High on the side of a hill, looking out over the folds of the Chianti landscape, Casa Silvia is an enchantingly simple house, with terraces and gardens ranged around it allowing you to follow the sun or avoid it. This is a house designed for reading, sipping wine and setting the world to rights, relaxed in an armchair watching the sun change the colours of the hills as it sinks in the distance. A path leads to the nearby Loro Ciuffena - a 20 minute walk that avoids the roads and gets you in the mood for one of the good local restaurants - remember to take a torch for your walk back amongst the fireflies.
The front of the house has a lar...ge shaded pergola. One enters to find a living room to the left with a wood-burning stove, and a well-equipped kitchen which opens directly out onto a private garden with stunning views. Up the stairs there is a comfortable double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a small single bedroom and a very cosy (but not small!) study with a fireplace and access to a covered terrace. The furniture is simple and stylish, and the house retains its country charm.
The house is set against the hillside of Pratomagno - a chain of hills rising to 1591 metres - around 4500 feet - all within protected National Park status. There are beautiful walks, ancient monasteries set in chestnut woods, and cycling trails. Florence is very close by, and can be reached by train, avoiding parking and driving problems. Siena and Arezzo are within an hour. The house is ideally positioned to explore Tuscany and makes a perfect peaceful retreat to return to when even the delights of Giotto or Piero della Francesca start to pall.
Left on 10/23/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | Cathy
Casa Silvia was all that I could have hoped for and much more! From the minute my friend and I arrived, we felt at home. The terraces (front and back) were comfortable and the views from each were amazing. The kitchen was fully equipped - but you need to get the basics as soon as you arrive. Ms. Silvia made special arrangements to have her lovely parents assist us upon our late arrival due to a flight delay. The winding drive up to the villa was definitely challenging the first time around - especially in the dark. You really need a car if you intend to visit neighboring cities and towns - but you could walk down the hill to Loro Chiuffenna if you needed to. It was a lovely little town to visit and gather our daily supplies. The villa was a reasonable distance to the places we had time to visit i.e. Siena and Florence. We took the train from Montevarchi to Florence to avoid driving in to the big city and finding parking. Turned out to be a good suggestion by the locals. A fabulous experience - and our new "happy place". Catherine and Tiff
Left on 10/19/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | gary
I was looking for a perfect Tuscan escape for my girlfriend's birthday surprise, and boy did I find it! This house was wonderful in every way. It is fully kitted out, has never ending charm, and is surrounded by gardens and terraces. The views are superb too, with sun all day long, but plenty of shade should you prefer. The owner Peter was at the end of the phone any time we needed him, and was able to offer suggestions for restaurants etc, a very helpful guy. We went to Casa Silvia for one week (not long enough by the way), and really did not want to leave, it was a Tuscan treasure. We will be going back, back to this piece of Tuscan bliss. Miss it if you dare, it is wonderful.
Left on 11/07/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Katrin
Our stay in Casa Silvia was fabulous. This house is just a dream and specially with 3 small children it is a wonderful and safe place. There were many toys for our kids to play with and the house is very good equipt. The kitchen is great and there a so many possibilities to have breakfast or dinner around the house. There is always enough shade. We found everything we needed. Silvia and her husband are very friendly and we felt so comfortable in their wonderful house!
Thanks a lot for this great week!
Katrin and Family
Left on 06/06/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Jeremy
We were hoping for something peaceful and isolated for our honeymoon and got exactly what we wished. The villa is delightful, with breathtaking views from all corners. There is one other house within shouting distance but lived in by a local family who are polite but not intrusive. The kitchen is beautiful, the gardens expansive and the nearby village hosts a very convenient market on a monday to stock up with wonderful fresh produce. Within easy driving distance of Siena and Florence (the latter being a nightmare to drive around once there, be warned and get advance directions from your hotel!!!) but we didn;t really want to leave to hit civilisation as the villa itself was so peaceful. And although we did not meet Silvia herself, we were left with a delightful bottle of Prosecco and some olive oil produced from the olives on the grounds. Stay here, it's wonderful.
Left on 10/26/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | A. Harris
Wow. When I was planning my 40th birthday, I wanted to spend it in the Tuscan countryside in a beautiful villa. Casa Silvia was all I imagined and more.
From our first communication with Invitation to Tuscany to our welcome by the villa's owner we were not disappointed. When they asked us is we "liked" the house, I had to stop myself from bursting into tears. It was perfect!!!
A place of infinite natural beauty and solace, Casa Silvia was the perfect place to cook with friends, delight in the lizards roaming the property (all small!) and to imagine that all of life's burdens had slipped away. Invitation to Tuscany provided us with an unforgettable experience in booking a cooking lesson with a chef at one of the area's best restaurants - Il Canto del Maggio and went to the trouble of also finding a translator so we could really enjoy the experience. We said it wasn't just a cooking lesson - it was more like " Be adopted by an Italian family for the day" as we cooked and learned and then joined the entire family to eat the lunch we had just made together.
The villa was exceptionally clean and well equipped and the photographs on the website do not do it justice. The surroundings are beautiful and the hiking superb. There are fantastic and well marked trails throughout the area that provide amazing views and experiences. We were entranced and at a loss as to where to spend our leisure time as there are so many beautiful and picturesque terraces and vistas. With Silvia's permission, we raided the garden and cooked and ate the best food we had in Italy.
Being greeted by the family (who are lucky to own this piece of heaven) with a bottle of olive oil from the property and a bottle of wine from the vineyard in sight was pure perfection. Perfectly located for day trips to Sienna, Florence,Greve and Radda in Chianti, it was a place to come home to. Italy is full of man made treasures, but Casa Silvia captures the natural beauty of Bella Toscana to its utmost.
Left on 09/28/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Franny
It was such a treat to stay at Casa Silvia - sitting on the balcony in the evenings, looking out at that stunning view, it felt like a totally private idyll. And yet Siena and Florence were only a couple of hours away. The kitchen facilities were excellent and the bedrooms very comfortable. Slightly alarmed to be visited by wild boar in the middle of the night, but we soon realised they had only come for the fruit trees! A wonderful holiday, we didn't want to leave.
Left on 10/21/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | Kristina
We stayed there for 2 weeks with a 5 year old and we had something nice and significant to do every day. Casa Silvia is situated in the best part of Tuscany, which is rural, beautiful and spotless. For those, who have not been there it is important to know, that the house is quite high up, road is narrow and not very easy, but it is worth the trouble. I had one of the nicest holidays ever.
Left on 06/24/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Michelle Cherian
I stayed at Casa Silvia with my husband and my sister and her husband. My husband and I had just got married 2 days before in Greece. We were so happy to arrive at Casa Silvia. The 4 of us had an amazing time there. We relaxed outside, went on long walks and made delicious meals. My greatest memories of Casa Silvia are sitting outside on the patio for hours at night drinking wine and enjoying great food.
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