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

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



Stalla, Castellare

The Stalla is the largest of the Castellare accommodations. It's on two floors. Upstairs two bedrooms, a double and a triple, and the bathroom. Downstairs a big open space with a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable livingroom. Outside the livingroom door a little private garden with table and chairs of wood.

About the property


Castellare is an ancient building complex 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 four accommodations, warm and inspiring, and a swimming pool is in the main lawn.

The Stalla is our larger accommodation and is displayed on two floors. Upstairs two spacious bedrooms (a double and a triple) and a bathroom; downstairs a big open space with a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable livingroom area. The Stalla house is perfect for a family or a small group of friends. In restructuring it we tried to maintain its rustic and antique charme, so you will find an original stone floor and family pieces of furniture. Outside the livingroom door there is a private garden with table and chairs of wood.

The Loggia has an independent kitchen with a pretty view, a livingroom, a bathroom, and a bedroom on a loft under a roof of old beams. There's a private patio with table and chairs just outside the kitchen's door.

The Stalletta is a charming small accommodation with a bedroom, a spacious bathroom, and a room with a kitchen, a dining area, and a lovely relaxing area with a sofa (that can be used as a day bed) that has been custom made with parts of antique wood. Just outside there is a private little garden with table and chairs and a stone barbeque.

The Capanna is a small cottage of stone, with a bedroom, a bathroom, and a room with a kitchen a livingroom and a dining area. It's walls have been maintained in stone on the inside too, whitewashed to give more light and brightness. This retreat too has a small private patio with table and chairs.

All accommodations have sofabeds for one or two extra people to be welcomed. We also have cots and high chairs for babies, at guests disposal.

For a few years we had an etching workshop on the premises, and we have enjoyed the experience of welcoming artists for long stretches of time. Writers too embraced the inspiring nature of Castellare to come and work on their writing projects. This is why, although we have moved the etching workshop to another location, we still have special rates in the winter for those who wish to come and dedicate themself to art; may it be writing, painting, or even the exploration of oneself.

Many of the pieces of art you will see in the houses have been produced here.

More Details

Ms. Catina Cecioni
Member since: 2002
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Ms. Catina Cecioni

My name is Catina, and my family and I (my partner and my son) also live on the spot. This property was bought by my grandparents, and it has always been a holiday home for family and friends while I was growing up. I have been the first permanent resident though, for now almost twenty years, and I adore living immersed in nature in close proximity with the wildlife. Expecially deers. The restructuration of the house took some time during which I started really enjoying all things "home", from furniture to textiles to ceramics. Offering guests a holiday retreat with the warmth and care of a home , in the peace of nature, has become a passion as well as my job.

Ms. Catina Cecioni purchased this farmhouse in 1959

Why Ms. Catina Cecioni chose Pontassieve

Castellare's unique feature is it's location, completly sorrounded by nature. A driveway of about 700 meters connects the buildings to the main road, a charming winding street called Via di Parga with some breathtaking views. Then the driveway in the woods, where one feels the strains of contemporary life stay behind as the transformative power of nature takes over. Every time I come back from the center and the driving in traffic , I feel restored.

The house appears after the last curve as the most cherished retreat, a place where I have always felt welcomed, from the day I moved in, and it was just the cat and I. Although Castellare really conveys the feeling of being out of time, the neaby village of Molino del Piano (about 5 km away , downhill), embraced me like family. The people have something magical about them, as they are open and friendly and kind, and we easily bonded. To try and participate to local life, like going sometimes for breakfast or a coffee at the local bar ("bar" in Italian is a caffetteria), play tennis in the village courts, or even try the weekly appointment at the free cinema, may give a glimpse to what it means to live in the area. It's a life of simple pleasures, lots of smiles, friendship and all the inspiration one can wish for in perfect reach, may it be the opera , art to last for a lifetime of awe, the discovery of surprising corners of nature, the wandering in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The benefit I try to offer guests if the comfort of a cozy home, where it's a joy to return to after a day of adventures. I like that we are small, with just four accommodations. It's not luxury that I love, but the uniqueness of handmade things, silence, and the stories of people from the world. There are many mega resorts in Tuscany, but very few settings like this, unspoilt, and a bit magic.

Available Rentals

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The weekly price of €790 is referred to a 4 people occupancy; for 5 people the weekly rate is €840; for 6 people the weekly rate is €890.


Accommodation and facilities for Stalla, Castellarein Pontassieve in Metropolitan City of Florence

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • We try to preserve Castellare as a place of peace, so we ask guests to respect this.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Stalla bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Stalla bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Stalla bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • 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


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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

wonderful stay in the Stalla house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Stalla rental with our three children and it was the perfect size. The upstairs room for the kids had three twin beds. The living area downstairs was just what we needed, very charming and rustic. The kids loved having the pool. While the place was more remote then we realized that soon became a good thing, it was nice to get away from the busy city of Florence. It will take you about a half hour to 45 minutes to get into Florence between driving to the train station and riding the train in. There are some good nearby restaurants, be sure to go to Artemide! Also, get directions to the house from Catina, we learned the hard way that Google maps doesn't quite know where she is. Thanks Catina, great stay!!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Castellare was, indeed, beautiful and relaxing. Catina was an amazing host. We were greeted warmly (she baked us a beautiful cake) and showed us around the property. My children (and dog) were delighted with the house and the beautiful, open green spaces. It was an easy drive to the train station (with free parking) and a quick trip into Florence. After long days sightseeing it was wonderful to get back to Castellare. We bought beautiful Olive Oil and Wine, locally and ate at a few of the restaurants nearby. My only complaint was that I didn't give my family enough time to just spend a day on the property, talk with Catina - and enjoy the surroundings. I am looking forward to visiting again!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A magical, peaceful secret garden getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have visited Catina's wonderful residence in Molina Del Piano twice now and have already booked our third trip. It is our inspirational, relaxing getaway from the stresses of London. Catina & Jacomo do everything to make us so welcome and we feel at home as soon as we pul into the drive. Its like snow white's cottage in the tuscan hillside when the dogs and cats run to greet you and by tea time we are relaxing al fresco with beautiful local produce and wine. This place is the ULTIMATE wind down and we will always be keen to return.

Lorna & Cam xxx

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place to stay. The accommodation was perfect, very homely and peaceful. Beautifully decorated and surrounded with lovely art which we loved.

There was a useful guide to the area and also the background of Castellare which makes you realise how special this place is.

Catina was the perfect host. From the moment we booked she was so helpful and kept in touch with us just before we arrived.

We spent our second week of our honeymoon here and secretly wished we had spent both weeks here.

The location is great. We spent a lot of time driving in the first week, so we loved how it's a short drive to the train station, free parking, and the trains are always on time!

We definitely want to go back and hope we can soon so we can explore more!

We highly recommend staying at Castellare. Thank you Catina for having us xxx

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Positive energy, great to relax and recharge!

  • 5 of 5

I can't express enough what a caring, enthusiastic, dedicated, highly professional host Catina is. She's welcoming and available to help in any way yet never intruding. Castellare is a magical place!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wunderschönes Haus inmitten der toskanischen Natur

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben eine Woche lang Urlaub in der Stalla (2 SZ) gemacht. Das Haus besticht durch eine sehr stilvolle Möblierung mit Antiquitäten und schöner Dekorierung, dass man sich wie Zuhause fühlen kann. Gute Betten und WLAN (Teenager) tun ihr Übriges. Jede Wohneinheit hat draußen seinen eigenen, abgegrenzten Sitzbereich. Der neu angelegte Pool fügt sich durch seine ovale Form und die Natursteinplatten in die umliegenden Gärten ohne große Brüche ein. Insgesamt hat die zuvorkommenden Besitzerin Catina ein glückliches Händchen bei der Renovierung und Gestaltung der gesamten historisch anmutenden Anlage bewiesen. Dazu kommen ihr freundlicher Empfang mit Gastgeschenken und ihre vielen Tipps für Exkursionen.

Tipp von uns: Auf jeden Fall mit der Bahn von Sieci nach Florenz fahren. Und: Töpferwaren bei Mila ansehen und kaufen (zu Fuß durch den Wald; Catina fragen.)

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Firenze, Amerigo Vespucci.
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Firenze Sud
Nearest Beach
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....