3 bedrooms, 5 beds luminous with wintergarden, friendly and comfortable, relax
- english, german, italian, Bavarian
About Claudia Pirazzi
Interested in art, travelling and my family, I like to share and have guests myself. Culture and a sophisticated lifestyle is what we all like without forgetting nature.
Claudia Pirazzi purchased this Cottage in 1999
Why Claudia Pirazzi chose Gavinana
Because it´s location is so ideal. Close to the city centre and at the same time in the green nature of the Florentine Hills. We liked it because it has this second home and we like to have persons around us.
What makes this Cottage unique
Flowers, Roses and green around in a luminous wintergarden and house. It is like a own cottage and in a few minutes you are down town Florence. The bus service is perfect and also for daytrips it is a good pole position.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great Location for Florence and Tuscany, Chianti Region
First, I must say the owner Silvia who lives in another house on this lovely property, was wonderfully helpful, gracious and kind.
She welcomed us with a bottle of local wine, a jar of homemade apricot jam and went over all the details of the property and location. She also reserved an umbrella and chairs for us at the beach we went to later. Grazzi !!!
The location is perfect if you plan to explore and spend time in Florence or the Chianti region of Tuscany. We did all of the above and even went to the coast one day which was about 100 km away. We did have a rental car, but never used it to drive into Florence center for obvious reasons. We used a taxi for that, which arrived within 5 - 10 minutes.
This property is special, which is gated, secure, private and quiet and nicely landscaped. The 2 main bedrooms have air conditioning, which was a blessing as it got to almost 100 degrees on several days. There are 3 bathrooms, with 2 showers, so our party of 3 was more than comfortable here and we all enjoyed our stay here.
Please know that the restaurant across the street is excellent, with friendly staff and a great menu all prepared fresh, with indoor or outdoor seating.
The only constructive feedback I have is to have the washing machine checked or replaced. We spent a week in a Rome hotel prior, so we had a bit of laundry to do when we arrived here. The clothes washer is very fussy and it took hours to complete a cycle and sometimes would not do a spin cycle. Perhaps it was user error, so maybe instructions would help. Some extra clothespins too would be nice to hang dry clothing and perhaps a new outdoor table and chairs for relaxing outside, as the grounds are lovely and well kept.
Bottom line I recommend this charming place.
Wonderful host and location
My family and friends were lucky to stay in this wonderful villa while visiting Italy. The hosts were gracious and the villa was beautiful. There was a family owned restaurant within a half block- the food was great and they treated us very well. Also, other supplies were readily available from a local co-op.
thank you for your description and your valuation. We are happy if our guests are feeling fine and are at ease in a foreign country.
Hope to have you back one day.
The house was very comfortable, with extra blankets which were welcomed as it was quite cold for this time of year (September). Owner and cleaner were both very welcoming and accommodating. Bus connection (weekdays only) to Florence was very good, if a little hairy going down extremely narrow roads. Local shop and Pizzeria were both excellent.
thank you for taking the time to write a review and it was nice, having you as guests.
We are happy that you had a wonderful time and enjoyed your stay.
We hope to welcome you another time
It is a lovely place to stay.
It is a lovely house, tastefully decorated, but not so fragile that one would worry bringing children along. The hosts were exceedingly gracious and helpful. It was a great place from which to explore old Florence, as well as other places in Tuscany, such as Pisa (Leaning Tower, of course), Lucca (an intact city wall whose ramparts are now a beautiful park), Castigliocello (beautiful rocky beach, very Nantucket) and Forte dei Marmie (upscale beach, very East/South Hampton). It was great to come back from these trips and have a cool outdoor garden at our disposal. Although driving and directions are a bit tricky in Florence, it's worth figuring out. We were able to get to old Florence (i.e. Uffizi, etc.), within 15-20 minutes.
it was very nice, getting to know you and your lovely children and to see them playing with the dog in the garden! Thank you for taking the time to write a Review and we really hope to have you back again, all five of you!
Beautiful property, great location, amazing and wonderful owner
We have stayed in rental properties for several years and this was one of the best experiences we've ever had. The property and its location were both terrific. But by far the most wonderful part of the visit was the hospitality and kindness shown to us by the owner, Sylvia.
From the moment we got there, she was a wealth of information not only about the property and the local environment (where to shop for groceries, etc), but about things that made it easy for us to enjoy Florence. Where to park in town, what restaurants to try, what museums were most worth seeing. She went out of her way to call and make reservations for us at restaurants. When we were taking a day trip out of town, she was incredibly helpful and generous with her time, advice, assistance and more. We could not be more grateful and could not have had a more wonderful host.
The property was terrific as well: very clean, charming, with all we (family of 5) needed in terms of amenities. I recall reading some prior review of the property that complained about the walking distance to shopping, bus stops and restaurants. To be clear: you should have a car for this property. But if you do (as we did), it is fantastic. Just a 12 minute drive into Florence and all that wonderful town has to offer.
In short, we'd HIGHLY recommend the property without reservation.
I want to live here!
I feel so lucky to have booked this absolutely lovely property. The home is as wonderful as the photos, and the hostess, Sylvie, was the most gracious person we could ever have met. Sylvie lives in a separate house on the property and has staff around during the day so there is always someone to answer your questions or help you with anything you need. Everyone is kind and helpful. The property is wooded with a small vineyard and an adjacent olive grove. I would have been happy to have stayed here and never left the property. The house has two large bedrooms upstair with large en-suite bathrooms.There is also one small bedroom with a single bed. There is a powder room downstairs. In the kitchen the cooking area was a little small for three women but it was cozy and worked well. There is a washing machine but no dryer. There is a clothes line in the yard and an inside clothes rack. We rented a car in Venice and drove to Florence (easy drive). We used this house as a base and drove all over Tuscany. It is within an hour drive of just about anywhere you want to go in Tuscany. When we wanted to go into Florence (no one wants to drive in the city of Florence) we just walked down the lane, out the gates and down the road about 10 minutes to the bus stop. When we came home after a long, tiring day in the city we just took a taxi back from the city. The cost of the taxi from the Ponte Vecchio is about €12. There is a small grocery store down the street, the proprietor and staff are the kindest people and, if you like, they even have some wonderful prepared foods you can just take home and heat up (fresh pasta, meatballs, pesto, etc.) They also have a full bar and you can purchase bottles of liquor and wine to take home. There is a restaurant across the street from the house, I do recommend their pizza but we were disappointed with other dishes on the menu. It is not a small, quiet place either, it seems to be a favorite place for families. When we were in Italy our homes in Florida were under siege by a category 4 hurricane and we were very anxious about the storm. Sylvie gave us access to her living room and television all night long as we could not get our television to work, we would come and go every few hours to see what was happening. Sylvie even served us refreshments while we followed the storm, and in the morning Anna made tea for us. We felt like honored guests. We sent photos to some family members and they are booking the house next year.
This cottage is situated only 4,5 km from the centre of town from where it is easy to reach in the famous Florentine Hills, the exclusive living in Florence, . It offers quietness and green around which is shared with the mainhome of the owner within the park. Also the next golf course of Ugolino Golf is only 15 minutes away. A good Pizzeria and the bus stop are in front of the own park where you have naturally your own parking place for the car. The bus brings you frequently into town and back.For rides into the wonderful Chianti area you need just five minutes to get onto the highway A1 and from there everywhere in Tuscany. Distance to the airport of Florence Peretola is about 20 minutes drive on the highway, about 40 minutes through the city. From Pisa airport it will take you about 1 hour and 20 minutes drive. All these indications are approximately as depending on the traffic and time of the day.Enjoy relaxing green after a day of culture and architecture.
Other Activities: Culture and cooking courses, walkingtours in and around Florence
Golf: Golf Club of Ugolino is the one of the most important Golf club's in Tuscany with beautiful scenery and at the same time close to Florence city centre. The lovely house is half way to each direction.
Ski: To the Abetone Skiing area it is a 2 hour drive and very beautiful.