About this listing
Enjoy the beautiful countryside of Tuscany in a 14th century traditional Tuscan Hunting Lodge (which belonged to the family of Leon Battista Alberti) full of character and situated only a few minutes away from Florence city centre (walking distance).
Il Melograno can accommodate up to 11 (10+1) people and lies nestled among the green hills of the Tuscan countryside in an historic part of Florence. The cottage Limonaia accommodates 2+1 people.
Dating back to the 14th century and situated in the Paradiso degli Alberti (Heaven of the Alberti's, family of Leon Battista Alberti, it was used as the hunting lodge and guest house for the Villa Il Merlo Nero, which has a stunning Italian Garden with its beautiful maizes (where pestigious dinners or memorable birthday parties, or romantic weddings can be organised on request)
Enjoy the private swimming pool surrounded by olive and cypress trees with squirrels and pheasants running around while being in walking distance of the principal museums and architectural masterpieces of the amazing city of Florence...
...and during the winter months, relax by the beautiful big Tuscan sandstone fireplace, reading a book in the cosy atmosphere reminiscent of the bygone past...
The fascinating grounds and flower garden with old terracotta flower pots scattered around and some fruit trees are reserved for guests are part of the ancient villa called Il Melograno, with accommodation for up to 11 people, 5 bathrooms + 4.5 bathrooms(1 guest toilet with shower), fully fitted and equipped country kitchen (cooker, oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine which also has a dining table.
The rooms are furnished with antique furniture and paintings, so as to keep the tuscan ancient feeling of the villa. The dining room with volted ceilings and beautiful velvet blue antique high chairs can accomodate up to 8 people with the possibility of adding a further table to accomodate up to 12 people.
The bedrooms can be prepared as queen or single beds on request and are furnished with big wardrobes. The whole place is kept very neat and clean.
Wifi is provided as well as satellite tv with dvd player, and children games (monopoly, chess ...) as well as lots of history and literature books.
Romantic dinners or sunny breakfast can be enjoyed in the garden under the olive trees, on the garden table and chairs provided. The swimmingpools offers sunloungers.
Within close distance of the city centre (5 minutes by car, 30 minutes walk to the Ponte Vecchio), yet hearing the birdsong and the joyous ringing of the Badiuzza bells and seeing the squirrels and pheasants running around.
- swimming pool among olive trees, open during summer months with sun loungers, garden chairs
and tables for a sunny breakfast or a romantic dinner.
- parking available within the property
- bus stop at entrance to property
- Wi-Fi and satellite TV
If your party is bigger than 11 people, please enquire about our detached cottage, Limonaia, situated in the same property, leading out to the swimmingpool (website hidden) courses, catering, dinners can be arranged on request. welcome basket is provided.
We have tried to keep the house furnished with old paintings and furniture, so we would like our guests to respect the history of these
1. damage deposit of euro 400 to be brought in cash on arrival
2. electricity/heating consumptionis excluded from rates and must be paid on departure
3. cleaning fee of euro 160 (or euro 200 if Limonaia is also rented)
4. photocopies of passports of all guests to be brought at check in
5. from may to september weekly rentals from saturday to saturday
6. prices can change, pls always enquire
Our stay at this villa was excellent. The house is about 2 miles outside the old city of Florence. It is well situated with either bus access into the city or a very nice walk along the Arno River to get into the old city. We stayed in the hunting lodge which was amazing. All of the house is very well appointed, including the kitchen. We had absolutely everything we needed to have a great time and to prepare wonderful meals. The pools was very refreshing and a wonderful addition during our hot summer visit to Florence.
Fortuny lives in the main house and was an excellent hostess. She checked on us frequently and was concerned that all of our needs were met. She even checked the bus schedule to make sure we traveled safely.
I highly recommend this ancient villa for your stay in Florence.
A wonderful stay. A truly unique villa, so traditional with a well equipped kitchen and well located. The pool and BBQ area was fantastic. We were a large party but there was ample space and seating dotted throughout the garden. The jewel in the crown was the villa owner who we met for evening drinks . Nothing was too much trouble and we were provided with lots of local tips!! A beautiful welcome basket was there on our arrival. Would definitely go back.
A very beautiful and peaceful villa, lovely gardens though lots of shade. OUr hosts were very helpful, providing lots of information and helping us book taxis for the morning trip into the city centre, including responding very late at night and early in the morning. The service was excellent and the villa a lovely place to base for Florence for several days.
About the Host, Ginevra
Questa casa è di nostra proprietà da molti anni ed è stata mantenuta con arredi antichi e con tanto affetto. La nostra famiglia adora viaggiare ma ancora di più ospitare persone straniere e fargli conoscere le bellezze e arte di Firenze.