The Casetta - Charming honeymoon cottage, off the beaten track in south Tuscany
Peri and David
- english, italian, very basic Spanish
About Peri and David
Yes, we make olive oil! We, Peri and David (who is the one pictured), met by chance in Ciampino airport. We had independently decided to miss the free meal offered to passengers when the flight was delayed and, after spending a few hours with our respective friends in Rome, returned to a deserted airport. We were the only two civilians at Ciampino, as the flight had been transferred to the other airport. So, call it destiny or chance, but we shared a taxi and discovered that we went to North London primary schools in the same road and that we shared a mutual love for southern Tuscany. We have been farming olives there, just outside the village of Seggiano, since the 80's, where I had bought a smallholding after visiting the area for teachings from a very unusual Tibetan teacher. Still learning as we go along, we have the help of farming friends and neighbours. Our hobby turned into a serious business venture when David was suddenly made redundant. By now we are well known by, and integrated with the local community by now, largely because we work with a lot of producers. Our house was never a holiday villa, but always a working farm. The property has been slowly improved and renovated over the years, and it's been our aim to incorporate green technology wherever possible. Our land is certified organic and we are also dedicated mulchers and composters! We still travel too much and hop between Seggiano and London, where our distribution base is. And we are still in love with Southern Tuscany.
Max guests: 3
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
We had such a great time at this cottage. It’s nestled on the outskirts of this small hilltop village. Perfect for relaxing and disconnecting from the world. Peri and David are wonderful. And Beastie the cat takes her job seriously protecting the cottage and welcoming you home every day.
A great vacation
we loved it
Two perfect weeks in Tuscany
We loved staying in this charming very comfortable house . It is situated on a picture perfect property of mature and blooming gardens and olive groves . The views all around are magnificent, including the hill top town of Seggiano across the cascading valley.
It was a pleasure to see young deer and rabbits hopping among the olive trees, and we liked taking our meals outside. Often we would walk down to the local supermarket, through the olive groves. What a treat!
This property is simply to be enjoyed by being here. The aromas, the sounds of bees and butterflies and birds, the colours , will awaken your senses and leave you feeling very tranquil .
Katja was most gracious and attentive in welcoming us , and we felt that way for our whole stay. Two weeks was too short in this lovely corner of southern Tuscany.
There is much to visit and do in the local towns as the region offers ancient history, architectural gems, superb cuisine and wineries, and the most magical vistas.
Yes, this place has it all.
And we are already making plans to return.
So good it hurts to leave
What a beautiful place to chill and explore southern Tuscany. The small but perfectly adequate property is set next to the owners house overlooking Olive groves and the unspoilt village of Seggiano. We ate in the taverna at the very top of the village three times and found the food very nice and the atmosphere welcoming, we did walk it once but managed to find car parking closeby twice. Bar 60 which is easily walkable we did not like although maybe it’s more attractive when it’s warm enough to sit outside. Peri and David are excellent hosts offering help and advice prior to our arrival and the delightful Katja looked after us very well throughout our stay. We found a simply stunning restaurant in nearby Vivo d’Orcia, Taverna Del Pian Delle Mura which is now our favourite in all of Italy but others in neighbouring towns were also of a very high quality. We used the house as a base to explore the surrounding hilltop towns plus Porto Santa Stefano on the coast which is definitely worth a visit.
Fantastic holiday thank you Peri David and Katja
Thanks Sean - so glad to hear your enthusiasm and that you enjoyed your time here.
Thanks for the feedback on the Borgo up at the top of Seggiano and I'll add the Taverna Del Pian Delle Mura restaurant to my top tips.
The cook Stefania at Bar 60's has just become a grandmother and has been away from time to time. Her stand in sous chef is not the best .... it sounds like you might have eaten there when Stef was away. Sorry that it was a disappointment.
Loved the photos you sent - they're great!
Our third visit to this beautiful location and surrounding countryside
This is our third visit to this beautiful little house. In a stunning peaceful location. Well positioned to travel North or South. We visited Siena twice this time, which is about 80 minutes away. Enjoyed a lovely walk up to the top of Seggiano. Also visited Pienza and Cortona. Lovely little towns. The countryside is stunning. Beastie the cat also kept us company a lot of the time that we were relaxing in the garden.
Most evenings we looked a meal and eat outside in the garden
Thanks to Katja who was contactable if there were any problems (there weren't any) if the owners were not staying nearby. 10/10. Just planning our next visit..........
Our farm is a beautiful country base to relax, in between excursions to both the famous centres of renaissance culture and exploring the lesser known gems of southern Tuscany. Thermal pools, the seaside or Bolsena Lake can be reached by car, whilst very near at hand you can enjoy the sculpture garden of Daniel Spoerri, country walks and some excellent restaurants. A shop, ATM and the local bar, including a recommended restaurant, is within walking distance through our olive grove.
Other Activities: Wildlife. Hot thermal pools. Walking. Exploring small villages off-the-beaten-track. Great local food and wine. Unspoilt area off the tourist trail!