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$3389 per person (2 adults)
Price includes - 3 night accommodation with buffet breakfast and rental car (October dep.)
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About the hotel
Located just outside Siena and a short distance from the stunning Castel Monastero resort, the magnificent 17th-century Villa Lavanda is surrounded by sweeping grounds and a thriving Chianti vineyard.
The Villa has been painstakingly restored and retains all the typical features of Tuscan country architecture: from its elegant simplicity and harmonious proportions to the terracotta tiled floors and exposed wooden beams, and from the spacious rooms opening onto the gardens to the large patio where guests can immerse themselves in nature from dawn to dusk.
Easy to reach by car and with its own private car park, Villa Lavanda offers guests the exclusive services of Castel Monastero: two outstanding restaurants, "Contrada" and "La Cantina", both under the supervision of Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsey, a wonderful state-of-the-art Spa, guests may choose from an array of weight-loss, detox and revitalizing treatments created exclusively for Castel Monastero by Dr. Mosaraf Ali, a leading expert in Ayurvedic and integrated medicine.
Villa Lavanda is strategically located, enabling guests to discover the very finest Tuscan art, architecture and cuisine every day at their own leisure.
- -Two floors, each with its own separate entrance
- -Two large terracotta patios
- -Living area with large windows
- -One bedroom on the first floor with one bathroom complete with bathtub and separate shower, double washbasin
- -Two bedrooms on the second floor with one bathroom with double washbasin, bathtub and separate shower.
- Accommodation & Facilities:
Exterior - Surrounded by wonderfully peaceful gardens filled with olive trees and fragrant Tuscan plants, Villa Lavanda is set over two floors, each with its own separate entrance.
The large terracotta patio is the ideal place to delight in the beautiful natural surroundings, enjoying lunches and dinners in complete freedom. A gratifying fitness corner can be set up on request. Just beyond the villa, spectacular vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. During the harvest guests can help pick the grapes, giving them a chance to savour the true Tuscan country spirit and its wine par excellence: Chianti.
Ground floor- With direct access from the garden, the ground floor oers a spacious, airy living area with large windows looking out onto the stunning vineyards. The furnishings are a homage to the warmth of the Tuscan tradition, to the history of Castel Monastero, once the domain of the aristocratic Chigi Saracini family, and to cutting-edge technology. Adjacent to the living area there is a kitchenette equipped with every possible convenience: crockery, cooker, refrigerator.
Also on the ground floor is a spacious bedroom, decorated in truly romantic colours, materials and stunning fabrics. Next to the bedroom there is a sumptuous bathroom, complete with bathtub and separate shower, double washbasin and black marble finishes.
First floor -An internal staircase, decorated with fine frescoes depicting the Chigi Saracini coat of arms, leads up to the first floor. This floor can also be accessed from its own private entrance via the garden and a second patio. Filled with natural light and colours, the second floor boasts two wonderful bedrooms. They feature antique furniture, decorative frescoes and the very latest technology. The comfortable setting is completed with a handy closet and an elegant bathroom with double washbasin, bathtub and separate shower.
Cleaning- Staff from Castel Monastero clean the Villa and change bed linen and towels twice a week (included in the tari).Additional cleaning services are available on request