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Ancient farmer house made of stone, recently renovated - L'istrice

Bedrooms 6
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Thanks to its positon, our house offers the possibilità to enjoy in total relax an intact natural environment as well as easily reach Florence, Fiesole, Arezzo, and explore the valleys of Mugello, Valdisieve and Casentino. The several acres of the property also comprise a small orchard with ancient varieties of fruits typcal of our zone and woods of oaks and chestnuts trees. You can easily spot badgers, wild boars, foxes, porcupines and other wild animals typical of the Appenines.The house is located near the Parco nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, and is surrounded with a intricate system of trails. We are very familiar with our territory and we have plenty of books and brochures and trails maps. It will be our pleasure to suggest you hiking trips and visits to the most interesting and worth-seeing sites.

See our web site to have more details on the house: the rooms are very large, well furnished and comfortable. Due to this space, it is possible to add bed for children in most of the bedrooms.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

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Londa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • floor 0
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 2 - toilet , shower
    Shower room 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Parasol
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • forests
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews

Nice place - but a challenge to get there

  • 4 of 5

The house is very nice, with big bedrooms and a nice kitchen - however there is really not a living room.

We could easily sleep 10 people in the house. But the fridge is to small for so many people, and we had to ask for ekstra pots to be able to make supper. In general it seems that the kitchen equipment is somewhat random.

The road to the house is very narrow and steep. Calculate with 15 minutes of car climbing from Contea.

The pool is nice and well cleaned and the garden is huge.

Be aware that the house contains two rentals, this means that most of the garden (including the pool) is shared. Furthermore are the pictures a mix of both rentals.

The inventory list includes bikes, but they are of no use (old and not well kept - one with a flat tyre and one with defect breaks).

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Nous avons passé un bon séjour, mais nous avons regretté la difficulté pour accéder à la propriété ( route extrêmement étroite et tortueuse ) située très en hauteur! Absence de wifi rendant la communication très limitée. Par contre, endroit très tranquille! Les propriétaires sont présents si nécessaire. Grande piscine, ping-pong, barbecue...

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci! On est en train d'ameliorer la communication en mettant la wifi
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Vacances en Toscane - 14 personnes

  • 5 of 5

Belle maison avec jardin et piscine, située dans un cadre agréable et calme. Sur la route étroite et escarpée qui mène à la location possibilité d'acheter des légumes frais, agriculture maraîchère (tomates, oignons, courgettes fruits). Très bon !

Nous avons profité de cette location , 15 jours , nous étions 14 personnes ( 9 adultes et 5 enfants). Accueil des propriétaire sympathique.

Situation idéale pour visiter Florence, déplacement en train au départ de la gare de Londa-Contea. (45 mm).

Très bon séjour, à recommander !

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour botte gentilesse!!
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"Très belle maison avec u...

  • 5 of 5

"Très belle maison avec un immense jardin et une piscine hors-sol de 10m x 5m sécurisée grâce à une échelle relevée hors de portée des enfants. A deux familles avec 6 enfants au total, nous avons pleinement profité de ce bel environnement très calme et ensoleillé, à proximité de Florence (accessible rapidement environ 40 min de trajet en voiture ou en train). Bourg de Poppi et son château à visiter également. L''accueil par les propriétaires a été très sympathique. Un très bon séjour, à recommander."

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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"Abbiamo trovato la casa ...

  • 5 of 5

"Abbiamo trovato la casa perfettamente pulita ed in ordine. I proprietari sono estremamente gentili. Lo spazio esterno è molto grande e confortevole per adulti ed anche per i ragazzi (noi eravamo 3 famiglie con 10 ragazzi) che hanno giocato nell''ampio prato, peccato solo che il tempo non permettesse l''uso della piscina. Molto gradevoli anche le camminate che si possono fare a partire dalla casa. Nonostante la strada sia un pochino difficoltosa, ma fattibile, la casa e la posizione valgono sicuramente la pena, ottimo rapporto qualità prezzo. Potete decidere di godervi la natura, di camminare, ma anche di visitare le bellezze artistiche dei dintorni."

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2011
  • Stayed: April 2011
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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"la casa ristrutturata re...

  • 5 of 5

"la casa ristrutturata recentemente è molto calma, confortevole, spaziosa. I proprietari sono molto accoglienti."

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
firenze peretola
Nearest Train
4.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
firenze sud

If you come from Florence (or from the highway A1, Firenze Sud), take the road SS67 until Contea (30 Km from Florence), than take right, towards Turicchi/La Rata. Continue for more or less 3 Km, go by the road sign “La Rata” and continue on the right for another Km. When you see on your left an ancient Villa (Villa Ginori della Rata), you’ve reached our house.

Florence, Valdisieve and Mugello can be easily reached from the village of Contea by bus or train.

We are in the centre of a historical area, rich of culture, of beautiful natural sites and food and wine traditions. Near our house you can find Etruskan traces (rests of a fortress in Frascole, of a temple in Vicchio, and a small Museum in Dicomano), medieval churches, “borghi” and castles (Turicchi, Castiglioni, Vicorati, San Leolino, pieve di Dicomano, pieve di Pomino, pieve di Rincine).

Mugello, where Giotto, Beato Angelico and the Medici family had their birth, is very rich of history and of sites worth-seeing. In Valdisieve, with its gentle hills and its wine traditions, you can go down the road of Vino Chianti Rufina e Pomino, visit the winecellars and the Museum of Chianti Rufina in the beautiful Villa Pantellini in Rufina (15th century). Excellent restaurants, butchers and food shops can be found in this area. A typical product of Londa is a specific variety of peach: la pesca regina di Londa (it ripes at the end of the summer).

You can often find village fairs e “sagre” where it is generally possible to eat local food and delicacies (just to list a few: Bacco Artigiano in Rufina, Toscanello d'Oro in Pontassieve, Fiera di San Martino e Festa del Corso della Nave in Rufina, Festa della Mongolfiera in Londa, Fiera di Maggio e di Ottobre in Dicomano, fiera del tartufo in Borgo san Lorenzo, fiera dell'artigianato MAZE in Vicchio).


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