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

People7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Description

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

Owner
Suzanne Byford
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 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 inclusive. 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 Tuscany

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • 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

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveller reviews)

5

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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5

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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5

The best holiday home we've ever stayed in

  • 5 of 5

La Casermetta is gorgeous. It is by far the best appointed and most well equipped holiday house we have stayed in. We booked the main house with two other couples and we all had our own space so we could have privacy if we wanted then we would join up as a group in the big friendly kitchen. We found everything we could possibly need, and the wifi was fast and accessible in all the rooms which was handy. Great DVD collection as well. I'll always remember the house and all the helpful advice we were given ahead of the holiday. Thanks Susanne and Joe for your help which was above and beyond, and the lovely memories we took away from our time in your home. We certainly would recommend it highly to others.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing, charming home in Chianti

  • 5 of 5

The villa is a bit of a drive up a winding road, but it is well worth the short trip. Everything was it top-notch working order and there was everything a person could want for a very comfortable stay. The villa had lots of character and charm but has been modernized with all the comforts. The photos do not do it justice. The rooms are much larger than we expected and the decor was very tasteful and functional.

Suzanne has prepared a wonderful booklet of tips and suggestions and every tour, site and restaurant we explored based on her recommendations was spot-on.

Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm happy you found the booklet so useful. Keeping the ideas fresh and the information up to date each year has become a bit of an obsession for me, so it's good to know when guests find something in it for them. And I do appreciate your lovely comments about the house. Thank you, Suzanne
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beautifully appointed Tuscan home!

  • 4 of 5

La Casermetta is a beautifully appointed Tuscan home. We were only four persons enjoying a very spacious and comfortable home. The kitchen was large and supplied with absolutely everything you could possibly need for cooking. The road up to the house was not paved. A walk to the nearby village of San Polo was lengthy but doable with good walking shoes. The location was perfect to drive around to all the key towns in the Chianti area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Casermetta.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased you all enjoyed yourselves Maria, and I do appreciate the review and your comments. All the best, Suzanne
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5

Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

My Canadian family of 7 had a wonderful time at La Casermetta. The house was perfect and very comfortable for us. The views are incredible in every direction. The small town of San Polo just down the hill is quaint with a couple of grocery stores and restaurants. Florence is approximately 15 km away. Suzanne, the owner was a pleasure to deal with. If you are reading this review, you must without a doubt stay at this villa. I know we will definately go back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I'm happy to know that our home was such a good fit for you and the family, and I really hope you will come back one day. Best wishes, Suzanne and Joe
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