A lovingly restored farmhouse overlooking the Arno river valley
3 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room
Due to the open staircase, the owner welcomes infants under 1 yr. or children over 5 yrs.
Location: Villas for rent in Florence and surroundings
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
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 other'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 Allioni 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.
Service rating : Information received prior to our holiday was exactly what was required. Some good local information that was not available in the tour books and a real personal service from the staff at Invitation to Tuscany Ltd.
Product: Casa Allioni was even better than the promotional literature described. Ideally situated on the hill with beautiful views overlooking the valley. We often sat on the terrace watching the stars, whilst drinking the local wine and eating the sumptious olives grown nearby.
Beverley was an amazing host. She was not overbearing, but we knew she was nearby if needed. A truly lovely person.
The house itself was beautiful inside and out with a wonderful rustic charm. The kitchen was our favourite room and inspired my wife and I to create some local dishes (the olive oil flowed).
We visited many of the local sights including Sienna and San Gimignano. I would though recommend a trip to Arezzo, which was not visited by as many tourists.
We only stayed a week, we wished it could have been longer.
We loved our stay at Casa Alliona. Beverley was a perfect host and even though she lives part time in her independent studio she kept to herself. We did invite her for wine and canapes one evening and found her most interesting as she told us about her husband who had written several books on WW2 in Rome where she now resides. Very handy for day trips and our only regret was that we didn't spend more time in the villa!
Hard to believe we've been home for over a week. It was so hard to
leave Beverly's Hill!
Here are some highlights....
due to travel challenges, we arrived very late at night.
Nevertheless, Beverly was there to help us find our way to the
villa and welcome us to the area. She was exceptionally welcoming
and available for whatever we needed. We even had some essentials
in the fridge and pantry to tide us over until we could make it to
when we awoke the next morning, the scene outside the kitchen
Windows was spectacular! The best part of this beautiful
we really loved the convenience of the small market and fabulous
restaurants right at the bottom of the hill (Perbacco and the
we spent a day traveling to Arezzo. Definitely something to
travel to Firenze is really convenient. We rented a car and had
the cooking lesson / meal at the villa by Martina was a real
the villa is very comfortable. Plenty of space, inside and out.
The pool was our favorite place to hang out as it had the best
Beverly is a lovely and generous host. She made the week real
special for us.
I would recommend this rental to anyone!
If you want to stay at a quintessential Tuscan hilltop house, choose Casa Allioni. Perched high on a hill overlooking olive groves and vineyards, this lovely stone house is perfect for a retreat with family or friends and well-located for day trips to most Tuscan destinations. The house is nicely decorated and very comfortable to be in, with all of the appliances necessary to make living easy. And, the owner couldn't be more helpful and friendly. You won't be sorry if you choose Casa Allioni.
What a wonderful spot high on the mountain with beautiful vistas of the Arno River Valley. Spacious, comfortable and convenient in the Casa; plenty of room for privacy. Beverly lives above the garage but you will hardly know she's there unless you need her. After house rentals around the world, we are done exploring. Hopefully we can rebook at Allioni ad infinitum...