|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Enjoy the beautiful countryside of Tuscany in a 14th century traditional Tuscan villa - ex Hunting Lodge, full of character and situated only a few minutes away from Florence city centre (walking distance).
The ex Hunting Lodge Il Melograno can accommodate up to 11 (10+1) people (or up to 13 by renting also the cottage) and lies nestled among the green hills of the Tuscan countryside in an historic part of Florence.
Dating back to the 14th century and situated in the Paradiso degli Alberti (Heaven of the Alberti's, family of Leon Battista Alberti,it was used as the hunting lodge and guest house for the Villa Il Merlo Nero, which has a stunning Italian Garden with its beautiful maizes (where pestigious dinners or memorable birthday parties, or romantic weddings can be organised on request)
Enjoy the private swimming pool surrounded by olive and cypress trees with squirrels and pheasants running around while being in walking distance of the principal museums and architectural masterpieces of the amazing city of Florence...
...during the winter months, relax by the beautiful big Tuscan sandstone fireplace, reading a book in the cosy atmosphere reminiscent of the bygone past...
The fascinating grounds and flower garden with old terracotta flower pots scattered around and some fruit trees are reserved for guests are part of the ancient villa called Il Melograno, with accommodation for up to 11 people, 5 bathrooms + 4.5 bathrooms(1 guest toilet with shower), fully fitted and equipped country kitchen (cooker, oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine which also has a dining table.
The rooms are furnished with antique furniture and paintings, so as to keep the tuscan ancient feeling of the villa. The dining room with volted ceilings and beautiful velvet blue antique high chairs can accomodate up to 8 people with the possibility of adding a further table to accomodate up to 12 people.
The bedrooms can be prepared as queen or single beds on request and are furnished with big wardrobes. The whole place is kept very neat and clean.
Wifi is provided as well as satellite tv with dvd player, and children games (monopoly, chess ...) as well as lots of history and literature books.
Romantic dinners or sunny breakfast can be enjoyed in the garden under the olive trees, on the garden table and chairs provided. The swimmingpools offers a jacuzzi and sunloungers.
Within close distance of the city centre (5 minutes by car, 20 minutes walk to the Ponte Vecchio), yet hearing the birdsong and the joyous ringing of the Badiuzza bells and seeing the squirrels and pheasants running around.
- swimming pool among olive trees, open during summer months with sun loungers, garden chairs
and tables for a sunny breakfast or a romantic dinner.
- parking available within the property
- bus stop at entrance to property
- Wi-Fi and satellite TV
If your party is bigger than 11 people, please enquire about our detached cottage, Limonaia, situated in the same property, leading out to the swimmingpool area.
Cooking courses, catering, dinners can be arranged on request. welcome basket is provided.
Keywords: Swimmingpool, Villa, Florence, Farmhouse, Garden, Tuscany, private, family reunions, countryside, museums, art, relaxation, private parking, wheelchair friendly
The Melograno has been in our family for a very long time, we have also lived in it (before moving into Il Merlo Nero) and from then it has been used as our guesthouse. We have tried to keep very much of the old furniture and beautiful old paintings to keep its character.
An affordable way to arrange family reunions, or group of friends being in walking distance to the city centre, and flavouring the florentine lifestyle in a typical tuscan villa and breathing history with the villa's 14th century reminescences.
The owners will be delighted (if there) to invite you to enjoy a coffee in their stunning italian garden with its beautiful hedge maizes.
I want to thank you so much for of your gracious hospitality, your assistance and kindness during our recent stay at your villa. We arrived home yesterday very weary travelers but grateful for such a lovely visit to your beautiful country. God bless you and thanks again.
We had seen pictures of house, only after the leader of our group had already booked, but we still imagined a lovely estate-type like setting with pool. The home was clean and they did have all the necessary items you would expect in a homestay - the linens, hairdryers, microwaves, even a good espresso machine. It would have been helpful if the washer/dryer had better instructions, especially when it came to problem solving-dryer had stopped w/no explanation –we did eventually figure out the issue. The owners were very helpful in setting up the rooms to accommodate our sleeping group. The pool was very nice and well maintained. We did have a lovely visit with Fortuny one evening for drinks-she's a lovely woman. One of her staff, Anton, was also most helpful when he was on property.
However there were a few glitches in our stay. On our first night the microwave blew a fuse. We found 4 fuse boxes, but none were a match for the microwave which unfortunately, also was connected to the hot water heater. We rang the bell several times to the home of the owner (right next door) for help with no response. We had to wait until the next day to have things fixed. The walk to the Ponte Vecchio is at least 45 minutes, not 20 minutes. The "estate" is on a narrow one way street on the uphill behind a locked gate. There is one remote, which means if you don't have it, you have to get out of car and unlock w/key. Once gate opens it's a 3 point turn to try to get into narrow opening that had a hard left turn drop -not for the feint of heart. You have to have a car to go anywhere unless you wanted to walk 15 minutes to a little town for essentials. Taxi service was almost impossible to get. The separate cottage had a very strong musty smell - if you have allergies you would not have been able to stay there. Individual A/C units in each bedroom were comfortable but no units in the living areas.
Budget-wise it's a decent place, but I don’t think the home is advertised as it really is. Information needs to be updated to reflect an honest description of the home.
We couldn't have been happier with our choice of villas. It's location was perfect. We enjoyed that it was in a residential area away from the touristy part of Florence. It was an easy walk to several restaurants and shopping. Other than leaving Florence for day trips we never needed a car. And the lady who owns the villa lives next door and was absolutely delightful and very much added to our overall experience. Fortuny and her entire staff were helpful and accessible. If going back to Florence we would definitely stay there again.
Walk to Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge), and to all main museums of the city.
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WInter months up to 6 people
Nov 9 - Apr 5
|Property Damage Protection||€49|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.