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Country House With Comfy Rooms, Shaded Garden, Pool, Rural Setting

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.


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Heidi Flores
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
27 June, 2017

About Heidi Flores

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!

Heidi Flores purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Heidi Flores chose Florence Area

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.

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
Jan 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Vicchio in Metropolitan City of Florence

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
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.


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average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

Everything we expected

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We all really enjoyed our stay. The photos do no justice to just how pretty the house and the countryside are. The countryside is like a set from Gladiator. Unlike Chianti there's hardly any tourists, local restaurants serve good reasonablely priced food. Several supermarkets are a 10 min drive.

Cooking facilities are a little basic, otherwise we'd rate our stay as 5 star, although we managed to get by.

The owners are friendly and not far away if you need assistance / information. Florence is an easy 40 mins via the local train.

I would recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Poggio ai medici
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A1 Rome-Milan
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
120 Kilometres
forte dei marmi
Car: necessary

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.

Further Details:

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Vicchio, Tuscany

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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

Pet Fee £27.41
Damage Deposit £182.71

Booking Notes:
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:
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.