Villa Prat 1 is an elegant 2 bedroom villa apartment, 10 minutes (13 kms) from Florence city, in the Tuscan countryside. It is set on a vast estate with privately owned forest, olive groves and vineyards, where quality extra virgin olive oil and wine are still produced. The villa is 180m2 and can comfortably accommodate five people.
Villa Prat 1 has a long and rich history dating back to the 13th century. Originally a hunting home for influential Florentine's, it is believed to have been restored in 1488 and used as a country residence by noble families through to the 18th century when it was sold to the family of De Prat, exiles from France. Today, 19th century frescoes decorate the living rooms of the villa and the precise stonework and intricately carved windows, the stunning loggia and graceful architecture are all a testament to the work of the celebrated Bendedetto da Rovezzano. Since the 14th century very little has changed on this historic estate. King Charles VIII of France and Napoleon Bonaparte have even been welcomed here as notable guests!
Villa Prat 1 is a luxury villa apartment perfect for family and friends looking for a relaxing well located country home away from home with all modern facilities. Offering comfort and privacy, the Villa is known for its architecture and design, with 10m high ceilings, fine frescoes, gold gilded mirrors and terracotta floors, and decorated with antiques and frescoes. From the loggia gallery there is a view of the enchanting Italian renaissance garden of lemon trees and hedges with a fountain, where you can enjoy walks and outdoor dining. The Villa has a wonderful view of Florence and the surrounding hills from the front terrace off the main bedroom. The second bedroom has a queen sized bed and a single sofa bed. One bathroom, accessible from the main bedroom and living room, has a bathtub, shower, toilet and hand basin and the other, an ensuite bathroom has a toilet and hand basin. There is a washing machine and all linen is provided. The well- equipped kitchen with dishwasher has a lovely vaulted ceiling with a fireplace and dining table that seats six. Wi-Fi is available from various hotspots on the estate. A cook, babysitter and maid service is available and a cot can be provided on request.
Stay in this classic Tuscan villa as a base to explore the exquisite surrounding countryside and nearby Florence city. You can enjoy some of Italy's best restaurants or unwind at the farmhouse overlooking the scenic countryside while sipping a glass of the villa’s own wine. You can also enjoy outdoor activities - swim in the shared pool and garden, walk to the local village, go horse riding, cycling, trekking or wine tasting and visit local antique markets, gardens, medieval villages and Etruscan ruins.
The Villa is convenient walking distance to great local restaurants and shops, buses and trains, close to all key highways and just 20 minutes from Montecatini, 40 minutes from Siena, Bologna, Pisa and Lucca and an hour from Arezzo, San Gimignano, Forte dei Marmi, and Volterra. There is a cooking school onsite- ask us for more details about these wonderful hands-on cooking classes.