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Exclusive Medieval Watchtower with Pool - Watchtower and child-friendly Cottage together

Overview

Property

Updated: 29-Nov-2016
Unique tower with pool (2016) ideal for art tours, only 10km from Florence

A unique historic building converted by an avant-garde architect, Torre di Sopra is an architectural marvel with pool conveniently located 20 minutes drive from the centre of Florence and within easy access for sightseeing in the rest of Tuscany. A uniquely contemporary take on an original Medieval watch-tower complex. The main tower property includes 3 double and 2 twin bedrooms, 4 en-suite bathrooms, sitting room with open fireplace, dining room, kitchen and external sitting and dining areas under the loggia and pergola. The garden has views over surrounding olive groves and Florence in the distance. Fenced salt-water pool (summer 2016). Maximum occupancy is 11.

Details for holiday home Watchtower and child-friendly Cottage together, 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, 6 Bathrooms

Decorated with original and rare 14h century wall frescos, the property sleeps up to 11 as a unit, or up to 15 including the adjoining cottage La Casina. It includes 4 double and 2 twin rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, and an additional twin with shared bathroom, a study, wi-fi, kitchen, dining room, large sitting room with open fireplace and TV, an outside loggia and dining area, courtyard, garden, olive grove, secure gated entrance and parking. The adjoining property sleeping 4 is available separately or together; see La Casina at same address.

  • Sleeps 15
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The daughter of leading Italian architect father and English mother who restored this house during our childhood, I am so pleased to open up our family home to visitors wanting a truly authentic and exclusive taste of Tuscany.

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Speaks English, French, Italian

10 Reviews

4.8
based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

4

Fabulous, outstanding property, close to Florence

  • 4 of 5

We absolutely loved the Watchtower - It is a stunning property, very spacious and with all amenities. Additionally, it is decorated with many interesting artifacts from around the world. For our group of 8, with 2 couples and 4 singles each had our own bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen is fully equipped. There are 4 courtyards and beautiful grounds with swimming pool. It is walking distance to restaurants and to a larger town. It is about a 9 minute drive from Florence and very close to Siena, and in Chianti country. The owner, whom lives on the property was very gracious, accommodating, and helpful. I cannot recommend this property enough - It is absolutely fabulous!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Tower of Dreams!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about how beautiful this house is. You will be in heaven with frescoes from the 12th century and modernist interior design! It is a winning combination. Plus Camilla and Jane are absolutely incredible. They will make your stay seamless and easy. They are generous and kind: bringing fruit from the garden and stopping by to make sure that everything is perfect. The house is located about 5 minutes (by car) from a small town called Antella where you can pick-up supplies. It is also about 5 minutes (by foot) from the town of Bagno a Ripoli. You can reach Florence by bus (35 minutes by bus). It is a fantastic location as you are close to everything you need and want and yet far enough to enjoy the Tuscan countryside. We left inspired and hoping that one day we will be back again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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idyllic

  • 5 of 5

We didnt have a straight forward journey to the house but were given a warm welcome and felt relaxed right away. The grounds and gardens are lovely with plenty of space for our children to explore and take in the italian air. The gardens are well maintained and producing lots of fruit and herbs. The pool is fantastic and we spent some time there, we felt so at home there that the day would slip away before we managed to see some of the local villages and florence. My lasting memories are of a really relaxing family time together which everyone loved.

martin kirstin iona joe and esme

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A small piece of paradice on Earth

  • 5 of 5

We had 7 fantastic days at the Watchtower and had the best vacation ever. The house, the pool and the outside areas were perfect, idyllic and beautiful. Our host, Jane was most kind and helpfull at all times and we felt very welcomed and got the very best service. Thanks. We give our highest recommendations. Best wishes from a Danish family of 15

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to have you - thanks for being great guests! We look forward to being able to welcome you again soon.
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Great June Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this property (both the Watchtower and villa) the third week of June and it was a great experience. Centrally located with easy access to Florence and the Tuscan region. With awesome grounds and a beautiful residence we had no complaints and the 7 of us enjoyed the unit greatly. The restaurants recommended by the book left by the owner were very good and having some sports equipment for the kids was nice as well.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you liked it! Thank you so much for your helpful comments. We very much hope to be able to welcome you again in the future.
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SPETTACOLARE

  • 5 of 5

Io e altri miei 10 amici siamo stati ospiiti di Camilla per il periodo di Capodanno (30/12 - 02/01) e che dire... posto favoloso, la signora Mariel ,la governante che ci ha accolto, è stata subito gentilissima portandoci a vedere il contatore del gas (che serviva per il conteggio totale del costo del riscaldamento) e mostrandosi disponibile per qualsiasi nostra richiesta. La casa è arredata benissimo, ma soprattutto è comoda e funzionale, cosa che essendo in 11 è di fondamentale importanza. La cucina è spaziosa e munita di qualsiasi oggetto possibile ed immaginabile, per non parlare del salotto con un gigantesco camino a cui ci si radunavamo tutti intorno di sera. Altro punto a favore è la vicinanza a quasi tutte le città più belle della Toscana (Firenze, San Gimignano, Arezzo). Che posso dire? CONSIGLIATISSIMA!!! soprattutto per l'efficienza organizzativa di Camilla che, nonostante non sia presente fisicamente alla casa, con noi è sempre stata limpida e veloce nelle risposte fornendo qualsiasi tipo di delucidazione possibile. Alla partenza da questa casa solo una cosa si può dire: "perchè non abbiamo fatto più giorni?"

Grazie per la magnifica vacanza

Sara

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie di cuore! E' stata una gioia potervi accogliere. Tornate presto! Camilla
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Location

From the Owner

Our childhood home.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Florence 15 km and Pisa 99 km at 15 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Antella at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Grassina at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Florence at 12 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A1 at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Bagno a Ripoli at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 100 Kilometres Car: recommended

Ideally placed for visiting Florence as well as the rest of Tuscany, Siena, Arezzo, Pisa and Lucca, 30 minutes from Greve and San Gimignano.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn/Winter
16 Sep 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
6 night minimum stay
£2,593
for 6 nights
From
£432
£3,027
 
 
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£3,363
for 4 nights
From
£841
£3,363
 
 
Low Season
3 Jan 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
6 night minimum stay
£2,883
for 6 nights
£3,363
 
 
High Season
10 Jun 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
£3,964
for 6 nights
£4,625
 
 
Autumn/Winter 2017
17 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
6 night minimum stay
£2,883
for 6 nights
£3,363
 
 
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£3,363
for 4 nights
From
£841
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £420

PayPal payments accepted.
Arrival time between 16.00-18.00.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

An exceptional historic building and exclusive national monument, The Torre offers a unique mix of modern architecture and interiors within a genuine medieval structure. It is an inspirational setting for sightseeing and relaxing in Tuscany and conveniently situated for direct and fast access to motorway links.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet

Bedrooms

  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Access to bathroom through bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed, Additional room available on request
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed
  • For full occupancy of 15 people, the house can be let together with the adjoining property La Casina.

Outside

  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Yard

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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