Florentine Barn Tuscany, Italy

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Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Villa
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 6
  • from € 1,600/wk
What we like about this property

If it was for the views of the Tuscan countryside alone, this villa would be worth the visit. But there’s so much more to it. With its beautiful exposed stone walls, warm colors, wrought-iron beds and breathtaking pool, it’s an impossibly romantic setting for a perfect getaway.

Description

Perched on a hilltop just outside Florence, this beautiful split-level barn has been lovingly restored by its owners, preserving many of its beautiful original details while adding all the creature comforts chic nomads would expect from a vacation property.

Local stone, exposed wooden beams and Florentine terracotta floors have been preserved and augmented with a strikingly warm color palette of eggshell blues and burnt ochres. The decor is simple and rustic, with wrought-iron, simple wooden furnishings, and just enough curious objects – from fine art to local Montelupo ceramics and quirky finds –  to keep things interesting.

The barn has two bedrooms, one with exposed stone walls and the other a gentle blue, both with antique iron beds. Upstairs there is an open-plan gallery with room for another two guests on a sofa bed. The cottage-style kitchen is fully equipped kitchen with all the amenties needed for a self-catered vacation, and there are two bathrooms with showers. 

One of the most striking features of this property is its large swimming pool, which blends in perfectly with the house and its setting. It offers amazing views across the Tuscan countryside, and is set in landscaped gardens and olive groves, framed by the rolling wooded hills beyond.  

ADDITIONAL FEATURES 

On arrival, guests will find a welcome basket with supplies such as fresh fruit, extra virgin olive oil and red wine. A weekly culinary surprise is also included, offering guests a chance to taste typical Tuscan homemade cakes. Additional services offered include a fully immersive Truffle and culinary itinerary (see notes), museum booking, guided tours, in-home cooking lessons, special occasion packages, babysitting, massage and bike rental. The house is equipped with heating, a safe, an alarm system, an automatic entry gate and parking space. 

AROUND

The villa is located in Montelupo Fiorentino, just outside of the city of Florence. Montelupo is known as the Town of Ceramics as it has been known for its local pottery since the 13th century. Guests can tour the ceramics museum and visit workshops. Other things to see in Montelupo include its castle, the remains of the first Florentine military settlement dating back to the 11th century. Florence is about 12 miles from the property, while Pisa and Siena are both about 30 miles away. Tour guides are available to bring guests to nearby cities and places of special interest.

LOCATION

Montelupo Fiorentino, Florence, Tuscany, Italy. Montelupo is located 12 miles southwest of Florence. Nearest airport: Florence, Peretola (15 miles).

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Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Florentine Barn, Tuscany, Italy | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Info & Rates
BedroomsTwo bedrooms
Bed TypeTwo double iron beds and one double sofa bed
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms2 with shower
AccommodateAccommodates six
InternetFree WiFi
Pet friendlySmall pets are allowed, with prior notice
Rates€1,600-2,700; see rates table below
Minimum Stay1 Week
ViewCountryside
Notes

Swimming pool opening period:

The swimming pool opening period is from half of May to the end of September (only during high and peak season).

If somebody wants to anticipate or to extend this period, it will be necessary to ask it at least 1 month in advance and there is an extra price to pay, directly to the owner, of €200 a week.

Pets allowed: well-behaved toy pets are allowed and can stay with their owners. For your pets, accompanied on a leash, are allowed access to all public areas, including the garden (unfenced), with the exception of pool area. Pets owners are urged to maintain and preserve the state of hygiene and decorum of the place. Extra charge, to pay directly on site at check-in, Euro 100/week per pet.

 

The villa now offers the following year round TRUFFLE experiences and itineraries for guests:

 

TRUFFLE EXPERIENCE

- Walk in the forest in search of truffles;

- Return and tasting of fresh truffles and local wine

 

TRUFFLE & COOKING EXPERIENCE

- Walk in the forest in search of truffles;

- Cooking class at the "truffle" with traditional local dishes

 

LUXURY COOKING EXPERIENCE WITH THE CHEF

- Cooking class "hands-on" with the Chef and his brigade;

- Lunch of fresh truffles and wines;

- Briefing and walk in the forest in search of truffles.

 

TRUFFLE EXPERIENCE & LUNCH

- Walk in the forest in search of truffles;

- And return with fresh truffle lunch.

 

LUXURY TRUFFLE EXPERIENCE

- Walk in the forest in search of truffles;

- Returns to the place of meeting;

- Tasting of fresh truffles or lunch or cooking class.

 

TRUFFLE & WINERY EXPERIENCE

- Walk in the forest in search of truffles;

- Visit to a wine cellar;

- Combined tasting of fresh truffles and excellent local wines.

 

Rate Table

 

2017 Rates Price per Week

Low

         Jan 7 - April 22 / Oct 14 - Dec 23

1600 Euro

Medium

         April 22 - May 13 / Sept 30 - Oct 10 / Dec 23 - Jan 6

1900 Euro

High

            May 13 - July 1 / Sept 2 - Sept 30

2300 Euro

Peak

July 1 - Sept 2

2700 Euro
2018 Dates Weekly Rates 
January 6 - March 31 1600 Euro
March 31 - April 7 1900 Euro
April 7 - April 28 1600 Euro
April 28 - May 19 1900 Euro
May 19 - June 30 2300 Euro
June 30 - September 1  2700 Euro
September 1 - September 29 2300 Euro
September 29 - October 13 1900 Euro
October 13 - December 22 1600 Euro
December 22, 2018 - January 6, 2019 1900 Euro

Prices Include:

All taxes, firewood (1 basket), covered parking for 2 cars, weekly cleaning including change of linens and towels, welcome token, cuisine surprise, electricity, water, gas, Wifi, BBQ, safe, baby cot and hight chair (upon request), private use of pool and jacuzzi (during open period)

Prices exclude:

Extra firewood (€7 per basket), daily change of linen €7 per person, per change) daily change of towels (€5 per person, per change) extra cleaning (€25 per hour/person), heating by cubic meter reading (€6/mc), bicycle renting service (€5 per day each bike).

Check in: Saturday 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Check out: Saturday before 10:00am


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9 Reviews

  • Diane & Dave, May 26, 2014

    Dear Francesca & Marco, thank you so much for making our special day (Wedding Anniversary!) that much more special by your presence! Love

    Diane & Dave

    Canada

  • Buongiorno, Francesca! My husband and I are still dreaming about our wonderful visit to Italy last week. We have looked at the photographs over and over already! Many thanks for your hospitality, guidance and advice on the best drivers/cooks/guides. I’d love your mamma’s recipe for the vegetable soup, if possible. Again, thanks for all you did to help make our 20th anniversary extra special!

    Paul Zehke & Caroline C. Bennett

    South Caroline - USA

  • We had a wonderful stay. The location was perfect for day trips to Siena, Florence, Cinque Terre, Pisa, wine tasting… We packed so much in, but our favourite times well spent here cooking our meals and relaxing in the evening. Thank you for taking such pride in your guest house. We loved it!

    Kari, Idlen, Steve, Maddie & Jessie

    USA

  • Francesca, thank you for helping us to have a wonderful vacation. Your home is beautiful, tranquil and conveniently located. It served as base from which we explored Tuscany + Umbria. We particularly enjoyed our visits to Orvieto, Montepulciano, Greve in Chianti and Lucca. We also visited San Gimignano on your recommendation and we are glad that we did. We ate a fantastic luch there in a little restaurant set in a superb medioeval setting. Food, oh the food!!! The meal your mother made was excellent, so were the meals in Montelupo Fiorentino at the restaurants you suggested. Our final night we went to Osteria Livornese and ate so much incredible sea food. Francesca, you are a wonderful host! You are hospitable, give good travel advices and were very helpful. Thank you for calling the B&B in Monterosso ;-) With Great Appreciation!!!

    Brian & Jonathan + Rick & Susan Schroeder

    Austin (TX) & Vancouver (CA)

  • Rich & Kathee Martin, November 22, 2012

    Bella, Bella, Bella…We so loved staying in your wonderful home…so tranquil after sighseeing all day long and in such a wonderful location. Montelupo was delightful and the food wonderful. Our experience here was everything we had hoped for and more. Thank you for fullfilling a part of our dream. Barbara (the chef) was wonderful, thank you for arranging for her to come. And of course your mother’s tiramisu…was wonderful!!!

    Rich & Kathee Martin

    USA

  • Nadine & Jany, Linda & Sue, October 13, 2012

    What a beautiful home to return to from days of sight-seeing in Tuscany! Thank you for extending your hospitality and delicious tiramisu!!!
    We loved our week!

    Nadine & Jany, Linda & Sue

    USA

  • This was our first time in Tuscany and we enjoyed it a lot. We loved your beautiful house and its great swimming pool. Thank you for your kindness, Francesca. Colle di Sotto will have a very special place in our hearts and memories.

    Patricia, Thierry, Sandra, Marion

    FRANCE

  • This was our second stay in Tuscany but the first time in Colle di Sotto, and WHAT A PLACE! The view, the food, the environment, your hospitality – Francesca – and of course the really tasty tiramisu; everything was nice! We enjoyed this week! CIAO

    Arnoud, Petra, Milon, Florien & Yoris

    The Netherlands

  • Alicia & Tyler, January 18, 2012

    Hey Francesca, I just wanted to thank you for letting us stay at Il Colle di Sotto in January for our honeymoon! During our trip there, we stayed in Rome, Montelupo, and Venice. Staying at your property in Montelupo Fiorentino was by FAR the peak of our honeymoon. It was absolutely beautiful! We had a terrible experience in Rome, but this has more than made up for it. The scenery/view was amazing, and even the town was so quaint and comfortable! You are certainly living a dream. The olive oil you provided us was and still is incredible… I’m not sure if that was for us to keep, but we took it back to the states with us regardless! It is a miracle that we were able to slip through U.S. customs with it ;). Thank you again for this opportunity. The property and your availability and support alone has clearly defined our vacation together in Italy. I had a lot of trouble planning that trip, and had gotten in touch with several travel agents… but your e-mail to me few months ago regarding transportation information alone had proved to be more useful than anything or anyone else! Sorry it has taken me so long to get around to sending this letter… I’ve been very busy ever since our return. I have constantly been thinking about this, however; it is important to me to let you know how grateful I am for having been able to meet you and stay there! We were very lucky to have you around. Really! A million thanks, Francesca. As sincere and honest as I have ever been, you have been a blessing. Tyler & Alicia Ellis

    Alicia & Tyler

    USA

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