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Ms. Catina Cecioni

Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english, italian

Ancient farmhouse near Florence with pool, enchanted spot, artists retreat - Castellare

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Four accommodations, all different, all cosy

Castellare is an ancient building on the high hills that surround Florence (just 20km away). It is set on top of a private hill, invisible from the public street, and completely surrounded by nature. We offer just two accommodations this year, for we have opened an art etching laboratory too. Houses are even more warm and inspiring. The Stalla is our larger one, and is displayed on two floors. Upstairs two spacious bedrooms and a bathroom; downstairs a big open space with a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living room area. The Stalla house is perfect for a family or a small group of friends. In restructuring it we tried to maintain its medieval flavour, so you will find an original stone floor and family pieces of furniture. And lots of art pieces, from well known artists we work with. Music, films and books are at your disposal for more inspiration. Outside the living room door there is a private garden with table and chairs for romantic outside dinner.

the Art possibility: Castellare Art is a new laboratory we have just opened in the Castellare location. We offer a unique service for the Artists, just out of Florence. They can come with loved ones in a holiday facility, in a magical and inspiring location, and at the same time, in the same spot, have maestro Lorenzo Bencini, art printer, realize their etchings in the most wonderful way. Individual seminars for professionals are also held, for a unique insight on the art of etching print.

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Details for Castellare 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, 4 Bathrooms

Castellare is a small farm in the high hills (470 m/1400 ft) surrounded by woods and meadows with 1000 young olive trees. 20 kilometres from Florence, it is a magical place, in a natural environment, intact and unspoiled. The buildings are made of stone and date back many centuries. It is said that, at one time, a small community of nuns lived here. 4 apartments are available, for 2 to 4 persons, each one tastefully furnished and decorated. In the large meadow a swimming pool is at our guest's disposal. Only half an hour from Florence, it is suitable for those wishing to get away completely, yet are unwilling to go without modern conveniences (fireplace, sat. TV, Hi-Fi and washing machine in each apartment).
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ms. Catina Cecioni (Owner)
Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english, italian


based on 9 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

There are not enough words to describe the Paradise of this Place.... First of all, the owner its a wonderful and very familiar person, called Catina. She is always there to help you in anything you need, and shows you the really way of Tuscan people living. We are a young couple of Spain, that used to go there every year, because there you can relaxed and disconnect of everything.

The apartments are full equipped, with all the details you can imagine in Tuscan design. When you arrive to the apartment, a very good surprise is waiting for you there....a home made cake done from Catina that welcomes you in the great Tuscan cuisine!!! Also the surrounding of the property is fascinating with a swimming pool and a very cared garden full with flowers and plants.

Its really a secret Paradise in the Tuscan forest ideal for families or for couples.


Teresa y Pablo

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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We had a wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time.

Florence is near - but far away enough to make ist possible to appreciate the peaceful place at Molino del Piano. The farmhouse is furnished so tastefully, there are gas cookers so the meals we cooked tasted so well and last but not least the warmhearted and kind personality of the host made us fell in love with the place. We recommend the ancient farmhouse and we love to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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  • 5 of 5

I had booked a two week stay at castellare in july, it was absolutely fantastic , romantic wooded setting gorgeous property.The villa I stayed in had a fabulous renaissance ambiance giving me an experience of the tuscan lifestyle I had always imagined, the owner was most gracious and warm , and they made themselves available to our every need, I would definitely reccomend staying here to anyone I know, I had a truly wonderful stay, and plan to return as soon as I can..Vincenzo

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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A perfect stay - as always

  • 5 of 5

We spend two times three splendid weeks at Castellare. We love this place so much and Catina and Giacomo are great hosts, always helpfull, friendly and charming. The little lodges have a lovley interior decoration, the beds are confortable and in the kitchen you find everything you need to make yourself a propper dinner- we both bake and cook a lot there and realy nothing is missing. And if it is realy hot, a swimming pool is there also.

The property of Castellare lies peacefully surrounded by olive trees. With a car you are just mintues away from good restaurants and a little grocery. The City of Florence ist just 30 minutes away. For us Castellare is the perfect mix between a vacation on the countryside and a city trip at the same time. We are really looking forward to our third visit in october 2015.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Very special retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a find! I was looking for an inspiring place to write and explore Tuscany from - I couldn't have found a better launching pad. Catina is a premium hostess, with superb English and so many helpful suggestions. Nothing is too much trouble. The building development is very sensitively done - it has a strong eco feel, in sympathy with the forests, but with only a short train/car ride you're in central Florence. Furnishings are modern and more than comfortable. There are castles to explore nearby, vineyards, forests and olive groves (you can even help harvest!) and village life isn't far away and full of real characters. This was the best start to my love affair with Tuscany - and I'll be returning this year to explore some more, it's thanks to Catina's 'homeaway' hospitality and the very special Castellare.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Perfect for a group of friends

  • 5 of 5

We arranged to meet a group of friends here for a week for my husbands birthday. The 3 separate, well equipped cottages worked perfectly for our group.

Catina the owner was fantastic with great recommendations for restaurants, day trips and non tourist places to visit in Florence. Ask her about the truffle panini!

Unfortunately it wasn't warm enough to use the pool but the heating in the cottages worked well.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Firenze, Amerigo Vespucci.
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Firenze Sud
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The Castellare farmhouse is set in private woods between the tiny villages of Doccia and Fornello, fractions of Molino del Piano, Pontassieve county, in the Florence province. Although it's in a very private spot, it takes minutes to arrive to the closes restaurant and grocery store, and less than a half an hour to get in the centre of Florence. There's also a very convenient train station, in Sieci, 6 km away from Castellare. In a short drive you can get there, park your car safely and for free, and take a commuter train to the centre of Florence. It only takes 15 minutes, and trains are very frequent. There are two horse riding places within a ten minute drive, two golf course within a 25 minute drive, and tennis camps in Molino del Piano. All major cities of Tuscany are within an hour drive, and you could even go to the beach, swim in the sea and come back in a morning.

Other Activities: Wine tasting! food! Florence! peace....


Rates & Availability

Molino del Piano Farmhouse Rental Rates

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high season
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $0

The price is for a occupancy of 8 people in three different units: the Stalla house (4), the Loggia house (2) and the Capanna house (2). Castellare can sleep a maximum of 13 people using the sofa beds, and for each extra person we ask for €10 per day.
Price includes: linen, towels, all utilities, taxes and final cleaning.
A 50% deposit is requested at the moment of reservation. Deposit is refunded in case of cancellation, with at least 90 days of advanced notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Florence Area Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 17 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Stalla bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Loggia bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Capanna bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Stalletta - toilet , combination tub/shower , and bathtub too
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Stalla bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Stalla bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Stalla livingroom - 1 double
    Loggia bedroom - 1 queen
    Loggia livingroom - 1 double
    Capanna bedroom - 1 queen
    Capanna livingroom - 1 double
    Stalletta bedroom - 1 queen
    Stalletta livingroom - 1 twin/ single
  • 5 doubles
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 15 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
These details are referred to the entire Castellare property, which is divided into 4accommodations. Stalla house, for 4-6 people Loggia house for 2-4 people Stalletta house, for 2-3 people Capanna house for 2-4 people

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