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Tuscan Farmhouse and Old Winery with Private Pool on Olive Farm (sleeps 11 / 17) - La Cantina



Updated: 22-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online


La Cantina

[Please note: From 29 April to 30 Sep, La Cantina will not have access to the swimming pool, unless it is taken in combination with La Casa Colonica]

The Winery of 'La Cantina' is the large building in which the farm's wine and, still today, olive oil, is stored and cared for. Within the buiding, the 'Factor's' (or 'Farm Manager's') apartment has been completely modernised. La Cantina apartment can be booked in tandem with the Casa Calonica and is an ideal place for quieter family members who might wish to put a little space between them and any louder family members.

Kitchen / Dining Room - gas hob, electric oven and toaster. Dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer.

Sitting Room - fire place.

Bedroom 1 - double bed and en suite Bathroom.

Bedroom 2 - twin beds with en suite Bathroom.

Bedroom 3 - double bed.

Bathroom - shower and WC.

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About the property


Please note: From 29 April to 30 Sep, La Cantina will not have access to the swimming pool, unless it is taken in combination with La Casa Colonica as the pool is let exclusive to the main house. However, it is available if the pool is not required. Description Follows:

Holiday accommodation available on a British owned olive farm in Tuscany. This is conveniently located in the Montalbano Hills south of Pistoia, about 30 minutes drive from Florence and her airport and a little less than an hour from Pisa and her airport. There is plenty to enjoy for all ages and whatever interests, be these cultural, gastronomic, sporting or if you simply want to relax. Accommodation consists of a farmhouse, 'la Casa Colonica', which sleeps up to 11 and an apartment for up to 4 (2 bedrooms) in the old winery, called 'la Cantina'. There is a good sized, fenced and illuminated swimming pool and the accommodation is modern and well appointed. This is an ideal place for parties of any configuration up to 15 to base themselves while enjoying Tuscany at any time of the year.

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About the Owner

Mark Ridley
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2017

About Mark Ridley

British and recently retired (early), I have now settled in Italy on the property my parents bought in 1965. My career has been in a multinational environment and I have lived in many parts of the world including several European countries, Cyprus, Turkey, South America and I have spent significant time in the Middle East. Since I retired, I work just as hard on my olive farm. My companion, Vaida, helps in hosting guests. My interests include history, travel and Italian culture and gastronomy.

Mark Ridley purchased this apartment in 1965

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Booking Notes:
25% deposit to confirm booking. Final payment 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
This is flexible, but will be influenced by other guests' timings. Ideally Saturday arriving between 4 and 7 pm and departing before 10 am.

Notes on prices:
In winter, central heating is charged in addition to the rent according to the fuel price. This will be agreed at the time of booking.

There are no hidden costs.

3 Reviews

5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location. Property was wonderful amongst the olive trees.

The villa was just what we needed. 3 bed / 3 Bath. Having a kitchen was great. Our host was very accommodating with helping set up various tours to winery, cheese tour of parmigiana reggiano, and cooking class.

Thanks Mark. Will definitely be seeing you again.


  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing views, quiet and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

It would have been an entirely different 3 days if not for Claudio. Without a car we were slightly stranded. But Claudio was an excellent driver & tour guide. Loved the views and quiet, great change from Rome. Would definitely return

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely accomodation in a peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in La Cantina in March this year. The house is perfectly situated for visiting Florence and Pisa and we found plenty to do locally too.

Mark was an excellent host and was even able to interest our four teenagers in the process of producing olive oil.

The highlights of our stay included: A guided tour of Florence with Antonia - a guide recommended by Mark, who showed us 'hidden Florence', A visit to the local restaurant next door and also to another called La Cassetta, about 20 minutes away in San Baronto (both restaurants had a set menu of exquisite Tuscan food and were able to provide excellent gluten free food for my coeliac daughter) and finally the chance to sit on the patio drinking Chianti, eating bread and olive oil and listening to the birds.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Florence at 25 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Casalguidi at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Montecatini Golf at 6 Kilometres Nearest Train : Pistoia at 7 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Firenze-Mare (A11) at 6 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Santa Rita at 100 Metres Nearest Ski : Abetone at 60 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Versilia - Cinque Terre at 50 Kilometres Car: necessary


The accommodation is less than an hours drive from the sea and the splendid beaches of Versilia with its famous resorts such as Forte dei Marmi and Lido di Camaiore. Cinque Terre is just a little further.


Air - Florence (Peretola) airport 30 minutes, Pisa airport 45 minutes.

Car - 7 kms from autostrada.

Rail - 7 kms from station.


Florence - 45 minutes.

Pisa - one hour.

Lucca - 45 minutes.

Pistoia - 15 minutes.

Vinci - 30 minutes.

Siena and San Gimignano - 90 minutes.

Local restaurants and shops - 2 kms.

Further Details:

Being close to so many towns of historic and artistic interest, there are places you should definitely visit. But then also there are sports opportunities and excellent restaurants and shops to enjoy. Most people who stay tend to mix these with a great deal of relaxation by the pool; it is an ideal place to conduct a visit in the morning, lunch and spend the afternoon around the pool and occasionally go out to a good restaurant in the evening.


Property Type

  • apartment


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...


  • Notes on accommodation: From 29 April to 30 Sep, La Cantina will not have access to the swimming pool, unless it is taken in combination with La Casa Colonica as the pool is let exclusive to the main house. However, it is available if the pool is not required. The pool with be open 30 April to 1 Oct. Maid service, cooking and babysitting can be arranged. Towels (including pool) are provided. Linen and towels are changed weekly. All accommodation is centrally heated (extra charge) for the winter and provided with fans for the summer. As the properties are in the countryside, a car is essential. There are no hidden charges. Outside: The properties are about 40 meters apart and are set within an olive grove, surrounded by private land and have sweeping views over the countryside. The illuminated and fenced swimming pool is 11m x 5.5m; use will be private and never shared. There are 2 pergolas and a simple garden with outdoor and pool side furniture, including a barbecue.