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Grace's Tuscan Villa: elegant farmhouse with private garden, terrace and jacuzzi

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Overview
4 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
8 guests
4 nights minimum
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Grace's Tuscan Villa is a casa colonica (or farmhouse) recently renovated and converted into an elegant Tuscan villa. The Villa is situated in an ideal location, being only 20 minutes (17 km, 10 miles) north of the Renaissance city of Florence, yet up in the hills surrounding Florence, thus offering enchanting views of Monte Morello and Monte Senario. The Villa is located on Grace's large family property, comprising 48 acres of woods, golden fields of wheat and an organic apple orchard. A beautiful tree-lined road leads to the Villa's own private entrance and grounds. Placed in a beautiful garden, it offers privacy as well as cool breezes in the summer and breathtaking sunsets in the evening. Its proximity to the city places guests within easy reach of Florence by car or public transportat...Grace's Tuscan Villa is a casa colonica (or farmhouse) recently renovated and converted into an elegant Tuscan villa. The Villa is situated in an ideal location, being only 20 minutes (17 km, 10 miles) north of the Renaissance city of Florence, yet up in the hills surrounding Florence, thus offering enchanting views of Monte Morello and Monte Senario. The Villa is located on Grace's large family property, comprising 48 acres of woods, golden fields of wheat and an organic apple orchard. A beautiful tree-lined road leads to the Villa's own private entrance and grounds. Placed in a beautiful garden, it offers privacy as well as cool breezes in the summer and breathtaking sunsets in the evening. Its proximity to the city places guests within easy reach of Florence by car or public transportation (bus). Visitors will enjoy all of the beauties of Florence—its architecture, museums, and fabulous dining— and surrounding areas (i.e. Chianti, Siena, Pisa, Lucca) while also enjoying the surrounding countryside and beautiful scenery from a comfortable and spacious two-story, four-bedroom home (over 4,000 sq.feet), with a brand new gourmet kitchen, elegant dining room, jacuzzi, piano, air-conditioning, wifi, and a beautiful garden with outside patio full of aromatic herbs, roses and shady trees. The Villa is located just outside of the town of Pratolino, in the Mugello region of Tuscany, the area to the north and east of Florence. The scenic 'via Bolognese,' which begins at Piazza della Libertà, brings you directly to Pratolino, passing the famous Parco Demidoff—the storied abode of a Russian princess, famous for its giant statue of Appennino, the mountain god, carved in 1580 by Giambologna (whose sculptures also fill the Boboli Garden adjoining Palazzo Pitti). There is a lot to visit in the surrounding countryside, including castles, Medici villas, the ancient town of Fiesole, and other nearby towns including Scarperia, Borgo S. Lorenzo, and Vicchio, the birthplace of Giotto and Piero della Francesca. The town of Pratolino, within walking or driving distance from the Villa (1.5 km or 1 mile from the Villa), offers a bank, post office, pharmacy, newsstand, supermarket and other few stores. For a few highlights, please visit http://www.provincia.fi.it/pratolino/ Interior layout Main floor: entrance; dining room with antique dining table and chairs, piano and fireplace; gourmet kitchen with large table and chairs; Jacuzzi and entertainment room, with tv and a/c; guest room with sofabed and private bathroom; other large bathroom with tub; laundry room with large closet, washer and drier. Appliances and accessories: china and flatware, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, modern espresso and cappuccino maker, kettle. The gourmet kitchen offers a brand new gas stove and oven, a micro-wave oven, refrigerator, deep freeze, and dish washer. The central island offers extra counter space. The washing machine, iron, ironing board are all located in the laundry room. Guest facilities : brand-new Jacuzzi, fireplaces, T.V., wifi (wireless internet access), wardrobe, central heating, air conditioning throughout the house. Second floor: beautiful staircase, large Sala Grande with fireplace, sofas and armchairs. The Sala Grande is the imposing room where all 4 upstairs adjoining bedroom converge. Of the bedrooms, the master bedroom has a king bed, another two bedrooms have twin beds that can be placed together to form a queen bed, one bedroom has a large single bed (piazza e mezzo). The bedrooms upstairs have a total of 3 bathrooms (two en suite and one separate). The rooms and Sala all have a/c and heating. The Sala Grande opens onto another staircase with a brick oven, and a separate entrance, leading back to the front of the house. Exterior Outside accommodation and amenities: patio with umbrella, table and chairs (ideal for meals and relaxing outside). Landscaped garden. Services : washing : hotel-grade linen, washed at 90 degrees will be provided. Sheets (1 X / per week), Towels (1 X / per week), Linen (1 X / per week), Comforter(s), Comforter(s), Pillows. Complimentary bottle of Prosecco to enjoy on the outside patio, with peaceful views of Monte Senario, Monte Morello and the valley. Catering for weddings or special events (Il Galateo, Firenze) and private cooking classes with Grace (the owner, fluent in both Italian and English) are available but require a timely reservation. Upon request, organic eggs from Grace's farm are available. Car rentals are available in the city of Florence or at the airport. More
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Grace S
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:91%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:January 2010
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Reviewed 6 October 2015

What a find! It is exactly as depicted in the pictures. Super clean, inviting and spacious. A car is essential. Grace was a wonderful landlord. Very helpful but not intrusive. She and her brother in law Ivo were so kind and helpful. Willing to go...More

Date of stay: September 2015
1  Thank Leila C
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Grace's Tuscan Villa. A five star rating is not high enough to describe our stay in Grace's Tuscan Villa. We arrived for our 11 day stay in Grace's Tuscan Villa, 20 minutes north of Florence ( Firenze), accompanied by our friends and were met by...More

Date of stay: September 2015
1  Thank Jen1196533
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

We have traveled to many places but none gave us what we got from Grace's Tuscan Villa. We were able to relax, after our days in Florence and our mini day trip to Pisa, overlooking the Tuscan hills. We also took in a few Tuscan...More

Date of stay: August 2015
Thank Flyer547147
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Located up in the hills 10 km north of Florence (a quick 20 minute drive to the city center and all the sites), this retreat was the center of our fabulous Tuscany vacation. Grace Maria Scanza, her handy brother-in-law Ebo and trusty Border Collie Brio...More

Date of stay: May 2014
Thank Jeffrey L
Reviewed 17 May 2014

This villa is a wonderful place for a family or group of couples to spend a Tuscan vacation. The house is large and has most modern facilities. There are plenty of bathrooms to go around and the Espresso/Cappuccino machine in the kitchen is a real...More

Date of stay: May 2014
1  Thank James P
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Air Conditioning
Towels Provided
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Hairdryer
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Cooker
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Hot Tub
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Iron
Microwave
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
The town of Pratolino, within walking or driving distance from the Villa (1.5 km or 1 mile from the Villa), offers a bank, post office, pharmacy, newsstand, supermarket and other few stores. For a few highlights, please visit http://www.provincia.fi.it/pratolino/ Village center (Pratolino) 1.5 km (1 mile) Downtown Florence: 17 kms or 10 miles Bus stop / bus station 500 m, 0.3 mi. Breadstore 1 mi. Local stores 1 mi. Supermarket 1 mi. Mail office 1 mi. Bank 1 mi. Drugstore 1 mi. Doctor 2 mi.
How to get there
By bus and by train Arriving from Firenze Santa Maria Novella's Train Station : - you may take the SITA Bus from the adjoining via Santa Caterina Street, in the direction Barberino del Mugello, until you reach Pratolino (the bus stop is in front of the Zocchi Restaurant). You can find the bus timetable on the website www.sitabus.it Grace will pick you up in Pratolino for a 3 minute drive. Arriving from the “Amerigo Vespucci” Florence Airport or from PisaInternational Airport “Galileo Galilei : - Rent a car at the airport. Directions will be provided, for a 20 minute drive to the Villa.
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