Romantic, Family friendly, Historically unique, Magical atmosphere, Convenient location: perfect for honeymoon and anniversary, family trips, friends traveling together, Chianti and Tuscany explorations.
This 12th tower apartment is the "hat" of a small castle in the hills south east of Florence, Italy.
Just renovated! Totally private, includes living room with 1 single sofa bed, kitchenette, a large bathroom with bathtub and separate shower.
Can include 1 or 2 bedrooms, depending on your needs: one with queen size bed, right in the top of the tower; the other (optional) with 2 single beds that can be turned into a double.
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 WIFI, and toys and books in English too.
As mentioned on some of the reviews, this place is also child friendly: toys, books, safe private gardens, a magical tower, friendly cats (optional!), babysitter available on the premises.
Also special CHILD FRIENDLY COOKING CLASS available. (See "additional offers" further below).
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.
WIFI, use of washing machine and drier (with assistance, and at 2€ per load including detergent and softener). Also, ADDITIONAL OFFERS AT THE TOWER:
If you are planning a quiet evening in the tower 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: 20€ per person, 2 people minimum. Children 15€ each (if they don’t drink wine!). Children under 5, free
Please check for availability.
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 3 options:
A) take the 2–hour class and walk upstairs to your own private kitchenette with your freshly made pastas, as well as 1 freshly made sauce to dress them with. Make your own dinner with your hand-made creations!
50€, for 2 people. 25€ for every additional person.
B) take the 2–hour class, and walk to your tower dining room with all of the above, plus wine, bruschetta, frittata or quiche and home-made dessert.
40€ per person.
C) - All of the above, consumed here on the premises (downstairs from the tower, same building. You can come in your slippers if you'd like!). The bonus: beautiful views, unlimited toppings of wine, and coffee. And you don’t have to do the dishes! Cost per person: 50€
Also, WIFI, free parking, BBQ in the common garden, cooking class, village with food supplies out the driveway.
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, Majla's mother Eva, who lives on the premises, will make sure you have assistance in case of need.
Local deli, freshly baked bread, cheeses, wine, great cappuccino and top butcher of the valley all right across the street, 5 minutes walk.
NO RESTAURANT WALKING DISTANCE, but you can buy all the food you need to make your own meals. Very nice family stile trattoria only 5 minutes driving from home, and a warm dish of pasta in the village community centre.
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 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for evening outings and explorations of Tuscany.
Bus schedule available here at the apartment, as part of our detailed "homeguide".
PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE ONLY 2 BUS RIDES COMING AND LEAVING THE VILLAGE, ON SUNDAYS
- OUR VILLA IS NOT ON THE HIGHWAY AS IT APPEARS ON THE MAP!
Standard check in time 4:00-6:00 pm
Standard check out time by 10:00 am. Both times are flexible, but please request in advance if you'd like to arrive extra early or late, or leave later. We'd love to accommodate your needs compatibly with other guests.
- Smoking allowed only on the tower terrace
- please recycle garbage by following the guide in the house
- Do not park in the main garden except for loading and unloading
- ask for anything missing: cork-screws, towels, teapots, information, suggestions, etc. We live next door!
- Please do not use the washing machine before you get instructions
- When cooking, please turn on cooktop fan and open windows afterwards, even if for a few minutes, to prevent cooking odors.
- DO, PLEASE DO READ OUR INFO BOOK WHEN YOU ARRIVE, AND PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE ASK FOR ANYTHING YOU NEED! (sometimes we get forgetful...)
Our stay at the watchtower was purely magical. It's the epitome of history, quaintness, and comfort with the right amount of upgraded features and modernity to make it the absolute perfect place to stay. The view from the rooftop is unbeatable, you see rolling lush hills waving through vineyards and Florence's night lights in the distance. We chose to drive to Florence each day which was an easy 20 minute drive. But majla provides a wonderful book full of information about sightseeing and transportation etc. We did not see majla except for the first day when she welcomed us with a wonderful bottle of organic wine, but she was readily available to answer any questions. My fiancée and I definitely plan to come back here, and for a longer time. I simply think it's such a treasure of a place, and definitely the nicest place I've stayed anywhere in Europe using air B and B. Thank you Majla!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the watchtower! We loved the true Tuscan feel and decor of the place - we felt right at home! Prior and during our stay, Majla is easily contactable and quick to respond. We were even welcomed with a bottle of wine! Do read Majla's guestbook - it has great tips (including where to park your rental car if you're wanting to spend the day in Florence) and the sketches in the book are pretty cool. Unfortunately the cooking class wasn't available on the day of our arrival and we couldn't make it to the other classes, but we're thankful for Majla for trying to fit us in. We highly recommend staying here if you're in for a unique and relaxing experience in Tuscany AND gorgeous views from the watchtower - we look forward to coming back already! Thanks heaps for having us, Majla!
PS: Highly recommend having dinner at Nuovo Ranch (pizza and pasta) and La Gargotta (Florentine steak and pasta with truffles!!), if possible!
It was an absolute joy to stay in the watchtower. I couldn't imagine a more idyllic stay in the Tuscan countryside. Majla and her family made us feel so welcome, and the town of San Donato was charming and friendly. The tower itself is beautiful inside and out, and the 360 degree views from the top are breathtaking. It is a short bus ride from Florence, making it conveneint for us since we did not have a car. If you're looking for a unique and relaxing stay in Tuscany, you will not be disappointed.
Very nice place with a great view. Quiet and confortable, with great hosts. We stayed just two nights, but it elas a very nice experience.
My husband, two kids and I LOVED our two week stay at the Watchtower!! Even though Majla want in town, the place was well prepared for us and she immediately answered ally questions via email. We loved the little village and the play area out front. It was perfect!!!
We loved our stay at the watchtower! It was the perfect place for our family t relax and spend time together, take long walks with breath taking views and whip up delicious meals from fresh local produce and meats. Our hosts gave us the warmest welcome when we arrived shivering on a dark, stormy night and we felt immediately at home. It was easy to return to Florence by bus and everything we needed to cook at home was just a short walk away. We didn't have a car, for those that want to explore via rental car, this is a perfect base to do it from.
The tower apartment is great. It is very unique, rustic, charming, and it has amazing views. It was perfect for my family of 4. My 4 year old and 2 year old had fun playing with all the toys and they had plenty of room in the apartment to play. The host were helpful and answered all of questions. I would highly recommend this apartment.
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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.
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.