Susan's Handpicked Unique Villas

Villa Isola Serena

Tuscany - Gaiole in Chianti - Siena
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 6
Pool Private

Euros 4820-7570 per Week
Available in CDN$

Located in Castellina in Chianti in Tuscany, Italy, Isola Serena is a beautiful private luxury villa on 4 acres of land with the most breath-taking views in the Tuscan countryside. Overlooking Siena and covered in vineyards, olive groves, and captivating forestry, this brand new villa just finished restoration in June 2015. The villa was restored by local Italians of the highest standard to maintain the Tuscan culture, artisanal tradition, and craftsmanship, whilst complemented by modern furniture and contemporary amenities.

Isola Serena was originally a farmhouse that was part of the castle property, Castello La Leccia, which is mentioned in written historical sources as early as 1077. Most of the Chianti area was seized to the dominion of the Ricasoli family around the mid 1400’s. In the 18th Century, the Castle modified part of its structure and started to take on the appearance of a villa. In 1920, the entire property was bought by Great Grandfather Giuliano Daddi and in July 1944, during the second world war, parts of the castle were bombed and partially destroyed. The farmhouse was left untouched until it was recently purchased by a Canadian investor in 2013.

In the summer of 2012, when a Canadian businessman and entrepreneur was in Tuscany for vacation with his family and fiancée, he saw the farmhouse and instantly fell in love. With over 4 acres of private land and the most breath-taking views overlooking Siena and covered in vineyards, olive groves, and forestry, they knew this was their dream home. After embarking on a 1 year restoration project and hiring all local Italians to maintain the Tuscan culture, artisanal tradition, and craftsmanship, this beautiful luxury villa is truly an oasis of serenity and perfection. The official name of the farmhouse is Podere Isola, meaning “island farm”, which the owner renamed to “Isola Serena”, meaning “serene island” and after his fiancée.

Outdoor Photos   Click on the photo’s to zoom.


Swimming Pool

The pool is a small Jacuzzi style pool, located in a wonderfully travertine paved terrace which looks towards the views. It's on a lower level than the villa and has plenty of sun. Comfortable sun beds sit on either side of the pool to relax while enjoying the Tuscan sun and views. The pool is a sunken Jacuzzi style pool located on a lovely sunny terrace on a lower level than the villa. Around the pool is a large, travertine paved sun deck with sun beds and umbrellas on either side of the pool. They look out towards the incredible views down the forest covered hills to the Val d'Elsa valley in the distance.

The pool has roman steps to enter and a bench along one side, ideal to relax in the cool water while enjoying the massage jets and the views. It is small but perfect to cool off and wind down after a day of sightseeing. It is 4.4 x 2.5 metres and 1 metre deep. It's open all year.



The main house is 440 sq metres (4500 sq ft) with 6 bedrooms and all ensuites, and it can sleep up to 12 people. It includes a large terrace overlooking the countryside, a small private swimming pool, barbeque area, full kitchen, dining room, library, WIFI, satellite TV, and all modern amenities.

Optional Services 

  • House maid – included before arrival, mid-week touch up, and after departure. Upgraded service available
  • Cook on request – book in advance
  • Babysitter – book in advance
  • Airport or City Transfers


  • Check in / Check out time: check in Saturday at 4:00pm, check out Saturday at 10:00am
  • Weekly linen and bathroom towels: included – service provided by local supplier
  • Final clean: included – service provided by local supplier

Heating   Usage will be metered throughout your stay and you will be charged accordingly. Charges must be paid directly on the spot to the owner or his/her representative before departing. Please note that heating in Italy, when not subject to restrictions by the local Government, is more expensive compared to other countries. If you look for a property in low season, make sure to ask for an estimate of the heating cost. You may be asked to make a supplementary deposit for heating expenses.

Water and Electricity    Please note that most of the properties in our portfolio are not the typical purpose-built Mediterranean holiday villas. Most are converted farmhouses or former manor houses, full of character and history. Water shortages do occur; please use it sparingly during the summer months. At the same time, Italy is probably one of the few countries in the world where the government has introduced a system of electricity limitators to contain the national consumption. This means you must be careful when using more than one appliance at once because the limitator will shut the electricity off.


Internet Connection   Many of our properties have an internet connection. From our experience, when a connection is interrupted due to technical reasons beyond our control, it is unfortunately very difficult, despite our efforts, to receive immediate assistance from some of the internet providers operating in Italy. We therefore strongly suggest that those who need to access their emails should bring their own BlackBerry, or a similar portable device. Please note that in any case we cannot accept responsibility for lack of these services.


Interior Photos   Click on the photo’s to zoom.



  • Main house of 440 sq. metres (4500 sq. ft)
  • 6 bedrooms with all ensuite bathrooms
  • Additional powder room on the main floor
  • Small private swimming pool
  • Pool towels provided
  • WI-FI internet throughout property
  • Wireless Printer/Scanner
  • Gas and charcoal barbeque
  • Satellite TV with 2 flat screen televisions (in main room and master bedroom)
  • Blu-Ray player (in main room and master bedroom)
  • Playstation 3 (in main room)
  • Surround sound stereo system with iPod connectivity
  • Fire place (open)
  • Furnished terrace
  • Washing machine in-house
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Hairdryer in every bathroom
  • American coffee machine
  • Espresso machine
  • High Chair and Baby Crib available upon request
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking

Out Door Equipment

  • BBQ
  • Gazebo with equipped kitchenette
  • External Hot shower
  • Shaded parking place



  • Type of accommodation: Villa
  • Level(s) :2
  • Bedroom(s) :6
  • Bathroom(s) :6.5
  • Pool Private
  • Covered terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden


  • Living room
  • Living room(s) with bed-settee
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen/living room





  • Siena


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