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- Sleeps 2
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Chic nomads in search of a vacation home for rent in Italy will love these stylish lofts near the center of Florence. Part of a small hotel-like cluster of apartments converted from an old factory, they offer a truly unique experience for travelers.
At BoutiqueHomes, we have a thing for properties with a combination of history and style, and we love these lofts in Florence. Start with their great location, just minutes from the center of the city, then add beautiful design and attention to detail. These factors in themselves would be enough for most travelers.
However, their story adds even more appeal. The property in which they are found used to be a small factory until it was taken over and turned into artisans’ workshops. In 1999, architect Claudio Nardi decided to make the buildings a home for his design studio. A few years later, he transformed it into what he called “a home for guests”. In other words, a small collection of modern lofts, which the owners describe as almost a “small country hamlet”, built around a lovely garden with a sandstone pool.
The hamlet offers a blend of social and private with its communal spaces and ten separate apartments. Contemporary design sits comfortably with traditional stone walls, cross vaults and fireplaces.
There are two Loft Studios. Each is generously sized (up to 100sqm), with high ceilings and tall, arched windows, offering great views over the riverbanks, nearby park and city center. Details are a blend of antique and contemporary. One loft has a striking four-poster bed on one side of the studio space, as well as a pretty outdoor terrace. The other has a staircase leading to a cosy bedroom nook and bathroom – both of which have beautiful half-archway windows close to the floor.
The lofts all share a private garden with a striking white pool, hammocks and sun beds. There is a 24-hour living room with honesty bar, TV, CD/DVD player, wifi, library and fireplace.
Each studio has a telephone (with free national calls), TV, kitchenette or kettle and facilities for tea/coffee and snacks, heating/air conditioning, hairdryer, minibar (with free soft drinks), safety box, courtesy kit, and gym items. Free vintage bicycles are available for guests.
The lofts are situated along the Arno, just opposite the historic Parco delle Cascine, which is within easy walking distance via a public garden along the banks of the river. It’s a great place for running, walking or horse riding.
The property is 2.5km from the center of Florence, which can be reached within 10 minutes by taxi or in 30 minutes by foot. The owners also offer free bicycles, which will get you there in 10 minutes. The new tramway (stop Paolo Uccello or Sansovino) is just 200m from the property. There are tennis and golf clubs close by, as well as many good restaurants.
Florence, Tuscany, Italy. Nearest airport: Florence Peretola (6 miles).
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Spring to Fall.
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|Bedrooms||2 lofts with one bed each|
|Bathrooms||1 bathroom per loft|
|Accommodate||Sleeps 2 guests per loft|
|Pet friendly||Pets are welcome if well-behaved|
|Rates||From €395 per night low season (end October to end March, excluding the Christmas and New Year's Eve and the Pitti fair period in January and March)|
|Minimum Stay||1 night|
|View||Stunning views of the riverbanks, park and city center. One loft has a terrace.|
Available on request: photocopies, fax, laundry, massages, babysitting, tours or classes, car, motorbikes or Vespa scooter rental, private transfers.
There are three outdoor, free, non-reservable parking spaces. There is one indoor parking space that can be reserved (20 euros per day).
There is a cot for babies 0-4 years, which is free of charge. A third bed for children over 4 years and adults, which is 50 euros per day.
Pets are welcome if well-behaved, at 12 euros per night. However, it is forbidden to leave them alone in the rooms.
Concierge services are available: reservation for museums, restaurants, theatre, and concerts.