Etched into a honey-hued key-stone on the façade of Villa Baciata, clearly visible, is the date 1788. Despite its humble beginnings over two centuries ago as a simple, working farmhouse, a subsequent abandonment, followed by later rediscovery and more recently an extensive and sensitive renovation, today Baciata has been transformed into an extraordinary Tuscan retreat.
Surrounded with 40 acres of gardens and olive orchard (the estate produces its own extra virgin olive oil), Baciata has dreamy views over an inimitable Tuscan landscape to the hill-top hamlet of Castagnoli.
Accommodation is divided between the main house, with four bedrooms, and an independent annexe with a further bedroom and living area. The main house also features a lovely country kitchen, with terracotta-tiled floors and shelves filled with cook-books and inspiration, 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 antique markets. Bedrooms are air-conditioned and provide a good flexible combination of doubles and twins, and comfortable custom-designed wrought iron beds. 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 if the weather outdoors is inclement. 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, with flashes of vibrant colour provided by geranium in large terracotta pots. Well-lit pathways, scented with an abundance of fresh herbs, meander through gardens dotted with fig, apple, persimmon, plum, corbezzollo, 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.
Positioned right in the heart of Chianti, the celebrated villages and world-class wine-estates of Gaiole, Radda, Castellina are all in the immediate vicinity, with the Renaissance jewels of Florence and Siena located within easy day-trip distance.