We will be staying in restored 17th century Tuscan Villa, set on 90 hectares surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The villa is located within Tuscany in the beautiful San Gimignano area that offers the natural, historical and culinary characteristics typical of the picture-perfect Chianti region. It lends itself perfectly for a group of writers, with ample indoor living spaces as well as an expansive outdoor space for walks, poolside relaxation, or writing and dining under the alfresco.
For writers wanting to explore surrounding towns and sights, Sciano, Barberino Val E'elsa, and Certaldo are all within close proximity (less than 6km) from the villa, with San Gimignano the ideal location for a day trip. Writers may also like to visit the nearby medieval hamlet of S. Appiano and Linari or the small and charming village of Petrognano with ruins of the town of Semifonte which was destroyed in 1202 by the Florentine.
The ground floor of the villa boasts a large living-room with dining area and access to the outside, charming dining-room with beautiful fireplace, large and well-appointed kitchen (oven, freezer, dishwasher), living-room with small library and billiards table, double bedroom, sitting-room with fireplace, plus a bathroom. The first floor is home to a double bedroom with ensuite, large living-room with fireplace, a bedroom with French bed, and double bedrooms with an ensuite bathrooms, plus a twin-bedded room with ensuite bathroom that can be converted to a double for single occupancy.
The Villa // La Villa
With a private swimming pool and spacious garden equipped with a barbecue area for warm weather outdoor dining, the villa offers enchanting panoramic views over the surrounding landscape and over San Gimignano in the distance. The villa's interior is tastefully furnished with some antique pieces with all bedrooms well-appointed.
The Bedrooms // Le Camere da Letto
Earlybird prices (valid until 30th September 2018)
$3299 AUD per person (approx $2390USD) for single occupancy. Regular price: $3499 AUD
$2499 AUD per person (approx $1810 USD) for double occupancy in the Siena room, pictured below. These beds can also be brought together to form a double bed for single occupancy. Regular price: $2699 AUD.
$3199 AUD for single occupancy in the Cortona room, pictured below. This room is located on the upper level of the villa and contains a French bed. The bathroom is located on the ground level. Regular price: $3399
Retreat prices are in Australian dollars and are based on the following accommodation options:
// THE CERTALDO ROOM: Double bedroom (Sleeps 1)
// THE AREZZO ROOM: Double bedroom (Sleeps 1)
// THE SAN GIMIGNANO ROOM: Double bedroom (Sleeps 1)
// THE FIRENZE ROOM: Double bedroom (Sleeps 1)
/ THE CORTONA ROOM: French bed (Sleeps 1)
The Cortona room has a French bed (in terms of size it is in between a single and double bed) and a shared bathroom.
/ THE SIENA ROOM: Twin room (Sleeps 2) ONE SPOT AVAILABLE
THE CHIANTI ROOM: Double room (Sleeps 1) BOOKED
All rooms include linen, towels, and complimentary WiFi.
The villa is surrounded by a garden with sun lounges, tables and chairs offering ample space for writing outdoors or for simply relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.
The Kitchen // La Cucina
A delightful rustic kitchen that lends itself to socialising while cooking. Food (mangiare) is such a big part of the Italian culture, and it forms a major part of how Italians socialise. So be ready to embrace this side of things during our week away. You'll have the option of preparing meals at home with the group or dining out, but expect to enjoy your time around the dinner table. Good food, good wine, good company!