Stunning Tuscan villa with all the graces of a manor house
"Stunning Tuscan villa with all the graces of a manor house." - Reviewed by Deborah
DEBORAH PERFECT PICK “One of my personal favourites. I was totally blown away by the 360º views of Tuscany from the medieval watchtower.”
Villa Tranquilla is a grand 8-bedroom villa set within a prestigious estate that has adorned 720 hectares of rolling hills to the south-east of Florence for centuries. It is the perfect balance of rural Tuscan bliss and easy access to the cultural treats for which Florence is renowned. Less than 30 minutes from Florence’s museums, galleries, restaurants, bars and shops, you can enjoy a secluded bucolic setting with a private pool, tennis court, bocce ball green and stunning parkland for as far as the eye can see.
It is not surprising that Prince Charles and Diana Spencer were guests here in the 1980’s on their first tour of Italy. There is an understated regality about this 600sqm villa that makes you feel like you are making history.
The wonderful appeal of Villa Tranquilla is not limited to its grand exterior. Inside, vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and frescoes, an impressive formal dining room and stately lounge with large open fireplace and soft sofas set the tone for an aristocratic sojourn where comfort is top of the menu.
Furnished in upscale Florentine décor and period furniture under the artistic guidance of celebrated Italian interior-designer, Liaría Miani, you can note the quality and style choices most vividly in the upholstery, curtains and bedding. Indeed, the bedclothes in this home were an absolute treat, certainly above and beyond what you might expect in a 5-star hotel.
Last, but not least, prepare yourself to be wowed as you climb the ancient tower to the sound of automated blinds rising to reveal stunning views of the Tuscan hills that surround. The tower room is furnished with cosy sofas decked in fine linen, a perfect location to write your diary as the sun rises through the east window or for an intimate wine tasting as the sun sets to the west overlooking the treetops.