HOUSE IN BEAUTIFUL GARDENS NEXT TO HISTORIC CENTRE SWIMMING POOL A/C

Dudi Michahelles/Alberta Ballerini

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Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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HOUSE IN BEAUTIFUL GARDENS NEXT TO HISTORIC CENTRE SWIMMING POOL A/C

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1 Studio 1 bathroom, sleeps a maximum of 3

Originally an artist's studio situated in the grounds of a privately owned family Villa in an inner city conservation area with a beautiful garden of two acres with cypresses and olives and a good sized swimming pool. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance and a bus stop 2 minutes from the gates. The Studio has a large lounge and dining area. There is a double/twin bed which is screened off from the rest of the room, and also a sofa-bed and a cot for a baby. The kitchen and bathroom are separate rooms. The Studio which is quite apart from the Villa has a little outside terrace for dining and a barbecue is available. You have full use of the garden. Private parking (free) is on the property. The secluded swimming pool (not used by the Villa), with poolside loungers and a shady arbour with table and chairs, is close by. There is a laundry house in the grounds for your use with washing machines and dryer. The property has good lighting at night and high security. Scroll on down

When you arrive: at the estate you come to the main gates. Press the button and we will open automatically. Go up the drive and see the Studio on your left with its invitation to enter and make yourselves at home. Fresh flowers, a bottle of Chianti with a corkscrew and two glasses will be waiting for you for...a good start. You will also find a book giving useful instructions and information on the accommodation, recommending shops, restaurants, and transport. If you need any further help, information or advice please don't hesitate to ask at the Villa where you will be welcomed (we speak English). There is a separate laundry, with washing machines, drier and clothes lines. On your last morning you can arrange to leave your luggage in the Villa should you wish to spend more time exploring the city or do some last-minute shopping.

Arrival time is after 13:30 p.m. and departure is by 10:30 a.m.

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Five minutes walk: away you have all the necessary food shops and one of the best, typical Tuscan restaurants in Florence, 'Ruggero,' which is a well-kept Florentine secret. A 10 walk takes you to the Belvedere Fort and from there to all the best sites, via the Ponte Vecchio. You can also catch a bus from either end of the street (Bus N° 11) and this will take you directly to Florence railway station Santa Maria Novella, inFlorence downtown. The seaside, with its miles of sandy beaches (Viareggio), is about an hour away, and a day trip is easily possible by train from Florence to Venice or Rome.

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Don't forget that food shops in Italy: open early at 08:00 in the morning and then shut firmly from 13:00 until between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. They close in the evening around 20:00. However, there is a supermarket which is open all day. All shops are closed on Sundays, except for cake and ice-cream shops which are only open in the morning. Restaurants serve lunch from 12:00 mid-day till about 14:00, but not much later (siesta time...), and dinner at night usually between 20:00 and 22:00. Cafes and pizzerias stay open later.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed

Dudi Michahelles/Alberta Ballerini

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I live in the Villa and it will be a pleasure for me to suggest you what to do, eat and discover in Florence and in Tuscany. Household staff (English speaking) is always in the Villa, don't hesitate to ask for any informationor advice.

I felt in love with this Villa where I can I live in Florence and enjoy nature in the same time. Come and discover this unique feature.

Visit Florence and then enjoy the freshness of the gardens and the swimming pool. You'll fall in love with this location.

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Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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4.4
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COMMENTS FROM OWNER GUESTBOOK

This is a private property; we are not a company or an agency. We have enjoyed having visitors to stay for over 10 years. The guest book has appreciative comments, useful information and advice. Some recent comments: '...your garden Studio in Florence was the most enjoyable place we have rented in Europe and the best equipped...' A.K.K., Moss Beach, CA, USA. 'We enjoyed our stay enormously, as usual - it really is the only place to stay in Florence.' S.D.Polstead, Suffolk, UK 'The setting was just out of this world. A real heaven...We were so impressed with the accommodation and location that we are already planning a return visit next year.' S.Stevens, Fife, Scotland. 'It was so peaceful at the villa... a lovely place to stay in after the hectic days in the art galleries.' G.James, Bath UK. See also property 39
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
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HOME FROM HOME

  • 4 of 5
The studio is truly a real home from home, it is very spacious, confortable and very well equipped with everything that you could need.

It is within an easy walking distance of the sights of Florence with bus stops close by to make life a little easier. Restaurants and shops are close by.

The owners are very helpful and made us feel very welcome.

All I can say further is that we are already planning a return viist
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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COOL OASIS IN A HOT CITY

  • 4 of 5
The Studio is a well-maintained bed-sit bungalow situated in beautiful and tranquil gardens. It is part of an estate set around the owner's large villa with another small holiday let called 'The Gardener's Cottage'. A clean, turquoise pool is shared between visitors to the Studio and Cottage.

Much thought has gone into furnishing the Studio. All linen is supplied including beach towels and a starter set of toiletries and tea-bags are available. There is even satellite tv which can pick up some BBC services. The large, comfortable bed has an efficient air-conditioning unit set over it which cools the entire bungalow - a blessing when the city temperature is around 33C as it was throughout our stay.

From the Studio it is only a short walk to the major attractions of Florence: 10 mins to the Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace,15 mins to the Ponte Vecchio and about 25 minutes to the Uffizi. Slightly longer coming back as it is uphill. Alternatively, you can catch one of buses that run frequently from the stop two minutes away that will take you into the city centre in no time. There are decent restaurants a short stroll from the Studio or endless options in Florence centre. The owner of the Studio, Dudi, will show you how to get to the local restaurants and even make bookings for you. She and her staff, especially Armando, could not be more helpful.

We stayed at the Studio for two weeks and a typical day was spent sightseeing in Florence centre until the heat became too much and then retreating to the side of the pool to relax. With birds and butterflies flitting about the gardens, the scent of jasmine and the splash of cool water - it was just idyllic.
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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PERFECTION IN FLORENCE

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I have just had a stunning week in Florence, thoroughly enjoying our stay in this lovely and beautifully appointed studio in the extensive private grounds of the villa. This is a fabulous place for a relaxing holiday in every respect: extremely comfortable, very spacious, clean and unbelievably quiet. It is every bit as good as the photographs show. It is not far from anywhere and we made daily use of the No 11 bus - the stop only is 2-3 mins walk and the service is frequent - to take us to and from the centre of Florence, saving our energy for walking around the fabulous art galleries - the Uffizi in particular - and climbing the 463 steps of Brunelleschi's Dome in the Duomo for unrivalled views across the City - phew!

We were warmly welcomed by the owner and her housekeeper/assistant could not have been more helpful, giving us plenty of advice and being especially kind in taking us in his car to the supermarket before closing. So many nice thoughtful touches - the welcome bottle of Chianti and the English tea were much appreciated, as were the extensive range of books - novels and guide books (nearly all in English thank you). We didn't need to use the Studio's air-conditioning as the weather was perfect - in the high 20s - and the interior was pleasantly cool. Having unlimited use of the 12 metre outdoor swimming pool was the "icing on the cake" after a busy day's sightseeing (I did 40 lengths a day - my wife somewhat less! nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine by the pool at the end of the day). So many positives and no negatives, even the mosquitoes left us alone (something to be aware of in the early evening if outside because of 'green' location). Well worth reading the 4 volumes of guest comments made over the years for advice on where to visit, where to eat, where to get the best ice cream and where to shop generally - really helpful for us as first time visitors to this beautiful city.

Every day of our stay, we said to ourselves how lucky we were to be staying in this fabulous studio rather than in a cramped and noisy city centre apartment. It made our holiday very special indeed and truly memorable. Molte grazie! Ciao!
  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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GREAT STUDIO IN LOVELY GROUNDS

  • 5 of 5
The studio was a brilliant find. It's within easy walking distance of the main attractions in Florence and what a city Florence is - full of character, charm and culture. The owners were on holiday themselves while we were there and left us in the very capable hands of they're employees - fantastic, they even called for a taxi when we couldn't get through on the morning of our wedding in the Palazzo Vecchio - what a wonderful experience, absolutely beautiful. We have visited Florence before, driving in for day trips and catching the train in from Lastra a Signa which is about 20 minutes away but actually staying in Florence was something else! I can honestly say it was one of the best holidays we have ever had (except for the mosquitos of course but you can't avoid them in Florence - what with the river and all that greenery. Just keep doors and windows closed as much as possible (you do have air conditioning) and use a repellant. We ate out and cooked meals at the studio, we found the kitchen to be fine for our needs. Our favourite restaurant was La Giostra, a little pricey but the food was delicious - and after all it was our wedding night. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property in fact we'd love to return there ourselves - happy, happy memories.
  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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GREAT HOLIDAY - GREAT LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
Our first time in Florence and had no idea what to expect or where we were to be based as maps just don’t tell the true story. The property is rustic and to us that was the charm, who wants to stay in one room in a hotel. We found the property clean and spacious with a large bathroom. The bed is really comfortable. The kitchen is very small but has all the amenities necessary but truth is the restaurants and food in Florence are so good we didn’t eat in once.

We were greeted by the owner who was very welcoming and were shown around the studio and gardens – the gardens are lovely and the pool ‘refreshing’ – ok once you’re in! A member of her staff was always available and they were extremely helpful without being intrusive. The owner came and wished us a safe journey home and arranged for a taxi which was a nice touch. Gato and Otto the dogs, however, had no manners and came to say hello whenever they felt like it, we love dogs and welcomed the company but don’t worry they go home when told to!

I don’t know how slow Linda walks but it must be really really slow (see other review). Even my wife, who’s had a knee replacement, was able to get to the Boboli Gardens within ten minutes, Pitti Palace (and if that’s not a major attraction I don’t know what is) is 15 Minutes away, the Ponte Vecchio Bridge is 20 Minute walk. Cross the bridge and you have the whole of Florence before you, the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce and so much more. O.K. you need to add 5 minutes extra for your walk back as it is up hill but the 37 bus (and 68 night bus) sorts out that problem and you can get tickets at Tobacconists etc. We walked to the Railway Station on a number of occasions and got a bus to Sienna and a train to Viareggio and Lucca. Explore have a bit of fun it’s Italy not outer Mongolia.

The Studio is in the Oltrarno Quarter of Florence and I suggest you eat here and don’t cross the river. The restaurants on this side are fantastic and 20 minute walk away at the most. Finding your own is fun but we can recommend Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco (the white boar) Trattoria Angiolino, the Golden View Restaurant, overlooking the Ponte Vecchio expensive but very good and Garbo’s– must stop could go on forever.

Would we recommend the studio, absolutely, great location (we are in our early 50’s and getting to everywhere we wanted was easy) in a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle so great for when you get back from site-seeing. And Florence - what a city.
  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
4 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Florence Central
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Autosrada A1 Exit for Firenze Impruneta
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Viareggio
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Ugolino
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Trattoria Ruggero
Car: not necessary

A 20 minute drive from Florence airport and 10 minute taxi ride from the station, the Villa is in a quiet, leafy area of the historic centre of Florence between the Boboli Gardens and the Imperial Palace. It is within 3 minutes walk from the gates of the property to a bus stop, 5 minutes from food shops, and 10 minutes drive from the Firenze Impruneta exit on the Autostrada A1.

The property has been in the family of my cousins since the early nineteenth century. The estate is in a conservation area, protected from any further building, and therefore tranquil and secluded without being remote.

You can easily explore Florence with its narrow streets, palaces, museums and churches and its wonderful shops of international fashion designers. Then come home to rest and enjoy the calm of the garden and the pool.

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Other Activities: Museums, art galleries, cathedral, historic monuments, shops and restaurants

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Availability & Rates

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Historic Center House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
JUly
Jul 12 2014 - Aug 8 2014
7 night minimum stay
£900
 
 
august
Aug 9 2014 - Aug 22 2014
7 night minimum stay
£950
 
 
Fine agosto
Aug 23 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
£900
 
 
september
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 19 2014
7 night minimum stay
£800
 
 
Sept/october
Sep 20 2014 - Oct 17 2014
7 night minimum stay
£600
 
 
Autumn
Oct 18 2014 - Dec 19 2014
7 night minimum stay
£500
 
 
Christmas 2014
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
£600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rentals run weekly from Sat. to Sat. Should you wish to stay for only a few nights, ask the owner. Gas and Electricity are included. Central heating, if required in the winter months, will be charged according to use by meter reading. Linen and towels are provided weekly. Cleaning: 30 euros at your leaving. Deposit or total settlement will be refunded for cancellation one month before arrive.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Historic Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Internet ...
  • Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee Maker
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double bed or twin beds according to your request.
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Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • tennis
  • swimming
  • golf
  • cycling
Notes:
The Studio has air-conditionning. The swimming pool is 60 metres from the Studio. It is not used by the family and is shared only with the cottage which sleeps two. The pool has sun loungers and a shaded arbour. There is a separate barbecue area in the garden. Wander freely in the romantic garden with its white doves, explore the orchard and olive grove, and enjoy the shade of the ancient trees, giant umbrella pines and cypresses. There are roses and oleanders. The garden is illuminated at night. Scroll on down
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