Villa Machiavelli, Tuscany
Bed & Breakfast, Sleeps 22
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- Steam Room
- Treatment Rooms
- Gym Facilities
- Large Gardens
- Alfresco Dining
- Outdoor Lounge Area
- Renaissance Era Frescoes, Artwork and Antiques
- Wine Cellar
- Air Conditioning
- Sound System
The villa's proximity to Renaissance Florence, close enough to dip in and out of the city's wonderful thoroughfares and delicious cafés, its incredible shopping and dining and the rich array of art galleries and museums, combined with its spectacular views across perfect swathes of Chianti countryside makes it one of Tuscany's most desirably located larger properties.
Amongst its most striking features are the many broad and beautifully arranged terraces that spill out of the reception rooms and bedrooms through elegant French doors and overlook the lovely gardens and lushly ordered vineyards. From these, there are views of Brunelleschi's famous Duomo across the trees in the distance, reminding you that although you are surrounded by countryside, Florence is within tantalising touching distance.View Location Map
Villa Machiavelli's restoration has ensured that this wonderful 15th century, historic home, once belonging to the Machiavelli and Mazzei families, has been brought sumptuously into modernity, ready to face the next century with many of its fabulous frescoes re-discovered under layers of paint and plaster.
Of course many features have been modernised and the property re-furnished, but such was the quality of some of the property's original features that these have endured to the present day. Think bathrooms of rare marble, perfectly cut and joined, from quarries now no longer mined, stone and parquet flooring, antiques and many superb pieces of artwork.
The superbly renovated interiors, sometimes quite bold in design, include a formal dining room, two lovely reception rooms, entrance hallway with 16th century frescoes, a family kitchen, four fireplaces and a laundry room. On the lower ground floor through large oak doors is a wonderfully atmospheric and intriguing wine cellar with an area that is set up for intimate dining, with kitchen alongside. In another area on this floor is a superb spa and gym facility with a private indoor pool and state of the art steam room and sauna.
The individually decorated bedrooms are set over the ground and first floors, air conditioned and lead onto terraces with the most spectacular views over Chianti. Each has both a separate living room offering plenty of space and a dining area. Bathrooms are invariably fitted out in the most amazing configurations of marble - some of it extremely prized and rare.
The villa's fascinating history reaches back to the 14th Century, when the property was built by the Machiavelli family and reputedly designed by Michelangelo himself. The original plans for improving the property are housed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The plans include a new wing and grander palace, designed by Giorgio Vasari il Giovane.
To mark the occasion of the marriage between Machiavelli and Strozzi families, the two family's coats of arms were inscribed on the keystone of the central arch of the loggia on the main façade as well as the fireplace located on the ground floor of the villa. Niccolo Machiavelli is said to have written his famous work "The Prince" at his studio in Albergaccio, which was connected to main villa via an internal corridor. Later owner of the property Filipo Mazzei, an Italian physician and libertarian, was a close friend of US president Thomas Jefferson.
Prices are based on exclusive use of the villa for up to 22 guests to include a daily breakfast buffet, daily housekeeping and a butler service.
Additional services are available on request, please enquire.
1 x Master double bedroom with fireplace, dressing room, private dining area, terrace access, Jacuzzi bathtub and en-suite shower room with steam room.
3 x Double bedrooms with terrace access and en-suite bathrooms.
1 x Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower.
4 x Double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
1 x Double bedroom with en-suite shower room.
1 x Small double bedroom with private shower room.
Services and Inclusions
At this wonderfully historic villa in Tuscany, you can be assured the property will be well-maintained to exacting standards worthy of its restoration. Each day between 10am-2pm, housekeepers will come round to clean the property, with two hours of laundry to help cover the daily towel and pillowcase changes, and regular linen changes throughout the week that occur. The garden and pools have workers dedicated to their maintenance, a necessity for a luxury villa with grounds of this size.
Guests of this luxury villa in Tuscany can enjoy the services of a concierge and butler, with a daily breakfast buffet set up each morning to start their day off right. A special added touch, the 22 guests of this luxury villa will also get to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting, allowing you to try vintages and flavours from vineyards in the very Tuscan countryside the villa resides.
Additional services can also be made available for guests, for an additional cost, including a private chef for the duration of your luxury villa holiday, additional housekeeping services and heating of the indoor pool in the spa area.
- Concierge service
- Butler service
- Daily breakfast buffet
- Complimentary wine tasting
- Daily housekeeping (10am-2pm + 2 hours of laundry)
- Linen and towels
- Linen changed every three days
- Daily towel and pillow case change
- Garden and pool maintenance
- End-of-stay cleaning
- Additional housekeeping (€30/hour)
- Pool heating (€220/day)
- Private chef (on request)
Additional Services (at extra cost):