Suzanne Byford

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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LA CANTINETTA

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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.

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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:
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Suzanne Byford

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Speaks italian, english
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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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
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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 (0)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
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La Cantinetta
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+61 (0)411241406
Greve Chianti
5

ONE FEELS LIKE A LOCAL ...

  • 5 of 5
Heaven in Tuscany! This is the best way to describe La Cantinetta. It
starts with the off the beaten track location; the drive along olive
groves; and then follows the luxury of the accommodation and the
tranquillity of the surroundings. This is a must for anyone interested to
explore this most beautiful area.

The directions to get there were meticulous and precise. The tips the owner
gave on places to visit in the vicinity leaves one occupied each day
without the hassle of wondering where to go to next or what to do. The
recommendations for places to eat and shop make one feels like a "local" if
you know the waiter's name and ask for a specific dish.

The interior is meticulous and the range of books and music enough to keep
one awake till the midnight hours. Don’t search anymore. This is THE place
to stay.


Dr. Bertus de Witt
  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2011
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Greve Chianti
5

CHIANTI AT IT'S BEST

Chianti at it's best
  • 5 of 5
After a wonderful drive through the northern Italian countyside we arrived at the beautiful village of Polo in Chianti and just a short distance from there down a well worn road to La Casermetta.
What a welcoming site, set amongst the natural bushland and olive groves this beautiful villa was a delight to stay in.
As there were only the two of us we chose to stay in the downstairs apartment "La Cantinetta". A delightful large apartment that was beautifully restored and well maintained and fitted out with all you would want for a stay in the country. The property is in a great location to use as a base for touring to many of the local sites and within a few hours drive of Siena, Florence and Pisa.
We would recomend the property to any one who likes to live in luxury in the Italian countryside. (We would note that a car is a necessity to stat there.)

David & Joan (Perth Australia)
  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Florence, Santa Maria Novella
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Grassina or Incisa Valdarno
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Castiglioncello (Livorno) or Viareggio
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
San Polo in Chianti
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Ugolino
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
San Polo in Chianti
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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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2014 - 2015
Mar 3 2014 - Nov 3 2014
4 night minimum stay
€115
€800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
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.
Notes The changeover day and minimum stay are more flexible with the apartment so please request your preferred dates and we will try to accommodate them.
Rates include gas, electricity, wifi, towels, linen and a weekly clean and linen change (or final clean if staying only 1 week).
Please enquire about rentals from November to February (which may involve additional gas/heating charges).
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Amenities

Greve Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
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:
  • Television
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • synagogues
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
  • hospital
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • golf
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
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