Villa Caren is a lovely, recently restored property located in the heart of the Chianti area, a short distance from the picturesque, medieval hamlet of Panzano. Panzano is about a 45-minute walk from the villa. Villa Caren is a wonderful property for guests wishing to explore all that the rolling Chianti countryside and the cities of Florence and Siena have to offer. The villa is located approximately mid-way between the two cities, each of which can be reached in less than 30 minutes by car. The lovely village of Greve in Chianti with its charming square and weekly market is less than a ten- minute drive away.
Originally constructed in the 13th century, Villa Caren has maintained the best of its traditional characteristics. Villa Caren is actually composed of two buildings: the main villa that sleeps 12 people and the annex that sleeps an additional two people. The villa's main structure follows the contours of the sloping terrain, which is typical of very old Tuscany homes. The interior of Villa Caren has been decorated with a sense of taste and style. Antique objects have been combined with more traditional rustic items, all making for a warm and welcoming feeling. Many touches of the past have been preserved during the restoration including terracotta floors, wooden beams and the vaults and geometric brickwork typical of ancient stalls, barns and cellars.
The main Villa consists of six bedrooms, including five double bedrooms and one twin/double bedroom. The villa develops on three floors. The first floor is totally self-contained and does not connect internally to the other two floors. The rooms on this floor include a fully equipped kitchen with a fireplace, laundry/utility room, a large dining room and a living room with a fireplace. The spacious master bedroom, with its en suite bathroom (bathtub and separate shower), is also located on this floor with a door giving easy access to the outside. A powder room on this floor is convenient for guests when using the pool. WI-FI Internet access is available on this floor.
An outside staircase with 6 steps provides access to the second floor. There is a second well equipped but smaller modern kitchen, next to a sitting area with a fireplace. On this floor, two double bedrooms share a bathroom (bathtub), while the other two double bedrooms each have their own ensuite bathroom (bathtub and shower). Also on this floor is a spacious living room with satellite TV and large arched doors leading to the garden, and a small library/study with a computer/printer/fax machine. The computer is connected to a high speed Internet line. The twin or double bedroom on the third floor is reached via a steep wooden staircase located in the library/study. It has an ensuite bathroom (shower).
The Annex is located in a separate building that formerly was a barn. Just steps away from the main villa, the annex is furnished in a more modern style. The main level has an open double bedroom with a 4- poster bed partially hidden by a wall, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a sitting area. Thirteen stairs lead down to a spacious bathroom (shower). The annex is never rented separately from the main villa.
Conveniently located to the main villa is an outside area for dining al fresco, with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside with its vineyards and olive groves.. There is also a small cottage providing an indoor area for dining at a large table, which is useful for special parties. The large "infinity" swimming pool is below the villa, and is in a wonderful position for enjoying the stunning views of the Chianti hills and countryside.
A private chef can be hired for an extra charge to cook meals and/or give cooking lessons. Villa Caren is equipped with a telephone, washing machine, clothes dryer, dishwasher, screens on bedroom windows, refrigerator/freezer, microwave oven, satellite TV with English speaking channels, stereo/CD player, hair dryers, barbecue, fans in each bedroom, baby crib, high chair, wood burning pizza oven, and independent heating. A three course Welcome Dinner (no beverages) is included in the rental price.