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

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


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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

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 Pontassieve

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Pontassieve in Metropolitan City of Florence

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed outside
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 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.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse 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
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.


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Tuscan family farmhouse, near florence, in Chianti Rufina with spectacular views
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 40 reviews
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our three teenage children spent five nights at this beautiful home. The weather was scorching hot but the pool at the end of the day made all the difference. After a day of sightseeing in Florence, Siena, Verona or Padua (all close by) we couldn't wait to get home to this wonderful house with its stellar views. If you come - you should ask Salvatore to cook a dinner for you. The family was wonderful--- and incredibly helpful. Dinner was superb!!!!! August 2017

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We loved meeting you and your family. Five days was too short, come back again!
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely house, setting, owners. Salvatore was a godsend. very very

Helpful. Rescused us often as we got lost in roundabouts. Lorenzo most helpful. Be sure you put complete address in maps on line.

Highly recommend to all

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A delightful farmhouse!!

  • 5 of 5

What a delightful stay! The accommodation were great ...I highly recommend this ...right in the middle of Chianti area with beautiful vistas everywhere!! Suzy and Salvatore were most helpful ...

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind comments, we hope you'll come back again!
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Beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

Amazing place with beautiful views up in the hills. The family were very welcoming, cooked us a delicious meal on the first night and we had a pizza making lesson which was fun. It suited us for 4 nights having been by the beach, so we could explore Florence and the surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to write a review. Salvatore is always more than happy to cook a meal for our guests!
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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.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 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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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.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 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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Nearest Airport
25 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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Pontassieve, Tuscany

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
mid spring
1 Mar 2018 - 31 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
mid autumn
24 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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