Villa Le Pratola Tuscany – sleeps 10, From EUR 8550 per week
Villa Le Pratola Tuscany is set close to Gaiole in Chianti, named by Forbes as the most idyllic place to live in Europe. The villa is a lovingly restored farmhouse with a 500-year history, and is the beating heart of the collection. The farmhouse was bought back to life at the hands of skilful local craftsmen over the course of three years; an investment in the land, the building and its people, with local characters continuing to run the villa today.
Villa Le Pratola Tuscany has five double en-suite bedrooms, along with two sitting rooms, a dining room, kitchen, and games room. Set around a large courtyard, with three terraces, a stone pizza oven and an infinity pool, it is the perfect getaway for families or groups of friends. The two hectares of secluded gardens are laden with vines, olives, cypress and local herbs; the olives pressed for oil which await guests’ arrival.
Le Pratola Rome – Apartment sleeps 10, from EUR 1,125 per night, 3-night stay minimum
Le Pratola’s Roman apartment is a truly rare place to stay, within an historical palazzo that dates to the 16thcentury and still owned today by the descendents of Italy’s oldest aristocratic families, Ascanio and Prospero Costaguti.
The 6-metre ceiling in the living room is decorated with a breath-taking fresco that illustrates the Allegories of the Months and the Seasons, a masterpiece by the Zuccari brothers – two of the most famous painters of the late Renaissance. Five en-suite bedrooms sit alongside stately reception rooms including a vast living room and a grand billiards room. Floor to ceiling windows look out over Piazza Mattei and its iconic Turtle Fountain, close to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and atmospheric Campo Dei Fiori; this is a purely prime location in Rome, with many of the most iconic city sights on the doorstep.
Le Pratola Venice – Town house sleeps 12, from EUR 2,500 per night, minimum 4-night stay
Le Pratola’s Venetian town house counts a 16thcentury church designed by Palladio and a 15th century bell tower designed by Codussi as its closest neighbours; and the waterfront views around it are immortalised in Canaletto’s 1755 painting ‘Night Time Celebration Outside the Church of San Pietro di Castello’. Six bedrooms across four floors, with kitchens of three of four levels, make this an incredibly flexible home. Serious wow factor comes from a cavana – a vast vaulted room for big dinners or hosting a party – hot tub, a rooftop terrace with wide Venice views and a ‘grand terrace’, gently shaded with wisteria. The location is wonderfully aside from the main tourist trail, perfect for a touch of peace yet only a few minutes by water taxi from any island in the laguna.
Le Pratola Florence – Apartment sleeps 10, from EUR 4,500 per night, minimum 4-night stay
Le Pratola’s Florentine offering is a recently restored five-bedroom apartment in a family owned, historical Palazzo just a stone’s throw from the Ponte Vecchio. The building has its origins in the 12thcentury, making a wonderfully atmospheric apartment. Interiors have been masterminded by internationally known designer Ilaria Miani and is a masterpiece in contemporary Italian design. A wide private terrace is perfect for al fresco dining and escaping the hustle of the city – while still at its heart. This is a true rare find of a place to stay, large enough to accommodate a family or group, without compromising on location.
Le Pratola encourages its guests to fully immerse themselves in the local culture, with a series of brilliant extras available to tailor-make each stay. Be welcomed with fresh local groceries upon arrival, delve into a fresh breakfast delivery each morning, or let long lunches and evening feasts be arranged on your behalf with a private chef. Take a cookery class, unwind with yoga practice or a spa treatment, or arrange a personal guide to get to the heart of your destination. The concierge service will book guests into the finest restaurants and trattorias favoured by locals. All guests can also take advantage first class airport transfer. The idea is to arrange as much or as little as required – and for guests to simply relax into the local way of life.
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