Il Palagio

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In prime position overlooking the undulating Tuscan countryside, the Il Palagio estate elegantly sprawls across the brow of a hill at the end of an imposing drive, extending to some 350 hectares of landscaped gardens, forest and beautiful lakes. Il Palagio is the perfect location for a large family gathering or an intimate and romantic wedding.

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THE HISTORY

In the late 1700s the noble Florentine Martelli family purchased Il Palagio, and as their wealth grew so did the estate. In 1819 the estate was sold to a widowed Countess, and it remained with the family for some 150 years. At the beginning of the twentieth century new buildings were commissioned and added to the already grand collection, including a grain store, oil mill and wine production area. Over the years Il Palagio fell into a state of disrepair, until in 1999 it was discovered by Sting and Trudie Styler, who lovingly restored the house, outbuildings and land to their former glory. The estate has always been farmed, producing grains, wine, oil and fruit in abundance. In recent years Sting and Trudie have opened a farm shop selling everything made and grown on the estate, from fresh fruits and vegetables to honey and the local salami.


Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas
Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas

THE VILLA

Il Palagio is a rambling estate, consisting of a dramatic villa and a cluster of beautiful chalets and casas, dotted among the grounds.The main house is built in saffron-coloured stucco with traditional red tiled roofs, constructed as a hunting lodge in the 16th century. The central villa has nine bedrooms, of which four are located on the first floor with en suite bathrooms, each with a claw-footed bathtub and separate shower. On the second floor you'll find a further five bedrooms and a fantastic children's playroom with television, football and games.Downstairs there is a beautiful beamed living room with a stunning open fireplace, leading through to a well-equipped kitchen and dining room with frescoed ceilings. For those who need to deal with business enquiries there is an office to use during your stay, if required. There's no better place for drinks or a meal alfresco than the dining terrace, in the shade of a colossal oak tree. Alternatively, you could dine in the private wine cellar among the ancient barrels; the wine 'library' boasts a private collection of Tuscan and wider Italian vintages, which you can sample with your supper. The accommodation sprinkled around the grounds in the pretty outbuildings provides rooms for additional guests, in the appropriately named Red House, with three bedrooms, a Jacuzzi and a separate pool, and the Chalet, which features a massage room, kitchenette and bathroom, with a children's playground just next door. Limonaia, with its three lovely bedrooms, has a vast barbecue and a pizza oven where you can whip up local specialities using fresh ingredients from the five acre kitchen garden - and the estates own olive oil, of course.

Outdoors is really where Il Palagio comes alive: while the estate is a mere 16 miles from Florence, you're surrounded entirely by stunning countryside. Views sweep down the hillsides across the Chianti countryside and the biodynamic vineyards which provide the estate with its excellent grapes. There is a lovely stableyard, and guests are welcome to bring horses for longer stays in order to explore the miles of established trails and bridleways on and surrounding the estate, which comprises of woodland and beautiful lakes, with a stunning tree house overlooking the water and boats for hire. Staff can also arrange horse riding locally. Whilst the indoor gym (located in the former chapel, complete with a 10ft high statue of Buddha) with cardio and weights equipment is perfect for gym bunnies, outdoors there is a tennis court, a yoga studio and a large swimming pool overlooking the Valdarno Superiore valley. On request there's also an outdoor cinema, for your entertainment.

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Il Palagio has plenty of unique touches that displays its character - and that of its owners. As the home of a world-renowned singer the house would be incomplete without a musical influence: there's a music room with a piano, and on special request you can even record songs in Sting's very own recording studio. Outdoors, landscape designer Arrabella Lennox-Boyd has created a traditional yet whimsical masterpiece during the garden's seven year restoration project, including a giant chess board (the idea conceived by Sting himself) and an antique marble fountain, once owned by Sophia Loren, which rises from a lush thicket of boxwood parterre. Il Palagio is all about enjoying the finest of the Tuscan countryside; we think there's no finer way to spend an evening than under the 118-foot long pergola, cloaked in Chinese wisteria, while enjoying a glass of Message in a Bottle. Il Palagio has a full-time bilingual staff of maids, gardeners and concierge, with cooks available at extra charge.

THE REGION

The Chianti region is known as one of Italy's most beautiful areas, bordering the fascinating towns of both Florence and Siena. Speckled with verdant hills, expansive olive terraces and vineyards and dotted with pretty stone villages, there are many walking, hiking and cycling routes traversing the region, and plenty of wine varieties to sample along the way. The nearby medieval town of Figline Valdarno was known as the 'Barn of Florence' for its abundant corn and grain supplies. Wine, oil, sugar beet, peaches, apricots and cherries have historically been grown in the local area.

WEDDINGS

Il Palagio can accommodate up to 200 guests, and can host up to 50 in the six guesthouses across the estate.

Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas
Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas
Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

Location: Chianti Colli Fiorentini
Fully Occupied - Up to 15 bedrooms, sleeping up to 29 people


MAIN VILLA, IL PALAGIO - 9 bedrooms - sleeps 17
Approx 2,000sqm living space over 4 floors

GROUND FLOOR

  • Entrance hall with impressive Buddha statue
  • Professionally equipped kitchen
  • Dining room with frescoed ceilings
  • Office with computer and internet
  • Further office
  • Living room with access to the formal garden
  • TV room with satellite TV
  • Bar with access to the internal garden
  • Living room with floor-to-ceiling windows

CHAPEL

Accessed from the entrance hall, the former chapel has been converted into a gym and meditation room with beautiful wall paintings and access to the internal garden

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Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas
Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas

FIRST FLOOR

  • Double bedroom with views over the internal garden, Indian influenced furniture, access to a shared terrace.
  • En-suite bathroom (tub and separate shower).
  • Bedroom with French bed and en-suite bathroom (tub and separate shower). Ideally suitable for a teenager.
  • Double/ twin bedroom with access to a shared terrace and en-suite bathroom (tub and separate shower).
  • Double/ twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom (tub and separate shower).

MEZZANINE FLOOR

  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (tub and separate shower)
  • Laundry room
  • Concierge office
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Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas
Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas

SECOND FLOOR

  • Two double bedrooms that share a bathroom (tub and separate shower)
  • Double bedroom with Jean Cocteau drawings and en-suite bathroom (tub and separate shower)
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (tub and separate shower)
  • Games room with TV, foosball and games

WINE CELLAR

  • Accessible from the courtyard, this huge room houses the barriques used to age the wine produced on the estate. This space is perfect for events and dinners.

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ENTERTAINMENT SPACE, FIRST FLOOR

  • Ground floor is used as wine cellar
  • This huge space is currently used as music room and recording studio.
  • Next to it is a living room with billiard table and kitchenette. Bathroom with shower.

STAFF QUARTERS

  • Across the courtyard are the staff quarters, located on the first floor of an independent building.
  • Comprises 3 double bedrooms and two bathrooms with shower, a kitchen and living room.

CHALET

  • Located opposite the formal gardens of the villa the chalet houses a massage room, kitchenette and bathroom. The exterior space is occupied by a playground.
  • Guest Accommodation
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Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas
Il Palagio, Italy with A&K Villas

RED HOUSE 3 BEDROOMS - SLEEPS 5

  • Located opposite the entertainment building and across the garden. From the first floor, acces the private swimming pool and hot tub.

GROUND FLOOR

  • Huge living room
  • Fully equipped kitchen

FIRST FLOOR

  • Family Suite composed of double bedroom and single bedroom that share a bathroom (tub and separate shower)
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (tub and separate shower)

LIMONAIA - 3 BEDROOMS - SLEEPS 6

  • Located a bit further away from the main villa, towards the forest, stables and lake.

GROUND FLOOR

  • Pizza oven Huge open plan room ideal for events and dinners

FIRST FLOOR (ACCESSED EXTERNALLY)

  • Kitchen
  • 3 double/ twin bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms

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