Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Apartment in a 17th Century villa set in the amazing Florentine hills - Casa Serena

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Description

Casa Serena

This newly renovated suite is a pleasing blend of traditional Tuscan architecture and modern convenience and design. Windows with vistas of Florence, the Villa Petraia tower, or the garden brighten these airy and quiet quarters. Exposed timber ceilings and terracotta tile floors contribute to the characteristic charm of this Tuscan home. The suite includes a well-appointed kitchen with marble counters, refrigerator, and cooktop. Three spacious bedrooms all offer panoramic views of Florence. Two bathrooms, both with shower, one with bathtub.

In front of the apartment there is a terrace and tables and chairs in marble for outdoor dining.

All our apartments are equipped with a kitchen with all amenities including iron, heating, wardrobes, fans, sofa bed, hairdryer, washing machine and HD television with DVD-player, ADSL Wireless(speedy internet access), free parking within the gates. Possible to add an extra single bed for a child in the bedroom upon request.

More Details

About the property

Castello Apartments

For who loves to relax in the countryside among olive trees and vineyards, without having to renounce of cultural visits to the city centre. At Castello apartments you can experience the best of both worlds. Situated only 3 km from the centre of Florence, on the city-centre’s doorstep, this beautiful 18th Century Villa housing three charming apartments, is set on four acres of olive trees and has a private swimming pool. The Villa is situated in Castello, an area of great historical importance, on one of Florence's amazing hills. From the property you can enjoy panoramic views of Florence.

The newly renovated apartments are a pleasing blend of traditional Tuscan architecture and modern convenience. Windows with vistas of Florence, the Villa Petraia tower, or the garden brighten these airy and quiet quarters.

Guests are invited to stroll in the Olive grow where they can admire beautiful vistas of Florence and the neighboring Villa Petraia.

Cooking classes: In November we harvest our own Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the grow. Based on olive oil and fresh vegetables from the land, we arrange dinners for up to ten people on the terrace overlooking Florence. Experience an authentic Tuscan cultural and gastronomic event at the Villa. With three decades of experience in the Italian kitchen, Teresa will guide you in choosing and preparing fresh local ingredients for a three course meal. For 80 euros per person, guests will take part in Teresa's two-hour culinary lesson. Then, together on the terrace with spectacular views of Florence, you will enjoy the finished meal with a carefully-chosen Chianti wine. The price include the Villas own recipes in English.

Dinners overlooking Florence: Dinners are held in the outdoor area, above the swimming pool. Unforgettable romantic summer evenings can be enjoyed with Tuscan specialities and Chianti Wine, overlooking Florence city center. Price 40-45 euros per person, including three course dinner with Wine.

More Details

Owner
Francesco Landi
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish, italian, swedish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 2, 2017

Available Rentals

Enter dates for accurate pricing

Notes

Prices are quoted for 2 people. An additional charge for every extra person. Prices for the apartment are including all utilities, final cleaning, linen, towels, service charge, all taxes and use of the swimming pool.
Breakfast 10 euros per person. Cooking class 70 euros per person. Dinners in the outdoor area 40 euros per person.
Long rentals available from November till March


Amenities

Rifredi (Quartiere 5) Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • The bathrooms in the apartment are newly renovated and designed in marble floors and warm colours.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • This newly renovated suite is a pleasing blend of traditional Tuscan architecture and modern convenience and design. Windows with vistas of Florence center, the Villa Petraia tower, or the garden brighten these airy and quiet quarters. Exposed timber ceilings and terracotta tile floors contribute to the characteristic charm of this Tuscan home. The suite includes a well-appointed kitchen—marble or tile counters, refrigerator, and cooktop. Bathrooms offer showers or tub. The suite is also equipped with tv/dvd players. In addition, each suite has a terrace with table for outdoor dining, and a barbeque grill is available in the garden. The garden offers sunset views of the Arno valley and surrounding mountains. Private free parking available within the gates.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Notes:
In November at Castello apartment there is the harvest of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the grow. Based on olive oil and fresh vegetables from the land, we make our homemade recipes. Experience an authentic Tuscan cultural and gastronomic event at the Villa. With three decades of experience in the Italian kitchen, Teresa will guide you in choosing and preparing fresh local ingredients for a three course meal. For 65 euros per person, guests will take part in Teresa's two-hour culinary lesson. Then, together on the terrace with spectacular views of Florence, you'll enjoy the finished meal with a carefully-chosen Chianti wine.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

87% Complete
12% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Casa Serena
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews
Los Angeles, CA
5

wonderful villa experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience staying at this property. The grounds were peaceful and inspiring, the property was clean and spacious and beautiful, and Francesco was a fantastic, helpful and gracious host. I highly recommend this property, especially if you like animals and open spaces away from the hustle of the city.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Large multi-room apartment with breathtaking views of Florence

  • 5 of 5

Overall the place is fantastic. Beautiful views from both the bedrooms and the swimming pool. Quiet, peaceful setting, kind and warm proprietors and comfortable area both in and out of the villa. I believe we picked one of the hottest weeks to spend here so the lack of air conditioning was especially hard to bear but as things cooled off toward the end of the week, we quickly forgot about the first couple of nights. We would definitely book here again if and when we get the chance.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Beautiful accommodation

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is beautiful. The 17th century accommodation offer charm with modern comforts. The bed was comfortable, the water hot, the kitchen well equipped, the pool patio offered beautiful views of Florence, and the host accommodating.

We were just sharing with our family today that the best meal we enjoyed in Italy was prepared by Teresa. We highly recommend booking a meal with Francesco and Teresa for a true authentic Italian meal with the freshest of ingredients!

We enjoyed a walk in the olive groves and drinking our coffee on the patio.

We spent much of our time in Florence, which involved walking down to the bus station (~10/15 mins) and a bus ride to the central train station (~20/25 mins) on bus line 2 or bus line 28 that takes you just outside of the center.

We had a lovely stay!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

Comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Overall nice and comfortable place. Grounds are very nice. The hosts are friendly and helpful. The place is a little away from Florence, so a car is useful, especially if you plan to explore Tuscany .if you plan to walk it is steep uphill and a hike!

We had some hot water problems. Which is why I am giving 4 and not 5 stars.

I would go again.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Great

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time with our family (7) at your place. We never had such a complete, clean appartement on such a beautiful location. We love the diner we had the last evening, and we will try to prepare it at out home 🍴🍷. Thanks for your hospitality. We hope to come again in future.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
5

Excellent views and very friendly

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation, hills, pool, owners, olive oil and position are all great. Its a very relaxing place to stay with easy access to the city but without all the stress of the city. Have stayed at the property 3 times over the past 6 years and always loved it. I will be going back again.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Map

Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Florence Airport Amerigo Vespucci
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Livorno harbour
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Castello railway station
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Viale XI Agosto
Car: not necessary

Castello is an area of great historical importance. Several Renaissance villas are located within walking distance from the apartment. The Villa Reale and Villa Petraia, both belonging to the Medici family, are famous for their architecture and as striking examples of Italian formal gardens. Villa Petraia was also home to king Vittorio Emanuele II, who summered in Castello when Florence became the capital of Italy in 1865. Further down the road from Villa Petraia, you’ll see Villa Bel Riposo. Carlo Lorenzi Collodi, the author of Pinocchio lived here while he was writing this popular story. All the characters in Pinocchio were drawn from real persons living in and around Castello. Castello is an area of great natural beauty. Narrow roads wind along ancient stone walls up the mountainside. Marvel at the rustic farm houses and splendid villas that sit amongst acres of silver-leafed olive trees. Guests are invited to stroll throughout the Castello apartment's olive grove.

Other Activities: Cooking classes, Dinners, Bikes.

Photos

You might like these similar properties