Fabulous Tuscan Farmhouse with Spectacular Views
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Londa farmhouse description
This beautifully restored and spacious Tuscan farmhouse close to Florence, has terracotta floors, original beams and traditional local furniture, and lies on 8 acres of wild flower-covered meadows. Enjoying spectacular views, the house is private and secluded. There are walnut, fig, apricot and cherry trees and a profusion of lavender, rosemary and thyme.
The main house has 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms all with showers, 4 large living rooms including fully-fitted kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine. An additional double bedroom with ensuite shower is available at extra cost.
Close to the house is a 12m x 6m swimming pool with shade provided by cherry and walnut trees. There is a magnificently covered dining terrace with spectacular views of the Sieve Valley. A portable barbecue is provided.
The nearest village is Londa, 10 minutes by car. It has a variety of shops, bank, and two excellent restaurants. Florence is just 1 hour by car or train from the local station.
Keywords: Private Tuscan Farmhouse
- 4000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- All the beds are of the highest quality with new firm mattresses and soft pillows. Sheets, towels and face cloths are 100% cotton. Extra blankets and comforters are available. All bedrooms have wardrobes and chest-of-drawers, bedside tables and lights. There are fly screens in every room to prevent entering insects at night and outside shutters to keep the rooms cool during the day. Bedroom 4, the smaller twin bedroom leads directly off the master bedroom so it is ideal for small children. Bedroom 5 is an optional extra but will not be let if you do take it. We have 2 children's cots, high chairs and baby toys for the house and the pool....moreless
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
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- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- We can advise on and arrange for you to enjoy a wide variety of amenities and activities/events to enhance your holiday. If you would like more information on any of these, please contact us via email or telephone. Shopping • First Night Survival Kit. When you arrive, you will find the necessary grocery items for your first night/breakfast. • Basic Groceries. We will stock the refrigerator and food cupboard with the basic items to get you started. Cooking • Evening Meal. We will provide a simple Tuscan meal with wines for your first night. • Special Event. A local cook/chef will come to the house to prepare for you everything from a simple meal to a banquet for a special occasion. Cleaning. • Maid service. We can arrange for extra cleaning to meet your requirements. • Extra towels/bed linens. Transportation • Airport pick-up. A car is essential at L'Olmo....moreless
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- Ping Pong Table
- CD Player
- DVD Player
Pool & Spa
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- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Medical Services
- Equestrian Events
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Center
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Hunting Small Game
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Winery Tours
- Live Theater
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- L'Olmo is located in the most beautiful part of Tuscany, known as Mugello/Val di Sieve. Close to Florence it is also ideally placed to visit other famous Tuscan towns such as Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and Arezzo. This area was chosen by the Medici family for their summer homes and to grow wine and olives. There are so many famous places to visit in this area that one could spend a month here and not see everything. Our guests typically enjoy the peace and tranquility of the house and gardens, the 12m x 6m private pool, walking the in woods locally, visiting the wide variety of Tuscan restaurants within easy access, visiting local wineries and learning about the local Chianti wines and the best olive oil in Italy, finding all their shopping needs in the local village, visiting the myriad of local fairs and markets, sightseeing in large and famous Tuscan towns but also exploring the smaller and less well-known villages within easy driving distance, enjoying the warm welcome extended to visitors by the local people....moreless
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Fantastic family holiday
Fantastic family holiday
We spent a week at l'Olmo in mid-August with a family party of six adults and three children aged eighteen months, five and nine - and everybody had a great time. The house was welcoming and comfortable, the location superb and the swimming pool irresistible. Set high in the hills east of Florence and looking over the Val di Sieve, the views from L'Olmo are stunning. Sitting round the pool or on the terrace looking out over the wooded slopes or up at the stars at night, you feel you are in a timeless landscape that has changed little since Roman times. Especially when the family of wild boar that live close by come foraging for pears in the orchard next to the pool; and when the shepherd brings his herd of sheep, marshaled by his two sheepdogs, to graze in the fields in front of the villa. The stone and oak-beamed farmhouse was cool, clean and comfortable with big bedrooms and lots of space downstairs for children and adults, perfect for a family like ours. However we spent almost all of our time outdoors on the sun loungers around the pool or in the water. There's enough shade from the cherry and almond trees to keep you cool during the hottest parts of the day and the pool is big enough for games with the children or a decent swim. We divided the cooking between the kitchen and the barbecue and had most of our meals on the terrace with the eight of us seated comfortably round the large dining table. But we had the option of using the posh dining room indoors and then ending the evening with coffee in the library. Florence is an easy trip for a day's outing by car or train and the local village has a couple of good restaurants and a friendly bar. If you want to go a bit further afield the owner, Martyn, will happily advise you about the best places to eat, vineyards, local markets, villages, shopping and much more. The road up to the villa is a bit daunting the first time but soon familiar and well worth it for the stunning location and views.
- Guest Richard P.
- Date of stay 08/17/13
- Review Submitted 09/11/13
5 star holiday in TuscanyGuest comment entered by owner
5 star holiday in Tuscany
L'Olmo was the perfect place for our holiday. We wanted somewhere peaceful in the Tuscan countryside with easy access to cities and culture. It needed to accomodate 3 families with a range of demands from young children to teenagers. It suited us all brilliantly. The farmhouse was gorgeous; clean and comfortable with everything we could possibly need. Inside it was cool, there was plenty of room for everyone to have their own space, we loved the library! Outside the pool was wonderful, a good size and well maintained, with plenty of loungers so we didn't fight! The aroma of lavender, rosemary and thyme, planted alongside the pool, was heavenly as we swam and lazed about in the sunshine. The owners, Margaret and Martyn, generously invited us to help ourselves to fruit and herbs from the garden.This was paradise for the wannabe chef in our group. The outdoor dining area and barbecue were great, especially as eating and drinking took up a good proportion of the holiday! When we asked the children what to write in the review they said 'there was life everywhere!' - they were fascinated by the lizards, humming bird hawkmoths and masses of butterflies. We were very excited to see a Hoopie and deer in the forest. The local villages provided everything we needed with good restaurants and local produce. We had fantastic days out to Florence and Arezzo. Access by train and car was easy. Margaret and Martyn gave us a warm welcome, they were endlessly helpful but never intrusive. The communication and directions were clear and accurate, the information in the handbook was really useful and our only regret is that we didn't book a longer stay. We will be back!
- Guest Rachel & Paul McAleny
- Date of stay 07/21/12
- Review Submitted 06/25/13
L'Olmo - our perfect vacationGuest comment entered by owner
L'Olmo - our perfect vacation
This was the perfect place to come and relax and re-energize this summer. It felt like a different world to the one we had left behind in England. The temperature in August was ideal and the children entertained themselves with the pool and table tennis whilst the adults were able to watch from sun loungers. The location of L’Olmo and the surrounding countryside are beautiful and the property sits at the top of a hill but is within a short trip of excellent places to eat and buy quality Italian fare. We greatly enjoyed the Chianti Rufina wine tour organised by Martyn and would thoroughly recommend this to any wine lovers or indeed those interested in the history of this wonderful region. All in all a fantastic place to spend a week or two!
- Guest Richard & Felicity Hindley
- Date of stay 07/14/12
- Review Submitted 06/25/13
Dream vacation in Tuscany
Dream vacation in Tuscany
Last summer, we stayed at L'Olmo in Tuscany. The property is beautifully set in the Tuscan hills, overlooking vineyards and olive groves. The gorgeous stone farmhouse has been meticulously renovated with a huge, functional kitchen, several sitting rooms and lovely bedrooms. There is also a pool on the premises, surrounded by lavender and rosemary bushes that is perfect for lounging and enjoying the scenery. Martyn, our host, was extremely helpful throughout our stay, arranging for a wine tour, suggesting restaurants and sites in the area. Our party consisted of four adults and three kids. There was ample room for all of us and the house and grounds were so clean and tidy. It was an outstanding experience that I would recommend to anyone. Our kids said that staying in L'Olmo was the highlight of our three-week trip to Italy.
- Guest Jenn (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
- Date of stay 07/01/12
- Review Submitted 06/24/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, families with young children, tourists without a car.
Tuscan Dream house
Tuscan Dream house
We spent a fabulous week at this old world Villa, with 6 of our friends. It is spacious, homey and clean. All the comforts of home. We would travel each day to the surrounding towns to sightsee, and each night return with wine and cheese and bread to share our experiences around the farm house kitchen table. We enjoyed the spectacular views from our rooms, especially of the twinkling lights in Florence off in the distance. We picked fresh figs from the tree outside our doorstep, enjoyed the antics of the sheep that came to graze on the lawn, and marveled at the stars in the clear sky each night . This is a peaceful and charming place to enjoy the real Tuscany,away from the hectic pace of the City. The drive up the mountain, with beautiful views of the valley below , is an adventure, but it didn't deter us from coming and going each day. Martyn and Margaret, the owners, are on property, speak English ( a real plus) and are very gracious and helpful in suggesting places to dine and what to see. Our favorite meal during our 2 weeks in Italy was at a small restaurant that Martyn recommended. They were always prompt in replying to our e mails and answered all our questions before we booked our stay. If you are looking to experience quiet life in Tuscany, this is the place to be. We hope to be able to go back again soon.
- Guest Cookie plus 7 (Buffalo NY)
- Date of stay 09/25/10
- Review Submitted 04/06/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
My wife and I and seven family members as young as 11 had a wonderful week at L'Olmo. The Lewis' were perfect--they were there when you needed help and guidance, but otherwise very unobtrusive. The house was beautifull restored, the accommodations were outstanding, and the scenery was breathtaking. Far beyond our expectations. We enjoy cooking, so we particularly appreciated the very modern kitchen; and having a washer and dryer was very important with the large group. The grandchildren swam every day after the Tuscany sightseeing, and that was very important to our total enjoyment. They also enjoyed table tennis. Three of the family work so we had a laptop computer. Even though we were in the country, we were able to get internet reception in the kitchen much of the day. The week was superb.
- Guest Bob Davies (Sarasota, Florida)
- Date of stay 07/12/09
- Review Submitted 07/12/09
What an incredible 7 days spent in Tuscany and at L’Olmo. Our hosts Margaret and Martyn were wonderful. They provided such good assistance with things to do, places to see, and restaurants to eat at. When we forgot to pick up some Basil from the market one day, Margaret was quick to the rescue with some from her thriving garden, along with some vegetables for dinner. There are so many brochures and books in the house it took the better part of an afternoon to review them all. The house couldn’t have been better. Plenty of room for everyone, both inside and out. The pool was so refreshing after hiking the trails around the property. Be sure to find the Chestnut forest – we even picked up a few porcupine barbs along the way. We all couldn’t believe we were staying in a 500 year old villa! We made day trips to Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and Florence. Very convenient to them all. Be sure to take the train to Florence – its so convenient. Be sure to buy your ticket from the Tobacchi shop in Londa when you’re picking up your groceries and you’ll be set. Our most favorite part of the drive up to the house was passing through the farm and driving between the house and barn. The owners would peek out from the doorway, waving to welcome us back. The kids got a kick out of seeing the cows and chickens in the road. We had such a great time that there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think with envy of our week at L’Olmo and the wonderful memories of a trip of a lifetime. Hopefully only one of many to come!
- Guest Ed and Diana1 (Ft Lauderdale, FL)
- Date of stay 09/07/07
- Review Submitted 09/07/07
It has been 6 weeks since I left L'Olmo and it still feels like a dream. The house was amazing. Martyn and Margaret are very hospitable and friendly. The house and grounds were impeccably clean and inviting.There was more than enough room for our families(10 people), the kids enjoyed exploring the land, ping- pong and the pool. The drive up the mountain was a bit daunting, but not a problem at all. We enjoyed the house, cooking in the well equipped kitchen, eating and drinking on the porch and hiking the trails. Day trips to other cities was easy to navigate(with a map).Plenty of resource material and maps in the house.I would recommend the house without any reservations at all and would go back today if I could. If I close my eyes I can still smell the fresh lavender.....
- Guest Kathleen9 (Sunrise, FL USA)
- Date of stay 08/28/07
- Review Submitted 08/28/07
Rental Rates - GB Pounds Main House Only(8) With Extra Bedroom(10) 26 April - 24 May 2014 £1600 £1800 24 May - 21 June 2014 £1800 £2100 21 June - 19 July 2014 £2000 £2300 19 July - 30 August 2014 £2400 £2800 30 August - 27 September 2014 £2000 £2300 27 September - 25 October 2014 £1800 £2100
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- Nearest Airport: Florence at 20 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Livorno at 50 Miles
- Nearest Train: Contea/Londa at 5 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: A1 Autostrada at 15 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Rimini at 50 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Londa at 3 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Poggio dei Medici at 15 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Londa at 3 Miles
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: We bought L'Olmo in 2000 as a holiday home and we now love to share it with family, friends and anyone else who loves Tuscany and wants to experience its unique friendliness and culture. We still spend the winter in England where we have our main home, family and friends but we love the summers in the Mugello. Our daughter, Lizzy, got married here in 2008 and we couldn't have chosen a more beautiful location for her special day.
Why the Owner Chose Londa:
We fell in love with the Mugello area of Tuscany and in particular our local village of Londa while spending holidays here in the late 1990s. What clinched it for us was the welcome we were given by the local people who have all become great friends.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
A stunning location with spectacular views across the Sieve valley. Private and secluded without being remote. Friendly local village with great facilities and shopping. Proximity to Florence and ease of reaching other important Tuscan towns.
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L'Olmo - Front View
Second twin bedroom
Covered Dining Terrace
The pool and spectacular views
Views over the house
Tuscan Sitting Room
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