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Exclusive private farmhouse, Chianti hills. A country haven close to Florence - La Casermetta

People7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

Description

La Casermetta

Tucked away in the Chianti hills, yet only 30 minutes from Florence, La Casermetta is a characteristic, old Tuscan farmhouse, freestanding within its own private garden. Restored as our family home, La Casermetta is a real home, maintained to a high standard to ensure the comfort of our guests, as well as ourselves as we return every year for a visit.

La Casermetta (140 sq m) sleeps 7 in 3 double bedrooms and 1 single. The apartment, La Cantinetta (90 sq m), sleeps 3+1 in 1 double and 1 single bedroom + sofa bed. The apartment can be rented on its own or with the main house. (See Available Rentals above.)

The kitchen is the heart of the house with its generous antique farm table, quality appliances and all that is needed for cooking and indulging. Comfortable Natuzzi sofas, a huge oak refectory table and upholstered dining chairs also make the lounge/dining room a convivial space. An ideal house for sharing, the garden and ensuite bedrooms, spaced well apart, offer private retreats.

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About the property

La Casermetta

La Casermetta is set amongst cultivated rural properties above the village of San Polo in Chianti, reached by a winding 3.5 km country road. It's an ideal family home which, over the years, has proven to be very popular with groups of family and friends gathering to celebrate significant birthdays or anniversaries. The tranquil woodland setting offers picturesque walks and the house, with its many comforts, a private and peaceful haven after a busy day's sightseeing.

For mountain-bike riders there are also marked singletracks through the woodlands around the property where ancient chestnut tree-lined trails offer magic glimpses of Florence to the north, and views across the Valdarno to the south, as well as good proximity to challenging cross-country routes around the iconic Greve in Chianti wine region.

The village of San Polo in Chianti is somewhat removed from the tourist turmoil, yet it has excellent essentials shopping and nearby restaurants, and it’s well placed to access major roads such as the Chiantigiana, linking Florence and Siena, which meanders through beautiful wine country taking in historic sites and villages, and the Superstrada, an alternative route to Siena. Both the northern and southern entrances to the Autostrada, which opens up the rest of Tuscany, are only about 12 km from La Casermetta. (See ‘Location’ for further detail.)

There is a great deal to see in a relatively small radius around Chianti. We offer a very personal service to help our guests get the best out of their holiday. All guests receive a copy of our booklet of daytrip suggestions, our favourite restaurants, driving directions, parking tips, markets, designer outlets, cultural insights for first time visitors, and even ideas for further afield. We update each year, checking hyperlinks and adding or deleting as necessary. After more than 30 years of visiting Italy, we’re happy to share our inside knowledge.

La Casermetta (sleeps 7) is a much loved and cared for home which we restored from its partially ruined state, with careful attention to detail, under the guidance of a scrupulous Florentine architect. The main house features a live-in country kitchen, really the heart of the house. A huge oak refectory table and retired ancient boudoir grand loaded with family photos dominate the dining and living rooms. Quality finishes and comfortable furniture attest to the fact that the house was, and occasionally still is our primary residence. Antique wardrobes offer generous spaces for guests to unpack, settle in and feel completely at home. Children are welcome. Additional power supply to the house supports the various appliances. There's good reliable plumbing and strong water pressure. All windows have screens and internal cypress shutters. Central heating keeps the house warm and cosy in the winter and in summer its 400 m elevation promotes refreshing breezes, while thick stone walls help keep the interior cool.

La Cantinetta (sleeps 4) is a well equipped apartment one floor below in the oldest part of the house, also thoughtfully restored in the style of the main house. It shares no common doors or walls with the house above, it has its own driveway and entrance, and there’s a pretty outlook across the valley from all its windows. The apartment does not share the upstairs garden, but it does have its own dining terrace, and the woodland areas around the property provide plenty of scope for picnicking and rambling. Take a drink and watch the sun set from the bench overlooking our little olive grove across the track from La Casermetta's gate. The apricot tree here bears a surprising amount of fruit, if you can beat the locals. Like the main house, the apartment has its own barbecue, alfresco dining setting, deck-chairs and umbrellas. Also centrally heated, the apartment is cosy in the cooler months, while in summer it’s always beautifully cool. (Please click on the Available Rentals tab for further details.)

We return each year and check every little thing, refreshing and updating whatever needs attention, from small things like buying new linen to major improvements such as as redecorating or replacing the heating system. When we’re not there, our manager, Graziella, maintains the property as if it were her own. She and her assistant Franca are like part of the family. A booklet of information at the house covers the A to Z of how things work, with support phone numbers, including a direct line to us, just in case help is needed.

La Casermetta is set in a generous private garden beyond which rambles a further ten acres of forest. The lawn is often carpeted with daisies, and fireflies sometimes come out at night. From the garden there are views across the Arno valley to the Vallombrosa Monastery, nestled in the magnificent oak and pine woodlands of the central Apennines. Depending on the season, around the house and garden you may find grapes, plums, raspberries, apricots or figs. The squirrels get the hazelnuts and almonds.

Around the area are are charming walks along chestnut shaded tracks (bring sturdy shoes), one leading to a sudden, surprising view of Florence. Our own land abounds with interesting vegetation and fauna such as capriole (deer), cinghiali (wild boar), picchi (woodpeckers) and istrici (porcupines). Keen-eyed locals inhabit these woods on weekends and can often be seen clutching bundles which could be salad greens, herbs, asparagus as fine as wheat which make delicious frittata, funghi porcini or chestnuts. All are all plentiful in these hills at different times of year, although the experts usually beat us to the truffles.

The village of San Polo in Chianti has two small supermarkets and a chemist, a laundromat, a popular restaurant (more restaurants not far away), a post office, a bar/tabacchi and an edicola where bus tickets to Florence can be purchased, a petrol station with after-hours self-service, a bank with ATM, a tiny weekly produce market, and a speed camera by the school. Ten kilometres north towards Florence is Grassina with many shops and boutiques, elegant bars and pasticcerie and services such as dry cleaners and medical practitioners. The large hospital at Antella is a few minutes out of Grassina. Ten kilometres south is Figline Valdarno which has a lovely piazza (similar to the distinctive one at Greve in Chianti, also nearby) and a huge supermarket selling absolutely everything. (Look out for Sting at the check-out, I understand his Tuscan hideaway is nearby.)

As well as producing the acclaimed Gallo Nero Chianti Classico, and the rich, peppery, extra virgin olive oil that is synonymous with Tuscany, San Polo is famous for iris production (a labour intensive process yielding prized iris roots, harvested after flowering), supplying the French perfume industry for generations. Production has dwindled in recent decades as life has changed and modernised, but if you're lucky enough to be there in the spring, the hills and houses around the village will be daubed with the distinctive booms. An iris festival is held in May (although dates vary each year) as the locals pay homage to a charming, ancient tradition and try to keep it from fading away.

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Owner
Suzanne Byford
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
11 December, 2017

Available Rentals

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Notes

Prices include gas, electricity, heating, wifi, towels, linen, fixed line local phone and a weekly clean and linen change (or initial and final clean in the case of short stays). There are no additional costs, fees or commissions (with the exception of the small fee your bank will charge for the international transfer).
Prices above are for the main house, La Casermetta.
Prices for the apartment, La Cantinetta, are detailed under 'other rentals on this property' below the property description.
Please enquire about rates and availability from November to March. Gas for heating may be charged during these months.
Our cancellation terms are detailed on the booking form we will send you when you make an enquiry.


Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Greve in Chianti in Metropolitan City of Florence

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • In the main house, La Casermetta, two of the double bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, the third double and the loft single share the main bathroom. The apartment, La Cantinetta, has a bathroom with a full bath and shower over, wc, bidet and washing machine. There is a pretty view through the small window in the shower to the little castle across the valley.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • Each of La Casermetta's double bedrooms has generous hanging and drawer space, writing desks and chairs. Cots are available on request.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Attention Bikepackers – Chianti is the perfect location for cross country mountain biking around the Tuscan slopes and ranges, and La Casermetta is an ideal base to soak up the Italian culture and cuisine. Marked single tracks through the woodlands around the house and ancient chestnut tree-lined trails offer magic glimpses of Florence to the north, and views across the Valdarno to the south, as well as challenging cross-country routes through the iconic wine-growing region of Greve in Chianti. Great choice of restaurants nearby. San Polo in Chianti, just 3 km down the hill, has a fabulous pizzeria as well as supermarkets, coffee bars, food and produce markets, and relaxed local culture in spades.

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average rating of 4.975 based on 40 reviews
5

Gorgeous AUTHENTIC Tuscan Villa

  • 5 of 5

Our virgin taste of Tuscany was well and truly a spoilt one in La Casermetta. In all of our one month stay in Italy (from Milan to the Amalfi Coast), we can honestly say that in Chianti, we felt like we were living like genuine Italians.

The Villa is set up in the beautiful hills of Tuscany, a stunning winding road through olive groves and farm lands. We found this an easy walk (if you are fit you will enjoy the jog) into town for coffee, or a stroll to the local supermarkets. The closest large supermarket is absolute luxury (a 15 min drive), so we tended to cook in the incredibly well appointed kitchen, rather than eat out at the local restaurants.

We hosted our wedding party at the villa, and it was home away from home. After staying at various hotels and B&Bs, this had excellent facilities for doing laundry, private sun baking or dining in the yard.

We will absolutely return to La Casermetta to holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kelly. It was lovely to have you and your family at La Casermetta, especially for such an important occasion. Don’t know how you found the time to drink in the countryside and enjoy the peace and go shopping and spend time cooking, as well as get married, but we’re delighted you did! All the best to you both, Suzanne and Joe Byford
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Orcas Island, WA
5

The perfect Tuscan farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of 4 women enjoying 2 weeks in Italy. We stayed at La Casermetta for 4 days and we all agreed it was the best of all the places we booked. Beautiful, relaxing and spacious. Having just come from a tiny home in Venice that was all about stairs with not enough chairs for us all to sit in the main room at the same time, this house was perfect. Suzanne provided us with 20 pages of recommendations and day trips thru Tuscany, many of which we enjoyed. We also booked a cooking class at the house with a private chef she recommended. A fun evening of cooking, laughing, enjoying good food and wine, and best of all no one had to drive home at the end of the evening, except the chef. The road up to the house is a bit challenging, but we all live on a small island with mostly narrow dirt roads, so no problem for us.

Would book again and gladly recommend to everyone who wants the perfect Tuscan getaway.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Cynthia. It's good to know you found the house so comfortable and I'm glad the home chef worked out well. We might give him a try ourselves when we go back in a few months. All the best, Suzanne
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Portland, Oregon
5

There is no place better

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casermetta for seven nights in July. It was our first stop in Italy and couldn't have been more welcoming! The information book that Suzanne has compiled is great, giving recommendations on wineries and restaurants, explanations about groceries and utilities and even tells the history of the house.

The seven of us (four adults and three kids) had plenty of space for togetherness or privacy as the mood struck. The only issue being that all three of the kids wanted loft bedroom! The kids played for hours in the yard. The adults enjoyed wine on the patio. We loved creating meals with the wonderful local ingredients in the very well equipped kitchen.

Tuscany is hot in the summertime, but the stone-walled house stayed cool and comfortable all day long.

The country setting was perfectly tranquil. We awoke to roosters and bird songs, walked along the quiet dirt roads and enjoyed trying to catch sight of the family of wild boars. Mamma was very cautious and led her babies away quickly whenever we approached.

I could go on and on, but I should leave some things for others to discover for themselves. Thank you so much, Suzanne, for sharing your lovely home. We hope we get a chance to visit again.

Gavin Mahaley

Portland, Oregon

United States

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boca Raton, FL
5

Even better the second time.

  • 5 of 5

We were able to return for a second tip to Tuscany. And were grateful to seek that La Casermertta was available to fit our schedule. We went the year before and it was the highlight of our trip. Coming back we knew what we wanted to visit again and had a chance to explore more of the region. It is really a perfect location. It is quiet and private however near Florence as well as charming small towns. We loved our visits to Sienna and Arezzo. The villa is very relaxing with amazing hiking. The views are breathtaking everywhere you look. The kitchen is high end however still fits the rustic charm of the villa. We cooked dinner in almost every night. There is a CoOp grocery and butcher at the base of the hill. for the nights that we wanted to go out La Greppia is a great place with amazing food and atmosphere. Thank you Suzanne and Joe for opening your home. We love to live as a local in such an incredible place.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A little piece of heaven in Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

This is a heavenly location in the hills of Chianti! Casermetta is a beautifully appointed home with everything you may need. After spending time in both Rome and Florence......the pristine silence was very welcomed! We look forward to another visit.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful stay in a beautiful, authentic farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Our 25'th wedding aniversary were celebrated in this amazing tuscan farmhouse. The house and fantastic surroundings made it an unforgettable experience. The location were perfect in the centre of Chianti. Our family of 5 had plenty of space and during the week we could both be private and social. The house contributed to a truly tuscan feeling and we were impressed by the love and dedication the house obviously have been restored with. The arrival package we received from Suzanne ahead of the stay made us well prepared. The house was clean - everyting in order and it was instructions on "how to do" regarding the house equipment. Most attractions within an hour drive from the house made it easy to move around. Back i Norway now - a week later - we still feel we have experienced something truly uniqe. Longing for something authentic - and for us nordics, exotic - we are greatful that our celebration tok place in La Casermetta. This stay gave us energy and the memories from this week will be with us during the cold nordic season ahead. Suzanne has made it easy for us to be guests and has provided excellent service. This is a farmhouse we can recommend and we might repeat our stay in another setting in the future. Thank you for letting us experience this.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the words and for being such wonderful guests. We hope one day you will come back. Suzanne and Joe.
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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
San Polo in Chianti
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Ugolino
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Florence, Santa Maria Novella or Figline Valdarno
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Grassina or Incisa Valdarno
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
San Polo in Chianti
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Castiglioncello (Livorno) or Viareggio
Car: necessary

La Casermetta is situated in the hills above the village of San Polo in Chianti, reached by a winding 3.5 km country road. From the village it’s an easy 30 minute drive to Florence. San Polo in Chianti, a little remote from the tourist turmoil, has excellent essentials shopping and nearby restaurants, and is well placed to access major roads such as the celebrated Chiantigiana, linking Florence and Siena, which meanders through lush, undulating wine country taking in historic sites and charming villages like Strada, Greve in Chianti, Montefiorale, Panzano, Castellina and the picture-perfect towns of Radda, Gaiole and Volpaia.

From La Casermetta it is about 12 km in either direction to the northern and southern Autostrada entrances for swift access to other parts of Tuscany such as Arezzo, Pisa, Lucca, Montepulciano, and even the Cinque Terre. The Superstrada, an alternative route to Siena, takes you to Monteriggone, Colle di Val d'Elsa and San Gimignano. San Polo is about half way between Grassina (10 km north) which is close to Florence, and Figline (10 km south), gateway to the Valdarno.

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