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Beautiful Large Villa Near Florence Next to Famous Winery

Casa Rufina

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About The Experience
This beautiful villa is located next to a famous winery (with a good restaurant) and is close to Florence. It is a good location for other day trips throughout Tuscany. The villa has a private swimming pool and is great for a large group of friends and families. There is another villa with pool on the same estate, Villa Brigida, which is also available for rental.
Location Description

The villa is located two kilometers from the nearest town of Santa Brigida where there are shops, restaurants, a post office, church, and pharmacy. Fiesole, just to the north, has a history that goes straight back to Etruscan times, evidenced in the remains of ancient city walls, and in the middle ages was actually a rival of Florence for power until it was sacked. Today it is a "magical" place, famed for its part in E.M. Forster's "A Room With A View." You can find the remains of Roman baths and a theatre, as well as a medieval castle (restored in 1865). Of course the primary attraction of the greater area is the majestic city of Florence, world-renowned for its art and culture. Go here to shop the Ponte Vecchio, marvel at the statue of David, or tour the wonders of the Uffizi Gallery. Other great day trip destinations include San Gimignano, Arezzo, and Siena.

Siena: 95 km/ 59 mi
Arezzo: 80 km/ 50 mi
San Gimignano: 76 km/ 47.5 mi
Florence: 15 km/ 9.5 mi
Pontassieve: 10 km/6.5 mi
Santa Brigida: 2.5 km/1.5 mi

Exterior Description
(350 hectares) Surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, and woods, this villa is situated on the hills of Florence where there are hiking and biking trails in every direction. There is a covered patio with a table and chairs and a private swimming pool (5m x 10m) surrounded by sun loungers. Parking is available within the property grounds. There is another villa with pool on the same estate, Villa Brigida, which is also available for rental.
Interior Description

(350 m2)
Ground Floor: There is a living room with a couch and satellite TV, a dining room with a large table and chairs, kitchen, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The first bedroom has two 80 cm single beds (which can be connected to form a queen-sized bed upon prior request) and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower. The second bedroom has two 80 cm single beds (which can be connected to form a queen-sized bed upon prior request). There is a second bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.

First Floor: A staircase of seven steps leads up to the first floor where there are five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The first and second bedrooms each have a 180 cm king-sized bed. The third, fourth, and fifth bedrooms each have two 80 cm single beds (which can be connected to form a queen-sized bed upon prior request). There are four bathrooms each with a sink, toilet, and shower.

Guest House
There is a living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. Each bedroom has two 80 cm single beds (which can be connected to form a queen-sized bed upon prior request). There are two bathrooms each 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.

  • Cooking Lessons: 35 Euros per person
  • Housekeeping: Upon request
  • Linen Change: 13 Euros
  • Portable Baby Crib: 5 Euros per day
  • High Chair: 5 Euros per day
  • Babysitting: 12 Euros per hour
  • Internet: 10 Euros per week

Please Note:

  • This property is on the same estate as Villa Brigida, and can be rented together to accommodate more people.
  • There is a restaurant where guests may dine in the castle nearby.
  • Internet Service allows guest access to a room with Wireless Internet. The WiFi Room is not attached to the villa, but right next to it.

Features and Amenities

  • Walk To Town
  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • DVD player
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric Tea Kettle
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Toaster Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Ceiling Fans - Partial House
  • Fans Available - Upon Request
  • Firewood Available - Included
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Window Screens - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Pets Considered
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
  • Reception Office

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly 4 Nights 3 Nights     Min
1 wk
1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 500 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption

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
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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  • Kitchen
  • Bedrooms
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Based on 18 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Very pretty location. Very nice set up with bathrooms for almost every bedroom.
Enjoyed Most:
The large rooms, large dining room table with plenty of space for large groups to gather in. Bedrooms very nice size, bathrooms nice.
Enjoyed Least:
Lack of appliance plugs in kitchen. Unreliable WiFi. Location more remote than expected.
Surrounding Area:
Closeness to Santa Brigida, very nice people there who were very helpful. The wonderful pizza place in Santa Brigida. Also the restaurants in and around the area. The winery close by to visit and tour. Great wines.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Santa Brigida was closest. Several of us walked there daily and it felt very convenient.
Tips or Restaurants:
Rent small cars. We requested 4 passenger vans and got 8 passenger vans which were rough to drive on narrow roads. Lots of restaurants all around.
Directions are great but no one should visit the area without a GPS. We had one for all three vans.
Check In Out:
Went very well.

Barb, October

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Very good.
Enjoyed Most:
Great view.
Enjoyed Least:
WiFi was in separate building (as stated in the description) and was slow. Lack of power outlets was inconvenient in the kitchen. The washing machine is small and only has instructions in Italian. The cycle in slow and, as stated in description, there is no dryer. Editor's Note: Washing machines in Europe are energy/water efficient, and therefore slow. Dryers, unless indicated, are not available--also due to energy reasons. October, 2015.
Surrounding Area:
View and close proximity to the small winery.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Santa Brigida is the nearest town. It's walkable, but only for individuals in excellent physical condition - uphill on narrow mountain roads - 4 of 12 people elected to walk to town several mornings for coffee.
Tips or Restaurants:
Determine which restaurants are open on which days - that is more of a challenge than the quality of food served. We rented vans as we had a large group and needed to get to the train station for day trips; the vans was inconvenient for travel on narrow roads. Smaller vehicles are recommended.
Used GPS with Latitude/Longitude provided. Worked fine.
Check In Out:
It was fairly straightforward.

C, October

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We had a absolutely fabulous time. The villa was beautiful and charming.
Enjoyed Most:
The location was absolutely beautiful, with olive groves and a great view of Castle Del Trebbio and the surrounding Tuscan hillsides. Its proximity to Santa Brigida and the Seici train station was a bonus.
Enjoyed Least:
The fact that there was no clothes dryer (as we'd read in the description) and the refrigerator was inadequate for 12 to 14 guests. Also, we needed more towels than were provided.
Surrounding Area:
The many hillside towns, gorgeous vistas, wonderful restaurants, the winery just steps away.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Santa Brigida was about 2 miles from the villa. A very nice walk...mostly uphill.
Tips or Restaurants:
Yes, the winery's restaurant was very good, also, fantastic food at IL Pozzo in Cortona...don't miss it if you go there.
A GPS is essential for travel to the Villa and for daily excursions to nearby towns. The coordinates given were right on and we did not have a problem finding the Villa.
Check In Out:
It was very easy. Alberto is a great host and was available to answer questions we had.

Frank, October

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