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Beautiful And Historic Property, Fantastic Views All Around

Bedrooms 2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse in Castiglion Fiorentino, Nr. Cortona, Tuscany, Italy - Quiet, Secluded Location, Close To All Amenities

Ca' di Chio is for up to 5 guests. To optimise the quality of your stay, guest numbers are strictly limited to these with the possibility of 2 more in the cottage (see Owners Direct property ref IT2218). The view down the Val di Chio from the terrace to Castiglion Fiorentino on one side and Montecchio Castle on the other, is breathtaking, one of the best in Tuscany. The property is in a quiet and serene location bounded by ancient woodland and olive terraces. The grounds are extensive and border on National Park land. The house is stone built, full of character with many original features. Castiglion Fiorentino is 5 minutes drive away and has everything you require, including a main-line railway station. The larger historic towns of Cortona and Arezzo are 15 and 20 minutes away respectively. The private pool, with Roman steps, is situated on a terrace with extensive views. There is always someone available for maintenance purposes or to give any assistance required.


Castiglion Fiorentino Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1, with shower, wc and hand basin. Family bathroom on the first floor with bath, shower, wc, hand basin and bidet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Cot available on request
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Double bed available on request
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , There is a single bed on the mezzanine if required
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ca' di Chio is stunning. Bedroom 1 has a king size bed and en-suite. Bedroom 2 has twin beds. Both have a chest of drawers, wardrobe and seating. In addition, there is a single bed on the mezzanine.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Notes on accommodation: Our primary objective is to give our guests the best experience possible and a special holiday. The accommodation is spacious and we could accept larger guest numbers if we chose to. However, we strictly limit numbers to optimise the quality for our guests. So, unlike many other places that optimise numbers, we optimise quality! The house has gas-fired central heating which is charged at cost price as used, in the cooler months only. There are no other service charges. Cotton bed linen and all towels, including pool towels, are provided. Weekly change. Hot water is via a new solar panel system. There is wireless internet (bring your laptop). Washing machine, iron and ironing board are available on request. No smoking except on designated paved/gravel areas outside. A welcome pack for breakfast is provided, including tea, coffee, milk, cereal, fruit juice, fruit and bread items. Outside: The property is easily accessed via a short white road through vineyards. The views all around are amazing, some of the best in Tuscany. The pool is 10x5m and is 1.4m deep at the shallow end, with Roman steps and 2.4m at the deep end. It is set amongst olive and pine trees on a terrace just above. There are ample sunbeds and umbrellas and a heated pool-side shower. It is shared with our 1 bed cottage (see property ref IT2218). A shady gazebo with table and chairs allows relaxing with a book, or a cool drink amongst the olive trees. Wildlife is abundant here, the property being on the edge of a National Park. You might see anything from a wild tortoise to a porcupine, or a hoopoe to a hawk. You are free to roam in the extensive grounds and beyond. You can walk forever if you wish! You will ideally have a car to get you to town or beyond, but we can organise taxis for you, to the Railway Station for example, or help you plan your trips, if you wish. Ample parking available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cotton bed linen and all towels, including pool towels, are provided. Weekly change. Other: A table and chairs are on a large private gravelled terrace next to the kitchen. Perfect for summer evenings. Washing machine on request.


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average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

Enjoying early fall in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Our 9 day stay at John Singleton's villa near Castiglion Fiorentino came at the perfect time during our 42 day trip through France and Italy. It bookended our prior 3 day stay in Florence and our upcoming 9 day stay in Rome. The peaceful countryside surrounding the villa was a welcoming contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city and its nearness to many interesting hill towns and other nearby attractions (Lake Trasimeno) made it a great jumping off place for short road trips. It was especially nice to come home to after visiting one or another of the hill towns and to take a short afternoon nap before opening a bottle of local wine and enjoying the dimming of the day and the beginning of evening in the fall in this beautiful part of Tuscany.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful two weeks in Castiglion Fiorentino. The location is great for exploring the picturesque towns and villages of Tuscany and Umbria, however, with excellent weather during our stay, our favourite days were those spent in and around the pool.

Thanks to Barbara for her helpfulness during our visit.

We hope to return one day.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

The location was stunning with beautiful views across the valley. The villa was very clean and had comfy sofas and beds. It was very well equipped including a well-stocked bookcase which we made great use of. The beautiful pool (cleaned very day) was a very welcome retreat on hot days. From the villa there are some lovely walks round-about - through the olive groves and vineyards. The location was ideal as it was very easy to get to towns and cities in that part of Tuscany (Castiglion, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano). We also made use of the rail network, taking a train to Arezzo from Castiglion (the parking is free at the train station). We had a wonderful trip to Lake Trasimeno - the lake is very clear and warm so perfect for swimming and it is not very deep near the edges. If you have small children there are beach areas around some parts of the lake but otherwise you can go into the lake from several sites. Great wine and olive oil from Santo Stefano which is only a few miles from the villa. Several supermarkets in Castiglion which are open on a Sunday too.

Barbara was a wonderful host - she was a great source of information and was able to recommend good restaurants in the area - thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a stunning villa and apartment. Perfect for our family of 5 plus grandparents in the apartment. The pool was fab too. Barbara and John were the perfect hosts. The accommodation was immaculate and very clean with all mod cons. Not always the case in mainland Europe. Couldn't recommend highly enough. We'll be back....

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou so much. We're thrilled you had a good holiday, and it was a pleasure to have you stay with us. We hope to see you again in the Val di Chio!
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The property is spacious, spotless and well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed by the initial sight of the property up on the hill. Upon arrival, Barbara was there to greet us and show us around the property. It was large, clean, comfortable and very well equipped. The private pool is situated behind the property and provides beautiful views over the countryside.

The property is situated with easy access to places such as Sienna, Assissi etc. all worth a visit.

Barbara was a fantastic host! A lovely lady, always on hand to help or suggest excursions but never intrusive. Thank you Barbara.

All in all, an amazing property, beautiful location and a fabulous host. We feel very lucky to have discovered it and will certainly be returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tuscan tranquility at its best

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at this property and it really is a gem of a find in rural Tuscany. The property itself is ideal, there are 5 of us (3 small children) and it is the perfect size. Rooms are a good size and the owners John and Barbara couldn't do enough to accommodate us. The house is comfortable and clean with all you want in terms of cooking facilities, TV etc; To get to the house you drive up though the vineyards and olive groves and the children just loved to explore the property. The swimming pool is fantastic and from there you have fantastic views right across the valley and beyond. We prepared lunches on the deck or did a bbq but most nights ate out. The local town Castiglion Fiorentina is smaller than its contemporaries like Cortona but that bit quieter as a result. No mashing required to get into the local restaurants! John and Barbara are a wealth of knowledge of the local areas and always willing to assist and suggest things to do or places to visit. A must do is eat at La Bottega del Vino, a little family run place on the main street in Fiorentino...not much to look at but Marco is a Wine merchant so its all about the food and wine which is superb. Castiglion is only a 3k walk or 5min drive so the house is just far enough to be nice and secluded. There are vineyards everywhere and the nearest one (1.5k away) is superb. You are very close the Arezzo, and Cortona by road or the rail service is efficient and cheap which will get you to florence or Roma. Siena and Assisi are both easily reachable by car in a little over an hour. We flew in to Pisa which is a 2 hour drive away (use Barbara's directions as they are more accurate than the GPS!)

Overall the property is something special and it was the peace and quiet that will stick with us. The area just oozes history and John and Barbara are the perfect hosts.


  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rachel and Brian, we're thrilled you and the children enjoyed the holiday here at Todiolo. This area of Tuscany has so much to offer, as you discovered! Thankyou again, and we hope to see you and your family here in the future!
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Barbara Quysner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
January 28, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Barbara and John - we just wanted to let you know again what a wonderful time we had at your villa. Everything was so lovely and more than met our expectations. We often talk about the views from the pool - really can't beat that! Nadine and Cliff, Washington DC.

We spent a wonderful week at this property. It is fantastic, so relaxing and peaceful, and the views from the pool are beautiful, typically Tuscan. The location is superb, just off the beaten track but within 2/3 mins of Castiglion and 15/20 from Cortona, 1 hour to Siena. The property and outside areas are excellent and very well equipped. Booking direct with the owner Barbara was really easy, and on arrival she was on hand to offer any advice that was needed. All in all a great place to go. Would I go back? .....tomorrow! The Smiths, Wigan.

This place is a find. We looked at many properties and locations for our vacation in Tuscany and are SO happy we chose this one! Practically perfect in every way! Amanda and Stuart, Penzance.

Thankyou Barbara for making our stay with you so memorable. Nothing was too much trouble and the property is superb. It must be one of the best in Tuscany, and we have stayed at quite a few! Dave and Joanne, Colchester.

Thank you for a wonderful time with you. Our time in the Val di Chio was really special and it was good to meet you. Marjorie and David, Durham.
Sep 2008
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Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Castiglion Fiorentino


Being in eastern Tuscany, we are 2 hours drive to the sea, but Lake Trasimeno with its beaches, water sports, boat trips and historic towns and markets, is 30 minutes away by car or 20 minutes by train (Castiglione del Lago).


The nearest airport is Perugia (45-60 minutes drive). Ryanair flies there 4 times a week. Meridiana flies to Florence (1 hour drive). Ryanair and EasyJet have regular flights to Rome Ciampino (2 hours drive or train/bus), Pisa (2 hours drive or train), Bologna and others. Jet2 flies to Pisa.


There are well stocked local shops which are open late, and there are supermarkets in Castiglion Fiorentino, 5 minutes drive away. The ancient and wonderful Cortona with its unbelievable views and typical Tuscan restaurants, and Arezzo with designer shops on one hand and medieval arts and Roman amphitheatre on the other, are 15 and 20 minutes away respectively. Siena is a 1 hour drive away and Florence is 1 hour by car or train. We are 20 minutes from the main north/south A1 autostrada.

Further Details:

Tuscany has very strict planning controls and protects its heritage. Its many historic towns and treasures must be experienced. The local outdoor markets are marvellous and there are banks and supermarkets in the local towns. The market in Castiglion is on a Friday. Arezzo has a famous monthly antique market (first Sunday of the month and preceeding Saturday). The wine growing areas of Chianti to the North, and the area producing the Brunello and Vino Nobile (Montalcino and Montepulciano) to the South, can all be reached within 1 hour. Highly recommended. The owners will give you all details you require.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking will be held pending receipt of deposit.
A deposit of 25% is required immediately, with balance payable 50 days before check in date.
For late bookings, within 50 days, full amount is due on booking.
On cancellation, we will give a full refund if you tell us at least 50 days before check in date, or in any case if we are able to rebook the period. Otherwise 25% of the booking price, if paid up, is refunded.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday. Please arrive after 4:00pm and depart before 11:00am. In low or mid season we are flexible on the booking period and do pro-rata for stays other than 7 days.

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week in UK Pounds for 2015. Payment in euro is accepted at the prevailing rate. Gas is charged at cost price as used, for winter heating only. There are no other charges.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.