Susan's Tuscany Villas

Il Mulinaccio 10       and     For 12 people click 12     For 14 people click 14

Tuscany - Gaiole in Chianti - Siena
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Pool: Private

Euros 3400- Euros 4895
Available in CDN$

There are two dwellings at Il Mulinaccio - the main villa with 5 bedrooms which has origins dating back to the 10th centuryand a second building which has been converted into two large self contained one bedroom apartments. Downstairs the rooms have tiled floorswith brick built vaulted ceilings inthe living and dining rooms. Upstairs the floors are cotta tiles dating from the 16th century with magnificent chestnut beam and brick ceilings.


The Riscasoli crest

The house had its beginnings as a watchtower to warn the nearby castles of hostile movements in the valley. Later it was acquired by the Ricasoli family who converted it to a mill, utilising water from the stream and serving the needs of local farmers. The Ricasoli crest is still fixed into the main front facade of the house.

The main front entry to the villa opens from a terrace facing the apartments and overlooking the gardens and leads into the living room. This is the most comfortable room in the house. With its large open fireplace and easy lounges it lends itself to long evenings enjoying the local Chianti wines and peccorino cheese. There is a 32” flat screen TV with Sky satellite service and a DVD player in the living room. 

Villa Molinaccio has origins dating back to the 10th Century. It was originally built as a watch tower for defence and communication purposes between two castles. Over the following centuries the tower was destroyed and rebuilt in the traditional rural style. Evidence of the buildings past can still be found, especially in the external walls which are over a metre wide in places.

The large 'L' shaped swimming pool with diving board is set in a secluded part of the garden, surrounded by woodland. It is reached by crossing a wooden bridge over the river that runs through the property. The paved area surrounding the pool is furnished with loungers, sun umbrellas, tables and chairs.

Il Molinaccio was bought by the Ricasoli family, owners of the Castello di Brolio near Gaiole in Chianti, who turned it into a mill. The Ricasoli family crest is still in place and can be seen on the main facade of the building. The current owners have completely restored and refurbished both the main house and the barn, preserving the property's history, yet bringing it up to date with all the comforts of today's modern age.
The property consists of the main house with five double bedrooms and a barn which has been converted into two one bedroomed apartments. The house was completely renovated in 1999, and great care was taken to ensure this was done sympathetically, respecting the historical structure of the building.

Wherever possible local materials were used, which means, that whilst the property has all the comforts of a 21st Century villa, many of the original features still remain, making this a unique place to stay.

The villa and apartments are surrounded by five hectares of beautiful grounds with mature trees and shrubs, making this a very private setting. Terraces for outside dining can be found at both the front and the back of the property. There is a tributary of the river Massellone which runs through the gardens, however, this is not fenced in, so care must be taken with young children.
Outdoor Photos   Click on the photo’s to zoom.


Swimming Pool



The house is entered through a set of double doors, which open directly into the large kitchen. Downstairs all the rooms have tiled floors and brick built vaulted ceilings. The fully fitted kitchen has wooden units with a built in oven with separate hobs, a large freestanding fridge with freezer section and a dishwasher. There is a built in storage cupboard set into the wall on one side, and a dining table and chairs sit in front of a wooden dresser at one end of the room.

To the left a brick arched doorway leads to the central hallway, and the downstairs bathroom with shower. A door to the right hand side of the hall opens into the main dining room. Another brick arched doorway in the kitchen leads into the lounge. This is a relaxing space with large comfortable sofas arranged in front of the open fireplace. There is a satellite TV with DVD player and a music system. French doors open onto a furnished terrace overlooking the gardens.

To the left hand side of the lounge is a doorway into the dining room. This room is rather special, with its superb floor to ceiling arched window which retains its original ironwork at one end and the original wooden bread oven (which still functions) at the other. In the centre is a large wooden dining table which can seat up to fourteen. Dotted around the room there is a collection of artefacts from the time it was used as a mill.

Access to the downstairs bedroom is off of the dining room. This is a spacious bedroom with a gently curved vaulted ceiling dating back to the time when there was a tower on the site. Comfortably furnished with a double bed, painted wardrobe, chest of drawers, baby cot, TV and a sofa.

The handmade original stone staircase has been carefully restored, and this leads from the main dining room, upstairs through a brick archway to the first floor landing. This level of the house retains the original 19th Century terracotta floors and the traditional beamed ceilings with terracotta typical of farmhouses in this region.

From the first floor landing area, there is access to two of the bedrooms, the family bathroom and the upstairs sitting room. The small sitting room has comfortable chairs and a desk, the walls have fitted shelves and freestanding bookcases filled with books, all arranged around the focal point of the room which is the enormous original open fireplace with stove, this is the ideal place to relax away from the heat of the day.

The master bedroom is to the left of the sitting room, and is a very bright spacious room, with three windows overlooking the gardens and rolling hillside. There is a double bed, large wardrobe, a chest of drawers and TV. It has its own private ensuite bathroom with shower.

The third double bedroom is through the sitting room to the right and has a queen sized wooden sleigh bed, large wardrobe and views over the gardens.

A second double bedroom to the left of the landing has two windows with views over the gardens and a double bed with wicker headboard, sofa, large wardrobe and chest of drawers.

The fourth bedroom to the right of the landing has twin beds with a large wardrobe and very large chest of drawers and two windows with views over the grounds. The large, bright family bathroom located next to the twin bedded room has a full sized bath with handheld shower.

The caretakers can provide assistance with information on the local area, sightseeing and activities as well as booking restaurants and extras such as a chef or baby sitter.   They maintain a low profile during rental periods if their assistance is not required. The caretakers stay in the dependence.


Interior Photos   Click on the photo’s to zoom.




  • Swimming pool - it is 14x7 metres and has a diving board. It is open from May until the 15th October.
  • Private Chef - available on request
  • Babysitter - available on request
  • Wine Tastings - available on request
  • Local Leisure - cooking school, horse riding, ballooning, tennis, mountain bike
  • Internet Onsite
    - high speed connection available in the villa free of charge, bring your own computer.
  • Approach road - only 50mts of unpaved road

Activities available at additional cost:

  • Private Chef: available on request
  • Babysitter: available on request
  • Wine Tastings: available on request
  • Cooking schools: available on request
  • Private Tours: available on request
  • Bicycles: available on request
  • Horse riding: available on request
  • Ballooning: available on request

Main Inclusions

  • 32” Flat screen TV with Sky satellite TV in villa
  • 26” Flat screen TV – terrestial – in apartments
  • Bose sound system with CD, iPod jack in villa
  • Philips Mini HiFi in apartments
  • ADSL internet with wifi
  • IBM Think Pad and printer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Hairdryers in all bathrooms
  • Cot
  • Iron and ironing board
  • BBQ and bar fridge at pool


  • Phone: by consumption
  • Mid week clean and/or linen change: please advise before arrival.
  • Central heating: by consumption (winter months)




  • Florence km.40 (35 mins to airport)
  • Pisa km.45 (40 mins to airport)
  • Arezzo 55km
  • Cortona 96km
  • San Gimignano 70km
  • Montalcino 80km
  • Montepulciano 92km
  • Pisa 148km

Approach road -
only 50mts of unpaved road




Map of the area