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TOWER apartment in small castle near Florence

SuperhostBagno a Ripoli, Tuscany, Italy
Castle hosted by Majla Francesca
6 guests2 bedrooms5 beds1 bath
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You’ll have the castle to yourself.
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Romantic, Family friendly, Historically unique, Magical atmosphere, 360 degree views of the countryside and Florence. IDEAL FOR SMART-WORKING, or simply to retreat from the hustle and bustle. Convenient location: perfect for honeymoon/anniversary, family trips, Chianti and Tuscany explorations. A/C, and a dryer, too! Cooking class and wine tasting available.

The space
THE APARTMENT
This 12th century tower apartment is the "hat" of a small castle in the hills south east of Florence, Italy.
TOTALLY PRIVATE.
Includes living room with comfortable plenty books, newly renovated kitchenette (with dishwasher) and eating area (table extends to seat 8) ; a large bathroom with bathtub and 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 automatically calculated when you indicate more than 2 guests) with a double bed that can be split into 2 singles upon request. (This bedroom is same floor as bathroom).

Then, 2 additional single sofa beds (actual bed mattresses, super comfy) in the living room. (Also same floor as bathroom).
When there are 3 guests, you can choose to specify the third guest will use one sofa bed, so no need for the extra bedroom, and SAVE!

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.
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!).
Also special CHILD FRIENDLY COOKING CLASS available. (See "additional offers" further below).

THE BUILDING
The building is inhabited by family. There is a common area with books, movies and a Baby Grand Steinway built in NYC in 1899 (still ebony and ivory keys!) 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. Pajamas welcome!
We may be on vacation a few weeks in the summer, or a week end here and there. When so, our assistant Valentina who lives 5 minutes away, will make sure you have assistance in case of need.

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

Guest access
The apartment is of exclusive use of our guests. The common areas are always open, and our guests are welcome to use and enjoy everywhere.
Unlimited WIFI, free parking, BBQ in the common garden, cooking class available, village with food supplies out the driveway.
Brand-new washer/dryer in the apartment (please leave 1€ per load, for detergent/softner/electricity)
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.

ADDITIONAL OFFERS AT THE VILLA:

A) Take a fun hands-on MORNING COOKING LESSON (right next door, same building) where you learn how to make pasta from scratch, then stay for LUNCH: that includes your creations and a whole meal, including home-made dessert and unlimited wine. The bonus: beautiful views, unlimited toppings of wine, and coffee. And you don’t have to do the dishes!. Cost per person: 60€. Visa and MC welcome.
If you wish to precede the class with a wine tour to a nearby winery, add 55€ pp.
Detailed tour of the cantina, 4 Wines and transportation included.

B) Take the EVENING COOKING CLASS: all of the above including dinner, plus a bubbly welcome with prosecco, ravioli as part of the class, and after dinner liquors. 65€ pp, Visa and MC welcome (60€ if cash).

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's requests.

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. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR USE OF THEM.

WINTER TEMPERATURES: this apartment has central heat.
However, due to the cost of gas and Italian eco-laws guidelines, we keep temperatures at 19C/68F, which is standard in Italian homes.
THIS WINTER NEWS: YOU CAN TURN THE HEAT AS HIGH AS IT WILL GO: we have installed a meter that will allow you to keep track of consumption: 1€ per cubic METER of gas. Standard use is 5 CM per day. That is included in the rental fee. If you consume any more, you can pay for that at the en of your stay.
Also, there are fabulous bed warmers upon request, and we also supply extra wool sweaters and plaids, for extra cosy warmth.
Romantic, Family friendly, Historically unique, Magical atmosphere, 360 degree views of the countryside and Florence. IDEAL FOR SMART-WORKING, or simply to retreat from the hustle and bustle. Convenient location: perfect for honeymoon/anniversary, family trips, Chianti and Tuscany explorations. A/C, and a dryer, too! Cooking class and wine tasting available.

The space
THE APARTMENT
This 12…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 single bed, 1 sofa bed

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Bagno a Ripoli, Tuscany, Italy

THE VILLAGE:
The tower penthouse 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: A community center/bar will serve caffe and aperitivi, with a great panoramic terrace
Local deli, freshly baked bread, cheeses, wine and beer, 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 lasagne and grilled chicken and beverages, to eat there or take home. Very nice family style trattoria only 5 minutes driving from home, serving great pizza, pasta, steak and more Italian food.
. Plenty of hikes start from here.
THE VILLAGE:
The tower penthouse 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: A community center/…

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
We live 10 steps down from your door! We are well stocked in wine, make very good coffee and have many stories to tell about this old home....You are welcome anytime!
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 1899, in the common area, accessible at all times.
We live 10 steps down from your door! We are well stocked in wine, make very good coffee and have many stories to tell about this old home....You are welcome anytime!
Access t…
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House rules
Check-in: Flexible
Checkout: 11:00 AM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm

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