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Authentic Tuscany - Charming apartments located on organic olive farm - Appartamento Limone

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 0 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Description

Appartamento Limone

Sleeps 2 to 5.

The apartment has its own private entrance and is situated opposite the main mill house with lovely views over the gardens, fruit trees and olive groves. The apartment is accessed by 20 low rise steps.

The apartment is situated at the front of the apartment building and receives lots of sunlight.

There is an area close to the front door where you can dine alfresco or relax in the sun. A small table and chairs are provided for outside use.


About the property

Frantoio

2 apartments located on a charming organic olive farm at the edge of the Medieval village of Vicopisano - surrounded by olive groves, orchards and sweet smelling pines.

The apartments offers both rustic charm and simplicity so typical of Tuscan rural homes, along with modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, WiFi internet and laundry facilities.

Each apartment has its own outside space for relaxing al fresco along with its own private entrance - however the apartments do have a co-joining door for larger families or groups should they want a bigger living space.

Which ever apartment you choose guests will witness the farmers at work, the mill where the oil is produced and enjoy the wonderful tastes which are produced on this charming farm.

The apartments are within walking distance of the Medieval town of Vicopisano

often referred to as one of Tuscany’s most beautiful villages and best kept secrets.

For those who like to cook up a local dish whilst on holiday the apartments offer fully equipped kitchens along with some award winning olive oil to get you started!

Come in the spring and witness the fruit trees in blossom and buttercups meadows, visit in the summer and see the surrounding sunflower fields.

In September you will see the harvest of the grapes and in October you will see the harvest of the olives but to see the olives turned into the golden nectar you must come and visit in November!

More Details

Top Traveller Review

About the Manager

Marie & Lorenzo
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

About Marie & Lorenzo

The Farm Il Frantoio di Vicopisano came into being from Nicola Bovoli and his family’s love for food, quality and the Tuscan landscape.

The adventure began in the Eighties when they bought a farmhouse, a mill and about ten hectares of olive trees in the beautiful medieval village of Vicopisano, on the lower slopes of the Monte Pisano.

Today the organic farm produces an award winning olive oil, a wonderful red wine from the Sangiovese grape, and various other organic produce which is available for purchase not only throughout Italy and at the farm's own shop but also in exclusive outlets in America.

Nicola and his wife Lucia are both from Tuscany and have 2 children; Simona their daughter lives on the farm and works in the office and is very much hands on in the business and she is also a qualified and professional olive oil taster, nephew Francesco and his wife Valentina also work at the farm. Francesco works the land, tends the olives and sometimes jumps off his tractor to offer guided tours round the mill and farm!

Valentina helps with bookings alongside Marie and Lorenzo who are English speaking booking agents who are based in the village, it is Marie and Lorenzo who will initially deal with your booking enquiries.

Marie & Lorenzo (pictured) are not Bovili family members but have come to know and love this idyllic place on the hill and the hospitality of the family. Marie is British and will be on hand for all English Language enquiries, although all the Bovili family do speak English and there will always be a family member close at hand during your stay. .

Marie & Lorenzo purchased this apartment in 1980

Why Marie & Lorenzo chose Pisa area

.The property was purchased initially with a view to starting the olive oil business, however it was the love of the Tuscan landscape and the favorable micro climate which swayed the decision for the Bovili family to settle in this area.The farm is surrounded by almost 3000 olive trees, a large vineyard, a rich orchard and a sweet smelling pine forest. At the heart of the estate stands an ancient olive oil mill (Frantoio) where all the freshly picked olives are turned into the golden oil .

What makes this apartment unique

The farm (Frantoio) is also ideally situated close to the village of Vicopisano and all its amenities. The village is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany and is ideally situated close to the city of Pisa and it’s international airport and within easy reach of the beautiful Tuscan cities of Lucca and Florence and just 30 minutes away from the Pisan coast and golf courses .

Available Rentals

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Notes

Rates include:

Bed linen and towels
Final cleaning
Heating or air-conditioning

Welcome Pack on arrival which includes:
Small bottle of award winning olive oil, 1 bottle of the farm's own red wine, seasonal fruit, fresh milk, selection of teas, ground coffee & sugar. complimentary toiletries: hand soap and shower gel.

Rates do not include:
Pet fee which is charged at 30 Euro per pet per stay



Please contact us for our booking and rental terms and conditions

9 Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

5

Outstanding setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 16 days here. The weather was perfect. The apartment was situated so we had the most amazing view of the tower in Vicopisano and we so enjoyed sitting outside for breakfast etc. The owners, staff and Marie and Lorenzo couldn't have been more helpful or friendly. We had a tour of the olive farm with Marco and tasted the various oils and of course, some wine! We were only sorry we could bring back such a small sample of the delicious olive oil. We will look back on our holiday every time we use them.

Ideally situated for visiting Florence, Lucca, Volterra etc. We took the train to Florence which was cheap (27 Euros return for 2), on time and hassle free. Train station is in the heart of Florence so easy walking to all the beautiful sights. We had a car for whole holiday so were able to explore all the hilltop towns and villages including the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli.

The little square in Vicopsiano is the perfect spot to have a drink or a gelato and watch the world go by!

Our apartment was adequate, only small gripe was the lack of hot water and noise from adjoining apartment. Due to the tiled floors every time a chair was moved it was very loud (obviously our neighbour would have the same problem with us), only minor problems really.

This is such a lovely part of Tuscany plus the food and wine are terrific. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property and would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Christina M, thank you for your fabulous and informative review of Appartamento Limone. We are sure future guests will love hearing all your hints and tips for getting around. It was great to hear that you managed to see all the majour sites in addition to the smaller hilltop towns and villages. You like many of our guests love to spend the evenings in the village square at one of the small bars, you are right it’s a great place to stop and watch the world go by! We are also lucky to have a superb gelateria in the main square who provides us with delicious artisan ice- cream! We are sorry to hear that there was a lack of hot water and that you heard the moving of the chairs in the next-door apartment. This is something as property managers we will pass on the owners and we are sure it will be quickly resolved. We thank you for this feedback as it’s very important for us to know about these issues so we can resolve them immediately. We thank you for recommending Appartamento Limone, it was lovely to meet you and we certainly hope that you will return. Until then take care and best wishes Marie and Lorenzo
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
5

Wonderful vacation on an Olive Farm in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough about how we fell in love with the farm, the town of Vicopisano and Tuscany in general! Thanks to Marie and Lorenzo for helping us get our stay organized. Marie was always responsive to questions and gave us lot of information for our stay - driving instructions, where to eat & shop and what to enjoy!

Lucia (the owner) and the farm staff were helpful any time we needed something. Marco was the host for our olive farm tour and tasting. What a wonderful way to truly understand the journey of olives from the tree to your table!

We loved our apartment; cooked most of our own meals on site and enjoyed the patio, especially at coffee time! We spent our time walking to and around the town of Vicopisano and driving through the countryside, visiting the small towns along the way. The tour of the Brunelleschi tower (which is the view out the bedroom window) is well worth it. This location provides easy access to Florence, Pisa and Lucca as well as lesser known sites like the Vespa museum in Pontedera.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ronald, how great to hear that you fell in love with our little corner of Tuscany and thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Appartamento Limone. It’s so nice to hear when our guests love to spend time soaking up the local atmosphere whilst enjoying the local culture and traditions. The olive tasting experience is always a big hit with our guests so we were pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with Marco. The Brunelleschi tower and fortress is also a favourite so we pleased that you got to explore this wonderful monument. Lastly, we must say it was lovely to meet you and thank you for being such great guests, we do hope you come back and visit us again one day in the future. Until we meet again take care and warmest wishes Marie, Lorenzo and all of the staff and the farm
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Nanaimo BC
4

Nice location near Vicopisano

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our four nights at the Olive plantation in Vicopisano. Our hosts were great, meeting us the first night and showing us around the apartment. It would have been nice if they had turned the heat on for our arrival but not a big deal. The apartment had a nice little patio with a great view of the medieval tower across the farm fields which would certainly have been great had we been there in summer weather. The village is in a great location for sightseeing at Pisa, Lucas, San Gimignano, Siena and even Cinque Terre is just 2 hours away by car.

It was handy to have a washing machine at this point in our travels but with October temps it was a very slow process to dry our clothes - probably dryers are not as common as in North America but it is a priority for tourists doing laundry with short timelines.

Suggestion for the hosts would be to apply some felt pads under the table and chair feet as the furniture is verynloud when moved on the tile floor. The other apartment occupants also noted this when we chatted the morning of our departure.

Acccommodations were simple but all that we needed and the price was excellent. Very happy with our choice.

Thank you for all the great info in advance of our arrival and available in the unit - very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent Holiday in Vicopisano

  • 5 of 5

We travelled to Italy for a week's relaxation. The accommodation on the farm was lovely and the owners and their family and staff were very friendly and helpful. The agents who looked after the booking were Marie & Lorenzo. They were brilliant, and great company. They took us out on a wine tasting trip, which was was great fun and they also invited us to an olive oil tasting tour of the farm we were staying on, which was also a wonderful experience.

We found the town of Vicopisano a delight, the restaurants and pizzerias were excellent, we could not fault anything. Our only complaint, was that we only booked a week, we should have booked for two weeks!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Suffolk
5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We found this villa on the internet and having never been to Italy before did not know what to expect. What can I say this villa and the surrounding area is a little gem. For us it was perfect, however, if there had been more than two of us we may have been fighting for space. (But unless we had very young children we would have booked somewhere bigger). From arrival to departure we could not have been made more welcome or given more help. Anna was an angel especially with directions to Pisa. Everyone else on the vineyard was extremely friendly even if they did not speak very good English. The villa was extremely clean and had everything we needed for our two weeks.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jackie Thank you very much for you review of Appartamento Limone. It is always great to heat that our guests have had a great time and that the property provided everything that you needed for your first stay in Tuscany. We will most certainly pass your comments onto the property owners and the staff at the farm. Thank you again for your support in choosing Appartamento Limone and we hope to be able to welcome you back again one day soon. Warmest regards Marie and lorenzo (property mangers)
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5

Wonderful Holiday and Wonderful People

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here in May and didn't want to leave!

Booking our trip was a breeze with the help of Marie who provided us with lots of brilliant information and helped out with our transportation problems. The whole Bovoli family were very welcoming and friendly and only too happy to help us.

The apartment had a stunning view over to the medieval village of Vicopisano and inside was clean and spacious. The kitchen was well equipped and there was plenty of seating.

The whole area was beautiful and we even managed to arrive in time for the fireflies to light the evenings.

We wandered into the village for aperitifs at the wine bar and supplies from the shops. We chose not to hire a car which restricted us more to the immediate area, but everything we needed was in walking distance, including two good restaurants. We would recommend hiring a car if you want to see more of Tuscany and have more of a sightseeing trip. Although getting the bus to Pisa was simple and cheap, but after a day in the city we missed the peace and quiet of the beautiful olive farm.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear George S Thank you for your wonderful review of your stay at Appartamento Limone. It was lovely to read that you enjoyed discovering Vicopisano and that you were able to witness the magical display of fireflies during your stay. Thank you for your kind words regarding the apartment and we were pleased to hear that you found our guest information helpful. We are sure our future guests will find you review very helpful especially your comments regarding car hire. As you discovered to visit more of the region a car is necessary however as you also stated in your review that the city of Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower is not too far away and accessible via public transport - it is also possible to visit the city of Florence from the nearby railway station. Finally we would like to thank you again for your support in choosing Appartamento Limone for your holiday in Tuscany and we are very much hoping that you will return to visit us again one day. Till then take care and warmest regards The Bovoli family, Marie and lorenzo
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Location

From the Owner

.The property was purchased initially with a view to starting the olive oil business, however it was the love of the Tuscan landscape and the favorable micro climate which swayed the decision for the Bovili family to settle in this area.The farm is surrounded by almost 3000 olive trees, a large vineyard, a rich orchard and a sweet smelling pine forest. At the heart of the estate stands an ancient olive oil mill (Frantoio) where all the freshly picked olives are turned into the golden oil .

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa - 9 miles - 20 minutes at 14 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : 10 - 15 minutes walk at 0.75 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Livorno - 18 Miles - 37 minutes at 29 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Tirrenia - 18 miles - 35 minute drive at 29 Kilometres Nearest Train : Pontedera (Trains to Florence) - 5 miles - 10 mins at 7.5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A12 Genova/Roma or A11 Pisa/Florence both 30 mins at 29 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : 10 minutes walk at 0.75 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Abetone - 57 miles - 2 hours 25 minutes at 91 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Marina di Pisa - 18miles - 37 minutes at 29 Kilometres Car: recommended

VICOPISANO - 10 - 15 minute walk

Shops, Bars, wine bar, 2 restaurants.

Weekly market - Saturday morning

Antique and collectors market every 2nd Sunday of the month (except August).

Historical site - Brunelleschi's Fortress

The hilltop Medieval fortress and watch tower designed by the renaissance engineer Filippo Brunelleschi stands guard over the village and surrounding countryside. The fortress is open to visitors at the weekends; a perfect place to spend a couple of hours exploring Medieval dungeons, palace rooms and climbing the impressive watch tower, the small entrance fee includes a personal guided tour.

BUSES -run from Vicopisano Monday to Saturdauy to Pisa and Pontedera (for trains to Florence) - last bus back to Vicopisano late afternoon

BUTI (5 minutes drive)

The nearby village of Buti which is famous for its restaurants which boasts 15 at last count. Italians come from all over Tuscany to visit this tiny village famous for good food at local prices. Many summer festivals in this characteristic village

CASCINA - Nearest bigger town - 10 - 15 minute drive

Weekly Market - Thursday mornings.

PONTEDERA 10 - 15 minute drive

Nice shopping district, Vespa museum, trains to Florence.

PISA 20 minute drive

Apart from its famous Leaning Tower. This city with its Medieval streets, picturesque squares and lovely riverside walks deserves to be explored beyond the Leaning Tower.

Pisa has wonderful galleries, museums, and a vibrant nightlife.

In the property you will find a self guided walking tour with all the cities must see places. In addition you will discover some secrets and the best lunch and dinner spots!

EVENTS

There are endless gastronomic events, historical re- enactments and music festivals throughout the summer months.

details of these will be provided in your Pre- Welcome pack and in the property.

COOKING LESSONS

Discover the secrets of Tuscan food! How to prepare it, cook it and discover which ingredients and wines complement this simple but delicious cuisine.

You will assist and learn how to cook a typical Tuscan meal just like a Tuscan Mamma. Your chef and teacher has a restaurant in the area where you will have the lesson.

GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES

Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, Cheese tasting at artisan producer, visits to an artisan pasta producer, Truffle hunting.

all of the above experiences can be arranged with or without a private guide

OLIVE OIL EXPERIENCE

Discover the farm and mill - includes a visit to the olive groves, olive press and vineyards as well as tastings of the olive oil, wine and local produce.

Visits to a local ceramic workshop. One of the last remaining artisans in the area. Watch the artisans at work and a chance to buy one off affordable pieces.

Facilities

From the Owner

The farm (Frantoio) is also ideally situated close to the village of Vicopisano and all its amenities. The village is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany and is ideally situated close to the city of Pisa and it’s international airport and within easy reach of the beautiful Tuscan cities of Lucca and Florence and just 30 minutes away from the Pisan coast and golf courses .

Property Type

  • apartment

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • mountain biking

Floor Area

  • 25 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom - Toilet
  • Bathroom has a open shower (no enclosure) Adjacent to the shower room is another room with the WC and washing machine

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Cot on request
  • The bedroom has a traditional Tuscan wrought iron bed (queen size) and a single bed which can be used as a child’s bed or as an additional seating /lounging area. The bedroom is has air conditioning.

Outside

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

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All cancellations will incur a charge of 25% of the full rental amount. Please see our terms and conditions.
  • Alteration of the booking may also incur a charge if some of the booked days are cancelled. Please see our terms and conditions for full details.

Notes:

  • The following activities are available in the area: Olive oil tasting and mill visit Cooking lessons Wine tasting Private guided tours with a licensed guide IN ADDITION English speaking owners on site Organic farm shop