|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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.
La Casermetta (140 sq m) is a rare holiday rental find, a free-standing, ancient stone farmhouse hidden in the Chianti Classico hills, with a fully independent, tastefully restored apartment (90 sq m) on the floor below. Our Italian friends call La Casermetta a jewel. Freshly painted throughout in 2016, the house nestles in the hills 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 all 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 above, 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, 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 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.
We offer 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.
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 inclusive. 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.
La Casermetta is gorgeous. It is by far the best appointed and most well equipped holiday house we have stayed in. We booked the main house with two other couples and we all had our own space so we could have privacy if we wanted then we would join up as a group in the big friendly kitchen. We found everything we could possibly need, and the wifi was fast and accessible in all the rooms which was handy. Great DVD collection as well. I'll always remember the house and all the helpful advice we were given ahead of the holiday. Thanks Susanne and Joe for your help which was above and beyond, and the lovely memories we took away from our time in your home. We certainly would recommend it highly to others.
The villa is a bit of a drive up a winding road, but it is well worth the short trip. Everything was it top-notch working order and there was everything a person could want for a very comfortable stay. The villa had lots of character and charm but has been modernized with all the comforts. The photos do not do it justice. The rooms are much larger than we expected and the decor was very tasteful and functional.
Suzanne has prepared a wonderful booklet of tips and suggestions and every tour, site and restaurant we explored based on her recommendations was spot-on.
La Casermetta is a beautifully appointed Tuscan home. We were only four persons enjoying a very spacious and comfortable home. The kitchen was large and supplied with absolutely everything you could possibly need for cooking. The road up to the house was not paved. A walk to the nearby village of San Polo was lengthy but doable with good walking shoes. The location was perfect to drive around to all the key towns in the Chianti area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Casermetta.
My Canadian family of 7 had a wonderful time at La Casermetta. The house was perfect and very comfortable for us. The views are incredible in every direction. The small town of San Polo just down the hill is quaint with a couple of grocery stores and restaurants. Florence is approximately 15 km away. Suzanne, the owner was a pleasure to deal with. If you are reading this review, you must without a doubt stay at this villa. I know we will definately go back!
What an incredible place! My family had the privilege of staying at the villa for a week in June, 2016. The pictures do not do it justice. It is rustic and quaint however impeccably refined. The space is perfect to accommodate a family. There are three very large bedrooms and one private loft. Each room has wooden shutters that close on the inside of the window. If you want to take a relaxing day to unwind you can close the shutters and have a dark and private oasis. The kitchen is impressive with a refrigerator that is built into an armoire and a large eat-in table in the center that is perfect for food prep and informal meals. We have cooked several meals in the villa and I loved the stove. The living/dining room is very large and well laid out. The main dining room features a large rustic table that is large enough to seat at least 10 people. Other nice features include a washing machine, dish washer and on demand hot water (a nice touch with 3 bathrooms) we never ran out of hot water.
The location is perfect. It is secluded and private however close to the best places in Tuscany. The views are stunning. Every time you take a turn on the road up the mountain you get a different view and they are all incredible. At the bottom of the hill is San Polo. A quaint town with two grocery stores and a few restaurants. We loved La Posta a restaurant near the gas station. Grassina is a beautiful 10-minute drive from San Polo and is a larger city with more shopping options. 6 Kilometers past Grassina is Florence. The owners have assembled a guide book of all of their recommendations that include descriptions, driving instructions and where to park. There are amazing towns within 30 mins to 1 hour from the villa that are detailed in the book. We had an aggressive schedule for our week and only hit a fraction of the places we wanted to. The book also described a path to walk around the mountain to a section that had amazing views of Florence and the Duomo. It was an easy walk and was another highlight of our trip.
Suzanne, the owner, was very responsive and an absolute pleasure to deal with. Thank you Suzanne for opening your home to our family. We feel blessed to have been tenants if only for a short time and can’t wait until we can return. We will be contacting you soon to schedule the next visit.
La Casermetta is a wonderful, spacious property in the foothills outside of Florence It's an ideal location from which to explore the delightful towns of Tuscany: Pisa, Lucca, Siena and San Gimignano, among others.
The house is just as depicted in the description and pictures and was large enough for a family or multiple couples.
It has a cook's kitchen and we enjoyed several home cooked meals. Would stay here again and highly recommend it!
La Casermetta is situated on a hill 3.5 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.