1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom and 2 twin or double bedrooms; 1 ensuite shower room and 2 bathrooms, 1 of which is ensuite
Location: Chianti Villas Tuscany
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
The area and the wine known as Chianti is much beloved by the modern traveler, and Arancio is part of an ancient farm building, a 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 La Gialla, the patrician blue of L'Azzurra and the soft glowing orange of L'Arancio. All of the houses have their own outdoor eating areas, furnished with tables, umbrellas, and divans and located in separate parts of the property, but they share the 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. Although the three houses function very well as private accommodation, La Gialla and L'Azzurra can be rented together and interconnected, and should the whole property be taken by a group there is plenty of space for everyone to be together.
The largest of the houses has two entrances - one from the charming front terrace with bright tile-covered tables overlooking the nearby vineyard and with handy access to the deceptively small, but well-equipped kitchen, and another directly into the large living room, whose warm colors and comfortable furnishings make your feel instantly at home. To one side of the living area is a dining room with a table for 8; to another, a wide staircase leading upstairs. On this floor is another large sitting room with a fireplace and doors off to the bedrooms - one twin bedroom with an ensuite shower room, a large double with ensuite bathroom that also has a shower, and two twin or double bedrooms that share a bathroom.
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 follow the example of Theo, the most laid-back watchdog in Tuscany, and just 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.
Campo Rinaldo is a fabulous place to stay. Mario and Sabrina were most gracious hosts and very helpful. The home is perfect especially if you enjoy being in a beautiful setting. The only drawback, perhaps, is that you are quite a distance from everything! You must be willing to drive to Orvieto to take the train if you are planning day trips to Rome or Florence as we did.We were four women who all desired our own rooms and bathrooms and that made this perfect. We ordered one of the food packages for our first day and that was the perfect decision. We had enough food to last for days!If you don't mind being away from the cities and destinations, this is a perfect location.
o We spent 2 weeks at Il Casolare, the Arancio apartment. It was a family reunion with members from the age of 60 to 2 years. No teenagers. The apartment was excellent, the kitchen well equipped, the pool area was great. For most of the time, we were the only guests, so we had the pool-area on our own. The care-keeper Eduardo did provide the things we missed on arrival, that was a baby-chair. We did not manage to connect to the internet. Today that should be easy to arrange. It is necessary to have cars available. What about bicycles? We are a norwegian family. The booking process and the communication with Laura was excellent. Conclusion: We loved it!
The Invitation to Tuscany team did a great job of organising a wonderful holiday and advising of what to do locally. We were lucky to have the pool to ourselves but the villa was a delight to stay in, well appointed (the photos do not capture the sense of space) and perfectly located to reach Florence; Sienna and other local towns.