|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Casa Francia is a beautiful country home near the historic village of Palaia in the Tuscan hills between Pisa and Florence. Palaia is located in the Valdera region of Tuscany known among other things for its truffles. If you are into food, a recent (April 2014) episode of Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel featured a truffle hunt with the proprietors of Savini Tartufi located in Forcoli, about 15 minutes from Casa Francia, check them out:
The buildings and grounds were lovingly restored in 2011-2012. Extensive use of original materials has retained the charm of the property evoking the feel of a bygone era. The property features traditional wood beam and brick ceilings and terracotta floors.
This home is ideal for a large group of friends or multi generational family gatherings. Family friendly with elegant but at the same time comfortable furnishings and a game room. Up to 12 guests can be accommodated at Casa Francia – eight in the main house and four in the Casetta – literally “the little house”. Both houses have air conditioning and heating throughout.
The property is situated on 7.5 acres of woods, fruit trees, and olive groves with stunning views across the fields in front of the houses. Surrounded by working farms, you will experience the Tuscany the locals live. There is a large (12m by 6.5m) infinity pool with ample outdoor furniture. Outdoor patio areas around both houses provide a wonderful setting for al fresco dining. Additional outdoor amenities include a BBQ and pizza oven.
Casa Francia is in close proximity to many of the major attractions of Tuscany. It is located a few minutes outside of Palaia, a village whose history can be traced back to the 10th Century and in close proximity to a number of other medieval villages such as Lari with its ancient castle sitting in the center of town. Pisa is 30 minutes away. Florence, the walled city of Lucca, Viareggio and the coastal beaches, and the Etruscan town of Volterra (made famous by the Twilight series books) are all within an hour. Siena is a two hour drive and makes a nice day trip.
Four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, sleeps 8. The house has beautiful yet comfortable furniture accented with some antique pieces. Many original features have been retained and lighting is provided throughout the house by custom made Tiffany style lamps. You will find most of the comforts of home, such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi internet connection and satellite TV. Luxurious touches abound, with high quality linens and towels and soft pillows. Hair dryers are provided in each bathroom. Mosquito screens are provided on most of the windows and doors
Entryway with small sitting area and accented with Tiffany style wall lights.
A large, gourmet kitchen with double ovens, American size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave oven and a center island with an additional sink. The kitchen is fully equipped with American and Italian coffee makers, kettle, toaster, blender and a food processor. Ample plates, glasses and cutlery are provided. Fun touches for the kids include a Mickey Mouse grilled cheese maker and Disney character mugs.
The dining room accommodates 12 and provides a great view of the valley below.
The living room downstairs is situated under the original, beautifully restored brick arch as well as a wall bench where the old trough used to be. The wooden bench back was a part of the original trough and was where the animals were once tethered. Comfortable sofas and armchairs as well as a stereo provide a wonderful setting for relaxing and visiting with family and friends.
Rounding out the downstairs living quarters is the game room. Here we provide an abundance of books, a variety of board games, including chess and dominoes, a flat screen TVand a PS3.
Next to the game room is a half bath and the laundry room with a washer and dryer.
The first floor has a ground level entrance into a living room with fireplace, comfortable sofas and a flat screen TV and a DVD.
All bedrooms have built in closets. Hairdryers are provided in all the bathrooms. A cot and a high chair are available if needed.
Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and large shower. Romantic curtained queen bed and a flat screen TV. The window door provides a magnificent view of the valley below.
The Tower Room has a wrought iron queen bed and an en-suite bathroom with a large walk in shower. The staircase takes you up the loft which provides a hide-a-bed sofa, armchair, desk with desktop computer and flat screen TV.
The Red Room has two single beds which can be placed together to form a queen bed. The en-suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower with bright red tiles.
The Eggplant Room has another wrought iron queen bed with en-suite bathroom providing a walk-in shower with eggplant colored tiles.
“Casetta” - Little House
Two bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 4 and in the low season is available for rental on its own. Ideal for one or two couple or a family of four. Fully equipped and very comfortable with high end furniture and fully air conditioned throughout.
Luminous living room with high quality comfortable sofas, a flat screen TV and stereo. The living has magnificent arched door overlooking the woods. Just outside is a BBQ for great outdoor grilling.
Gourmet kitchen with oven, stove, dishwasher, built in refrigerator and microwave as well as a table for four. The kitchen is fully equipped with a variety of small appliances such as a blender and a small food processor. Ample plates, cutlery and glasses are provided.
Two bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom with large showers.
The Rose room is a large bedroom with a queen bed, built in closet and a comfortable armchair facing the window and affording a wonderful view of the valley below.
The Mustard room has a queen bed and a lovely armoire, with amazing views of the valley.
The outdoor areas begin with a large patio running the length of the main house which provides a magnificent setting for al fresco dining. Native plants and lemon pots provide lovely greenery. A table which can accommodate 12 and two large umbrellas make for relaxing family dinners overlooking the beautiful valley below.
An additional small grassy area with a table for four can be found in front of the casetta, providing additional outdoor seating.
Outside the arch room is a wood burning pizza oven and by the door to the Casetta you will find a large BBQ. Let your culinary juices flow!
A 12m x 6.5m infinity pool with a large patio and complete with pool furniture and umbrellas for shade make for hours of fun in the sun! Pool towels are provided.
Wander the field below and enjoy walks among our many fruit and olive trees.
The house has an electronic gate and is completed fenced in increasing privacy and security.
• Washer and Dryer
• Fully Air Conditioned and heated
• Wireless Internet
• Satellite TV
• CD Player/Stereo with IPOD connection
• DVD Player
• Pizza Oven
• Hair Dryers in all Bathrooms
• Iron and Ironing Board
• Baby Cot
• High Chair
• Alarm System
Staff and Services:
• Property Manager who can also arrange a variety of services and excursions
• Maid Service three times per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday
• Weekly linen change
The following are available for an extra fee:
• Laundry Service
• Initial Grocery shopping a per hour charge plus the cost of food
• More frequent linen and towel changes
• Breakfast for Euros 10.00 per person
• Maximum 12 guests
• Children Welcome
• No pets allowed
• Strictly no diving in the pool
• No unaccompanied minors allowed at the pool
2km from Palaia where you can find a small grocery store, a butcher, a gas station, takeout pizza, sundry store and several good restaurants
• Castelfalfi is a golf resort approximately 16km away
• San Gimignano approx. 38km
• Lucca approx. 45km
• Pisa approx. 45km
• Volterra approx. 42km
• Florence approx. 60 km
• Siena approx. 88km
• Bolgheri, home of the famous Sassicaia wine is approx. 85km
• Fiesole approx. 85km
• The beaches such as Viareggio are about 75km away.
We are a family of three from Los Angeles, California. I was born in Italy and my parents and all my family still live there. After many years of traveling to Italy to visit my family and renting a variety of villas, we decided to purchase our own home.
Since we live so far away, we started off determined to purchase a completed house that required little to no work. Ah, the best laid plans! The second we set foot on the land at Casa Francia we fell in love and we were doomed! The property, as near as we could tell, had been abandoned for somewhere on the order of 40-50 years. You can imagine the task we had set ourselves! If you visit us (and we hope you will) you will see pictures of where our journey began, all the way through what it is today. It’s been a tremendous, if somewhat bumpy ride.
Our journey began in the summer of 2009 when we signed the initial contract to purchase Casa Francia; an old farmhouse built is 1885 that once formed part of a larger farming concern called Fattoria di Pozzo and housed the tenant farmers. The lower floor housed the animals and had a trough where the animals fed under what today is the beautiful arched living room. The Casetta used to be the barn and is now a lovely two bedroom guest house.
Building permits were received in early 2010 and the purchase closed in late 2010. Renovations began in April 2011 and after a few bumps in the road while having to amend permits, meeting additional seismic requirements that changed in the middle of the game and numerous encounters with Italian bureaucracy, we finally finished in the fall of 2012. We think you will agree that it was worth the wait!
Owner purchased this villa in 2009
Our property manager can also provide a variety of concierge services, such as breakfast or dinner at Casa Francia and various tours ranging from simple hiking to truffle hunts, to golf. Check them out on website follow the links below:
This is a fabulous home, really well appointed and equipped, in a great location for day trips to places like Pisa, Florence and Lucca. We were a family if just 4 but there is plenty of room for a larger party with various separate seating areas in and outside the house. The air con is very effective - vital as it was scorching hot! The pool is very large for a private pool with stunning views across the valley, and sunsets in the evening. The village of Palaia is a short drive away, and we went further to Pontedera to catch trains to Pisa and Florence. Nearest supermarket is 9km away so if you want a place close to amenities this may not be for you. The local manager, Cristina, was very helpful. We so enjoyed our first foray into Italy, and our adventures were enhanced by staying in this lovely villa
Loved this place! There were 9 of us, parents, adult kids, and young grandkids. There was plenty of room for everyone and the great thing was that there were so many different gathering areas if someone needed to find a quiet place. Unfortunately, British Airways stranded us in London so we arrived a day late. Cristina, the property manager was so kind and gracious. She continually stayed in touch letting us know that she was on standby for whenever we arrived. She and her sister had prepared dinner for us and had to put everything on hold for a day. It was still wonderful! The house was clean, modern, comfy beds, all the amenities you could hope for. Wifi was sporadic, but seems that is typical for Italy. We were so centrally located, so each day we went a different direction: Florence, Cinque Terre, Lucca, San Gimignano and one day we stayed around just so we could enjoy the pool and beautiful view after a trip to the market which was about a 20 min. drive. Cristina was great for anything we needed. She shopped for all the basic necessities for us, so upon arrival we could prepare breakfast, lunch and snacks. That was huge for us getting in so late in the day. She is also ready to set up tours and activities for whatever you may desire. Wish we could have stayed longer to see it all and do some of the wine tours. That was not a priority with the little ones :)
I would highly recommend staying here if you love tranquility and beauty all around. Do be sure to read all of the instructions, which we did not do at first and didn't realize the dryer had a water reservoir that needed to be emptied. There is a complete book of information and instructions. Every detail has been covered. It is a warm and welcoming 'home away' from home!
We absolutely loved our time at Casa Francia. The house truly felt like a home away from home. Myself and several of my relatives traveled to Italy for my 50th birthday and the house was an absolute delight. It was a perfect combination of traditional and modern. Every room in both the Villa and the Cassetta were beautifully furnished and extremely comfortable. We loved the kitchen which was fully stocked with everything we needed from coffee in the morning to full dinners we prepared several evenings. We used both the large dining room table as well as the spectacular outdoor terrace for meals and to relax with a glass of wine. The views are stunning and the area peaceful and private. We spent almost every morning and evening on the patio area or by the beautiful pool. Our party included 5 adults and the main house provided more than enough space to spread out and enjoy. The house could have easily accommodated several additional guests with comfortable sleeping arrangements and bathrooms for everyone. Cristina, the property manager, was always available to offer recommendations including an Agriturismo which offered one of the best dinners of our entire stay as well as shopping and general directions. We visited many nearby towns including Palaia, Volterra, San Gimignano and Florence all of which were an easy drive from Casa Francia. The pool area also offered a wonderful setting to spend one of our day’s just relaxing and taking in the amazing views including an incredible sunset. There were so many beautiful aspects to the property it was difficult to tear ourselves away to go site seeing. Highly recommend this property and we definitely plan to return.
We were a group of 5 couples from Ottawa, Canada, arriving at Casa Francia in 2 rented vans, the first week in October 2013.
Casa Francia and the Casetta exceeded our expectations. It was an exquisite country property, as the description and pictures portray. Both restored buildings and their furnishings combined beauty and comfort. All rooms were spacious and well equipped with all of the modern conveniences.
The property manager was warm and helpful, answering our questions about the villa or travelling and shopping in the region. She provided a delicious welcome dinner for us, as well as excellent breakfasts every morning to start our day. She also arranged for and assisted a wonderful local chef to provide a scrumptious gourmet dinner one evening.
The grounds were meticulously kept and beautiful. The views and sunsets from the property were gorgeous.
Casa Francia was very central to the places we wanted to visit, i.e. Pisa/Lucca, Siena/San Gimignano, Florence, and La Spezia/Cinque Terre. It was also a couple of kilometers from a friendly, beautiful, historic village, Palaia, that we thoroughly enjoyed. We walked there for lunch one afternoon and drove 10 minutes to a wonderful restaurant there for dinner 2 of the evenings.
Casa Francia is a Tuscan jewel that we will remember for a long time. We hope to go back some time and will recommend it to any of our friends travelling to Tuscany.
Two words: "Absolutely Amazing"
The property is in fantastic condition -- and having stayed at other villas, we truly found ourselves in the perfect vacation home. There were 8 of us (4 adults / 4 kids), and we all were very comfortable staying in the main house. I can go on about the house / property, but the most important points are that everything in the property description is accurate and we were very happy with the furnishings, layout, housekeeping, etc. It was simply perfect.
However, more importantly, I want to share that the setting was phenomenal -- as the house is in a very peaceful, serene area with a panoramic view that left us lingering over the outdoor breakfast table every morning... as we couldn't get enough of the surroundings. And of course, watching the sunsets over the valley while sharing a bottle of wine or two was the best way to end every evening.
Finally, I would note that for exploring the Tuscany region the house was surprisingly in a great location -- as we were able to take day trips all over the region (visiting Florence, Lucca, Volterra, et al) with relative ease.
Highest recommendation for this property -- and we will definitely be going back!
Casa Francia is approximately 2 km from the village of Palaia. Palaia is part of the province of Pisa and traces its history back to the 10th century. It is a lovely little village with a beautiful clock tower and several lovely little churches.
The area is known for its beautiful countryside and gently rolling farms. There are several olive oil producers and wineries in the near vicinity. Local activities include hiking, horseback riding, golf, not to mention truffle hunting! Palaia lies in the Valdera region, well known for its truffles.
Within a short distance the area is dotted with many other charming medieval villages, such as Certaldo, Lari, Marti, San Miniato and many others, all well worth a visit.
Pisa is 30 minutes away. Florence, the walled city of Lucca, Viareggio and the coastal beaches, and the Etruscan town of Volterra (made famous by the Twilight series books) are all within an hour. Siena is a two hour drive and makes a nice day trip.
Check out additional information on tours and excursions offered by our property manager: http://www.casafrancia-palaia.com/Tours_and_Excursions_2.html
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Mar 29 2015 - May 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
May 31 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
Aug 29 2015 - Oct 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
Oct 3 2015 - Dec 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Electricity per week||€150.00|
Euros 1,500.00 security deposit and an Electricity Charge of Euros 150.00 per week are due in cash upon check in. 40% deposit due on booking and the balance 60 days prior to arrival. Deposit is refundable less 10% of total rental amount up to 60 days prior to arrival non refundable thereafter
Maid service Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 2 hours.
Weekly linen and towel change
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website: