Country Relais Villa l’Olmo is a country resort for exclusive holidays for families at the entrance door to the world famous Chianti region in Tuscany, just 15 minutes from Florence. Situated on the outskirts of a quaint village by the name of Impruneta, the Relais Villa l’Olmo is perched on a hill dotted with grey olive trees, overlooking the Chianti valley.
Lying a mere 10 kilometres from the city of Florence and its airport, a 10-minute drive from the main road to Siena and from the A1 motorway linking Milan to Rome, this is the ideal location for relaxing in the Tuscan countryside without forfeiting the chaotic bustle of Florence. While the city can be reached by public transportation every 30 minutes, the village centre is a 5-minute stroll from the Relais, where the Tuscan culinary delicacies can be savoured in typical trattorias.
Nestled in a 70-hectar landscape of rolling hills, the 16th-century Relais mirrors the careful renovation completed in 2001, work that was painstakingly undertaken to preserve the original architectural structure. In addition to the 8 apartments, 2 cottages and farmhouse available for guests, the property encompasses vineyards, olive groves, a traditional Tuscan restaurant, the owners’ private residence and an operating farm to see with the children.
The Apartments and Cottages
Made up of a living room, a fully equipped kitchen area, bedrooms and bathrooms, each apartment is tastefully decorated with hand-made lamps, cheery gingham and stripe fabrics, traditional rod-iron tables and chairs, and comfortable sofas. Comfort is assured by modern kitchen and bathroom fittings as well as amenities, i.e., direct phone lines, satellite TV – flat screens, DVD, air conditioning, independent heating, and daily cleaning, towel and bed service. Washing machines are available in certain rentals.
While the two private cottages offer the same comforts as the apartments, they each benefit, in addition, from a private pool and garden overlooking the valley, the ideal place to spend the holidays with children in Tuscany in apartments.
Recreation and Common Areas
The reception offers guests information and bookings for reservations, sightseeing, golf tee-times, babysitters and anything else that improves their stay. All guests have access to a large swimming pool area surrounded beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the valley and countryside. Barbeques are available on the same grounds. Upon request, breakfast can be served in an ancient Loggia.
Special rates for Relais guests are available at the “Ugolino Golf Club” and the “Tennis Equitation Club,” both within a short driving distance from the property.
Relais Villa l’Olmo throughout the Seasons
Thanks to its mild climate and renewed beauty after the winter months, springtime is a wonderful period to visit the Relais. Driving through the Chianti countryside, discovering the arts and crafts of the surrounding small towns, golfing, cycling and horseback riding are highly enjoyable without having to contend with the crowds or the summer heat.
The summer features lazy days by the pool, followed by evenings dining “al fresco” on Tuscan culinary delights prepared on the barbecues, soaking up the peaceful atmosphere and view of the vast olive groves and vineyards. Also, many wonderful restaurants can be sampled at a short walking distance or drive away.
Autumn and winter are the perfect seasons for wine tasting, discovering the production techniques of olive oil, experiencing the local festivals or just exploring the magnificent Tuscan countryside and soaking up the ambiance of village life. A perfect family hotel and residence in Tuscany for kids holidays.
History of Villa l’Olmo
Originally the summer residence of the powerful Florentine family “I Davanzati,” the Villa and the surrounding property was purchased in 1743 by the ancestors of the current owner. In 1997, the latter and his wife, who currently live in the main Villa, began the restoration of all farmhouses situated on the property, which were opened to guests three years later under the name “Relais Villa l’Olmo.” The careful restoration work preserved the original farm structure, while adding all necessary modern comforts required by today’s traveller.
In spite of these changes, the farm activities are still pursued today: Extra-Virgin olive oil is pressed on location, Tuscan white and red wines age in its cellars, honey of various flavours is tenderly amassed on its grounds. All farm products available for purchase at the reception.
BABYMOON IN TUSCANY
the Tuscany Countryside is the ideal place to get ready for your special day and Relais Villa l’Olmo provides the most cozy, intimate and romantic accommodation and services to spend an unforgettable babymoon in Tuscany before the arrival of your baby.
The Babymoon program can be requested only booking a suite and includes: Basket of fruits & chocolates in your suite upon arrival; Morning en-suite Breakfast; Private one way transfer with Mercedes cl.C from/to; Florence airport or SMN Florence train station; A secret gift for your baby; En suite Prenatal Massage for the future mother, ask for this package when request info or reservation.