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.
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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.