Farmhouse with pool & view
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Beautiful, independent self-catering apartments in ancient Tuscan farmhouse with private swimming pool.
The house is on a 30 acres property on the slopes of Pratomagno mountain, between Florence and Arezzo (35 km from Florence, 25 from Arezzo, 50 km from Siena on easy roads), with a really stunning sight on the whole Valdarno valley and the Chianti hills. It is surrounded by olive trees (we do our own high-quality organic olive oil) and typical vineyards. The farmhouse dates back to the 17th century, it had an extensive restoration work a few years ago in a very refined style and trying to maintain as much as possible of the original building. The garden where the swimming pool is is immersed in the silent, relaxing surroundings of the countryside.
We have six apartments for rent, with one or two bedrooms each, sleeping up to 20 persons total. The apartments are rented separately for couples and families, or altogether for groups!
Apartments #2, #3, #4 and #5 have one bedroom with double bed, its own kitchen, its private bathroom and private outdoor garden area (BBQ available). A double sofa-bed in the living room of #2, #3 and #5 can be added, to sleep other 1/2 persons comfortably. It is ideal for two persons, or a couple with 2 children. Apt#6 has 2 bedrooms and can sleep up to 6 persons: it is ideal for two couples. Apt#7 is a separate house, the former hayloft of the farm: it has a large private terrace with the best view on the valley.
More, you will have access to the shared areas: a TV room with sofas (apt#1), a large lawn terrace with view, and the swimming pool with umbrellas and sunbeds, in the garden with roses.
Podere Casarotta, because of its privileged position, offers a perfect balance between rest&relaxation and the chance to move around and visit hundreds of interesting places: the house is secluded, quiet and peaceful, but at the same time it's near to local town and villages (the nearest shopping point is Castelfranco di Sopra, just 4kms away!) and the A1 motorway is just at a 10 minutes drive.
Then Casarotta will be your luxurious, comfortable and relaxing starting point for visiting Tuscany! Whatever you are looking for: art, history, culture, parks and nature, wine and food routes, or just absolute relax, you will find them all at hand!
Please have a look at our website and our guests' review on TripAdvisor, just searching for "Podere Casarotta"!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa (PSA) 135 km, Nearest railway: Figline Valdarno 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Valdarno valley, the area between Florence, Chianti and Arezzo is famous for its wine, its oil and nice food, like "fiorentina" steak. Its rolling hills are covered with olive groves and vineyards, it has extensive woodlands and beautiful restored historical buildings, including many castles and abbeys. All these features contribute to its charm and serene country atmosphere but it is in easy reach of towns such as Arezzo, Florence and Siena.
The territory of the Valdarno is singular and picturesque and begins from the point at which, near Arezzo, the river changes direction and heads north. Immersed in pre-historic times by the natural flow of the waters of a lake which flooded the basin up until the Tertiary Age, it is a series of gentle slopes interrupted by numerous ridges eroded by rain water. Here everything is colour, the browny- bronze bush of the pines at the top of the gullies, the gloomy oaks at the foot of the gorges with walls of yellowy clay open like open wounds, the eternal silver of the olive groves and the green of the vines which become deep purple every year at the end of the season. Throughout the valley, at an hour's walking distance from each other, the bell towers and the towers of the old villages, the pievi and the castles rise up, some of which still have Etruscan sounding names such as Loro Ciuffenna, Gropina and Cennina. Because of its opulence, the Valdarno Valley was the object of brutal battles fought between the two cities which, at the end of the medieval period, aspired to dominate Tuscany: The Guelphs of Florence and the Ghibellines of Arezzo.
At the end of the XIII century, in order to fight the military pressure of the war-mongering Aretine bishops who possessed large properties and well-supplied castles such as Cennina, Castiglione degli Ubertini and Laterina, the Florentines built the three “terre murate”, three fortified towns: San Giovanni, Terranuova and Castelfranco.
After the death of Bishop Guido Tarlati in 1327, the Aretine Republic underwent a slow but inexorable decline until, in 1384, it ceased to exist and its territories were made a part of the Florentine Republic. With this end to the conflict, the limits of jurisdiction of the Arezzo department were set in Valdarno according to a line which also included the three walled cities built by the Florentines a century earlier. Three roads from Arezzo lead to the Valdarno following the entire length of the valley as far as Florence: the A1 motorway, the SS 69 which follows the line of the river and the "Setteponti" road, already in existence in the Etruscan period which emerges out on the hills of the Pratomagno dominating the valley of the imaginary water-line of the lost lake.
The Valdarno maintains an agricultural tradition of wine and olive production of high quality. The process of industrial development, concentrated in well delimited zones, has left intact the charm of the landscape and the artistic heritage of the Valdarno area.
Castelfranco di Sopra
Podere Casarotta has belonged to the district of Loro Cuiffenna since 1774, as can be seen from the date carved on the left-hand corner of the building. The historical data available shows us that at one time it belonged to the first standard-bearer of Loro Ciuffenna, then to a group of local families who made a living from making oil and wine.
The Antinori family were also the owners at one time. The actual owners have carried out extensive restoration work in a very refined style but at the same time in a innovative way.
The property consists of twelve hectares that are planted with olives.
The name itself tells about its Etruscan origins. In the middle-age Loro was a fortified village at the junction of two rivers bridged at two points, which led to two gates in the village walls. There was once a castle in Loro, which is mentioned in documents as far back as 1065. The old town still retains a lot of its original character. There is a road that goes from Loro uphill towards the Pratomagno mountain, passing from the mountain hamlets of Rocca Ricciarda, La Trappola, San Clemente in Valle; the roads then becomes an unpaved trail going up to the Pratomagno Cross pass (1500 meters asl), and goes back down in Casentino on the other side of the mountain.
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8 Oct 2013
mooie ligging, schitterend uitzicht (ligt hoog tegen bergketen)prachtig zwembad, goed onderhouden, weinig chloorrust… More
26 Sep 2013
"Beautiful, peaceful and perfectly located for a Tuscan Holiday"
We stayed in September 2013 with my girlfriend in one of the apartments (#5 I think!).We arrived at night and after meeting Simone and checking in quickly we got to our apartment. It was incredibly sp… More
25 Aug 2013
Simone was the perfect host answering all our questions before and during our holiday. The property was great, well equipped and very clean! We particularly liked our terrace sitting out enjoying the late evening sun and watching the wild boars play on the garden below. Our little dog accompanied us on this holiday and for his first trip abroad he was very well catered for. We liked being miles from anywhere with glorious views. Enzo kept the pool in perfect condition and we enjoyed trying to communicate with him as none of us spoke the same language. Although remote it was perfect for exploring Tuscany I would definitely recommend a visit to the local village Loro Ciuffena it was idyllic and hardly any tourists. We shall most definitely visit again and stay in apartment 2 it has the best outside space in my opinion. Thank you Simone and Enzo for our perfect holiday in a little piece of paradise.
4 Sep 2012
"A wonderful relaxing stay"
Podere Casarotta was perfect for a restful, non-action family break. Wonderful apartment, large (20 metre) pool, very peaceful and great weather. Restaurants in nearby towns. Lots of time to relax and read. Highly recommended!
27 Aug 2012
Podere Casaritta is an oasis of beauty and comfort in the Tuscan hills. Situated among olive trees and perched above a deep picturesque valley it offers simple, very comfortable, rustic yet slightly luxurious suites. There is also a gorgeous pool. Simone, who runs the day to day operations is a friendly kind soul who along with his friend will prepare special meals for you by arrangement using in season local ingredients. Our meal rivaled that of any 4 star restaurant in Firenze or Roma. This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a vacation that will allow for a combination of lazy days in a beautiful place and reasonable drives to interesting places like Loro Ciufenna, Sienna, Arezzo, Cortona, and a little farther away but still good for day trips Firenze and Perugia. If you go to Podere Cassarotta get the GPS coordinates for the bottom end of the road up the hill, it will make finding the place much easier. Enjoy your stay and tell Simone you want Paolo's fiore di zuca if you have one of his special meals.
Returnato subito, Paolo and Mia Ronson , USA,
31 Jul 2012
"Excellent Place (shhh don't tell anyone)"
The Podere Casarotta is a great place to stay. We were welcomed at 1.30am in the morning (after a long drive in a fiat 500 containing 4 people and a weeks worth of luggage!) by the friendly manager Simone who made sure we got to our great appartment. The place is stunning, set in the hills with great views and an excellent pool. Our kids loved swimming and I got time to lay back and finally read a couple of books. Although the main house contains a number of appartments (6 I think), you don't feel crowded as everyone has a great deal of privacy. We're looking forward to returning, and perhaps getting a couple of appartments so we can travel with friends as well. A great base for travelling with Florence, Sienna and Pisa all within easy driving distance.
Great place.... you should go there. It's quiet and remote and you can do your own thing, but help is close at hand if you need to know where the nearest Gelato is!
They also allow pets which is great... and the villa has a family of very cute cats to entertain the kids.
24 Jun 2012
"Beautiful place on the on the hillside with the stunning views to the valey below!.."
Podere Casarotta surprised us a lot, as it appeared to be even more beautiful and better equipped than in the pictures and descriptions published in web :))) We chose it as our home-place where we ret… More
30 Mar 2012
"The perfect Tuscan experience!"
This villa/farmhouse is perfect for small families or large groups. Each apt. is spacious yet private. The grounds are beautiful and the location is good for day trips into Florence or sightseeing. The groundskeeper, Simone, is very helpful and makes excellent meals when you arrive home at the end of the day. We had such a great time and cannot wait to return!
30 Aug 2011
"We loved every moment of our stay at Podere Casarotta, what a wonderful place!"
Podere Casarotta is a beautiful property in the heart of Tuscany. It's a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the Tuscan sun! The service was excellent, great e-mail communication, and very easy to book and also very reasonable rates. We stayed there with our 3 young kids, our apartment (#2) was beautiful and has a very well equipped self catering kitchen with everything you need. Everything is very charming and well taken care off. The kids loved the pool, very nice to swim relax and it also offers a beautiful view. You definitely need a car if you stay there, a long winding dirt road leads up there, but little towns that offers anything you need are within easy access. Within easy driving distance from Sienna, and other beautiful cities well worth a visit. Simone was very friendly and helpful, and we loved the meal/s he cooks on request. (usually on Thursdays and Saturdays) Also the organic Olive Oil from the farm is the best! We can highly recommend this property,
19 Jul 2011
"Charming and Fantastic for a quiet and relaxing break - best to drive"
Beautifully renovated, lots of character, really puts you smack bang into Tuscany and a good base for sight seeing. Swimming pool is great to unwind. You generally take care of yourself but what a treat while still being so different to 5 star hotels!
Recommend having Simone organise a dinner on the first night to get you off on a good start, wine and food were very good.
You really need to have your own transport and with GPS. Ask for GPS coordinates to help you find the place on arrival. Bring a book. Good to know how to cook - do a bit of grocery shopping, grab a few beers and some wine then go back and kick back. Internet connection on a 3G mobile SIM card was intermittent - all the better to stay away from work.
Good restaurants in the area (had a great meal at La Caninella? - try the Florentine steak) as well as a Prada outlet - have a look at the in-house guides or ask Simone.
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