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Beautiful Self Catering Apartments in farmhouse with Pool - Il Girasole ,SunFlower (1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2/4)



Updated: 13-Nov-2016
Apartments in Figline Valdarno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - Peaceful Location , Spectacular Views, 3kms from Lively Medieval Town of Figline Valdarno

4 beautiful apartments in farmhouse set on 14 acres of olive grove, each with private shaded verandas perfect for dining "al Fresco"(sleeps 16+2) boasts a large infinity pool with its lovely gardens ,positioned so that the wonderful view can be enjoyed in the sunshine from early morning to sunset also a large communal panoramic terrace. Superb private position above the medieval town of Figline Valdarno,

Details for holiday apartment Il Girasole ,SunFlower (1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2/4), 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Girasole (Sunflower). This apartment is ideal for a family of 2 adults and 1 to 2 children under 12 years.

Ground floor – dining area with kitchen, a double bedroom and a shower room.

First floor – spiral staircase leading to a gallery with small double bedroom.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Enza is an Italian born midwife who returned to Florence from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. Her husband Paolo is a Florentine photographer and together they live in one wing of the main house with their two children enjoying a traditional Italian family lifestyle.

During Summer Enza takes advantage of the home grown produce to create preserves and sauces and of course, in Autumn, everyone helps with producing Olive Oil from the groves surrounding their house.

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Speaks English, Spanish, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Enza, Paolo, Thommaso and Mathilde.

Well we’re back in the UK now after spending those two glorious weeks at I Gelsi – thank you so much for your warm hospitality and efforts. We felt very welcome and as our fourth time staying with you, it felt like home from home but with Sun, Great food and wonderful wine. Ellie misses Tommy and Matti, and of course the pool.

We made sure that we left a few more fantastic places (Cortona was as lovely as Paolo said it was) in Tuscany to visit when we come again next year. And the vineyard tour is top of the list. Those wines won’t taste themselves you know.

I would (and will) recommend I Gelsi to all as long as I can get booked in next year.

With all our very best wishes,

John, Andrea and Ellie.

Lincoln UK.

Dear Enza,

Thank you for a great holiday in April. We enjoyed exploring your beautiful part of the world. Your property is very well catered for families. We had a great time.

Thanks again,

David and Rebecca.
Nov 2009
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Great location and wonderful hospitality

  • 5 of 5

I Gelsi is situated in a beautiful rural setting but within easy reach of the nearby town where there are some good shops and restaurants. There are also a few excellent restaurants within walking distance of the property.

It is an ideal place from which to explore beautiful Tuscany both by car and rail. Paolo knows the region very well and is happy to help you plan a route to include the best places to visit.

Enza and Paolo are extremely kind and helpful. Enza made a fabulous meal for us and we spent a delightful evening with the family and other guests.

The property is very traditional but has been modernised to a high standard and is well equipped. There is a lovely shaded terrace for dining and relaxing and the pool area is a great place to spend some time after a day travelling.

There is a CO-OP hypermarket on the outskirts of the town which sells pretty much everything including fresh produce of the highest quality. There is also "Space" the Prada outlet which is about a twenty minutes drive away.

I would recommend this property without hesitation and am already planning my return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Au coeur de la Toscane, un gîte avec un confort et un accueil au top!!

  • 5 of 5

Nous étions en famille pendant une semaine, le gîte est situé au cœur de la Toscane, au cœur des vignobles du Chianti, à proximité des sites à visiter: Florence, Sienne, Volterra, San Gimignano, Arezzo, ...

Courses alimentaires à proximité (3km) à Figline,

Les conseils et l'accueil de Paolo et Enza sont un plus fort agréable...

Vue de la piscine et terrasse splendide!!!

Nous recommandons.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Kommen gerne wieder

  • 4 of 5

Sehr nette kleine Anlage, mitten im Grünen. Alles sauber und gepflegt. Tolle Aussicht.

10 Min mit dem Auto nach Figline, 30 Min mit dem Zug nach Florenz. Guter Startpunkt für Erkundung der Toskana, speziell Chianti.

Enza und Paolo sind sehr freundliche und nette Gastgeber. Wir kommen gerne wieder.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

In 1998 Paolo and Enza Carlini fell in love with a large farmhouse set on 14 acres of land, in a beautiful position above the 13th century town of Figline Valdarno with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside. They slowly and carefully restored the house preserving the original character and charm, deciding to name the property after the numerous Mulberry trees that surround the house. The grounds offer privacy and plenty of opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the italian countryside with enjoyable walks through fields and wooded copse. However you are still only 10 minutes from the centre of Figline, and it's charming Piazza, modern amenities and frequent rail service to both Florence and Rome.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : firenze peretola , pisa or bologna at 56 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : figline valdarno at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Piombino at 197 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Golf Club Ugolini at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : figline valdarno at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : incisa at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : locanda casanuova at 800 Metres Nearest Ski : pistoia at 74 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 100 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Cookery course can be organized. By prior arrangement painting holiday for min 8 persons. Paolo, my husband, being a native and an experienced photographer can take you on a Photo safari!


1hr 30 mins Versilglia. 2h Cinqueterre in Liguria.


Distance from the airport to Figline Valdarno: Florence 48km. Pisa 130km, Rome 256km. Use of car recommended but many guests have stayed without.


The house is located in a beautiful part of Tuscany bordering the famous Chianti area and just a few miles from the main highway from Milan to Rome. We are located in a central position making it a convenient base. Figline Valdarno (3km) Florence (25km), Siena (50km), Arezzo (54km), Volterra (98km), San Gimignano (75km), Castellina in Chianti (38km), Certaldo (65km) and many other beautiful medieval Tuscan villages. Roma, Arezzo and Florence frequent direct trains.

Further Details:

Supermarket 5 mins drive, offers many local produce, excellent meat and fresh fish. Lively working medieval walled town of Figline Valdarno just a 5 min drive offers weekly open markets, frequent weekend "fiesta's" organised by the locals. In Figline you will find all amenities, shops, boutiques, restaurant and bars, banks and pharmacies. 20 mins drive to nearest outlet " The Mall".


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 4
1 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 5
23 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 Jan 2017 - 10 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
11 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £8
Stay tax €2 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

Booking Notes:
A non-returnable deposit of 50% is payable at the time of booking. balance 30 days prior to arrival

Changeover Day:
Normally Saturday but can be flexible. Bookings of minimum of 7 days prefered in high season. Check in 5pm. If guests arrive before and the apartment is not ready they are welcome to leave suitcases with us. Check out 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are per apartment per night. We provide you with a welcome pack of tea, coffee, bread, milk, bottled water and a bottle of Tuscan wine to get you started and to welcome you to I Gelsi.
Discounts for long lets especially mid and low season.From the 1st may 2012 the Town of Figline Valdarno has imposed an accommodations tax,.
The tax for our property is euro 1.50 per person over 12 yrs, per night, to a maximum of 7 following nights, reduced 50% in mid/low season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 13-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

Though peaceful and rural, I Gelsi is within easy reach of many of the Medieval towns and cities of Tuscany and makes a superb base for touring this wonderful region. I Gelsi boasts a large infinity pool which is positioned so that the wonderful view of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed in sunshine from early in the morning to sunset. A substantial brick built, rustic barbecue, located away from the apartments to prevent smoke nuisance, is available for everyone to use and perhaps try out "Bistecca alla Fiorentina".

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


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

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Master bedroom ,queensize double bed Spiral staircase leading to gallery floor with smaller double bed.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Each apartment has a TV, wireless internet, are furnished and fully equipped, bedlinen and towels are provided and changed weekly. More frequently if requested. All kitchens have marble or tiled based work tops, fridge with small freezer, microwave and gas hob. Each shower room is tastefully furnished with marble flooring, toilet, bidet and spacious showers. All apartments have shaded private terraces, perfect for eating alfresco. Il Porcile (The original Pigsty) has been restored and transformed into a communal Laundry area available for all guests. We have full central heating. Air-conditioning is not required as the stone walls keep the apartments cool, however fans are provided. Outside: The guests have the use of the private swimming pool with sun loungers and chairs (pool area 14x7metres) The pool and its large surrounding garden is fenced, with a gate that cannot be opened by a small child. Gardens with herbs outside each apartment. The vast mature gardens consist of flowers, shrubs, a variety roses, herbs, lawns and pergolas. You can find secluded private places to read sit and contemplate, a picnic can be organised in the olive groves that surround the property. Games room with books,games, ping pong table,Paolo and I are in the process of organizing more play areas around the property.

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