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Property Details

Sleeps:
3 - 4
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Type:
Cottage
Property #:
17604
Nearest Town:
Pontassieve

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Country House Near Florence

Casa Biscotto

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About The Experience

This centrally-located house in Tuscany is an ideal choice for two couples. It offers views of a renowned castle as well as the valleys and hills that surround it. Markets, shops, restaurants, and theaters are all nearby to keep you as active as you’d like.

Location Description

The house is located two and a half kilometers away from the nearest town of Pontassieve where there are grocery stores, banks, bakeries, restaurants, and a post office. Pontassieve is a historical city dating back to the 11th century when Quona nobles dominated the area. It became significant when a bridge was built over the river Sieve, which was the main way of joining the Republic of Florence to the territories of the Mugello, Casentino, and Arezzo. This bridge has been destroyed and rebuilt several times but the Medici Bridge, built in the late 1500’s is still standing today and is a great site to see. You should also visit the Old Town Centre, where you’ll the original 14th century fortified wall and the city’s three gates. Grassina is a fun place to visit if you’re looking for a day of activities. There are cinemas, theaters, antique fairs, outdoor markets, and sports facilities including tennis courts, a golf course, and a horseback riding center. A highlight of the area is Florence, which is about a 15-minute drive away. Be sure to shop at the Ponte Vecchio, marvel at the statue of David, or tour the wonders of the Uffizi Gallery! Keep in mind that the A1 Autostrada is only two kilometers away from the property, making all the major towns and cities of Tuscany, such as Arezzo, San Gimignano, and Siena, easily and conveniently reachable.

Nearby Attractions: Pelago (market, restaurant, post office), Pontassieve (grocery stores, banks, bakeries, restaurants, post office), Grassina (cinemas, theaters, antique fairs, outdoor markets, tennis, golf course, horseback riding center)

Siena: 91 km/56.5 mi
San Gimignano: 72 km/44.5 mi
Arezzo: 68 km/42 mi
Florence: 21 km/13 mi
Grassina: 11 km/6.5 mi
Pontassieve: 2.5 km/1.5 mi
Exterior Description
(600 m2/6,458 ft2)

The stone house once belonged to the famous wine producing family of Frescobaldi and was used as a shelter for carriages going to the nearby farmhouse. Outside the front door is a private garden and patio. A wood table with bench seating is situated outside near a large tree with views over the adjoining olive groves and Nipozzano Castle, which is across a patchwork of valleys, hills, cypresses, and vines. Parking is available outside the house for up to two cars.

Interior Description
(85 m2/915 ft2)

Ground Gloor: The front door opens to the living room with a couch, fireplace, TV, CD stereo, as well as an integrated dining area with a table and chairs. This room leads to the front garden. The fully equipped kitchen has a cook-top, oven, toaster, microwave, and dishwasher, as well as a table with chairs. There is a separate utility room with a washing machine. There is one bedroom with a queen-sized bed (170 cm) and one bathroom with a sink, toilet, and tub with handheld shower.

First Floor: There is one bedroom with a cozy double bed (140 cm) and one bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Housekeeping: 15 Euros per hour
  • Babysitting: 15 Euros per hour

Please Note:

  • A Welcome Basket is provided upon arrival.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Outside Area - Private
  • CD player
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Window Screens - Whole House
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
  • Welcome Basket

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly 5 Nights       Min
Stay
Jan-01-2017 - Jan-01-2018 $1,524 $1,090 5 night

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sun 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Mon 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tue 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wed 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • No security deposit is required. However, the client will be liable for any extra charges incurred during the stay, or accidental damages to the property.

Additional Expenses

  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Weekly Cleaning Charge (Mandatory): 40 EUR

Other Notes

  • Housekeeping available upon request at an extra charge
  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
  • UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Rentvillas.com. Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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Customer Ratings

  • 4.5 Star Rating Overall
  • Peace and Quiet
  • View
  • Outside Area
  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
Based on 5 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Overall:
A wonderful experience from start to finish. Antonella was very friendly, helpful and a joy to meet.
Enjoyed Most:
Great location, lots of space and comfort. Everything you need was provided.
Surrounding Area:
Great location to visit surrounding areas. Great wine tour and lots of lovely views.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Pontassieve is the nearest town. If you really wanted to walk you could, but it's a quick drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
Just ask Antonella, she gave us great advice.
Directions:
Yes we had a GPS. Address could say Pontassieve rather than the other town as it is closer to the address.
Check In Out:
Antonella was great with both check in and check out. She came to meet us and was very helpful and friendly.

Susie , September

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Overall:
My wife and I have rated our month as one of the premier vacations in our 40+ years together. The stay was altogether pleasant. The owners helped a great deal in making our stay memorable. The house is a comfortable place to spend time.
Enjoyed Most:
The views are spectacular. In early October the evenings were a bit chilly, and the fireplace was welcome. The kitchen features a sink, several hundred years old, carved out of a slab of stone. The beds are comfortable and snuggly. The owners brought us several bottles of homemade wine for my wife's birthday, and stopped by several times to give us advice on restaurants and sights. We gladly consider them friends.
Enjoyed Least:
More lighting would be nice at night. Another easy chair would be welcome in the living room when there are four people in the house.
Surrounding Area:
You wake up to a view of vineyards, olive groves, and Nipozzano castle about a half mile across the valley. You can take a tour and wine tasting at the castle, seat of Frescobaldi wines. At a nearby wine shop you can buy Frescobaldi wines, as well as wine by the five liter jug straight out of the barrel. Within an easy drive are many fortified hill villages, wine areas, Siena, Pisa, and other must-see towns. Florence is only a half hour away by train, and the Florence station is in the historical part of the city - everything in walking distance.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Pontassieve is too far to walk, but the train station there is only a few miles away. There is a free parking lot at the station where your car can be left for up to a few days, such as when you take a trip to Venice. There is a large supermarket there, plus pharmacy, dry cleaner, and other shops.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring bar or two of your favorite bath soap. Everything else was there- dish sponge, dish and laundry soap, dish and paper towels. Antonella had laid in enough for a light supper and good breakfast for the first day.
Directions:
We used a GPS from Rome to the Pontassieve train station, where Antonella and Alberto met us and led us to the house. Without the exact address it would be difficult to find the property. You need a phone to call the owners when you get to the station.
Check In Out:
For check-in, we merely gave Antonella a copy of each of our passport pages. Also, carry a copy in your wallet. You need it if you check into a hotel or use the bank.

George, October

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Overall:
Very good. Casa Biscotto provides peace and quiet away from the bustle of Florence and nearby towns.
Enjoyed Most:
The charm of the villa, and its location in the middle of olive groves. The views are beautiful, and the villa is right down the hill from the Nippozzano Castle and Winery. It was very nice to have both the refrigerator and cupboard well-stocked with supplies. Having a dishwasher in the kitchen was great and having two separate bedrooms and baths on different floors is welcome. There was also a place to park the car.
Enjoyed Least:
The big windows do not have screens. The villa does not have air conditioning but that is ok because there is a nice breeze and the evenings are cool and pleasant (even in July), however, if you open the windows to let the breeze in the bugs also come in. Additionally, the kitchen needs a conventional modern sink.
Surrounding Area:
The entire surrounding countryside is beautiful and is filled with olive groves and vineyards.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearby town is Pontassieve. It is too far away to walk but it is a short drive. It has a train station with regular runs to Florence and many other locations.
Tips or Restaurants:
Visit the nearby Nippozzano Winery--it is right around the corner and up the hill. Rent a car to get around as you usually need one for Tuscany, anyway. Bring a GPS with an Italy map or rent one - you need a GPS for driving around Italy. Don't drive into Florence--drive to Pontassieve to catch the train to Florence--it is very convenient.

Doug, July

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