Casolare

Beautiful country living in a large Chianti farmhouse with panoramic pool.

Property summary
  • Sleeps 22 (6 double, 2 twin bedroom, 2 twin or double bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 1 of which ensuite, 3 ensuite shower rooms)
  • Location: Chianti, the wine region
  • Saturday to Saturday weekly rentals in high season, shorter periods are possible in mid and low.
Surrounding Region
  • Bar, restaurants, shopping and nearest bus stop Greve 4.5km
  • Chianti villages Panzano 10km, San Casciano 15km
  • Florence 24km
  • San Gimignano & Siena 52kma

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. For the more active there is also a five-a-side football field, perfect for running down the energy of younger legs while you relax with a gin and tonic. While the houses themselves make you feel well looked after, a charming couple, who live in the village of Greve in Chianti but work within the house, 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.

Accommodation

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.

Local area

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.

Points of Interest
  • Greve in Chianti open air market ( saturday morning) – 4,5 km
  • Panzano in Chianti (MacDario for lunch/dinner) -10 km
  • Montefioralle hamlet – 8 km
  • American Military Cemetery – 19 km
  • Cantina Antinori – 19,6 km
  • Obi Hall Teatre – 23 km
  • Castello di Volpaia – 22 km
  • Castello di Radda – 24 km
  • Firenze – 24 km
  • Siena – 39 km
Features

Baby bed and high chair
Barbecue
Catering
Coffee Maker
Cooking lessons
Dishwasher
Extra cleaning
Fans
Fireplace
Five-a-side football field
Furnished outdoor areas
Golf course
Hair dryer
Heating
Insect screens or mosquito nets
Internet access
Iron and Ironing board
Kettle
Microwave
Music
Oven
Pets welcome
Pool towels
Sports facilities on site
Swimming pool
Television
Washing machine

Via collegalle 7/8, Greve in Chianti, Florence, Italy
+39 346 2354039 – info@casalesobole.it

Cover photos by montypeter / Freepik, Bedneyimages / Freepik, tirachard / Freepik,
Giovanni Gagliardi, David Pellon