Vallevista, Marradi

Sleeps 6

A delightful converted farmhouse commanding views over the Apennines

Property summary

Sleeps 6

3 double/twin bedrooms. 1 bathroom and 2 shower rooms

Location: Florence and surroundings

This property rents Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Restaurants, markets and tennis court in Tredozio, 5 kms/10 min.
  • Train station in Faenza, 45 mins., Golf in Forlì, < 1 hr.
  • Ravenna 68 kms, Rimini and Adriatic coast, 100 kms.
  • Bologna and Florence, 89 kms
  • Republic of San Marino 117 kms
  • Airports: Forlì 54 kms, Bologna or Florence 80 kms, Pisa 160 kms,
  • This charming house is a part of a large Estate on the border of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, and has been in the same family for over 400 years. Set on a small ridge of its own, the house looks out towards Tuscany with wonderful views over the ridges of the Apennines. Recently converted, it comfortably sleeps 6 and every bedroom has french windows directly onto the gardens. The old pizza oven has been carefully kept and can be used for cooking real wood-fired oven pizzas. The swimming pool is on a higher level than the house and enjoys the same spectacular views.

    Accommodation

    The house is built into the side of a hill, so one enters from the upper floor, into the dining room. To the right is a well-equipped kitchen, while on the left is a comfortable living room with a working fireplace. In the far corner of the living room a door leads to a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. French windows lead to the garden from the double bedroom. A circular staircase in the dining room leads downstairs where there are a further 2 bedrooms, one with ensuite. Both these lower bedrooms also have french windows leading out onto the garden, making the house feel delightfully airy in the summer.

    Local area

    Vallevista, as the other houses on the Estate, straddles Tuscany and Emilia Romagna and is an excellent base for visiting the east of Italy – Ravenna with its wonderful Byzantine mosaics or Rimini where one of Alberti’s more formal architectural projects, the Tempio Malatestiano, still stands. The Adriatic coast is about an hour away and Faenza, with its rich tradition of ceramics, is within half an hours drive.

    Bologna, Ancona or Rimini are better airports to fly to than Pisa or Florence though the latter can easily be reached by driving across the mountains to Marradi and taking the train. The Tosco-romagnolo Apennines are a beautiful area in their own right, with hidden villages, delicious restaurants and a wonderful feeling of discovery, as few people visit this area. Cycling, climbing and walking are are well catered for, with some mountain passes climbing up to 1000 metres, between 1600 metre high mountains.

    Emilia Romagna is the region of good cooking: Tortellini, Parma ham, Parmesan cheese, Bolognese ragù, ravioli are all from this area. Tredozio itself, the small town at the foot of the hill, boasts a Michelin starred restaurant whose chef will come and cook for you in La Collina – a gourmet’s dream. Tredozio also hosts concerts during the summer ranging from Jazz to Chamber music, and has tennis courts, shops and restaurants.

    Features

    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Baby bed and high chair
    Baby bed and high chair available on request
    Catering
    Available on request in the villa, by local cooks or retired Michelin-rated restaurant owner OR in the owner's Villa La Collina
    Coffee Maker
    Italian and American coffee makers
    Cooking lessons
    Can be arranged on request
    Dishwasher
    DVD player
    Extra beds
    Available on request
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Extra linen change
    Available on request
    Fans
    Portable bedroom fans available
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    In living room, with wood available on request
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Outdoor furnished veranda and poolside deck chair and sun beds
    Golf course
    In Forlì, in less than 1 hr.
    Heating
    Central heating, Extra and charged by consumption
    Home-grown produce
    Wine from Estate vineyards, as well as honey, cheese, wine, limoncello, nocino, grappa, eggs, olive oil, vegetables all grown on the estate
    Horse riding
    Stables nearby, 8kms.
    Internet access
    WiFi internet
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Microwave
    Mobile phone coverage
    Music
    CD player/radio
    Oven
    Pets welcome
    Pets allowed with prior notice, for a small fee
    Pizza oven
    Pool towels
    Provided
    Restaurant nearby
    Michelin-starred restaurant in Tredozio (10 min.) and many others within 1/2 hr.
    Swimming pool
    Dim: 10 x 5 m. -Open: Mid-May - End of September
    Television
    Satellite TV
    Tennis court
    In Tredozio, 5 kms.
    Toaster
    Transport and tours
    Visits to a famous ceramic workshop, a shoe-making workshop or a famous car museum can be arranged
    Washing machine
    Encircled in green, Vallevista wears the traditional rosy tone favored by some Tuscan farmhouses.
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