Unbeatable Value B&B in Villa in the Green Tuscan Landscape close to Florence
Make your stay in Tuscany a little cooler whether alone or part of a group at affordable price
20 Guest Rooms, some with internal bath, 60 beds
Casa Cares is an historical agricultural estate mansion house sitting at 500 meters over the Arno River Valley in the township of Reggello, and fronting the famous wine producing Chianti hills. This converted villa offers simple, comfortable accommodations and catering for up to 60 persons in 20 bedrooms. The setting with gardens, play area, large meeting and dining rooms, log fires, 4 hectares of terraced olive groves, and 5 hectares of woods can prove ideal for single visitors for families or large groups. Our sitting room with its fireplace provides warm refuge from the cold in winter and even stays cool during the midday summer heat Breakfast is included in everyone's stay at Casa Cares. Upon reservation we also make traditional Tuscan lunches and dinners with the occasional hint of international influence. We invite our guests to relax and to make Casa Cares their home - feeling free to explore all corners of the villa. Sel-catering at times is available.
Casa Cares Villa Graffi
Casa Cares is an historical agricultural estate mansion house sitting at 500 meters over the Arno River Valley in the township of Reggello, and fronting the famous wine producing Chianti hills. This converted villa offers simple, comfortable accommodations and catering for up to 60 persons in 20 bedrooms. The setting with gardens, play area, large meeting and dining rooms, log fires, 4 hectares of terraced olive groves, and 5 hectares of woods can prove ideal for single visitors for families or large groups. Our sitting room with its fireplace provides warm refuge from the cold in winter and even stays cool during the midday summer heat
Breakfast is included in everyone's stay at Casa Cares. Upon reservation we also make traditional Tuscan lunches and dinners with the occasional hint of international influence. We invite our guests to relax and to make Casa Cares their home - feeling free to explore all corners of the villa. Sel-catering at times is available.
Living Rooms: 5
Property Type: Guesthouse
Three of our 20 bedrooms are wheelchair accessible with appropriate bath facilities.
Vast and beautiful. Casa Cares produces a large part of the vegetables and fruit which is served. Besides we have our own excellent extra virgin olive oil and honey. Both of these are for sale to guests. Guests have discounts at the public pool in Reggello at 4 kilometers. Cooking out is possible. Day hikes into one of the most beautiful forests of Italy are possible as well as shorter walks, for example, a 4 km circle past a huge olive press and wine farm and a 12th-century church.
Important notes on accommodation
Some rooms have internal bath, others share with one or two other rooms. The adjacent apartment has two double bedrooms, bath and living room/kitchen with sofa bed. The 9 hectares (22 acres) of park, woods and farmland assure plent of space to meet or retreat. Guests are encouaged to help with recycling and introduced to our investment in environmental care. We gladly give guests an historical tour of the property. We are currently finishing the renovations on our 18th-century theater/chapel which will be ready for music, meetings, meditation.
Location Type: Rural.
Casa Cares Villa Graffi prices
|Rental Period||Per Night||Per Week||Per Month||Min. Stay (Nights)|
|15 February 2013 - 6 January 2014||€ 29.00||-|
Email or phone Italian, English, and German are fluently spoken. This should facilitate special enquiries also. A deposit is normally required the details will be given on booking.
B&B in Reggello, Nr. Florence, Tuscany
About the area
People coming here are most likely to be interested in nature and the historic and artistic wealth so abundant in Tuscany, even so the Florentines are keen on beach leisure time too, so Florence is well connected with the Tirrenean sea and Viareggio in particular is a much sought after beach for day trippers. Allow two hours each way by private transport and ha˛lf hour more if you have to rely on public transport.
Special Interest Holidays
Casa Cares staff with its international background is quite used to cater for special interest groups. At the moment there are Italian, English, German. French and Portuguese native speakers. They would be most happy to reply to any specific individual requirement.
How to get there
Florence is the nearest airport (40 Kms) but Pisa is also close and convenient in particular for budget flights such as Ryanair. From here, if you don't intend to hire a car, you can reach Florence by coach or train. Casa Cares' nearest train station is Sant'Ellero. Please enquire about shuttle bus if this is required.
Florence with all its art treasures is only 35 kms away. Allow one hour to reach the centre whether by private or public transport.
Siena is less than two hours away by car, but must allow about three hours by public transport.
San Gimignano is about one hour and a half by bus or car.
Volterra two hours.
Lucca can be reached in two hours by car or slightly longer by public transport.
To get to Assisi, the birth place of Saint Francis and location of Giotto's fresco cycles, two hours or so.
Local points of interest:
Vallombrosa Benedictine monastery at 1000 m. altitude is 9 km up the hill. it is sorrounded by one of the most beautiful forests in the whole of Italy.
Along the 2000 year old road on which Casa cares is located there is a series of Romanesque churches (11th-13th centuries). the closest, Sant'agata, is only one km. away. The largest, the Pieve of San Pietro, is in Cascia/Reggello. It is well worth a visit as it is now the custodian of the earliet known Masaccio masterpieces. An adjoining museum dedicated to this work.
The Chianti hills, the most famous wine producing area the world over, is only a short ride away across the river Arno. Many towns and wine producing "poderi" are within easy reach and many such offer wine tasting.
Trekking is worth of special mention. Starting from Casa Cares you can set off for country walks of any length you choose. for more serious hikes you can aim uphill and reach 1000-1500 metres altitude.
Shopping opportunities also abound. The towns nearby have weekly open markets. Reggello is relatively small and opens of a Saturday. Nearby Figline and Pontassieve have much larger markets respectively on Tuesday and Wednesday.
About the Owner
American Paul Krieg with his Swiss wife Antoinette have managed thew Waldensian Church guest house since 1985. Paul and Antoinette had already lived previously in Italy and accepted the invitation to return after the Graffi farm was donated to the church. Most overnights come from group participants in meetings and seminars, but also the individual guests have made the hospitality adventure stimulating and satisfying. Antoinette was trained as a nurse and Paul was prepared in special education and Counseling and Guidance, but hospitality work has fitted them well as has collaboration with the Waldensian Church, a church with roots in a 12th century medieval reform movement and today closely linked on an international level with Reformed churches around the world.
Year property purchased:
What are the unique benefits of the property?
Casa Cares is a great place just to stay, enjoy the Tuscan countryside and appreciate the historical property. But it is also a starting point to visit the many treasures of Tuscany.
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Property Ref IT1453
(ITALY) +39 0558652001
Languages spoken: English, German, Italian.
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