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TOWER PENTHOUSE in small medieval castle Florence

SuperhostBagno a Ripoli, Tuscany, Italy
Castle hosted by Majla Francesca
10 guests4 bedrooms9 beds2 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the castle to yourself.
72-hour minimum between reservations
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Self check-in
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360 degree views of the Tuscan Hills all the way to Florence; sun-drenched, 900 year- old tower-villa: this one of a kind, spacious and super-scenic home combines magical atmosphere with space, light, character, convenience ( A/C, super-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer) and is the perfect location for an unforgettable family/friends stay.
Private cooking classes also available.

The space
This apartment is the "hat" of a 12th century watchtower villa, in the hills south east of Florence, Italy.

The apartment combines 2 apartments (which are also available separately):

A) PENTHOUSE
a 70square meter high-ceiling large rooms divided in two by an arch:
on one side a super-equipped kitchen and dining area. Above it, a loft with full size bed.
On the other side, an antique Swedish ceramic wood burning stove supplies charme and extra heat. A lounge sofa right in front of it, facing the window with view of the church bell-tower, makes for our very favorite nap location!
In the niche that was once the fireplace, we have created a super cozy sleeping area with a queen size bed, surrounded by books.
On the same floor, full bathroom.
Above the kitchen, a loft with a cosy bedroom with full-size bed.
THIS SPACE IS PRIVATE, for exclusive use of OUR GUESTS.
However it is our main residence, so you will find traces of a lived-in home, all neatly stored away or available for you to use.
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B) TOWER

- an additional kitchenette with dishwasher. Washer/dryer.
- a bedroom with a queen size bed (that can be made into 2 single beds);
- a quiet, cool (with AC too!) living area ideal for retreats, with 2 single sofa-beds, which are 2 real mattresses;
- a large bathroom with bathtub and separate shower.
-above one flight of stairs, the "master" bedroom with queen size (A/C too)
- above it all, the tower terrace, of course, with its 360 degree view!

There is central heat and WIFI, as well as toys and books in English too.
THIS SPACE IS PRIVATE, for exclusive use of OUR GUESTS.

These 2 apartments (A + B) are connected.

ABOUT THE PROPERTY

The tower portion dates back to 1146. The rest of the building was added on in the 1400s , 1600s and 1800s.
Many lives were saved during WWII by my grandfather who risked his own, by offering hiding and shelter to total strangers in this villa. We want to continue this tradition by welcoming people from all over the world. Our children are the 6th generation in this home!

The estate includes one shaded garden (BBQ, hammock, pingpong table) and a sunny garden (flowers and herbs to pick) , and a small olive grove shared with the other families in the building. Without ever leaving the property, you can walk to a little forest.

Local deli, freshly baked bread, cheeses, wine, great cappuccino and top butcher of the valley all right across the street, 5 minutes walk. You can also have lasagne and american breakfast (eggs and bacon) served at the local butcher.

20 minutes drive to Florence, or 45 minutes by bus. Use of car not necessary if you are planning to just visit Florence during the day and simply relax and enjoy the countryside, but recommended for evening outings and explorations of Tuscany.

PS: PLEASE REMEMBER TO READ THE HOUSE RULES THOROUGHLY BEFORE BOOKING. We really care about them being respected, and they will help you enjoy the space to the fullest. Thanks!

Guest access
Both gardens, BBQ facility, and a Steinway Baby Grand piano! The apartment is of exclusive use of our guests, but the common areas are always open, and our guests are welcome to use and enjoy everywhere.
Unlimited WIFI, free parking, village with food supplies out the driveway.
Brand-new washer/dryer in the apartment (please leave 1€ per load, for detergent/softner/electricity)
This villa is ideal if you play the piano and wish to practice during your vacation: there is a well tuned Baby Grand Steinway in the common area, accessible at all times.

ADDITIONAL OFFERS AT THE VILLA:

A) Take a fun hands-on MORNING COOKING LESSON (right next door, same building) where you learn how to make pasta from scratch, then stay for LUNCH: that includes your creations and a whole meal, including home-made dessert and unlimited wine. The bonus: beautiful views, unlimited toppings of wine, and coffee. And you don’t have to do the dishes!. Cost per person: 60€. Visa and MC welcome. (55€ for cash).

B) Take the EVENING COOKING CLASS: all of the above including dinner, plus a bubbly welcome with prosecco, ravioli as part of the class, and after dinner liquors. 65€ pp, Visa and MC welcome
If you wish to precede the class with a wine tour to a nearby winery, add 50€ pp.
Detailed tour of the cantina, 4 Wines and transportation included.

Other things to note
There are many stairs to get to the apartment, and to get from one are to the other. Please take care.
Keep door closed if you prefer to not receive feline visits.
360 degree views of the Tuscan Hills all the way to Florence; sun-drenched, 900 year- old tower-villa: this one of a kind, spacious and super-scenic home combines magical atmosphere with space, light, character, convenience ( A/C, super-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer) and is the perfect location for an unforgettable family/friends stay.
Private cooking classes also available.

The space
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 double bed
Common spaces
3 single beds, 1 sofa bed

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Wifi
Dryer
Kitchen
Air conditioning
Indoor fireplace
Hangers
Iron
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Location

Bagno a Ripoli, Tuscany, Italy

THE VILLAGE:
The tower penthouse is the top of the villa which sits on top of the hills on top of the village...Great views and breeze, but only 5 minutes walk from the little shops: A community center/bar will serve caffe and aperitivi, with a great panoramic terrace
Local deli, freshly baked bread, cheeses, wine and beer, great cappuccino and top butcher of the valley all right across the street, 5 minutes walk. no proper restaurant walking distance, but you can buy all the food you need to make your own meals, and the local butcher also offers lasagne and grilled chicken and beverages, to eat there or take home. Very nice family style trattoria only 5 minutes driving from home, serving great pizza, pasta, steak and more Italian food.
Plenty of hikes start from here.
THE VILLAGE:
The tower penthouse is the top of the villa which sits on top of the hills on top of the village...Great views and breeze, but only 5 minutes walk from the little shops: A community center/b…

Hosted by Majla Francesca

Joined in April 2011
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My children are the 6th generation in this medieval villa, and when our budget doesn't allow us to travel, we like a little bit of the world to come to us. My grandfather - a personal hero of mine - hid and saved many lives (often complete strangers, and foreigners), from the fury of the Fascists and Nazis during WW2, in the many nooks and crannies of this old home; and this has created in his heirs a tradition of opening this home to strangers: we have been hosting since 2011. My husband Marco is a retired professional yachtsman, and now a talented and passionate cook; and together we have been offering wine tours and pasta making classes since 1998 with the Accidental Tourist. One of my favorite quotes is: "if you don't believe in connections, you miss them".
My children are the 6th generation in this medieval villa, and when our budget doesn't allow us to travel, we like a little bit of the world to come to us. My grandfather - a perso…
During your stay
We live in the building and are always available to assist in case of need, or simply share a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.
Majla Francesca is a Superhost
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
72-hour minimum between reservations. Learn more
No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $337

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