Holiday Villa in Chuisi, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Villa Arcaia is a fine country residence set in a spacious park. It looks out from its hilltop over idyllic countryside, a patchwork of arable fields, citadels, lakes and wooded hillsides.
The accommodation is highly flexible, able to cater for all possible requisites on the part of clients.
Spread over three buildings, it comprises four separate and wholly independent units, able to sleep 23 people in all, with facilities for the disabled. You can be sure of a welcome which is courteous and discriminating, and at the same time heartfelt.
All the rooms have their own character. The four units vary in size and ensure that all guests have complete privacy.
All the bedrooms are furnished with taste and provided with heating and air conditioning.
It is possible to book the whole residence or single units catering for 2, 4, 6 or 8 people.
The main house, Bellosguardo, is basically a typical foursquare turreted country house dating back to the nineteenth century. It underwent a radical restyling in the 1960s at the hands of an eccentric actress, who turned it into an exclusive venue for parties and receptions. Furnished in eclectic style, collectors’ items of Italian design rub shoulders with antique furniture, large fireplaces and carved wood panelling. In the recently completed restoration, great care was taken to preserve the irresistible atmosphere of the “swinging sixties”. The spacious accommodation on the ground floor features an elegant living room, dining room, comfortable and well equipped kitchen and a cloakroom. Rooms open onto a vast terrace with a splendid panorama, partly covered in and equipped for barbecues. An elegant staircase leads up from the entrance to the first floor where there are two luxurious suites and a bathroom which is truly remarkable for size and décor.
Close to hand there are the former outhouses, called i buccheri, which have been beautifully refurbished to provide accommodation.
A large patio gives access to the ground floor, with living quarters which are particularly attractive and comfortable and a fully equipped kitchen. All the rooms are constructed in the classic Tuscan style with tiled ceilings and wooden beams, and feature rustic furniture in the best local handicraft tradition. They also have heating and air conditioning.
To either side there are the bedrooms and bathrooms. An external staircase takes you up to the first floor, where there is a living-cum-dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
A charming terrace equipped for barbecues is for guests’ exclusive use.
All over the garden you find areas, both in the open and under cover, where you can relax and indulge in reading or meditation.
Altogether the estate has 26000 m² of land, about 9000 m² of which is taken up by the garden and terracing, with a wall enclosing the buildings. All the rest is cultivated land used to grow fodder for animals and extensive olive groves.