Ten meters away from the main villa is an independent farmhouse. The front door of this typical country house opens onto the large kitchen/living room with fireplace (the kitchen is equipped with an oven and microwave). Just beyond, there are 4 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with shower. Wood-beam ceilings and furnishings from the early twentieth century contribute to the warm atmosphere of this house. The private courtyard is furbished with garden furniture.
Overall Property Description:
Panzalla Castle has remote origins dating back to ancient Rome. A Roman centurion, Pantius, received many hectares of land for his retirement and built his 'Aula' (house) on a hill. In Latin, Pantius' house was known as 'the Pantius-Aula' (the house of Pantius). With the centuries, Pantius-Aula's name was altered to become 'Panzalla', the current name of the castle.
During the Middle Ages, the property came into the possession of the Buondelmonti family, and the house was transformed into one of the many family castles. The oldest remaining part of the building was constructed in this period and still stands today.
In the course of the centuries, the castle history has been intertwined with that of the 'Florentine Republic', then with the 'Tuscan Grand-Duchy', and finally, with the 'Kingdom of Italy'. Most recently, the castle was owned by the counts, Miari Pelli Fabbroni, who gave the house the name 'Villa Fabbroni'.
The Fabbroni family renovated the villa in nineteenth century style and made it their hunting cottage. When Florence was the capital of Italy, King Vittorio Emanuele II was a guest at the villa. The land surrounding the castle was rich with game and fruitful vineyards, which produced a wine very similar to 'Bordeaux'.
Situated in the oldest part of the villa where wine was once fermented in large chestnut barrels is the restaurant, 'Villa Fabbroni'. The restaurant is reserved exclusively for our guests.
Swimming-pool 10 x 5 mt large; depth 1,5 mt all over. The pool is open from 1 May until 30 September.
The specialties of our region, including homemade pasta, roasts, and game, are served to our guests in the ambience of a typical Tuscan wine cellar with arched brick ceilings and stone walls.
Discover the flavours of another era in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is open for dinner on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. During the rest of the week, the restaurant is open upon request (minimum 10 people). Pizza Tuesday evening.
WIRELESS internet connection (normal speed) at the property, please carry your portable!
Laundry room to share, with 2 washing-machines.
Distances: Villa Fabbroni is 4 km far from San Polo village (grocery, post office, bank with ATM and also bus to Greve and Florence).
Fees Due at Check in:
200 Euro per apartment are due as refundable guarantee deposit on arrival.
The rental prices include: bed and bathroom linen (one weekly change), electricity, final cleaning.
Heating is charged extra if used. The charges will be as follows:
PADRONALE euro 20/day
LOGGIA and FATTORIA and IL PERGOLO: euro 15/day
PORTICO euro 10/day
COLONICA (GPL gas) euro 4,10 per cubic mt used.
RAOUL euro 15/day.
Local tax: euro 1,5 /night/person - for guests older than 14; not charged after the 7th night
The villa has a nice restaurant inside, open for dinner on Fri-Sat-Sunday.
Breakfast can be served on request (7 euro per person).
The owners can organize cooking classes as well.