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



Updated: 20-Oct-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 Stalletta, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom

The Stalletta is a part of the Castellare property, a little cosy nest for two people. It's a semi-detached house, with a bedroom, a living room with a kitchenette, and a spacious bathroom. There is a little private garden with table and chairs of wood. The Stalletta house is on the ground floor, and has a big glass door that opens on the garden. In summer it's wonderful to leave it open and to feel the garden like an extension of the living room, with the colours and the perfumes of nature becoming part of the house. Castellare is completely surrounded by woods, with the luxury of being remote and private, and yet so close the the Florence city centre. in times where every space of nature is becoming assaulted by building needs, Castellare is a unique oasis, that gives the guests a feeling of being out of time and space. The care used for furniture and decoration also help the spirit to unwind and be inspired.

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

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12 Reviews

based on 12 holidaymaker reviews


Our absolute favorite HomeAway stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a WONDERFUL stay in Stalletta... our favorite HA stay ever. The house is exactly as represented, and even has a small fireplace in the kitchen/sitting area. Catina is exceptional and provided perfect instructions and pictures to find her property on the mountainside and surrounded by fruit trees and olive trees. A small COOP grocery store is in nearby Molino del Piano and a bakery by the square. Note that stores close from 1pm to 5pm and open again until 7pm (except Wed.) Also find Guilia's Bar (coffee, beer, sandwiches) in town for 1.20 euro to enjoy an excellent macchiato, latte, cappuccino, etc. It is delightful to dine in your private garden but be sure to try Ristorante Artemide which is about a 10 min. drive up the road. The sign is obvious from the road so don't fear that you have missed it. Catina will make reservations for you because it is very popular. We had the wild boar stew, cabbage, apple, avocado salad and gnocchi with grape leaf and roquefort filling. But the meno changes frequently so hurry there. Lastly, be sure to take the train to Florence...very convenient and fast. Catina has an information notebook with all the information for shopping and sightseeing.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful secluded space with a fantastic host!

  • 5 of 5

Catina's old tastefully furnished farmhouse on a hill in the middle of the forrest is a great place to lay back and relax. You can chill in the pool if the weather get's too hot or take a walk in the forrest. It has several interesting sights located very close, most notably the Castelo del Trebbio and the full scale of Chianti Rufina wineries. We enjoyed both, the calmness of the environment as well as our evening talks with Catina! Grazie mille!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely peaceful place in the Tuscan hills with easy access to Florence

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier with the welcome and hospitality! Catina our bi-lingual host also has a wealth of local and Florentine knowledge which helps if you want to take part in local life as well as see the city! Stalletta, the 1 bedroom part of the old house we had, is self-contained and has its own small terrace not overlooked by other guests where you can enjoy both sun and shade. Just lovely! Just what we wanted!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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wunderschöne Ferienwohnungen, liebevolle Einrichtung und Betreuung

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt bei Catina, in diesem romantischen Haus auf dem Berg, mitten im toskanischen Wald. Unser Staletta war liebevoll eingerichtet, nebenan gibt es ein hauseigenes Olivenhain und einen Swimmingpool. Wer gern ein bisschen ab vom Touristenstrom sein und einen Eindruck von Land und Leuten gewinnen möchte (Dolce vita!) ist hier an der richtigen Adressen. Trotzdem ist das schöne Florenz gut erreichbar, besonders schnell und stressfrei mit der Bahn. Nah ist auch das wunderbare Chianti-Gebiet, in dem man an jeder Ecke hauseigenen Wein und Olivenöl bekommt und eine neue Burg entdecken kann. Catina gab uns viele Insidertips für Florenz und Umgebung. Wärmstens zu empfehlen!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Lovely, relaxing, comfortable,...

  • 5 of 5

This is an ideal place for people who want to relax, enjoy nature and silence and at the same time want to explore Tuscany.

We booked the Staletta during main season which is the smallest of the apartments. It is perfect for a couple and offers everything you need for holidays. It has a separate small garden/terrace with garden furniture. We really enjoyed the special climatic conditions you have around the house caused by the wood. We never had more than 30°C although there were 35°C+ in the valley.

What makes this little peace of paradise unique is Catina, the landlady. From the first moment we felt highly welcome. With her love and attention she invests in her house and her guests she made these holidays perfect. She has a lot of recommendations to discover the Tuscan region and this house is a good starting point to do that. We visited Florence several times by train which is very easy and on top cheap to do. And also Siena, San Gimignano, etc. are easy to reach by car.

We recommend this place 150% for couples, singles, families and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Lovely, quite, relaxing,...

  • 5 of 5

We booked the Staletta which is the smallest of all apartments and is perfect suitable for a couple. It offers everything you need for holidays. My husband and me spent two wonderful relaxing weeks at that little peace of paradise. We found a peaceful and absolute quite place where you can stay, e.g. when you need time for relieving pressure or if you want to enjoy nature. Even in main season, when you find everywhere around temperatures of about 35°C, you can stay there very comfortable, because you will always have 7 - 8°C less due to the wood around the house, which gives special climatic conditions. We really enjoyed that. And of course you can refresh in the fantastic pool.

The house is a perfect starting point to discover the Tuscan region. It is very easy to go to Florence by train, which is very cheap and comfortable and also Siena, San Gimignano, etc. are easy to reach by car.

What it makes to a unique place are the love and attention which Catina - the landlady - puts into her house and her guests. From the first moment we felt highly welcome and whenever we had a question, she supported with useful ideas and proposals.

As a conclusion we 150% recommend the domicile for couples, families and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, 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 and Artists retreat
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 10 years.

The price is all inclusive, so there will be no surprise fees added. Linen and towels are inclusive and so are utilities. A 50% deposit is required at the moment of reservation, and the balance can be settled directly upon arrival.
Please enquire for low season possibilities.

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Updated: 20-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper


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

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

  • 45 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • The bathroom is spacious and functional.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The Stalletta bedroom is a regular size room, with a full double bed, and an antique wardrobe.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 3 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

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