Casa Gelso B is a cozy and welcoming apartment that is part of an ancient country house in the characteristic style of the Tuscan countryside. It sleeps four people. From Casa Gelso B you will enjoy a splendid view of the Chianti hills. Casa Gelso B is 45 square meters (485 square feet). It features a shared swimming pool, a shared patio, a shared garden, a reserved outdoor area and winter heating.
You will be roughly 5 km (3.1 miles) from Colle di Val del'Elsa, where you will find restaurants and shops.
Casa Gelso B is located on the ground floor of an age-old stone house. You will reach it from the patio without having to climb any steps.
To stay at Casa Gelso B you will need a car. You will be able to park it on the premises, free of charge in a parking space.
The complex is an ancient stone house located on the hillside, and it has a patio as well as a swimming pool and a park of 4000 square meters (1 acre).
The complex offers four small refurbished apartments, Casa Gelso A, B, C and D that are connected to a small church built in 1200. The church and the adjoining rooms in the beginning used to be a parish. There were the house of the local priest, cellars and storage rooms, and rooms where pilgrims going to Rome could sleep. Indeed, in this area of Tuscany (called Val D'Elsa), there was the ancient "Via Franchigena", the official pilgrimage road that pilgrims from everywhere in Europe would take to reach Rome. It used to be one of the main communication routes in the medieval world. Many similar country churches were built along this road, and they are still called "Pievi". These ancient parishes served both as a religious center and a meeting point for the locals. For this reason, next to the churches you will often find a village or at least a small bunch of ancient houses.
The church is built on a higher ground than the surrounding area. When you arrive you will be able to spot the refined building from a distance, with its round apsis made of stone and bricks and the tower with its elegant twin lancet window, where the bells are hosted.
The entire complex has been lovingly restored, reusing the ancient building materials: it will take only a moment to feel brought back to the atmosphere of times now gone. The nice building of stone and red bricks, the green lawn that surrounds it, the blooming hedges, the wide horizon of gentle hills that fade into blue at a distance: everything will convey a feeling of peace and well-being, and you will be happy to be part of this place for the length of your stay!
The restored apartments overlook the side of the church that faces the hills, and have a view of the large swimming pool, located a few steps below. The church can be visited. Perfectly restored, it hosts a reception hall where the owners greet their guests. Not far from the church you will also find a small hamlet made of stone houses.
The swimming pool is 7 meters (23 feet) large by 14 meters (46 feet) long. The swimming pool area is equipped with chairs, sun umbrellas and deck chairs. From the swimming pool you will enjoy a fascinating view of the Chianti hills and of the garden. You will share the pool with the guests staying at the complex, at another nearby apartment, and there will be an area reserved for your exclusive use. It is open from the end of April until mid-October.
The patio is equipped with tables, chairs, sun umbrellas and deck chairs. From the patio you will enjoy a view of the Chianti hills and of the swimming pool. You will share the patio with the guests staying at the complex, at another nearby apartment, and there will be an area reserved for your exclusive use.
In the garden you will find a barbecue and a small wood-fired pizza oven. From the garden you will enjoy a thrilling view of the Chianti hills. You will share the garden with the guests staying at the complex, at another nearby apartment, and there will be an area reserved for your exclusive use.
In the laundry room you will find a washing machine at your disposal.
The furnishings of the living room are simple and comfortable. The furnishings include a divan that unfolds into a double bed. In this room you will find a satellite television.
You will be able to enter the kitchen from the living room. It is equipped with a four-burner gas cooker, an electric oven, a refrigerator with freezer, an Italian-style coffee-maker and other small appliances. There is an age-old fireplace made of stone. There is a table to seat four guests. The kitchen has a window.
You will be able to enter the bedroom from the kitchen through a corridor. The bedroom has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The room has a small high window.
The bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the kitchen through a corridor.
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Other holiday homes nearby: Casa Gelso A , Casa Gelso C , Casa Gelso D .
Additional amenities include: charming surroundings, winter heating, view on the valley....Read more
Left on 06/25/2009 for a stay in September 2007 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 25, 2009Stayed Sep 2007
We stayed for one week at Casa Gelso in the late summer and had a
wonderful time (September). The host family that runs the place lives
across the street and was very welcoming and helpful. Our apartment was
spacious (there were two of us), the kitchen was nicely equipped, and the
bathroom was a good size by European travel standards. Everything was
spotless on arrival. The bed was comfortable, although we probably could
have fallen asleep on the cement outside after our packed days! The rolling
hills and fields around the property made for a wonderful backdrop, as they
were in variegated shades of brown, yellow, and rusty red at that time of
year -- classic Tuscany colors. The patio and pool provided a great area to
relax during the day and evening. Two other apartments in the home do
share this patio space, so be prepared for potential lack of privacy when
you're outside. On the other hand, if you luck into some friendly
neighbors, you could make some great new international friends. Overall,
the home is fairly central within Tuscany but it is removed from any of the
major towns/villages. We felt that having a rental car was essential. With
the car, it was a good central location to explore from. Sienna, the Chianti
region, and many of the popular hilltop towns are within an hour's drive,
maybe less. Before we left to continue our month-long Italian adventure, it
was nice to be able to do some laundry too. No dryer, but the Tuscan sun
does a pretty good job of that.
Left on 06/25/2009 for a stay in July 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 25, 2009Stayed Jul 2008
Casa Gelso is a wonderful place if you want to spend
your vacations in Tuscany. Its peaceful, quiet, with
a view that will enchant you. The villages near are
beautiful, and as it is in the heart of Tuscany you
can get any place you would like to visit.
After a long day it is always nice to return to Colle
Di Val Delsa and drink a glass of wine on the
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