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

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fireplace
  • Private Pool
  • children welcome

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:
March 26, 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
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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 with double 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

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Tuscan family farmhouse, near florence, in Chianti Rufina with spectacular views
average rating of 4.5 based on 31 reviews
5

Fantastic two weeks in Tuscany! At least 7 stars!

  • 5 of 5

We decided to skip snow and cold in Stockholm to spend Christmas and New Year in Tuscany. After a long drive through Europe we came to a wonderful house, well equipped and in the true heart of Tuscany and met a warm and welcoming family. Suzy helped and advised us on where to go and why, Salvatore made a genuine and super tasty Tuscany dinner and "the band of brothers" (the four sons) were all home.

We shared the time between excursions all over Tuscany to sites like Pisa, Sienna and of course Florence situated only 30 minutes away, with long walks in the hills around the house. Museums and touristic sites were easily accessed as this was low season for tourism, actually a very good time to come if you want to access museums without standing hours in line. Suzy will help you to make reservations.

So, I can really recommend a trip to Rufina, take the small road up the hill to Suzy and her family, and simply enjoy yourselves.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anders, thank you for your kind comments. We really enjoyed meeting you and your lovely family.
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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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5

Superb Villa in a fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

The way the Villa is set out gives you complete privacy should you prefer it. However, the use of the pool and access to the vineyard and fruit and veg plot all adds to the Image of the idyllic Italian lifestyle.

The front terrace to the Villa is private although next to a road which leads to a church but is so quiet and peaceful.

There are views across the valley, across Rufina and Montebello, which is simply stunning with a choice of places to sit and enjoy it.

The family are so very warm and friendly but do not intrude on your privacy and hardly noticeable. Always a "hello and how are you" and willing to give you advice on local eateries and places of interest.

There were six of us from young children to Grandparents and it suited us all. The children (and adults) loved the pool which provided plenty of entertainment. There is English speaking Sky TV available if you wish but we didn't see much TV at all spending all of our time at the Villa outside during the waking hours.

If we holiday in Italy next year, this will be one of the first places we'll check for availability.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments and your very comprehensive review!
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5

Everything you Thought the Tuscan Hills Would be and more

  • 5 of 5

Every morning we lazily sipped delicious Italian coffee over looking the olive groves and vineyards nested in the Tuscan Hillsides. Actually we did this for lunch and dinner and any other opportunity we could find. The neighbours donkey would announce his daily arrival around 3:30 and the hens would offer us up fresh morning eggs. It really was a piece of heaven. What could be better.

The home was authentic Italian, welcoming, comfortable, and very clean. Beds were all very comfortable. Not only did the windows offer an incredible view from every room but they also provided a lovely cooling breeze on warm days. The home is large, we lined up 3 single beds in one room and it still had lots of room. Everything was well equipped and very functional. the kitchen so spacious - great for family dinners.

But the best part were the owners. Suzy and Salvatore were wonderful, so accommodating, and just lovely people. We had a wonderful family evening of cooking lessons taught by their son Lorenzo, we learned to make homemade pasta and wood burning oven pizza. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening. The pizza was to die for!! They all really cared that our time there was a great one.

We enjoyed 6 weeks here at the end of our 6 month European tour. We originally only booked for one week to host our family (there were 7 of us for 1 week). We loved it so much we stayed. We stayed in a lot of VRBO rentals on our tour, this home hands down, was the best experience we had. The community of Rufina was so welcoming and we played some great tennis at their local tennis club.

The home is located just 25 mins from Florence, very easy drive or train ride. Great location for visiting the rest of Tuscany. We comfortably did day trips to Florence, Pisa, Luca, Arezzo, Bologna, Siena, and everything in between.

We would return here in a minute and are already talking about booking our trip next year. Wonderful home, lovely family, and amazing views.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your lovely comments. We all enjoyed meeting you and it was great how your original 1-week booking turned into 6 week stay! We miss you, please come back again, so we can play that game of tennis!
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5

Excellent farmhouse, stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful position, stunning views. Suzy and Salvatore very welcoming and helpful. Local restaurant very good for traditional Italian atmosphere and good food. Get a train from Rufina for a 30 minute trip into Florence. A special holiday we would do again.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot for your great review, hope you'll come back again!
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5

The perfect Tuscan experience.

  • 5 of 5

This was everything we hoped. Spacious, well stocked, gracious hosts, gorgeous views. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We really hope you will come back again and have more time to explore this beautiful area. Tell your daughter Bella says hi.
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Rates & Availability

Pontassieve Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
mid season
Mar 2 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,062
 
 
high season
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
$1,436
 
 
mid season
Sep 24 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,062
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$999
 

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

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

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
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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