Tuscany's evergreen allure has been further enhanced over recent years by a crop of superbly restored and beautifully presented villas, properties that even ten years ago may have looked picturesque from the outside, but more often than not were poorly kept up on the inside. Villa Machiavelli's restoration has ensured that this wonderful 15th century, historic home, once belonging to the Machiavelli and Mazzei families, has been brought sumptously 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 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 villa's 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.
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.
Bedroom configuration: Set over the ground and first floors, all bedrooms are individually decorated, air-conditioned and lead onto amazing terraces that have 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 and there are plasma TVs and Wi-Fi broadband throughout.
- Bedroom 1: Machiavelli Suite, Emperor sized bed, Jacuzzi tub, fireplace, marble and onyx fitted bathroom, walk-in shower and steam room, dressing room area and private dining area
- Bedroom 2: King, en suite bathroom
- Bedroom 3: King, en suite bathroom
- Bedroom 4: Double, en suite bathroom
- Bedroom 5: King, en suite bathroom with shower
- Bedroom 6: Small double bedroom with french bed; the room has an area with shower and toilet facilities.
- Bedroom 7: King, en suite bathroom with bathtub
- Bedroom 8: King, en suite bathroom with bathtub
- Bedroom 9: King, en suite bathroom with bathtub
- Bedroom 10: King, en suite bathroom with bathtub
- Bedroom 11: King, en suite bathroom with shower and bathtub
The villa's fascinating history reaches back to the 14th Century, when the property was built by the Machiavelli family and reputedely designed by Michelangelo himself. The original plans for improving the property are housed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The plans include a 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.
- 4 Rooms/Suites
- 2 Drawing Rooms
- 1 Farmhouse Kitchen
- 1 Open Loggia
- 1 Private Dining Room
- 6 rooms/suites plus a small double bedroom
Lower Ground Floor:
- Barrique Wine Tasting Cellar
- Cellar Dining Room
- Indoor Pool - not heated. Heating is an extra cost kindly note
- Spa Treatment Rooms