Villa Petrolo - Valdarno Superiore - Tuscany

The Downton Abbey of Tuscany for fine, authentic surroundings! This prestigious wine estate is where former UK prime minister Cameron stayed in 2011 on the edge of lovely Chianti. Sleep up to 17, or add the optional upper floor and sleep up to 33.

Sleeps: 33
Bedrooms: 16
Bathrooms: 13

Available: January - December
Pool: Private pool
Open: May 2 - October 3

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This is the rear facade of Villa Petrolo seen from the tennis court

This is the rear facade of Villa Petrolo seen from the tennis court

The huge formal sitting room/ballroom with impressive Venetian chandelier

The huge formal sitting room/ballroom with impressive Venetian chandelier

Villa Petrolo's ground floor sitting room

Villa Petrolo's ground floor sitting room

The villa's own pool

The villa's own pool

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Summary

The Villa for up to 17 Guests
On the main floor (the "piano nobile"):
- 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath tub
- 2 bedrooms with 2 single beds & en suite bathrooms with tub
- 2 bedrooms with 2 single beds & en suite bathrooms with shower
- 1 suite with double bedroom and single bedroom sharing a bathroom with bath tub
- ballroom suitable for parties or concerts
On lower floor:
- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds and en suite bathroom with bath tub
- 3 living rooms
- dining room
- games room with pool table
- 2 kitchens (one professional)
- half bathroom
- laundry room

For 18 to 33 Guests on the top floor of the villa:

Apartment for 9 guests:
- 1 bedroom with 3 single beds
- 1 double bedroom
- 2 bedrooms with 2 single beds
- 2 bathrooms (1 with shower, 1 with bath tub)

Apartment for 7 guests:
- 1 bedroom with 3 single beds
- 2 bedrooms with 2 single beds
- 2 bathrooms (1 with shower, 1 with bath tub)

4 hours domestic help every day, broadband (wireless), satellite TV, DVD & CD players, barbecue, ping pong table in pool house, pool table in games room, 3 small fishing lakes, traditional pizza oven, private tennis court.

Cook/s available for dining at home 18 euro per hour plus the cost of ingredients and wine.

The lower two floors can be rented for up to 17 people. Additional bedrooms can be added on the top floor.


Pool info: Private pool, (40 ft x 20 ft, 8 ft deep)

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Description

This is a very special villa for a very special holiday experience! Downton Abbey is all the rage and Villa Petrolo is exactly the villa the aristocratic Crawley family would have chosen as their own Tuscan retreat - and naturally, it's handy for trips into Siena and Florence should you be intent on organising your own mini "Grand Tour". You can rent the main part of this handsome 17th century villa - the lower floor and the Piano Nobile above - to sleep up to 17 people in full Downton style, or you can choose to add the more basic bedrooms on the top floor and sleep up to 33 people. The choice is yours: for 17 guests or up to 33 as you require.

Set in 80 acres of olive groves and vineyards, with its own private park with a small formal garden, an ancient fountain, pristine tennis courts and private swimming pool, Villa Petrolo is deep down "genuine" Downton-esque Toscana, with 21st century mod cons. It's a gem, and perfect for that special celebration. It's hardly to be wondered at that this villa has hosted the prime ministers of Britain and France as well as food guru Jamie Oliver. It would be hard to get better references for a holiday home!

As you can see, Villa Petrolo comes in two flavours: the ground floor and the Piano Nobile (literally the noble floor) upstairs make a fine setting for up to 17 guests, while adding the much simpler ex-servants accommodation on the villa's top floor, means even the largest group (up to 33!) fits very comfortably. The top floor accommodation is split into two apartments, one for 7 and the other for 9.

There are two kitchens on the ground floor - a "normal" one and a professional, stainless steel kitchen with all the facilities one could need for serving large groups. There's also an old brick bread oven in the grounds, the perfect focus for an outdoor pizza party. The ever helpful staff in the estate's office have two excellent local ladies on call who will cook for you at any time - one cook for smaller occasions, otherwise the two of them together. From informal pizza to light lunches or elegant suppers, they can handle it all, they'll even lay out breakfast if required! You just pay for the ingredients and their time - and you'll find out for yourself that it's not only a wonderfully economical way to live-the-life, it also gives you the kind of authentic Tuscan experience rarely available to ordinary folk.

The ground floor reception rooms open directly on to the gardens and one can choose to eat under the shady pergola by day, under the stars by night, or in the villa's dining room. There's ample space to find a quiet nook or spend time all together. Between the ballroom upstairs (with its elegant Venetian chandelier), three sitting rooms downstairs and the large games room with pool table, space just isn't an issue - well, of course it wouldn't be in the country retreat of landed gentry! Down by the pool, there's a shady pool house where the fit can enjoy endless ping pong matches if they've had to abandon the tennis courts for the hottest part of the Tuscan day.

Luca Sanjust, Petrolo's owner, produces superlative organic olive oil from the estate's olive groves, but above all, he and his staff make some of the most sensually pleasurable wines in Tuscany. Naturally you can take an escorted tour of the estate's ancient olive mill as well as taste your way around the estate's well stocked wine cellars during your stay. There are also 3 small, private lakes on the estate if fishing takes your fancy. The picture-book-perfect parish church of Galatrona is just a short stroll through an olive grove (very "Room with a View"!) if you want to check out the fine ceramics of Giovanni della Robbia (1469-1529). Go a little further into the hills and you'll come to a local landmark, the ancient stone watch tower of Galatrona, built to dominate the area over 2,000 years ago.

Live like a genuine Tuscan noble, dine on local produce cooked in your own professional kitchen, served by candlelight in your own garden or dining room, accompanied by your own estate's wines. In other words, this really is the Tuscan version of life at Downton Abbey!

Glance at any map and you'll find Villa Petrolo is nicely situated in Tuscany's "golden triangle" between Arezzo, Siena and Florence. Nothing worth visiting is more than an hour's drive - or let the train take take you to Rome. Or you could lounge by the pool in peaceful seclusion and use the wi-fi internet to see the sights if traveling is just too much...? For the fashion conscious, there's an excellent vintage clothes shop to discover in the narrow back streets of nearby Montevarchi, where David Cameron wasn't served that cappuccino, while the Prada outlet is a mere 10 minute drive away. Whatever your passion - fine leather, sparkling jewels and high fashion, great art, history and antiques, fine old architecture, bustling markets, patiently waiting for the fish to bite - you'll have it all, at exceptional Petrolo!

Reviews
Betsy Carnighan, N Carolina
Villa Petrolo was a most enchanting venue for my daughter’s wedding!  We were in search of a place that was elegant, yet relaxing, off the beaten path, but convenient to entertainment, cities of interest, and situated in the Tuscan countryside.   All this to ensure the bride her fairytale wedding and our guests the perfect Italian holiday! 

A strikingly beautiful villa, Petrolo is comfortably decorated with a flare of elegance.  Everything is “oversized”, in a lovely, sophisticated way, to make you feel right at home.  The lovely terrace was a special meeting spot each evening for wine, music, dining, and lots of chat by candlelight.  Off in the distance the estate church sits aglow in lights at night, adding the perfect backdrop for this romantic setting.  In addition to the main house, a farmhouse on the property comfortably accommodated the overflow of guests.

Our guests were easily entertained by the amenities available on the property, including swimming pool, tennis courts, and billiards, to name a few, as well as the close proximity to delightful villages and popular destination.   

 Petrolo staff was available to assist in all activities and requests, with a “can do” attitude that made the wedding and reception orchestration actually fun! 

The only “negative” is that the week had to come to an end!  But, memories of Villa Petrolo and our perfect week will last a lifetime!  In summary, it was magical!



Prices
Prices per week (Saturday to Saturday) for 17 and 33 guests
Rates for 2017 The main floors for 17The whole villa for 33
Apr 8 2017-May 13 2017EUR 8,200  EUR 11,400
May 13 2017-Jun 24 2017EUR 9,400  EUR 12,600
Jun 24 2017-Sep 2 2017EUR 11,900  EUR 15,540
Sep 2 2017-Sep 30 2017EUR 9,400  EUR 12,600
Sep 30 2017-Oct 28 2017EUR 8,200  EUR 11,400
Guide prices use current conversion rates
Private pool open May 2 - October 3
For low season prices please enquire.

Additional costs to be paid directly to the owners:
- Council tourist tax (Apr-Sep): 6 euro per adult
- Final cleaning: 15 euro per person
- Heating (if used): charged at cost
Everything else is included in our price.
This property is charged in Euro
Location
Mercatale Valdarno 1 m
Montevarchi 5 m
Prada outlet 5 m
Gaiole in Chianti 15 m
Arezzo 22 m
Siena 27 m
Florence 35 m
Pisa 83 m
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