Farmhouse in Castiglion Fiorentino, Nr. Cortona, Tuscany, Italy - Quiet, Secluded Location, Close To All Amenities
Ca' di Chio is for up to 5 guests. To optimise the quality of your stay, guest numbers are strictly limited to these with the possibility of 2 more in the cottage (see Owners Direct property ref IT2218). The view down the Val di Chio from the terrace to Castiglion Fiorentino on one side and Montecchio Castle on the other, is breathtaking, one of the best in Tuscany. The property is in a quiet and serene location bounded by ancient woodland and olive terraces. The grounds are extensive and border on National Park land. The house is stone built, full of character with many original features. Castiglion Fiorentino is 5 minutes drive away and has everything you require, including a main-line railway station. The larger historic towns of Cortona and Arezzo are 15 and 20 minutes away respectively. The private pool, with Roman steps, is situated on a terrace with extensive views. There is always someone available for maintenance purposes or to give any assistance required.
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Guestbook comments from the owner
Dear Barbara and John - we just wanted to let you know again what a wonderful time we had at your villa. Everything was so lovely and more than met our expectations. We often talk about the views from the pool - really can't beat that! Nadine and Cliff, Washington DC.
We spent a wonderful week at this property. It is fantastic, so relaxing and peaceful, and the views from the pool are beautiful, typically Tuscan. The location is superb, just off the beaten track but within 2/3 mins of Castiglion and 15/20 from Cortona, 1 hour to Siena. The property and outside areas are excellent and very well equipped. Booking direct with the owner Barbara was really easy, and on arrival she was on hand to offer any advice that was needed. All in all a great place to go. Would I go back? .....tomorrow! The Smiths, Wigan.
This place is a find. We looked at many properties and locations for our vacation in Tuscany and are SO happy we chose this one! Practically perfect in every way! Amanda and Stuart, Penzance.
Thankyou Barbara for making our stay with you so memorable. Nothing was too much trouble and the property is superb. It must be one of the best in Tuscany, and we have stayed at quite a few! Dave and Joanne, Colchester.
Thank you for a wonderful time with you. Our time in the Val di Chio was really special and it was good to meet you. Marjorie and David, Durham.
4.8 based on 5 holidaymaker reviews
What a stunning villa and apartment. Perfect for our family of 5 plus grandparents in the apartment. The pool was fab too. Barbara and John were the perfect hosts. The accommodation was immaculate and very clean with all mod cons. Not always the case in mainland Europe. Couldn't recommend highly enough. We'll be back....
The property is spacious, spotless and well equipped.
We were very impressed by the initial sight of the property up on the hill. Upon arrival, Barbara was there to greet us and show us around the property. It was large, clean, comfortable and very well equipped. The private pool is situated behind the property and provides beautiful views over the countryside.
The property is situated with easy access to places such as Sienna, Assissi etc. all worth a visit.
Barbara was a fantastic host! A lovely lady, always on hand to help or suggest excursions but never intrusive. Thank you Barbara.
All in all, an amazing property, beautiful location and a fabulous host. We feel very lucky to have discovered it and will certainly be returning.
Tuscan tranquility at its best
We spent two weeks at this property and it really is a gem of a find in rural Tuscany. The property itself is ideal, there are 5 of us (3 small children) and it is the perfect size. Rooms are a good size and the owners John and Barbara couldn't do enough to accommodate us. The house is comfortable and clean with all you want in terms of cooking facilities, TV etc; To get to the house you drive up though the vineyards and olive groves and the children just loved to explore the property. The swimming pool is fantastic and from there you have fantastic views right across the valley and beyond. We prepared lunches on the deck or did a bbq but most nights ate out. The local town Castiglion Fiorentina is smaller than its contemporaries like Cortona but that bit quieter as a result. No mashing required to get into the local restaurants! John and Barbara are a wealth of knowledge of the local areas and always willing to assist and suggest things to do or places to visit. A must do is eat at La Bottega del Vino, a little family run place on the main street in Fiorentino...not much to look at but Marco is a Wine merchant so its all about the food and wine which is superb. Castiglion is only a 3k walk or 5min drive so the house is just far enough to be nice and secluded. There are vineyards everywhere and the nearest one (1.5k away) is superb. You are very close the Arezzo, and Cortona by road or the rail service is efficient and cheap which will get you to florence or Roma. Siena and Assisi are both easily reachable by car in a little over an hour. We flew in to Pisa which is a 2 hour drive away (use Barbara's directions as they are more accurate than the GPS!)
Overall the property is something special and it was the peace and quiet that will stick with us. The area just oozes history and John and Barbara are the perfect hosts.
Simply stunning - a complete holiday
We stayed in Ca di Chio in September, a family with two small boys.
The villa, with its huge living space, gave incredible first impressions. All I can say is that the pictures on the web site do not do justice to this property. It is fabulous and bursting with historic features. It was also cool, night and day. The bedrooms are extremely well fitted out and the kitchen with its beamed ceiling is beautiful and had everything we needed. The whole place was immaculately clean. The large family bathroom was great for the kids especially.
Barbara and John were extremely helpful. They were never intrusive but were always happy to give us all the help we required. They obviously have great pride in and care a great deal for the property; and rightly so! It's beautiful.
The local town has all amenities and is only a few minutes drive away. The local restaurants and pizzerias are fab and the home-made ice cream, gelato, is unbelievable. On some days we took the train to Assisi, Florence and Orvieto.
The main attraction for the kids was the wonderful pool. The wide steps at the shallow end were great for the boys and gave them confidence to explore the water. By the end of the holiday they were splashing around with no fear. This experience will stay with them a long time. The views from the pool looking down the valley, are incredible. All this tranquillity on a lovely Tuscan hill side was just great. Quality all the way, and highly recommended! Emma and family.
Great place to stay
We stayed in Ca' di Chio for 12 days this summer. 2 adults and 2 very tall teenagers. The house was great - the kitchen is well equipped with a decent sized fridge freezer for essentials - ice, wine, Aperol! The living space is excellent and roomy - at no point did we feel as if we were tripping over each other. There is a TV for playing dvds - (although there is a selection and we swapped with the cottage it is worth taking some in case you want to sit indoors). The wifi was mostly reliable which was essential for 2 teenagers! The bedrooms are cool in the evenings and overnight, beds comfortable and plenty of space for clothes. The bathrooms are clean and easy to keep that way and the showers not too bad at all. The terrace is a great place to sit at any point in the day and secluded too. The pool is brilliant and our boys loved that they could jump and dive in to the deep end (2.5m deep) as well as swim. The environs are delightful and good for a walk. Fiorentino is a great wee town. The north/south direction train line takes you to Arezzo, Florence, Rome, Assisi and further. At 9 euros return each to Florence it is a great way to travel. Ca' di Chio is an excellent base to travel around Tuscany and Umbria, although it was very relaxing to hang about there all day. Barbara and John are diligent and caring hosts - they will help if you require it, guiding you about the area and making recommendations, but are respectful of your privacy too. They obviously care a lot about their property and the experience you have there. We would highly recommend a stay here and unless you want wild nights out, are sure you would love it.
Activity and Interests
Being in eastern Tuscany, we are 2 hours drive to the sea, but Lake Trasimeno with its beaches, water sports, boat trips and historic towns and markets, is 30 minutes away by car or 20 minutes by train (Castiglione del Lago).
The nearest airport is Perugia (45-60 minutes drive). Ryanair flies there 4 times a week. Meridiana flies to Florence (1 hour drive). Ryanair and EasyJet have regular flights to Rome Ciampino (2 hours drive or train/bus), Pisa (2 hours drive or train), Bologna and others. Jet2 flies to Pisa.
There are well stocked local shops which are open late, and there are supermarkets in Castiglion Fiorentino, 5 minutes drive away. The ancient and wonderful Cortona with its unbelievable views and typical Tuscan restaurants, and Arezzo with designer shops on one hand and medieval arts and Roman amphitheatre on the other, are 15 and 20 minutes away respectively. Siena is a 1 hour drive away and Florence is 1 hour by car or train. We are 20 minutes from the main north/south A1 autostrada.
Tuscany has very strict planning controls and protects its heritage. Its many historic towns and treasures must be experienced. The local outdoor markets are marvellous and there are banks and supermarkets in the local towns. The market in Castiglion is on a Friday. Arezzo has a famous monthly antique market (first Sunday of the month and preceeding Saturday). The wine growing areas of Chianti to the North, and the area producing the Brunello and Vino Nobile (Montalcino and Montepulciano) to the South, can all be reached within 1 hour. Highly recommended. The owners will give you all details you require.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Booking will be held pending receipt of deposit.
A deposit of 25% is required immediately, with balance payable 50 days before check in date.
For late bookings, within 50 days, full amount is due on booking.
On cancellation, we will give a full refund if you tell us at least 50 days before check in date, or in any case if we are able to rebook the period. Otherwise 25% of the booking price, if paid up, is refunded.
Changeover day is normally Saturday. Please arrive after 4:00pm and depart before 11:00am. In low or mid season we are flexible on the booking period and do pro-rata for stays other than 7 days.
Notes on prices:
Prices are per week in UK Pounds for 2015. Payment in euro is accepted at the prevailing rate. Gas is charged at cost price as used, for winter heating only. There are no other charges.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- smoking allowed ...
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1, with shower, wc and hand basin. Family bathroom on the first floor with bath, shower, wc, hand basin and bidet.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Cot available on request
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Double bed available on request
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed, There is a single bed on the mezzanine if required
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ca' di Chio is stunning. Bedroom 1 has a king size bed and en-suite. Bedroom 2 has twin beds. Both have a chest of drawers, wardrobe and seating. In addition, there is a single bed on the mezzanine.
- Notes on accommodation: Our primary objective is to give our guests the best experience possible and a special holiday. The accommodation is spacious and we could accept larger guest numbers if we chose to. However, we strictly limit numbers to optimise the quality for our guests. So, unlike many other places that optimise numbers, we optimise quality! The house has gas-fired central heating which is charged at cost price as used, in the cooler months only. There are no other service charges. Cotton bed linen and all towels, including pool towels, are provided. Weekly change. Hot water is via a new solar panel system. There is wireless internet (bring your laptop). Washing machine, iron and ironing board are available on request. No smoking except on designated paved/gravel areas outside. A welcome pack for breakfast is provided, including tea, coffee, milk, cereal, fruit juice, fruit and bread items. Outside: The property is easily accessed via a short white road through vineyards. The views all around are amazing, some of the best in Tuscany. The pool is 10x5m and is 1.4m deep at the shallow end, with Roman steps and 2.4m at the deep end. It is set amongst olive and pine trees on a terrace just above. There are ample sunbeds and umbrellas and a heated pool-side shower. It is shared with our 1 bed cottage (see property ref IT2218). A shady gazebo with table and chairs allows relaxing with a book, or a cool drink amongst the olive trees. Wildlife is abundant here, the property being on the edge of a National Park. You might see anything from a wild tortoise to a porcupine, or a hoopoe to a hawk. You are free to roam in the extensive grounds and beyond. You can walk forever if you wish! You will ideally have a car to get you to town or beyond, but we can organise taxis for you, to the Railway Station for example, or help you plan your trips, if you wish. Ample parking available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cotton bed linen and all towels, including pool towels, are provided. Weekly change. Other: A table and chairs are on a large private gravelled terrace next to the kitchen. Perfect for summer evenings. Washing machine on request.