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Secluded Private Home in the Romantic Chianti Hills, only 30 mins to Florence - La Casermetta

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



La Casermetta

La Casermetta sleeps 7 in 3 double bedrooms and 1 single. (La Cantinetta, the apartment, sleeps 3+1 in 1 double and 1 single bedroom + sofa bed, separate from living area. Please click on the La Cantinetta link below for further information on the apartment.) La Casermetta's kitchen has an electric Smeg oven, gas hobs, a full-sized fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, antique farm table, generous cupboard space and all necessary accoutrement for cooking and indulging. The lounge room has comfortable sofas, TV, CD, DVD, games, books, music and movies, including children's videos. The dining area features a massive old oak refectory table, eight upholstered chairs and an oak sideboard as well as a retired antique boudoir grand piano, laden with family photos - an Italian relic with a charming family history. Sadly, having travelled from Ravello to Sydney and back to Tuscany, it no longer makes beautiful music.

About the property

La Casermetta

La Casermetta (140 sq m) is a rare holiday rental find, a free-standing, ancient stone farmhouse hidden in the Chianti Classico hills, with a fully independent, tastefully restored apartment (90 sq m) on the floor below. Our Italian friends call La Casermetta a jewel. Freshly painted throughout in 2016, the house nestles in the hills above San Polo in Chianti, a town slightly removed from the tourist turmoil, yet with excellent essentials shopping and nearby restaurants, plus good road access to all the towns and sights of Tuscany. Restored as a family home with great attention to detail, it is much loved and cared for. The main house features a large live-in country kitchen. A huge oak refectory table and ancient boudoir grand loaded with family photos dominate the dining and living rooms. There are comfortable, quality furnishings and restored Tuscan antiques. La Cantinetta (90 sq m), being in the oldest part of the house, has tremendous character and sense of history. The apartment shares no common doors or walls with the main house above, has its own driveway, entrance and dining terrace, plus pretty views across the valley from all windows.

Restored as our family home, the house is furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Farmhouse antiques, treasures from local antique markets, offer generous spaces so guests can unpack, settle in and feel completely at home. Children are welcome. Additional power supply to the entire house, a luxury in the countryside, supports the many appliances. There's good reliable plumbing and strong water pressure. All windows have screens and internal cypress shutters. Efficient central heating keeps the house warm and cosy in the winter months. In summer, La Casermetta's 400 m elevation promotes refreshing breezes, while thick stone walls help keep the interior cool. A booklet of information covers the A to Z of how things work with support phone numbers just in case you need help.

La Casermetta is set in a generous, fenced private garden beyond which rambles a further ten acres of forest. The lawn is often scattered with daisies and fireflies sometimes come out at night. From the marble garden setting there are views of the Arno valley and across to the famous 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 usually get the hazelnuts and almonds.

In a more recent restoration we created a charming, well equipped apartment, La Cantinetta, one floor below the main house. It has its own entrance and does not share any common walls or doors with the main house above. La Cantinetta can be rented individually, or taken in addition to the main house if you have a large party. It does not share La Casermetta's garden, but has its own private dining terrace which faces both the valley and the cypress lined track that weaves towards Florence. And of course it has free access to the bountiful woodland areas attached to the property. Take a gin and tonic and watch the sun set from the bench overlooking our little olive grove. 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. (Please click on the tab above for availability and further details on La Cantinetta.)

In addition to producing the respected Gallo Nero Chianti Classico wine and the rich, peppery, extra virgin olive oil which is synonymous with Tuscany, San Polo in Chianti is famous for its pursuit of the ancient tradition of iris farming. If you're lucky enough to be there in the spring, the hills around the village will be dotted with fields of blue. At the end of flowering the bulbs are harvested and carefully divided. One half is returned to the earth while the other is trimmed and sun-dried then sold to the French for their perfume industry. An iris festival held each May helps keep this charming tradition alive. The village has two small supermarkets, a butcher and a chemist amongst other basic shops, two restaurants (many more nearby), a post office, a bar/tabacchi where you can buy bus tickets to Florence, a petrol station with after-hours self-service and a bank with ATM. Ten kilometres north towards Florence is Grassina with many shops and boutiques, elegant bars and pasticcerie and services such as laundromat/dry cleaners. 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, which is also close) and a huge supermarket selling absolutely everything. (Watch out for Sting at the check-out, his Tuscan hideaway is nearby.)

There are charming walks around La Casermetta, along chestnut shaded tracks, some leading to sudden, surprising views of Florence. Our own land abounds with interesting fauna and vegetation. Stroll, hike or picnic around the area and experience the seasonal offerings of the land. Keen-eyed locals inhabit these woods on weekends and can often be seen clutching trophies – bundles of herbs; asparagus as fine as wheat which make delicious frittata; funghi porcini; chestnuts – all plentiful in these hills.

We offer a very personal service. If you need advice on your trip we’re happy to help if we can. We provide guests with a comprehensive booklet of extra information, revised and updated each year. It includes day trips with detailed driving directions, restaurant recommendations, local specialty shops, tips on where to get the tastiest food, weekly markets, festivals, even insights on food and customs for the uninitiated and our pick of the best on offer close at hand such as the dazzling designer outlet shopping mall, surprisingly close and very popular, the famous Panzano butcher Dario Cecchini, non-touristy places to shop and sightsee, the antique market circuit and even some suggestions for those travelling further afield, particularly Ravello on the Amalfi coast where we spend a great deal of time and have some useful contacts.

More Details

Suzanne Byford
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 October, 2017


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

La Casermetta is situated on a hill up a winding country road (the last half of which is unsealed), 3.5 km from the village of San Polo in Chianti, an easy 30 minute drive to Florence. The house is set in tranquil woodlands and offers picturesque local walks and a private and peaceful haven after a busy day's sightseeing. We are close to the celebrated Chiantigiana which meanders through the lush wine and olive oil country between Florence and Siena, taking in so many historic and characteristic villages and sites from Strada in Chianti to Greve and Montefiorale, from Panzano to Castellina (detour to the picture-perfect towns of Radda and Gaiole and the delightful, lost-in-time Volpaia) and ultimately Siena. La Casermetta 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, Montepulciano and even the Cinque Terre, as well as the Siena superstrada which takes in Monteriggone, Colle di Val d'Elsa and San Gimignano. San Polo is about half way between Grassina, close to Florence, and Figline, gateway to some largely undiscovered treasures of the Valdarno, some of historic importance like San Giovanni Valdarno, and others simply important, such as outlet shopping; all worth exploring.

Available Rentals

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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.


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

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • 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
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


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(38 traveller reviews)

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La Casermetta
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 38 reviews
Portland, Oregon

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: Oct 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boca Raton, FL

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: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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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Idyllic Farmhouse in the Tuscan Hills

  • 5 of 5

We were three couples on a 3 week tour of Italy and wanted farmhouse accommodation as a base to tour Tuscany and to provide a change of pace from the busy cities we had on the rest of our schedule.

Needless to say La Casermetta met all our expectations. It is a stunning, superbly appointed property 3 kms outside the tiny village of San Polo in Chianti with breathtaking views over the Chianti countryside. With 3 massive bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, huge loungeroom and a great kitchen, it was ideal for our group.

As a base, it was perfect for day trips to Florence (just an hour on public bus), Siena and San Gimignano and visiting local wineries. The owner Suzanne has provided a great information booklet for guests and one of the highlights of our stay was a private wine tour with Chianti Taxis as suggested in that booklet. Absolutely sensational day and would strongly recommend it.

The local village has a small supermarket and coop that gives plenty of options to stock the kitchen whilst Grassina is a larger village not far away with a lot of additional options.

In conclusion, I have no hesitation in strongly recommending a stay at La Casermetta. Suzanne is a delight to deal with and for a true Tuscan experience, it is hard to beat

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review Gary, and good to hear the house ticked all the boxes for you and your friends. I’m going to pass on your comments about the wine tour to Daniele, I know he’ll be delighted.
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Outstanding hidden Gem close to Florence tucked into the Chianti hillside

  • 5 of 5

I know the Florence area very well so imagine my surprise of stumbling on this hidden gem of a house and adjoining apartment nestled in the Chianti region southwest of Florence! My family came from various parts of the USA - Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Helena, MT. I wanted to find a Tuscan setting and venue that would give all these first timers an experience they would thoroughly enjoy. I was spot on in selecting beautiful La Casermetta.

The furnishing and decor were outstanding. The location was perfect once you understood and navigated the little villages that dot the Chianti Region. The owner of the property couldn't be more helpful and sincerely appreciative for the well being of our stay. Every thought and detail of our family holiday was tended to in this immaculate compound! A surprise 50th birthday turned into a real celebration with our home cooked meals sourced at local markets in Florence and neighboring Villages. Wineries abound the house / area so we were fully stocked and content to sit and lounge in the massive family room to catch up on the days activity. If you are a cook La Casermetta will be your heavenly kitchen with every imaginable chefs tool at your fingertips.

I would highly recommend taking both the house and apartment if you are traveling with a large family like we opted for. This gave us plenty of room to spread out and give us some privacy at the same time. Each bedroom has plenty of space and tons of storage. It was also helpful to know we had 2 washing machines to handle our large family traveling for 2 weeks in the region. We travel the world and rent many homes but La Casermetta will leave us with wonderful memories above all others!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely endorsement Michael, thank you. Great to hear that you and the family felt so at home in our home, which is really what renting a country house in Tuscany is all about. I'm very glad you found us and took the leap, and ultimately took away such happy memories. Thanks again, Suzanne
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