2 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom, 2 bathrooms and 1 ensuite shower room.
Location: Chianti Villas Tuscany
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
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. Il 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, 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.
A wide archway at the end of the long facade leads to 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 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.
We had s fantastic holiday at Gialla. It is a beautiful peaceful villa and is superbly equipped. A really relaxing holiday for the whole family.
After briefing Invitation To Tuscany, this was one of two places that they recommended to us ... and we were not disappointed. The villa itself was even more impressive in the flesh than it was in the pictures, with very spacious accommodation tastefully laid out and felt like a beautiful family home rather than a place built specifically to rent. Although shared with two other villas, the layout gives absolute privacy and the pool area is the perfect place to relax with ample and varied seating and shade when required. The views are absolutely amazing and the town of Greve is a great place to visit for evening aperitifs or meals, with a lovely town square with numerous restaurants. Would also highly recommend the pizzeria just off the main road "La Cantina" - amazing pizzas and very friendly staff. The villa is within easy driving distance of Sienna and Florence, I could not recommend this villa enough and the same goes for Invitation To Tuscany who offered a premium and personal service that resulted in us having an absolutely fantastic holiday.
We are just back from our trip to Tuscany and I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had. The house was fabulous and worked perfectly for the family. We loved both Emily's and Anna's cooking, we attended the Palio in Siena, which was quite and experience, we hiked the Cinque Terre and just enjoyed exploring the area.
Thank you again for all your help in coordinating a truly memorable holiday.