|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
The Loggia house is a two people accommodation, meant to offer romantic moments throughout the day. The kitchen has a very lovely view on the olive trees that spread for three hectares behind the house; it's very pleasant to cook with fresh herbs from the garden, listening to music, or simpy the chirp of birds, and having the sky brighten the room. The livingroom has a peculiar architecture, with a stone column, and an original 'pietraserena' floor. A fireplace is in the corner, and it can be a pleasant companion while reading a good book. The sofa opens into a bed, if needed, for two extra people. The bathroom has a shower and features, a very pretty window with a view on the trees, and little monodose soaps, shampooes and body lotions for a relaxing moment. The bedroom is on the loft, under a ceiling of wooden beams.
Castellare is an ancient building complex 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 four accommodations, warm and inspiring, and a swimming pool is in the main lawn.
The Stalla is our larger accommodation and is displayed on two floors. Upstairs two spacious bedrooms (a double and a triple) and a bathroom; downstairs a big open space with a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable livingroom area. The Stalla house is perfect for a family or a small group of friends. In restructuring it we tried to maintain its rustic and antique charme, so you will find an original stone floor and family pieces of furniture. Outside the livingroom door there is a private garden with table and chairs of wood.
The Loggia has an independent kitchen with a pretty view, a livingroom, a bathroom, and a bedroom on a loft under a roof of old beams. There's a private patio with table and chairs just outside the kitchen's door.
The Stalletta is a charming small accommodation with a bedroom, a spacious bathroom, and a room with a kitchen, a dining area, and a lovely relaxing area with a sofa (that can be used as a day bed) that has been custom made with parts of antique wood. Just outside there is a private little garden with table and chairs and a stone barbeque.
The Capanna is a small cottage of stone, with a bedroom, a bathroom, and a room with a kitchen a livingroom and a dining area. It's walls have been maintained in stone on the inside too, whitewashed to give more light and brightness. This retreat too has a small private patio with table and chairs.
All accommodations have sofabeds for one or two extra people to be welcomed. We also have cots and high chairs for babies, at guests disposal.
For a few years we had an etching workshop on the premises, and we have enjoyed the experience of welcoming artists for long stretches of time. Writers too embraced the inspiring nature of Castellare to come and work on their writing projects. This is why, although we have moved the etching workshop to another location, we still have special rates in the winter for those who wish to come and dedicate themself to art; may it be writing, painting, or even the exploration of oneself.
Many of the pieces of art you will see in the houses have been produced here.
My name is Catina, and my family and I (my partner and my son) also live on the spot. This property was bought by my grandparents, and it has always been a holiday home for family and friends while I was growing up. I have been the first permanent resident though, for now almost twenty years, and I adore living immersed in nature in close proximity with the wildlife. Expecially deers. The restructuration of the house took some time during which I started really enjoying all things "home", from furniture to textiles to ceramics. Offering guests a holiday retreat with the warmth and care of a home , in the peace of nature, has become a passion as well as my job.
Ms. Catina Cecioni purchased this farmhouse in 1959
Castellare's unique feature is it's location, completly sorrounded by nature. A driveway of about 700 meters connects the buildings to the main road, a charming winding street called Via di Parga with some breathtaking views. Then the driveway in the woods, where one feels the strains of contemporary life stay behind as the transformative power of nature takes over. Every time I come back from the center and the driving in traffic , I feel restored.
The house appears after the last curve as the most cherished retreat, a place where I have always felt welcomed, from the day I moved in, and it was just the cat and I. Although Castellare really conveys the feeling of being out of time, the neaby village of Molino del Piano (about 5 km away , downhill), embraced me like family. The people have something magical about them, as they are open and friendly and kind, and we easily bonded. To try and participate to local life, like going sometimes for breakfast or a coffee at the local bar ("bar" in Italian is a caffetteria), play tennis in the village courts, or even try the weekly appointment at the free cinema, may give a glimpse to what it means to live in the area. It's a life of simple pleasures, lots of smiles, friendship and all the inspiration one can wish for in perfect reach, may it be the opera , art to last for a lifetime of awe, the discovery of surprising corners of nature, the wandering in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy.
The benefit I try to offer guests if the comfort of a cozy home, where it's a joy to return to after a day of adventures. I like that we are small, with just four accommodations. It's not luxury that I love, but the uniqueness of handmade things, silence, and the stories of people from the world. There are many mega resorts in Tuscany, but very few settings like this, unspoilt, and a bit magic.
The price of €560 is referred to a 2 people occupancy. For three people it's €590, and for 4 people it's €630.
The price includes linen and towels, all utilities, and final cleaning.
We ask for a 50% deposit to confirm the reservation. Please enquire for long term low season stays.
The pictures do not do this property justice! What a fantastic place to stay. Our family of four, two adults and two teenagers, enjoyed it immensely. Catina is a wonderful, thoughtful hostess. When She realized we were going to be arriving later in the day, she offered to buy basic groceries for us as we might not make the store in time. She recommended a nearby cooking school run by a friend, and we decided to give it a try. What a fabulous experience for us as a family. This was one of the highlights of our stay in Italy. The property is very quiet and relaxing, with a wonderful pool. Don't let the driveway intimidate you on the way in, this destination is well worth the effort! The stay was everything we were hoping for and more. We've already recommended this location to others and would definitely stay here again.
Castellare is a beautiful building nestling in gardens and woodland in the Tuscan countryside. This was a truly lovely and exceptional holiday. Loggia, where we stayed for a week, is totally in keeping with its surroundings. Rustic, simply furnished, and brimming with character - lots of stone and wood, original prints on the walls, and an interesting selection of books to read. The kitchen, with huge windows overlooking the gardens, and olive trees, was bathed in sunlight in the morning, and a great space to prepare breakfast, lunch and supper to eat outdoors. Birdsong and butterflies filled the air and sky. The pool, surrounded by flowers and fruit trees, was a lovely way to cool down, and relax. Wanting to explore the surrounding area, we found some lovely woodland trails nearby, which took us further into the Tuscan countryside. The views are stunning. Many of these walks started at the nearby village of Santa Brigida, where there was also a couple of shops to buy lovely cheeses, olives and breads. Molina del Piano, which was close by, was also a good place to shop. One day, for a contrast, we took the train from Sieci, close to Castellare, into Florence. We visited the outdoor, and indoor markets, walked across the Arno, and took in the atmosphere of this beautiful, and lively city.
Catina was a lovely host. She made sure we had what we needed, helped us to settle in, and then gave us space and privacy to enjoy ourselves. There were other couples, and a family with children staying in the other cottages, and the atmosphere was one of enjoyment, friendliness, and relaxation.
In a few words....beautiful, outstanding, exceptional. Thank you Catina.
Seriously I don't know what to write, there is not enough words to describe how magical is this place.it's located in the most beautiful area in Tuscany, surrounded by olives trees, forest,you can see deer running around every morning,.. Just few minutes away by car of this little town called, Molino del Piano, where you can get all the goods you may need. Really well connected with Florence...
We stayed at the loggia house, it's beautiful, clean, peaceful, just perfect!!!
And the most important thing, you will have the opportunity to meet Catina and Giacomo, the hosts, they will take good care of you. If you visit This place you will never want to leave it.
We spent about a month in one of Catina's lovely apartments, with our boy (3) and girl (1) and our dog. It was a very charming and cozy cottage-style flat, with beautiful view over forest and olive trees. Catina, the owner, is a very friendly and open-minded arty person and I adored the beautiful and stylish way she has decorated her apartments. Beautiful stay, very relaxing. A magical old building in the middle of fields and forest! Our children had a great time playing outside with us in the unspoild nature that surrounds the house. Molina del piano is the next village and only a few kilometres away with a lovely fresh bakery and playground in front (great for a panini on the bench, while the children are playing:-) Highly recommended!
Castellare is more than just a beautiful and historic farmhouse that once used to be a castle. It is a place where all your dreams that you every had about Tuscany and Florence are realised. The ambience sets the mood for tranquility and a sense of wellbeing. Catina and her family become your own as their kindness, generosity and hospitality is plentiful. My little girl and I stayed there for 6 weeks and we had the privilege of staying in La Loggia, La Stalla and La Staletta. Three magnificent rustic lodgings filled with character and charm. Castellare is close enough to commute to Florence but is a quiet retreat after a busy day. Those 6 weeks spent were some of the best weeks in our life because it was the whole package. The location, the accomodation and finally and more importantly, the people. If you are looking to stay in Florence / Tuscany, look no further then Castellare. I promise you, you won't be disappointed.
Catina (our host) could not have been more wonderful. The farmhouse is beautiful, spotlessly clean and very cosy. The location is stunning and our barbecue evenings on the terrace rivalled any restaurant experience. In addition to providing homemade cookies and tiramisu, Catina was warm, friendly and went the extra mile to make our stay as special as it was. Please be aware that the location is up an unmade road with multiple hairpin bends. This was not a problem for our small car but may be a challenge for something larger. This of course made the location very private and secluded. Our personal recommendation is to visit Il Maccherone restaurant in Doccia - an authentic local place with awesome food. We could not recommend this more.
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....