Villa Le Rose, Florence, Toscana - Tuscany
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Villa Le Rose is a prestigious property steeped in history and nature. It is in a fabulous location surrounded by vineyards and olive groves just a few kilometers from Florence, where the scent of flowers and the beautiful swimming pool surrounded by greenery are the setting for our luxurious historical residence.
Discover the relaxation of the Tuscan countryside in a Luxury Villa just 10 minutes from Florence.
Villa Le Rose is an elegant Renaissance Villa surrounded by vineyards and olive groves; a jewel of rare beauty set in the Tuscan countryside just ten minutes from the center of Florence. A picturesque avenue flanked by cypress trees will lead you to the entrance of this beautiful Luxury Villa on the hills of Florence, where you will experience unforgettable feelings.
The Villa measures 1000 square meters and can accommodate up to fourteen guests in seven bedrooms. The dwelling overlooks 2 large gardens for a total of 1,200 square meters of greenery. The property is entirely surrounded by an eleven-hectare park where you can also find a small private lake.
Originally commissioned by the Marquis Niccolò Antinori in the fifteenth century, the Villa has undergone numerous improvements and renovations over the years, without ever losing its renaissance structure that distinguishes it from any other property in its category, making it truly unique.
The layout of Villa Le Rose is in fact typical of the aristocratic Renaissance villas, centered around a paved courtyard, surrounded by gardens and situated in an agricultural landscape.
The Loggia plays a central role to the villa’s layout, bridging the walled courtyard outside with the internal living quarters. The courtyard features terracotta vases and jasmine climbers. The Loggia houses two seating areas and a Madonna and Child ceramic plaque from the Renaissance school of della Robbia.
The entrance hall welcomes guests with adorned mirrors, a Seventeenth Century oil painting of a hunting scene, and a Sixteenth Century wooden table bearing a collection of bronze coursing dogs.
The Ballroom, also known as the Salone delle Feste, is one of the oldest rooms in the villa. However, doubt is cast over its exact date. Although records indicate that it was frescoed in 1629, art historians confirm that the pale green used, a color favored by the Hapsburg House of Lorraine, was not common in Florence until after 1700.
The Ballroom features a minstrel’s gallery for performing musicians, and a Steinway grand piano which was played by the Russian virtuoso Anton Rubinstein at a private concert in 1961.
The Ballroom measures 135 square meters and can comfortably accommodate 110 seated guests.
The Blue Living room was originally a bedroom in the Sixteenth Century when the villa belonged to the Antinori family. Today it serves as an informal living room. It was frescoed around 1780, on the cusp of Romanticism, with picturesque landscapes and classical ruins as was common for the period.
The Sitting Room
Facing the Cedar Garden, this small sitting room was entirely frescoed with grotesque motifs in the Nineteenth Century. A curious feature of the room are two small portraits (see p.7) of the villa’s past owners, most likely the Boissevain, which were added in the middle of the last century.
The Studio was decorated at the same time as the blue living room. It features frescoes in a monochromatic neoclassical style with a trompe-l’oeil effect that mimics a bas-relief. The frescoes are framed in elaborate stucco reliefs. Villa le Rose and the Florence Charterhouse, just minutes away from the villa, are the only two historic buildings in Florence to house this style of fresco painting.
The Dining Room accommodates up to twenty seated guests. A large, five-tiered crystal chandelier with tear-drop and prismatic pendants hangs in the center of the room. Around 1700 the dining room was frescoed with the myth of Diana and Actaeon.
The Baldacchino Suite is the only remaining bedroom on the ground floor as originally planned by Niccolò Antinori in the Sixteenth Century. The walls are decorated with frescoes depicting Old Testament scenes. Research has dated the work to 1730.
The Baldacchino bathroom is frescoed with grotesque motifs from floor to ceiling and finished with a rare marble noted for its unusually wide veining. The bathroom is composed of two rooms. The first features a bath with antique crystal fittings, a handbasin and a fireplace. The second room, which is also entirely frescoed, houses the shower.
One guest bathroom
The open-plan kitchen is spacious and bright, and features a traditional Tuscan fireplace and bread oven. It offers all modern amenities, including a dishwasher and plenty of food storage space.
The whole lower floor maintains its original Fifteenth Century appearance, complete with barrel and cross vaulting.
Sleeps 6 people in 6 double bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.
The Roses Bedroom
This was one of the first bedrooms created on the first floor during restructuring work in the Nineteenth Century. Favored for its prime position, it overlooks the central courtyard on one side and the surrounding countryside on the other. It comprises adjacent twin beds and a spacious seating area.
The Roses Bedroom has its own private marble bathroom, which includes a sink, a shower, a bath, a bidet and a toilet.
The Green Bedroom is the largest suite in the villa. It owes its name to the green Eighteenth Century furniture in the hallway preceding it. A hidden passageway for staff leads to a service hallway and stairs to the ground floor. The bedroom features a double bed, a sitting area with a working fireplace and a sizeable wardrobe.
The Green bedroom has its own private marble bathroom, which includes a sink, a shower, a bath, a bidet and a toilet.
The Oriental Bedroom owes its name to the frescoed walls depicting Chinese figures. It is the smallest bedroom but commands a central view of the villa’s park and lake beyond. Fallow deer, hares and other wildlife can be spotted roaming the estate. The bedroom features a four-poster double bed canopied in Nineteenth Century Tuscan silk and a sitting area with a working fireplace.
The Oriental Bedroom has its own private marble bathroom, which includes a sink, a shower, a bath, a bidet and a toilet.
The Pink Bedroom is one of the more modern rooms in the villa, decorated with classic furniture and wood flooring. It is a spacious corner bedroom comprised of two single beds that can be joined together to make a double bed. An oversize sofa-bed may, if needed, accommodate a third guest.
The Pink Bedroom has its own private marble bathroom, which includes a sink, a shower, a bath, a bidet and a toilet.
The Guest Suite is furnished in a modern style. Its corner position commands a view of the cypress
tree-lined driveway that leads to the villa. The suite comprises a double bed, a study area and a wardrobe closet.
The Guest Room has its own private marble bathroom, which includes a sink, a shower, a bath, a bidet and a toilet.
The Staff Bedroom is a double room for visiting staff. It is equipped with a kitchenette and its own bathroom. This bedroom may be used by the villa’s guests if required.
The villa has in total eight bathrooms. Two are on the ground floor and six on the first
Each bedroom has its own en suite marble bathroom which include a washbasin, shower, bath, bidet and toilet.
PLEASE NOTE: Air conditioning is only in the bedrooms and throughout the first floor.
GARDEN AND POOL GROUND
Villa Le Rose is surrounded by two gardens which measure 1200 square meters combined.
On one side of the property lies the swimming pool’s Porcinai Garden, named after the landscape and garden designer Pietro Porcinai. The villa’s swimming pool sits in the middle of the north eastern Porcinai Garden.
It was built in 1960 where the round corral previously stood. Built in the shape of an oval, the swimming pool measures 18 meters in length and 9 meters in width, and is just short of 3 meters in depth.
On the other side of the villa lies the Cedar Garden, named after the 300-year-old Lebanon cedar that features prominently over it. A tall hedgerow encloses the Cedar Garden’s English style lawn, the roses, potted plants and an al fresco seating area.
Florence - 15 mins
Pisa - 1 hour
Places of interest
Florence - 12 mins
Siena - 50 mins
Lucca - 50 mins
Rome - 2 hours 40 mins
Venice - 2 hours 40 mins