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Secluded Private Home in the Romantic Chianti Hills, only 30 mins to Florence - La Casermetta

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Description

La Casermetta

La Casermetta sleeps 7 in 3 double bedrooms and 1 single. (La Cantinetta, the apartment, sleeps 3+1 in 1 double and 1 single bedroom + sofa bed, separate from living area. Please click on the La Cantinetta link below for further information on the apartment.) La Casermetta's kitchen has an electric Smeg oven, gas hobs, a full-sized fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, antique farm table, generous cupboard space and all necessary accoutrement for cooking and indulging. The lounge room has comfortable sofas, TV, CD, DVD, games, books, music and movies, including children's videos. The dining area features a massive old oak refectory table, eight upholstered chairs and an oak sideboard as well as a retired antique boudoir grand piano, laden with family photos - an Italian relic with a charming family history. Sadly, having travelled from Ravello to Sydney and back to Tuscany, it no longer makes beautiful music.


About the property

La Casermetta

La Casermetta (140 sq m) is an ancient free-standing farmhouse with garden, hidden in the Chianti Classico hills, privately owned and restored by us as our family home, with the later addition of a fully independent apartment below (90 sq m), also carefully restored to complement the main house.

To keep up the high standard of comfort and quality we return each year and check every little thing, refreshing and updating whatever needs attention, from small things like new linen or appliances to major improvements such as as redecorating or replacing the heating system.

The house nestles in the hills above San Polo in Chianti, a village just a little removed from the tourist turmoil, yet with excellent essentials shopping and nearby restaurants, plus good road access to all the towns and sights of Tuscany. (See ‘Location’ tab above for further detail.)

Restored with careful attention to detail and authenticity with the help of a scrupulous Florentine architect, La Casermetta is a much loved and cared for home. The main house features a family-friendly country kitchen, really the heart of the house. A huge oak refectory table and ancient boudoir grand loaded with family photos dominate the dining and living rooms. Restored Tuscan antiques, well-crafted architectural finishes and comfortable, quality furniture point to the fact that the house was, and occasionally still is our primary residence. Traditional farmhouse furnishings, simple treasures from local collector’s markets, offer generous spaces for guests to unpack, settle in and feel completely at home. Children are welcome. Additional power supply to the 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. Central heating keeps the house warm and cosy in the winter months and in summer its 400 m elevation promotes refreshing breezes, while thick stone walls help keep the interior cool.

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 garden setting there are views across the Arno valley to the 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 wild asparagus, grapes, plums, raspberries, apricots or figs. The squirrels usually get the hazelnuts and almonds, and the experts generally beat us to the truffles and porcini mushrooms.

A booklet of information at the house covers the A to Z of how things work with support phone numbers including a direct line to us, just in case help is needed.

The apartment, La Cantinetta (90 sq m) has tremendous character and a real sense of history, being in the oldest part of the house. The apartment shares no common doors or walls with the main house above, it has its own driveway, entrance and dining terrace, plus pretty views across the valley from all windows.

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 across the Arno valley to the 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 wild asparagus, grapes, plums, raspberries, apricots or figs. The squirrels usually get the hazelnuts and almonds. The truffles and porcini mushrooms are usually found by the experts.

In a more recent restoration we created a charming, well equipped apartment, La Cantinetta, one floor below the main house. It has its own entrance and does not share any common walls or doors with the main house above. 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 of course the woodland areas around the property are available to everyone. It has its own private dining terrace which faces both the valley and the cypress lined track that weaves towards Florence. Take a drink 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 revered 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 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 to help keep this charming tradition from fading away. 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 and an edicola where bus tickets to Florence can be purchased, 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 and medical practitioners. 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, also nearby) 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 bundles of herbs, asparagus as fine as wheat which make delicious frittata, funghi porcini and chestnuts – all plentiful in these hills. This is also the perfect location for cross-country mountain biking along the ancient cobbled roads and marked singletracks through the woodlands around the house.

We offer a very personal service. If you need advice on your trip we’ll 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 (and another gem a bit further away), the famous Panzano butcher Dario Cecchini, non-touristy places to shop and sightsee, the antique market circuit and even 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

Owner
Suzanne Byford
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

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
15 Kilometres
Florence, Santa Maria Novella or Figline Valdarno
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 in the hills above the village of San Polo in Chianti, reached by a winding 3.5 km country road. From the village it’s 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. For cross country mountain-bike riders there are also marked singletracks.

Nearby is the celebrated Chiantigiana, linking Florence and Siena, which meanders through lush, undulating wine and olive oil country taking in historic sites and characteristic villages from Strada to Greve in Chianti and Montefiorale, from Panzano to Castellina and the picture-perfect towns of Radda, Gaiole and lost-in-time Volpaia.

From La Casermetta it 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 superstrada, an alternative route to Siena which takes in Monteriggone, Colle di Val d'Elsa and San Gimignano. San Polo is about half way between Grassina (north) which is close to Florence, and Figline (south), gateway to largely ‘undiscovered’ treasures of the Valdarno, some of historic significance like San Giovanni Valdarno, and others important for different reasons such as designer outlet shopping.

Attention bikepackers… Chianti is the perfect location for cross country mountain biking around the Tuscan slopes and ranges, and the farmhouse, La Casermetta, is the ideal base for bikepacking and soaking up the Italian culture and cuisine. Marked single tracks through the woodlands around the house and ancient chestnut tree-lined trails offer magic glimpses of Florence to the north, and views across the Valdarno to the south, as well as challenging cross-country routes to iconic locations in our historic wine-growing region of Greve in Chianti. Great choice of local restaurants (San Polo in Chianti has a fabulous pizzeria), supermarkets, coffee bars, food and produce markets, and relaxed local culture in spades.

Available Rentals

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Notes

Prices include gas, electricity, heating, wifi, towels, linen, fixed line local phone and a weekly clean and linen change (or initial and final clean in the case of short stays). There are no additional costs, fees or commissions (with the exception of the small fee your bank will charge for the international transfer).
Prices above are for the main house, La Casermetta.
Prices for the apartment, La Cantinetta, are detailed under 'other rentals on this property' below the property description.
Please enquire about rates and availability from November to March. Gas for heating may be charged during these months.
Our cancellation terms are detailed on the booking form we will send you when you make an enquiry.


Amenities

Greve in Chianti Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • In the main house, La Casermetta, two of the double bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, the third double and the loft single share the main bathroom. The apartment, La Cantinetta, has a bathroom with a full bath and shower over, wc, bidet and washing machine. There is a pretty view through the small window in the shower to the little castle across the valley.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • Each of La Casermetta's double bedrooms has generous hanging and drawer space, writing desks and chairs. Cots are available on request.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes:
The perfect location for mountain bike riders! La Casermetta is an ideal base from which to tour the trails of Tuscany. There are identified tracks through the woodlands around the house with hidden paths leading to magic views to Florence and across the Valdarno, as well as challenging routes to iconic locations in the historic wine-growing region of Greve in Chianti.

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average rating of 4.975 based on 40 reviews
5

Gorgeous AUTHENTIC Tuscan Villa

  • 5 of 5

Our virgin taste of Tuscany was well and truly a spoilt one in La Casermetta. In all of our one month stay in Italy (from Milan to the Amalfi Coast), we can honestly say that in Chianti, we felt like we were living like genuine Italians.

The Villa is set up in the beautiful hills of Tuscany, a stunning winding road through olive groves and farm lands. We found this an easy walk (if you are fit you will enjoy the jog) into town for coffee, or a stroll to the local supermarkets. The closest large supermarket is absolute luxury (a 15 min drive), so we tended to cook in the incredibly well appointed kitchen, rather than eat out at the local restaurants.

We hosted our wedding party at the villa, and it was home away from home. After staying at various hotels and B&Bs, this had excellent facilities for doing laundry, private sun baking or dining in the yard.

We will absolutely return to La Casermetta to holiday.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kelly. It was lovely to have you and your family at La Casermetta, especially for such an important occasion. Don’t know how you found the time to drink in the countryside and enjoy the peace and go shopping and spend time cooking, as well as get married, but we’re delighted you did! All the best to you both, Suzanne and Joe Byford
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Orcas Island, WA
5

The perfect Tuscan farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of 4 women enjoying 2 weeks in Italy. We stayed at La Casermetta for 4 days and we all agreed it was the best of all the places we booked. Beautiful, relaxing and spacious. Having just come from a tiny home in Venice that was all about stairs with not enough chairs for us all to sit in the main room at the same time, this house was perfect. Suzanne provided us with 20 pages of recommendations and day trips thru Tuscany, many of which we enjoyed. We also booked a cooking class at the house with a private chef she recommended. A fun evening of cooking, laughing, enjoying good food and wine, and best of all no one had to drive home at the end of the evening, except the chef. The road up to the house is a bit challenging, but we all live on a small island with mostly narrow dirt roads, so no problem for us.

Would book again and gladly recommend to everyone who wants the perfect Tuscan getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Cynthia. It's good to know you found the house so comfortable and I'm glad the home chef worked out well. We might give him a try ourselves when we go back in a few months. All the best, Suzanne
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Portland, Oregon
5

There is no place better

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casermetta for seven nights in July. It was our first stop in Italy and couldn't have been more welcoming! The information book that Suzanne has compiled is great, giving recommendations on wineries and restaurants, explanations about groceries and utilities and even tells the history of the house.

The seven of us (four adults and three kids) had plenty of space for togetherness or privacy as the mood struck. The only issue being that all three of the kids wanted loft bedroom! The kids played for hours in the yard. The adults enjoyed wine on the patio. We loved creating meals with the wonderful local ingredients in the very well equipped kitchen.

Tuscany is hot in the summertime, but the stone-walled house stayed cool and comfortable all day long.

The country setting was perfectly tranquil. We awoke to roosters and bird songs, walked along the quiet dirt roads and enjoyed trying to catch sight of the family of wild boars. Mamma was very cautious and led her babies away quickly whenever we approached.

I could go on and on, but I should leave some things for others to discover for themselves. Thank you so much, Suzanne, for sharing your lovely home. We hope we get a chance to visit again.

Gavin Mahaley

Portland, Oregon

United States

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boca Raton, FL
5

Even better the second time.

  • 5 of 5

We were able to return for a second tip to Tuscany. And were grateful to seek that La Casermertta was available to fit our schedule. We went the year before and it was the highlight of our trip. Coming back we knew what we wanted to visit again and had a chance to explore more of the region. It is really a perfect location. It is quiet and private however near Florence as well as charming small towns. We loved our visits to Sienna and Arezzo. The villa is very relaxing with amazing hiking. The views are breathtaking everywhere you look. The kitchen is high end however still fits the rustic charm of the villa. We cooked dinner in almost every night. There is a CoOp grocery and butcher at the base of the hill. for the nights that we wanted to go out La Greppia is a great place with amazing food and atmosphere. Thank you Suzanne and Joe for opening your home. We love to live as a local in such an incredible place.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A little piece of heaven in Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

This is a heavenly location in the hills of Chianti! Casermetta is a beautifully appointed home with everything you may need. After spending time in both Rome and Florence......the pristine silence was very welcomed! We look forward to another visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful stay in a beautiful, authentic farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Our 25'th wedding aniversary were celebrated in this amazing tuscan farmhouse. The house and fantastic surroundings made it an unforgettable experience. The location were perfect in the centre of Chianti. Our family of 5 had plenty of space and during the week we could both be private and social. The house contributed to a truly tuscan feeling and we were impressed by the love and dedication the house obviously have been restored with. The arrival package we received from Suzanne ahead of the stay made us well prepared. The house was clean - everyting in order and it was instructions on "how to do" regarding the house equipment. Most attractions within an hour drive from the house made it easy to move around. Back i Norway now - a week later - we still feel we have experienced something truly uniqe. Longing for something authentic - and for us nordics, exotic - we are greatful that our celebration tok place in La Casermetta. This stay gave us energy and the memories from this week will be with us during the cold nordic season ahead. Suzanne has made it easy for us to be guests and has provided excellent service. This is a farmhouse we can recommend and we might repeat our stay in another setting in the future. Thank you for letting us experience this.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the words and for being such wonderful guests. We hope one day you will come back. Suzanne and Joe.
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