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Apartment with pool near Florence

Sleeps

Sleeps
4

Bathrooms

Bathrooms
2

Bedrooms

Bedrooms
2

Description

Apartment Azalea is a beautiful 2 bedroom apartment occupying part of a 15th century villa. Set on top of a hill just outside Florence, it overlooks the Chianti region and is surrounded by 30 hectares of olive groves containing 6000 olive trees. Guests share a swimming pool with one other apartment. Apartment Azalea can be rented together with Apartment Camelia to offer accommodation for larger groups of between 12-14 people.
The property is steeped in history. In Renaissance times, the property belonged to the Gherardini family, the family of the famous Mona Lisa, immortalized by Leonardo Da Vinci. For the past 200 years, the property has been in the Calamai family and the current owners, Eleanora and Marco, lovingly look after the property and tend the olive groves.
 
Marco looks after the olive trees, following strict rules handed down over the generations. The olives are all picked by hand in order to keep each fruit in tact until it is crushed in the oil mill - a process that has to take place the same night that it has been picked. This, combined with the combination of different olive varieties used - the Frantoiano, Moraiolo and Leccino olive trees each have their own characteristics (taste, perfume and colour) - is what ensures this Tuscan oil is so special.
 
Whilst Marco looks after the groves, Eleanora offers guests the opportunity to share her passion for cooking, offering cookery courses. She can also arrange other excursions such as wine tasting at a local vineyard, a visit to a cheese producer or guided tours of the area. Eleanora will also be happy to cook for guests and, on request, guests have the opportunity to dine by candlelight in the wonderful frescoed salon of the villa. 
 
The property is in an absolutely idyllic setting only 10km from Florence with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside. Guests are welcome to wander through the olive groves. They are also encouraged to help themselves to the wonderful home grown produce from the estate's fruit and vegetable patch. And for those times when you just want to relax, there is a swimming pool and beautiful gardens to enjoy.
 
The interior of Appartamento Azalea is beautifully furnished with family heirlooms and antiques. There is a large open plan living and dining area with sofa bed and chairs and a dining table seating 4 to 6. Double doors lead onto a terrace overlooking the inner garden filled with lemon trees and beautiful roses. There is outdoor furniture for al fresco dining. There are 2 bedrooms - 1 double bedroom with stunning chandalier and fireplace as well as 1 twin room. There are 2 bathrooms (new for 2010) and a kitchen equipped with oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer. Doors lead to an inner courtyard.

Amenities

Swimming Pool

Communal

Property Type

Apartment

Bedrooms

2

Bathrooms

2

Sleeps

4

Amenities

Satellite TV

Central Heating

Cot and High Chair

Fridge

Garden

Terrace

Internet Access

Wi-Fi

Cot and High Chair

Car Parking

Coffee Machine

Suitability

Children Welcome

Nearest Airport

Florence

Activities

Golf

Hiking/Walking

Places of Interest

Horseriding

Region

Central Florence

Tuscany

Rental rates

Start Date End Date Weekly Rate (£) Minimum Stay
01 Jan 2017 31 Dec 2017 1,250 5+ nights
01 Jan 2018 31 Dec 2018 1,250 3+ nights

There is a final cleaning fee of 100 euros payable locally upon arrival. Otherwise, the rental rates are all inclusive and include linen and towels.

Reviews

J Kwek
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Excellent recommendation, thanks!

I just left Villa Monte Oriolo today. It was a splendid property, situated at the top of a hill with panoramic views of the tuscan countryside. Eleonora and Marco were outstanding hosts and made my family feel very welcomed. Excellent recommendation, thanks!
Jun 2014
Piotr
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It was a great holiday....

Fantastic. Wonderful house, beautifully situated with wonderful view. Great pool area. Very nice and helpful owner.
Aug 2017

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