Once the community ''forno'' (oven) dating back to 1789 - Il Forno Podere Toiano - local villagers would come by from the hamlet of Toiano (now a ''ghost town''), and other nearby towns of Palaia, Legoli & Montefoscoli to buy bread & chat with each other dolce vita style. Today - a completely remodeled large 2 story home with lots of natural sunlight in an authentic Tuscan style with open floor design, lots of french doors and windows, high ceilings, large beams, terracotta floors, refurnished & tastefully redecorated, on 35 acres (14 hectares) with olive trees, swimming pool, pergolas, gardens & panoramic views. Very private, yet very centrally located in Tuscany along the Strada del Vino delle Colline Pisane. Named by Oliver's Travel blog as one of the *Top 10 Family Friendly Villas in Tuscany, you can rent this Palaia farmhouse for your next vacation or wedding in La Bella Toscana! 

deep end of pool and the home above the garden

pool & Home

deep thoughts in the deep end of the pool at dusk

shallow end of pool, gazebo off to the left and home up above

 
 Actual sunset view from the home and pool

Actual sunset view from the home and pool

 

French doors take you to this outdoor wood slab dining loggia (below) from the large, well-equipped country kitchen (large kitchens are uncommon in Italy/Europe). Shaded by the pergola with great views, a BBQ grill and running water at the head of the outdoor dining table, nearby steps lead you down between olive trees to the villa's private swimming pool on a sunny expansive terrace at the foot of the garden with 360-degree panoramic views of rolling Tuscan hills, ridgetops, vineyards and olive tree orchards.

 Outdoor dining loggia with large wooden slab, next to kitchen

Outdoor dining loggia with large wooden slab, next to kitchen

HOME SPECIFICATIONS

Town – Toiano, 15 min from Palaia (and is within the comune di Palaia, Provincia di Pisa, Tuscany, Italy)
Guests – up to 13
Bedrooms – 6
Bathrooms –  5
Size – 4250 sq ft (395m²)
Kitchen - large, with 5 burner gas stove

ACTIVITIES

Hiking, mountain biking trails & horseback riding nearby, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, truffle tasting, cooking classes, golf in nearby Castelfalfi. Nearby towns of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena, ghost town of Toiano, the Chianti region, the Tuscan coast, beaches, surf (yes, there is surf in Italy) and other regional towns.

AMENITIES

Wi Fi internet, private swimming pool, shaded outdoor dining, outdoor BBQ grill, a/c in all bedrooms kitchen living rooms etc, dishwasher, large 2-door stainless steel reach-in refrigerator, microwave, washer/dryer, gated driveway with ample parking.

 shallow end of the pool looking southwest

shallow end of the pool looking southwest

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Large Tuscan country kitchen, large kitchens are hard to find in Tuscany.

 large country kitchen - uncommon in tuscany 

large country kitchen - uncommon in tuscany 

kitchen

 kitchen 

kitchen 

 kitchen

kitchen

 kitchen

kitchen

outdoor wood slab dining loggia seats 12

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outdoor pizza oven

 wood fired pizza oven

wood fired pizza oven

 wood fired oven

wood fired oven

Dining room with fireplace and arched ceiling.

dining room
dining room

Living Room 1

 Living Room 1 

Living Room 1 

Living room 2

 Living Room 2 

Living Room 2 

Master bedroom (upstairs) with external private entrance, indoor entrance, and views south, west and north.

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upstairs master bedroom sitting area

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from sitting area towards bed

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upstairs master bathroom with bidet

 master bathroom with clawfoot bathtub, bidet

master bathroom with clawfoot bathtub, bidet

Stocked library & study

 library, 2 desks, small office

library, 2 desks, small office

Upstairs bedroom #2 with flatscreen TV.

 upstairs bedroom #2

upstairs bedroom #2

upstairs bedroom #2

 upstairs bedroom #2 with armoire

upstairs bedroom #2 with armoire

Upstairs bedroom #3

 upstairs bedroom #3

upstairs bedroom #3

Bathroom with bidet for the 2nd and 3rd upstairs bedrooms.

 bathroom for 2nd and 3rd bedroom upstairs

bathroom for 2nd and 3rd bedroom upstairs

Upstairs bedroom #4, the children's room with private bath.

 kids room, private bath on right 

kids room, private bath on right 

Kids room chill lounge

 ikids room chill lounge

ikids room chill lounge

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kids' bathroom

Once the ''fienile'', now the attached, spacious downstairs in-law unit with private bath & private external entrance (attached kitchenette coming soon...)

 Fienile, attached in-law unit with private bath

Fienile, attached in-law unit with private bath

inlaw unit, aka the downstairs master bedroom

queen bed master bedroom lower/inlaw unit

huge armoire in in-law unit, plus dresser

 huge armoire in lower master bedroom / inlaw unit

huge armoire in lower master bedroom / inlaw unit

 master bedroom lower / inlaw unit

master bedroom lower / inlaw unit

in-law unit sitting area

 Master bedroom lower / inlaw unit sitting area

Master bedroom lower / inlaw unit sitting area

entry - foyer

 foyer 

foyer 

Winter view over the house looking west

 winter view over house looking west

winter view over house looking west

Tuscan sunset colors overhead

 tuscan sunset colors overhead

tuscan sunset colors overhead

Main patio, lined with lavender, rose bushes and rosemary with panoramic views.

 Patio with  roses, rosemary and lavender

Patio with  roses, rosemary and lavender

Actual first course for a private dinner prepared here in our kitchen for some recent guests. You can also make the same request.

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Roberta preparing some appetizers for some guests. You can hire Roberta and Francesca to make a lunch or dinner for you here at the house! 

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Francesca works with Roberta to provide optional, personalized lunches and dinners for our guests.

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antipasti, pasta and BBQ served fresh inside or outside (we also have a wood-fired pizza oven)

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Looking west northwest out the french doors from the main living room at sunset

Another actual sunset (with zoom) from the house.

 sunset with zoom lens

sunset with zoom lens

in the deep end of the pool at sunset

 large tuscan pool at sunset

large tuscan pool at sunset

Private gates to the driveway

 gated home

gated home

 

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