|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
The rural complex of Villa il Castellaccio, once a fully working farm, is set in a beautiful panoramic position in the heart of Chianti, between Florence, Siena and Arezzo . The apartments, all recently reconstructed from the original farm buildings are furnished in style and comfort with all mod-cons .They all have their own entrances on different sides of the complex giving each a sense of privacy. They share a big terrace with gardens and the main swimming-pool, but often it will seem like you are the only guests, it's always so peaceful and quiet !
Castellaccio 1 sleeps 5 and has: a dining room with fireplace, a well equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms with showers, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 single bedroom. This apartment is on the 1st floor and is reached by an external stairway. It is very luminous and has super views but does not have an immediate outside eating area though guests are welcome to use the dining facilities in the garden by the pool opposite.
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!
It was so nice to leave the July crowds of Florence or San Gimignano and return each day to such a beautiful home set in the vineyard-covered hills of Tuscany. The villa was in a great central location so it was easy to explore Florence, Sienna, Arezzo and the many Tuscan hilltowns (favorites were Montepulciano and Volterra). Leonardo and Roxanne could not have been more welcoming and helpful. They made reservations for us at some wonderful restaurants that we would never have found on our own. I would definitely recommend this villa.
Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
Extras not included: Final cleaning €12 per person , minimum €40
Heating calculated on consumption (Circa Euro 3,50 per hour)
Security Deposit (not a cost) in CASH on arrival, RETURNED to you at end of sojourn-€ 200.
Sojourn Tax not included.
Included in price are: Wi-Fi, all household linen (changed weekly), 1 baby-cot on request, electricity, hot water, gas for cooking . Free parking
Very clean property, nice bedding and towels. Well equipped, spacious apartment.
Outside communal area was ideal, with tables and chairs, pizza oven (a lot harder than it looks!) BBQ (with all charcoal and lighters supplied). All areas were cleaned each day so the areas were immaculate. Pool was great, great shade and loungers available.
We were met on reception and all our questions were answered, rather than having to read lots of documentation.
Would definitely return!
Splendid location, beautiful view, friendly attitude, very clean, spatious, well endowed apartment, nice swimming pool.
A perfect place for a great holiday!
We definitely recommend this villa to our friends.
The villa was very nice. The appartment was more than what we needed but we appreciated it very much nevertheless. The view from our second floor appartment was fantastic. Leonardo, the owner, was a very good host. We had good conversation with him at our arrival and at our departure. The location, in the middle of the Chianti region, was exactly what we were looking for. We do not hesitate to recommand this place. We do believe that the large size of the appartments offered is more suitable for either a family or a group of 4. Thx again Leonardo for the visit of your "museum" and your kind explanation of the vineyard operations!
Leonardo welcomed us with a great smile and took the time to show us this amazing place and helped us with our reservations and provided very valuable tips for our visits (Florence is about 1hr). The Apartments are in the middle of vineyards and olive gardens with amazing views. The facilities are very well maintained (pool, common areas) and the apartment we were in was very well equipped and clean. I highly recommend this place for people wanting to be close to the tourist attractions without being in the middle of that hassle. It is peaceful, beautiful with a great pool to share with other traveler. Lots of fun. Thanks Leonardo!
Castellaccio voldeed volkomen aan de verwachtingen. Prachtig gelegen in een schitterende omgeving. De tuin, het zwembad, de barbecue en pizza oven hadden voor ons en vooral onze (volwassen) kinderen veel meerwaarde. Een auto is noodzakelijk want de dichtstbijzijnde supermarkt ligt op 10 km afstand. In het dorpje Lucolena (2 km) is een klein winkeltje voor de basisboodschappen.
Leonarda is een geweldige gastheer. Hij gaf ons veel tips en was erg behulpzaam en vriendelijk. Zijn wijnproeverij met informatie over het fabriceren van olijfolie en wijn is absoluut de moeite waard. Kortom: Il Castelaccio is een aanrader.
All I can say is WOW!! The pictures can't fully show just how beautiful this property is with the flowers, the beautiful workmanship of the renovations, and lavender and rosemary that grows all around. We loved our apartment which was clean, beautifully decorated and well equipped. The location is wonderful in that it is an easy train ride to Florence, and a 45 minute drive to San Gimignano. And there is a delicious restaurant 5 minutes away from the villa. Leonardo, the manager is very gracious and helpful. I especially loved the large pool which is good for lap swimming. And there is a cute Boddega for shopping near by. I had to tear myself away.
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