Serravalle Pistoiese — Lucca and Surroundings
A lovely 19th century villa immersed in the bountiful grounds of an extensive estate... Villa Il Salicone is full of character and old-world charm. Immersed in the owners’ grounds, which include peaceful fields, silvery olive groves and luxuriant vineyards, the Villa includes a private chapel and an evocative internal courtyard and boasts a charming family legacy. Enhanced by a delightful private park and swimming pool, it is an authentic Tuscan countryside retreat, perfect for family reunions, vacations and memorable celebrations. Villa il Salicone offers its guests the opportunity to fully experience and savor Tuscany’s lifestyle and most vivid colors!
Located in the rolling hills close to delightful towns such as Pistoia and Montecatini Alto, Villa Il Salicone rises in a lovely position, nestled among the peaceful fields, silvery olive groves and luxuriant vineyards. Privately owned and caringly managed, the estate belongs to the heirs of the tenor Egisto Niccoli and boasts lovely items which belonged to him.
The villa, immersed in the owners’ extensive and bountiful grounds, is a typical example of a 19th century Tuscan countryside residence. The original architectural features are perfectly preserved, and it offers authentic local character, an interesting history and genuine old-world charm. Enhanced by a delightful private park and swimming pool, it is an authentic Tuscan countryside retreat, perfect for family reunions, vacations and memorable celebrations.
Villa Il Salicone is well restored and lovingly maintained; boasting many spacious common rooms and tastefully furbished in style with the architecture and location, the whole villa provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere and plentiful comfortable and ample spaces to relax and enjoy.
The villa comfortably hosts up to 12 guests in its charming guestrooms, 1 on the ground floor and 5 on the second floor, as well as additional accommodation, suitable for children or teens if required, in another bedroom and several sofa beds. The six guestrooms all boast warm period cotto floors and fine furnishings in style with the architecture and location and have en-suite bathrooms. 3 of these are double rooms, 1 located on the ground floor and 2 on the second floor. The other 2 are spacious suites, each comprising a comfortable sitting room in addition to the bedroom and bathroom.
The villa offers, in total, additional accommodation suitable for up to 7 children or teenagers.
The suites’ sitting rooms both feature a sofa bed; one the suites’ sofa beds may accommodate 1 child, the other 2. Other 2 children or teens may use the 1 double bedroom on the first floor, which has its own private bathroom but no shower or tub. Other 2 children/teens may be accommodated in the sofa bed in one of the first floor sitting rooms (may share bathroom with double bedroom on same floor).
The villa provides a number of common rooms ideal for dining, entertaining, reading or otherwise relaxing. A lovely internal courtyard and charming private chapel, typical of the villa’s architectural style, add charm and grace to the ground floor. The same floor hosts 1 of the double bedrooms, with an adjacent bathroom, an ample fully equipped kitchen and a cozy sitting room with TV. Two different, extremely picturesque, dining rooms, one rising in the villa’s ancient stables, the other in the former kitchen, set the scene for unforgettable luncheons and dinners. The ground floor also includes a convenient guest bathroom (no bathtub or shower) and a storage/laundry room.
The first floor comprises one double bedroom and an adjacent half-bathroom (no bathtub or shower) and most of the entertaining and relaxing common rooms. There are two ample living rooms, the Red room and frescoed Hunting room, and three welcoming sitting rooms, 1 of which has a sofa-bed accommodating 2 children/teens. The sitting rooms all offer direct access onto the gardens. The second floor hosts yet another living room, called the music room in honor of the owners’ ancestor, as well as the 5 above described bedrooms, 2 suites and 3 double bedrooms.
The villa is surrounded by a splendid park which includes century old trees, luxuriant lawns and a perfectly groomed Italian garden. The park includes a gleaming swimming pool; encased in a splendid frame of typical “pietra serena”, the pool offers shading gazebos, sun-beds and deck chairs and lovely views onto the peaceful countryside.
Il Salicone rises in a splendid position, nestled among the property’s cultivated fields, olive groves and rich vineyards. Its location offers an ideal starting point for exploring Tuscany’s many marvels. Exquisite art-filled Pistoia – with its delicious restaurants, tempting cafès and elegant boutiques - is just a 10 minute drive from the villa, and Montecatini Alto’s picturesque town center and stupendous views can be reached in just 15 minutes. Located at just 40 minutes from downtown Florence, Villa Il Salicone is perfect for art and culture focused vacations, as for those focused on relaxation and well-being: not only is it immersed in the serene countryside, it is just 15 minutes away from Montecatini Terme and Grotta Giusti, two of Europe’s most celebrated and splendid Spas! As per art and culture, Pisa may be reached in about 50 minutes, while Siena is at a pleasant 1 hour and 15 minute drive away.
Discover Tuscan art, architecture and century-old heritage. Explore tiny hillside towns and learn about the charming local traditions and crafts. Stroll through pristine woods and bountiful vineyards, taste the area’s scrumptious culinary specialties... the tantalizing chocolate made in the Pistoia hills by skilled chocolatiers is famous all around the world!!
Relax, experiencing the peaceful, leisurely atmosphere… a vacation at Il Salicone is not a vacation, it is an enlightening Tuscan lifestyle experience!
The Estate includes
The Property offers
Ground floor: 1 double bedroom with private adjacent bathroom, 2 dining rooms (ancient kitchen+ancient stables), 1 kitchen, 1 TV room, 1 chapel, 1 internal courtyard, 1 guest bathroom (no shower or bathtub), 1 laundry/service room
First floor: 1 entrance hall, 2 living rooms, 3 sitting rooms (all leading to upper garden), 1 includes a sofa bed, suitable to accommodate 2 children; 1 double bedroom with adjacent private bathroom (no shower or bathtub) suitable for children/young teenagers.
Second floor: “music room” salon; 3 double bedrooms (of which one twin), and 2 suites, all with en-suite bathrooms. Each suite comprises: double bedroom, en-suite bathroom, sitting room with sofa bed suitable to accommodate children or teenagers. One of the sofa beds accommodates 2 persons, the other 1.
Total bathrooms: 5 ensuite, 1 private adjacent to ground floor bedroom, 1 half-bathroom on first floor (no bathtub or shower), 1 guest bathroom ground floor.
Parking available for up to 10 cars.
Villa il Salicone’s private grounds extend over 500 square meters. These comprise luscious lawns and century-old trees, a delightful Italian garden and a swimming pool (furnished with sun-beds and deck chairs and shading gazebos).
Useful information and distances
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