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Villa Christine

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Arezzo | Bedrooms: 5 | Sleeps: 10

Rates: from £2,992 per week

With direct views to Arezzo, perched on a hill in the immediate surroundings of one of Tuscany's most striking cities, find Villa Christine. Surrounded by a beautiful 2hc park with pine trees and 120 olive trees, with wide lawn areas perfect for kids and priceless views over the Tuscan countryside and valley, the villa offers an amazing backdrop for a relaxing or action filled holiday with family and friends.

You might want to enjoy peaceful moments by the private swimming pool (filled with salt water) and admire the vast panorama that unfolds right in front of your eyes. Next to it find a splendid gazebo with floor-to-ceiling windows, fully equipped with a kitchen, dining area for 12, sitting room with comfortable sofas and arm-chairs, TV, BBQ (gas and charcoal) and fireplace. Or simply relax in the hot tub and take in the beauty of the surrounding area. For those seeking a more active holiday, Villa Christine offers a ping-pong table, foosball, a sling for kids, billiard table, while at the nearby sporting club (just 1.5km down the road) you can book tennis courts, a small soccer field or a beach volleyball field - the villa staff is at your disposal to make arrangements. The interior, tastefully renovated by the owners without altering its distinctive features, is spread over three floors. Enter a beautiful living room with sofas and gorgeous views over the valley from its ample windows; on the opposite side find the dining room overlooking the pool - generally only used for dinners during the more chilly months and the kitchen equipped with everything one might need to prepare tasty dishes - two types of coffee makers, two dishwashers, very big oven and cooker , microwave oven, cutlery and crockery, all kind of glasses and a lot of luxury accessories as well as a utility room with washing machine, iron, ironing board and all kind of detergents. We recommend to use the herbal garden right outside the kitchen to give your meal that distinctive Italian taste! Over the next two floors find the five bedrooms, all with their own private bathroom and individually controlled air conditioning and the entertainment rooms with billiard table, board games and computer. The villa is also perfectly located to explore Tuscany and neighbouring Umbria. Arezzo can be reached in 15min, while Cortona, Montepulciano and Lake Trasimeno are just a 1hr drive away; other must-see destinations like Florence, Perugia and Siena are 1 ½ hrs away.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

Ground Floor

  • Living room with fireplace, sofas, TV and DVD player, decorative piano and incomparable views over the valley.
  • Elegant dining room which can seat 12 people with views over the pool and Arezzo.
  • Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table for 5/6. From here access one of the outdoor patios perfect for breakfast and lunches and the herbal garden.
  • Guest bathroom.
  • Laundry room with washer and dryer.

First Floor

  • Double bedroom with ample windows, air conditioning, en suite bathroom with double sink and shower.
  • Double bedroom with views over the garden, air conditioning, en suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment.
  • Double bedroom with access to the terrace (with ping pong table), air conditioning, en suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment.
  • The terrace with ping pong table is also accessible from the outside via a flight of stairs..

Second floor

  • Entertainment room with billiard table and board games, computer.
  • Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, air conditioning, en suite bathroom with shower.
  • Double bedroom with air conditioning, en suite bathroom with shower. On request it is possible to add an extra single bed in this room.
April:

  • Fiera antiquaria, Arezzo:

This famous antique market, namely the biggest in Tuscany, takes place in the lovely setting of Piazza Grande and nearby little streets every first Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday. About 500 exhibitors from all over Italy gather here to present the best pieces of antiques available on the market ranging from furniture, ceramics, jewels, glassware, fabrics, watches, sculptures, paintings, iron and copper items, as well as trinkets of all sorts.

  • Craft fair, Anghiari:

Important event dedicated to local arts & crafts of very good quality.

June:

  • Giostra dell’archidado, Cortona:

Dating back to the Middle Ages, this historical event is today a competition between archers for the conquest of the golden arrow. The contest is held in Piazza Signorelli.

  • Giostra del Saracino, Arezzo:

This medieval-style joust is the re-enactment of an ancient game of chivalry dating back to the Middle Ages and is basically a competition of the city districts. The event includes a colourful parade of local people dressed in historical costumes with the flag waivers as well. Held in June and September.

  • Palio dei Rioni, Castiglion Fiorentino:

Roman-style horse race in which the town districts (or Rioni of Porta Cassero, Porta Fiorentina and Porta Romana) compete against each other. The event includes an impressive historic parade which brings the old centre back to ancient medieval life.

July:

  • Cortona On the Move:

Annual event dedicated to the travel photography and reportage and featuring exhibition of famous photographers scattered in various locations of the town.

August:

  • Cortona Antiquaria:

This renowned antique fair is hosted in the charming Palazzo Vagnotti, right into the old town centre. More than 40 exhibitors, strictly selected by a special jury, gather here and present the best of their products ranging from furniture, jewellery, tapestry and bronzes.

September:

  • Giostra del Saracino, Arezzo:

This medieval-style joust is the re-enactment of an ancient game of chivalry dating back to the Middle Ages and is a competition of the city districts. The event includes a colourful parade of local people dressed in historical costume with the flag waivers as well. Held in June and September.

  • Palio della Balestra, San Sepolcro:

Large numbers of citizens dress in medieval costume and the evocative Piazza Torre di Berta becomes the site for the historical competition of the “Palio of the Ballestra”, during which the crossbow-men of Sansepolcro challenge those from Gubbio in neighbouring "Bella Umbria". In the morning, as an ancient custom requires, the Herald proclaims the challenge against the rivals. In the afternoon, after the crossbows are blessed, the crossbow-men come into the square after the flag-throwing ex-ercise is completed. For both of these displays, Renaissance costume is worn, inspired by the paintings of Piero della Francesca.The challenge between the towns of Gubbio and Sansepolcro has very ancient origin: in a document dated 1619, the crossbow-men of Sansepolcro invite those from Gubbio to take part in the Palio of Saint Egidio on the second Sunday of September.

General Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella - visit the pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and discover all the different perfumes, herbals and soaps
  • Opera - head to Torre del Lago and attend one of the many performances based on plays written by Puccini (only in summer)
  • Wine and Olive Oil tasting - travel to Badia di Passigano and visit the abbey with its wine cellars before relaxing in the abbey's Osteria di Passigano, for a real Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting experience
  • The Chocolate Valley Tour - visit the Chocolate Valley which lies between Pisa and Montecatini and visit an esteemed factory where you will be tantalised by aromas and flavours of the process of traditional chocolate making and tasting session (not available during summer)
  • Carrara and Pietrasanta Marble - enjoy the marble caves of Carrara, the marble that Michelangelo chose to immortalise his masterpieces. Afterwards see artisans at work as you visit a Sculpture Studio in Pietrasanta
  • Fantastic Gelato - located in central Florence to visit one of the most well known " gelaterias"
  • Private Villa Concert - the ultimate Italian music experience in the intimacy of your villa. A Violin-Piano Duo, Harp and Flute, a String Quartet with Soprano and Tenor singers as well as Jazz and Neapolitan Folk formations can be arranged
  • Ferrari Touring - drive on winding roads through the hilltop villages of Tuscany, down cypress-lined avenues and along the coastal freeways of the Mediterranean…all behind the wheel of a Ferrari

Sporting Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Golf - 18 holes: 10 clubs; 9 holes: 10 clubs (golf is well established in Tuscany and a secret golfers paradise)
  • Jogging/ Walking - put your running shoes on and enjoy the beautiful countryside
  • Mountain Biking - many routes are on offer including challenging tours like the Monti Metaliferi
  • Horse riding - Tuscany is a paradise for going horse riding
  • Swimming - is offered in many touristic locations
  • Surfing - is possible along the Tuscan coastline
  • Diving - is recommended especially in the Archipelago della Toscana and the Golfo di Baratti
  • Tennis - is offered in many touristic locations

Local Attractions IN TUSCANY

  • Florence, Uffizi Gallery - Open all year round
  • Florence, Ponte Vecchio
  • Florence, Bargello National Museum - Open all year round
  • Florence, The Boboli Gardens - Open all year round
  • Florence, Santa Maria Novella - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Forte dei Marmi - beach and exclusive beach resorts
  • Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner - climb Giunigi Tower
  • Lucca, San Frediano Church - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Villa Reale Gardens of Villa Real - House and Garden open all year round
  • Arezzo, Gothic Cathedral
  • Arezzo, Main Square with Vasari's loggia
  • Arezzo, Mecenate Archeological Museum - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Medieval and Modern Museum and Gallery - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Petrarca Theatre - Changing program
  • Arezzo, Piero Francesca's fresco cycle "Legend of the True Cross"
  • Pisa, Campo dei Miracoli and Duomo - The Dome is open all year round
  • Pisa, Leaning Tower and Cathedral - Open all year round
  • Pisa, Zoological Museum - Open all year round
  • San Gimignano, Medieval Towers
  • Siena, Il Duomo - Open all year round
  • Siena, Piaza del Campo
  • Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale - Open all year round
  • Siena, Torre del Mangia
  • Grosseto, Tarot Garden - Open from April to mid October
  • Grosseto/Maremma, Rocca di Franssinello - winery designed by Renzo Piano
  • Livorno, Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR TUSCAN VILLA HOLIDAY

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Italian

Currency Information

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping IN TUSCANY

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather IN TUSCANY

In general, the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity SUPPLY IN TUSCANY

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

Driving IN ITALY

There are some important rules of the road -

  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • Always carry your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • Traffic drives on the right.
  • Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
  • Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked " biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.

Parking in Italy

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying " Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

Location:

  • Arezzo: 6km.
  • Cortona: 33km
  • Sansepolcro: 39km
  • Montepulciano: 56km
  • Siena: 73km
  • Perugia: 80km.
  • Florence: 84km
  • Airports: Perugia 92km, Florence 96km, Pisa 163km, Rome-Fiumicino 250km

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

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Availability Information

  • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available on request. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
     
  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Maid service 2 hours, Monday to Friday.
  • Wireless broadband internet. Please be advised that due to the rural location of the property the internet connection might be intermittent and at an inferior speed than what you are used to. 
  • Exclusive use of the swimming pool (14 x 7m / 46 x 23ft).
  • Use of the hot tub.
  • Use of the gym (equipped with excercise bike, treatmill and bench).
  • Welcome cocktail.
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels. Towels are also changed mid-week.
  • Final cleaning.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service - available on request at EUR 10 per hour.
  • Air-conditioning (available in the bedrooms) - as per consumption.
  • Central heating.


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • There are some unprotected drops and/or slopes around the property; young children need to be supervised all the time.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • In case extras are requested, a deposit might be due on arrival in cash euro.
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Air Conditioning (Partial)
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Children's Toys
  • Computer for Client's Use
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Gym Equipment
  • Hot Tub (Outdoor)
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Pool / Billiards Table
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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