|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
The Villa is a typical C19th country residence with luxurious decor and all mod–cons. It has its own private garden with barbecue and swimming pool and is part of a rural complex situated in the heart of the Chianti area in a triangle between Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Arezzo. Ideal for those who wish to see the famous tourist attractions but get away from it all at the end of the day !
The rooms inside are large, luminous and beautifully furnished. All the bedrooms have ensuite bathooms so It's ideal for groups (everyone can get together for meals but still maintain their own pricvacy) On entering you find: a TV room, sitting room, 3 double bedrooms and a twin bedroom. Upstairs from here are 2 rooms under the eves with skylights: a double bedroom and a card playing room with possibility for 2 extra beds (also with private bathroom). Downstairs you find the vast kitchen & dining room with a large fireplace. The laundry room with wc & 2 showers is by the exit onto the garden.
Villa il Castellaccio lies in a panoramic position surrounded by vineyards and olive groves at Lucolena, near Greve, in the heart of the Chianti countryside. It has an independent VILLA (for 10/12 people) with its own private pool & garden and four large APARTMENTS (for 4/6 people) sharing another big swimming pool & gardens. All self catering units. Strategically placed for Florence (only 20 mins by train from nearby Figline) and a comfortable drive from Siena, San Gimignano & Arezzo, makes it an ideal home-base for combining sight seeing and relaxation. Have fun visiting medieval towns like Greve in Chianti, Castellina, Gaiole, Radda and along the way, discover typical restaurants, Castles, Wineries & Nature Reserves. On our hilltop you can find an C11th church and the ruins of the original Castle, destroyed in the C14th strife between Guelfs and Ghibellines. But after an exciting day out it’s great to get back “home” to the fresh country air and a dip in the pool !
Cooking classes and Dinners with Chef: It is possible to organize Cooking classes and Dinners (for those of you who just love the food but don't cook) with a professional Chef who comes to your kitchen on the evening you prefer- it's a great highlight to a stay at Villa il Castellaccio and very popular. You can choose from several menus, all typical Tuscan!!....your kitchen is cleaned up for you after which is nice too!
Wine tasting: We do wine and olive oil tasting in our wine cellar € 5 per person.
There is also a small museum of farming equipment from days gone by.
Trips further afield: Maybe some of you would like to explore more distant places
We can organize day trips or half day excursions to places like Rome, Siena, Venice and the Cinque terre (to name but a few).
With special permits enabling our drivers to go directly into the Historical city centres and often right up to the main monuments and places of interest, means you can concentrate your time enjoying the sights without the hassle of parking, traffic and endless walking.
Another advantage is for the Chianti wine tour; noone has to te-total for driving so you can ALL enjoy the wine!
Villa il Castellaccio is an absolutely delightful place to stay. We have stayed there three times in the last 12 months and intend coming here regularly either just the two of us or with the children and grandchildren. The location is magnificent with beautiful views over vineyards and olive groves. The accommodation is lovely and the pool is just what you need to cool down on one of those hot Tuscan days. There is a lovely bottega in Dudda, just 5 minutes away, which serves gorgeous food and you can buy provisions as well-meats, cheese, bread etc. 20 minutes away is the lovely town of Greve in Chianti-we would recommend Il Terrazzo(prawns coated in hazelnuts a must) and halfway between Greve and Il Castellaccio is Ristorante Borgo Antico-again amazing food and you should try the pear and gorgonzola risotto ( a favourite of Leonardo).
Leonardo is so welcoming and helpful- he will sort out anything you need.
We think this place is amazing and think any one who visits here will thinks so too.
We had a fantastic week's break staying in an apartment at Villa il Castellaccio.
The owner, Leonardo, was on hand to welcome us despite the fact that our flight was delayed which meant that we didn't arrive until the early hours of the morning. He proved to be a consummate host - attentive and helpful but not intrusive.
The Villa is well located for the major towns and cities of the region such as Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Montepulciano but it's sufficiently remote to provide a tranquil break.
Indeed, perhaps our most enjoyable time was spent just lazing by the poolside soaking up the sun and breathing in the country air.
The apartment was well appointed and very comfortable with all the facilities needed in the kitchen to cook.
There was also a communal kitchen room located 50 yards away with two barbecues and a pizza oven complete with patio area. We used this on a couple of evenings to cook some very thick but reasonably priced steaks bought in the local supermarket.
In summary we had a fantastic time and would have no reservations in recommending Villa il Castellaccio. We hope to return again soon.
We had an enjoyable stay at the villa for our family of 11 which included 3 grandsons. Leonardo was very helpful as we planned activities for our week’s stay. He suggested a list of things which we used to put together our plan, and then he arranged for a chef for dinner and cooking class, a guide for Accademia and Ufuzzi museum tours in Florence, and drivers for village tours in the area. Our museum guide was terrific; a professor of art history who provided colorful background for the exhibits in the museums. We appreciated Leonardo’s suggestion to park at the train station in Figline and take the short train ride into Florence for our museum visits.
We ate most meals outside at the large table in the beautiful patio setting. The family enjoyed preparing several pasta dishes and especially enjoyed the whole experience of making pizza dough, and then making a variety of pizzas which we cooked on the wood burning grill at the villa. The highlight was the cooking class which most of our group participated in, and then we all ate for dinner.
The grandsons enjoyed swimming in the pool each afternoon after we returned from our days of sightseeing.
We can’t say enough about the home itself, which provided abundant “space” for our family—four couples, one of whom with three young children. We also can’t say enough about Leonardo’s attentiveness and quick response both in the planning and during our stay.
In the 4 years we have been staying in Home Away properties throughout Europe, this property (Castellaccio #1) is without a doubt the most beautiful, authentic and comfortable place I have ever stayed. It is immaculate and very well appointed. Thank you Leonardo for going out of your way to make our stay a memorable one - from providing maps, lists of restaurants (Dudda was a great one) and local markets (Greve on Saturday is not to be missed) to arranging a very reasonably-priced private tour of Accadema in Florence. Thank you also for the fascinating tour of your museum. It was so nice to see the pride you have in carrying on the business and traditions of your family and passing them on to your children. We rented a car in Figline at Hertz (the only rental agency in town). It was very reasonably-priced and we had no problems whatsoever. Lucho even picked us up at the train station and drove us back when we left. We stayed in Villa Castellaccio for 2 weeks and drove to various villages and hamlets daily. This is a fabulous home base to see all of Tuscany. You can park your car in Figline free of charge all day and take the train to Florence very easily. The tickets can be bought right at the coffee shop or train station. We also did day trips to Pisa, San Gimignano, Sienna, Radda and Lucca. There are so many towns that we simply ran out of time as we wanted to spend the odd day lazing at the beautiful pool. I still wake up every morning and long for the views of the vineyards and olive groves - truly stunning!
Villa Il Castellaccio was one of the very few vacation homes which exceeded our expectations in all respects. The villa is better in real life than in the website photos. Leonardo and his staff epitomized hospitality and professionalism. Our two families (10 peoplein all) stayed for one week and all thoroughly enjoyed it. The villa is extremely large and well appointed. The pool and outdoor area was perfect for relaxing and large outdoor table was ideal for large evening meals. Check in and check out were a breeze and Leonardo took all of any unexpected needs or requests we had. The grounds are very private and quiet at night, yet accessible to many other amenities by short car trip. Several of us also went hiking/running in the surrounding area, which was very scenic. We would definitely recommend this villa for a Tuscany vacation, and intend to return when next we are able to visit this idyllic region.
The photos posted really do not give this property justice. It was beautiful and very well situated. We were a group of 2 families, 10 in total and we stayed in the largest of the villas. It was ideal for our group, with plenty of space for everybody. The kitchen facilities were unparalleled in comparison to any other private accommodation that I've stayed in previously. The pool area was a wonderful amenity and provided an excellent way to spend an entire day. The host, Leonardo was very welcoming and helpful. On one occasion, when we locked ourselves out of the villa, his response to our plight was immediate and effective. His staff who maintain the property, were lovely and always present to assist. If I was looking for a villa to stay in the Tuscany region, I would look no further than this property.
The Chianti area is a small but stunningly beautiful part of Tuscany. Explore the famous rolling hills 'Le dolci colline' depicted in Renaissance Art, and discover castles, wine cellars, Typical eating places & craftshops and the many medieval towns, like Greve, Radda, Gaiole and Castellina. Perhaps you may come upon one of the local gastronomic events(called Sagre) or an antique fair and there is always a market somewhere every day ! As we are central, you can reach most places in minimum 5 to max.40 mins. The main cities of Tuscany; Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Lucca, Pisa & Volterra are also close at hand, and don't forget the fashion outlets The Mall & Prada !! both near Figline. From there you can hop on a train and be in Florence in just 20 mins (we supply timetables). In a day you can even reach the coast for places like Le Cinque Terre and romantic Porto Venere. The nearest villages for food stores and Typical Trattorias are Lucolena and Dudda,only 1km away.
Other Activities: Cooking class/dinner,wine tasting, Day trips with chauffeur,Walking tours.
Golf: Ugolino Golf: 18 Holes, just 10 Km