Villa Giocolana is a beautiful old villa built in 1896 and fully renovated in 2001. It sits on 2 hectares of land and is surrounded by more than 200 olive trees.
This superb property is located in a very quiet place, perfect for those who want to relax under the sun with family and friends.
Up to 10 people, villa Giocolana also offers a beautiful infinity pool, and a magnificent garden.
Room 1 - Rose : Room, 1st floor, view of the garden. This bedroom has 1 double bed. Bathroom ensuite, with bathtub. WC in the bathroom.
Room 2 - Jaune : Room, 1st floor, view of the garden. This bedroom has 1 double bed. Bathroom ensuite, with shower. WC in the bathroom.
Room 3 - Verte : Room, 1st floor, view of the garden. This bedroom has 1 double bed. Bathroom ensuite, with shower. WC in the bathroom.
Room 4 - Mauve : Room, 1st floor, view of the garden. This bedroom has 2 twin beds configurable as a double bed. Bathroom outside the room, shared, with bathtub, shower. separate WC room.
Room 5 - Bleu : Room, 1st floor, view of the garden. This bedroom has 2 twin beds configurable as a double bed. Bathroom outside the room, shared, with bathtub, shower. separate WC room.
Villa Giocolana offers 500 smq spread on two floors.
There is an entrance area, stairs to the first floor and a corridor which opens onto the to the living room (8 x 6m) with its large country fire-place on the left and the library on the right (5 x 4). The library has a large flat-screen TV, a DVD player and a Chromecast Toggle for streaming from your phone, tablet or lap-top. There is a toilet and shower room and hand washing area connecting the library to the corridor through a second door. A dining room (8 x 6) joins the living area through an arch and connects to the kitchen (7 x 7). There is a large utility room which opens off the kitchen containing two washing machines, a tumble dryer and a large fridge freezer with ice- maker, plus space for food storage and sink for vegetable washing etc..
The kitchen has a second fridge, a dishwasher and a central cooking island with a double oven and hob and a small table for rolling out pasta and chairs for 4.
A staircase leads to the piccionaia which can serve as an additional sleeping area but does not have its own bathroom or toilet
The house is comfortable, heated, a huge hearth for log fires if it gets cooler. There is wood for the fire or pizza oven.
The large kidney-shaped infinity pool, which follows the curves of the olive terrace it was built on, is 20m long and 12 wide. It has a large sun-terrace with sunbeds, table, chairs and umbrella, is closed off by hedges and has 2 gates, one at the top with 10 steps leading down to the sun-terrace and another at the bottom directly on to it. The gates prevent child access to the pool area when secured. The pool is heated by solar panels and is cleaned weekly by Piero, our gardener who also ensures the water is balanced and chlorinated correctly. There is an unheated outdoor shower by the pool.
Above the pool, at the same level as several doors leading from the front of the house to the exterior, there is a large partially shaded South-East facing terrace with table and seating for at least 12 which overlooks the pool area.
On the South side of the house, accessed from the dining area or from the exterior there is a working wood burning pizza oven
Another west-facing terrace, at the back of the house, situated directly off the kitchen and dining room also has seating for 12 and overlooks the Arezzo and Val di Chiana valleys giving spectacular views of the sunsets.
Below the pool area is the pool house and vegetable garden and there is a parking area for up to 6 cars just above (50m) from the house so that the cars are out of sight.
There is a prolific vegetable garden which will provide you with seasonal vegetables and fruit; peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, apples, nectarines strawberries, melons, various salads, peas, broad beans, haricots, courgettes, peppers, aubergines, artichokes, cavallo nero, raspberries and of course various types of tomatoes during your stay (when in season). You just have to ask Piero, our gardener to pick what you want when he comes: and be there when the fruit and vegetables decide it’s the right time.
The house is situated at 450m above sea level and looks out over the forest of Lignano a protected forest domain on which nothing new can be built.
Staff and services
Piero, the gardener visits on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and looks after the pool, gardens and waters the flowers.
Serenella, who looks after the house is also an excellent cook and can shop and cook for you for an additional charge by arrangement.
The nearest neighbours are 150m away but neither the house nor the pool are overlooked.
The house is reached by a communal road winding up from Fattoria Gragnone, the small hamlet of 30 houses at the bottom of the hill which is paved all but for the last 300 meters.
There is a bus from the bottom of the hill to Arezzo station 3 or 4 times a day only on certain days (LF5) so you’ll need to rent a car while you are in the house for shopping and sightseeing. A taxi ride from the station costs about 30€..
Though secluded and very calm and peaceful, the house is not isolated. Arezzo station and town centre are 15 minutes drive. Florence airport is 1h and 15 minutes, Rome 2 and a half hours, Pisa and Perugia 2, Milan 3 and a half.
Esselunga, the nearest and very good, supermarket is less than 10 minutes drive. The COOP hypermarket is 20 minutes. A small shop in Bagnoro, 5 minutes away, serves for bread and milk and there are a couple of simple but good restaurants in the village (Bagnoro/Gragnone). There is a wonderful open-air market every Saturday morning in Arezzo, not to miss – great food, clothes and household stuff.
Internet is not dial up, but full wi-fi.
There are 2 large outside dining tables
There are 2 washing machines and 2 fridges (one with freezer) in the kitchen/laundry.
Entertainment, well-being & sports
Internet access (dialup)
Outdoor private swimming pool
Equipment, facilities, events
For your comfort and convenience
Fireplace in living room
Private parking space
Kitchen & Appliances
Combo fridge - freezer
Fully equipped kitchen
Outdoor dining table
Pool lounge chairs
Refreshing shower on the terrace
What is Included
Included in rates
Bed and household linens
Electricity, water, gas
Phone for local outgoing calls
Sheets and towels changed once a week
Weekly house cleaning
Wood provided for the fireplace
Not included in rates
Extra hours of housekeeping
Grocery shopping and delivery service
- Children must be supervised by an adult at all times when using hot tub, pool, sauna or hammam - Children welcome - It is not allowed to organise events in the property without prior approval by Villanovo - No safety fence around the pool - Pool has no swimming guard - Smoking is not allowed inside the house - The house must be returned in the same condition of check in. Otherwise fees can be charged to the customer. - Language spoken by staff : English - Italian - Check-in : 15:00 h - Check out : 11:00 h - Amount of security deposit : 1 500.00 EUR - Security deposit must be paid in the form of : Credit card pre-authorization (amount is not debited from your card)
- Guarantee deposit charged by Villanovo upon reservation : 40 % - 2nd payment 50 Days to arrival day : 60 % of total amount of reservation is due to Villanovo. - Advance payments can be made with the following payment method : Visa - Mastercard - Carte Bleue - Bank transfer. - On site payment can be made with the following payment method : Visa - Mastercard - Carte Bleue - Cash. - The reservation price does not include optional incidentals or on-request items which will be added to your final bill.
Cancellation policy and cancellation fees
- Any booking modification or cancellation must be sent to us by email - Cancellation policy is applied according to villa local time - For all cancellations, the initial guarantee deposit is non-refundable. - Cancellation occurs less than 50 Days to arrival day : 100 % of total amount of reservation is due to Villanovo. - No show 100 % of total amount of reservation is due to Villanovo - Booking Cancellation fee : 100 EUR - Changes to confirmed arrangements fee : 100 EUR
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