Detailed villa description
Inside: accommodation at Il Palmento dei Castagni is arranged over two interconnecting buildings, a Palmento and a farmhouse, both of which are bursting with original features. There are two floors and a couple of mezzanine levels, all of which add to the intriguing layout. Overall, there are three ‘proper’ double bedrooms and three other rooms that can become the fourth bedroom (depending on your requirements and the make-up of your group), bringing the total occupancy up to eight.
The main entrance takes one into the Palmento, the original wine press room, which features lofty wood-beamed ceilings, a large fireplace and, accessed via steps from a secret door in the floor, a cosy wine cellar. The roomy open-plan space of the wine press is divided into living and dining areas from which one may access the first double bedroom (with an irregular shaped double bed), and a bathroom with shower and sauna. Above the living area is an open mezzanine with twin beds (the first potential fourth bedroom). Moving back through the Palmento, and passing under the original wooden press itself, a few steps take one up and into the farmhouse’s split-level living area. The upper level is home to a sofa, stairs leading to the first floor and a double bed – the second possible fourth bedroom should you so choose. The super-snug lower level of the living area has vaulted ceilings, lava stone arches, and sink-in sofas surrounding a fireplace. This leads on to a dining area and a well-equipped kitchen with garden views. A couple more steps lead down from here to a shower room and a double bedroom with access to a small terrace leading to the gardens. Tracing our steps back to the upper level of the living area, we take the stairs up to the first floor, where there is a bathroom with tub (shared with the living room bedroom below if you choose that as your fourth bedroom), and a spacious master bedroom with double bed and access to a large shaded terrace with spectacular views and steps leading down to the gardens and terraces. The master bedroom also has an open mezzanine level furnished with a double bed – the third possible fourth bedroom.
To recap, for your fourth bedroom you may choose one of the following: the mezzanine above the living and dining area in the Palmento (great for teens); the double bed on the upper level of the living room in the farmhouse; or the mezzanine in the first floor master bedroom (great for younger children who need to sleep near their parents).
Outside: Il Palmento dei Castagni boasts extensive terraced grounds, which, in terms of size, could be likened to a private park. The house opens onto a large terrace, offering plenty of shade, a panoramic dining area and lots of space to relax and take in the views. To one side is a well-equipped outdoor kitchen and pizza oven and to the other a large grassy area that's great for playing games, including football, for which goalposts have been provided. For more relaxing pursuits, you may wish to head below the main terrace and lawn, where there is a fabulous covered Jacuzzi and wellness area with sliding glass doors, air-con, loungers, a little gym, and a BOSE speaker. The pool, meanwhile, is beautifully situated in a sheltered area about 100m down the hill from the terrace, and has a shaded summer house for poolside dining and a children's play area. Next to the pool is a charming copse, perfect for a stroll or just for escaping the heat of the day.