Luxury at a “lemon” villa next to Italy’s River Arno

Next month, Villa La Massa Hotel, five miles from Florence, adds “La Limonaia”, a conversion of the resort’s one-time greenhouse for lemon trees.  The two-floor La Limonaia has eight bedrooms and two suites, which can, via connecting doors, become two-bedroom suites..

In fact the entire resort, which now offers in total 51 rooms and suites, has fruit-laden lemon trees, and olive groves, in its 22 acres of gardens.  The history of the estate goes back to the 14th century. In the 16th century, the main four-floor building, with stunning open atrium and a private chapel, belonged first to the Landini family, and then to the Medicis (best rooms in the main villa overlook the river – do listen to the frogs chirping, at night).

La Limonaia’s rooms offer unparalleled views of the rolling Tuscan hills as well as the Arno.  Its ground floor accommodations feature large windows, with access to charming private gardens. Upstairs rooms have large balconies. La Limonia’s designer isFrancesca Garagnani, of Archflorence, whose many clients also include the Ferragamo family. La Limonia rooms have Carrara marble bathrooms and walk-in closets.  Vivid colors – yellows, greens, oranges and blues – characterize the entire building.  Expert Italian artisans created  hand-made furniture, lamps, and interior details with brass, lacquered wood and Bardiglio marble.  The artwork centers on black and white landscape photography of the region.

Villa La Massa, which is part of the Villa d’Este portfolio, is overseen by portfolio CEO Danilo Zucchetti – onsite GM is Stefano Venturi.  Villa La Massa, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, is open March-November.

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