Benvenuto a Spannocchia! The property of Spannocchia is home to eight diverse and distinct farmhouses dispersed throughout a nature preserve in the Sienese countryside of Tuscany. The historic architecture of the property has been preserved while maintaining operations as an authentic organic working farm promoting sustainability and responsible land use practices.
Casetta al Leccio is part of the Spannocchia farm and castle estate, about 1.5 km from the main castle structure.
Casetta al Leccio gets its name from the enormous oak (leccio in Italian) tree that towers over the western corner of this little farmhouse nestled among Spannocchia’s grain fields. The lovely ancient tree provides shade in the summer and protection from wind during the early spring and late fall. Located on a hillside covered with barley and wheat, Casetta al Leccio has a terrific view of the Castello on the opposite hill, and offers a glimpse of Siena through a notch in the Montagnola Senese hills.
A pergola covered with roses in the early summer provides a wonderful place to dine al fresco, with views of the grain fields, the cherry trees, and a large rosemary bush that perfumes the air. Inside, a kitchen with a pantry, the dining room, and the living room with a fireplace make up the first floor of the house. The second floor houses the bathroom, with a full tub/shower and washing machine, a bedroom with two twin beds and a view of the fields, and a large master bedroom with a double bed and a view towards the Elsa River valley. There is also a small room outside the master bedroom that can be used as a study or to house an additional guest, if extra space is needed.
The kitchen is stocked with all the items needed to make and serve meals, and we welcome guests to order a harvest basket of organic vegetables from our garden or to try our organic wine, olive oil, honey, or pasta when creating their own versions of a Tuscan dinner. Casetta al Leccio has woodstoves and a fireplace, and is available from April - October.
Please note that all of the facilities listed below are situated at the main complex (20-55 minute walk, about 2 km away) ensuring peace and tranquility at Casetta al Leccio.
Swimming pool, studio and classroom space, full service guest office, dining room open for dinner Monday-Friday, shared telephone, free internet wireless, shop featuring farm products.
Dining available onsite featuring organic products and traditional Tuscan recipes, hiking, cooking classes, language/arts classes, farm tours, product tastings, products available for sale onsite.