|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
La Casa Colonica is a renovated 250 year old farmhouse which retains many of its original features. It is spacious and sleeps 11 comfortably. There is free WiFi throughout.
Kitchen - gas hob, electric oven, microwave and toaster. 2 fridge freezers and a dish washer. High chair. Fire place.
Dining Room - with table for 10 and telephone.
Informal sitting room - TV with DVD.
Utility area - washing machine, ironing board and iron.
Large games room - table tennis.
Bathroom 1 - bath and WC.
Bathroom 2 - shower and WC.
Large formal sitting room - with CD Hi Fi and satellite TV with DVD.
Bedroom 1 - large with double bed - cot aval.
Bedroom 2 - large with double, plus single bed.
Bedroom 3 - large with double bed.
Bedroom 4 - small with twin beds.
Bedroom 5 - small with twin beds.
Bathroom - bath and WC.
Please note: From 29 April to 30 Sep, La Cantina will not have access to the swimming pool, unless it is taken in combination with La Casa Colonica as the pool is let exclusive to the main house. However, it is available if the pool is not required. Description Follows:
Holiday accommodation available on a British owned olive farm in Tuscany. This is conveniently located in the Montalbano Hills south of Pistoia, about 30 minutes drive from Florence and her airport and a little less than an hour from Pisa and her airport. There is plenty to enjoy for all ages and whatever interests, be these cultural, gastronomic, sporting or if you simply want to relax. Accommodation consists of a farmhouse, 'la Casa Colonica', which sleeps up to 11 and an apartment for up to 4 (2 bedrooms) in the old winery, called 'la Cantina'. There is a good sized, fenced and illuminated swimming pool and the accommodation is modern and well appointed. This is an ideal place for parties of any configuration up to 15 to base themselves while enjoying Tuscany at any time of the year.
British and recently retired (early), I have now settled in Italy on the property my parents bought in 1965. My career has been in a multinational environment and I have lived in many parts of the world including several European countries, Cyprus, Turkey, South America and I have spent significant time in the Middle East. Since I retired, I work just as hard on my olive farm. My companion, Vaida, helps in hosting guests. My interests include history, travel and Italian culture and gastronomy.
Mark Ridley purchased this farmhouse in 1965
Mark gave us a very warm welcome including a number of very useful travel tips. We found it very interesting to see the olive trees picked and learn more about olive oil production. Our children loved feeding the rabbits and exploring the olive tree farm. From our kitchen window we could see wild pigs and deer. From Cantagrillo we enjoyed exploring the Tuscan countryside including some lovely little town. We thought that Pistoia was a fabulous town with very few tourists. This is a great place for a break. We would happily ret
25% deposit to confirm booking. Final payment 6 weeks before arrival.
This is flexible, but will be influenced by other guests' timings. Ideally Saturday arriving between 4 and 7 pm and departing before 10 am.
Notes on prices:
In winter, central heating is charged in addition to the rent according to the fuel price. This will be agreed at the time of booking.
There are no hidden costs.
The accommodation is less than an hours drive from the sea and the splendid beaches of Versilia with its famous resorts such as Forte dei Marmi and Lido di Camaiore. Cinque Terre is just a little further.
Air - Florence (Peretola) airport 30 minutes, Pisa airport 45 minutes.
Car - 7 kms from autostrada.
Rail - 7 kms from station.
Florence - 45 minutes.
Pisa - one hour.
Lucca - 45 minutes.
Pistoia - 15 minutes.
Vinci - 30 minutes.
Siena and San Gimignano - 90 minutes.
Local restaurants and shops - 2 kms.
Being close to so many towns of historic and artistic interest, there are places you should definitely visit. But then also there are sports opportunities and excellent restaurants and shops to enjoy. Most people who stay tend to mix these with a great deal of relaxation by the pool; it is an ideal place to conduct a visit in the morning, lunch and spend the afternoon around the pool and occasionally go out to a good restaurant in the evening.