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



Updated: 30-Sep-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

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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

9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


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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  • 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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  • 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


  • 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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Captivating Tower.

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 5 adults (my husband, my son and 2 friends) and had a great time in this place.

My stay at Torre di Sopra surpassed my expectations.

It is a piece of history and art all-in-one!

Its renovation shows ingenious architectural design, complemented with exquisite decor.

Torre di Sopra is not simply a rental premise, it feels like a real home for its comfort. With clean towels and full kitchen facilities. Whole place carefully and well maintained by the owner.

We were treated with fresh produce from its garden.

Only the stairs leading to the two bedrooms in the tower could be challenging for both children and senior people.

Torre di Sopra is located in a quiet hill, but not isolated as it is between residential area. Just a short drive to a big supermarket at Antella.

Easy access to highway to explore many towns and cities.

Visiting Florence was easy by taking a bus at Antella (€1.20) and parking our car near the bus stop. Also convenient taking a taxi late at night from Florence back to Antella (over €30).

Would like to thank Camilla and her mother for facilitating this memorable time spent at their amazing place.

Looking forward to coming back to this welcoming home again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.


Rental rates

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

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £448

PayPal payments accepted.
Arrival time between 16.00-18.00.

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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


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


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


  • Self-catering

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

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