Coming up the drive past olive groves and grapevines to Casa Allioni, you immediately understand the delight its owner has in living here. And you can see the delight with which the house was created. Geraniums and flowering vines compliment the local stone and brick facade of this 17th cent. farmhouse and graceful arches and a generous loggia only hint at the many spaces that will offer spacious retreat or a place to gather. With respect to its position overlooking the Arno River Valley, seating has unerringly been placed just where you would want to rest while gazing out towards the gentle layers of the Chianti Mountains. Yet there are good reasons for going inside.
Entrance on the upper floor is past a bread oven and into a spacious kitchen, whose fireplace has seen centuries of Tuscan cooking and whose terracotta floors and beamed ceilings adjust quite well to the modern appliances of a gourmet-class kitchen with an antique table for 14. The kitchen sits between a corridor leading to a bathroom and a double bedroom and an open staircase leading down to the living room, where high ceilings and three french doors give it light and spaciousness. Like all rooms of the house, the living room has a tasteful a mix of art and antique and modern furnishings, and comfortable sofas, a corner fireplace and sound and video equipment make it a natural place to enjoy each otherâ€™s company. On this floor there are a studio, a bedroom with a small double bed, a shower room and the master bedroom, which has a door leading out to table and chairs on the wide vine-covered terracotta walkway that fronts the house. This walkway wraps around the house and forms a wide patio outside the living room doors and the entrance to the wine cellar, where excellent Allione wine is aging in oak barrels. From here stairs lead first up to the furnished loggia, which is effectively an outdoor summer dining room, and then further up to the swimming pool set within a sculpture garden. Equipped with lounge chairs on a wide flagstone deck and table and chairs under the stone pool house nearby, the pool area is the ideal place to relax and take in the view below, as well as a glass of wine and the sunset.
The owner may be in residence in the studio apartment above the garage when guests visit, but as she is an excellent resource, this could well be an advantage in learning about the area and arranging for a catered dinner or cooking lesson. She has her own garden area and guests have exclusive use of the swimming pool.
The American owners who restored this house carefully created areas that welcome quiet thought or joyous get-togethers, and the layout of the house makes it perfect for two couples or a multi-generational family. Though the greenery surrounding the house gives it a buffered sense of privacy from the modern world, the house is actually within pleasant walking distance to the restaurant, bar and small shops in the village below. And its excellent access to major motorways and delightful country roads place the ancient cities of Siena, Arezzo and Florence within easy reach....Read more
Casa Allioni is the Most Perfect Place to Stay in all of Tuscany
Left on 10/08/2014 for a stay in September 2014 | Gary S
We loved our week at Casa Allioni. The setting, high above a tiny Tuscan hill town, was spectacular, amidst olive trees and ripened grapes (and a great pool), overlooking a beautiful valley and hills across the way. The house was beautiful -- 17th century charm with all the modern conveniences. The owner is incredibly helpful and generous. Definitely order in a meal your first day, and at least once more -- four courses of local ingredients and wine. Day trips to Sienna and Florence are expected, but also head for the Chianti Classico trail for an abundance of vineyards and tastings. We couldn't imagine a more idealic house to enjoy the wonders and beauty of Italy. Read more
So pleased you enjoyed it! We love the view from the pool, with the house below and the hills stretching away into the distance!
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Perfect rustic charm with stunning views
Left on 06/14/2014 for a stay in May 2014 | Tirza M
After two wonderful weeks, I cried when I had to leave Casa Allioni. A lovely home filled with charm. The accommodations are excellent: very comfy beds, spacious rooms, art filled walls, excellent kitchen and bathrooms. The farmhouse is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, wild flowers and wild life. The views were ever changing and beautiful, the pool refreshing and the air was sweet with spring blooms. Perfectly located to explore the three important Tuscan towns of Arezzo, Siena and Florence, plus the many lovely hilltop villages that Bella Italia has to offer. Kudos to all who make Casa Allioni such a wonderful spot.
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New York City, New York
Couldn't ask for anythin more
Left on 06/08/2014 for a stay in May 2014 | rmeliker
From the moment we arrived to the moment we ledt, everything was perfect. We had a group of 5 and the house was a perfect size for us. The pictures don't do the views justice!!!
From the beginning: The address did not reistrr in our GPS, so we had t follow Beverly's directions, whoch were flawless. We arrived at around 8pm and Beverly had already stocked the kitchen with bottled water, yogurts, juice, cookies, bread, a bottle of bubbly and other essentials. It made it easy to avoid going to the store that night!!!! Beverly mentioned she was headed into town to meet a friend for dinner and asked if we wanted her to let the restaurant know wew would be on our way. We went to dinner at Osteria dei Vignaioli and we greeted very warmly. My father-in-law was very excited by the smell from the kitchen, indicating that it reminded him of his grandmother's house growing up. This was one of the best meals we had in all of Tuscany.
The Villa: Spectacular views, unique kitchen, great pool, Owner that goes above and beyond.
The Location: At the top of a hill from town, the villa is a short, but challenging walk into town. In town, there are a couple restaurants, a bar and a small store. We drove to Siena, San Gimnano, Florence, Montepulciano and had a wine tour tasting Brunellos in teh Montalcino regions.
The highlight: Beverly's assistant came by with her mother to cook dinner for us. It was a fantastic and one of the best meals we had! They roasted chicken from her mother's farm, termpura fried vegetables, roasted potatoes, and a homemeade apple tart. It was a great night!!!
I would reccomend this villa to anyone looking for relaxation, a beautiful place to end the day exploring Tuscany.
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Tunbridge Wells Kent
Left on 10/19/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Very interesting house...being the home of the late Robert Katz the historian and author. Looked after very well by his widow Beverley. She organised a wine tour for us with the Manager of a local vineyard called Sergio. He was very knowledgable and charming...a great day out if you are staying at the house. Lovely views...road very bumpy...don't visit in a sports car! Really enjoyable holiday...
A homely villa with the most amazing view from the kitchen!
Left on 07/12/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | E Bennetts
We stayed for a week and Beverley was the most gracious and accommodating host. A wonderful villa with everything you could need or want for a week of rest and relaxation - just a joy to stay at. We would recommend to family and friends. We stayed with our three young children and have great memories of a fantastic week.
Left on 08/13/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | The Singer Family
Casa allioni was the perfect vacation rental for us during our visit to Tuscany. It exceeded all our dreams and expectations. Not only were we graciously welcomed personally by Beverly, the owner, we were delighted to have Martina cook for us on our first night in Tuscany. After traveling with young children, Martina alleviated the stress of having to shop and cook on our arrival. The food was amazing! The portions were generous! The prices were beyond reasonable! And the fact that Martina cleaned up too was a bonus to our first Tuscan experience. It was so amazing to me and my family that we had her come back two more times!
Beverly was so helpful and attentive to our needs. Her kindness made us feel like we were right at home. Taking us to the local store, helping us find a stroller (after we forgot ours in america), and making sure we had everything we needed was so genuine. And staying in Tuscany, swimming each day overlooking the Tuscan hillside was a dream come true! We will remember this week for the rest of our lives. We only hope to come back again and visit!
Left on 08/03/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | ItalophileNZ
What a fabulous location and such an interesting and beautifully restored villa. Many a peaceful hour was spent in the shade of the loggia, interspersed with dips in the pool. The villa has marvellous views and is situated close to Pieve a Presciano which has two good restaurants, with many more in the vicinity. Beverly, the owner, was a warm, engaging and generous hostess - welcome pack of food, wine and her olive oil, access to her vegetable garden and herb bed - and was concerned about our enjoyment and the quality of our experience. The villa is full of character and interest and was very comfortable, with many alternative locations for sitting and relaxing in the shade, or for enjoying the view. This part of Tuscany is less touristy than Chiantishire but is a good location for following the Piero della Francesca trail.
Left on 07/22/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Casa allioni, fantastic place for holidays. If somebody want to spend fantastic time with familiy, if somebody like cooking, if somebody want to after whole year of work have relax is deffinatly place. Home have 3 very comfortable badrooms, 2 bathrooms and fantastic kitchen. You can take herbs and vegetables from small garden near to home. Swimming pool - very good (not to small & and very clean). And of course most important: We had pleasure meet owner of house - Thank you very much Beverly.
Left on 06/14/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | leslie and peter
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our restful stay at allioni. Beverly, the owner, was very welcoming and went out of her way to make sure that we were comfortable in our home away from home. She even took us on a short tour of Pieve a Presciano and a neighboring town, pointing out restaurants, the pharmacy, and markets.
This lovely home exudes all that Tuscany means to us--perfect vistas out every door and window of olive trees, grape vines, wildflowers and rolling hills. Gardens and pots of geraniums, petunias, and herbs abound. We love to cook and the kitchen was not only well-equipped with modern appliances, but was also warm and inviting in a typically Tuscan way. It was thoughtfully stocked with staples, spices, condiments, olive oil from the casa and "first night food”. After walking to and from the village for lunch, in the evening, we grilled some delicious meals in the outdoor wood burning oven and enjoyed eating them outside under the spacious loggia.
In addition, Allioni is perfectly located for trips to arezzo, Firenze, and Siena--even Montalcino is not too far for a day trip. There is a small train station very nearby which is on the main line to and from Rome and Firenze.
The pool area is lovely--too bad it was still too cool during our visit to properly enjoy. We were appreciative instead of the availability of firewood and several crackling fires in the living room fireplace.
Left on 09/29/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Casa allioni is a lovely family home with beautiful views within walking distance of several restaurants. We especially enjoyed the cookery book collection, the film library, pictures, pool and being surrounded by vines and olives. The owner is very generous with her own produce and we delighted in her wine, olive oil, tomatoes and figs. Arezzo and Siena are within easy driving distance and with a motorway fairly close it was easy to get to Florence. We have two criticisms, the first is that the directions to find the house were not very good although the owner very helpfully came to find us and the other concerned the beds and bedding for whilst perfectly adequate it would have been nice to have pure cotton sheets and better mattresses.
Left on 09/28/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Can't fault the location as far as views go - absolutely stunning. Beautiful place to sit by the pool with a glass of Chianti and watch the sun set. Location is also quite private (the owner does live in a small house on site). Downside is that the villa is quite an arduous walk to/from the nearby village. Owner/host was charming and always willing to help (her wine was excellent!). It is worth noting (and the owner is open about this) - this is a home and is furnished/equipped as such - do not go expecting a minimalist holiday let. Lovely layout to the house and very comfortable. Check in hampered by incorrect directions (directions from North and South were the wrong way round) - hopefully now sorted. For kids (or parents who can't get away from work) there is wi-fi which seemed to work well. Good location for visiting the area.
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