Built in the 1200s, Master Quarters 220 sq meters, 2 Suites, 4 hectares of parc
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I am a hard working professional, multicultural multilingual experienced traveler and leisure-time sailor. The profession and in general Life are full of challenges and tension. In my mind this property catalyzes peace and introspection, excellent karma if i may dare to say!
Gil purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2016
Why Gil chose Pontassieve
In a few words, Florence with all its museums, churches, shopping, restaurants, services, attractions, Chianti Region, all major touristic attractions of Tuscany, e.g., Siena, Montepulciano, San Sepolcro, charme, uniqueness, space, land, environment, proximity to train/highway/air links. More explicitly, the Estate represents the "best of both worlds", the beauty and peace of the Chianti hillsides and the metro/artistic/alive ambiance of Florence. The property is 15 km from downtown Florence, in the Northern Hills of the Chianti Region with stunning views of the Tuscan hills and the Arno River Valley, hence wonderful evenings on one of the terraced spaces or balconies, sipping Chianti wine over cheeses, breads, prosciutto, salame, bresaola, etc., a myriad of items from the Tuscan culinary tradition, excellent crusty breads, all bought at the local Coop store, in the Village one kilometer away. Or in one of the many wineries of the Chianti region. And another day or evening, a more metropolitan, "cultural", urban experience in Florence, downtown Florence a gunshot away, less than ~15 km, excellent train connection as well, railway station at 3 kilometers with free parking space. Visiting museums, shopping, a gourmet meal after an aperitif in world renowned bars and restaurants. That much for location, a duality if you will, to pick and choose one of the faces of the properties depending on your mood and desire.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
A Chianti, Tuscan Hills experience at its fullest. Yet 15 km from Florence, 25 km from Florence Airport or 20 minutes train ride to downtown Florence. 3 hours drive to Rome, 2 hours drive to Bologna and a bit less to the Mediterranean Sea, less than 1 hour drive to Bilancino Lake. A multi-faceted experience, or one only depending on your desire. A country-life experience in the Tuscan Hills, or a tranquil base for day trips to Florence and Chianti wineries.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Una experiencia unica Toscana
Estuvimos en esta propiedad a fines de junio y la pasamos de maravilla. La casa como un cuento, de piedra medieval, jardines y alrededores para relajarse y soñar. Adentro, inmaculada, con todo lo que se necesita. El anfitrión muy amable y super disponible. Recomiendo automovil para explorar la region. Se llega a Florencia en tren muy fácilmente. Hay dos pueblos cercanos donde hacer la compra y donde encontramos varios restaurantes. Esta fue nuestra más memorable experiencia en la Toscana. Deseamos volver y pronto.
Muchas gracias por tu review Larisa. Tiene toda la poesia de la bella lengua castellana y claramente de tu isla de origen y de sueno en los Caraibes, aunque territorio USA!
Me gustaria muchisimo conocerlos, asi' que acuerdate, si vuelven y yo estoy, un par de noches mis huespedes en la Torre y nos vamos todos a cenar Toscano en un restaurante increible, en los bosques!
Unique setting for our Tuscany vacation
We loved the villa and setting of this very unique property. The villa itself is so interesting with comfortable rooms, a nice kitchen and interesting grounds to explore. The views are breathtaking! The fragrant smells of flowers on the terrace and sounds of birds in the morning was a wonderful start to each day’s adventure. Our host, Gil, was exceptionally welcoming and informative. We hope to visit again one day soon!
Joan et al.,
A real pleasure to have you as guests, my invite for your next trip is real, so let me know!
Best to y'all
Stunning Views of Chianti Countryside
Overall, we enjoyed our stay immensely at Torre Casalta. This special property is just as described in its layout with its spacious rooms and terraces. Being country folk ourselves, we felt right at home at the top of this hill. There are good walks right out the front door, (evenings strolls are especially delightful with serenades offered by a lively cuckoo bird), and many little villages nearby to explore. Firenze (Florence) is only a few train stops away, and Torre Casalta is at the door of the Chianti region. Our favorite day was spent wandering aimlessly on the backroads from Pontiessieve to Siena (via Radda). Gil, the property owner, is the consummate host who will make you feel most welcome with frequent communication and recommendations. If you plan to have a car and are looking to stay away from the hustle and bustle of a city...and are open to the idea of staying at lodging outfitted as a vacation home...then Torre Casalta is the perfect choice.
Thank you Marcia for your kind words - Not so sure i am a consummate host as much as i live the property by proxy and thoroughly enjoy having guests that appreciate it- and so does my team, since they take it the Italian way, i.e., personally.
A privilege having you and your family as guests !
Wishing all of you the best!
This place is for you if you looking for basic comfort in a rustic environment surrounded by nature. While a little difficult to negotiate the narrow winding access road you will find plenty of room for your activities. Internet connection is quite good. The place is central to make trips to nearby landmarks such as Siena and St Gimignano. The nearby rail station will allow to be in the vey center of Florence in 20 minutes. Nearby wineries let you tour their cellars,
Taste and buy their estate wines
Overall good value for the money.
Rustic perhaps, yet a 7-digits rustic property i must say!
Indeed originally a Torre, a watchtower dating to the Florentine Republic, with an effort during remodeling to respect the typical traits of Tuscan architecture of the period, in terms of dimensions, shapes, morphology and materials. You will not find a Corian counter top! Our goal was not to duplicate a modern city dwelling! Quite on the contrary. to create a retreat from those, e.g., a fully equipped kitchen, even with a central island, but wood counter tops; no stools, yet a separate kitchen table with chairs and a sofa (above and beyond the more formal dining room), etc.
An environment we and most if not all our guests so far loved!
This was the most awesome place if you like peace and quiet.
However the bathroom facilities left something to be desired. As well the furniture in the sunroom is badly due for replacement.
Definitely not a downtown Marriott Hotel Suite, as clearly stated in the Listing, e.g., triangular shower, door to balcony and parquet floor in portions of one bathroom and su and temperature aged furniture in the, sunroom you say, greenhouse in reality.
This is the type of experience we as Owners like to have when there. Same type of experience we want to give our Guests. A watchtower structure originally built in the 1200s, 2200 ft2 Master Quarters, 10 acres, olive trees, fruit trees, balconies and terraces, on the top of the hill at the end of a private road, in the North East part of the Chianti region and all of it 10 miles or so from Florence!
Lovely castle in Tuscany close to everything.
The host was so welcoming and made it very easy to find the location, as the castle is quite secluded.
Michael unfortunately only one paragraph of your review reached the HA/VRBO system!
Thks though and a pleasure to have you as well!
The Tower itself, "la Torre" dates to 1255 AD. Indeed it has a name, we will disclose it privately upon completion of the reservation, so as to allow you to refer to your history books!).
The complex consists of three independent Quarters, only one is being rented, the "Casa Padronale" (Master Quarters). HENCE EXTRA GUESTS MAY BE EASILY ACCOMMODATED (see below). The Master Quarters ("la Casa Padronale") spans over ~220 sq. meters (~2200 sq. feet) with two independent Suites each with bathroom-en-suite configuration. The Estate itself encompasses ~4.5 hectares (~11 acres) of land.
The property is on the hills of the Arno River, East-South East of Florence, Northern edge of the Chianti Region ("DOC Chianti Rufina"). Originally, in the XIII Century, a Watchtower. It has the beauty of those hills, with olive, oak, cypress, pine trees and a stunning view of the Chianti Region to miles and miles away. And it is 15 km from Florence.
The Torre Estate allows to experience the life of a "Tuscan chateau", firewood places, home cooked dinners, relaxing in the yard and terraces sipping Chianti wine, or walking or hiking in the property and enjoying beautiful sunsets. And all of this, a gunshot from Florence!
Not to mention the many little restaurants, osterias, trattorias within a 5 kms radius, with typical Tuscan Cuisine, at extremely reasonable prices. Further, the property being as it is on the Northern edge of the Chianti Region, puts some of the most prestigious wineries well within reach and allows for unique day trips, tours, excursions and wine shopping.
Or a visit to one of the most famous outlet shopping mall, the "Mall" in via Europa 8, Leccio - a half-hour drive or so to indulge in brand-names shopping, e.g., Giorgio Armani, Brioni, Balenciaga, Burberry, Dolce&Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Pomellato, Pucci, Saint Laurent, Valentino & Zegna -the whole "Gucci Pucci Fiorucci" gamma!
A second more reasonable outlet mall in Barberino.
Alternatively, the “Torre Estate” experience may be taken as a "trip to Florence", without its congestion, traffic and cost. A 5 kilometers easy drive to the railway train station, with ample free parking, will get you in ~20-30 minutes by (frequent) train ride to the downtown Florence Train Station, ~2-3 EUR fare. Spend the day in Florence, with all it has to offer in terms of its arts, performances, museums, shopping, sightseeing, tours, boutiques, restaurants and then back to the Torre after or for dinner. Or drive to Florence, ~10 miles (~15 km) by car.
In conclusion, you may experience a mix of the beauty of the Tuscan Hills and the City of Florence in its splendor. It will make for a memorable vacation.
The complex consists of the Torre proper and its two additions. It develops over three independent Quarters, hence EXTRA GUESTS MAY BE EASILY ACCOMODATED for an extra per-diem fee.
The Master Quarters ("la Casa Padronale") consist of two independent Suites each with its own bathroom, (two sofa-beds for three extra guests may be deployed, extra charge as per Listing), living room, formal dining room, fully equipped kitchen, day room sofa' and table/chairs, greenhouse (Jardin d'Hiver) with wet bar and table/chairs, over an area of ~2200 sq ft (~220 sq meters). Completed by panoramic views, many terraces and balconies, outside table and chairs, fireplace, grill, washing machine, internet-WiFi, TV and much more.
The Guest Quarters ("il Fienile") consist of a bedroom, bathroom, living/dining room with fireplace and kitchen, over an area of ~ 800+ sq ft (~80+ sq meters). We may discuss if interested its rental as well.
Finally the Tower itself ("la Torre"), extending over two floors, second and third floors of the construction itself, plus the terrace at the top, kitchen, dining room, fireplace, bedroom suite with bathroom-en-suite and an extra bathroom for guests on one level, large open space living/bed room on the second level, terrace on the third level, over an area of ~1200 sq feet (~120 sq meters), not available as a rental at present.
If this property and its location so far attract you and you are considering a stay, feel free to contact me with any questions, clarifications or concerns – we are proud of the Estate and we are happy to share it and discuss it with others.
Chianti Wineries, Florence, Siena, all of Tuscany
RESTAURANTS detailed list will be sent upon completion of reservation
Artemide Restaurant (my preferred one)
vis di Galiga 21
Torre al Sasso Ristorante e Pizzeria
via Montetrini 51
strada provinciale Molino del Piano
Molino del Piano
La Bottega a Rosano, (excellent for lunches)
via Primo Maggio, 10
Localita Rosano (Rignano sull'Arno)
GROCERIES - SUPERMARKETS
The "Coop" chain in Tuscany is a regional institution - 1.5 km away, small but fully stocked, groceries, produce, wines, sandwiches made to order with Tuscan bread or pizza and Tuscan cheeses, prosciutto, etc., - very nice staff