Casa della Vista
Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
With a beautiful location set below the small, medieval hill village of Sorana, this is a traditional stone farmhouse retaining all the usual beautiful Tuscan features of cotto floors, chestnut beams and an open fireplace.
Outside there are private olive groves for the children to play in, a terrace for al fresco dining, BBQ for outdoor cooks and a pool for cooling off in the glorious summer days - all with spectacular views of the Pescia valley. Two of the best restaurants in the area are just down the road or there is further fine dining in and around the local town of Pescia, less than 15 minutes drive away
Open all year around, this house offers a quiet retreat from which to explore the surrounding hills on foot to local villages such as Vellano, Castelveccio, Fibialla or Medicina.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 40 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 45 km, Nearest railway: Pescia 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The accommodation is on two floors with the kitchen, shower room and one lounge/bedroom downstairs and the master bedroom and second lounge/bedroom upstairs
The main bedroom has a queen size bed with chest of drawers and wardrobe whilst the upstairs second room has a large stone grate with cast iron fire, large bed sette and cabin bed. Downstairs, the lounge has a sofabed and is equipped with an air conditioning unit
The kitchen is fully equipped with utensils and pans, with a 5 ring gas bottle-powered cooker complete with oven
There is also an under-house storage room which contains the garden furniture and washing machine
|Further details outdoors|
The house is part of a working olive farm so the groves are open and available for exploration, although care should be taken down some of the steep slopes
There is also a hand-built stone barbecue and outside dining area, ideal for summer evening cooking and eating outside
The pool is a 15' by 8' plunge pool, perfect for cooling off during the long hot Tuscan summer days.
There is a 300m walk from a car park through the village and down a path to get to the door, which is a little steep in places. Whilst this makes for a quiet and private location it means access would be difficult for elderly, infirm or disabled guests
The Tuscany region
Tuscany, the cradle of modern European culture, contains treasures of every age and style, from the Etruscan theatre and Roman baths at Fiesole, to the majestic Gothic buildings in the medieval town of Siena and the exceptional art and architecture of Florence. The cities of Tuscany have produced writers, scientists, architects, musicians and artists whose works have literally changed the world.
The immense dome of Florence's Duomo, designed by Brunelleschi, inspired Michelangelo's design for the dome of St. Peter's in Rome, and influenced architecture in towns throughout Italy. Modern science and technology have their roots in the experiments of Galileo and other researchers. Puccini was born in Lucca. Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio broke with traditional Latin and wrote in the Italian language, establishing the Tuscan dialect as Italy's literary language and things Tuscan as the measure of culture and refinement.
The peaceful Tuscan landscape is primarily rolling hills, with vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees and hilltop villages all bathed in a soft, amber light. To many it seems familiar, and rightly so: during the Renaissance it was often used as the backdrop for the paintings of the masters. The rustic Tuscan farmhouse, made of local stone and set atop a hill flanked by lines of cypress trees, is a sight unique to Tuscany and accurately reflects the situation of the house at Casa della Vista. Silent medieval hilltowns, with their fortified castle walls and church steeples visible in the distance, are a part of the landscape: San Gimignano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Cortona. Tuscany's olive groves yield some of the world's finest extra virgin olive oil, but the heart of the region is in its vineyards, particularly the Chianti Classico, where you can visit fattorie (wine estates), to sample and purchase their wines.
In Tuscany there is huge emphasis on food and the family. Most Tuscan meals begin with crostini, slices of bread that are lightly toasted and topped with anything from chicken liver to myrtle to olive paste; acquacotta, a thin vegetable soup, and panzanella, a soup made from leftover bread soaked in vinegar and vegetables are among the many bread-based soups. Simplicity and flavour are the guiding principles of Tuscan cooking: pasta, served with a sauce of vegetables or meat; salviata, an omelette with fresh sage; or lesso rifatto con le cipolle, a stew of leftover boiled beef smothered in long-simmered onions, are classic embodiments of this philosophy.
Finally wine - Vin Santo is one of the region's renowned sweet wines, often served with cantuccini di Prato, dry almond cookies, for dipping. Among the other great wines of Tuscany are Tignanello, Sassacaia, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and the famous Brunello di Montaleino.
Sorana is situated along the valley north of Pescia known as the Dieci Castella region. This takes it's names from the 10 villages that line the valley hills and hilltops, each of which has a church with bell tower. During medeival and in more recent periods of upheaval like the second world war the towers acted as prime lookout posts for defence of the area
There are some beautiful places to visit in the Pescia valley and surrounding area in Northern Tuscany and Casa della Vista is the ideal location to use as a base from which to venture out or to relax and enjoy the fabulous views and perfect weather in summer. Alternatively you can relax in the shadow of the olive groves, cooling off in the pool or nip down to Chiesa Uzzano, near the Autostrada for a day at the Don Carlos water park
Local villages such as Vellano, Fibialla, Castlevecchio, Aramo, San Quirico, Collodi and Medicina can all be explored on foot from the old mule tracks that run from right outside the front door of the house or the historic walled city of Lucca is only a 30 minute drive
Florence is about an hour's drive, if you want to risk the hairy Italian city traffic or the rail link from Pescia is regular and reliable and will allow you to take in the scenery across the rolling north Tuscan hills
Perhaps the best way to experience the hospitable local people and their culture is to dine in the local restaurants or visit the Saturday market in Pescia. At the bottom of the hill leading up to Sorana village is Trattoria Da Sandrino, which serves a marvellous array of local produce including various game dishes, wild boar, the best fillet steak you will ever taste and the world-famous Sorana beans. Another dish not to be missed is the 'Pollo Arrosto', or roast chicken, at the Pescia 'Mercato' on Saturday morning, but don't be late as they stop serving at about 1230!
The whole area around Pistoia is rich in the history of Italian culture and famous names. You can visit the birthplaces of Leonardo da Vinci and Puccini or take in many festivals, markets and other gatherings across the region. Not many of the locals speak English, so a smattering of Italian or a good phrasebook are essential!!
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17 Aug 2014
"Outstanding views, charming cottage and great for relaxing!"
After a short drive from Pisa airport made easy by very clear directions, no need for a sat nav, we were met on arrival by Chris who was really helpful in getting us and our bags to the cottage. The cottage itself was located just beneath the main village so enjoyed privacy which was really welcome but also had the most fantastic views on three sides with day long sunshine. The cottage although small, contained all the essential things for a holiday, As life is best lived outside, then the barbeque and the pool were the most important to us.
On the nights we didn´t barbeque there was Sandrinos Tratoria, a short walk down the hill. Atillo cooks fantastic authentic Tuscan food in a welcoming restaurant, the wild boar is recommended. In the village itself was a small bar and again the welcome here was fantastic and the wine cheap! Many days were spent relaxing, floating in the pool, sun bathing or sitting under the olive tree reading a book but on days when we felt more energetic there was lots to do. Firenze was a 1 hr train ride away from Pescia but also Lucca is a beautiful and less busy town. Otherwise there are many local villages along the valley tucked away, with small bars where you can just wile away the hours.
Overall, a stay here is a relaxing break away from the crowds soaking up the Tuscan lifestyle. We would definitely recommend it to like minded people who want to experience the real Tuscany and we would love to return.
Gerdientje and James
Many thanks for your kind words. We try to make little improvements every year to our lovely house but, in the end, it is the Tuscan scenery, lifestyle and hospitality that wins people over, just as you mentioned in your review. Hope to see you again soon!
13 Aug 2013
What can I say about this property, It has to be one of the best kept secrets of Tuscany, I just cannot understand how the price is so reasonable. this property should have a waiting list for people w… More
You were our first booking for this year when you contacted us nearly a year ago, so we are very glad the wait was worth it!
Many people have said how underpriced they thought the property is but we have always felt, like you, that once word gets out about how wonderfully peaceful and tranquil it is at the house the place will sell itself. Your review can only help that process so thank you very much
I agree with you about the availability of information at the house and this is something we have provided many times but guests tend to forget, sometimes, to put the leaflets and brochures back in the ring binder in the house! At the moment, our plan is to expand the coverage of our website www.tuscanywinetours.co.uk to provide links to local attractions or activities. There is already a banner link on the site displaying information about events in and around Pistoia province. More to come later this year
Finally, we have just received word that the local authority has given us permission to improve the path so we will be installing steps down the initial part to provide easier access. It's been a struggle but we are finally nearly there!
Many thanks again for the review
5 Aug 2013
"Breathtaking Italian Escape"
Being the usual hustle and bustle holiday type, for our next holiday we wanted something a little bit different. We wanted to experience a more relaxed and cultural holiday for a change. After viewing a few different types of accommodation in various locations, we finally decided that Casa Della Vista was what we had been looking for.
We contacted the owner, who I might add was very informative and helpful at every stage. He supplied us with a wealth of local information, from places to visit, eat, sightseeing opportunities, detailed directions to the property, and much more. This filled us with every confidence that our holiday choice had been the right one.
We hired a car from Pisa airport, and began our journey towards Sorana. The owner had told us about the supermarket 'Esselunga', in Pescia, which is the nearest town to Sorana where we would be staying, so we stopped off en route to get some necessities before continuing on.
When you arrive at the village of Sorana and park the car, there is a short walk to the property. As you approach the farm house, you walk around the side of the property, and WOW! In front of you is one of the most jaw dropping views we feel we have ever come across. I will never forget that first glimpse. The tiered landscape of olive groves immediately in front of you, looking down over the forest covered valley, another small Italian village over the valley to your left, with a few other singular properties dotted on the landscape, sun shining over the mountain tops, this is perfection. Every morning, the first thing we would do was take another look at that view, just to make sure we didn't imagine it.
Moving on to the accommodation, as we were a couple, I can say that the house was plenty for us, with all the requirements that one should need for our truly rustic Italian holiday. Every room was spotless when we arrived. Upstairs is an excellent master with a huge comfy bed and ample storage space, the second bedroom housed a log burning fire, if only it was cold just for one night so we could use it.
Moving downstairs we have the shower room / toilet which again was spotlessly clean, but watch the water it does get very hot, the lounge which contains a very fluffy rug and comfy sofa, and the kitchen, which had all the requirements that we needed in the form of a gas hob/oven, fridge freezer, kitchenware etc, and to our surprise, tap water that is fed from a fresh spring further up the mountain, perfect for drinking.
We settled in straight away to our surroundings, and as I mentioned above, this was not our usual type of holiday. As we had the hire car we took the opportunity to sight see as much as we could, and after some long days of exploration, the pure relaxation of returning to our farm house with a view.
As others, we also dined at Sandrino's, which if you are reading the reviews, you will know by now it is at the bottom of the hill, and we can to confirm that the food here is second to none. They offer great hospitality, with a great selection of top quality Italian food, at a very good price, and worth every penny. May we also recommend that you try the prosecco that they have on offer as this too is very nice indeed.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Della Vista, we will definitely be back in the future. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
I think you have missed your vocation as a poet! Your description of the view is one of the most eloquent we have received!
Thanks for taking the trouble to write to us, we really appreciate it and are happy you had such a good time
18 Jun 2013
"Charming and idyllic Tuscan farmhouse with stunning views at an unbeatable price"
As a group of 3 friends and 1 dog, our stay at Casa Della Vista was just perfect. The farmhouse is small but you really feel you are living an authentic slice of Tuscan life. The main thing of cours… More
We are so glad the three of you and Poppy had such a good time - you even beat some of the recent poor weather!
As you will have seen, we are in the process of installing a set of steps for the part of the path that is a bit steep - we just need to get it past the local Italian bureaucracy!
Thanks again - hopefully we will see you back!
2 Oct 2012
"A perfect Tuscan holiday"
We stayed at Casa della Vista in July, and we'll most definitely be back. The owner had reservations originally about the size of our group, he didn't want us to be too cramped as there were… More
5 Sep 2012
"Just what I hoped a stay in the Tuscan mountains would be ......idyllic!"
What you read about this property is what you get (and more!) As a family we wanted to stay in a very 'local' area to get a true feel of Tuscany, but also wanted to be able to visit other c… More
16 Jul 2012
"Fabulous Stay at Casa Della Vista"
If you want a taste of genuine Tuscan life in tranquil surroundings with stunning views where you can relax and chill out to the max, be sure to book Casa Della Vista. This small rustic farmhouse - w… More
5 Jun 2012
"Romantic and Idyllic"
I go back to Casa della Vista on a regular basis since first going there in 2007. My favourite time of the year is either spring or autumn, I have not been in summer yet, but am most certainly plannin… More
8 May 2012
"Great place to get away from the fast pace of modern life."
Landing at Pisa airport & following the directions provided, the journey took approx. 40/50mins & was very easy to follow.
As the owner states the path is a little steep in places, I believe that a new path will be constructed at the end of April/beginning of May (so the locals inform us). The villa had all that we required to use as a base.
We found a lovely place to eat at the bottom of the hill called Sandrino's - O MY GOD the food is out of this world, the staff/owner are most friendly & we would have paid twice as much in the UK for this meal.
The nearest town is Pescia & we found a little market on Saturday in the main square/ with some very nice shops & caffas. You can also catch the train from Pescia to Florence (Firenze in Italy) - approx 3 trains every hour at a cost of 10.40€ return. When you return the trains to catch are Lucca or Viareggio, again 3 trains every hour. I would also recommend a trip to Lucca which is a wall city/town which is 20/25mins away from Pescia.
This is the place for anyone wanting to get of the beaten track & have a real tuscan experience. The village is small, & beautiful for an evening stroll. But the thing we will take away from this villa is sitting outside on the terrace in the afternoon/evening with a nice bottle of wine enjoying the views down, up & across the valley.
I can't wait to come back.
5 Oct 2011
"Superb Location, Friendly Village"
The property is in a very private location, superb for a get away from it all break. The village is lovely, the locals very friendly and a great regular bus service down to the nearest town Pescia. The property is great, but small and quite cramped for 5 people. It is directly joining two derelict properties. The pool is not 25' long and did not have a working filter, and was not that clean. It was a small ground top pool. There is a stand alone air conditioning unit in one room only, the downstairs living room ( which doubles up as one of the bedrooms). You had to lead the outlet pipe out of one of the windows, which had to remain open, which made the aircon much less effective. I would not say the location is suitable for young children unless you want to spend the holiday following them around as the olive grove was overgrown and a very steep drop down the hill near the pool and patio areas. The mule track was overgrown in summer and we were advised not to walk down it by the locals, due to snakes and wild boar. The terms and conditions on booking stated that the electricity was very fragile in times of high demand. However, we experienced the trip switch fusing every time we used the bathroom or had a shower, several times a day/night. We have alerted the owner to this as there appears to be a problem on the circuit. The cooker handle was broken which created a problem when we tried to cook something as the door of the oven heated up to a very high temperature, quite dangerous. There was not enough seating for 4 of us outside for al fresco dining. we had to use one of the deck chairs, which was unsuitable. We have let theowner know all of the above and having said all that, we had a super holiday in a fantastic location and a rustic Tuscan farmhouse with its quirky charm. We are the adventurous type so managed to overcome the above niggles, but for those who maybe require a bit of luxury, you might be frustrated.
The dimensions of the pool have been changed on the description to 15' by 8' - thanks for pointing this out. this size of pool is still plenty big enough to accommodate a family of 4 splashing around. If the filter issue had been reported, we coud have fixed it - not having a working filter will make it difficult to keep the pool clean. We have found that the air conditioning unit is more than adequate to keep that room cool during the hot summer. We have never had any trouble with young children staying at the property and our experience is that the olive groves provide great adventures for them. We will make sure that the tracks past the house are strimmed in future but there has never been an issue with anyone being attacked by snakes or wild boar. However, as described in the house summary, it is located in a hillside village in northern Tuscany. If local wildlife is not something guests are comfortable with, then this is not the property for them. The electricity has been checked and circuit breakers replaced and the cooker handle repaired. There are four chairs in the under house storeroom and four more wooden chairs in the house which can be moved outside when there are more than 4 guests dining. There should be no need to try and use a deckchair. The house is not described as 'a luxury villa' - it is a rustic Tuscan farmhouse. As most of our guests find, it is the location and quiet which enables people to have a calm, relaxing holiday. Thank you for the rest of your comments
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