A bit like a luxury ski chalet holiday in the sun. Communal living? More like home from home. We regularly had breakfast sitting under the wisteria with the children still in their pyjamas.
The main building at Villa Pia is a 15th century Italian country manor house, once the summer residence for a Florentine family.
The large, rustic house plus converted barn and stables provide 17 bedrooms, all with private bathrooms. Every room is unique, retaining original and traditional features and furnishings.
We have also restored a beautiful building, “Palazzo Regina”, which can be found a short walk from our gates. It features eight rooms which are divided into two interconnecting room suites and can accommodate four families, each with private bathrooms.
There is a living room and kitchen equipped with a toaster and microwave, as well as a fridge which is constantly stocked to ensure that you have unlimited access to fresh fruit, beer, wine, tea and coffee.
In the main house we have communal rooms for dining, and space for you and your family to relax, play games and enjoy music together.
In Italy, we live to eat!
The food is fantastic, wholesome and beautifully cooked. In one week we had truffles, porcini, tiramisu, homemade tagliatelle, pizza, steak cooked on the wood fire, and an entire meal of fresh fish dishes!
Breakfast and lunch are served as a luxurious buffet and can be eaten in our dining room or enjoyed on the patio whilst soaking up the sunshine. We enjoy an afternoon treat with a selection of home-made cakes, and children are served an early dinner at 6pm. We offer an English-speaking babysitting service, leaving parents free to relax and enjoy the evening with peace-of-mind. Dinner is a decadent 4-course meal served around a traditional long dinner table, giving you some much-needed time in the company of other adults. Our menus are varied, seasonal and cater for all tastes and diets.
In addition to the main meals you will also have constant access to milk, tea, coffee, water, wine, beer and spirits, as well as fresh fruit, bread, butter, jams, cereals and fresh puree for your baby. A microwave is also available for baby’s bottles.
We offer specialist beauty therapy and treatments rooms where you can indulge in a manicure, pedicure, facial, mud wrap or a massage, all provided by our local therapist.
Our adult guests can choose from a range of activities including Pilates classes, or you can enrol in one of our twice-weekly cookery classes where our talented chefs will teach you how to make pasta, traditional Tuscan dishes, tiramisu and more. A treasured reminder of your holiday which can be whipped up at home! We also run children’s cookery classes and art classes.
The house opens out onto the courtyard, where guests play, chill, have breakfast and lunch, or enjoy an aperitivo.
It’s like swimming in a picture – as if someone has superimposed a Hockney on a Piero Della Francesco landscape painting.
In the five acres of grounds are sun terraces with exceptionally beautiful views and great facilities for children, like the two swimming pools, sand pit, trampoline, cool indoor soft play room, adventure play spaces and woods. There is a vineyard – for our own wine, formal Italian garden, and a fabulous all-weather tennis court.
Beyond the gates there’s Lippiano’s storybook 10th century castle, playground, football pitch, bar with friendly locals, freshly-made Italian ice-cream, and dancing on summer nights, woods, vineyards, and olive groves with paths for walking, mountain biking, or horse-riding.
Umbria and Tuscany embody the classic Italian landscape and these predominantly rural areas still look much as they did 500 years ago.
It remains a breathtakingly beautiful place to contemplate both nature and human achievement. Famed for inspiring the architecture, painting and sculpture of the Renaissance period, here civilisation and nature sit side by side.
Visit one of the many influential cities such as Florence, Cortona, Perugia, Pisa or Sienna. Travel through mountains, hills, valleys and farmed land.
Experience the warm evenings, abundant vineyards and olive groves, welcoming people, medieval hill-towns and gastronomic delights that will secure a special place in your heart.