This residence, originally a farmhouse of the XVIIIth century, is part of the 600 hectares of the della Gherardesca family estate. The family has been in this part of Tuscany for over 1200 years.
Like all old houses in this part of the world, the house was built on a hill because in ancient times the Maremma area was mostly marshland and affected by malaria. The land was reclaimed by Count Camillo della Gherardesca who undertook the important drainage work. He was also the one who had the farmhouse built, as is written on the plaque above the front door.
The house is on a hill overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and Island of Elba. It is surrounded by a pine wood grove and olive trees. The nearest villages are Donoratico and Castagneto Carducci ;the villa is 15 min. drive from the sea and 45 min. from Pisa Airport. As a farmhouse it was abandoned for a long time and then about 40 years ago it was transformed by the owners into a villa with antique furnishings and all types of modern comforts, continuously updated through the years.
The pool at the end of the garden has a lovely view on the sea and the woods. A comfortable cabin is used as changing room with fridge, sunbeds, sun umbrellas, and a dining table for twelve.
Besides swimming at the pool, guests can go to the beach, a 15-minute drive through the family's private woods down to the sea, where they will find at their disposal a cabin to change, sunbeds, warm and cold shower and fridge, to be shared with the other guests who are allowed into this private area.
Ground Floor: entrance, one double bedroom with bathroom (with shower), dining room with fireplace (seating 24 people), green sitting room, large library with huge fireplace and tv, very large porch overlooking the sea furnished with dining table, sofa, chairs and armchairs, large kitchen with fireplace, laundry room, computer (wi fi) room. One double and one single bedroom with a bathroom are in the staff area.
First Floor: 4 double bedrooms each one with it's own bathroom (one with shower), very large master room with four windows and bathroom with two basins, dressing room and en suite in the same corridor an additional bedroom for children with bunkbeds.
Second Floor (small tower): bedroom with a large single bed and a small spare bed with bathroom (with shower).
Commodities: central heating, air conditioning on the first floor, safe, computer, wi fi, satellite tv and dvd reader.
Staff: the house is usually rented with it's own trained staff.