Chianti Hills, Tuscany
3 Apartments sleep 2-4 each
What guests say about this
villa....This was a dream vacation! Our hosts and the
environs could not have been more perfect. The arrangements and tips were excellent
and the only problem was, we had to leave. I would highly recommend Doorways and
Casavecchia. — S.L., Wilmington, DE
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Casavecchia, a picturesque and ancient farming estate, is located halfway
between Florence (35 min.) and Siena (35 min.) in the lovely Chianti Hills region
of Tuscany near Castellina in Chianti. Famous for its award-winning wines, the
Chianti Hills are also known for olive oil, beautiful scenery, wonderful restaurants,
parish churches, and fortified towns. The local restaurants offer regional specialties
made with the local cheeses, wines, and produce. San Donato is 6 minutes away
and Castellina in Chianti is 15 minutes away and, like the many other hill towns
nearby (Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, and Colle di Val d'Elsa) they have their
own special flavor. Casavecchia makes an attractive base from which to explore
the medieval villages and small wineries in the area and also the art treasures
of Florence and Siena.
Casavecchia extends over 45 acres of farmland planted
with grapevines, olive groves, and pine forest. The owners cultivate their vineyards
organically and produce fine wines without the addition of manufactured chemicals.
The very cordial young owners speak English and are present to welcome you upon
your arrival. They live in the farmhouse, which was originally constructed in
the 1500's and was once owned by Michelangelo. The building's exterior retains
the typical architecture of the district, with arched entryways, a courtyard,
and irregularly placed windows. The estate is a pleasant place for walking or
cycling, enjoying the fresh air and relaxing in quiet, beautiful surroundings.
You can observe the wine making process at first hand.
guests a choice of a farmhouse apartment or separate cottages. Each has
a private entrance and offers impressive views of the countryside. The interiors
have been renovated and fitted with modern appliances, including hairdryers.
Casina del Cortile (sleeps 2+2) is entered from the farmhouse
courtyard up one flight of stairs. It includes a living room with pullout sofa
and dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, a bedroom with matrimoniale bed, and
a bathroom with shower. There are lovely views and access to a large terrace.
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Il Capanno (sleeps 4) is a beautifully designed small stone
house built on a hillside. Enter the two-story high living room (with fireplace)
from a brick patio on the ground floor. The two bedrooms (one has twin beds and
one has one large bed) open off of the living room. Upstairs, an archway separates
the balcony dining room from the kitchen, which opens onto a huge back terrace.
There is a bathroom with shower on each level. The house has been completely renovated
and has modern appliances and central heating. It is an exceptionally cheerful
and pretty vacation cottage with unforgettable views. The large patio behind has
a shaded area for sitting and dining.
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Casina Nuova (sleeps 2+2)
is a separate stone cottage with a lovely outdoor area for dining al fresco or
admiring the beautiful view. Enter into an open-plan living room with a fireplace
and a sofa bed that can sleep two. The kitchen area is outfitted with a stove
top, refrigerator, and sink. This adorable cottage has one bedroom with a matrimoniale
bed, and a bathroom with a shower.
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