2 double bedrooms, 1 sofa bed, 2 shower rooms.
Location: Central Tuscany
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
The owner of a large house in Casole, which has belonged to her family for several hundred years, has converted three spacious apartments for holiday accommodation. The front door on the main street opens to a staircase shared by all three apartments. Thick walls, heavy beamed ceilings, with terracotta and wood floors give beauty and quiet.
Carefully thought out to cope with the foibles of this lovely old house, which has seen few changes over the past centuries, the work has been done with pride and love, taking care to retain the inherent charms of the original building. The results are delightful- there are good quality fittings for bathrooms and kitchens, new, hand made terracotta floors in some rooms, hardwood in others. Interior stairs have specially designed wrought iron railings, and most of the bedrooms enjoy views of the quiet countryside at the rear.
Apartment Il Poeta is on the second floor: the small kitchen/ living room has a sofa bed, and a built in kitchen section (no dishwasher). A few steps lead out to an enchanting little terrace, with just enough room for a table and chairs, and a superb view. There is a balcony bedroom over the living room with a hardwood floor and 140cm double bed. Shower room. The second double bedroom, with shower room ensuite, is very large, with a single divan with cushions, occasional tables and a TV. A little, low- beamed room off this bedroom has a washing machine, a small extra fridge, a sink, and an electric hob for making tea or coffee.
Casole is a charming village with restaurants, grocery shops and friendly cafes. There are a series of festivals throughout the year, of which the most important is Casole's very own version of the Palio, in early July. A horse race up the hill is preceded by flag waving and festivities and culminates in a large village outdoors meal, with the local butcher working the barbecue!
Thanks to an art school run by an English sculptor, Nigel Konstam, you will often find artists ensconced with their easels in various corners of the village. The tiny local museum also has beautiful Etruscan finds from local digs, as well as the work of a local village artist from the 15th century. The views from the village go out as far as San Gimignano, with its famous towers, as well as across to the hills of Chianti in the east, and the forested hills of the National Park to the west.
This simple little apartment was a fantastic base for us from which to explore the surrounding area and yet so convenient to come home to with the local restaurants on the doorstep for nights we didn't fancy cooking. The main bedroom is large and comfortable with the mezzanine floor a treat for teenagers; we really enjoyed our stay and miss the view of the rolling hills that greeted us every morning.