Located on a hill overlooking the Val d‘Arno, immediately behind the Chianti, totally surrounded by greenery, “Podere La Farfalla” (also known as “La Specola”) is an ancient farmhouse dating back to 1300. During its millenary history it has been the home of illustrious local personalities; it was in fact the house of property and residence of the philosopher, humanist, astrologer, as well as personal educator of the Medici family, Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499).
Inside the park are the frame of the manor house, 3 charming and comfortable dependance completely renovated and furnished respecting the Tuscan style. The silvery foliage of the olive tree, the thousand colors of fruit trees, the rising of the severe and centuries-old cypress trees, make it the ideal place for a relaxing and healthy holiday.
Podere is housed in a small hamlet consisting of three residential units with very ancient origins. Today, thanks to the careful and fine recovery that has preserved the original building, it lends itself to being a welcoming and luxurious residence where you can spend a holiday in the countryside in the heart of Tuscany. The dwelling, which offers a suggestive view of green hills and expanses of olive trees and is cloaked at the bottom by an extended crown of wood for the most part practicable, it is embellished with a collection of antique furniture and precious accessories that give the rooms a touch of uncommon personality.
Outside, it is framed by a quiet and well-kept park with a lot of lawn, a large swimming pool and equipped areas. Located at the gates of Figline Valdarno, with shops, services and restaurants, and a few kilometers from the famous outlet The Mall and from small urban centers scattered in the surroundings, the property is immersed in the most beautiful and varied landscapes of Tuscany, in the area of Florentine Valdarno, between the Pratomagno ridge and the nearby Chianti region, a short distance from Florence and Arezzo, and a few kilometers from the Autostrada del Sole and the main tourist resorts of Tuscany (the villages of Chianti, San Gimignano, Siena and all the renowned valleys that cross it). Here it will be possible to taste the delicious and authentic Tuscan eno-gastronomic products, visit the wonderful nature reserves of Sant’Antonio and Vallombrosa and the evocative area of the crags on foot and by bike.
NB: In a wing of the property, with independent access, live the friendly owners who take care of the maintenance of the park and the swimming pool without interfering in the privacy of the guests.
The main villa consists of two floors. From the ground floor you enter a large atrium where there are the stairs to the upper floor and which leads into the living area organized with lounge, dining room and built-in kitchen with a large fireplace
Through French windows it is possible to directly access the equipped outdoor areas from every room. The floor is completed with a service bathroom and laundry room. Upstairs there is a TV room and four bedrooms with private bathroom: two double bedrooms with bathroom with tub, one double with bathroom with tub and shower and, finally, one twin with bathroom with shower.
Located about 15 meters from the main villa, it is spread over two levels.
The entrance on the ground floor leads into the living room with lounge and dining table; from here you reach a spacious kitchen with direct access to the veranda, the laundry room and a bathroom with shower.
The internal staircase that ends on the first floor leads to the sleeping area, arranged with three double bedrooms served by two bathrooms with shower and one with bathtub
It is about 40 meters from the villa; on the ground floor there is an open space organized with living room, dining area and kitchenette, a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and, finally, the laundry room.
The upper floor is completed by a double bedroom with a terrace overlooking the park and served by a bathroom with shower. The entrance on the ground floor leads into the living room with lounge and dining table; from here you reach a spacious kitchen with direct access to the veranda, the laundry room and a bathroom with shower.
Pool: Dimensions 8 X 16 m
The large swimming pool of Podere is placed in an area of the garden surrounded by thick vegetation from which green hilly landscapes can be seen. It can be reached briefly both from the annexes and from the main farmhouse (from which it is about 50 m) simply by taking a few steps in the lawn that surrounds it. The pool has a rectangular shape with depths between 1.20 m and 2.40 m, is covered in white ceramic tiles and is bordered with terracotta bricks. It is sanitized with chlorine and is accessed via two metal ladders. The solarium that develops all around is equipped with umbrellas, gazebos, sun loungers, cold water showers and a circular hydromassage tub (not heated). The swimming pool, illuminated both inside and outside.
Within the Property:
The park surrounding the villa, within a property of about 27 hectares, is enhanced by large areas planted with lawns, bordered on the sides by garrisons of olive trees and, on the bottom, by extensive wooded vegetation, mostly flat and walkable. Through the private avenue bordered by rows of cypresses you reach the covered parking area and, from here, the main villa, the annexes and the swimming pool. Around each housing structure, in the vast park cared for and enlivened by multiple blooms, there are recreational spaces for outdoor parking set up with seats, tables and armchairs: in the large stone-paved courtyard and embellished with fragrant lemon trees, in the patio on the back, where there is a masonry structure with barbecue and wood-burning oven.
- Beds: 18
- Bedrooms: 9(MAIN VILLA: 4 double; ANNEX 1: 3 double; ANNEX 2: 1 twin, 1 double)
- Bathrooms: 11(MAIN VILLA: 1 with shower, 1 with shower and bathtub, 2 with bathtub. ANNEX 1: 3 with shower, 1 with bathtub. ANNEX 2: 2 with shower. Of which en-suite bathrooms: 8)
- Swimming pool The pool is reserved exclusively for guests.
- Cleaning Services With your reservation are included 2 “quick” cleaning of the house.
- Free Parking Inside the property
- Free WiFi Within the property you will find several lines WiFi at your disposal. The lines are open and free.
- Sanification, Covid-19 Compliance According to Covid-19 safety regulations the sanification of the villas is done very carefully and through the use of certified products and through cycles of Ozone
- Air Conditioning All villas are equipped with air conditioning in the night area
- Guests: 18
- Amenities: Air Conditioning, Bathroom essentials, BBQ, Bedroom comforts, Dishwasher, Espresso Machine, Fireplace, Free parking, Fully equipped kitchen, Garden, Hair dryer, Oven, Swimming Pool, Tv-sat, Washing Machine, Wi-Fi
- View: Figline Valdarno (FI): 18 people, 9 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms in 3 villas with pool.
- Categories: Countryside, Eco Friendly Houses, Family Holidays, Luxury Villas, Tuscany
- Location: Florence, Tuscany
- Bedrooms: 9
- Bathrooms: 11