Country house near Vicchio, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - Peaceful Location, Perfect For A Romantic Getaway, Yet Close To Tuscan Art Cities
Originally an old farmhouse, Le Due Volpi is located near Vicchio, just 35km north of Florence by train or car in the green Mugello valley. Vicchio’s location makes it a perfect starting point to visit other splendid art centers of Tuscany, such as Siena, Lucca, Arezzo and Pisa, or to walk the neighbouring hills along the tracks marked out by the Italian Alpine Club. The guest bedrooms are airy and comfortable, all with en-suite bathrooms decorated with tiles from the local Chini factory. The summer kitchen in the adjacent covered loggia comes equipped with all mod cons, and a long oak refectory table seating 10. The garden and terraces offer plenty of shaded areas from which to enjoy spectacular views and there is the swimming pool (10x5m) to cool off in – or you might wish to relax under the vine-covered pergola to admire the view of the tranquil countryside.
HAVING THE TWO OWNERS LIVE ON THE PROPERTY WITH THEIR OWN PRIVATE ENTRANCE AND TERRACE AREA, IS AN ADDED ADVANTAGE AND GUARANTEE FOR A WORRY-FREE STAY. EVENING MEALS CAN BE COOKED ON REQUEST, AND OTHER SPECIAL SERVICES ARE OFFERED.
Details for holiday farmhouse Le Due Volpi (Sleeps up to 9), 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, 4 Bathrooms
Le Due Volpi has 4 large and airy bedrooms with a maximum sleeping capacity of 9. All with ensuite bathrooms with showers. Tastefully decorated in simple Tuscan style.
The largest bedroom sleeps up to 4, another is a triple, one a double with kitchenette and one a twin or single. Each is on a different floor of the house, with views to the east and west except for the smaller of the rooms. Ceilings have exposed oak beams, the top rooms have soft wooden floors, and the ground floor rooms have hand-made terracotta tiles.
On the first floor there is a utility area with coffee/tea machine facilities, a fridge, and a sink.
The fully equipped rustic kitchen (fridge, 4 gas rings, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, electric kettle, small fireplace for cooking,pots and pans, plates, silverware) is conveniently adjacent to the house in the covered loggia, with a comfortable oak refectory table which seats 10.
About the Owner
With my husband Lorenzo, I live on the premises of Le Due Volpi from 2006, when we moved from Fiesole, Florence. It was always our dream to live in an old Tuscan farmhouse and have guests to stay, and here we are. We have never regretted it! We have two terrier pups called Rufus and Jamie, and two cats who live outside.
Lorenzo is an amateur of old radios, good wine, and extra virgin olive oil. Because of his love of radios we have named the rooms after famous Italian radios, Brionvega, Minerva, Superla and Nicoletta. If you have an old radio to spare, bring it along, and make him happy!
Heidi enjoys the company of guests, and loves to cook simple, delicious food on her AGA. She draws on her widely travelled past to make her dishes interesting and tasty!
Guestbook comments from the owner
Summer 2010 " .. fantastic place and you have made us feel so welcome. All of the guests seem to be on the same 'wavelength' as us and therefore made the mealtimes fantastic as well .. " Gareth and Nicky, The Netherlands
Sept 2010 " thank you for welcoming us into your home, we have had a fantastic relaxing stay. The breakfasts were the best we have had on our travels .." Carolyn and Steve, UK
July 2011 "what can we say? the whole experience was magical! and your help before we even got here was invaluable. Highly recommended and will definitely be back -- maybe for longer next time .." Helena and Jonathan, England
From the Owner
“We both love the Mugello region, a yet to be fully discovered area just north of Florence. The rolling hills, edged by the Appenines to the north, and the river Sieve to the south, make this an interesting area to explore on foot and by car. Vicchio is the nearest little town, with all amenities and restaurants, banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, and so on, and of course famous for having being the birthplace of Giotto, and Beato Angelico to name the more famous artists of the early Renaissance.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Tuscan cookery courses with Heidi on request, learn how to make Pappa al pomodoro, Panzanella, pesto al basilico, various bruschette, castagnaccio, and many more simple easy dishes!
Lake Bilancino, Tuscany's large artificial lake is 25km away and is ideal for windsurfing, swimming and walking.
Florence is the closest airport at 54 kms away, Pisa at 140, and Bologna at 70km away. A car is essential to make the most of a holiday at Le Due Volpi, and can easily be hired at the airport. A convenient rail connection to Florence is available from Vicchio in an hour.
Vicchio is the closest little town, at just 5km from Le Due Volpi. It offers all amenities, shops, restaurants, banks, and an excellent little Museum. Other small villages like Scarperia, Palazzuolo sul Senio, Marradi, Dicomano, Ronta, Londa are within easy driving distances. Further afield, Siena, Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo are ideal for a day's excursion.
We recommend an excellent wine tour at Castello del Trebbio, an hour away from us, fairly close to Fiesole, an Etruscan hill top village which can be visited en route to Florence, www.vinoturismo.it. For guests interested in historical Italian gardens, Heidi will be very pleased to recommend and make arrangements for visits to nearby Villa La Pietra (formerly owned by Lord Acton), Villa I Tatti (run by Harvard University, formerly owned by Bernard Berenson), Villa Gamberaia in Settignano, and many many others.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
Christmas and New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
8 night minimum stay
10 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£169|
|Stay tax||€1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.|
30% of total on confirmation, payable via PayPal or bank transfer, balance due on arrival in cash. Credit cards are accepted at Le Due Volpi. For groups renting the whole house, a 200 euro refundable deposit is required. Please note that heating and cleaning expenses are included. Small well behaved pets are welcome at 30 euros a week. Owners have two terriers, Rufus and Jamie, about 8 months old.
Changeover day flexible. Arrival by 7pm, departure by 10.30am. Minimum stay 2 nights.
Notes on prices:
For rentals of whole house for maximum of 9 people, prices vary from 1300 to 1750 euros a week. Real advantage is having owners live on hand for worry-free vacation! Owners have separate entrance and will not be in your way!
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The property is conveniently located in the rural light farming countryside just north of Vicchio. The farmhouse once belonged to the Medici Villa Poggio Bartoli, now privately owned, and housed the farm labourers who worked for the Marchese. It stands on a hillock, commanding wonderful views of the fields below where sheep graze, and the Appenines to the north. It is remote, yet in 10 minutes we are in the centre of Vicchio, from which in just an hour we can reach Florence either by car or by train.”
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Ping Pong Table
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
- pets considered ...
- smoking allowed ...
- wheelchair inaccessible
- winery tours
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
- Superla - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot, Top floor of the house, beams and rafters on view, spacious
- Minerva - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, First floor, spacious quadruple, trompe l'oeil decorations
- Brionvega - 1 Double Bed, Raised ground floor, kitchenette, direct entrance fr outside
- Nicoletta - 2 Single Bed, Ground floor, smallest room, ideal for children
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Outside: The garden is terraced and fairly rustic in the true rural Tuscan tradition. There are several old fruit trees, lavender and other flowering bushes, irises, wysterias, jasmine, a couple of potted lemon trees, potted rhododendrons, cypresses, a dense laurel hedge creating privacy for the pool from the unpaved road. There is a patio near the fountain of the two foxes, a long chestnut table seating 10 under the grape vine covered pergola near the barbecue. The outdoor unheated swimming pool (10x5x1.5m) with comfortable sun beds and umbrellas is for exclusive use of the guests.