Il Casolare is a not a typical Tuscan farmhouse. It has been so beautifully restored and meticulously and lovingly maintained, that it is extraordinary. Located in the heart of the Chianti wine region, Casolare is 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) southwest of Florence and within an hour’s drive of San Gimignano, Siena, Lucca, Pisa; and just a bit farther to the chic beach resorts of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi. The village of San Vincenzo a Torri is a mile away, with coffee bar, bakery and grocery store. Montelupo Fiorentino, an important ceramics center, is 3 kilometers (less than two miles) away. Cerbaia is a few minutes' drive, with many shops and services. There is a train station in Montelupo, which is one public transportation option to Florence, but the best to Florence is to drive to one of the new tram stops in Scandicci (10 min. away, with ample parking). Trams run continuously (every 5 min.) and take 12 minutes to whisk to the center of Florence. A car is required to stay at Casolare.
The farm has been in the owner's family since 1970. In 2007, the present owner lovingly renovated the house, built in the 1800's. She lives on the property, speaks English well, and is a rich resource of information about the best shops, the best chefs, and the best day trips. Our guests all adore her and appreciate the fact that she is fun, attentive, informative but never intrusive.
A cypress-lined drive leads past vineyards and olive groves to Il Casolare, nestled within 100 acres of land, where olives, grapes, fruit and other products are grown. The grounds offer several lovely different spots for relaxing or dining al fresco. From dawn until dusk, the terrace and covered loggia invite you to enjoy the warmth and spirit of the Tuscan countryside. A swimming pool (50' x 16'; can be heated at additional cost) is located on the south side of the house, in a spot that enjoys all-day sunshine. The rolling countryside is ideal for mountain biking, running, walking and hiking. There is a gym on site, with workout machines, weights and a very large and lovely outdoor covered space for yoga. For kids there is a ping-pong table and Wii and Playstation. Nearby you will find tennis courts, a squash center and a golf course.
Il Casolare has five bedrooms. Each has cast iron beds, en suite bathroom, satellite TV, internet access, telephone, individual heating and air-conditioning.
- 1 king bedroom (2+1) with large en suite bathroom (double sink and bathtub/shower); a single bed can be added
- 1 double bedroom (2+1) with two large twin beds that can be joined to make a king on request, en suite bathroom (marble shower); a single bed can be added
- 1 queen bedroom (2) with ensuite bathroom with shower
- 1 double bedroom (2) with two large twin beds (can be joined as king); en suite bathroom with bathtub/shower and double sinks
- 1 single bedroom (1+1) with French bed (smaller than a double, larger than a twin), en suite bathroom (bathtub/shower); single bed can be added
Amenities: screens on all windows, individual room controlled central heating and air-conditioning, satellite TV with Internet and Skype incorporated, DVD players and extensive DVD library, Ping-Pong table, free use of WiFi, fax and printer through out the house; and via cable in the bedrooms), and useful informative book collection. Italian mobile phones are available for rental. The owner also has several Apple laptops she can lend to guests on request. This is a 5-star property for people who want to pamper themselves.
Il Casolare is fully staffed (staff lives on the premises) to include daily maid service, pool and garden maintenance and a farmhouse country breakfast including fresh fruit, cereals, yogurts, eggs, local cheese and meats, an assortment of breads, and their own organic preserves. Guests can arrange meals directly with the in-house chef for an extra charge. Guests are not permitted to use the special (commercial) kitchen alone, but can join the cook if they like.
Il Casolare is strictly a non-smoking property.
- Florence: 25 minutes
- Pisa: 40 minutes
- Lucca: 50 minutes
- Siena, San Gimignano: 50 minutes
- Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano: 1 h 20 min
- Arezzo: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Cortona: 1 hour 45 minutes