La Capanna di Franca is an old barn which, in 2006, thanks to careful restoration work that has enhanced the original architectural style, was transformed into a warm and comfortable country house. Standing in the medieval hamlet of Palazzavelli, a tiny cluster of houses just one kilometre from the centre of Sovicille, but in an independent position, this rustic stone farmhouse is surrounded by a lush garden with a beautiful view from the windows of the first floor over the surrounding countryside against the background of Siena which is just a few kilometres away. Immersed in the natural oasis of the Montagnola Senese which is rich with the evidence of an ancient past marked by the passage of great civilizations, it is the perfect setting for fans of unspoiled nature who can explore it, directly from the property, either walking, mountain biking or horseback riding along the trails in the woods. Its geographical position makes it a perfect departure point for discovering the art masterpieces and the fine food and wine specialities in the most suggestive villages of the area, such as Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino and the picturesque hamlets of Chianti. The highway, a few kilometres away, leads you easily to Cortona, San Gimignano and other important Tuscan art cities such as Florence, Lucca and Pisa.
The house has two floors. The entrance on the ground floor leads directly into a spacious, open-plan living area composed of a lounge with a large fireplace, dining area and kitchen. This floor includes a study with single sofa bed, a bathroom with shower and the laundry. A travertine and wrought-iron staircase in the living room leads up to the first floor consisting of two double bedrooms, one with ensuite bathroom with shower, a double bedroom with extra single bed and a bathroom with whirlpool tub. A flight of stairs leads up to a loft area with a super panoramic window and fitted out with gym equipment.
Air conditioning (except in a double bedroom equipped with ceiling fan).
The park around the house covers an area of about 5000 square metres, mainly lawn. From the entrance gate of the property a driveway bordered by rows of cypresses takes guests through the well-kept, blooming garden with typical plants such as cork and holm oaks, mulberry and olive trees alternating with palms and pomegranates. Bushes of rose and broom colour the many shades of green while beds of seasonal flowers border the stone path that leads to the pool. The atmosphere is quiet and reserved and entices one to spend time outdoors and to organize pleasant meals under the large porch, furnished with table and chairs, right outside the living room French window.Please notice that photos are taken in spring, therefore flower blossoming, and the colours of the gardens' grass could be different at the moment of your arrival at the villa.
The infinity pool is immersed in the beautiful garden just 15 m from the house. Bordered along one side by a discreet hedge, it is framed by fragrant roses and surrounded by a carpet of well-kept lawn where the sunbathing area has been set up with sunbeds, awning and a hammock. The rectangular-shaped pool, with border in Tuscan travertine and internally lined with mosaic tiles, has large steps for access to the water. It measures 6 x 12 m with a varying depth of 1,20 m to 2,20 m. and has chlorine purification. There is an outdoor shower and lighting both inside and outside the pool. Finally, completing the area, is a wooden gazebo with table and chairs. The pool is open from the last Saturday in April to the first Saturday in October.
Pets: Yes. € 30,00 per animal per week to be paid on site.