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Maria/Marco

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french, italian

Ancient country house recently restored - beautiful private garden - panoramic

8 Reviews
Sleeps14
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Metropolitan City of Florence Villa Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 large living rooms with sofa beds, sleeps 8-14

Ancient country house (originally built in the XIII century), recently restored with respect of its historical characteristics, located in the village of Fornello, on the beautiful hills between Florence and Mugello.

It’s only 18 km far from Florence and at few minutes car from Fiesole, Borgo San Lorenzo, Pontassieve. Located at 400 m AMSL and surrounded by unforgettable landscape of vineyards, olive groves, cypress, chestnut, pine and oak trees, it' s a very good starting point to visit the whole Tuscany.

The house is disposed on two floors and consists of four bedrooms, two large living rooms with sofa beds and a very large eat-in kitchen with a typical fire place perfectly working. Furniture are traditional but all modern comforts are available.

The house is enclosed in a 1500 sqm wide green park, with trees and flowered plants. It’s perfect for outdoor dining as well as for resting or reading under a pine tree, but you can also practice many different activities in the neighborhood.

Ping-pong table available in the garden.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Maria/Marco (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, italian

Reviews

4.8
based on 8 traveler reviews

Ancient country house recently restored - beautiful private garden - panoramic
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews
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5

A Wonderful Month in the Tuscan Hills

  • 5 of 5

The view from the Zoli Country House may be among the most beautiful in the world – valleys, mountains, olive groves, vineyards and Tuscan villages. Our family of seven (six adults and one high school junior) spent one month in this spacious villa during late March and April of 2015 and we each kept returning to the yard to take in that wonderful view.

If you have dreamed of renting a villa in the Tuscan hills the Zoli Country House is it. First of all the villa is huge! There are four bedrooms, two living rooms, two baths and a kitchen with the biggest fireplace you have ever seen. The eating area features a dining table worthy of the Waltons and where we enjoyed many Tuscan inspired meals. Secondly, the villa is ancient. The floors are tile throughout and the walls must be a foot thick. You will swear that you have been transported back in time.

There are many areas to enjoy outside with seating areas located on several different levels of the yard.

We have tried to take to heart the admonition to “live like a local” and we certainly did that during the month that we stayed in Fornello.

When we first arrived we had the feeling that perhaps we had chosen a place to stay that was just too remote, too far out from Florence and Fiesole. The roads are narrow and not well maintained and even though Fornello is just 17 miles from the Florence airport it takes an hour to drive there. However, as we adjusted to our life in the countryside that feeling went away and we embraced the quiet life of a Tuscan village. You cannot have the experience we had if you stay in an American type hotel in the middle of Florence.

A few other thoughts:

• Having a car is mandatory. There is a bus that passes the villa several times each day but we could never figure out the schedule and it takes an hour to get to Florence on the bus.

• You will also need a GPS.

• The town of Sieci is six miles away and you can purchase groceries, fill with gas and take the train to Florence from there. Parking at the train station is free and the cost of the train to Florence is 2.50 Euro each way.

Finally, Marco and Maria and their family (owners of the villa) were so kind and helpful both during the months leading up to and during our visit. We very much appreciate their hospitality and friendship.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michelle, Lynn and their family have been simply perfect. This was the first time we have hosted someone a whole month and we were very sad when we had to say them goodbye. We hope to meet them again sometime in the future. We are pleased to learn that they spent a good time in our villa and we thank them for their appreciation. We agree with them that it is necessary to have a car and a GPS. The suggestion to go to Sieci to take the train to Florence is very effective. We add only that the trains to and from Florence are very frequent: there are about 3 per hour.
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5

Lovely Tuscan experience

  • 5 of 5

The house and grounds are exactly as described on the website - a beautiful ancient home restored with all the modern conveniences. The setting is spectacular, with amazing views of Tuscan fields and hillsides. The location is a great starting point for exploring Tuscany by car or train (the Sieci train station with frequent 2,5 euro service to Florence is a short drive away). We were a group of 8 friends and enjoyed outings to various local towns and markets as well as trips for some of us to Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano, Pisa, Bologna, Padova and Venice - all within easy reach. We had some delightful home-cooked meals - all necessary cooking supplies and utensils were on hand - and also enjoyed Il Nappino in nearby Santa Brigida. Marco was very helpful, both in advance of the trip and while we were there, meeting us at the airport and responding to questions when we arrived. We would love to return, perhaps when the weather is warmer to enjoy the pleasant gardens.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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HomeAway's description Country Home accurate

  • 4 of 5

Country home full of a long history dating back hundreds of years. Home of stone, 5 bedrooms, 2 stories, kitchen, and big fireplace which wasn't functional. Marco was a great host. One must have a car as many villages & train in area. Fantastic views from upstairs windows! Antiques everywhere - love patios and huge yard. Very quiet - the villages & locals charming. Thank you Marco!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Fabulous views&stay in Fiesole

  • 4 of 5

We've stayed in Zoli CountryHouse for 4 nights in Sept 2014 together with our kids and friends .

We all enjoyed the beautiful Tuscan view, but more than that we enjoyed the spacious and tranquil house and its 11th century history!!!

Our host was very hospitable, but at the same time he gave us freedom to enjoy the property among us.

Thank you for being a trustful and friendly host!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Owner's Response: We are very pleased to have hosted this wonderful group of friends and their numerous children. We do hope to host them again in a future vacation.
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Zoli House; a refuge from the city!

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 9 that spent a wonderful couple of weeks at the Zoli house. A car is necessary for local travel and to access the train station at Sieca for transportation to Florence. There is plenty of free parking in Sieca and the trains come somewhat regularly! Marco provided us with a very good reference for a cooking experience with Marzia. We enjoyed walking to the local villages and exploring the countryside. This is truly a place to relax and enjoy Italy.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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100% typical toscan house in a natural environment

  • 5 of 5

I rented the house in order to do a catch up weekend with some old master's colleagues spread around Italy.

The place is hilarious. Located in the middle of typical toscan landscapes and offering and stunning garden which all my guests looked at saying 'whow, what a place'. The house inside is huge: 2 realy big leaving rooms, 5 rooms, 2 bathroom. It os fully decorted in a typical toscana stile and has

  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
27 Kilometres
Florence (FLR)
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Santa Brigida
Nearest Ferry
110 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Golf Club L'Ugolino - Grassina
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Sieci
Nearest Motorway
27 Kilometres
A1 or A11
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Doccia
Nearest Ski
107 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
110 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: recommended

- Ancient country house (originally built in the XIII century), recently restored with respect of its historical characteristics, located in the village of Fornello, on the beautiful hills between Florence and Mugello.

- The Fornello village is only 18 km far from Florence and at few minutes car from Fiesole, Borgo San Lorenzo, Pontassieve. Bus service SITA from Florence (starting near to the Railway Station) is available too; the bus stop is located just in front of the house. The nearest airport is Florence (FLR) Airport; also Pisa or Bologna airports are reachable by train from Florence in less than a hour.

- The house is located in florentine countryside at 400 m AMSL and is surrounded by unforgettable landscape of vineyards, olive groves, cypress, chestnut, pine and oak trees, it' s a very good starting point to visit the whole Tuscany.

- The house is disposed on two floors and consists of four bedrooms, two large living rooms with sofa beds and a very large eat-in kitchen with a typical fire place. Furniture are traditional but all modern comforts are available (satellite TV, Wi-Fi internet connection, dishwasher, washing machine, telephone, and so on).

- The house is enclosed in a 1500 square meters wide green park, with trees and flowered plants. It’s perfect for outdoor dining as well as for resting or reading under a pine tree, but you can also practice many different activities in the surroundings.

- In the country or in the forest you can walk or look for mushrooms, of course you can easily visit Florence and enjoy of her art, history, museums.

- In a few minutes from Fornello you can reach very good “trattorie” where you can taste italian food and the famous “bistecca alla fiorentina” at a low cost. You can also taste vine of local production (Chianti Rufina). And if you like shopping and italian great stylists we suggest you a trip to The Mall “the exclusive outlet destination for shopping top brands at bargain prices” (www.themall.it), only 22 Km far from Fornello.

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Rates & Availability

Fiesole Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Next Summer
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
$329
$1,537
 
 
Next Autumn
Sep 24 2016 - Dec 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
$220
$1,098
 
 
Next Christmas
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
$329
$1,537
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $88
Refundable damage deposit $439

Rates include: bed and table linen and towels (three per person), weekly changed; an initial supply of toilet paper and cleaning products; internet Wi-Fi, satellite TV, hot water, electricity, gas for cooking, parking

Rates do not include: food, heating if necessary

Rates are indicative and depend on the number of persons and on length of the stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Metropolitan City of Florence Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upper floor - toilet , shower , bidet , very large shower
    Ground floor - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Caterina - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , The king bed may be separeted
    Erminia - 1 king
    Antonella - 2 twin/ single , The two single beds may be joined together
    Wilma - 2 twin/ single
    Colonne living room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , double sofa bed not separable
    Dante living room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , double sofa bed not separable
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 25 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • tennis

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