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PENTHOUSE in small medieval castle near Florence

SuperhostBagno a Ripoli, Tuscany, Italy
Entire loft hosted by Majla Francesca
4 guests2 bedrooms3 beds1 bath
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You’ll have the loft to yourself.
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Magical, sun-filled open space: 900 years of history, on top of Chianti hills overlooking Florence (20 minutes away) -CLEAN AIR, AWAY FROM CROWDS.
IDEAL FOR SMARTWORKING.
High ceilings, wood beams, terracotta floors, picture-perfect views, windows looking at sunrise and sunset, wood-burning stove, TV. Central heat, ceiling and desk fans.
Shaded breezy garden with BBQ area to make the most of the hot summer days; sunny garden for the rest of the year, cosy ceramic stove for winter charm.

The space
This unique apartment is a "medieval penthouse" on top of a historical villa on the hills south east of Florence, Tuscany.
There are about 55 stairs to get to the apartment, but that is what makes it so cosy and panoramic!

A single 70sq mt space with high-ceiling, divided in two by an arch, with closable barn door:
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.

THIS SPACE IS PRIVATE, for exclusive use of OUR GUESTS.
However, we occasionally use it as our residence, so you may find traces of a lived-in home, all neatly stored away or available for you to use.

A total of 4 can comfortably sleep here + a child on a floor mattress.
Ideal for respectful guests, not allergic to cats, (cats WILL NOT BE in the house but will visit if you let them), who don't mind stairs.

A BIT OF HISTORY:

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!
Every piece of furniture has its own story: the old rifle cabinet, the dining table made out of a church door from Positano, the 150-year old wrought iron princess bed, the Swedish ceramic stove, the old carpenter's bench now a bar counter, and art all around.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO READ THE HOUSE RULES THOROUGHLY BEFORE BOOKING. We really care about them being respected. Thanks!

Guest access
Wifi, shaded garden, sunny garden, BBQ, cable TV , music, books.
A 1899 Steinway piano in the common room, available for our guests to practice.
You can join in for our pasta making class followed by a meal with unlimited wine!
Also, on some days you can have dinner made for you, and delivered from our kitchen to ours.

Cost per person: 60€ Visa and MC welcome.
If you wish to precede the class with a wine tour to a nearby historical winery, add 40€ pp.

Other things to note
- We have 3 well behaved, neutered cats. They normally have access to the house, but are also used to going to other parts of the building. Some guests specifically request the cats to be in the house, others don't mind them, others are allergic. So just let us know your preference and the cats will oblige....

- There are no doorbells in the building, so you need to contact us by phone when you arrive. We have also arranged so you can self check-in.
Magical, sun-filled open space: 900 years of history, on top of Chianti hills overlooking Florence (20 minutes away) -CLEAN AIR, AWAY FROM CROWDS.
IDEAL FOR SMARTWORKING.
High ceilings, wood beams, terracotta floors, picture-perfect views, windows looking at sunrise and sunset, wood-burning stove, TV. Central heat, ceiling and desk fans.
Shaded breezy garden with BBQ area to make the most of the hot…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 single bed

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Dedicated workspace
High chair
First aid kit
Wifi
Dryer
Heating
Bathtub
Fire extinguisher
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Bagno a Ripoli, Tuscany, Italy

The estate includes one shaded and one sunny garden, and a small olive grove shared with the other families in the building (who by the way are all family).
Local deli, freshly baked bread, cheeses, wine, great cappuccino and top butcher of the valley all right across the street, 5 minutes walk. Walking distance to several hikes (bring hiking boots!)
The estate includes one shaded and one sunny garden, and a small olive grove shared with the other families in the building (who by the way are all family).
Local deli, freshly baked bread, cheeses, wine,…

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
Cooking class and wine tasting available!.
Cooking class on the premises, includes dinner/lunch and unlimited wine.
Cost per person: 60€ Visa and MC welcome.
If you wish to precede the class with a wine tour to a nearby winery, add 40€ pp.
Detailed tour of the cantina, 4 Wines and transportation included.
Cooking class and wine tasting available!.
Cooking class on the premises, includes dinner/lunch and unlimited wine.
Cost per person: 60€ Visa and MC welcome.
If you…
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House rules
Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
No smoke alarm
Carbon monoxide alarm

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