Farm House Apartment on Charming Olive Farm in Tuscany
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- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
A farmhouse apartment in Tuscany. A perfect romantic getaway and a perfect base for exploring Tuscany.
Situated on an award winning organic olive farm, surrounded by olive groves, orchards and sweet smelling pines.
Apartmento Limone is a one bedroom apartment situated not too far from the center of Vicopisano, often referred to as one of Tuscany’s most beautiful villages and best kept secrets, with its clusters of terracotta rooftops, cobbled pathways, medieval towers and village square, Vicopisano is a place to sip a cappuccino with the locals, dine alfresco and watch the world go by.
Vicopisano is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful region of Tuscany such as the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Siena, as well as being just under a 30 minute drive away from the Pisan coast, its beaches, Thermal Spas and Golf course
Surrounded by a beautiful landscape of sunflower fields, pine covered hills, and olive groves this is an ideal location for walking, hiking, cycling and mountain biking.
The apartment offers both rustic charm and simplicity so typical of Tuscan rural houses. This is the ideal place to stay if you are looking to immerse yourself into a typically authentic Tuscan lifestyle. You will be able to see the farmers at work, the mill where the oil is produced and sample the wonderful tastes which are produced on this charming estate.
For those who like to cook up a local dish whilst on holiday there is a fully equipped kitchen along with some award winning olive oil to get you started! Dine alfresco on your own private terrace or picturesque spots within the estate and take in the sweeping views over the medieval village and olive groves.
If you need to pick up supplies the village center is just a 2 minute drive away or for those who like walking it’s a 10 – 15 minute picturesque wander past the kiwi plantations, and medieval towers.
Come and visit in October and see the olive harvest or come and visit in November and see the olives turned into the golden nectar, dip a slice of crusty Tuscan bread under the flow of the extra virgin olive oil straight from the press!
- Vacation Rental
- 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
- Bedroom 1
- Convertible bed(s)
Queen size Beds (1) The bed has a wrought iron headboard so typical in Tuscany., Child Beds (1) There is an extra single bed in the bedroom which can be used for children, when there are only 2 guests staying in the property this bed is dressed as a sofa to lounge on., Baby Cribs (1) Full size baby cot available on request at no charge. High chair available on request, Murphy Beds (1) There are 2 convertible single beds in the kitchen dining area. They are both hidden and stored within the dining room furniture....morecollapse
- 1.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
Kitchen & Dining
The Kitchen and dining area is flooded with light as you enter through the large arched shaped glass doors. Views from this room include the terrace and old stone wall which can be seen through the doors and the original granite stone which forms part of the hillside. There is a fitted kitchen unit in dark wood so typical of Tuscan rural properties. Although a traditional colour the kitchen units are modern and convenient with a cooker hob (4 gas rings) an electric oven, and a fridge with freezer compartment....morecollapse
The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking up a traditional meal with Cooking pans, and plenty of cooking utensils, plus little extras like a colander for draining your pasta, a salad spinner, garlic crusher, bottle opener, crockery for 4 people, a teapot and tea mugs plus all the necessary equipment for making typical Italian café with espresso cups and espresso pot....morecollapse
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All clients will receive a Welcome Pack on arrival comprising of a small bottle of the farm's award winning olive oil, a bottle of the estate's red wine, tea, ground coffee, sugar, milk and a bottle of mineral water. There is an iPod docking station for use in the apartment. The farm shop on the premises sells the farm's products - Olive oil, red wine, kiwi liquor, pâtés and preserves. All guests receive a pre arrival Welcome Pack full of hints & tips to help you plan and enhance your stay. Guided tours can be arranged for those who prefer not to drive such as visits to wine estates for wine tasting, visits to an artisan pasta factory, shopping trips to designer fashion outlets, a day with the truffle hunters and much more. Guided visits to the olive groves, mill and demonstration of olive oil tasting, plus a tasting session of all the farm's produce....morecollapse
- Wireless Internet
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Monument View
- Mountain View
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Scenic Drives
- Mountain Biking
The Medieval village of Vicopisano once had more than a hundred towers dotting it’s skyline and was famous for it's tower houses which were built by noble merchants. These noble merchants flocked to the village in Medieval times due to the village's strategic position. Today these Medieval town houses can still be seen but alas most of the towers have been cut down in size. Despite this there are still many visible towers within in the village. The village is dominated by the Medieval watch tower and fortress of the Renaissance master Fillipo Brunelleschi. The fortress is now open to the public at the weekends, and the small entrance fee includes a guided tour starting from the dungeons right up to the top of the domineering watch tower. From the top of the tower there is a fabulous photo opportunity to snap or video the spectacular surrounding countryside. The tours are usually led by Professor Giovanni Fascetti and his team who will not only guide you though this Medieval masterpiece but also give you some insight into the village's history and curiosities. Well worth a visit is the local parish church PIEVE DI SANTA MARIA. The Church was first mentioned in 934 AD but documents infer that it already existed some time before. The present construction dates back to the 12th Century and is a well-preserved example of a Pisan-Romanesque church. Positioned in the apse is a magnificent wooden sculpture of the Decent of Christ from the Cross, it dates back to the very early part of the 13th Century. On the massive interior stone walls traces of some 13th Century frescos can be seen of which some have been recently restored. Since the 15th Century Vicopisano has had a long history of ceramics and pottery making which for many years formed the area's main craft and artisan industries. Sadly today there are now only 3 ceramics workshops in the village where you can still see the potter at the wheel and purchase traditional and one off pieces. An absolute must is a morning or afternoon spent officially visiting the olive groves and mill, here you will learn about the wonderful olive tree, it's produce and how it is tended in this part of the world. The visit also includes a visit to the mill where you will learn how the olive becomes oil, and finally you will get to taste the wonderful oils and other produce from this farm. Appartamento Limone is situated within the province of Pisa. For those who enjoy sightseeing and shopping the City with its famous leaning tower and quaint cobbled shopping zone is only 25 to 30 minutes away, although there is much more to see in Pisa than the Leaning Tower. Take a map and a guide book and discover the small lanes and market squares with hidden shops, restaurants and cafés. Or head for the River Arno which runs through the City center, here you can take a city boat tour or just relax at one of the cafés. It is also possible to hire bikes & rickshaws to explore or take one of the official walking tours. In ancient times Pisa was an important port. Today the port has gone but you can still enjoy a day or two at the coast. Mariana di Pisa and the Tyrrhenian coast is just a 30 minute drive away from Vicopisano. Here you will find mostly sandy beaches, lounge bars on the sand, seafood restaurants and wonderful sunsets. Vicopisano is close to 3 natural thermal spas where guests can bathe in open air pools heated to 36/38° by a natural spring. Nearly all of the spas have treatment and wellness centers. There are 2 golf courses within a 35 minute drive . The beautiful Medieval walled city of Lucca can be reached in just over half an hour and is well worth a visit, especially in the summer months when it's streets are filled with the sound of Puccini. The City is mainly a car fee zone and most citizens get around by bicycles, to feel like a local and explore the city hire a bike at one of the main gates it’s, a great way to see the city. A short distance away is Torre del lago a small town where you can visit not only Puccini’s home but also attend the Puccini opera festival which generally runs throughout the summer months. Florence needs no introduction with its world famous galleries and monuments, also famous for its shopping and stylish boutiques. It’s an easy 45 minute drive away or better still take the train from one of the nearby railway stations. VINCI and VOLTERRA are both delightful places to visit and worth a day trip. Vinci is the birthplace of the famous Leonardo da Vinci, where you can visit a museum dedicated to the Renaissance master and the stone house where he was born. Volterra in the province of Pisa is an atmospheric hill town famous for alabaster (and now the famous Twilight saga). Etruscan, Roman and Medieval sites are scattered throughout Volterra. Both Vinci and Volterra are places easily reached from Vicopisano and take just under an hour by driving through a stunning Tuscan landscape....morecollapse
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Nice apartment, beautiful settingGuest comment entered by owner
Nice apartment, beautiful setting
The apartment is on an Olive Farm and is also the olive oil mill for the region. We were there at the start of olive oil milling season so we got to see the olive oil extraction process. That was very interesting. The view from the apartment is beautiful rolling hills and the little nearby town of Vicopisano has just about everything you need. The little fantasy markey in town was a great place to pick up picnic supplies. The apartment itself is very modern and looked like it was fairly new. Comfortable and clean
- Guest John S
- Date of stay 10/08/12
- Review Submitted 02/14/13
A triumph of marketing over substance
A triumph of marketing over substance
We booked at last minute due to our first choice being cancelled. The 27 page welcome pack and the high price for a 1 bed apartment promised a very special place. Nothing could have been further from the truth. The apartment was a hastily and I'll conceived conversion of a office suite. The bedroom had several phone jacks and ancient strip lighting. The bathroom was a conversion of a staff toilet which could on.y be made into a shabby type of wet room. The floor tiles were wall tiles ad were lethal when wet. Although there is a review which is glowing in its praise, although it doesn't actually mention the facilities in the apartment, rather drones on about their problems with their journey. The electrical appliances were either still boxed in their packaging or were obviously unused. The kettle had never had water in it! The terrace was just the rough concrete path to the front door. The patio furniture was very old, shabby and the metal struts of the parasol were so rusty that it couldn't be opened. There were 20 steps to the apartments and not 15 as stated in the advert. There was just a thin door between us and the apartment next door. We could here every move the residents made and presumably they could here us. We could go on but think we have outlined the short comings sufficiently enough to enable other holiday makers to make an informed choice. The owners need to up their game if they want British visitors.
- Guest Rosalind P.
- Date of stay 09/05/12
- Review Submitted 11/12/12
Owner response: Thank you for your comments your and your feedback has been taken seriously. We are very sorry our apartment disappointed you. Our aim is to offer clean comfortable accommodation on our family run olive farm so guests can immerse themselves into a typical Tuscan environment. We are sorry that you found the apartment highly priced. After much research we believe the rate of €70 / £56 /$89 per night to be fair for a 1 bedroom apartment in this location at this time of year. We advertise the apartment as being simply decorated with modern comforts such as fully fitted kitchen, air con and free WiFi. The farm building did have another use before we converted it into an apartment and great care was taken during the renovation. We were very concerned with your comments about the bathroom especially from a safety point of view, to date no other guests have brought this to our attention but due to your comments we will investigate and correct any problems. The photo in our ad is a perfect representation of the bathroom, and it has never been a conversion of a staff toilet. You state that the patio furniture is old and shabby which we must disagree with as the patio furniture is brand new; we have looked at the parasol and agree that it needs to be replaced immediately. You mention your disappointment with the patio; but we do feel that the photo of the patio area perfectly represents what guests will see in real life. The entry steps are not really proper steps; they are approx 1” deep and were intended to aid people walking up the slight slope. We counted 15 steps in a row and there are occasional random steps also 1” deep close to the entrance. Obviously we will amend this info in our ad. Our previous guest comment is genuine and is on another well known traveller site here you may contact this guest for feedback. The apartment has only recently opened and we are sorry we left the new appliances in their boxes; we didn’t think this would offend, but would on the contrary reassure guests that all was brand new. It is with sadness that we have not been able to offer you the holiday you were seeking. It is a shame that you didn’t speak to us during your stay, as you saw us on many occasions at the farm and we welcomed you both with your lovely dog. If you had expressed such disappointment at the time we would have happily refunded your money and helped you find different accommodation which would have been possible as this is a very small community.
FANTASTIC HOLIDAY IN AN AMAZING APARTMENT ON AN OLIVE FARM IN TUSCANY - WOW!!!
FANTASTIC HOLIDAY IN AN AMAZING APARTMENT ON AN OLIVE FARM IN TUSCANY - WOW!!!
We recently stayed at this charming apartment for 11 days and it was amazing. The farm where the apartment is situated is beautiful, and the family who own the farm were so kind and friendly. They couldn't do enough for us. Nothing was too much trouble. We really felt at home and we certainly felt like we were in the heart of Tuscany. The apartment was well equipped with everything that we needed, which was really important to us as we have an eight month old baby. The apartment was really big and airy and traditional italian. We loved it. Although we visited lots of places in Tuscany, it was also just lovely to walk around the farm looking at the beautiful fruit trees and grape vines. The family helped us with directions to places, and lots of information was also provided in the apartment on arrival. We used the welcome pack provided to try out recommened beaches and restaurants. It was such a great help. We were also given the most gorgeous fruit freshly picked off the pretty trees. It was delicious. The apartment is ideally located for visiting many other places in Tuscany. We went to Pisa, Florence, Buti and a couple of beaches, but there is so much more to do and see. There is a small supermarket in the village a few minutes away, but if you want a larger supermarket, there are a couple about 10 minutes and 15 minutes away which we visited a few times. Our plane was delayed by a few hours on the way out to Pisa, and I got a text and a phone call from Marie saying that she was aware that our plane was delayed and that she could order us a taxi when we arrived in Pisa, as our car hire office would be closed - wow, what a service. We were so grateful. When we got there our taxi was waiting. I don't know what we would have done if Marie hadn't have arranged this for us as we arrived after midnight. We have never been given this kind of great service. The next morning rather than having to get a taxi back to the airport Francesco drove us there, waited for us to collect our car and let us follow him back to the farm so we didn't get lost. We got an amazing service from day one and this continued all the way through our holiday. We had a lovely patio outside the apartment where we spent most evenings eating lovely italian food and drinking a glass of wine. We had a lovely view of the farm, and during the day we also had a gorgeous view of the castle in the village.We are already looking at flights to go back soon. It was fantastic and can't wait to return.
- Guest JULIETTE H.
- Date of stay 07/10/12
- Review Submitted 07/25/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: Our family thanks you very much for your wonderful review. We were very happy to welcome you. We wait for your return, suggesting to come in October, so you can see how is our production of oil. We will be glad to welcome you back with our hospitality and you can taste our freshly produced oil! Thanks again to your wonderful family! Bovoli family
Minimum stay 3 nights ~ All prices are in Euros for 2-person occupancy Summer 19 Jul - 5 Sep 2012 €525 weekly €85 per night (Same for Summer 2013) Autumn 6 Sep- 31 Nov 2012 €475 weekly €70 per night Olive Season is the month of November! Winter 1 Dec - 19 Dec 2012 €400 weekly €65 per night Christmas 20 Dec - 7 Jan 2013 €525 weekly €85 per night Winter 8 Jan - 31 Mar 2013 €400 weekly €65 per night Spring 1 Apr - 14 Jun 2013 €475 weekly €70 per night
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Year Purchased: 1980
About the owner: The Farm Il Frantoio di Vicopisano came into being from Nicola Bovoli and his family’s love for food, quality and the Tuscan landscape. The adventure began in the Eighties when they bought a farmhouse, a mill and about ten hectares of olive trees in the beautiful medieval village of Vicopisano, on the lower slopes of the Monte Pisano. Today the organic farm produces an award winning olive oil, a wonderful red wine from the Sangiovese grape, and various other organic produce which is available for purchase not only throughout Italy and at the farm's own shop but also in exclusive outlets in America. Nicola and his wife Lucia are both from Tuscany and have 2 children; Simona their daughter lives on the farm and works in the office and is very much hands on in the business and she is also a qualified and professional olive oil taster, nephew Francesco and his wife Valentina also work at the farm. Francesco works the land, tends the olives and sometimes jumps off his tractor to offer guided tours round the mill and farm! Valentina helps with bookings alongside Marie & Lorenzo who will initially deal with your booking enquiries. Marie & Lorenzo are not Bovili family members but have come to know and love this idyllic place on the hill and the hospitality of the family, they both live close by in the village. Marie is British and will be on hand for all English Language enquiries, although all the Bovili family do speak English and there will always be a family member close at hand during your stay.
Why the Owner Chose Pisa:
The property was purchased initially with a view to starting the olive oil business, however it was the love of the Tuscan landscape and the favorable micro climate which swayed the decision for the Bovili family to settle in this area.The farm is surrounded by almost 3000 olive trees, a large vineyard, a rich orchard and a sweet smelling pine forest. At the heart of the estate stands an ancient olive oil mill (Frantoio) where all the freshly picked olives are turned into the golden oil .
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The farm (Frantoio) is also ideally situated close to the village of Vicopisano and all its amenities. The village is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany and is ideally situated close to the city of Pisa and it’s international airport and within easy reach of the beautiful Tuscan cities of Lucca and Florence and just 30 minutes away from the Pisan coast and golf courses .
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The apartment and mill are nestled in the hillside
Picturesque corners to shade from the heat of the day
The wrought iron headboard so typically Tuscan
Beautiful views over the orchards and medieval towers
Tuscan lace on the large queen sized bed
The kichen and dining area
View from the bedroom window over Brunelleschi's tower
The large BBQ is perfect for cooking up a feast
Olive crushing stones and the entrance to Appartamento Limone
Rustic charm and simplicity. Farm shop with apartment in background
The farm produces award winning olive oil
See the olives arrive at the mill
Entrance and Terrace to Appartamento limone
The village square in Vicopisano
Your private terrace with sun shade
The typically Tuscan bedroom has a large wardrobe and antique dressing table
Dappled sunlight entering through the arched kitchen window
The arched window of the bedroom looks out onto Brunelleschi’s tower
The shower room with washing machine
The bright pink flowers of oleander bushes are dotted around the estate
Entrance to the farm
Vicopisano A typical village scene
Come in October or November and see the olive harvest
Witness the turning of the olives into oil!
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