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Ancient farmhouse near Florence with pool, enchanted spot, artists retreat - Capanna, Castellare



Updated: 12-Sep-2016
Four accommodations, all different, all cosy

Castellare is an ancient building on the high hills that surround Florence (just 20km away). It is set on top of a private hill, invisible from the public street, and completely surrounded by nature. We offer just two accommodations this year, for we have opened an art etching laboratory too. Houses are even more warm and inspiring. The Stalla is our larger one, and is displayed on two floors. Upstairs two spacious bedrooms and a bathroom; downstairs a big open space with a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living room area. The Stalla house is perfect for a family or a small group of friends. In restructuring it we tried to maintain its medieval flavour, so you will find an original stone floor and family pieces of furniture. And lots of art pieces, from well known artists we work with. Music, films and books are at your disposal for more inspiration. Outside the living room door there is a private garden with table and chairs for romantic outside dinner.

the Art possibility: Castellare Art is a new laboratory we have just opened in the Castellare location. We offer a unique service for the Artists, just out of Florence. They can come with loved ones in a holiday facility, in a magical and inspiring location, and at the same time, in the same spot, have maestro Lorenzo Bencini, art printer, realize their etchings in the most wonderful way. Individual seminars for professionals are also held, for a unique insight on the art of etching print.

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Details for holiday farmhouse Capanna, Castellare, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom

The Capanna is a small independent house, of about 55 square meters. It looks like a little fairy tale home, completely surrounded by nature, and a favourite spot for the deer's. It is lovely to sit in the little garden and try to spot different kinds of bids, squirrels and other wildlife. This house has been restructured trying to maintain it's out-of-time flavour, so the walls, outside and inside, have been kept original, of stone. Just the separation walls inside are of course new and white. The Capanna house has one bedroom for two, a bathroom, and a living room with a little kitchen, just built in February 2009. There is a fireplace with armchairs and a sofa bed, and of course a dining area with 4 chairs.

We like the idea of offering inspiration to those that come to visit us, so we try to provide our homes with lots of books, DVDs and music CD's. On the walls there are original etchings, gift of various artists that have been our guests.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Peace & tranquility

  • 5 of 5

or at least it was until we arrived with our 1 year old. Apologies to the other guests staying if they could hear us, luckily we were staying in Capanna, which is set apart from the main farmhouse.

Dont let the photos of Capanna fool you. She is small, but perfectly formed & the high ceilings make it feel much bigger. It has everything you need, including a washing machine. I love the decoration detail, especially the ceiling branch light!

Catina had set up a travel cot for our daughter in the bedroom, which had plenty of space. Anyone staying with a toddler should note that there is a step down from living room to bedroom/bathroom which is fairly big but once we'd taught the little one to sit down to get down it she was fine but if your toddler has only just learnt to walk or still crawling then you might want to take a travel gate (we had one but didnt feel the need to use it in the end). I think the property description says the shower is over a bath but it is just a shower cubicle, this didnt matter to us as the sink in the bathroom is huge & we used that to bath our daughter.

We arrived pretty late at night but Catina had waited up to make sure we got there safely & had very kindly got a few essentials from the shop for us (milk & bread, etc.). Plus she had made a delicious lemon & ricotta cake which didnt last long haha (Catina, yes please can I have the recipe?)

You do absolutely need a car (I would recommend people read a little about driving in Italy before going). If you are hiring one then try to get one that is more than 1.2 engine, ours really struggled up the Tuscan hills. We got the train from Sieci into Florence a couple of times which was very quick & easy. We managed to park in the main station car park both times, which is free.

I can definitely recommend the wine shop in Molino del piano (Chianti on tap for €3.50 a bottle!), we took a few bottles home with us. We also visited Castello del Trebbio which was very nice.

Overall I would recommend Castellare for anyone wanting a quiet, secluded holiday that has easy access to all the beauty & culture of Florence plus yummy cheap wine!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Zentral in der Toskana gelegenes, ruhiges Feriendomizil mit freundlichen Gastgebern

  • 5 of 5

Bei diesem Feriendomizil handelt es sich um eine ruhige Bergoase vor den Toren Florenz. Gerade an heißen Tagen kommt einem die Höhen- und Waldlage sehr entgegen. Unsere Ferienwohnung war liebevoll eingerichet und erfüllte einen guten Standard mit Internet/ Wlan, DVD- Player, TV (SAT-R.), Waschmaschine, Gasherd und Kamin. Die Gastgeberfamilie war ausgesprochen sympathisch und gastfreundlich, ohne aufdringlich zu sein. Wir fühlten uns jederzeit sehr wohl. Die Ruhe und der Pool luden uns zur Entspannung ein. In der Gegend gibt es einige gute Restaurants und Einkaufsmöglichkeiten. Insgesamt sehr zu empfehlende Unterkunft für schöne Tage in der Toskana.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bliss in Tuscan hills

  • 5 of 5

We spent the most wonderful week at Catina's lovely home.

The farmhouses are beautifully decorated, with little extras like cookbooks, and novels to make you feel at home. When we arrived, we were welcomed with a bunch of roses, bottle of wine and biscotti, which is typical of Catina's generosity.

Although the farmhouses were remote (you'll DEFINITELY need a car) Sieci train station is just 10 minute drive away, and the train into central Florence only takes 10 minutes. Though we only managed to tear ourselves away from the tranquility of Castellere to make 2 trips into Florence!

There was a GREAT deli called Bottega in the nearby town of Rosano. By far one of the highlights though was the vineyard tour at Castle Trebbio, and the five course (30 euro!) taster menu at the restaurant there. As you can tell - there's PLENTY to keep you busy.

I would recommend this to people looking for some peace and beauty in the Tuscan hills - it was a holiday I'll never forget. Thanks Catina! x

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2011
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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toller urlaub in einer wunderschönen lage

  • 5 of 5

nach einem etwas holprigen weg zum wunderschön gelegenen Steinhaus und einem sehr herzlichen Empfang der Eigentümerin haben wir 14 tage erholsamen urlaub in einer wunderschönen gegend die kaum zu beschreiben ist verbracht.

es war im hause alles vorhanden was man braucht hätte mir 2 liegesrühle gewünscht ansonsten ist dieses haus sehr liebevoll und stilvoll eingerichtet. der pool hat eine klasse für sich.

wir kommen auf jeden fall wieder denn in 14 tagen kann man nicht alles sehen. denn die orte die man anfahren kann schaft man nicht in 4 tg.besonders die alten und historischen dörfer und städte.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Un séjour formidable

  • 5 of 5

Très bon séjour passé à Castellare, l'accueil de Catina était très agréable ! Le gîte est extrêmement bien décoré et l'on s'y sent très bien ! Sans parler du terrain ombragé, de la piscine et de sa superbe localisation en pleine campagne Toscane ! Nous vous le recommandons chaudement.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Un accueil excpetionnel

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons séjourné à Castellare du 4 au 11 août 2012 dans la Capanna avec nos deux enfants de 2 et 4 ans. Ce séjour a été formidable. L'accueil de Catina est exceptionnel par sa gentillesse, sa discrétion et sa prévenance. Ici tout est fait pour que vous vous sentiez bien. La location était très fonctionnelle en plus d'être joliment décorée. Situé à 15 km de Florence en pleine campagne Toscane, Castellare est le point de départ idéal visiter le chianti, aller à Sienne, Florence ou encore Fiesole.

Un séjour vraiment inoubliable et encore bravo à Catina pour son accueil !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Firenze, Amerigo Vespucci. at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Sieci at 6 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Firenze Sud at 15 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 80 Kilometres Car: necessary

The Castellare farmhouse is set in private woods between the tiny villages of Doccia and Fornello, fractions of Molino del Piano, Pontassieve county, in the Florence province. Although it's in a very private spot, it takes minutes to arrive to the closes restaurant and grocery store, and less than a half an hour to get in the centre of Florence. There's also a very convenient train station, in Sieci, 6 km away from Castellare. In a short drive you can get there, park your car safely and for free, and take a commuter train to the centre of Florence. It only takes 15 minutes, and trains are very frequent. There are two horse riding places within a ten minute drive, two golf course within a 25 minute drive, and tennis camps in Molino del Piano. All major cities of Tuscany are within an hour drive, and you could even go to the beach, swim in the sea and come back in a morning.

Other Activities: Wine tasting! food! Florence! peace....


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Writers Artists retreat
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
High season 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We ask for a 50% deposit, please.
The prices are referred to a 2 people occupancy. Each extra person is charged €10 per day.
Security deposit is not needed, not cleaning fees. All utilities inclusive.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 12-Sep-2016
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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Budget


  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 55 m²


  • Capanna bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Capanna bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Capanna livingroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

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