Imagine waking up embraced by the Tuscan sun and the surrounding countryside noise. Imagine living in a historic home that is renovated with all the comforts and country-chic finishes. Imagine living in a small town where life has more a calmer rhythm, the farmer at the market knows you personally and puts aside your preferred produce. At the town’s bar they prepare the cappuccino you like so much as soon as they see you arrive and the neighbouring farmer brings you fresh eggs. You have all the country’s comforts while still living within 40 minutes by car or train from one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Florence. Villa Donna Elena, a place where you are at home but also always on vacation!
Villa Donna Elena dates back to the Medieval ages as an original historic watchtower. It has been renovated to include all modern comforts and technology like air conditioning, an automatic front gate, and solar panels while still maintaining the traditional Tuscan details like large brick archways, exposed stone walls, terracotta floors, and traditional fireplaces.
Villa Donna Elena is laid out on 1.2 hectares of land on top of a small hill providing charming views of the countryside. The garden surrounding the villa has 2,130 m2 of a forest, 1,210 m2 of lawn, 7,475 m2 of an orchard with various fruit trees, and 1,140 m2 of an olive grove with about 80 olive trees that produce annually great Tuscan olive oil. There is a swimming pool in the garden just off the veranda and BBQ area which measures 8 m x 5 m.
The main villa measuring 375 m2 and is laid out over four floors.
The basement floor has a wine cellar connected to the kitchen on the ground floor.
You enter the main villa through a lovely traditional loggia with an old pizza oven. The ground floor includes a large living room of 85 m2, a spacious dining room, and a kitchen all which are very luminous with large arched windows offering sweet views of the well-curated garden and the countryside. The kitchen has two ovens and has been renovated to be a professional kitchen. The warm and inviting living room is also brought out by the traditional Tuscan fireplace, terracotta flooring, exposed stone walls, and brick archways. Off the kitchen and dining room, there is a veranda that opens onto the garden. On the ground floor, there is also a laundry room, a bathroom, 2 pantries, and a storage room.
The first floor has another living room with a fireplace, a studio, 5 bedrooms of which 2 have ensuite bathrooms, and another 2 bathrooms. All bedrooms have air conditioning and views of the Tuscan hills.
The second floor is situated in the historic tower and has just one bedroom with windows all three sides of the room offering a full 360-degree panoramic view of the countryside.
On the property there is also a renovated barn, measuring 70 m2 with its own private garden. On the ground floor, there is a small courtyard with a veranda, a living room, a pantry, and a kitchen. On the first floor, there is one bedroom with a bathroom.
Villa Donna Elena is a charming property in the Tuscan countryside which has regularly been rented out for tourist rentals which generates a good income from April to October. The renovated barn is a perfect accommodation for the owners or for the management of the villa’s rental during the tourist season.