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

Overview

Property

Updated: 18-Nov-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 Loggia, Castellare, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

The Loggia house is a two people accommodation, meant to offer romantic moments throughout the day. The kitchen has a very lovely view on the olive trees that spread for three hectares behind the house; it very pleasant to cook with fresh herbs from our scented herb garden, listening to music and having the sky brighten the room. The living room has a peculiar architecture, with a stone column, and an original 'pietraserena' floor. A fireplace is in the corner, and it can be a pleasant companion while watching some old (or new if you prefer!) movie from the DVD player. The sofa is also a sofa bed, so that two more people can sleep in the Loggia if needed. The bathroom has a new shower and features, a very pretty window with a view on the trees, and little mono dose soaps, shampoos, body lotions and samples for a relaxing moment. The bedroom is on the loft, under a ceiling of wooden beams, extremely cosy. We are now displaying an art collection from famous Italian artist Fabio De Poli.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

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15 Reviews

4.8
based on 15 holidaymaker reviews

5

Fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this property justice! What a fantastic place to stay. Our family of four, two adults and two teenagers, enjoyed it immensely. Catina is a wonderful, thoughtful hostess. When She realized we were going to be arriving later in the day, she offered to buy basic groceries for us as we might not make the store in time. She recommended a nearby cooking school run by a friend, and we decided to give it a try. What a fabulous experience for us as a family. This was one of the highlights of our stay in Italy. The property is very quiet and relaxing, with a wonderful pool. Don't let the driveway intimidate you on the way in, this destination is well worth the effort! The stay was everything we were hoping for and more. We've already recommended this location to others and would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Immersed in nature in the Tuscan countryside.

  • 5 of 5

Castellare is a beautiful building nestling in gardens and woodland in the Tuscan countryside. This was a truly lovely and exceptional holiday. Loggia, where we stayed for a week, is totally in keeping with its surroundings. Rustic, simply furnished, and brimming with character - lots of stone and wood, original prints on the walls, and an interesting selection of books to read. The kitchen, with huge windows overlooking the gardens, and olive trees, was bathed in sunlight in the morning, and a great space to prepare breakfast, lunch and supper to eat outdoors. Birdsong and butterflies filled the air and sky. The pool, surrounded by flowers and fruit trees, was a lovely way to cool down, and relax. Wanting to explore the surrounding area, we found some lovely woodland trails nearby, which took us further into the Tuscan countryside. The views are stunning. Many of these walks started at the nearby village of Santa Brigida, where there was also a couple of shops to buy lovely cheeses, olives and breads. Molina del Piano, which was close by, was also a good place to shop. One day, for a contrast, we took the train from Sieci, close to Castellare, into Florence. We visited the outdoor, and indoor markets, walked across the Arno, and took in the atmosphere of this beautiful, and lively city.

Catina was a lovely host. She made sure we had what we needed, helped us to settle in, and then gave us space and privacy to enjoy ourselves. There were other couples, and a family with children staying in the other cottages, and the atmosphere was one of enjoyment, friendliness, and relaxation.

In a few words....beautiful, outstanding, exceptional. Thank you Catina.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

you will never want to leave this place

  • 5 of 5

Seriously I don't know what to write, there is not enough words to describe how magical is this place.it's located in the most beautiful area in Tuscany, surrounded by olives trees, forest,you can see deer running around every morning,.. Just few minutes away by car of this little town called, Molino del Piano, where you can get all the goods you may need. Really well connected with Florence...

We stayed at the loggia house, it's beautiful, clean, peaceful, just perfect!!!

And the most important thing, you will have the opportunity to meet Catina and Giacomo, the hosts, they will take good care of you. If you visit This place you will never want to leave it.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

a magical place, beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We spent about a month in one of Catina's lovely apartments, with our boy (3) and girl (1) and our dog. It was a very charming and cozy cottage-style flat, with beautiful view over forest and olive trees. Catina, the owner, is a very friendly and open-minded arty person and I adored the beautiful and stylish way she has decorated her apartments. Beautiful stay, very relaxing. A magical old building in the middle of fields and forest! Our children had a great time playing outside with us in the unspoild nature that surrounds the house. Molina del piano is the next village and only a few kilometres away with a lovely fresh bakery and playground in front (great for a panini on the bench, while the children are playing:-) Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

What Tuscan dreams are made of

  • 5 of 5

Castellare is more than just a beautiful and historic farmhouse that once used to be a castle. It is a place where all your dreams that you every had about Tuscany and Florence are realised. The ambience sets the mood for tranquility and a sense of wellbeing. Catina and her family become your own as their kindness, generosity and hospitality is plentiful. My little girl and I stayed there for 6 weeks and we had the privilege of staying in La Loggia, La Stalla and La Staletta. Three magnificent rustic lodgings filled with character and charm. Castellare is close enough to commute to Florence but is a quiet retreat after a busy day. Those 6 weeks spent were some of the best weeks in our life because it was the whole package. The location, the accomodation and finally and more importantly, the people. If you are looking to stay in Florence / Tuscany, look no further then Castellare. I promise you, you won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

An idyllic escape

  • 5 of 5

Catina (our host) could not have been more wonderful. The farmhouse is beautiful, spotlessly clean and very cosy. The location is stunning and our barbecue evenings on the terrace rivalled any restaurant experience. In addition to providing homemade cookies and tiramisu, Catina was warm, friendly and went the extra mile to make our stay as special as it was. Please be aware that the location is up an unmade road with multiple hairpin bends. This was not a problem for our small car but may be a challenge for something larger. This of course made the location very private and secluded. Our personal recommendation is to visit Il Maccherone restaurant in Doccia - an authentic local place with awesome food. We could not recommend this more.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

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....

Availability

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
£205
for 3 nights
From
£68
£478
£1,110
 
 
Christmas New Year 2016-7
23 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
£341
for 5 nights
From
£68
£478
 
 
Writers and Artists retreat
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£205
for 3 nights
From
£68
£854
 
 
high season 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£504
for 7 nights
£504
£2,049
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£205
for 3 nights
From
£68
£478
£1,707
 

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 of €560 is referred to a 2 people occupancy. For three people it's €590, and for 4 people it's €630.
The price includes linen and towels, all utilities, and final cleaning.
We ask for a 50% deposit to confirm the reservation. Please enquire for long term low season stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget

General

  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Car Available

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • 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

  • 60 m²

Bathrooms

  • Loggia bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Loggia bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Loggia livingroom - 2 Sofa bed/Futon
  • 1 double

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Partner Offers

Partner Offers

 
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