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Lovely Old Farmhouse With Panoramic Views Of The Mugello, near Florence

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse near Scarperia, Mugello, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - Set In Gorgeous Countryside, 20 Minutes Walk From Small Medieval Town Of Scarperia.

Fontirosa is a 200 year old stone-built farmhouse with panoramic views over the Mugello valley and up towards the main ridge of the Apennines. The house is surrounded by 2½ acres of land and sits on a low south-facing hill. It is within easy reach of Florence, with Scarperia our local medieval town (designated amongst the prettiest in Italy). Fontirosa has been sympathetically restored, leaving as much as possible of the original features of the farmhouse including terracotta floors and beamed ceilings. It is comfortably and tastefully furnished and is equipped with all modern amenities, including WIFI. The house is a beautiful and comfortable base from which to explore the Mugello countryside and the Apennines and still have access to the rich cultural heritage of Florence, the rest of Tuscany and beyond.

Tina Gericke
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
13 May, 2018

About Tina Gericke

Fontirosa was our home for much of the time we lived and worked in Tuscany. We commuted for work to Florence and sometimes even to Pisa.

Our two daughters spent their childhood there, attending nursery and then primary school in the nearby village, and as a family we grew to be part of the community.

After 13 years we returned to the UK but treasure that part of our lives and maintain our close links with it through keeping on the house, and also sharing it with people who can enjoy all that it has to offer.

Tina Gericke purchased this farmhouse in 1991

Why Tina Gericke chose Scarperia

Set in the Mugello valley, Scarperia is sufficiently independent of Florence to have its own character and culture.

Fontirosa, which is situated on a hill just beyond the village, allowed us to live a Tuscan country life but still have access to the rich cultural life of Florence; the exhibitions, school and universities, shops and restaurants.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Since the Mugello and Scarperia are not common tourist destinations, spending time there, you feel part of the real Tuscany. People are very helpful and kind.

We can recommend local places to go to, to walk and places to eat at.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Scarperia in Metropolitan City of Florence

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
  • We would ask you to leave the house and its contents in the state in which you found them, as Fontirosa is our family home.when in Italy.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Large bathroom with bath/shower over, bidet, wc, Smaller bathroom with old iron bath with feet, wc and walk-in shower + bathroom in garden cottage with walk-in shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 2 bedrooms with double beds 1 bedroom with 2 single beds 1 bedroom with single bed 1 studio (with a double futon) + Independent cottage with double sofabed plus 2 single foldaway beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house is child-friendly with stair gates, a cot and high chair as well as a selection of children’s books and a few toys. Outside: Lawns to the front of the house; shady oaks behind where it’s cool during the heat of the day; a fruit orchard; olive trees and herb beds. Around the house there are a number of areas to enjoy a sundowner or eat al fresco: behind the house in the shade of the oak trees; under the wisteria-covered pergola, or overlooking the hills of the Mugello valley stretching towards Florence and the Fiesole hills. There is an original bread/pizza oven and a mobile barbecue. Outside there’s a ping pong table, hammocks, deck chairs, and a set of boules. For children there is a swing from one or the oak trees. Fontirosa is rich in bird life. Our hedges are thick with nightingales in spring and early summer and we often see hoopoes and bee-eaters. Green woodpeckers and buzzards are about the house all the year round. Utility Room: Washing machine and boiler. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen, bedding, and towels (for home use, not for the beach) included. Other: The garden cottage is a charming self-contained 1 room annex, with a bathroom, fully equipped kitchen area with 2 hobs and a fridge, and a double sofa bed or 2 single foldaway beds.


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Lovely Old Farmhouse With Panoramic Views Of The Mugello, near Florence
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Perfect for an idyllic relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

This has to be one of THE most relaxing holidays we have ever had! Fontirosa is set in a simply stunning area in Italy. We loved every second of our stay. We stayed with our two daughters (20 and 18) and our daughters boyfriend (21).

We had a wonderful welcome when we arrived, the air was filled with the smell of honeysuckle blossom - gorgeous flowers on the table - some wine and water and a book on the table with every hint and tip in relation to the area that you could ever need.

Tina and John were so helpful and kind - the directions that Tina sent us prior to going of how to get to Fontirosa were spot on - we drove straight there from the airport without any hitch whatsoever - the detail in the directions ensured you didn't get lost!!

This was our first visit to Italy, and definitely not our last - Scarperia, the nearest small town was lovely - the markets they have two days a week were very tempting and had we not jtravelled with hand luggage only - feel sure a few extra items would have come home with us!

My husband, Neil went down into Scarperia every morning to the bakers - the baker didn't speak a word of English, Neil doesn't speak any Italian - but they were so helpful and friendly - they'd trained him in a few words by the time we left!

It really was a wonderful holiday - made all the more special by the home we stayed in - it was exactly what we'd hoped for - we couldn't have wished for anything more - and the views!! Spectacular views of a beautiful country.

We would not hesitate in recommending Fontirosa to stay at - you would not be disappointed. I honestly didn't want to leave!!!

Thank you to Tina and John for being so helpful - it just meant our holiday was stress free and the most relaxing break we've ever had!!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that your stay at Fontirosa was such a relaxing and enjoyable introduction to Italy. Tina
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An amazing stay - delightful Italian Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Our holiday at this property in the Italian countryside exceeded our expectations. The house is a beautiful stone built farmhouse surrounded by olives trees and with the most excellent of views. The outlook from every window is a 'picture'. We were with our teenage boys and grandparents - there is something here for everyone. We walked a new route from the house every day, through streams and past vineyards. We had wifi, washing facilities, tv (which we never watched because we were sipping wine under the stars instead). Everything was clean and comfortable. The pictures on the website are accurate but cannot capture the charm, the ambience or the views. Communications with the owners, Tina and John, was excellent - they provided us with detailed information on getting there, access etc and were also available on mobiles if we needed to contact them. There is a useful handbook of daytrips, emergency numbers etc at the house. At first we thought we might miss having a swimming pool, but on most days, after siesta, we nipped down to the Lago di Bilancino for an early evening swim plus an idyllic drink in the bar. The town of Scarperia is beautiful, of historic interest and friendly - we enjoyed some of the August festivities in the town centre, from food market, antique market, as well as some fascinating cultural entertainment (jousting, drumming, flag throwing, dancing) which happens in August. We had some excellent meals in the town and treated ourselves to a gelato most days. We decided to take the train into Florence instead of driving - this was super simple, quick, plenty of parking; the tickets were cheap and the trains were on time! We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it as an excellent stay.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really lovely rustic Tuscan house

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Fontirosa three times now, and we would go again. Our 3- and 6-year-old boys loved running wild in the olive grove below​ the house, and we all enjoyed the feeling of space and simplicity. We love the understated rustic elegance of the house and its furniture. Trips into Florence are easy on the train from nearby San Piero a Sieve, and it was great to escape back to rural tranquility after enjoying the bustle and grandeur of the city. There is one other house adjacent, but the two properties don't overlook each other at all, so you do feel like the space is your own. On a previous trip we had the sheer indulgence of fresh figs from the tree in front. This time our favourite memories include breakfast on the picnic table overlooking the valley, and relaxing in the hammocks overlooking the hills. Tina and John were very helpful and thoughtful in making our stay easy.

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very glad that you and the family feel so comfortable at Fontirosa. You are always welcome.
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Séjour de rêve à Fontirosa

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour à Fontirosa : maison de charme dans un environnement extraordinaire, entourée de verdure, avec un temps splendide !

La maison est très accueillante, très bien équipée, tellement bien qu'on aurait presque l'impression d'être chez nous... Décorée avec goût, elle est très agréable à vivre et garde la fraîcheur.

Penser à l'anti-moustique pour le soir ...

Seul petit bémol : un circuit de course à quelques kilomètres, dont le ronronnement des moteurs peut arriver jusqu'à nos oreilles lorsque nous sommes dans le jardin !

Pour terminer, Tina est absolument charmante, très à l'écoute, répond à toutes nos questions et est disponible tout le temps, c'est très appréciable, même si nous ne nous sommes pas rencontrées.

A noter également que la maison est idéalement située pour visiter la Toscane : aller en train à Florence est très appréciable (et très rapide), randonner dans les Apennins, visiter Sienne ou San Giminiano etc ...

En bref, nous avons adoré notre séjour en Toscane !

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning Fontirosa

  • 5 of 5

We had such a fantastic stay in beautiful Fontirosa - the location and views from the property are simply stunning - the farmhouse has every amenity you could possibly need - a well loved family home. We so enjoyed lazing in the hammocks, BBQ on such lovely evenings, the swing and the walk to beautiful Italian hill town Scarperia - (only 20 minutes walk away - look out for the Chianti cockerill and the fire flies on the way back - possibly one of the most magical experiences of our lives. Don't hesitate just book - it is like living ' Under The Tuscan Sun'

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that Fontirosa lived up to expectations.
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Wonderful place to stay in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We loved this simple, spacious farmhouse, with its tiled floors and exposed beams. Wood-burning stoves and a huge open fireplace provided plenty of warmth and the pretty garden gave our children as much room as they needed to burn off energy. We played ping pong every day and ate outside whenever the sun shone - there are two outdoor tables with panoramic views. There was more than enough space for our party of 9 - including at the dining table and the seating in the living room. The small self contained cottage was a particularly big hit with two teenagers. Starting early one morning we fired up the formidable pizza oven and managed to get it hot enough by lunchtime for wood fired pizzas, which we ate all afternoon. The oven retained its heat for long enough to cook ratatouille and sausages the same evening and to slow roast a leg of pork overnight - delicious! It was still warm when we left the house three days later. We enjoyed our trips into Scarperia which we walked to several times using the pretty route described in the house notes. There is a very good children's playground in the town as well as a variety of useful shops and a delicious gelateria. Florence by train was very straightforward and an excellent day trip. Lots of other interesting things to see and do locally, though we enjoyed relaxing at the house just as much. Highly recommended to anyone who

is looking for a lovely Tuscan holiday. Many thanks from all of us.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you had a good time at Fontirosa and very impressed by your cooking skills using the old 'forno'.
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Car: necessary


The distance from Florence airport to Fontirosa is approximately 30 miles (taking about 45 mins in good conditions ); Pisa airport to Fontirosa is about 74 miles (taking +/-90 mins) and Bologna airport is approximately 60 miles away through the Appenines (taking +/-75mins).

While getting to Fontirosa by public transport is possible, a car is needed when staying there.


Scarperia is 2km from Fontirosa (a 5 minute drive or, alternatively a 20 mins walk on footpaths and tracks). A convenient rail link to Florence is available from San Piero a Sieve, a nearby town 12 minutes away by car. From there the train takes half an hour into the centre of Florence. By car, Florence is 35 minutes drive over the hills. Siena is 90 minutes by car, and Bologna 75 minutes. Day trips to Rome, Milan and Venice are possible, by high speed train from Florence (Frecce-Trenitalia).

Further Details:

Scarperia is a small town with banks, a couple of small supermarkets, three bakers, a pharmacy, numerous bars and a number of good restaurants ranging in price and sophistication. There is a weekly food and vegetable street market as well as a monthly antiques market and a regular programme of cultural events and gastronomic festivals (sagre). The town has a tradition of knife making dating from the 15th century. There is a magnificent small castle, now the town hall, library and museum. Throughout the year there are food festivals, celebrating the local country fare of tortelli, truffles and funghi porcini. Wine can be bought draught (sfuso) directly from the local Frescobaldi vineyards.

The house offers a beautiful and comfortable base from which to enjoy the Mugello countryside: walking (also up in the Apennines); cycling; horse-riding and golf. Watersports are on offer at the nearby lake Bilancino include, sailing, canoeing and wind surfing. The area too is rich in bird life: Gabbianello is a designated wetland area which forms part of the lake. The Mugello is not however spoilt by tourism. The attractions of the better known areas and towns of Tuscany, such as the Chianti, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca are within easy driving distance. But in addition the Mugello has many of its own lesser known but charming towns and villages, which are steeped in history and set in a rolling landscape that gives way to the more rugged Apennines behind. It is also within reach by road or local train of historic towns on the other side of the Apennines such as Bologna, and Ravenna with its world famous mosaics.

The Mugello race circuit where the annual Italian motorbike grand prix (motomondiale) is held, is another local attraction.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Scarperia, Florence Area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
31 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
4 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
The price is for 4 people renting the house for a week. We charge £140 a week for each additional person – this allows more flexibility and better reflects the use made of the house. The cost of heating and telephone usage is extra. We will consider shorter lets and lower rates for longer autumn, winter and spring stays.
We ask for a deposit of 25% of the rent and then the remainder one month before the start of the holiday. Plus a returnable damage deposit.

Changeover Day:
Changeover can be flexible.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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