(x 8 people)
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 5 | Chianti, Tuscany
Independent villa | Private pool | Maid included |
Casa Vecchia is a lovely Renaissance manor house set within a forty-acre estate of vineyards and olive groves. Minutes from the wine centre of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, the house overlooks the farms and cultivated fields which cover the hilly countryside between Florence and Siena. Traditional Tuscan features such as tiled floors and high ceilings were preserved during a restoration of the house and are complemented by very nice antique furnishings. Cooking enthusiasts will appreciate the modern kitchen, and rainy day options include wireless internet and satellite television. The dining room and two of the bedrooms open into a charming walled garden with shady trees. An old wooden gate leads from the garden to a swimming pool positioned on a grassed terrace with lovely views of the countryside.
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Casa Vecchia is available for larger parties. For details see Casa Vecchia (x 10 people) and Casa Vecchia (x 12 people).
At the western edge of the Chianti Classico region, 2km/1 mile from San Casciano in Val di Pesa which boasts shops and restaurants. A 10-minute drive from the Certosa di Galluzzo, an active Cistercian monastery. In 20 minutes you can be on the Chiantigiana, the famous 'wine' road, or in the centre of Florence (outside rush hour). To the south lie the wine-soaked villages of Tavernelle and Barberino-Val d'Elsa, as well as San Gimignano. Tennis, golf and horseback riding all available within 20 minutes' drive.
Large entrance hall with a sitting area. Living room leading out into the garden. Dining room with frescoed walls. Large modern kitchen with a breakfast table. Twin bedroom [convertible to double] opening to the garden with a recently renovated ensuite bathroom with shower. Twin bedroom [convertible to double] opening to the garden with an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower and a private terrace. Large twin bedroom [convertible to double] with two extra optional single beds. Two twin bedrooms [convertible to double] with recently renovated ensuite bathrooms with bath and shower. Double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower. WC.
Restored wine cellar with the original vats.
Very pretty, informal garden bounded by an old stone wall at the center of a 40-acre farm producing wine and olive oil. The gated swimming pool, 6 x 12m/20 x 39 feet, is set about 30m/100 feet from the house. The grape and olive harvest takes places in the fall.
The property's very helpful caretakers live on the first floor of the villa. The owner, who lives elsewhere on the farm, is extremely helpful and speaks English. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Portable barbeque. Washing machine. Satellite TV [Sky channels] with video/DVD. CD player. Portable fans in all bedrooms. Central heating. Working fireplace. Mosquito nets on all windows. Fixed telephone line. ADSL wireless internet [computer provided].
Airports: Florence, about 45 minutes; Pisa, 1 hour 15 minutes. Railway station in Florence, 20 minutes. Motorway exit and bus station just beyond San Casciano, about 4km/2.5 miles along paved roads. Parking for ten cars.
Tennis is available within 10 minutes’ drive, top riding stables within 15 minutes and 18-hole golf within 20 minutes at Cercolo Golf dell'Ugolino in Grassina. This is also a wonderful area for walking and biking. A selection of biking itineraries in the area is available online at www.terresienainbici.it/index_eng.asp (in English). Internet caffè at San Casciano in Val di Pesa, 2km/1mile.
Kettle. Mixer. Toaster. Iron and ironing board.
The gated swimming pool, 6 x 12m/20 x 39 feet has a constant depth of 1.33m/4.5 feet and steps for entry/exit. Outdoor shower.
Additional notes about the property