Holiday villa to rent near Pistoia - Borgo Raffaello is an elegant, period villa set high on the hills between Florence and Lucca, boasting unrivalled views over olive groves, vineyards and the medieval city of Pistoia, only three minutes away by car.
The villa is adorned with antiques, family heirlooms, paintings and open fireplaces with stylishly decorated bedrooms featuring wrought-iron beds and detailed trompe-l'oeil frescoes dating back to the mid 19th century. Just outside the living area, the large terrace is usually the guests' favourite spot. Experience Italy's authentic lifestyle as you dine al fresco with a glass of good wine produced by the owners and soak up the magnificent panorama of the valley below.
The property's enviable location makes it an attractive base to explore Tuscany's major cities and hilltop villages within a comfortable driving distance. Pistoia's Duomo is a striking landmark of this beautiful city which has preserved all its original charm and appeal. Fine buildings, art masterpieces and galleries, as well as designer boutiques, pavement cafes and restaurants contrubute to Pistoia's reputation of elegance and style. From here you can choose to follow the wine route into the Chianti region and taste some of Italy's most acclaimed wines or discover the immense artistic heritage of Tuscany by visiting Florence, Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra or Siena. Alternatively, especially if you are travelling with children, you may want to spend some time at the long sandy beaches of the Versilia coast, which offer all sorts of water-sports. After dining in one of Viareggio or Forte dei Marmi's trendy restaurants, you can stroll along the beachfront promenade and enjoy an ice-cream as you watch the world go by.
This holiday villa near Pistoia offers breathtaking views southwards across the city plain as far as Florence, where on a clear day the Duomo is visible in the distance. From here you are very well-positioned to access the splendid city of Pistoia, which is just 3 minutes away by car. The artistic and historical heart of the city is the cathedral square (Piazza del Duomo). Since 1980 this has been the home of the Pistoia Blues Festival (July), a major event on the international Blues calendar that attracts world-famous acts. You are also close to Florence, Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano and Pisa, which would all make very rewarding trips, and only about 45 minutes from the attractive seaside resort of Viareggio if you want to spend time at the beach. The Appennine mountains close by offer sporting, cultural and spa activities. If you want to go horse-riding, head for the splendid 260km-long San Jacopo horsetrail or, if you are more of a spectator, the Pistoia Palio (horse races) are held twice a year, in July and August.
Study with French doors to terrace.
Living/dining room (TV,CD player), French doors to terrace.
Kitchen/ breakfast area.
Twin bedroom (2 x 0.80m), views.
Twin bedroom (2 x 0.80m), views.
Double bedroom (1.60m), views.
Large shower room, walk-in shower, WC, vaulted ceiling.
Twin bedroom (2 x 0.80m), hand painted murals, views.
Double bedroom (1.60m), hand painted murals, views.
Large shower room, walk in shower, WC, French doors to Juliet balcony (care with children), views.
Shower room, walk in shower, WC.
Terraced grounds comprising mature gardens planted with oak, olive trees, lavender & rose bushes, lawn areas, upper panoramic terrace, outdoor dining facilities, built-in BBQ. Lower terrace and sunbathing area, oval-shaped private 9.50m x 4.50m swimming pool (depth: 1.15m), outdoor shower. Please note that the friendly owners and their dog Oscar live next door (partially overlooking the grounds of Borgo Raffaello) and welcome guests on arrival. They are available to help, if needed. However, a thick hedge divides the terraced area from the owners' house at ground level.
Included: 2 hours mid-week maid service. WiFi internet. Use of 3 bicycles.
Extras: Telephone (mobile). Additional maid service on request at €10 per hour. Cook service on request. Pool towels on request. Own wine and olive oil for sale. A local tourist tax may apply.
About The Location
- Pistoia 2km
- Florence 43km
- Lucca 50km
- Pisa 63km
- San Gimignano 88km
- Siena 113 km
- Florence 36km
- Pisa 65km
- Pistoia 2km (shops, bars, restaurants)
- Viareggio | Versilia coast 73km
- Tennis court 2km
- Cycling | hiking locally
- Horse riding 10km
- Pistoia cathedral | old town | museums | underground tour 2km
- Zoo in Pistoia 6km
- Puccini's villa and park Pistoia 2km
- Montecatini Alto old town 17km
- Montecatini Terme spa 20km
- Lucca walled town | cathedral | ramparts 50km