 12 meters – with shower adjacent
    • Wi-fi
    • Cell phone with prepaid card available
    • iPod docking station
    • Satellite TV
    • CD player
    • DVD player
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Pizza oven, which needs supervision to operate properly
    • Barbecue
    • Clothes washer
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Crib/cot
    • High chair
    • Mountain bikes
    • Additional housekeeping
    • Personal laundry and ironing
    • Cooking
    • Food shopping
    • 30 Jun - 25 Aug

    • 2-30 Jun

    • Other Periods


    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday, but flexible in low season
    Extras: Tourist tax
    Pool open: May - Oct