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Podere Castelluccio

(x 16 people)

Sleeps 16 | Bedrooms 8 | Bathrooms 6 | Near Florence, Tuscany

Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioned bedrooms | Maid included |

Overview

The private valley of Travalle is one of the most extraordinary properties in Italy. Barely thirty minutes' drive from the centre of Florence, it consists of some 300 hectares/730 acres of lush farmlands ringed by low mountains and dotted with old farmhouses. The current owners, an old aristocratic family, purchased the land a century ago and have preserved the valley's agricultural activities and its architectural integrity. At the centre of the valley is the manor house with magnificent 17th Century Italian gardens; an active winery and olive mill are attached. The forests on the flanks of the mountains have been designated as a nature reserve to protect the resident pheasants and deer. The 300-year old Podere Casteluccio lies almost at the top of the valley, surveying the vineyards, fields and olive groves from on high. A restoration completed in the past few months has produced a truly spectacular house equipped with all the latest efficiencies, from air-conditioned bedrooms to internet access. Yet these in now way eclipse the building's enormous historic charm, as evidenced by the twisted beams in the ceilings, the cool brick floors and worn stone steps. Although stylishly decorated and furnished with splendid antiques, this is a comfortable and inviting country retreat. The pool is set on hillside just above the houses, the perfect antidote to a busy day's sightseeing in Tuscany.

Clients reviews

Dianora; This was my first time to Italy, and I was so happy to have spent it here in this villa. Thank you for your hospitality! The tour of the garden and the explanations of oil and wine making were so interesting we enjoyed it very much. Until we have the pleasure of meeting again..... Fran. Thank you Dianora so much for your wonderful hospitality we had a wonderful time, you have made a magnificent home and garden. We enjoyed seeing the olive oil room and the figs, and especially our lunch at the Tre Lune, I had the sea bass and tried the ravioli,,, so Good! I wish to someday return to Italy lots of memories to share with my family. Susan. Ciao Dianora, thank you Grazie Mille! The villa is lovely and fit my students and I. your help was greatly appreciated with taxis getting all of my ladies to the train station. The rooms are lovely the kitchen wonderful. Loved your wine and olive oil and the figs- oh my goodness I ate a fig before. The villa has what I needed for my fitness retreat, I hope to return.

Michelle Taylor
31-Aug-2013
(USA)

We have had the most fantastic time! The villa and surroundings are beautiful! We have had fun exploring Lucca, Florence and Siena and had a fab meal at Restaurant Da Gianni in Croci di Calenzano. Also thank you for the tour of your gorgeous gardens and our lesson in olive oil making. Ciao!

Hugh Rowntree
03-Aug-2013
(United Kingdom)

The magical setting of the house in the lovely valley and the pool area are fabulous - just enough shade and breeze. The owners are very friendly and gave us a lovely tour of their lemon garden and olive oil factory. Tuscany Now Excellent - I would use you again.

C Bateson
27-Jul-2013
(United Kingdom)

A lovely villa with gorgeous view, we all had a marvellous time! It was so nice to sit outside in the evening breeze with a cool glass of rose, and look at the twinkling lights of Florence. Do ask Fabiana to cook her special chicken with the secret ingredient and her chocolate puddings, fantastic our grand children loved them. Everyone so friendly.

Michael Nelson-Jones
18-Aug-2012
(United Kingdom)

Thank you very much Dianora, Marco and Fabiana. We spent a wonderful vacation. The house is beautiful and the views are great. We really enjoyed the tour of the Fattoria by Marco, a great dinner by Fabiana and her husband. We had a very relaxing time. We would love to come back.

Edward de Bock
21-Jul-2012
(Netherlands)

To Dianora, family and staff; our stay at your beautiful villa was favoloso! We can not wait to come back! The views food and friendly people in Toscana far surpassed the already high expectations I dreamed of. The dinner prepared by Fabiana was Buonissimo and the dinner at Le Tre Lune was wonderful. Thank you for your hospitality and generosity.

Jeanette Knam
23-Jun-2012
(USA)

Dianora, a lovely two week holiday spent in your beautiful villa. Also thank you for the tour of your stunning garden and winery.

Jan Ashley
06-Aug-2011
(United Kingdom)

Thank you. I counld'nt have had a better week spent for our 10th anniversay and my 40th birthday! The views were...sublime. Out of a postcard. The time spent with family and friends has created memories that will last a life time. The house could not be more comfortable or beautiful...We slept well,, We ate well...We dreamt well... I am so grateful to have had such a week as part of my life.

Sonia Crimaldi
05-Sep-2009
(USA)

We had a wonderful time, the house exactly what we had hoped to find "a true Tuscan villa" surronded by vineyards, olive tress. We will definately return for another family holiday ! Special thank you to Fabiana and her talent in cooking our delicious meals.

Rebecca Winn
29-Aug-2009
(Germany)

Our first impressions of the house were what we were hoping to expect from Tuscany, Loved the traditional Italian style of the rooms, the whole environment is so tasteful. Enjoyed exploring towns and cities closeby, only here for one week not enough time. Many thanks to Dianora and Marco,, will hopefully be back some day,,with a bigger croud. Loved the family red wine at € 3 per bottle,, Great golf course at Prato well worth a visit.

Thomas Batey
01-Aug-2009
(United Kingdom)

Heaven on earth.... Beautiful Castelluccio in this spectacular Tuscan setting where we had an amazing month with our family and friends. Good food ,,good wine,,lots of sunshine and fun by the pool, very enjoyable visits to other Tuscan villages and places of great natural beauty and stunning artistic heritage. But the art we mastered the most was the " farniente"! We will come back soon

Georges Assi
04-Jul-2009
(United Kingdom)

Beautiful villa and wonderful hospitality, our three families with young children had a great time. We can recomend the cook service too !!

Antonia Antoniou
13-Jun-2009
(United Kingdom)

The three weeks spent here were almost not quite enough. Beautiful views, lovley house, very relaxing time was had by all. We hope to visit again soon...

MARY FOUGERE
21-Jun-2008
(USA)

Our group of family and friends have been absolutely delighted with our week in Tuscany at your gorgeous villa. It has been a week of most memorable times and we thank you with deep gratitude for such a place of beauty.

MARY FOUGERE
21-Jun-2008
(USA)

A 40th Birthday spent with family and friends in a villa and grounds of spectacular beauty. We all had the time of our lives!! Look foward to returning one day (soon)

Nancy Luck
14-Jun-2008
(United Kingdom)

We loved everything!!! The decor , the layout, the position and the people who owned and ran it.

Nancy Luck
14-Jun-2008
(United Kingdom)

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