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Cottage in Central Tuscany With Shared Pool



Updated: 02-Nov-2016
Farmhouse in the Florentine Hills, near Scandicci, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - Peaceful Location 15 Kms from Florence

The farmhouse is comfortably furnished and sleeps a maximum of five people in three bedrooms. There is a patio directly outside for al fresco meals,and a large lawn terrace down steps with a panoramic view over the surrounding countryside and distant hills. The farmhouse forms part of a tiny hamlet of three houses at the end of a country road, with no through traffic, belonging to a private estate in a beautiful rural area of Tuscany surrounded by woods, vineyards and olive groves. The swimming pool is situated nearby in an olive grove with paving and a lawn area around, shaded by olive trees, between which there is a beautiful view of the countryside. The pool is shared. with two other farmhouse cottages accommodating a maximum of 8 other guests. The property is within five minutes of access to main motorways, 15 minutes to the tramway in to central Florence and the local village is within walking distance. There are several excellent restaurants within easy reach and a Bar in the local village with outside tables and chairs which serves memorable cappuccini and pastries. The owners live close by and are delighted to help or provide information at any time...

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am 65 years old and of half Swedish and half English birth. Now happily married to an Italian and we have two grown-up sons, Nicolo and Guido. My husband and I live in the main villa on a wine and olive oil estate which has belonged to my husband's family for over 400 years, and the villa we offer to you is one of the original farm houses on this estate. We are very much "hands on" and try to give guests the maximum help and comfort possible. The area is beautiful, and private, and yet within a few minutes of main routes to a large number of wonderful cities in Tuscany, principally of course Florence.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Rhonda S, London, UK

We had a wonderful stay with a group of friends. The villas are located in the tranquil Tuscan hillside. The views are so beautiful and it is so relaxing. The hosts are very focused on their guests enjoying I Lami and surrounding areas providing information and suggestions for excursions and restaurants.


This is my 5th visit to I Lami. I have stayed in 3 of the residences on the compound. Each one has it's own personality with all the amenities to make your stay comfortable. The hostess takes great pride in what she presents thinking about every detail that one may need.

Minocqua4Us, Janesville, Wisconsin

My Sister, Mom and I met a friend from Germany at the I Lami Estate in September of 2012 for a week. We stayed on one of the original farmhouses on the estate which was where the farm families used to live. The house was charming and well appointed for our group of 4, and had an outdoor covered veranda off the kitchen, with a lovely tuscan view
Apr 2014
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Charming Tuscan cottage

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the Farmhouse for 5 nights in June 2016. The cottage is rustic, but has all needs. It is a great place to escape the frenzy of Italian big cities, but close enough to get into Florence easily. Downstairs is the living room, kitchen, small bedroom with bath and another full bath. First floor does not have A/C. On the second floor is a bedroom with en suite full bath and a second bedroom. Upstairs rooms are individual A/C. Diana was lovely to work with and checked in on us during the stay to make sure we had everything we needed. I could definitely spend more time here and hope I get to some day.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to hear what people think of their stay with us, and thank you so much for this review which will I am sure help future guests. And I do seriously hope that you will come back one day! I look forward to it.
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Super holiday property!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely lovely week at Diana and Gianfranco's villa. Diana was the perfect host and was very keen to make sure that everything was perfect for us, although she had no need to worry...it was!!

The property is a lovely thick-walled stone house, with plenty of character, very comfortable furnishings and beds, and lots and lots of space. The kitchen and master bedrooms are particularly spacious. We are a family of five, with three big teenage boys, and it was perfect for us.

We had everything we needed, equipment-wise, and Diana even dropped some mosquito spray off for us. They provided plenty of information about what to see and visit in the local area.

The pool was an absolute delight especially as we were staying during this year's heatwave, and it was always crystal clear and clean.

The property is on a hill, in a very small hamlet of old farmhouses and is in a stunningly beautiful setting, with acres of olive trees and vineyards. The peaceful beauty was just what we needed.

We found the location to be just right for exploring the local Tuscan countryside, as well as visiting Siena, Pisa, and the smaller hillside towns. Visiting Florence was very easy as the tram terminus is only a 20 minute drive away with free parking, and the tram service is cheap and efficient.

In summary, we are very thankful to Diana and Gianfranco for letting us stay in their property and allowing us to have such a lovely holiday!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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lovely quiet countryside

  • 5 of 5

A really pleasant location, quiet beautiful countryside and local villages providing all we needed and yet a very short drive over the hill to the tram station meant we were 20 mins from Florence. Many other places of interest a short drive away. Lovely clean farmhouse, crystal clear pool (which we shared with a handful of other pleasant guests and a good WiFi service, thank goodness, as we had a teenager with us. Only thing missing if you're taking children is a DVD player. As adults we were happy to sit in the private garden, drinking Chianti, eating local cheeses and looking at the view. Bliss. Thank you to our charming hosts Diana and Gianfranco who were attentive and helpful when we needed it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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fantastic in every way

  • 5 of 5

the warm and caring welcome from the hosts provided the tone for the whole holiday. We felt privileged to be their guests on their beautiful estate. The setting is beautiful. The house was absolutely perfect for our family to relax and swim and relax again. Easy to get into Florence and good road links to Pisa, Lucca etc.etc. Great bread and cakes in the village. We have recommended it to so many people without reservation.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

This property is part of a wine and olive oil growing estate near to Florence in Tuscany. The estate has belonged to the same family since Renaissance times and this farmhouse was originally a farm workers cottage - now restored to provide a cosy and comfortable holiday home without losing its original character and charm. Pisa airport is 45 mins by car, Florence airport 30 mins by car and Florence centre is easily accessible for day trips by tramway from nearby Scandicci.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Florence Airport at 15 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Le Torri at San Vincenzo a Torri at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Livorno at 75 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Montelupo at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Montelupo at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Fi-Pi-Li at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Casa di Caccia at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Abetone at 103 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Tirrenia at 65 Kilometres Car: necessary

Albeit that the cottage is immersed in full countryside in the centre of a wine and olive oil growing estate, Florence is within very easy reach going by car to the terminal stop of the tramway (10 mins) where there is free parking and then taking the tram in to the centre of Florence which takes a further 20 minutes. Trams leave every five minutes. There are many places of historical interest within an hour's drive from the cottage, including Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano and Pisa. Nearby Cerbaia and Ginestra provide all facilities for food shopping, banks, chemists and Post Offices, and Montelupo (10 kms) has an excellent supermarket for bulk shopping. In the old town centre of Montelupo there is also an interesting Museum exhibiting examples of the characteristic ceramic work that has been produced there since Etruscan times. The famous wine producing region of Chianti with its villas and charming small towns is only half an hour away and the nearest beach is approx 50 minutes away on the coast near to Pisa and Livorno. Going a little further north by autostrada you arrive to Forte dei Marmi in approx one hour and a quarter.


Florence airport (Vespucci) is 26 kms away by car.

Pisa airport (Galileo) is 66 kms by car.

A car is essential.


The nearest village of S. Vincenzo a Torri is 2 kms away.

Cerbaia and Ginestra are 5 kms approx.

Florence is 16 kms and it is 10 kms to the nearest tram stop for the tramway that goes directly to the centre of Florence.

Siena is 73 kms by car.

Further Details: There are several nearby restaurants serving typical Tuscan fare, with a choice from pizzas to the more sophisticated. The nearest restaurant, which is on the same estate as the cottage, is less than a kilometre away and serves local game as a speciality. There are several lovely walks in the unspoilt countryside, and it is an ideal place for those who wish to paint or to relax in every way.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
17 Sep 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Winter/Early Spring
1 Jan 2017 - 12 May 2017
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13 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
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24 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
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High Summer
8 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
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19 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
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Late Summer
26 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
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16 Sep 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
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My Standard Rate
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £167

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner for any further information

Changeover Day:
Please contact owner but Saturdays prefered

Notes on prices:
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From the Owner

The farmhouse is 15 kms from Florence and the nearest tram stop is 10 mins away by car. The surrounding countryside is totally unspoilt, peaceful and beautiful, and yet there is easy access to all main autostrada routes.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


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


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


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


  • Books ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Hand basin
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, hand basin
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Hand basin. Adapted for disabled
  • There are three bathrooms all with shower, handbasin, bidet and WC. Basic toiletries including soaps etc. are provided on arrival. The downstairs bathroom is adapted for wheelchair users and disabled.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Air Conditioning
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Air Conditioning
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One spacious double bedroom with en suite bathroom. One twin bedroom (also spacious) with bathroom on lower floor. One single bedroom on ground floor with en suite bathroom. Air Conditioning in first floor bedrooms.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The accomodation is comfortable and attractive. Great care has been taken by the owners to offer all modern amenities without detracting any of the original charm and atmosphere from the farmhouse. Outside: There is a patio directly outside the cottage with a table and chairs for outside eating and also space for relaxation. Garden steps lead from the patio to a large terraced lawn with a splendid view and a variety of garden furnishings as wished. The swimming pool (15 mtrs x 10 mtrs) is nearby in an olive grove with sunchairs and shower. This pool is shared with two other holiday cottages but the maximum number if people able to use the pool is thirteen. There is a private barbeque available on the patio and a large sun umbrella for shade if necessary. Utility Room: There are cleaning materials, ironing board and an iron available and a hoover on request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linens are included. The property is cleaned weekly and between lets. Other: There is an entrance hall with antique furniture and storage space for outside garden furniture if necessary.

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