Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Casale Classico is perfect for five couples or an extended family, and the location couldn't be better. Located in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti Classico region and set on an idyllic hillside just 15 minutes from Florence (18 km) and less than an hour from Siena, the villa is within an hour's drive of Lucca, and all of the beautiful hill towns of Chianti are within easy reach. The closest village, Mercatale Val di Pesa, with shops and restaurants, is just 5 minutes away (2 km), and facilities for horseback riding are available nearby (3 km).
The house was recently restored and the attention to detail and beauty is remarkable. The beautiful and spacious property includes the farmhouse (530 sqm), a small dependance for two guests (at extra charge and to be requested when booking) and an amazing swimming pool. The farmhouse has beautiful terracotta tile floors and beamed ceilings. It is divided into two floors and has five bedrooms with five en suite bathrooms. Upon request and for an additional fee, four additional beds can be added bringing the total capacity of the villa to 14 guests.
An unpaved road (1200 metres) leads to the farmhouse. The manicured lawn is bordered with roses and olive trees, and a shaded stone patio overlooks the pool and is furnished with a long table, comfortable chairs, and a BBQ for al fresco dining watching the sunset. A few steps away is the beautiful pool with separate circular Jacuzzi tub, surrounded by lounge chairs, tables and umbrellas, and a panoramic view of the Chianti hills. Some steps away there is a pool house with changing room and bathroom with shower.
The Chianti area
The hills of Chianti, criss-crossed with vines and crested with cypress trees have become the hallmark of Tuscany, the beauty of the landscape married to a quality of life which would be rare anywhere in the world. Chiantishire, as the English call it, has an infinite variety of hilltop villages where you can sip a cappuccino in one of the outdoor cafe's in the medieval squares, of cellars where you can sample the local wines from the barrels, of little trattorias serving robustly satisfying Tuscan food with its hams and salamis and delicious pastas and wild boar stew with white beans and salads growing wild in the hedgerows. The back roads wind uphill and down, between old stone walls crested with pale violet irises past Romanesque cloisters, sandstone farmhouses and shepherds with their flocks of sheep producing the famed 'pecorino' cheese.
You are in the heart of Tuscany and the list of excursions half or a whole day away is long: Florence, famous for its fine Renaissance art, the walled city of Lucca with its 99 churches, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Val d'Orcia with the Renaissance town of Pienza and the wine-making meccas of Montepulciano and Montalcino and the awe-inspiring abbey of Sant'Antimo are just a few...
Florence is 15 to 20 minutes away, Greve in Chianti 25 minutes, San Gimignano 30 minutes, while Siena can be reached in 50 minutes. Montalcino and Pienza are a one and a half hour's drive, while the Thyrrenian sea is one hour away. Pisa and Lucca are one hour by car while the jet-set sea resort of Porto Ercole can be reached in approx. one and a half hours.
Airports and transport
The Florence airport is 25 kilometres away and Pisa is at 118 kilometres, while the airport in Rome is less than three hours away and approx. 290 kilometres further south. The nearest railway station with most travel options is Florence.
Additional amenities include: several fireplaces, but it is possible to access the internet using skype for free calls to other skype users, loggia, four mountain bikes for adults and one for a child, fitness room by the pool, electric filter coffee machine, iron and iron board, internet point with pc laptop as well as printer and wifi connection, mixer, air conditioning in all the bedrooms, there is no telephone....Read more
Left on 11/06/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 6, 2012Stayed Sep 2012
The villa is more beautiful than the pictures. Patricia, the onsite manager, is amazing. She anticipated our every need and made sure that we had everything we needed. I couldn't recommend the villa or Patricia more, but I had some serious reservations about dealings with Hidden Italy. Communications were abrupt and rigid. Such a contrast to the atmosphere once in Italy.
Left on 05/20/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 20, 2011Stayed May 2011
The house and surroundings are beautiful in itself. The sunset is amazing. It was extra special because of the flowers in the house and the welcoming food. Every day cleaning service was also great. I certainly recommend the house to others.
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