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“Fabulous find on the outskirts of Florence”
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Florence, Tuscany

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sharonagi...
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Fabulous find on the outskirts of Florence”
Reviewed 21 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
4
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Stayed here for 5 days while doing a city break for the first time with my husband. And what a perfect place it was to stay, 25 mins walk to town so you feel like you are leaving the tourists behind at the end of the day. (€15 taxi ride)

Cost about €35 taxi from the airport (didn't come under the €20 city fare allegedly), and Laura's directions were spot on (easier to tell the taxi Chalet Fontana and walk the few metres to the house). Laura was there to greet us with her grandson, and they were both lovely - a breakfast spread ready for the morning, wine, juice and water for our arrival and even mosquito repellant as were immediately being eaten alive.

ACCOMODATION
Beautiful large room in the attic, which had many windows and was actually quite cool even in 40 degree heat. There was aircon but we actually preferred not to use it and sleep under the Mozzie net. Bed was a small double but not a problem.

Kitchen was small but adequate. Induction hob was great, and I thought easy to use, although didn't use it that much. Food provided kept us going for a while, and was hugely appreciated as the last thing you want to do on arrival and go shopping.

Bathroom was similar, clean and tidy and had a section as a wardrobe. Just such a nice cosy atmosphere.

Entrance was via the house and we didn't feel we were impinging on Laura who lived there. Wonderful house, and although the downstairs flat had a separate entrance and separate bedroom and was very nice, I would have been gutted to have not been upstairs now I have seen both.

Terrace was lovely and we spent a fair amount of time on it, great weather and was very private. Sun was out pretty much all day other than first thing in the morning so a lovely spot.

AREA
South of the Fort and PItti Palace, really felt like you were in a local area rather than with the tourists. Nice walk into town and easy to get everywhere you would have wanted to get to on foot or by bus if required. 35/40 min walk to SM Station. Uphill on way back; I didn't mind, but wouldn't want to carry much up the hill.

Laura was on hand to give you any information required. We got into to town every day and evening, saw an Opera, went to Pisa, and would only recommend a car if visiting smaller Tuscan villages.

Had a fantastic time here, and would love to come back to Florence and stay in the studio again - thank you for a wonderful stay!

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Liked best: Privacy and quiet
Liked least: Uphill walk home!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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AlfArf
Laramie, Wyoming
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9 reviews
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“Hidden Treasure”
Reviewed 8 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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My sister and her husband and my husband and I rented both the upstairs loft and main floor apartment in June 2015. Upon arriving Laura and her daughter (who spoke English well) warmly greeted us. They immediately provided us with maps, directions, and restaurant suggestions. As mentioned in other reviews, Laura is very generous and provides milk, cereal, juice, dessert wine, snacks and a big bowl of fruit, the other apartment even had eggs, bread and butter! We were able to make breakfast each of the mornings before heading out for our walk into Florence. Both apartments were lovely, well maintained, and unique in their own way. The main floor apartment had an actual kitchen and table to sit at. The upstairs kitchen was very small but was adequate for what we needed. We really enjoyed the coziness and charming décor of the loft area (the pillows were a bit stiff, but not a big issue). We enjoyed sitting on the patio for breakfast or on the upstairs deck at night playing cards.
It takes about 25-30 minutes to walk down-hill into Florence, a lovely walk and not a lot of traffic. However, remember it is all uphill on the way back. We walked everywhere and enjoyed it tremendously, I would not recommend trying to drive in Florence and you don't need a car here. We had a rental car for our week in the Sienna area, we dropped our luggage off at the Florence apartment before we returned the car in Florence – what a crazy experience that was! I highly recommend a car for seeing the surrounding Tuscany areas.
The Florentine Retreat is very charming, secure (located behind a gated wall), and private. Thank you Laura for your hospitality and providing a lovely retreat for vacationers!

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Liked best: the location and charm of the home
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
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Reviewed 5 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Liked best: Location & style
Liked least: lighting
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alandjo41
Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A nnew way of looking at Florence”
Reviewed 25 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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We left Laura a thank you note for
-a marvellous, unexpected location
-a house full of character
-a kind and practical welcome
-help going to the supermarket ( it,s a good walk to the shops)
-a peaceful retreat from the city
-a great holiday

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Liked best: Discovering a new side to Florence
Liked least: Leaving and getting to grips with the induction hotplate upsrairs
Travelling group: Friends
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Reviewed 21 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

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