Gorgeous views exemplify the beauty of this house in the Tuscan countryside. This farmhouse is north of Florence and gives you the opportunity to enjoy peaceful and quiet surroundings while being travel to the city by train from a nearby town.
This beautiful, 16th century farmhouse, located at an elevation of 600 meters, offers spectacular views of the Sieve Valley. The seven-acre property is a blend of informal landscaped area and gardens, wildflower-covered meadows with grazing sheep, and a wooded area with olives, grapes and many fruit trees. It is very private and secluded, even though there are other properties on the hillside. To access the house there are three kilometers of country road, followed by one kilometer of maintained, winding dirt road. There is a swimming pool and plenty of outdoor furniture: a large table and chairs for dining on the terrace, lounges and a table and chairs by the pool – all with umbrellas for shade. The pool is open from early May to late September. The owners live in the apartment under the main part of the house.
(500 m2/5,382 ft2)
The house has been completely restored with terracotta floors and wooden-beamed ceilings. It is a rustic-style property that has been comfortably furnished with a blend of English and Tuscan antiques.
Ground Floor: There is a well-equipped kitchen with a table and chairs, a formal dining room, a sitting room, another sitting room with a large Tuscan fireplace, and a bathroom (with tub, shower, bidet, WC).
First Floor: There are two large bedrooms (each with a double bed) and two large bedrooms (each with two twin-beds). One of the twin-bedded rooms connects to the master double bedroom, making it best suited to children. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom (with bath, shower, bidet, WC). There is another bathroom (with shower, WC).
Partial Lower Floor: Downstairs, attached to the owners' apartment, there is an additional double bedroom with an en suite bathroom (with shower, WC) available for an extra cost.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Firewood Available: 15 Euro per basket
* Pre-arrival Grocery Shopping: Upon request
* Housekeeping Available: Upon request
* Chef Available: 60-70 Euro per person
* Babysitting Available: Upon request
* Swimming Pool Towels: 5 Euro per towel
* GPS: Available for daily rent, upon request
* Tours of Private Vineyards Available: Upon request
* A four wheel-drive vehicle is recommended to access the property.
* Barbecue: Barbecue is portable and uses charcoal.
* Bug screens are available for the windows upon request at time of booking.
Additional amenities include: iron and board, fireplace - indoor, detached house, housekeeping available - extra cost, firewood available - extra cost, cd, cook service available - extra cost, window screens - whole house, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside area - private, american coffee maker....Read more
Left on 06/30/2006 for a stay in June 2006 | MarkReviewed Jun 30, 2006Stayed Jun 2006
Great for families. Easily accommodates eight to ten people. When it was hot in the Tuscan towns, it was always cool and clear at the villa. Should be number one on the Rentvillas website for recommended villas.
The owners, villa, view, pool and activities near the property were outstanding. We just loved the entire experience and Martyn and Margaret are wonderful, thoughtful hosts.
Martyn hosted an incredible lunch at a vineyard that our children viewed as the best meal of the entire trip and it was followed by an afternoon of wine tasting at other vineyards. We also enjoyed Alberto and his wife (the owners of the farm you pass through on the way to the villa). Our children looked forward to the daily visit from their sheep and sheep dog and even spent a morning visiting the farm, local town, and Carlo's restaurant with dancing on Wednesday's nights!!
Left on 05/31/2005 for a stay in May 2005 | GaryReviewed May 31, 2005Stayed May 2005
I'd return tomorrow and stay a month, if I could. Wish we had had more time to visit with our hosts and just to hang out. A thoroughly memorable vacation.
Very clean, charming property. Fresh, wonderfully scented country air. Expansive views of the Tuscan hills. The owners were an extremely helpful, welcoming, English couple with great knowledge of the area, restaurants, regional wines. He does wine tours... and works very hard, unobtrusively, to see that your stay with them is a good one. Didn't want to leave, and tried to book a second week on the spot. Would have been satisfied to spend the entire time at the property, without leaving the property.
Two drawbacks, in our minds 1. Very long, rough driveway, but worth the daily trip 2. Would have liked a larger supply of hot water for showers. Present system works on demand, but gave just enough water for one shower, then required a recycle period.
Pretty much everything. The town of Londa is textbook Tuscan, small, parochial, with two nice restaurants serving local dishes. Grocery shopping in the village, reasonably accessible to Florence and Chianti, without the bustle. Florence is a bit busy, expectedly, but a miracle not to be missed. On and on and on.
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