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Tuscan family farmhouse, near florence, in Chianti Rufina with spectacular views

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Farmhouse with spectacular views, amidst vineyards and olives, 5 min from Rufina

Comfortable family farmhouse, surrounded by a breathtaking view of vineyards and olive groves, but only 5 minutes from the village of Rufina (famous for its wine) and just half an hour from central Florence. Ideal for everyone from keen adventurers interested in seeing the sights of one of Europe's most famous cities to people seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city by enjoying a sweeping panorama view while relaxing with a glass of wine on the outdoor patio.

The house has three spacious bedrooms, two with double beds, and one with 2 large single beds, comfortably sleeping 6 people, and an extra bed can be added. There are 2 brand new bathrooms, both with showers, and one with a bath tub. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, American / Italian coffee machine, and also a very large fireplace (great for cooking on in the wintertime). The property is on one level so easy for people with mobility issues to get around.

For larger groups (up to 7 people) there is also the possibility of renting our property where we live.

Local attractions include wine tasting, horse riding, tennis, ceramic painting, golf, swimming, fishing, and world-class cuisine.

The Home

Think Italy, think Tuscany and Florence. Well we have the farmhouse in the Tuscan hills, but we are just 25 kms (15 miles) from the city of Florence, so you get the best of both worlds.

Step outside the door and you are in the garden with an incredible view over the vineyards and olive trees, and the village of Rufina at the bottom of the hill. There is a covered eating area with table, perfect for dinner outside on a hot summer's night with a refreshing glass of wine. So although the poor Florentines can't sleep for the heat you will find our place pleasantly cool and a pleasure to come home to after a day's sightseeing. Or take a dip in our above the ground swimming pool just by our olive grove, there are plenty of sun loungers. We harv fig, plum, apricot and cherry trees and a profusion of lavender, rosemary and thyme.

My husband has just built a wonderful wood pizza oven as well as a barbeque in the garden. Please note it takes THREE hours to light and get the pizza oven to the right temperature! My husband and 4 sons are all wonderful cooks (one is currently working in a 3-start Michelin restaurant in Tokyo). So if you don't feel like cooking we can prepare you a delicious typical Tuscan meal (menu / price to be agreed upon). Or if you want to try your hand at making fresh pasta or pizza - (good fun for children!) we can also offer on-site cookery lessons.

Help yourselves to fresh vegetables and fruit from our garden, or go visit our chickens and collect some fresh eggs.

We have a cleaning lady who can come during the week, if you need her. If you book for more than one week we also include a mid-stay change of bed linen and cleaning.

We have friendly Italian neighbours so we are not isolated but also we have our privacy. The village of Rufina (famous for it's wine) is just 5 minutes by car. Nearby we can arrange ceramic painting , cookery classes and if you really want to chill out we can arrange for a massage at home.

Explore Mugello, still a relatively undiscovered area. The town of Vicchio is the birthplace of two of the greatest renaissance artists, Giotto and Beato Angelico. Head down towards Arezzo and visit the Franciscan Sanctuary of La Verna, where it is said that St. Francis of Assisi received the stigmata on 17th September 1224. Nearby is the Monastery of Camaldoli, founded in 1024, with it's old style pharmacy which is open to the public.

More Details

Property Manager
Suzy Badalamenti
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

About Suzy Badalamenti

I'm Suzy, originally from the UK, but I've been living in Florence for the past 30 years. I met my husband 30 years ago and never left! We bought this property and totally rennovated it, We have 4 lovely boys, a cat, dog and chickens and 200 olive trees, so plenty of wonderful organic olive oil.

Suzy Badalamenti purchased this farmhouse in 1995

Why Suzy Badalamenti chose Metropolitan City of Florence

When you see the view you'll understand why

What makes this farmhouse unique

Living in the country, but just 5 minutes from the village of Rufina and only 30 minutes from Florence

Guestbook comments from the manager

We arrived very late and Suzy came out after midnight to find us when we got lost in the dark. The Villa is everything you could want with quality fixtures, tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean and lovely views. Very comfortable beds, peace and quiet for a good rest. A short drive to the shops and the rail connection into Florence. We were entertained by the squirrel in the garden and the fire-flies at night played in the olive grove.

'Welcome' goodies were thoughtfully left out for us and in the morning Suzy gave us every assistance to ensure our stay was the best possible. We were invited to join the family for a lovely social evening with scrumptious food and wine. Suzy's gorgeous sons took our daughters out to Florence in Suzy's brand new BMW. If you are looking for somewhere wonderful to stay - you have found it!" The Borlase Family - New Zealand.
May 2010
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Amenities

Pontassieve Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Smoking allowed outside
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , single bed can be added
  • We have refurbished all 3 bedrooms and both bathrooms. So there are 3 double bedrooms 2 with double beds and 1 with 2 large single beds. All 3 bedrooms are a good size with plenty of wardrobe space. An additional single bed can be added if necessary. All rooms have beautiful views and the bedrooms are light and airy. Crib / cot can be arranged.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Comfortable family farmhouse. It has typical tuscan terra cotta floors in kitchen and parquet floors in the bedrooms. High ceilings with original beams, local tuscan furniture. Kitchen is well equipped with gas cooker, oven, fridge and microwave.

Reviews

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Tuscan family farmhouse, near florence, in Chianti Rufina with spectacular views
average rating of 4.571429 based on 36 reviews
5

Beautiful accommodations, wonderful family owned villa, nearby farm to plate restaurants! THE VIEW!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Villa. The privacy is complete and separate from owners. The owners live in a separate segment of the Villa. It's a bit like a duplex home, with the first level for the owners, and second level for guests. The entrances are separate as is car parking. The house has everything you could need. We were able to get groceries at the nearby coop in Rufina, and there is a nearby cafe and restaurant with veg, meat, wine, honey, milk, yogurt, etc...all made local and used in the restaurant. (Look for it at the fully restored windmill at the top of the hill towards Montefiesole restaurant is called Mulino) On our last night we had a pizza making session with Salvatore and Suzy. This experience will last a lifetime; they are the perfect hosts, and are so helpful and gracious. The pizza we made was out of this world! We found the drive easy and convenient to/from Florence, and even made a day trip to Venice. If you're looking for a true Tuscan experience, while being close enough to other locations like Florence, Siena, or Assisi, you couldn't make a better choice. If you want history and a castle visit locally, go to. Castle Trebbio (in pontassieve) and learn all about the Pazzi conspiracy against the Medici family. Lastly Suzy and Salvatore have on their farm chickens for eggs, olives and olive oil, plums, and figs. I'm sure there is more but we enjoyed it all and just loved our time there.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your very positive and detailed review of your stay with us. We enjoyed having you to stay and we love doing pizza / cookery lessons and having dinner with our guests!
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5

Wonderful stay in beautiful Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic stay at Suzy and Salvatore's farmhouse. They were very welcoming and invited us to join them for a lovely meal cooked in their outdoor pizza oven. Their son Lorenzo taught our sons how to make pizza dough and he showed them around the farm. They loved the garden, chickens, and, of course, the pool. The house was comfortable, clean, and well-equipped. The views were stunning and we enjoyed a very relaxing stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review! We loved meeting you and your lovely boys. Come back for a longer stay next time. I hope you will have lots of pizza parties this summer!
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5

Rural idyll.

  • 5 of 5

The property exceeded our expectations as it was more spacious than it appears in the photos due to its high ceilings. We had a wonderful, relaxing holiday and can't thank Suzy and Salvatore enough for their kind hospitality. Our grandchildren loved the freedom of the garden especially collecting eggs from the chickens.

We thoroughly enjoyed the wine tasting tour Suzi organised for us in a nearby castle. We visited Florence and San Gimignano which were both fabulous and not too far away.

It was a holiday which we will remember for a long time and would love to go back there again.

Thanks again Suzy for all your helpful advice.

Sue and Howard Best

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sue and Howard, we loved meeting you and all your lovely family. I really hope you come back again!
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5

A fantastic Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Visiting Italy has always been high on my bucket list and so where we stayed needed to be just right.

The Farmhouse and the owners didn't disappoint. Even before we arrive Suzy was fabulous with advice and communication. Her customer service was second to none. (at one point even a phone call from her!). The Farmhouse was very clean and tidy and the listing was extremely accurate and we had an amazing week. We did pack a lot in and went to Florence, Pisa and Rome but to come back to the home comforts made it easier. We did the wine tour Suzy recommended and we all enjoyed it (even the 12year old).

All 5 kids (from 25 to 12) had a fabulous time and are still talking about it. Thank you Suzy.

We will definitely be going back.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot for taking the time to write a review. We loved meeting you all, come back soon!
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5

Amazing Hosts and lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this Tuscan Farmhouse with our two teenage boys. Suzy and her sons were simply fabulous. Suzy arranged for us to have a wine tour at a 900 year old castle that was originally owned by the enemies of the Medici family, she even drove her car ahead of ours to ensure we arrived at the location. She was very generous with her time and recommendations as to what to see and do. Her son Lorenzo gave us a lesson on how to cook Ravioli and then we had a lovely meal with the family overlooking the Tuscan farmland. We would highly recommend this property. The lovely little cafe at the top of the hill beside the Windmill is well worth the visit.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. This is one of the main reasons we love renting our property. We meet so many wonderful people from all over the world and are always happy to help in any way we can to make their stay as perfect as possible.
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5

Dream Tuscan Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was a once in a life time trip. I always told my husband if we went to Italy I wanted to experience what you see in the movies. Well, our villa in Rufina brought us that experience and more. Suzy and her family treated us like family and told us all the best places to sightsee and eat. The views and peacefulness are perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. We loved meeting the neighbors and even helped them harvest their grapes. Just a beautiful neighborhood and area.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, please come back another time - maybe you can help us do the olive harvest!
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Florence
Car: necessary

5 minutes down the road is the village of Rufina , one of the famous Chianti regions (famous for it's wine). There you will find everything you need, grocery shops, supermarket, weekly market and a good choice of restaurants and pizzerias. There are local tennis courts and stables. Wine tasting can be arranged in one of the local vineyards. There are also several public swimming pools nearby. There is a fishing lake 2 minutes away with a good pizzeria where you can fish until midnight in the summer. Explore the countryside, watch out for wild boars, deer, porcupines and pheasants, some of our local inhabitants.

Take the local train into Florence and save yourself the hassle of parking. It's a 30 minute ride and takes you right into the centre of town.

Apart from Florence we are well placed for day trips to Pisa, Siena and Arezzo, just to name a few places. There are also local places of interest to visit nearby.

Other Activities: have a massage! my neighbour was masseur for the female italiian athletic team, she's at the bottom of my hill

Golf: There are 2 golf courses near the property, Scarperia and Ugolino

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Price includes electricity, gas, water and final cleaning. Heating (when required) is not included. A deposit of 30% required.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.