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Purely Tuscany: Historic aristocratic villa, large panoramic swimming pool, park - Casa Vecchia Cucina (Apartment for 4 persons)

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Casa Vecchia Cucina (Apartment for 4 persons)

Our apartments in the villa are rather rustic, but truly unique in their typical Tuscan atmosphere. Those who love old buildings will definitely feel at home here. In summer the thick walls keep the villa from heat, in spring and autumn they can be heated.

'Casa Vecchia Cucina' houses as a special piece of jewellery the old manorial kitchen, which has been stylishly combined with a modern fitted kitchen. The apartment is furnished with rustic old furniture, and we made sure that everything which should be new is furnished new: bathroom, mattresses and bed frames. If you love old buildings and old furniture, you will definitely feel comfortable in this great original home. A directly adjoining Tuscan courtyard serves as outdoor seating area.

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About the property

Villa Meleto

'Villa Meleto' is a Tuscan aristocratic residence under family ownership since 16th Century. It has four spacious and typical Tuscan apartments in its historic walls for 2 to 4 persons, and a separate, very large house 'La Fattoria' connected directly to the villa for up to ten persons.

A wonderfully located, commonly used large swimming pool (15x7m), which is up to three metres deep and where you can swim properly, is open for our guests from April to mid October.

Get enchanted by the magical beauty of the villa and our estate. Enjoy the stunning panorama of this unique landscape with a walk through our park between historic statues, boxwood hedges and lemon trees.

'La Fattoria' (for ten persons) is an independent and self-contained portion of Villa di Meleto. In 2010, we renovated 'Fattoria' and blended the historic charm with modern comforts. A special kind of jewel is the spacious kitchen (35 m2) with its historic charm. Tuscan delights have always been prepared on the marble countertop in the centre of the kitchen. Apart from a large dining room with an old large dining table, the home comprises of a living room on the first floor, five bedrooms and three bathrooms. A wonderful, eye-captivating, bright courtyard (110 m2) with direct access from the kitchen invites you with its warm colours to hang around and feast extensively and so does the (commonly used) barbecue terrace with its panoramic view overlooking the Elsa valley up to the distant Apennines. 'Fattoria' also includes a shady terrace under a typical Tuscan loggia, which offers a breathtaking view of the landscape.

The apartments in the villa are rather rustic, but truly unique in their typical Tuscan atmosphere. Those who love old buildings will definitely feel at home here. In summer the thick walls keep the villa from heat, in spring and autumn they can be heated.

'Casa Vecchia Cucina' (for four persons) houses the old kitchen, where they cooked for the aristocratic people in earlier days. We have left it in its original state to a great extent, but added a modern fitted kitchen for your convenience. Two large bedrooms with antique beds (but with modern bed frames and mattresses) and a modernised bathroom complete the apartment. A small courtyard, maintained in Tuscan colours, and decorated with flowers in terracotta pots, adjoins the apartment, where you can sit undisturbed outside.

'Casa Zia Elvira' (for four persons), named after a noble aunt of the family who lived here before when she was visiting, has two very large bedrooms with antique canopies which hang high above the beds (fitted with modern slatted frames and mattresses). It also includes a small kitchen area with fitted kitchen, dining room and an upgraded bathroom. Directly along the apartment adjoins a 100 m2 large terrace, which offers a fantastic view through the cypress trees and into the countryside. The terrace is shared with the neighbouring apartment 'Casa Zio Toio'. If you want to make a holiday together with friends, this combination is perfect. Each family then has its own separate, complete apartment and shares the beautiful terrace. You can also rent just 'Casa Zia Elvira' separately.

'Casa Zio Toio' (2-3 persons) is named after a noble uncle, who formerly was often visiting here. Even this apartment has a large canopy in the bedroom on top of the antique bed, which, like all our beds, is equipped with new bed frames and mattresses. The apartment is designed extremely spacious with 100 m2 of living space. In a niche behind the spacious dining room there is a single bed for a third person. A large kitchen (fully equipped) and a modernised bathroom complete the apartment. The apartment includes a 100 m2 large terrace with panoramic view that is shared together with the residents of 'Casa Zia Elvira' (see above)

Personal atmosphere: The owner of Meleto wants to preserve the typical mix of a manor house representing aristocrats and the Tuscan Fattoria, in farming operation. Meleto is therefore not a sterile resort that is anonymously operated by a holding company. It is rather a place where the family lives for centuries. You will be personally welcomed by the German landlady, who is always available for tips.

Meleto offers you both: Sociability and tranquillity. On the shared areas, you can socialize with other guests. And you can also withdraw and relax in your private area.

Do you dream of a wedding in a land where lemon trees bloom? We offer you the villa, park and our apartment for your wedding. You just need to say 'Yes!' and we will take care of the rest: Formalities, accommodation for your guests, wedding menu, photographers, music, flowers, hairdresser - but most of all: a dream setting!

For your dining pleasure: If you want to set your Tuscan culinary skills free, you have a good grocery available in the area. In Castelfiorentino (8 km) you will find a very well stocked supermarket with fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, and many specialties of Tuscan cuisine. At Lido, a small but good grocery store nearby, you can shop even on Sundays until late at night. Smaller and larger farmer's markets are there almost every day in one of the neighbouring towns. If you want to grill, our barbecue area overlooking Tuscany is available for you.

If you do not want to cook, we would gladly suggest you where to find the right restaurant for your taste. From the simple and inexpensive pizzeria on the nearby hill over the typical Tuscan trattoria in Corazzano to the top-class restaurant in Certaldo Alto you'll find something for every taste and budget. We have put together a small list of restaurant recommendations for you, which you will find in your accommodation. In addition, a detailed 'Manual instructions for Meleto' is there for you, with tips for trips in the near and far surrounding, useful tips and aids of all kind and if you still have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always approachable.

Running, hiking, mountain biking in Tuscany: Have you been in Tuscany sometime already? The gently rolling hills and mild climate is an ideal training spot for the whole year. Even in July and August the morning and evening hours offer enough space to enjoy the Tuscan landscape in a different way. A medieval age pilgrim road passes along Meleto: Via Francigena. It is less travelled by, a little bit hilly and unpaved. From your doorstep you can walk past the pines and olive trees, vineyards and sunflower fields, forests and meadows. If you rather love to run on flat surface, you can run below the hill in the Elsa Valley along the river and admire Meleto from below. For long-distance runners, both the routes can also be connected together, without having to spend much time on paved roads. The landlady would suggest you where to go. Do not forget your running shoes! Of course you can also hike or drive on the road with mountain bike.

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Charlotte Tacke (landlady on site)
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Charlotte Tacke (landlady on site)

For nearly 20 years, I live with my German - Italian family in Meleto and take care of our holiday guests together with my husband. My husband, Marchese Fabrizio Ghelli Luserna di Rorà, is heir to the aristocratic property that is in family ownership for nearly 500 years. He is an architect and has personally taken up the careful renovation of buildings and apartments into his own hands. I am a historian, have studied in Germany, France and Italy, and I take care of our guests during the holiday season. Our sons were born in 1994 and 1997 and grew up bilingual. You will always find a German-speaking contact person in Meleto and, if necessary, an interpreter. Also you can contact us for any special requests prior to your trip (about reservations to museums, bicycles, cultural events, concerts, etc.). We will try to be helpful as much as we can.

Charlotte Tacke (landlady on site) purchased this apartment in 1569

Why Charlotte Tacke (landlady on site) chose Castelfiorentino

Meleto is a typical Tuscan aristocratic property with a protected historic villa in the centre, which sits widely visible on a hill overlooking the Elsa valley. With its idyllic park, its scenic views and its historic charm you feel like being in the middle of Tuscany at any time. A guest once aptly called Meleto as 'Castle you can touch' because we have made every effort to preserve the historic, stately substance of the property, and to make it more family-friendly at the same time. Here you can withdraw, read, and relax back, jog or walk, and also arrange to meet with other guests for a barbecue on our grill terrace, swim in the pool or splash, play football, chess, table tennis etc. During holiday periods in Meleto often form the entire 'kids gangs' playing together and let their parents enjoy their holiday in peace. In addition to our soccer field there is now a large central lounge available (with internet connection), where children and young people can meet in the evening (play table tennis, board games, cards or just surf), without disturbing the other guests.

Outside of holiday periods, Meleto is the right destination for childless couples or groups of friends who especially want to explore Tuscany. With its quiet but central location in the triangle of Florence, Siena and Pisa, which are each less than an hour away, Meleto is the perfect starting point to visit all the attractions of Tuscany. We will be happy to give you tips and hints for the cultural, scenic and culinary treasures of the region, like for e.g., how to reach Florence conveniently with the train.

What makes this apartment unique

In Meleto you can also celebrate with small and large groups in a typical Tuscan atmosphere. 'Casa Lucia' (8 persons) and 'La Fattoria' (10 persons) are especially good for parties especially in the closer circle. There you are all by yourself, and can not disturb anyone.

For bigger parties (100 to 150 persons) in the veranda of the villa and our park, we request you to arrange your requirements and your party timings with us so that you can celebrate freely and not interfere with other guests. We can accommodate about 40 persons and help you, if required, in finding other accommodations in the area. We handle a catering service and will support you in the preparations. For questions, appointments and a cost-estimate I will be gladly available. If you are planning in the long run, you can of course, make a holiday with us for a 'trial', and then we can discuss everything in peace.

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Bettwäsche, Handtücher (nicht für den Swimmingpool) und Geschirrtücher sind im Preis inbegriffen. Frische Handtücher werden wöchentlich zur Verfügung gestellt.

Bedding, bath towels (not including pool towels) and kitchen towels are included in price. Fresh towels are available weekly.

La literie, les serviettes (mais pas pour la piscine) et les torchons sont compris dans le prix. Les serviettes sont mises à disposition chaque semaine.


Castelfiorentino Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our apartments in the villa are rather rustic, but truly unique in their typical Tuscan atmosphere. Those who love old buildings will definitely feel at home here. In summer the thick walls keep the villa from heat, in spring and autumn they can be heated. 'Casa Vecchia Cucina' (for four persons) houses the old kitchen, where they cooked for the aristocrat people in earlier days. We have left it in its original state to a great extent, but added a modern fitted kitchen for your convenience. Two large bedrooms with antique beds (but with modern bed frames and mattresses) and a modernised bathroom complete the features of the residence. A small courtyard, maintained in Tuscan colours, and decorated with flowers in terracotta pots, adjoins the apartment, where you can sit undisturbed outside.


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Casa Vecchia Cucina (Apartment for 4 persons)
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Eine wunderbare Zeit

  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten wunderschöne 2 Wochen in dieser herrlichen Villa. Der Blick auf die Toskana ist sehr schön. Das Anwesen ist gepflegt und alles ist gut organisiert. Der Pool ist groß und schön gelegen, wo man auch mal einen Tag ohne Tour verbringen kann. Casa Vecchia Cucina ist genau richtig für eine 4-köpfige Familie, mit einem kleinen Innenhof den man privat und im Schatten des Morgens zum Frühstück verwenden kann.

Die Vermieterin ist sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit, auch wenn mal etwas nicht klappen sollte. Sehr gut war auch die Informationsmappe die sie zur Verfügung stellt, wo alle großen und kleinen Dinge der Umgebung vorgestellt und erklärt wurden, mit Tips für Restaurants die man sonst nie finden würde. Auch Kleinigkeiten stimmen, wie z.B. das Waschmittel vorhanden war. Das hat den Start sehr leicht gemacht.

Fattoria Meleto ist zentral gelegen wenn man die nördliche Toskana besuchen möchte. Alle großen Ziele sind ca. 1 Std. weg.

Wir haben uns dort sehr wohl gefühlt und denke gerne an die 2 Wochen zurück. Wir werden gerne eine Empfehlung auch an Freunde weitergeben.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie mille! Ich freue mich, dass Sie sich bei uns wohl gefühlt haben.
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Einfach Wunderbaaaaar!

  • 5 of 5

Dier herrliche Blick auf die toskanische Ebene und vor allem die Glühwürmchen im Garten !!! So etwas habe ich noch nie erlebt.!!

Ein wunderbarer Ort - unbedingt empfehlenswert!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Die stille "Glühwürmchendisko" können wir leider nur im Frühjahr (Mai/Juni bieten) - gestern (7.Juli) flog wohl das letzte für dieses Jahr einsam an uns vorüber. Jetzt haben die Grillen lautstark das Kommando übernommen. Bis bald wieder in Meleto!
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Gerne wieder

  • 5 of 5

Nach spontaner Buchung sind wir sehr kurzfristig und unkompliziert in der wunderschönen Villa di Meleto untergekommen und haben dort jeden Tag genossen. Sowohl die Wohnung als auch die gesamte Anlage haben einen sehr angenehmen, authentischen Charme. Die Vermieterin war immer ansprechbar und sehr hilfsbereit.

Da wir nur 4 Tage vor Ort waren, konnten wir den großen Pool am Rande eines bezaubernden Gartens gar nicht so ausgiebig nutzen, wie er es verdient hätte. Für uns war die Lage der Unterkunft eine ideale Ausgangsbasis für Ausflüge nach San Gimignano, Siena, Florenz und Pisa.

Wir werden gerne wieder zurückkommen.

Anne & Matthias

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ich freu mich also auf ein Wiedersehen - dann vielleicht mit ein wenig mehr Zeit im Gepäck.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Pisa and Florence
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Lido (with a wide variety of food products)
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
San Miniato
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Empoli Ovest
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Pizzeria I'Grillo (secret tip: inexpensive +good)
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Mediterranean Sea
Car: necessary

The location of Villa di Meleto is ideal for Tuscany travellers. Florence, Siena, Pisa and Volterra are each about 50 km away, and in the vicinity there are smaller places with the Tuscan charm: Vinci, Certaldo Alto, San Gimignano, San Miniato and Empoli. In less than an hour's drive you can reach the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. If you prefer to relax and enjoy the Tuscan countryside, you can walk, hike or go for mountain biking on Via Francigena, one of the most significant pilgrimage routes of Europe in the medieval age, which passes directly along the Villa di Meleto. Of course you can also just lay back in a deck chair or sit at the table and enjoy the breathtaking view of the stunning Tuscan countryside from the hill. Many cheap airlines offer low rates on flights from Germany to Pisa. From there you can reach Meleto in 3/4 hour.

Other activities: Soccer field, running, park chess in the garden, bike rental in Castelfiorentino