La Grande Quercia is a stylish Tuscan villa situated in a prestigious hillside position in the close vicinity of the historical centre of Prato. In its recent restoration high quality materials have been used such as handmade cotto pavements and the chestnut wooden floorboards for the bedrooms parquet, precious stones for the internal staircase and marble for the bathrooms. The villa has been furnished with taste by the owners whom have opted for a stylish – antique interior decor. The top point of this property is its position, in a very quite area of Prato but at the same time very easy to reach the historical centre on foot. The nature lovers can enjoy pleasant walks or bike tours via the several nature trails around the property, whereas for art lovers it is possible to reach in few kilometers by car an in twenty minutes by train the city of Florence and the most important Tuscan cultural centres like Lucca, Siena, Pisa , Forte dei Marmi and Cinque Terre. Prato is the most precious pearl in the centre of an area of exceptional artistic and landscape; is a perfect starting point to visit all of Tuscany, thanks also to its proximity to the motorway A11 (less than 10 minutes). Sports enthusiasts will find in the immediate vicinity, equestrian centres, tennis clubs and a prestigious 18-hole golf course, Le Pavoniere, designed by Arnold Palmer.
The villa is on three levels. From the main entrance we have access to the ground floor composed by a spacious living room with ornamental fireplace, TV room, dining room, kitchen with dining area and a service bathroom. All the rooms on this level have direct access to the outside via the French doors. Also on the ground floor with both access from outside and inside is a veranda with its vast windows and furnished in a part as a dining area equipped with wood oven, barbecue, table with chairs and in the other part for living area. From the ground floor via a stone staircase one reaches the first floor made up of a double bedroom with corner study, bathroom with whirlpool bathtub and shower and a wardarobe, a double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bathtub and shower, a double bedroom with divisible bed and with en suite bathroom with shower and a twin bedroom with French beds and en suite bathroom with shower. From the first floor an internal staircase leads to the panoramic tower where there is a study with 1 single sofa bed with 1 single pull-out bed. The villa also has an underground floor which can be reached both from inside and outside and is composed of one double bedroom with one en suite bathroom with shower. Finally, a stone staircase from the kitchen leads to the laundry room and to the garage.
The 3000 square meter of garden is totally covered by a well kept lawn and enriched with rosemary bushes, oleanders, olive groves, cypresses, oak and acacia trees and a variety of fruit trees like: medlar, cherry, apple, pear and pomegranate. The large “cotto” square in front of the house, from where it is possible to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over Prato, Pistoia and Florence, is embellished by impressive lemon plants and is setting with the outdoor dining space, the sitting area and the tennis table. Right outside the veranda in placed the heated Jacuzzi for 4 persons. Near the relax area with the Jacuzzi there is the playground for kids. It is enough to over pass the main gate to have a pleasant and relaxing walk either on foot or by bike through the several nature trails which surrounds the hill behind the property.
THE SWIMMING POOL
The totally fenced swimming pool area it is protected by tall green hedges and it is possible to access by a gate. The swimming pool is only 15 meters from the house and measures 12,50 meters x 6 meters with a depth which goes from a minimum of 1,10 meters until 2,10 meters and is equipped with a romaine staircase entrance totally covered by dark blue ceramic tiles. The pool’s water is purified by salt. The solarium area is paved with “cotto” pavement and it’s equipped with sun lounges, chairs, umbrella and outside shower. The pool is open from the first Saturday in April until the second Saturday in October.
Pets: on request
Property accessibility: not suitable for disabled people
Fenced-in property: yes