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Tuscan Villa, in Florence, pool, sleeps up to 14, wifi, parking

Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa 5 Bedrooms + cottage, 4.5+ Baths, pool, parking, wifi

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 ( approx. 3 km to Ponte Vecchio).

The Hunting Lodge Il Melograno can accommodate up to 11 people (or up to 13 by renting also the cottage LImonaia) 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, 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.

Upstairs :

- 4 bedrooms (3 ensuite). Three of the bedrooms are prepared as double beds, one room has two single beds. The bedrooms are all furnished with big wardrobes and most of the bathrooms have been newly renovated.

- small living room

Ground floor :

-living room with big screen TV (ski channels) with dvd player, board games as well as history and literature books and beautiful sandstone tuscan fire place.

- dining room with volted ceilings and beautiful velvet blue antique high chairs can accomodate up to 10 people with the possibility of adding a further table to accomodate up to 12/13 people.

- fully fitted and equipped country kitchen (cooker, oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine).

- a further bedroom with ensuite bathroom and double bed

The rooms are furnished with antique furniture and paintings, so as to keep the tuscan ancient feeling of the villa

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, 3 km 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.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2018

Why GInevra chose Gavinana

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Fortuny,

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.
Sep 2014
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Gavinana Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - combination tub/shower , Small tub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , small tub
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Cottage - toilet , combination tub/shower , Small tub
  • 4.5+
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Putti - 1 queen , Ensuite bedroom with shower
    Sofonisba - 1 queen , Ensuite bedroom with shower
    Helen - 2 twin/ single , Sharing bathroom with tub with PAtrick
    Patrick - 2 twin/ single , Sharing bathroom with tub with Helen
    Tinaia - 2 twin/ single , Ensuite
    Limonaia - 1 queen , In the cottage Limonaia, ensuite bathroom with shower
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , In the cottage Limonaia
  • Queen size Beds (3) all beds are single beds, but in 3 rooms two single beds are prepared next to each other to form a queen size bed, Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1) on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(2 traveler reviews)

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Tuscan Villa, in Florence, pool, sleeps up to 14, wifi, parking
average rating of 3.5 based on 26 reviews

Not quite as advertised

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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.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect villa for our group of seven

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much, it was such a pleasure meeting you all and having you all as our guests.
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Florence Peretola
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Kilometres
Viale Giannotti
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Firenze SMN
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
A1 Autostrada del SOle
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Via di Rusciano
Nearest Ski
200 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Only 3 km to Ponte Vecchio, and to all main museums of the city.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

We require a once off cleaning fee of Euro 200 (for up to 10 people or Euro 240 for more) to be brought on arrival
Damage deposit Euro 400
Electricity/heating/aircon on consumption
Rates can change without notice, kindly enquire for updated rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.