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

Bedrooms 2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Pontassieve Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

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 Stalla, Castellare 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom

The Stalla is the largest of the Castellare accommodations. It's on two floors. Downstairs there's a large open space, with a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living room. Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms, that can be set as twin if desired, and a bathroom.

The Stalla has nice furniture, with lots of antiques; there are cosy sofa and armchairs in the living room, with books and CDS, Hi-Fi system and a cable TV. A fireplace is in the room as well.

There are nice carpets and original art etchings. There's a private part of garden where guests can relax privately or eat outside.

  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Ms. Catina Cecioni
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2016
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Stalla, Castellare
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

A Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Castellare was, indeed, beautiful and relaxing. Catina was an amazing host. We were greeted warmly (she baked us a beautiful cake) and showed us around the property. My children (and dog) were delighted with the house and the beautiful, open green spaces. It was an easy drive to the train station (with free parking) and a quick trip into Florence. After long days sightseeing it was wonderful to get back to Castellare. We bought beautiful Olive Oil and Wine, locally and ate at a few of the restaurants nearby. My only complaint was that I didn't give my family enough time to just spend a day on the property, talk with Catina - and enjoy the surroundings. I am looking forward to visiting again!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A magical, peaceful secret garden getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have visited Catina's wonderful residence in Molina Del Piano twice now and have already booked our third trip. It is our inspirational, relaxing getaway from the stresses of London. Catina & Jacomo do everything to make us so welcome and we feel at home as soon as we pul into the drive. Its like snow white's cottage in the tuscan hillside when the dogs and cats run to greet you and by tea time we are relaxing al fresco with beautiful local produce and wine. This place is the ULTIMATE wind down and we will always be keen to return.

Lorna & Cam xxx

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place to stay. The accommodation was perfect, very homely and peaceful. Beautifully decorated and surrounded with lovely art which we loved.

There was a useful guide to the area and also the background of Castellare which makes you realise how special this place is.

Catina was the perfect host. From the moment we booked she was so helpful and kept in touch with us just before we arrived.

We spent our second week of our honeymoon here and secretly wished we had spent both weeks here.

The location is great. We spent a lot of time driving in the first week, so we loved how it's a short drive to the train station, free parking, and the trains are always on time!

We definitely want to go back and hope we can soon so we can explore more!

We highly recommend staying at Castellare. Thank you Catina for having us xxx

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Positive energy, great to relax and recharge!

  • 5 of 5

I can't express enough what a caring, enthusiastic, dedicated, highly professional host Catina is. She's welcoming and available to help in any way yet never intruding. Castellare is a magical place!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wunderschönes Haus inmitten der toskanischen Natur

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben eine Woche lang Urlaub in der Stalla (2 SZ) gemacht. Das Haus besticht durch eine sehr stilvolle Möblierung mit Antiquitäten und schöner Dekorierung, dass man sich wie Zuhause fühlen kann. Gute Betten und WLAN (Teenager) tun ihr Übriges. Jede Wohneinheit hat draußen seinen eigenen, abgegrenzten Sitzbereich. Der neu angelegte Pool fügt sich durch seine ovale Form und die Natursteinplatten in die umliegenden Gärten ohne große Brüche ein. Insgesamt hat die zuvorkommenden Besitzerin Catina ein glückliches Händchen bei der Renovierung und Gestaltung der gesamten historisch anmutenden Anlage bewiesen. Dazu kommen ihr freundlicher Empfang mit Gastgeschenken und ihre vielen Tipps für Exkursionen.

Tipp von uns: Auf jeden Fall mit der Bahn von Sieci nach Florenz fahren. Und: Töpferwaren bei Mila ansehen und kaufen (zu Fuß durch den Wald; Catina fragen.)

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfektni godisnji odmor

  • 5 of 5

Hvala Catina za divne dane u Toskani. Ja sam se zaljubila u kucu , prirodu i zivotni stil. Ono sto jos vise odusevljava je srdacna Catina, koja goste prima kao da su clanovi familije, a da to ne nikad ne prelazi u napornost. Moja preporuka za sve koje hoce da uzivaju u miru i opustenosti.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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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

Pontassieve Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Autumn 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 6 2017
5 night minimum stay
Writers and artists retreat
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
High season 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 10 years.

The weekly price of €790 is referred to a 4 people occupancy; for 5 people the weekly rate is €840; for 6 people the weekly rate is €890.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Stalla bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Stalla bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Stalla bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • 2 doubles
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • 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

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