Arriving at the small castle. Get up those stairs!sunny side garden of the villa facing south east
Entire home/apt
6 Guests
2 Bedrooms
5 Beds
1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
6 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

Romantic, Family friendly, Historically unique, Magical atmosphere, 360 degree views of the countryside and Florence. Convenient location: perfect for honeymoon/anniversary, family trips, friends traveling together, Chianti and Tuscany explorations.


The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 5
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Smartlock
Amenities
Prices
Extra people: $16 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $33
Weekly Discount: 15%
Description

The space

THE APARTMENT
This 12th tower apartment is the "hat" of a small castle in the hills south east of Florence, Italy.
Totally private, includes living room with 2 single sofa beds, kitchenette, a large bathroom with bathtub and separate shower.
Can include 1 or 2 bedrooms, depending on your needs: the main one with queen size bed, right in the top of the tower (very romantic!) ; the other (optional, small extra charge) with a double bed that can be split into 2 singles upon request.
And the tower terrace, of course, with its 360 degree view!
There are stairs and more stairs to get to the tower apartment, but that is what makes it so private, romantic and panoramic.

There is unlimited WIFI, and books in English too.
As mentioned on some of the reviews, this place is also child friendly: toys, books, a trunk full of dress-up clothes, safe private gardens, a magical tower, friendly cats (OPTIONAL!), and the occasional babysitter on the premises.
Also special CHILD FRIENDLY COOKING CLASS available. (See "additional offers" further below).

THE BUILDING
There is a common area with books, movies and a Baby Grand Steinway piano accessible to guests. The estate includes one shaded and one sunny garden, and a small olive grove shared with the other families in the building.

A LITTLE 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.

We live in the building, right at your doorstep! You have all the privacy (the tower apartment is all for you, with private entrance, bathroom and kitchen etc) but we are a knock away if you need help, wish to borrow some food or kitchen utensils, or are simply in the mood to share a glass of wine or cup of tea or coffee with us, and hear the history of this place.
We may be on vacation a few weeks in the summer, or a week end here and there. When so, our cousins who lives on the premises will make sure you have assistance in case of need.

Guest access

Unlimited WIFI, free parking, BBQ in the common garden, cooking class available, village with food supplies out the driveway. Use of washing machine and dryer (with assistance, and at 2€ per load including detergent and softener).
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.

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 on vacation a few weeks in the summer, or a week end here and there. When so, our cousins who lives on the premises will make sure you have assistance in case of need.

ADDITIONAL OFFERS AT THE VILLA:

A) Take a fun hands-on COOKING LESSON (right next door, same building) where you learn how to make pasta from scratch and ravioli with ricotta and spinach, then stay for dinner: 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: 60€. Credit card accepted. (55€ for cash)
If you are on a budget or prefer to have a romantic dinner at your place, choose option B:
take the 2–hour class and walk upstairs to your own private kitchenette with your freshly made pastas, and make your own dinner with your hand-made creations!
50€, for 2 people, 25€ for every additional person.

Interaction with guests

Access to all private grounds: the sunny side garden, the shaded garden under the century-old holm oaks and the olive groves.
Numerous hikes start from our village, and a little forest is accessible without even leaving the property.
Also shared BBQ, picnic area and swing.
If you play the piano and wish to practice during your vacation: there is a Baby Grand Steinway Piano made in the '30s, in the common area, accessible at all times.

The neighborhood

THE VILLAGE
Local deli, freshly baked bread, cheeses, wine and beer shop, veggie stand, 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 simple dishes lasagne and grilled chicken (with beer or wine) to eat there or take home. Also, the "Bottega" fixes delicious sandwiches and makes caffe and cappuccino, and serves as a bar.
Very nice family style trattoria only 5 minutes driving from home, serving great pizza, pasta, steak and more Italian food.

- OUR VILLA IS NOT ON THE HIGHWAY AS IT APPEARS ON THE MAP!
The tower 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, (veggies, meats, freshly baked breads, cappuccino, and a rotisserie which also serves meals etc). A community center/bar will serve caffe and aperitivi. Great panoramic terrace. Plenty of hikes start from here.

Getting around

TRANSPORTATION
20 minutes drive to Florence, or 30 minutes by bus. (45 to the train station)
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.
PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE ONLY 2 BUS RIDES COMING AND LEAVING THE VILLAGE, ON SUNDAYS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS (Christmas, New year's, Easter, June 2nd, August 15th)
If in need, we can pick you up or drop you off for a small fee, when not busy with work.

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 DOESN NOT INCLUDE MANDATORY TOURIST TAX OF 1,50€ PER PERSON PER NIGHT, due for stays MARCH 1ST-OCT 31st, IN CASH. Please have correct amount in cash. We will issue you a receipt. Thank you for your understanding. (We have no saying nor gaining in this: we just serve as tax collectors).

IMPORTANT: OUR CENTURY-OLD GARDEN IS NOT A TESTED PLAYGROUND! PLEASE TAKE MAXIMUM CARE WHEN USING THE SWING, ROPES ETC. THEY ARE NOT TESTED WITH PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

- REVIEW instructions on how to get to your apartment and where to find the keys, so you are free to arrive anytime.

- 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/WA/find us.

- INFORM if you would like an early check-in, otherwise you are welcome anytime after 4:00pm (see self check-in instructions)

- PARK in the main garden for loading and unloading ONLY (parking available on the property, on a lower level)

- PREPARE the tourist tax amount in cash (we have to collect 1,50€ per night per person, on behalf of our municipality. You will find official notice on the listing and when you arrive); and your ID (also mandatory to register guests)

- SMOKE outside only

- RECYCLE garbage by following the guide in the house. IT' S THE LAW!

- IMPORTANT: OUR OLD GARDEN IS NOT A PLAYGROUND! PLEASE TAKE MAXIMUM CARE WHEN USING THE SWING, ROPES ETC. THEY ARE NOT TESTED WITH PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS.

- READ OUR INFO BOOK WHEN YOU ARRIVE, AND PLEASE, ASK FOR ANYTHING YOU NEED! We live right outside your doorstep)

Cancellations

This host has a Flexible Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of the trip and the first night is non-refundable, with the exception of fees.

Safety features
Fire extinguisher
Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Majla Francesca

Majla Francesca

Florence, Italy · Joined in April 2011

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...
I recently wrote a book about happiness.
My husband Marco is a retired professional yachtsman, and now a talented and passionate cook.
One of my favourite quotes is: "if you don't believe in connections, you miss them".

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