Though the area and the wine known as Chianti is much beloved by the modern traveler, this is a land that has been producing for centuries. Il Casolare is one of the ancient farm buildings that, like Topsy, just grew, and grew until it became the sprawling farmhouse whose contours extend long and jut up and outward. Its present owners took it in gentle hand and with a joyful sense of color and generous hospitality have transformed it into three large houses, all under the same roof, but individual in style and each with its own view of the ancient landscape that surrounds it.
Country living in these houses is not rustic. The owners have preserved the terracotta floors and chestnut beamed ceilings and let an ancient layout rule the day, yet they have successfully mixed the antique furniture with bold warm colors, attractive fabrics and all the good-quality appliances a modern cook would want. Individual houses take their names from the colors that grace the walls - the golden yellow of Gialla, the patrician blue of Azzurra and the soft glowing orange of Arancio. As Gialla and Azzurra interconnect internally, this becomes an excellent selection for large groups enjoying a family reunion or celebrating a special event. There are outdoor eating areas, furnished with tables, umbrellas, and divans and located in separate parts of the property, and a large pool behind the house with its wide furnished surround and lovely views of the olive groves and wooded hillside opposite. While the houses themselves make you feel well looked after, a charming caretaker, who lives in a small building on the property, is also on hand to help with any special requests. If desired, for an additional charge it is possible to secure private use of the panoramic pool.
The entrance to the large rear wing of the farmhouse, which houses Azzurra, is from the back garden into a cosy living room with bright sofas, wide armchairs and a corner fireplace. This is a house of steps - a few lead up to a kitchen with a table for 8 and the door that connects to Gialla. A short staircase leads off the living room and up various levels to the sleeping quarters, three large bedrooms that share two bathrooms and a twin bedroom with an ensuite shower room. Guests of this house have a private outdoor eating area in the back garden and divans and hammocks under the pine trees that become their open-air sitting room.
A wide archway at the end of the long facade leads to the Gialla portion of the farmhouse and entry is into a large well-equipped country kitchen with a dining table for 12 and French doors opening onto a wide furnished terrace that looks onto the olive and cypress trees on the opposite hillside. The terrace is also accessed from the living room, whose bright comfortable furniture and wall-to-wall windows make it a wonderful place to gather. A hallway off the living room leads to two large double bedrooms, one with access to the front garden, two bathrooms and, at the end of the hall a twin bedroom with ensuite shower room.TripAdvisor property ID 3645102...Read more
Casolare - Azzurra and Gialla Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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There are endless things to do in this area for the spring to autumn seasons in nearby Chianti villages hum with festivals, outdoor markets, concerts and sagre, occasions when the whole village turns out to eat. The beauty of the Chianti and the many castles and wineries tucked in its hills can be explored by car, but you may like the slower method of discovery on horseback or mountain bike, both easily arranged from Il Casolare. Nearby Greve, Panzano, Radda and Castellina all have charming historic centres to explore, and when the Renaissance wonders of Florence call, or the lure of the designer outlet mall asserts itself, know that you are but half an hour away. You may, however, simply prefer to wander up the road to the neighboring Fattoria to buy the good Chianti wine whose name inspired your holiday and relax where the living is indeed easy.
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