All of our visitors enjoy the landscaped gardens which create inspiring views and an idyllic atmosphere. Mature trees are set harmoniously among historic buildings; formal gardens blend into the olive groves and connect across to the broad views of the Chianti hills stretching to far horizons. An avenue of tall cypresses runs down from the villa; between the trees the silhouetted skyline of Siena remains as it has appeared for centuries.
Our guests have exclusive use of our 17m swimming pool, together with a wide poolside terrace and lawn area, overlooking breathtaking views across the Tuscan landscape and to the distant silhouette of Monte Amiata far away to the south. The pool is open from the 1st June till 30th September, and at other times if requested.
Outdoors we have a “bocce” court through the olives, a short distance from the villa. Bocce is a characteristic Italian game, similar to bowls. The court lies in the dappled shade of a small woodland. Atmospheric lighting also allows games to be played in the evenings. There is also a hard tennis court in the shade of tall evergreen oaks. Indoors there is a billiards table, or guests may want to try their hands at the more traditionally Italian game of funghetto biliardo.
We also encourage guest to explore the wider estate – walking or even trail running. The estate extends over 100 hectares, a mosaic of olive groves, vineyards and woodlands, criss-crossed with tracks and paths. Trekking around Le Tolfe guarantees beautiful scenery and an opportunity to discover the local flora and fauna. For the more adventurous, it is possible to walk, or cycle, beyond the property, and to explore the adjacent Chianti region rich in places of interest. Nearby, these include the former monastery of Pontignano and its well-known Italian gardens, the Chianti Sculpture Park, Brolio Castle, the borgo or hamlet of Monteliscai, and Trecciolino’s Palio horse-training yard.