|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Downstairs: living room with fireplace, sofa,round table and chairs, sideboard, television set.
Adjoining kitchen, fully equipped with 4 gas hob, oven, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, express coffee maker, washing machine.
Upstairs: bedroom with double bed, bureau, and wardrobe. French window looking on large private terraced patio.
Bathroom with shower, basin, bidet. Everything tastefully decorated with warm touches.
Manicured garden with grapes pergola. Spectacular views.
Sunbeds and barbecue. Central heating.free internet in the pool area
Just 40 minutes from Florence you find our 15th century buildings, Arco and La Cantina di Bacco, both belonging to a historical farming estate , officially certified for being very ancient by the Chamber of Commerce of Florence . As a matter of fact the "Fattoria" is in the hands of the same family since 1645. The two ancient buildings are nestled on a hilltop above Londa, a quaint little village 10 minutes' drive away in the Chianti Rufina region. From their idyllic, secluded position one can enjoy the view of the Sieve valley and the Mugello woodland which well deserves the name of the" green heart of Tuscany". La Cantina , a converted haybarn, and Arco, a converted oil-mill have been restored using typical materials such as terracotta floors and chestnut exposed beams .The original stone floors at Arco have all been carefully preserved. The location is ideal for day trips to the many historical Tuscan cities and to the coast or just for a relaxing holiday in a peaceful unspoiled setting among olive groves . If you choose to come with friends or family our houses are a perfect solution: close but quite independent and private with their own private gardens, shady and sunny spots and beautiful views. The houses are furnished with antique and local furniture which complete their rustic charm.
Our property lies at the crossing point of three valleys: Mugello, Valdisieve, Casentino.The area is very interesting from many points of view, natural, historical and culinary.Iit's very green owing to the presence of a spontaneous vegetation of oak and chestnut trees. Mugello is the cradle of Giotto, Beato Angelico and the Medici family and boasts a glorious historical past but also some modern attactions like the Mugello car race.
Etruscan archaeological sites and museums can be easily reached( Fiesole , Vicchio, Etruscan Museum in Dicomano) as well as ancient churches worth a visit(Pieve di Pomino, Rufina; Pieve di Sant'Elena , Rincine; Chiesa di Santa Maria , Caiano; etc). Mediaeval castles once belonging to the Count Guidi family who ruled the area for centuries can be visited travelling to the Casentino ( Castello di Porciano , Stia; Castello di Poppi, Poppi).In Ccasentino a visit to the Monastery of La Verna , where St FRancis got his stigmates will let you discover the spiritual side of this region.
Valdisieve and its rolling hills is especially famous for its wine: the Chianti Rufina, which you can taste in the numerous wine farms along the Strada del Vino Chianti Rufina e Pomino and to which a museum, Il Museo del Vino , is dedicated in Rufina (at La Villa di Poggio Reale).
All the area is well-known for its good choice of restaurants, for its delicatessens and for its extra-virgin oil . We are oil producers and boast one of the finest qualities of oil in the region.
Last but not least, if you come at the end of the summer you'll be able to taste an excellent quality of peach " La Pesca Regina di Londa" It's a "cultivar" which was created by an agronomist from the village and which is appreciated for being especially jucy and tasty in its white pulp. To this quality Londa dedicates a festival in the second week of September.
My name is Maria Luisa. I've been spending a great part of my life in this area of Tuscany, which I know very well.The houses which I offer for rent are part of a country estate which belonged to my mother's family. Since I inherited the property I've been spending time and money to restore them and decided to rent them out in order to maintain them in good shape and pass them to my children and grandchildren in the future.
I love this job. It gives me the opportunity of meeting knew people who sometimes become good friends and like visiting us year after year.
The farming area around the coottages , mainly olive groves, gives the landscape a typical Tuscan appeal. We have always farmed organically without using any kind of chemicals and therefore the air is pure healthy and filled with the natural fragances of the original plants grown in our gardens, Scents of lavender rosmary and wild roses will welcome you on arrival. The views are fantastic , being the cottages set on top of a hill 450 mts on sea level.
A charming house with so much history..a great base for exploring the area or simply chilling out!Thanks to the family for being so welcoming!(LA CANTINA DI BACCO,Helen and martyn Chappell , U.K.)
We spent the last week of our honeymoon here and enjoyed every minute. It was so relaxing to be back heer after an amazing day in Florence and Pisa. We hope to return soon! (ARCO, Cordelia and Christoph from Germany)
Booking by email or telephone. .
Saturday. in high season. In middle season we are flexible.
The swimming pool , for the exclusive use of our guests and our family, opens mid-.may and closes at the end of September.
heating is paid on consumption
We had the most amazing stay in this little beautifull cottage, set high up in the Tuscan hills, above the little town of Londa, where there were bars, restaurants and shops. The attention to detail inside, and outside, the property was second to none. It was very clean and well maintained. Fresh wild flowers in all the rooms, gave off a divine scent throughout. The bedroom upstairs had a lovely door out to a little courtyard and was a delight. A well equipped kitchen with washing machine. We especially liked eating outside under the pergola in the pretty garden. We loved everything about the place, the scenery was to die for, like a little piece of heaven on earth. Our hosts were extremely kind and helpful, before and during our stay. We arrived to a bottle of local wine, bread, jam and milk for our breakfast. Our hosts even helped us to arrange travel arrangements to visit Rome, which we did by train from Florence, we would recommend taking the trains into Florence for the day as well, leaving the car at Contea Londa and taking the train. We also visited Siena, about an hour and half journey away, but well worth the trip. We spent our 40th wedding anniversary there - truely breath taking. The Cantina Di Bacco is well situated for sightseeing day trips. We also loved the swimming pool which is a short walk away, with sun loungers, we found it so peaceful after our busy days out. The setting around the swimming pool was clean and very well maintained, and of course the views were stunning. Up in the Tuscan hills it is really peaceful, tranquil and awe inspiring. We would love one day to return to this magical place and would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a sightseeing or relaxing holiday, you can experience them both here. Once again we would like to thank our hosts for their help and kindness during our stay.
My wife Kathryn and I had the most wonderful and relaxing holidays at Cantina di Bacco last August. The place is a heaven of peace, it is confortable, well furnished and the views are absolutely stunning.
We arrived late in the evening from Pisa and were taken to the house by Maria-Luisa's sister who leaves in the valley in Londa. The house was spotless and there was a nice bottle of wine and some grapes on the table. The next day, we woke up to sunshine and glorious views. Despite being in a rural setting and surrounded by trees, the cottage is extremely quiet and we could easily have slept till late every day (one could have expected birds to be noisy...).
Walking to the pool takes a couple of minutes through some beautiful olive groves and you can eat plenty of blackberries while on the way. While at the pool, you may meet Maria-Luisa or somebody from the family. Maria speaks very good English and couldn't be more helpful. She knows the area inside out and her advice is invaluable.
Florence is very conveniently close by. It only takes about 20 mns in the train (leave car in Contea and take the train). The service is very efficient and cheap. You'll understand why we get ripped off on train fares in the UK...!!!
Must see are Sienna and San Giminiano and a trip to Poppi is well worth it. We went there on Maria-Luisa's advice and had a great day.
There is plenty of brilliant walking to be done around the cottage or slightly North towards San Godenzo and surrounding area. One thing both my wife and I enjoyed was the fact that very few people spoke good English (unless going to Florence or Sienna) so we had to make an effort to speak a bit of Italian. Absolutely everyone in Londa and surrounding villages was wonderful. They couldn't have done enough to help us and were all very welcoming. Our difficulty to speak Italian led us to some funny and confusing situations on a couple of excursions but all the more enjoyable and better to get to know the local people.
We are not the type to go back to the same place on holiday and actually rarely go back twice unless it is to visit family but...I think Cantina di Bacco and that small corner of Italy will become an exception...
We have enjoyed 2 lovely weeks at the beautiful Casa Arco. The accomodation was just perfect and so too was our lovely host Maria Luisa who we met on a visit to the pool. Before our visit she made sure we had a detailed email with directions to the property which were very easy to follow. The houses are set in wonderful surroundings in the Tuscan hills. When we arrived our little Arco have lovely pots full of wild flowers and everywhere was super clean and fully equiped for our stay. The village of Londa is lovely and has all the shops you need for your stay. Inside the Arco there was excellent information about places to see and good places to eat. Maria Luisa had also written about the history of the property as it was an old olive mill and has the mill stone visible both inside and outside the property. The area has so much to offer, there is pleanty of beautiful places to visit and the most wonderful food to eat, but it was always lovely to return to the Casa Arco as it felt so homely. This was our first visit to the region and we were very sad to leave but we have already booked to return next year and I hope many years to come.
We stayed here for a week and didn't realise in what a lovely location the cottage was among the mountains. It was so peaceful. We loved the swimming pool especially after hot days out. We ate every evening at the property because of the views. The countryside around there is stunning. The people of Londa very friendly. The local ricotta cheese is delicious. We are definitely returning to this holiday property. The owners were very welcoming and helpful too. It is ideally suited for sight seeing days out as well.
A truly delightful little holiday home, nestled in the midst of the beautiful Tuscan Hills full of charm and character, integral with Tuscany itself. Our favourite places to visit from Cantina Di Bacco are very easy drives from here - Florence, Siena and Chianti. The quaint little cottage, impeccably clean and maintained to a high standard with very pretty and well kept gardens. The owners are incredibly accommodating, wishing to please, and lovely to meet.They are very proud of this adorable, cosy and comfortable little holiday home, and justly so - an absolute Tuscan Gem for all who choose to stay and enjoy. Relaxation at it's very best. we would highly recommend Cantina Di Bacco to friends,family and anyone else who asked us. We loved every minute of our stay here AND are returning just a year later.
We spent a week in La Cantina and it was an idyllic spot and a lovely, cosy cottage. We appreciated the simple, rustic nature of the cottage itself and the generous garden, which was private, nicely maintained and well supplied with chairs, tables, barbecue etc. In particular, the garden had a covered terrace / outdoor eating area with lovely views and the most wonderful overhanging grapevine with ripe, juicy grapes we were encouraged to help ourselves to - such a luxury! We were lucky with the weather - hot days and cool evenings / nights. This meant we could take full advantage of the outdoor pool, which was an excellent shared facility, set in a large garden with lovely views, and which we often had to ourselves or shared with just one other couple. It also meant we used the open fire in the cottage at night and took advantage of the supply of logs for the purpose.
Beyond the cottage, the local town was small and friendly, with good local shops which met all our needs for food and supplies, and a couple of nice restaurants. We also took advantage of the owners' free vist to the ir olive press and oil tasting session, which was great. The cottage was well placed for days out too, and our favourite was probably the day in beautiful Florence via train from the local station.
Overall, we had an excellent time and would highly recommend this location and cottage.
Special interest holidays:
Wine tours in our vineyard and wine tasting are possible on requestThe owner personally guides free tours in the family oil- mill in Londa with oil tasting on bruschetta every Tuesday morning in the high season. Pottery painting lessons can be arranged on request with a ceramic talented painter in Londa. People love to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays in our romantic cottages.
Londa is approx 90 miles from the coast. The nearest beaches are Viareggio, on the Tyrrhenian sea and Rimini on the Adriatic Sea.
Londa can be reached from the airports of Florence, Pisa and Bologna and Forlì.
Nearest village Londa 3.75 miles away/10 minutes. Nearest station Contea 15min approx. Approx distances to places of interest: Florence center 25 miles. Arezzo 53 miles. San Gimignano 58 miles. Siena 68 miles.
. The village of Londa offers a variety of shops including butchers, bakers, two small supermarkets, two greengrocers, 2 restaurants, a church, a pharmacy, post office and bank. The area is famous for its Etruscan settlements and for a choice of mediaeval castles and towns. The Mugello is the " cradle" of the Medici family who ruled Florence for three centuries endowing the city with the masterpieces famous all over the world.
the Mugello race course is just half an hour away