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Il Santo

by Anthony Lopez-Vito
Barberino Val d'Elsa
Tuscany Italy

Il Santo is uniquely positioned upon a hilltop in the heart of Tuscany, providing unparalleled views overlooking the surrounding valleys, vineyards, and olive groves. Originally built in 1000AD as a tower and hay barn, Il Santo has evolved into a contemporary villa with a cool, clean stye accented by its renovated brick floors and reclaimed wooden ceilings, and outfitted with all of the modern comforts to gratify the most discerning guests. After undergoing its scrupulous renovation, Il Santo is now composed of the two buildings, connected by a glass corridor, and a separate studio apartment.

Accommodating up to 16 guests, Il Santo is the perfect retreat for families, large group of friends, or for celebrations.

  • 8 bedrooms
  • 10 bathrooms
  • 16 guests

Best for: Families, large groups, and private events

From: €9500/week

Amenities

  • Pool
  • Spa or Gym Facilities
  • Tennis Court
  • Linen
  • Towels
  • Bathrobes
  • Baby equipment

Details

The two buildings that comprise Il Santo are referred to The Tower and The Hay Barn, referencing its original formation.

On the main floor of The Tower, arched windows accent the 2 large living rooms. There is a twin room (or combine the beds to create a queen), with an ensuite bathroom, and a separate powder room.

Upstairs, on the first floor, 3 bedrooms can be found. A double bedroom outfitted with a queen bed, fireplace, and an ensuite bathroom with a large double shower bathroom. A twin bedroom (that can also be made into a queen), with an ensuite bathroom. And a bedroom with a queen bed, ensuite bathroom, and adjoining living room and large fireplace.

On the second floor, the master bedroom can be found furnished with a queen-sized bed, separate dressing room, and a large bedroom with a luxury bathtub and separate walk-in shower.

The Hay Barn has two floors. On the main floor, Epicureans will be delighted to find a gourmet kitchen outfitted with two ovens, a microwave, a double fridge, a wine fridge, an 8-burner induction stove, double sinks, and a commercial dishwasher. The adjacent dining room seats 16-18 guests. Also on the main floor, there is a laundry room and powder room.

On the first floor, there are two queen bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms.

The Guest House at swimming pool level, not connected to The Tower or The Hay Barn, is a studio with a double bedroom, bathroom with shower, and a combination kitchen/living room.

Air conditioning is equipped throughout the villa, but for those who prefer fresh air, winders have built-in screens.

On the grounds, the garden is a typical Italian garden of the region full of roses, jasmine and other indigenous plants and flowers. There are several areas within the garden for guests to find some privacy and solitude. The infinity pool overlooking the awe-inspiring views will make sun worshippers out of the most resolute wall flowers.

Bedrooms Configuration

TOWER
- One twin bedroom (or join as queen) with en-suite bathroom; and a separate powder room;
- One bedroom (queen size bed) with fireplace and a large double shower bathroom;
- One twin bedroom (or join as queen) with en suite shower bathroom;
- One bedroom (queen size bed) with en-suite bathroom and adjoining living room with large fireplace;
- Master bedroom with queen size bed, separate dressing room, and large bathroom with lavish bathtub and separate walk-in shower;

HAY BARN
- One bedroom (queen size beds) with en suite bathroom;
- One bedroom (queen size beds) with en suite bathroom;

GUEST HOUSE at swimming pool level;
- Studio with double bed, bathroom with shower.

Facilities and Services

Tennis court (located 10 min by car), Microwave, Two ovens, Double fridge, Wine fridge, 8 Burner induction stove, Double sinks, Commercial dishwasher, Laundry room
Ceramic classes, Yoga, private lyric concerts at the villa with dinner, truffle hunting, private heli tours, balloon tours; jewelry classes, visits to local artisans, wine tastings, cooking classes and more, ...

Pool and Spa

The infinity pool (15m x 7m) is adjacent to the villa, secured by a fence/lockable gate, and features a Jacuzzi. The pool has a depth of 1.2 to 1.4m. Sun worshippers will enjoy taking in the sun on the loungers, whilst overlooking the Chianti countryside.
For an additional fee, a qualified yoga instructor can provide individual or group yoga classes.

Special Touches

Ask about the “HeliChianti” service, where guests can be whisked away for an air tour, parachute launches, to take aerial photos, or for those in need of a helicopter taxi. The landing pad is located in the heart of Chianti.

Good to Know

2 Baby cots and 2 high chairs are available upon request at no extra cost for children under 2 years old, and must be requested at the time of booking.

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Location

Breathtaking views of the valleys, vineyards, and olive groves of the Chianti Hills of Tuscany
Near the village of Barberino val d’Elsa

Il Santo is strategically positioned in the Chianti Hills of Tuscany allowing guests to explore the nearby valleys, vineyards, farms, and vineyards, or can easily visit the surrounding towns and villages including all of the following: Chianti (10 km from the villa), Florence (30 min by car), Siena (30 min by car), Semifonte (9 km from the villa), San Gimignano (15km from the villa), Volterra (1 hour by car), San Galgano (1 hour by car), Montalcino (1 hour and 20 min by car), Pienza (90 min by car), Pisa (20 min by car), Lucca (70 min by car), Perugia, (1 hour and 50 min by car), Assisi (2 hours by car), 5 Terre (2 hours and 30 min by car), Rome (3 hours by car), and Venica (3 hours by car).

The Chianti area is famous for its arts and crafts, artisans, and local producers and is a unique opportunity for guests to acquire ceramics, silver smithery, and tailored garments. Those who live to shop, can find shops in Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo. The largest shopping mall in Italy, The Mall is a mere 30-minute drive from the villa.

The Chianti area is an epicurean’s dream come true. Gourmands can delight in the grape harvest from mid-September to mid October when the wineries and local farms are harvesting their crops, and guests can explore and taste the local tasty riches from the harvests. Harvest season is also the beginning of hunting season and mushroom picking season.

Mushroom and truffle hunting can be organised with a local guide and his dogs, where guests partake in the typical local custom of going on walks in search of mushrooms and truffles through Chianti. Upon returning home, guests will can take the plethora of mushrooms they’ve collected and prepare a traditional Tuscan recipe.

Wine lovers should ask about organising a local sommelier to come to the Il Santo with a selection of wines from local producers. Guests can learn how to properly taste, and judge wine, and learn how to combine wine with different dishes. For those who prefer to explore the local winers, tours can be arranged where guests can experience the traditional methods of creating wine, oils, balsamic vinegar, cheeses, and cured meats.

If you delight in cooking, cooking classes can be organised at the villa upon request and for an additional fee.

Il Santo offers an abundance of activities for its guests.

In the garden of the villa, there is an open-air theatre where events are organised to entertain guests, including music events followed by dinner and wine.

Those who love sports, can partake in biking, walking, hiking, skiing, swimming, sailing, horseback riding, balloon rides, tennis, golf, fishing…There is something for everyone. Il Santo boasts its own red clay tennis court, which is at the complete disposal of the guests and is reachable by foot as its only a few hundred meters from the villa. Ensuring privacy, it is enveloped by cypress and olive trees.

Il Santo can organize painting classes for artists.

The villa has its own bee hives, and can share with guests the art of bee keeping.

A photographer can be arranged to spend the day with guests, to document your stay and memories being made in the moment, and collecting everything onto a DVD for a special souvenir of your stay.

Il Santo is an idyllic location for celebrations and special events. Weddings are a natural event to celebrate at Il Santo, as a church is located nearby. Yoga retreats can be arranged with a qualified yoga instructor. Enquire at the time of booking for more information.

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    Additional Information

    Rates Table

    Season2022 PeriodRates per week
    Low SeasonJanuary, February, March€9500
    Mid SeasonApril, May€12900
    High SeasonJune, July, August, September€14900
    Mid SeasonOctober€12900
    Low SeasonNovember, December€9500
    Christmas PeriodDecember 20th to January 6th€11000

    Booking Conditions

    To secure this property, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance, together with the refundable security deposit, is required 90 days prior to check-in.

    Included in the rates:
    - welcome dinner
    - 4 hours of cleaning twice a week (2 hours on Tuesday and 2 hours on Thursday)
    - final cleaning
    - one change of towels/week. For clients staying 7+ nights, one change of all linen on Saturdays
    - air conditioning
    - utilities: water, gas for cooking, satellite tv, and pool cleaning services
    - 2 Baby cots and 2 high chairs are available upon request at no extra cost. Requests must be made at time of booking.

    Not included in the fee:
    - winter heating. Around €50-80/day. To be paid cash at check-out
    - local tax of €1,50 per person per day to be paid in cash before guests depart
    - refundable security deposit: €1500, cash on arrival

    Turnover day: Saturdays.

    Min stay: 7 nights.

    Check-in: after 4:00pm
    Check-out: before 9:00am.

    A non-refundable deposit is required in order to secure a booking. The balance, together with any security deposit, will be requested 60 days prior to your check-in.

    Although calendars are updated daily, they may not reflect the latest availability. Always contact Passepartout Homes to discuss availability for your chosen properties.

    Rates may vary without prior notice.