6 double, 2 twin bedroom, 2 twin or double bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 1 of which ensuite, 3 ensuite shower rooms.
Location: Chianti Villas Tuscany
Saturday to Saturday weekly rentals in high season, shorter periods are possible in mid and low.
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. 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, individual in style, but all under the same roof and sharing striking views of the ancient landscape that surrounds it. All this makes Casolare an excellent place for large groups to gather, be they extended families celebrating a special occasion, classmates with a common purpose or a group of friends eager to explore the Chianti. Casolare offers both comfortable privacy and convivial gathering places.
Country living in this house 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. Different parts of the house 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. There are many outdoor eating areas, furnished with tables, umbrellas, and divans and located in separate parts of the property, and there is a large pool behind the house with its wide furnished surround and lovely views of the olive groves and wooded hillside opposite.
The largest part of the house 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.
The entrance to the large rear wing of the farmhouse 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 another wing of the house. 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. In the back garden and divans and hammocks under the pine trees that become an open-air sitting room.
A wide archway at the end of the long facade leads to the final 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.
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.