About the property
- Farmhouse3767 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Farmhouse in Londa, Mugello, Nr. Florence, Tuscany - Private And Secluded, Close To Florence
This beautifully restored and spacious Tuscan farmhouse is close to Florence and has terracotta floors, original beams and traditional local furniture. Lying in 8 acres of wild flower-covered meadows L'Olmo enjoys spectacular views and is totally private and secluded. There are walnut, fig, plum, apricot and cherry trees and a profusion of lavender, rosemary and thyme. The main house has 2 double bedrooms 2 twin rooms and 3 bathrooms, all with showers and 2 also with bathtubs. NB One of the twin rooms leads directly off the master bedroom. There is an additional double bedroom below the house ensuite shower and its own private entrance which can be rented for an extra charge. There are 4 large living rooms including fully-fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine and free internet access. Close to the house is a 12m x 6m swimming pool with shade provided by cherry and walnut trees. There are comfortable sun loungers with cushions. There is a covered magnificent dining terrace with spectacular views of the Sieve Valley. A portable gas barbecue is nearby. All the bedrooms have new mattresses, comfortable pillows and cotton sheets. The kitchen is well equipped for self-catering and there are plenty of chairs inside and out.
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Martyn Lewis
Margaret and I are a retired English couple who fell in love with this part of Tuscany after vacationing here several times. After buying L'Olmo in 2000 we both gave up our jobs in London to enjoy the lifestyle and friendship of the local people and decided to share it with others as much as possible. We are here for most of the summer and spend our winters in the UK and travelling to visit other parts of the world we have not yet seen. We have been married for 49 years and have two children and five grandchildren. We have lived most of our lives in England but also spent 10 years living in the USA.
Martyn Lewis purchased this Farmhouse in 2000
Why Martyn Lewis chose Dicomano
We originally bought L'Olmo with the intention of using it as a holiday home. But we found that the more we visited it the more we wanted to be here and so we found a way to spend more of the year here by sharing this wonderful house and location with family and friends. Anyone who is looking for a very special holiday will certainly enjoy this undiscovered part of Tuscany with its green hills and friendly people. We both love sharing our experiences and local knowledge in the hope that it will somehow enhance our visitors' enjoyment of the area. One of our American friends recently summed it up well as, 'urban comfort, rural pleasure'.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
L'Olmo is well situated to reach and enjoy other parts of Tuscany. The local villages of Londa, Dicomano, Vicchio and Rufina offer a diverse culture of local life and are very welcoming to visitors. Our local region known as The Mugello/Val di Sieve was chosen by the Medici for their summer homes and as the best place to make wine and olive oil. Florence is just 40 mins by train and other interesting Tuscan towns such as Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo can all be reached in about an hour. After a day travelling and enjoying the bustle of these busy towns it is always nice to return to the peace and tranquility of L'Olmo and enjoy a glass of Chianti while watching the sun set over Florence.
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Wonderful Tuscan family retreat
The L'Olmo farmhouse was a wonderful setting for a superbly relaxing holiday with plenty of very comfortable accommodation for three generations of our family. The pool is perfect and the view outstanding. Kids and adults alike were thrilled to see a deer run across the bottom of the garden and we all enjoyed the daily sheep crossing. The great hosts organised for their friend Marie to cook us some wonderful Italian meals and booked us into a great local restaurant where we had a very reasonably priced delicious meal. Thanks for everything!
Beautiful peaceful setting, helpful hosts
Our stay at L'Olmo was wonderful. Martyn and Margaret were perfect discreet but helpful hosts, and the house was full of Italian character, beautifully looked after, and cool inside! The views down to Florence were stunning and we loved the profusion of pretty butterflies, orchard fruit trees around the house, and a decent sized pool to cool us down. Highlights were Martyn's wine tour and lunch in the Tuscan hills and a trip to Florence. But mostly we enjoyed relaxing in a beautiful peaceful Italian setting and would thoroughly recommend the house to anyone wanting a lovely Italian holiday, in the Tuscan hills with helpful and friendly hosts. Thank you Martyn and Margaret.
Beautiful, spacious house with magnificent views
Our group of 8 spent a wonderful week at L'Olmo. The house was very spacious, clean, well-equipped and beautifully furnished. We had many happy times cooking together in the large kitchen and eating out on the terrace soaking in the amazing view of the Tuscan hills. Our days were spent lazing by the pool, walking in the nearby woods, visiting local towns and markets and eating in some delicious restaurants. We also had a day in Florence. Our hosts, Martyn and Margaret were very welcoming and gave us help and advice whenever we needed it. It was a perfect holiday and our only regret was that we couldn't stay for 2 weeks!
Beautiful house with fabulous views
We were two families with 5 children between us. L'Olmo is not your average holiday rental; it is a beautifully furnished, comfortable home. Martin and Margaret (who live in separate accommodation below the house) are lovely. Although they are on hand to help with queries re local restaurants etc. the villa is still very much yours. The pool can be seen from the house, and there is a lovely outdoor dining area. We thought it was lovely and although the drive up to the house is long, it is worth it for the views when you get to the house.
Enchanted April meets A Room With A View
L'Olmo is a delightful villa with stunning views across the Tuscan hills. We wanted to choose a special property to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary with family and could not have found anywhere more perfect. The setting is idyllic, the facilities first class and location excellent. We stayed at L'Olmo for a fortnight but wished we could have stayed all summer. The villa is set in rural Tuscany yet well located for day trips to Florence and Arezzo etc... However, we spent much of our time at the villa, simply enjoying the generous sized pool and eating al fresco. This is an exceptional property and is highly recommended.
Charming farmhouse in beautiful setting!
We were looking for a peaceful and relaxing stay in a Tuscan countryside setting, and we could not have been more satisfied. L’Olmo is a charming and pretty old farmhouse in a privileged and secluded location in the hills just an hour´s drive from Florence. It sits in ample grounds and the views it enjoys of the surrounding hills really are breathtaking. The house itself is spacious with plenty of room for our two families (4 adults, 6 kids) to stay comfortably together. We particularly enjoyed the cosy farmhouse kitchen and the shaded terrace that proved to be a wonderful place for outdoor dining. The bedrooms too are peaceful and relaxing, and waking up there, to those views on all sides of the house, was always special. The whole place is tastefully decorated in keeping with the location and the age of the house, and it was given to us in spotlessly clean condition.
L’Olmo has its own private pool that has commanding views of the beautiful mountain scenery but at the same time has plenty of natural shade from the many trees that border it. We could barely drag our children away from it! There are plenty of gardens around the house, especially good for children to explore, and there was the occasional treat for them in the form of the friendly old farmer who brought his sheep and sheepdog to the field next door.
The owners, Martyn and Margaret, are terrific and made a great contribution to the overall experience of staying at L’Olmo. They live on the property itself, but in a self-contained flat. They were helpful in the run-up to our holiday, warm and welcoming on our arrival, and showed considerable kind concern to ensure that we were comfortable, happily re-arranging the bed configuration to suit our children’s wishes! They left us to ourselves but were always on hand and happy to help us with anything related to the house or to the local area, which they know very well, after 16 years. L’Olmo is in wine country and there are plenty of interesting daytrips around, even Florence is reachable by train, but we were happy this time just to enjoy the house, its pools and grounds, and the views, with daily walks in the hills surrounding. There are plenty of good restaurants in the surrounding villages (again, the owners know them all and were happy to offer advice), but we enjoyed buying food locally and cooking Tuscan food. All in all, it's a beautiful house, well and thoughtfully run. Staying there was a wonderful experience for us.
L'Olmo is approximately 2 hours by car from either coast. The best beaches are at Viareggio on the Mediterranean coast and Rimini on the Adriatic coast.
L'Olmo is served by airports at Florence, Pisa and Bologna. Florence airport is about one hour away and Pisa and Bologna about an hour and a half. A car is essential at L'Olmo and to enjoy visiting other Tuscan towns all of which are very accessible by road.
The village of Londa is 10 minutes by car, and other local villages of interest include Dicomano, Vicchio and Rufina. Florence is one hour by car or local train service. Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca and Arezzo are all recommended to visit and can easily reached by car.
We can arrange for visits and tastings at local wineries; lessons in Tuscan cooking, hand painting pottery and many other activities by request. For bikers there is a very good local shop where you can rent road and mountain bikes very reasonably by the day or week.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Changeover Day: Saturday is changeover day. There may be some flexibility out of the high season. Notes on prices: Prices are in UK pounds per week. The main house sleeps 8 people plus 2 babies (cots provided). There is another double bedroom with ensuite bathroom which can be rented for a small additional charge and takes the occupancy to 10 people. There is a £500 returnable security deposit. Rental can also be paid in US dollars and euro. Payment is usually made by bank transfer but we also accept payments by PayPal which is totally secure and assured. Our payment terms are 50% deposit , balance and security deposit received 56 days before arrival. If there are any security concerns please contact us by phone before making any payments.