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Villa Casalecchi: La casa, le sue origini
Villa Casalecchi was built in different periods.
The construction of the lower part, based on ancient foundations dating back to the sixteenth century, was commenced at the beginning of the seventeenth century.
This contains, on one level, the present apartments of the owner and the reception area and the kitchens, storage cellars and service areas on the lower level. The upper part of the villa was added by the great great grandmother Elvira when the family expanded and the sons and daughters, all married in the private chapel of the villa, brought their husbands or wives to live here.
The bedrooms were therefore all on the upper level and each had a name: the beautiful bedroom; the red room, the yellow room, the green room, the Nipponese parlour, the cold room, the nannies room. In the eighteenth century Grandma Elvira first installed facilities in each room: wash-basin and jug and bed pans all in elegant patterned ceramic!
At the lower level of the Villa the interior walls and ceiling, such as the dining room, are ingeniously oil painted to resemble wood paneling; next to the dining room there’s a stuccoed chapel with some original frescoes, a wooden altar and the original tinted glass-pane windows.
The ancestors were all baptized and married in this chapel and the tradition is continued with their descendants. There’s another level below, over-looking the gardens and vineyards, which includes the former servants’ quarters (they are now the rooms under the lodge overlooking the swimming-pool area and with a separate entrance from the gardens); the “changing room”,(room number eight) in which huge wardrobes were kept with the costumes for the theatrical performances that used to be held in Castellina; and finally the “aviary” (room number fifteen) where the grandparents had installed cages of different shapes and sizes according to the many species of birds they kept.
To complete the work, grandmother Elvira decided to have an Italian garden developed, as a terrace overlooking the southern vineyard; to complete the gardens around the main entrance on the northerly side a family friend, the famous architect Poggi (the creator of the Viale dei Colli in Florence) was called in.
On the other side of the villa’s gate, in the little ochre-coloured house with a horse’s head on the front side, which once were stables, there are three comfortable apartments for the guests.
Hotel Villa Casalecchi **** - IL POSTO GIUSTO SRL - Loc. Casalecchi - I - 53011 Castellina in Chianti - Siena - Tuscany
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