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La Merlaia Beauty and Quietness with Pool on Hills of Florence

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,670 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

La Merlaia (typical countryside buiding) is perfectly located both for sightseeing (about 20 minutes by car from Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza Santa Croce and parking lot to walk in Florence downtown) and rest (it is located at 350mt of altitude, so during the night it is never too hot, and is dipped in the typical Tuscan countryside, surrounded by fields of olive trees and vineyards).

The garden have both a shady area with secular trees and a sunny south facing garden where is located the pool (completely private use). 10 km from Florence, 7 km from Bagno a Ripoli and 1 km from San Donato in Collina (bus stop to Florence, food open sunday too, bars, chemist, soccer court). Horse riding 2 km away. Golf course 15 km. At guests'disposal is a large fenced garden, panoramic terrace with gazebo and garden furniture, private 6X12 swimming pool (15 May-30 Sept., depth 1,20/2,10 mt) with night lights, soccer court, basket, ping pong, barbecue. The floor pool area is furnished with deck chairs, chairs and table. The house comprises a 1 he field with olive trees. Ideal location for trekking, trail running and mountain bike. The house is provided with pool, billiard, piano, bath tub, internet WI-FI. Access to the property by a 300 mt dirt road.

Ground floor: 25 m² kitchen (refrigerator, dishwasher, gas stove, electric cooker, hob, oven, microwave, toaster, coffee maker); Biliard room 25 m²; Dining room 45 m²; living room 55 m² ; Bathroom 1: WC: Hot and cold. Shower. First floor: Bedroom 1 20 m²: 2 beds (double bed); Bedroom 2 30 m²: 4 beds (single beds); Bedroom 3 40 m²: 2 beds (single bed) 2 bed (sofa bed); Bedroom 4 20 m²: 2 beds (double bed); Bathroom 2: WC: Hot and cold. tub; Bathroom 3: WC: Hot and cold. shower

Keywords: countryside villa, private pool, Florence, Tuscany, wine tasting, Wi-Fi internet connection

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About The Owner

We are four, my wife Gaia (48 years old) poet (she published many collection of poems), me Andrea (48 years old), I am software engineer and I love trail running (finisher of Ultra Trail Mont Blanc and many other Ultra Trail), a girl Bianca (17 years old) who likes fencing, art and books, a boy Matteo (19 years old) who likes football and music. We like travel and discover a new country.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2001


Rignano sull'Arno Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3670 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , bidet
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (6), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) One double sofa bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
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La Merlaia Beauty and Quietness with Pool on Hills of Florence
average rating of 4.4 based on 15 reviews

Beautiful Tuscany style villa with garden

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at La Merlaia. Loved having the pool to come home to after a day of exploring. The bedrooms are very large, the kitchen was stocked with every cooking utensil, pan and serving dish you would ever need, fantastic billiard table and huge dining room. We would recommended it to all.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our family!

  • 5 of 5

This property has respected and carefully maintained the original character of the house and was a great relaxing base for exploring Florence and Tuscany. There was everything you could need and it was very well equipped. The owners are very warm and responsive, which always makes things that much more smooth during your holiday. The house is suitable for all ages, including small children. If the opportunity ever comes up again, we would not hesitate to come back. Would highly recommend this home and this location.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place, highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

For the first time ever i have found a holiday villa that I actually consider going back to! The house was perfectly suited for our two families. La Merlaia is a stunning place, renovated but maintaining its characterful features, and it was very spacious for everyone. We all loved the beautiful terrace and outdoor eating areas. The pool was of course the main gathering point - big enough also for the older kids to have fun. If the adults wanted a quiet moment with a book the garden is big enough for that as well.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not great

  • 1 of 5

This home is old, the owners inherited this house and have no insentive to upgrade

Appliances old , dusty not clean at all

Pool area horrid , pictures not reflective of what you see when you arrive

Parking horrid

Be careful


  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent a tout point de vue!

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un très bon séjour dans La Merlaia.

La maison et le jardin avec piscine sont magnifique, grands, typique et conformes à la description. Une adresse unique dans un cadre naturel magnifique.

Très bien situé pour visiter Florence (10 km), vous pouvez facilement rejoindre d'autres villes célèbres de la Toscane (Sienne, San Gimignano, Pise, Volterra, Lucca).

La propriétaire est trés accueillante et trés gentille.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Es war wunderschön!

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben Andreas Haus für unseren Girls -Trip (7 Frauen!) genutzt. Es war wunderschön!. Das Haus bietet einent toskanischen Komfort. Nicht modern, aber alles da, Der Pool war zum morgendlichen Schwimmen die Erfrischung schlechthin. das Haus selbst befindet sich in einer traumhaften Lage, aber abseits von allem. Das Weingut,ca 15 min Fußweg kann man ohne Probleme erreiche. Andrea selbst, ist ein toller Gastgeber, der mit Rat und Tat zur Seite steht.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Botteghina - Food shop open sunday too
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Fani - Food shop
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Bus stop to Florence
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Bus stop from Florence
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Butcher's shop
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Restaurant - Pizzeria Nuovo Ranch
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Piazzale Michelangiolo
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Ponte Vecchio
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Uffizi Museum
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Palazzo Vecchio
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Piazza del Duomo
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Santa Croce Church
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Entrance to Giardino di Boboli
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Piazza Pitti
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San Miniato Church
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Parking Area
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Underground parking

Trail Running


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $184.59

Heating cost in autumn and spring excluded

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund