About this listing
Convenient location, easy access, gardens around, Florence in sight, peace and quiet in a Chianti old villa, JUST RENOVATED: new windows, new kitchen countertop, freshly painted. Washing machine, BBQ and alfresco dining.
This apartment is an ideal retreat if you travel on a budget, long for the privacy and quiet of the countryside, but still want to be in touch with Florence. It used to be the carpenter's workshop of this villa in the hills south east of Florence.
This apartment is small but quaint: it includes 1 large bedroom with queen size bed, a kitchenette, a living area with sofa bed that sleeps one, and bathroom with shower.
For the winter, there is gas heating, additional electric heaters and a cosy wood-burning stove.
Directly accessible from the large gardens, it comes with its private garden table with umbrella, and bbq.
It lays under the shade of the cypresses, so it is always cool.
Just now renovated: new windows, new kitchen countertop, fresh coat of paint, and a safety box.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The tower portion of this villa 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 like to continue this tradition by welcoming people from all over the world.
The studio has its own washing machine, and a private outdoor table with umbrella.
The estate includes one shaded and one sunny garden, and a small olive grove shared with the other families in the building.
Numerous hikes start from our village, and a little forest is accessible without even leaving the property.
Also shared access to BBQ and swing.
Safety Box for your security, available no extra cost.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the building, so we are always here in case of need, or simply to share a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
We may be away a few days in the summer, or a week-end here and there. When so, Majla's mother Eva, who lives on the premises, will make sure you have assistance in case of need.
ADDITIONAL OFFERS for our guests:
If you are planning a quiet evening but do not feel like cooking (or plan to return from your sightseeing right at dinner-time), we can prepare an all Tuscan simple but complete dinner to await you when you return, including wine and dessert.
Cost: 25€ per person.
(Available with advance notice)
2) Take a fun hands-on COOKING LESSON where you learn how to make pasta from scratch.
Time is flexible, we like to adjust to your schedule when possible.
That comes in 2 options:
A) take the 2–hour class and walk to your own private kitchenette with your freshly made pastas, as well as a freshly made sauce to dress them with. Make your own dinner with your hand-made creations!
50€, for 2 people. 20€ for every additional person.
B) take the 2–hour class, and stay for dinner in the top of the villa: that includes your creations and a whole meal, including home-made dessert and wine. The bonus: beautiful views, unlimited toppings of wine, and coffee. And you don’t have to do the dishes!. Cost per person: 50€
Local deli, freshly baked bread, cheeses, wine, great cappuccino and top butcher of the valley all right across the street, 5 minutes walk. PLEASE NOTE: No restaurant walking distance, but you can buy all the food you need to make your own, right in town. Very nice family style trattoria only 5 minutes driving from home.
20 minutes drive to Florence, or 45 minutes by bus.
Greve 40 minutes,
Prada outlet 25 minutes,
Arezzo 45 minutes,
Rome 3 hours.
Use of car not necessary if you are planning to just visit Florence during the day and simply relax and enjoy the countryside, but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for evening outings and explorations of Tuscany. The bus runs on weekdays until around 8:00 pm; but only 2 rides in the whole day on Sundays and holidays! If in need, we can pick you up or drop you off for a small fee.
IMPORTANT NOTE: OUR VILLA IS NOT ON THE HIGHWAY AS IT APPEARS ON THE MAP!
Other Things to Note
Standard check in time: after 4:00 pm
Standard check out time by 10:00 am. Both times are very flexible, but please request in advance if you'd like to arrive extra early, or leave later. We'd love to accommodate your needs compatibly with other guests.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRICE INCLUDES MANDATORY TOURIST TAX OF 1,50€ PER PERSON PER NIGHT.
- please let us know your approximate ETA and ETD. Unless you do, we will expect you around 4-5 pm, and say goodbye about 10am
- remember there is no doorbell here at the villa, so carefully read the instructions you receive about how to get here and where to find your keys. We live in the building but will not know you have arrived unless you call/text.
- Do not park in the main garden except for loading and unloading (parking available on the property, on a lower level)
- Smoking allowed outside only
- please recycle garbage by following the guide in the house
- ask for anything missing: cork-screws, towels, teapots, information, suggestions, etc. We live next door!
- DO, PLEASE DO READ OUR INFO BOOK WHEN YOU ARRIVE, AND PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE ASK FOR ANYTHING YOU NEED! (sometimes we get forgetful...)
About the Host, Majla Francesca
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.
I am more hospitable than impeccable...
One of my favourite quotes is: "if you don't believe in connections, you miss them".
I recently wrote a book about happiness.
My husband Marco is a retired professional yachtsman, and now a talented and passionate cook.