Time spent at Villa Gelso is all about laid-back living with a big hit of style, too. This beautiful and thoughtfully restored farmhouse, and annex, is the perfect Tuscan villa for a large group, offering plenty of room for everyone to find their own space as well as to gather together with friends.
You’ll wake each morning to a delicious breakfast to set you up for the day, whether you’re off adventuring or simply lounging in the grounds of Villa Gelso, taking in your surroundings. The smell of Italian coffee drifting up the stairs is the only thing guaranteed to wake you from your slumber in the villa’s super-comfy beds. Enjoy breakfasting out on the glorious terrace, with panoramic views over the Tuscan countryside.
As well as the seven bedrooms in the main villa, Villa Gelso also includes Cottage Gelso, which includes another three bedrooms and additional living spaces, allowing the property to accommodate up to 20 people.
The main living areas have an eclectic style with nods to the period of the original building, plenty of antique furniture and artworks but also a fresh, modern feel. On the ground floor, all the rooms open out onto the terrace. There’s a huge living space, split up by archways and cosy nooks; a large dining space for you to enjoy relaxed meals long into the evening; and a well-equipped kitchen you are welcome to experiment in, too. Upstairs, there’s a further living room, so there’s always space for everyone to relax.
On warm days, there’s nowhere like the cool of Villa Gelso, with its terracotta floors and air conditioning on the upper levels, but there’s nothing like making the most of the Tuscan sun either. The stunning gardens include a peaceful swimming pool area, where you can get a few lengths in, splash idly, or read a book at the water’s edge. Al fresco living and dining spaces mean you can spend all day outside if you wish to.
While there’s plenty of peace and privacy to enjoy, as guests of Villa Gelso, you’re also part of the prestigious Viesca Toscana estate, which means you’ll always have staff on hand to look after you. Whether you want them to book days out, a table at the estate’s restaurant or other activities, there’s plenty to do from wine tastings to tennis lessons, cooking classes to cycling. You’ll also have access to the Spa La Corte for the gym, sauna and beauty rooms. So you’ll have all the benefits of a top hotel along with all the privacy of your own personal hideaway in the Tuscan hills.
Outdoor swimming pool
Al fresco dining area
Access to hotel and spa facilities: spa and relaxation areas/hydromassages/treatment rooms/sauna/tennis court/restaurant/bike rental/wine tastings/cooking lessons/horse riding activities
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Daily cooked and continental breakfast
Midweek linen change
Daily towel change
Daily pool maintenance
Access to hotel, spa facilities and restaurant
This luxury villa in Tuscany, is nestled within 70 hectares of gardens, as one of seven private residences on the exclusive Viesca Toscana estate. The estate is also home to several suites, an elegant restaurant and a spa, all within walking distance from the villa. There are boutique shops within 20 minutes drive of the estate if you want to explore the local area.
Florence, Siena and Arezzo are all less than an hour away and Rome and Venice are also within reach via fast train from Florence, if you want to include a few day trips in your stay.
The nearest airports are at Florence (35 mins away) and Pisa (1hr 30 mins away).
Villa Gelso sleeps 20 guests across 10 rooms.
Bedroom 1 and 2
Double bedrooms on the first floor with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning
Bedroom 3 – 6
Double bedrooms on the first floor with en-suite shower rooms and air-conditioning
Double bedroom on the attic floor with en-suite shower room and air-conditioning
Double bedroom located in Cottage Gelso on the ground floor with en-suite shower room and air-conditioning
Bedroom 9 and 10
Double bedrooms located in Cottage Gelso on the first floor with en-suite shower rooms and air-conditioning
Breakfast is served in Villa Gelso each morning so that you can enjoy a leisurely start to your day over a hearty breakfast and plenty of coffee out in the sunshine.
For lunch and dinner, as guests of the Viesca Toscana estate, you’ll also be welcome to use its fabulous restaurant, Il Borro Tuscan Bistro. The bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving traditional Tuscan food with a twist. Wherever possible, local and seasonal ingredients are used, including meat and cheese from local producers and vegetables from the restaurant’s own organic kitchen gardens. The bistro also has its own shop where you can pick up ingredients to take back to your villa.
Foodies will find lots to get stuck into in the local area, too, where there is no shortage of ingredients to experiment with, enjoy and take home to share. Villa Gelso has a welcoming dining space with French doors opening out onto the terrace, and a well-equipped kitchen.
Firefly pre-arrival concierge service
Villa staff include:
Additional services such as a private chef, pre-arrival shopping, yoga classes, massage therapists, nannies and estate experiences such as wine tasting, cooking classes and horse riding can be arranged on request for an additional charge, please enquire.
Children will love the magic of this beautiful property, where there’s lots of space to play both inside and out. The layout, with the annexe, makes this a great property for a family group, giving grandparents or a young family the chance to live a little separately if they need a bit of their own space.
The swimming pool, in the middle of the glorious gardens, will be a big pull for children of all ages, who are sure to enjoy long afternoons spent splashing in the sunshine.
The staff at Villa Gelso can help arrange activities for all ages to enjoy, too, from day trips to nearby cities to tennis and horse-riding lessons.
Nannies and babysitters can be arranged on request.
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