Castello Gran Duca

Castello Gran Duca is a wonderful 16th Century castle in a perfect position enjoying a lovely panorama over the countryside with views to the Elba Island and the sea beyond. 

This unique ancient castle, once the abode of Leopold II Grand Duke of Tuscany, is in a peaceful and private location in the countryside yet just 1 km from the nearest town Venturina Terme and only ten minutes driving to the lovely Tuscan coast and nearest sandy beaches. A private avenue of cypresses and pines leads to the private automatic gate of the castle through the grounds for the first glimpse of this imposing property that has a romantic facade of ivy. The interior of the villa is just as amazing with characteristic high ceilings and furnished with antiques, oil paintings and family heirlooms. 

The villa has its own exclusive grounds complete with a rose garden and an entrance garden with private parking, outside living space for relaxing, dining al fresco and a private outside swimming pool 6 mt x 12 mt and a private outside Jacuzzi hot tub. This romantically beautiful historic residence retains all the original characteristics and period furnishings yet has all modern comforts and offers a wide range of facilities and services to enhance your stay.

ACCOMODATION

the villa is 1500 square meters and it sleeps 20 persons in 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Upon request the owners can open 3 more bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms for a large group of 26.

The ground level of the villa is composed of various lounge rooms with period furnishings in keeping with the style of the castle. There is a large entrance hall hung with ancient paintings and coats of arms, off which there are three lovely living rooms, two of these living rooms with fireplace and settees, one of these with Sky television and DVD player and hi-fi music. The third one is a reading living room with a computer desk with antique wooden desk. On the same level there is a professional fully equipped kitchen and another small room next to the kitchen with a fridge and all the necessary staff for the meals service. There is a lovely dining room with fire place decorated with frescoes and majolica tiles with a big rectangular table for all the guests.

From the main entrance hall staircases to the left and/or to the right lead to the middle and upper floors of the castle and the ten characteristic bedrooms (4 double bedrooms, 5 suites, and the special Grand Duke Master suite) with their ensuite bathrooms with shower or bathtub and hairdryer each individually decorated with different colour schemes, and many featuring hand painted ceilings, frescoes and numerous antique pieces. The bedrooms are equipped with the modern comforts such as air conditioning, digital tv and an illimited fast wifi connection 20 Mbps download and 6 Mbps upload. The Wi-Fi internet connection cover also the whole inside villa, the rose garden and the pool area.

GARDEN & SWIMMING POOL

the mature grounds sweep all around the castle and the main entrance hall also opens out onto the lovely rear rose garden where there is a pretty al fresco dining area with a marble rectangular table for all the guests, as well as an outside living area with comfortable settees and umbrellas perfect for relaxing whilst enjoying the view towards the rose garden. Original stone steps lead down from the garden to the villa’s private swimming pool (12m x 6m, maximum depth 3 m) situated in a secluded position below. The pool area, shaded by pines and overlooking the olive grove, has a Jacuzzi.

The owners of Castello Gran Duca are very hospitable and they and the villa staff take pride in the services they offer. A whole manner of arrangements can be made (on request payable locally) ranging from catering services including lunches and dinners, laundry, extra housekeeping and even day trips and excursions are options available.

HISTORY

Documents dating back to the 1529, demonstrate the existence of a former palace that was renovated to become the administrative headquarters of the Campiglia Marittima Railways. The Castello Gran Duca as we know it, was built at the beginning of the XVI century and, later on, it became the residence of Leopold II, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, during the reclamation of the Maremma. Leopold II was born on  October the 3rd, 1797 in Florence and died in Rome on January 29, 1870. He was the last Grand Duke of Tuscany and reigned from 1824 until his abdication in 1859. The Castle has been the residence of many Grand Dukes of Tuscany, but Leopold II lived there for longer than all the others. 

In 1860 the Castle passed into the hands of the Merciai family, whose heirs are the current owners. They have maintained the castle to the highest standards and all the restoration works have been supervised by the Italian Institute of Fine Arts. Nowadays the castle represents one of the most important monuments of the Tuscan Maremma and the owners transformed it into a "Historical Residence" open to all those who wish to enjoy an unforgettable holiday and to discover this beautiful land rich in history and art.

Property facilities

Location: 
Tuscan Riviera area
Nearest town: 
Venturina 1 km
Sleeps: 
20
Square meters: 
1 500
Bedrooms: 
10 (double: 10)
Bathrooms: 
11 (toilet: 1, shower: 2, bathtub: 8)
High season price range: 
> 10,000 €
Swimming pool
Air conditioning
Internet
Pets allowed
Wedding
Parking
Mosquito screens
Baby cot + Highchair
TV
Satellite TV
VCR / DVD
CD player
Fan
Fireplace
Heating
Walk to town
Countryside
Near the beach
Private villa
Private swimming pool
Jacuzzi
Private outdoor area
Barbecue
Oven
Microwave
Toaster
American style coffee machine
Hair dryer
Dishwasher
Washing-machine
Dryer
Iron + ironing board

Castello Gran Duca

Location: 

Castello Gran Duca is located approximately 1 km from Venturina which offers all kinds of shops and supermarket. This beautiful part of the Tuscan coast called Etruscan coast, with its lovely beaches, is just few minutes away, and there are many pretty towns to explore : Piombino (with ferries for Elba) 10 km, Livorno 60 km, Pisa 75 km. Florence and Siena are within 120 km. Nice beaches are just a short drive away in the Baratti Gulf.

This area has many tourist attractions thanks to its history, art, culture and cuisine. With its splendid medieval towns and landscape, the Etruscan Riviera embraces many different aspects to discover and many festivals take place in the various villages during the summer time. Other attractions are the thermal spas, natural reserves and lovely countryside.  A little further are other famous Tuscan towns such as Florence, Siena and Pisa all well worth a visit. Even the island of Elba is accessible via nearby ferry connections.

This part of Tuscany is also renowned all over the world for its celebrated wines such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia. We highly recommend a tour of the local wine producing farms where wine experts will guide and assist you throughout the itinerary.

Castello Gran Duca is really a unique property in a great location for a truly unforgettable experience.

Nearby facilities: 

Nearest town: Venturina km 1
Restaurants: Venturina km 1
Supermarket: Venturina km 1
Grocery: Venturina km 1
Shops: Venturina km 1
Outlets: -
Bank: Venturina km 1
Post office: Venturina km 1
Chemistry: Venturina km 1
Tennis court: Venturina km 1
Golf: Golf Club Punta Ala km 40
Horse riding: Campiglia Marittima km 8
SPA: Terme Di Venturina km 2
Train station: Campiglia Marittima km 4

Airports: 

Florence - Amerigo Vespucci: km 145
Pisa - Galileo Galilei: km 95
Roma Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci: km 235
Roma Ciampino - Giovan Battista Pastine: km 255
Milano Malpensa - Città di Milano: km 420
Venezia - Marco Polo: km 395
Perugia - Sant'Egidio: km 240
Bologna - Guglielmo Marconi: km 235

Art cities: 

Firenze: km 145
Pisa: km 95
Siena: km 135
Lucca: km 115
Arezzo: km 195
Perugia: km 230

San Gimignano: km 105
Volterra: km 75
Montalcino: km 115
Forte dei Marmi: km 125
Pienza: km 135
Montepulciano: km 150
Cortona: km 200
Assisi: km 250
Seaside: km 10


Castello Gran Duca


Castello Gran Duca

2017 Rates

from 07 January to 02 June € 10,000.00 per week 
€ 1,430.00 per night (min. stay 3 nights)
from 03 June to 23 June € 15,000.00 per week
€ 2,145.00 per night (min. stay 3 nights)
from 24 June to 01 September  € 20,000.00 per week 
from 02 September to 29 September € 15,000.00 per week 
€ 2,145.00 per night (min. stay 3 nights)
from 30 September to 15 December  € 10,000.00 per week
€ 1,430.00 per night (min. stay 3 nights)
from 16 December to 06 January 2018  € 20,000.00 per week 
€ 2,860.00 per night (min. stay 3 nights)

 

These prices do not include booking fees: Euro 20 per reservation

Price includes

gas, water, electricity; daily cleaning of the bedrooms and lounges seven days a week (only for the weekly rental - the kitchen cleaning is escluded if the kitchen is used by the clients); use of kitchen; change of bed linen, bath and pool towels on Saturday and Wednesday (only for the weekly rental); final cleaning (only for the weekly rental); daily continental breakfast (only for the weekly rental); WI-FI internet connection; air conditioning.

Price excludes

city tax: Euro 1.5 per day per person; heating (if used): Euro 180.00 per day; final cleaning (due only for less than a weekly rental solution in Mid/Low season): Euro 400.00.

Extra services (upon request)

the use of 3 extra bedrooms: Euro 1,000.00 per extra bedroom per week (on request); chef service for the preparation and service of lunch and dinner; additional bed linens and towels; laundry or ironing services; pets allowed (on request): Euro 100.00 per week.

Check in

from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Swimming pool

open from 01 June to 30 September

Check out

within 10 a.m.

Security deposit

Euro 2,500.00 in cash

High season booking strictly saturday to saturday. Other arrival days considered on request in medium and low season.
Conditions: 

DEPOSIT: A deposit of 40% of the total letting price is payable at the time of booking. It may be paid by credit card or wire transfer. Upon receipt of your deposit you will be sent notice confirming your payment with contact and arrival information.

BALANCE: The balance is due no later than 56 days prior to the beginning of the letting period and must be sent to the owner via wire transfer or credit card. If the balance is not paid by the appropriate date, the letting agreement will be deemed to be invalid and the deposit forfeited. ‘InTuscany’ will send you a reminder when the balance is due and advise you how to send the money.

CANCELLATION: In the unfortunate event of you needing to cancel all or part of your holiday we will have to charge either:

a) deposit only - if cancellation is received more than 56 days before letting, or
b) Total rent - if cancellation is received less than 56 days before letting.

INSURANCE: All tenants are advised to consider insurance needs in relation to travel, accident, medical and personal cover; 'In Tuscany' can not accept liability for any accident, injury, loss or damage sustained by tenants.

IN THE EVENT OF DISPUTE: all disputes will be heard in the court of Montepulciano.

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Castello Gran Duca

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+39 0577 630257

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