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Suzanne Byford

Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks: english, italian
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Suzanne Byford

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Speaks: english, italian
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LA CANTINETTA

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Greve Apartment Rental Photos and Description

House 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms sleeps 7 + Apartment 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom sleeps 4

La Casermetta (140 sq m) is a rare holiday rental find, a free-standing, ancient stone farmhouse hidden in the Chianti Classico hills. Our Italian friends call it a jewel. It nestles above San Polo in Chianti, a town slightly removed from the tourist turmoil, yet with excellent essentials shopping and nearby restaurants, plus good road access to the towns and sights of Tuscany. Restored as a family home with great attention to detail, it is much loved and cared for. The main house features a large live-in country kitchen. A huge oak refectory table and ancient boudoir grand loaded with family photos dominate the dining and living rooms. There are comfortable, quality furnishings and restored Tuscan antiques. La Cantinetta (90 sq m), being in the oldest part of the house, has tremendous character and sense of history. The apartment shares no common doors or walls with the main house, has its own driveway, entrance and dining terrace, plus pretty views across the valley from all windows.

Restored as our family home, the house is furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Farmhouse antiques, treasures from local antique markets, offer generous spaces so guests can unpack, settle in and feel completely at home. Children are welcome. Additional power supply to the entire house, a luxury in the countryside, supports the many appliances. There's good reliable plumbing and strong water pressure. All windows have screens and internal cypress shutters. Efficient central heating keeps the house warm and cosy in the winter months. In summer, La Casermetta's 400 m elevation promotes refreshing breezes, while thick stone walls help keep the interior cool. A booklet of information covers the A to Z of how things work with support phone numbers just in case you need help.

La Casermetta is set in a generous, fenced private garden beyond which rambles a further ten acres of forest. The lawn is often scattered with daisies and fireflies sometimes come out at night. From the marble garden setting there are views of the Arno valley and across to the famous Vallombrosa Monastery, nestled in the magnificent oak and pine woodlands of the central Apennines. Depending on the season, around the house and garden you may find grapes, plums, raspberries, apricots or figs. The squirrels usually get the hazelnuts and almonds.

In a more recent restoration we created a charming, well equipped apartment, La Cantinetta, in the cellars of the main house. It has its own entrance and does not share any common walls or doors with the main house. La Cantinetta can be rented individually, or taken in addition to the main house if you have a large party. It does not share La Casermetta's garden, but has its own private dining terrace which faces both the valley and the cypress lined track that weaves towards Florence. And of course it has free access to the bountiful woodland areas attached to the property. Take a gin and tonic and watch the sun set from the bench overlooking our little olive grove. The apricot tree here bears a surprising amount of fruit, if you can beat the locals. Like the main house, the apartment has its own barbecue, alfresco dining setting, deck-chairs and umbrellas. (Please click on the tab above for availability and further details on La Cantinetta.)

In addition to producing the respected Gallo Nero Chianti Classico wine and the rich, peppery, extra virgin olive oil which is synonymous with Tuscany, San Polo in Chianti is famous for its pursuit of the ancient tradition of iris farming. If you're lucky enough to be there in the spring, the hills around the village will be dotted with fields of blue. At the end of flowering the bulbs are harvested and carefully divided. One half is returned to the earth while the other is trimmed and sun-dried then sold to the French for their perfume industry. An iris festival held each May helps keep this charming tradition alive. The village has two small supermarkets, a butcher and a chemist amongst other basic shops, two restaurants (many more nearby), a post office, a bar/tabacchi where you can buy bus tickets to Florence, a petrol station with after-hours self-service and a bank with ATM. Ten kilometres north towards Florence is Grassina with many shops and boutiques, elegant bars and pasticcerie and services such as laundromat/dry cleaners. The large hospital at Antella is a few minutes out of Grassina. Ten kilometres south is Figline Valdarno which has a lovely piazza (similar to the distinctive one at Greve in Chianti, which is also close) and a huge supermarket selling absolutely everything. (Watch out for Sting at the check-out, his Tuscan hideaway is nearby.)

There are charming walks around La Casermetta, along chestnut shaded tracks, some leading to sudden, surprising views of Florence. Our own land abounds with interesting fauna and vegetation. Stroll, hike or picnic around the area and experience the seasonal offerings of the land. Keen-eyed locals inhabit these woods on weekends and can often be seen clutching trophies – bundles of herbs; asparagus as fine as wheat which make delicious frittata; funghi porcini; chestnuts – all plentiful in these hills.

Ours is a very personal service. If you need advice on your trip we’re happy to help if we can. We provide guests with a comprehensive booklet of extra information, revised and updated each year. It includes day trips with detailed driving directions, restaurant recommendations, local specialty shops, tips on where to get the tastiest food, weekly markets, festivals, even insights on food and customs for the uninitiated and our pick of the best on offer close at hand such as the dazzling designer outlet shopping mall, surprisingly close and very popular, the famous Panzano butcher Dario Cecchini, non-touristy places to shop and sightsee, the antique market circuit and even some suggestions for those travelling further afield, particularly Ravello on the Amalfi coast where we spend a great deal of time and have some useful contacts.

More Details

Details for La Cantinetta 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

La Cantinetta is our most recent restoration, a charming, well equipped apartment in the cellars of La Casermetta. It is completely independent so can be rented individually, or taken in addition to the main house. It is a very spacious 90 sq m, refreshingly cool in summer and cosy in winter; ideal for a couple or small family. While La Cantinetta does not share the main garden, it does have its own private dining terrace which faces both the valley and the cypress lined track that weaves towards Florence. And, of course, it has free access to the bountiful woodland areas attached to the property. Take a sundowner to the bench overlooking our little olive grove; the sunsets are beautiful. The apartment has its own barbecue, alfresco dining setting, deck-chairs and umbrella. We offer a very personal service to all our guests, including a comprehensive booklet of extra information, revised and updated each year, highlighting day trips, restaurants, local services, markets, festivals etc.
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Suzanne Byford (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, italian
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

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La Cantinetta
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Greve Chianti
San Diego
5

Miss that morning coffee on the terrace and view..

  • 5 of 5
Three of us stayed in this very private, well equipped apartment for a week in October and really enjoyed the experience. The walls are so thick in this part of the house it feels a bit like a friendly fortress. My wife and I took the main bedroom which has a lovely big bed and an enormous wardrobe so no fights. And my brother had the single room with a smaller but adequate wardrobe. He says the big old single bed was very comfy. Both our windows had the same nice rural views, very peaceful. A fourth person (who ended up not coming) would have had the sofa bed which is in a good spot, away from the main living area, so it could have been left up all the time. Everything worked in the bathroom and it was good and spacious so no need to be a contortionist. The kitchen was well equipped and charming touches like the ancient marble sink. There was a good dishwasher, the fridge and oven were full sized, plenty of knives and saucepans so we were able to whip up some delicious meals from stuff we bought at the markets which seem to be on every day in one or another nearby village. The information provided ahead by the owners on how to get there and what to do around the place was clear and detailed. The owner gives way detailed suggestions on outings and insider tips and there are also notes there at the house on how to find nearby restaurants and so on. In all, one of the best and most thoughtful self-catering properties I've stayed in.
  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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La Cantinetta
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1006796?uni_id=1257493
+61 -411241406
Greve Chianti
5

Delightful home, character and charm

  • 5 of 5
I can highly recommend La Cantinetta to anyone looking for a welcoming, comfortable base from which to explore the sights of Tuscany, Florence and Siena. This very private apartment is in a beautifully restored centuries old farmhouse nestled amongst the picturesque hills of Chianti. It was ideal for us (two single ladies traveling together), its spacious rooms tastefully appointed with period features, including huge beams, with all modern appliances as well. There is a BabyQ barbecue in the gorgeous courtyard overlooking the hills. The quaint village of San Polo, where you can purchase provisions and mingle with the locals, is a few kilometers away. My only regret was the five days we stayed wasn't long enough. I would suggest at least a week, better two!
Denise L, Sydney, Australia
  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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La Cantinetta
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Greve Chianti
5

A Gastronomic Journey

  • 5 of 5
We spent 4 weeks at La Casermetta up in the Tuscan hills above the small village of San Polo in Chianti. We stayed in the apartment attached to but separate from the main house. La Cantinetta apartment is beautifully presented and appointed with attention to detail. The interior is well equipped with quality appliances and everything required for an independent self catering holiday. If you enjoy a peaceful rural environment then La Cantinetta is the place to holiday. Remote and tranquil surroundings yet only 30 minutes to Florence and many other exciting places to visit for day trips.
Before leaving home you will receive an excellent booklet with varied and detailed information: from restaurant tips, trip destinations, local knowledge, route directions and even parking tips for first time travellers to Italy. All of the above ensures you are well prepared to make the most of your holiday.
Our apartment was immaculate on arrival including a delightful and thoughtful gift bag and best of all we had weekly staff to service the apartment. Now that's a real holiday!
Our personal focus was FOOD and our modus operandi was to dine out for lunch every day at a new restaurant in order to sample regional specialties. We drove to many small fascinating villages to sample their menus, sometimes returning to our favourites over the 4 weeks we spent in Tuscany. We had some awesome gastronomic food experiences all within easy distance from La Casermetta.
The owners couldn't have been more helpful with additional information that cropped up during our time at La Casermetta. We would highly recommend this fantastic holiday destination.
Maurice and Debbie
Queensland
Australia
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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La Cantinetta
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Greve Chianti
5

Perfetto!

  • 5 of 5
This was our first trip to Italy and we were looking for the perfect place; somewhere close enough to tour the beautiful Tuscany region, while still affording us a good degree of privacy. La Cantinetta was it! I am very choosy and after extensive research we decided on La Cantinetta. The apartment was beautiful and had everything we could need. It was so welcoming we immediately felt at home. We spent a great deal of time touring; easy to reach the entire Chianti Classico region, as well as Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, San Gimignano to name a few, but at the end of the day is was always nice to come home to La Cantinetta. The owner was a pleasure to deal with From pre-booking through to departure. And indeed provided a very personalized service that added to the great experience. Highly recommended!
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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La Cantinetta
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1006796?uni_id=1257493
+61 -411241406
Greve Chianti
5

The stuff of dreams!

  • 5 of 5
I cannot say enough about this beautiful home away from home! I've been lucky enough to stay at the property previously and returning felt just like coming home. It truly is the stuff you dream of, upon a hilltop, magical olive grove just across the drive, privacy, space, and a unique tuscan farmhouse look and feel inside and out. The owners have carefully furnished the incredibly well-maintained property with personal touches throughout to make it feel just like home, which is lovely after spending time beforehand in hotels.The owners, too, made us feel very much like we were being welcomed into their home into the lead up to our stay - fabulous personalised service. There is a lovely little terrace with outdoor furniture and views over to the olive grove and surrounding hillside, which is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring - whether it was a short drive to nearby and better known Florence, Siena or San Gimignano, or just the lesser-known but incredibly pretty little local villages nearby. Dont miss a meal at La Paglietta in the village of San Polo - yummy Tuscan fare and welcoming service, even if your Italian isnt the best! Another must is a trip to narby Panzano, where there is a choice of lunch spots overlooking the magical Tuscan hillsides, and make sure to stop in to the Accademia del Buon Gusto up the hill in the old village, where the charismatic owner takes you on a journey through a tasting of delicious local wines and other gourmet treats. Definitely without a doubt recommend La Cantinetta - we are already trying to work out when we can come back!
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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La Cantinetta
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1006796?uni_id=1257493
+61 -411241406
Greve Chianti
5

Cosy bolt hole away from the crowds

  • 5 of 5
We spent 3 weeks in the delightful apartment in La Casermetta's renovated cellars, visiting Florence and Siena and discovering Chianti's hidden restaurants and hamlets. The owners happened to be there on their annual refurbishment crusade and we became quite pally. We had a memorable dinner together one night at the local favourite, Paglietta, where they were received with a warmth and friendliness that is clearly also extended to their guests. La Cantinetta is a cozy bolt hole tucked away from the crowds, with all mod cons for comfort, yet loaded with history, charm and character. Michael G., South Africa
  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
San Polo in Chianti
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Ugolino
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Florence, Santa Maria Novella
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Grassina or Incisa Valdarno
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
San Polo in Chianti
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Castiglioncello (Livorno) or Viareggio
Car: necessary

La Casermetta is situated on a hill 3 km from the village of San Polo in Chianti, an easy 30 minute drive to Florence. The house is set in tranquil woodlands and offers picturesque local walks and a private and peaceful haven after a busy day's sightseeing. We are close to the celebrated Chiantigiana which meanders through the lush wine and olive oil country between Florence and Siena, taking in so many historic and characteristic villages and sites from Strada in Chianti to Greve and Montefiorale, from Panzano to Castellina (detour to the picture-perfect towns of Radda and Gaiole and the delightful, lost-in-time Volpaia) and ultimately Siena. La Casermetta is about 12 km in either direction to the northern and southern autostrada entrances for swift access to other parts of Tuscany such as Arezzo, Pisa, Montepulciano and even the Cinque Terre, as well as the Siena superstrada which takes in Monteriggone, Colle di Val d'Elsa and San Gimignano. San Polo is about half way between Grassina, close to Florence, and Figline, gateway to some largely undiscovered treasures of the Valdarno, some of historic importance like San Giovanni Valdarno, and others simply important, such as outlet shopping; all worth exploring.

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2015 - 2016
Mar 2 2015 - May 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
€115
€800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes For a special discount on rentals of 4 nights and over, enquire through our bookings page on La Casermetta's website, www.casermetta.com.
Prices above are for La Cantinetta, main house.
La Casermetta, the main house, is 1.490 euros per week.
Please enquire about a discounted rate for the entire house.
Rates include gas, electricity, wifi, towels, linen and a weekly clean and linen change.
We do not require a deposit, however we do request payment in full 90 days ahead of the booking. Payment is by bank transfer in Euro to La Casermetta's account in Florence. An invoice will be emailed ahead of the due date containing all the details required to make the transfer, either on line or at your bank. As soon as the payment is received in Florence we send your receipt and arrival package.

Amenities

Greve Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • Both bedrooms have generous wardrobe and drawer space. The sofa bed, for a fourth person, is located near the bedrooms, not in the apartment's living room.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

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