Etched into a honey-hued key-stone on the façade of Villa Baciata, is the date 1788. Despite its humble beginnings over two centuries ago as a simple, working farmhouse, today Baciata has been transformed into an extraordinary Tuscan retreat.
The main house features a lovely country kitchen, with terracotta-tiled floors, as well as a formal dining room with a large chestnut dining table. Interiors are comfortable and spacious, and include a selection of antique armoires, chests, dressers, tables and mirrors, with many items sourced at local markets. A first-floor loggia with views across an idyllic landscape provides a lovely, covered spot to escape with a good book or even to dine open-air. An open-sided drop with low wall on one side of the loggia means young children must be closely supervised.
Outdoors a shaded dining terrace is draped in wisteria and leads onto a lovely formal garden, neatly edged with box, white roses and lavender. Well-lit pathways, scented with an abundance of fresh herbs, meander through gardens dotted with fig, apple, persimmon, plum and olive trees. On a lower garden level, a large 15m x 5m swimming pool with retractable pool-cover is built into the olive groves, and has a terrace with sun-loungers and shade provided by a large umbrella.