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Tuscan Farmhouse and Old Winery with Private Pool on Olive Farm (sleeps 11 / 17) - La Casa Colonica

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


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Restored Farmhouse and Winery Apartment - Ideally Suited For Visiting Florence And Tuscany Or Just Relaxing

Holiday accommodation available on a British owned olive farm in Tuscany. This is conveniently located in the Montalbano Hills south of Pistoia, about 30 minutes drive from Florence and her airport and a little less than an hour from Pisa and her airport. There is plenty to enjoy for all ages and whatever interests, be these cultural, gastronomic, sporting or if you simply want to relax. Accommodation consists of a farmhouse, 'la Casa Colonica', which sleeps up to 11 and an apartment for up to 6 in the old winery, called 'la Cantina'. Additionally, there are some smaller houses on the farm which can also be rented. There is a good sized, fenced and illuminated swimming pool and the accommodation is modern and well appointed. Maid service, cooking and babysitting can be arranged at a fair price. This is an ideal place for parties of any configuration up to 16 or even 17 to base themselves while enjoying Tuscany at any time of the year.

Please note: From 29 April to 1 Oct, La Cantina is only available in combination with La Casa Colonica as the pool is let exclusive to the main house. However, last minute enquiries (4 weeks prior) for La Cantina alone, will be welcome.

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Details for La Casa Colonica 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, 3 Bathrooms

La Casa Colonica is a renovated 250 year old farmhouse which retains many of its original features. It is spacious and sleeps 11 comfortably. There is free WiFi throughout.

Ground Floor:

Kitchen - gas hob, electric oven, microwave and toaster. 2 fridge freezers and a dish washer. High chair. Fire place.

Dining Room - with table for 10 and telephone.

Informal sitting room - TV with DVD.

Utility area - washing machine, ironing board and iron.

Large games room - table tennis.

Bathroom 1 - bath and WC.

Bathroom 2 - shower and WC.

First Floor:

Large formal sitting room - with CD Hi Fi and satellite TV with DVD.

Bedroom 1 - large with double bed - cot aval.

Bedroom 2 - large with double, plus single bed.

Bedroom 3 - large with double bed.

Bedroom 4 - small with twin beds.

Bedroom 5 - small with twin beds.

Bathroom - bath and WC.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Mark Ridley
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2016
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About Mark Ridley

British and recently retired (early), I have now settled in Italy on the property my parents bought in 1965. My career has been in a multinational environment and I have lived in many parts of the world including several European countries, Cyprus, Turkey, South America and I have spent significant time in the Middle East. Now I am working harder than ever on our olive farm where we also rent out these holiday homes. My assistant, Vaida, helps in hosting guests. My interests include history, travel and Italian culture and gastronomy.

Mark Ridley purchased this farmhouse in 1965

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mark gave us a very warm welcome including a number of very useful travel tips. We found it very interesting to see the olive trees picked and learn more about olive oil production. Our children loved feeding the rabbits and exploring the olive tree farm. From our kitchen window we could see wild pigs and deer. From Cantagrillo we enjoyed exploring the Tuscan countryside including some lovely little town. We thought that Pistoia was a fabulous town with very few tourists. This is a great place for a break. We would happily ret
Jan 2015
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Montecatini Golf
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Firenze-Mare (A11)
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Santa Rita
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Versilia - Cinque Terre
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Visits to Wineries and Olive Mills.

We offer a bespoke Tuscan gastronomic tour by prior arrangement. This, according to season may include olive oil, wine, mushrooms and an introduction to the particular dishes of the region. If interested, please contact us.


The accommodation is less than an hours drive from the sea and the splendid beaches of Versilia with its famous resorts such as Forte dei Marmi and Lido di Camaiore. Cinque Terre is just a little further.


Air - Florence (Peretola) airport 30 minutes, Pisa airport 45 minutes.

Car - 7 kms from autostrada.

Rail - 7 kms from station.


Florence - 45 minutes.

Pisa - one hour.

Lucca - 45 minutes.

Pistoia - 15 minutes.

Vinci - 30 minutes.

Siena and San Gimignano - 90 minutes.

Local restaurants and shops - 2 kms.

Further Details:

Being close to so many towns of historic and artistic interest, there are places you should definitely visit. But then also there are sports opportunities and excellent restaurants and shops to enjoy. Most people who stay tend to mix these with a great deal of relaxation by the pool; it is an ideal place to conduct a visit in the morning, lunch and spend the afternoon around the pool and occasionally go out to a good restaurant in the evening.


Rates & Availability

Baco Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $12
Refundable damage deposit $366

Booking Notes:
25% deposit to confirm booking. Final payment 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
This is flexible, but will be influenced by other guests' timings. Ideally Saturday arriving between 4 and 7 pm and departing before 10 am.

Notes on prices:
In winter, central heating is charged in addition to the rent according to the fuel price. This will be agreed at the time of booking.

There are no hidden costs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Baco Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • The 3 bathrooms are modern. 2 have classic baths and the third a shower.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • There are 3 spacious double bedrooms, one of which has a single bed in addition to the double. The other 2 bedrooms are smaller twin bedrooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: From 29 April to 1 Oct, La Cantina is only available in combination with La Casa Calonica. However, last minute enquiries (4 weeks prior) for La Cantina alone, will be welcome. The pool with be open 30 April to 1 Oct. Maid service, cooking and babysitting can be arranged. Towels (including pool) are provided. Linen and towels are changed weekly. All accommodation is centrally heated (extra charge) for the winter and provided with fans for the summer. As the properties are in the countryside, a car is essential. There are no hidden charges. Outside: The properties are about 40 meters apart and are set within an olive grove, surrounded by private land and have sweeping views over the countryside. The illuminated and fenced swimming pool is 11m x 5.5m; use will be private and never shared. There are 2 pergolas and a simple garden with outdoor and pool side furniture, including a barbecue.

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