Casa Lisa is only 10 minutes walk from the Tuscan village of Sassofortino famous for its chestnut forests and castle. Set along a ridge of hills above the plains of the Maremma stretching out towards the sea and island of Elba. A recently restored old Italian farmhouse set in its own vineyard of Sangiovese grapes. The property has taken four years to renovate and offers a peaceful location to enjoy the beautiful countryside, food and wine of the region. Despite its rural location lovely beaches are only 35 minutes away by car and the ancient city of Siena 45 minutes. The airports of Pisa are 1 hr 40 min and Rome 2 hr 30 min away by car. The farmhouse is set in its own private estate of 5 hectares which visitors are free to roam. Rentals are weekly from Saturday to Saturday, 980 - 1734 Euros see pricing table. Pets are welcome with prior consent from the owners. Alternative rental dates by arrangement. A new pool was built in 2016 offering a private place to cool off in the hottest periods.
- Farmhouse1076 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
Hillside village farmhouse close to all amenities with with lovely views
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 22, 2018
About Mike Pettet
We are Mike and Lyn Pettet and have a daughter Jody three Labradors and one Parklands terrier. We are fortunate to live in The Costwolds and have a lovely farmhouse in Italy where we can enjoy beautiful scenery great wines and food. We love the countryside and walking our dogs and have filled our home with nice things which we hope our guests will appreciate. Our guests who come to say at Casa Lisa will enjoy the area as it offers a very quiet setting, close enough to the local village to be able to walk to everything and join in the evening entertainment and village way of life in rural Tuscany. We also love the beaches and visit Siena regularly to sit and watch the world go by. We think the area is still unspoilt and a great base in which to explore The Maremma and surrounding area. Here you see our favourite pastime of people watching in The Palazzo del Campo, Siena ably assisted by Gunner who is keeping an eye on the pigeons.
Mike Pettet purchased this Farmhouse in 2004
Why Mike Pettet chose Sassofortino
During a visit to Italy in 2004 we came across Sassofortino a little Hillside village overlooking The Maremma. We love to walk and thought the chestnut forests which the area is famous were lovely. During a walk down, the side of the hill which the Fort of Sasofortino sits we came across an old farmhouse that was built around a 100 years ago. It had not been lived in for over 10 years and was owned by a brother and sister from the village. We made enquiries and bought the house and set about its restoration which we completed in 2008. The reconstruction was a major project as the house had to be brought up to date and, yet we wanted to retain the original charm and feel for the way Italian village life was and is still run. In 2016 we finally decided to build a pool near the house but in a private place below one of the terraces. It has proven very popular with recent guests and we hope our new visitors enjoy the enhancement to their stay at Casa Lisa
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We love the area which is so typical of a way of life we miss in England where quality of life is more important than worldly goods. We like our life in the Cotswolds which is also very beautiful, but we are more relaxed in Casa Lisa. The quality of the food and taste is a considerable step above even our organic food and combined with high quality wines is for us a great pleasure. More importantly is the knowledge of the food and small family run restaurants which create such a great welcome to visitors. Casa Lisa is fortunate to be on the edge of the village but not remote so a 10-minute walk from the house will take you into the heart of the village where you will find a restaurant, pizza/restaurant and various bars. A new swimming pool is being built in March 2016 for completion by the beginning of April 2016. Measuring 3x5 metres it will be located beside the vineyard and completely private. We hope our guests enjoy the pool particularly in the hot summer months and it improves their overall experience of their stay.
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Didn't live up to web sight
When we booked the holiday, we read that the property had access to the Internet. However, we found the Internet provided by 3 appeared to be no different to the access we get from our phones. We could not watch films or stream videos over this medium because the cost was prohibitive, considering that we used £10.00 on the first day only. Had we known this, we would not have booked the property.
We also found a hornet nest in one of the walls of the house. We told the caretaker on the first day (Sunday), however, we had to wait until Wednesday night to have the incident resolved – it was not relaxing to use the swimming pool when hornets were feeding from the pear tree right next to it and we could not use the terrace next to the snug where the nest was situated. Furthermore, as instructed by the owner on Tuesday, we had to keep clear of the property until Thursday morning, so we lost two days’ worth of the swimming pool use and had to spend money we had not expected on extra entertainment on Wednesday. The children were reluctant to go back to the pool after this experience. Additionally, the pool ladder was unusable. It was for us, a health and safety risk. We also understood that there would be pool toys left in the property (as per the owner's message to us dated 17th September 2016) but upon arrival, the only entertainment for children was a Garfield DVD!! We had not taken any toys and games with us as we expected them to be available and were very disappointed when we could not find any. We ended up buying a pool ball, which we left for future guests to enjoy.
Access to the swimming pool was challenging. It was not adjacent to the house and we therefore felt that we had to lock up the house whenever we went down to the pool. We had hoped to walk in the vineyard but the grounds were overgrown and prevented us from doing so. This was compounded by the possibility of finding snakes in the brush. We also had to trim the lavender on either sides of the steps leading to the swimming pool as it was growing over the steps and we did not wish to get stung by the bees buzzing around the flowers. The grounds did not appear to be as well maintained as we expected. We understand that these cannot always be foreseen but the owners' answer to our queries showed a complete lack of interest, on his part, for his guests enjoyment. The property appeared to us to be more for the benefit of the owner rather than for that of his guests. Very disappointing.
We are very disappointed to have received our first negative response to the stay at Casa Lisa in over 7 years. it is our wish that every guests experience is a positive one particularly when we all look forward to our holiday breaks. During the stay of 7 days we had several communications and our local property manager was in situ to visit and address some of the issues raised by the guests. I attach below a copy of one of our email replies to the guests during their stay which in this instance was not sufficient to appease their disappointment.
"Thank you for the information on the internet/Wi-Fi the guests have located the device now. I have received the additional information from Massimo who looks after the house. and he confirms that there was a nest outside the house which he dealt with 24hrs after it was reported. While I appreciate this is concerning particularly with small children I feel we dealt with it as quickly as possible given our need to spray in the evening. Animals, insects, lizards, snakes are all part of the rural make up of the country you are visiting. In the main these animals insects are more worried about you and do not intend any harm. If this was a concern then perhaps this was not the right holiday destination for you and your family.
I understand from Massimo that the pool ladder needed attention but was not dangerous and could be used with care. This should not have stopped you using the pool. Its location is described in our details as at the lower level of the gardens of the property for privacy and therefore clearly not adjacent. The lavender grown down the side of the house does attract bees but is kept in check and should not have needed any cutting during your visit".
The pool steps were re enforced before the next guests arrived. We have amended the details of the web service and we will increase the capacity this season.
Absolutely beautiful setting near a lovely hilltop village - real Tuscany
We had a wonderful holiday at Casa Lisa. You feel you are away from it all, surrounded by nature and beautiful views - and at the same time you are just a 10 minute short walk (uphill) to the centre of Sassofortino, with a small Co-op, a baker, a few small shops and two very good local pizzerias. We really liked the village, it's relaxed and has very, very foreign few tourists.
The farmhouse itself is great - we were a family of 4 and there was plenty of space. One of our most favourite things was sitting on the terrace for breakfast looking out across the valley - stunning! The pool is set down a small slope in the garden, you really feel away from it all, surrounded by the vines and trees - if you like nature, you'll love this.
Mike also very kindly left us some provisions as we were arriving really late with young kids - we appreciated that.
For any families with younger kids (ours were 6 and 9) you can get to stunning beaches in 40 mins up to an hour depending how far you want to go - the beaches we went to were shallow and very safe for kids (Punta Ala in particular). Massa Maritima, Sienna, and Montalcino were all great to visit. And also the waterpark at Follonica was really well organised and fun.
The reasons we haven't given 5 stars (and these are just personal preferences) is that the only comfy chairs to sit on were tub chairs, and there is no sofa as such, through there are two day beds. During our stay the aircon wasn't working in the 2nd bedroom and there was some building work happening next door. None of these things really spoiled our enjoyment of Casa Lisa, the building work will be temporary and the aircon was due to be fixed.
It would be difficult to find a better place to stay on a beautiful Tuscan hilltop, in such a glorious setting - we would definitely recommend.
Amazing 2 weeks in Casa Lisa
We had an amazing two weeks at Casa Lisa. It is a beautiful and well-equipped cottage with wonderful views and the swimming pool was fantastic for the children. We also saw lots of wildlife - wild boar, birds of prey, deer and plenty of lovely lizards. The location is great - Siena (1 hour), Massa Maritima (45 mins) and Florence (2 hours). and also for walking to the local village to eat in De Momo the fantastic local restaurant with delicious fresh ingredients, incredibly friendly staff and great local wine. Wish we could have stayed longer. Back to the drizzle now!
Perfect. A wonderful place.
We had a week in Casa Lisa, the first week of August; what a wonderful place. As described the property is beautifully restored with everything you could need. Extremely comfortable and quiet, it was a perfect place to relax and enjoy Tuscany.
With the village a short walk up the lane it was no problem to get fantastic fresh food and wine every day from the small, but very well stocked Co-Op and the local delicatessen. Staff were so friendly and nice. There are two small pizzerias in the village, one of which (II Fornaccio) was closed the entire time we were there. The other (Da Momo) was buzzing every night with other visitors to the area of every nationality. The food was fresh & delicious, the service was quick and value for money was fantastic. We really enjoyed the evening we spent there. Our only other evening out was a lovely pizza restaurant in Roccatederighi (approx 3 miles away and worth a visit).
Casa Lisa is beautifully cared for inside. It was clean and cool when we arrived after a long, dusty drive and previous occupants had left some bits of food and water (although we had bought our own shopping as we arrived late Saturday afternoon and wasn’t sure if there would be anything open on Sunday). Outside the gardens were well maintained and the views over the Tuscan hills and the Marremma National Park are stunning; photographs don’t do them justice. With no light pollution at night, the stars are amazing. We were visited by deer during the day and wild boar on the lower garden terrace at night (looking for fallen fruit from the trees). Both very shy, but lovely to see in their natural environment.
The new pool is great, a real bonus. All we did for 5 out of the 6 days was lounge on the bottom terrace, sunbathe, read & dip in to cool off. There were beds & umbrellas down there for our comfort.
There are lots of leaflets inside the property. We hadn’t intended to do any touring, but decided on one day to visit Massa Marittima and the Roman ruins at Rosello. Only half an hour’s drive from Sassafortino and a really lovely day. We had been in Sienna the day before our arrival; again only an hour or so drive away and the beach would only have been 40 minutes’ drive away if we’d have wanted a day there. Casa Lisa is perfectly situated for days out.
The owner & Massimo were quick to answer our questions; booking was very easy. We would love to return to Casa Lisa again and would thoroughly recommend it.
We are four middle aged adults with no experience of Tuscany. We did have a requirement for a peaceful location with decent road distances to some of the must see Tuscany cities and beaches.
Like it or like it not, when hiring a villa from Ownerd Direct you feel it a bit of a gamble in terms of what it actually turns out to be like.
Casa Lisa was exactly what was described in the write up. We knew we had been very successful in our find as soon as we spied the house down the lane.
Casa Lisa is a rustic little farm house, with more than adequate living and relaxing space - for our party anyway. The farm house is totally private with no neighbours overlooking. Just a mile up the road (track) is the lovely, friendly, little village of Sassofortino, which boast at least two excellent restaurants.
The farm house and surrounding country is hilly, so anyone not really fit for uphill walking might struggle. Driving is of course an option.
The addition of the pool has clearly made the farm house even more desirable.
We encountered Polecats,Wild Boar, Deer, Honey Buzzards and many more native species-just in the back garden(Vineyard).
We were close enough to the main roads to get about and visit all of Tuscany.
The owner and his agent were always there to answer any questions, and without a doubt ,Casa Lisa was the main reason we had such a wonderful holiday.
Wonderful location for relaxing and exploring Tuscany
Casa Lisa is situated very close to Sassofortina, a tranquil Tuscan village, the villa has wonderful views and the recent addition of a small swimming pool gives visitors chance to cool down during the hot summer days. Anyone who enjoys bird watching will appreciate the sight and lovely call of golden orioles as well as seeing honey buzzards. We were lucky to have visits from deer and a wild boar, wonderful experience. Casa Lisa is situated about 45mins from the coast and trips to Elba are readily available, well worth a visit.
The villa is very comfortable with terraces for relaxing in the sun or outdoor eating. Both bedrooms are air conditioned which was a real bonus.
We would recommend a holiday here and hope to return in the future.
Special interest holidays: High Maremma is the green heart of southern Tuscany with tens of thousands of hectares of woods traced by a network of trails within nature parks and protected areas for wildlife. This makes this a great destination nature and open air sports lovers. Local horse riding and mountain bike trips are booked locally. The area offers wonderful simple food where quality and taste are in abundance. Travelling along one of the many wine routes you can also sample some of the best wines to come out of Italy and many wine farms have tasting cellars to tempt the wine buffs. Coast/Beach: Washed by the clear blue water of the Tyrrhenian sea, the Maremma coastline's long sandy beaches are bordered by dunes decked with green bushes and flowers where thick pine groves meet the sea. The long sandy shore runs from Punta Ala which is 35 min car journey from Casa Lisa down through the Maremma National Park. It is a coast line among the most beautiful with isolated and untouched beaches alternate with the best equipped to satisfy everyone's needs. Travel: Casa Lisa is located in Southern Tuscany and serviced by air from Pisa Airport (1 hr 40 min), Florence (2 hr) or Rome (2 hr 30 min). By car you can take the Belgium to Nice car/rail service and drive past Nice and Provence up though the Corniche and down into Italy. Distances: Although in a rural location the village of Sassofortino is only 10 minutes walk away from shops, bars and restaurants. The main cities of Siena are 45 min drive with Grosetto on the coast 35 min. Many lovely villages are dotted across the mountain regions overlooking the sea including Massa Maritima, Scansano and Roccostrada.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: A 50% deposit is requested at the time of booking, except when booking less than 6 weeks before departure when the full rental amount is due. If you have paid a deposit, the balance of payment for your holiday rental will be due 60 days before your rental period starts. We can accept payment by cheque, Pay Pal or Chaps . Prices are in Euro's and payments made in UK pounds at the exchange rate on the date payments are due. A cleaning/changeover service is the only added cost 70 Euro's for first week and 50 Euro's for further weeks. Changeover Day:Changeover days are normally on a Saturday but we can be flexible. Guests are requested to vacate the property by 11am and new guests arrival after 4pm but again this can be flexible if arranged in advance.