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Luxurious private villa for 6 people with private pool and grounds

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,498 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms

Casolare is an unusual Swiss-style cottage hidden amongst the trees, once a country folly for the Count that owned the estate. It was lovingly restored in 2007 and furnished with the highest quality fixtures and fittings. Much care has been taken to maintain the original style and feel of the property whilst adding all modern necessities to guarantee absolute comfort. It sleeps a maximum of 6 people.

The grounds are fully enclosed and access is via remote-controlled gates.

The accommodation is divided over three floors: the ground floor has two bedrooms, the middle floor has the large living room, welcoming kitchen and dining room leading to a side terrace for al fresco dining and the top floor has the Master bedroom and bathroom. On a lower level in front of the house is the swimming pool (7m x 12m) with own indoor shower, sun terrace, loungers and umbrellas. Also by this pool area is the charcoal barbecue area with two fridges and further tables with chairs.

The estate: This villa is part of the historical Villa Saletta estate which once belonged to the noble Riccardi family and remains an important part of local heritage. In its day, it was one of the largest agricultural estates in the area. Today we produce three grades of high quality red wine and olive oil and guests are encouraged to visit the cantina to learn more about wine production and sample our limited stock of hand-crafted wines.

There are more than 20 old farmhouses on the land, mostly dating back to the 1800s. Each one is unique and individual in size and location and each has its own story to tell. Only three of these farmhouses have been restored and are now available for rental, each with its own private grounds and pool and attentive staff.

A week is not enough to sample the variety of reasonably-priced restaurants in the area. An extensive list of restaurants is provided together with a full information pack about the house, the area and services available locally.

The villa: Ground floor

Two double bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom (shower only); laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board; guest WC. Stairs leading to middle floor.

Middle floor

Kitchen with breakfast bar, fully equipped with oven, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge-freezer, kettle, filter coffee machine, toaster, all tableware and cooking utensils. Dining room seating 8 opening onto a terrace with further table and chairs for al fresco dining. Large drawing room with open fireplace, comfortable sofas and armchairs, writing desk, TV with satellite and DVD player, Bose docking station for iPod and free WiFi internet connection.

Top floor

Master bedroom with small balcony overlooking the swimming pool and garden; master bathroom with bath and shower.

The house has full air conditioning or central heating (according to season) throughout, VOIP telephone, daily cleaning (2 hr/day, 6 days/week), all linen, bath towels and pool towels changed Saturdays.

Grounds and approach: The building is set in private, enclosed grounds accessed via remote-controlled gate. The property is surrounded by woodland and there are also many trees within the grounds, as well as well-tended flower beds, shrubs and lawns.

The villa overlooks the terraced garden area leading down to the pool area. On the lower level you will find the swimming pool (12m x 7m) with its own sun terrace, bathroom with shower, outdoor dining area and charcoal barbecue.

Access road not suitable for cars with poor ground clearance.

More Details

Property Manager
Jenni Bird
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 7, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We loved the villa and our interactions with everyone we met. We loved our tour of Villa Saletta - it was one of our highlights of our stay. Jonathan gave us a wonderful wine tasting tour.

We highly recommend a stay at villa Casolare and a vacation in this beautiful region of Italy.

Thank you! Thank you!
Sep 2012
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Palaia Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 3498 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Ground floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Next to swimming pool
  • We provide an initial complimentary supply of high quality bath products in all bathrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom with bath and shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom with shower
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom with shower
  • All beds measure 180cm (w) x 200cm (l). Beds are fixed doubles and cannot be altered or moved. All bedrooms have fully independent air conditioning or heating subject to season. All bedrooms have own hair dryer. Bathrobes and disposable slippers provided. Cot available upon advance request, free of charge.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Laundry room has washing machine and tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. Cot with linen and high chair available upon advance request, no extra charge. Housekeeper 2 hours per day 6 days per week included in rental. We provide all linens, towels for bathrooms and pool towels. All sheets and towels changed on Saturdays. Bose docking station for Apple iPod provided. A list of contacts for private services including private chef, tour guides, babysitter, etc., is provided, together with full and extensive information pack. We provide an initial complimentary stock of detergents, tea, coffee, milk, fruit juice, bread and butter and estate wine. Pool can be heated if requested in advance. Pool not covered so temperature can vary, but average 26°C with heating on. Satellite channels mainly news in various languages. Selection of DVDs and books provided.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews


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This house is great! It is spacious with comfortable living areas, indoor and outdoor. It is beautifully furnished with a well equipped kitchen. In addition, the pool is large and always seems to be the perfect temperature. There are tables, lounge chairs, and an outdoor kitchen/BBQ with an attached bar that make outdoor dinners very nice. When we arrived, our villa manager, Dale, was welcoming and helpful, as he gave us fantastic recommendations for restaurants and places to see during our time at the villa. This house is well situated for making day trips to nearby places such as the Bagni La Lanterna, a local beach club in Vada with beautiful views of the water and a nice cafe attached to it. Another town to visit while staying at the house is San Gimignano, which has cute local shops and a beautiful church. Overall, this house is well furnished with beautiful outdoor areas, has a great manager, Dale, and is in a prime location where major cities such as Florence and Pisa are easily accessible.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Pisa Galileo Galilei
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Pontedera exit from SGC/ FI-PI-LI
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
San Gervasio, Colleoli,Palaia, Capannoli, Peccioli
Nearest Ski
110 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Casolare is completely hidden in the trees and feels wonderfully private and secluded although little more than 1km from all day-to-day essentials including supermarket, butcher, baker, chemist and takeaway pizza, in the centre of Forcoli. The valley location is a real sun-trap with the surrounding trees giving a sense of seclusion and being close to nature.

Forcoli is a central, well-placed base for easy day-trips to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena and the coast, most of which can be reached by car in less than an hour. The main cities can also be reached by train from nearby Pontedera.

Neighbouring villages such as Palaia, Peccioli, Terricciola, Lajatico and San Miniato offer a wealth of restaurants, stunning countryside, places of historical interest and colourful festivals to explore. The whole area is relatively untouched by the usual flow of tourists experienced in the better-known Chianti area, so you can get a genuine feel for the local community.

Other Activities: Wine, olive oil and truffle production and tasting, Poggianti shirt outlet. Peccioli dinosaur park

Golf: The Castelfalfi golf course, only 20 minutes away by car, has only recently been re-opened after renovation works. It offers a 9-hole course, an 18-hole course, and a driving range in a stunning and challenging setting.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $588.72
Stay tax $1.18 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 10 years.
Tax Rate 10.0%

Security deposit of 500 Euro required in cash upon arrival.
Prices are inclusive of heating (October-April) or air conditioning (May-September), electricity and gas, Wi-Fi internet connection, regular garden and pool maintenance, cleaning (1 hour per day, 6 days per week) and weekly linen change (Saturdays only).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.