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La Castellina

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Chianti  | Bedrooms: 6 | Sleeps: 10 + 1

Rates: from £6,995 per week

This luxurious villa lies at the heart of a small wine estate in the stunning surroundings of the Chianti region in Tuscany. The idyllic and peaceful location near Greve in Chianti allows you to relax and experience total tranquillity as you enjoy birdsong and watch goats lazily climbing the rolling hills that stretch towards the Apuan Alps. Despite its wonderful rural location, La Castellina also offers easy access to the cities of Florence and Siena.

Perched within a glorious region of hill towns and vineyards, this impossibly pretty ancient farmhouse is surrounded by olive groves, oak woods and cypress trees and offers views of distant towns. The farmhouse itself has been restored in a traditional Tuscan style with authentic features maintained throughout the property, such as the terracotta tiled floors and wood beamed ceilings, the vaulted hall, arched doors, traditional bread oven (for decoration only), shuttered windows and the old hay barn - which is today used as the sitting room. With a total of six cosy bedrooms furnished with a number of statement antique pieces and spread across three levels, Le Castellina is the perfect villa for your relaxing Tuscan holiday. The large kitchen is rustic in style yet features all the mod cons needed to whip up an Italian feast to enjoy in front of the roaring fire - or for more formal occasions, the dining room seats up to 12 guests. The villa also affords a spacious sitting room with a grand piano and a working fireplace with access to a covered terrace and its magnificent views across the valley. Of our portfolio of villas in Tuscany with private pools, La Castellina's is particularly generous. We recommend getting in some decent lengths and building up an appetite before indulging in an alfresco breakfast of freshly ground coffee and tasty local produce under the shade of one of the loggias with the gorgeous views of the Tuscan hills in the background. The loggias also provide the perfect spot for a sundowner as evening falls, before enjoying a meal under the inky-black starry sky.

VILLA ACCOMMODATION

Ground Floor
  • Central main hall from which there is access to all parts of the house.
  • Large kitchen with a working fireplace which seats the whole party.
  • Formal dining room which seats up to 12.
  • Spacious sitting room with a grand piano, working fireplace and access to a covered loggia.
Lower Ground Floor
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • Single bedroom
  • Guest WC
  • Well equipped laundry room
  • Access to the courtyard and loggia.
Mezzanine Level
  • Small sitting room with fireplace.
  • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower and tub.
First Floor
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower and tub).
  • Double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom (shower and tub).
  • Outside loggia with stunning views.
  • Pool Annexe:
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room.

KINDLY NOTE:

  • One balcony and the courtyard are not fully childproofed; young children need to be supervised.
  • The estate manager and her family live in an independent apartment on the lower ground floor the villa. The apartment has an independent entrance.
  • The road to the villa (750 meters) is unpaved and bumpy and therefore not suitable for low slung cars.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
April:

  • Panzano in Chianti: Festa della stagion bona

Historical parade through the centre of Panzano, originally meant to celebrate the Spring, accompanied by a little market with local gastronomy.

May:

  • I vini del castello, Montefioralle - Greve in Chianti

Local wine producers gather and showcase the best of their production in the beautiful venue of the castle.

  • Cantine aperte: last week-end of May

Open-day for the wine producers who welcome visitors in their cellars, giving them the chance to visit the estate and taste excellent wines often under the supervision of a professional sommelier.

  • Mille Miglia:

Historical car race from Brescia to Rome to cover 1000 Roman miles, hence the name of the event which took originally place mainly from 1927 and 1957. Today it is a sort of a touring recreation each year with new routings crossing some of the most beautiful parts of Italy.

June:

  • Castiglion Fiorentino, Palio dei Rioni:

Roman-style horse race between the local districts. The event is preceded by an histotical parade which brings the old town back to ancient times.

  • Ferie delle Messi and the Giostra dei Bastoni, San Gimignano, third Saturday and Sunday of June.

This festival was once held to celebrate the harvest. Today it is a mediaeval-style festival with costumed knights on horseback, fireworks, musicians, an art and crafts market and plenty of good food.

July:

  • Brolio:

The tiny village of Brolio holds the Sagra della Rana - the frog festival. A classic for the locals - 10,000 frogs legs are imported especially for this event and in the evening dancing.

  • Monteriggioni Festa Medioevale:

This is one of the best costume festivals in Italy with local and also professional performers, music, demonstrations of mediaeval trades, food stands filling the piazza inside the fortified town of Monteriggioni.

August:

  • Cantiere internazionale d'arte, Montepulciano:

Festival of new work by leading composers, dramatists and choreographers.

  • Night of shooting stars, August 10th:

The 10 August is traditionally the night of the shooting stars and on this night many historical town centres and 'piazzas', castles and courtyards offer tourists the chance to try some of the best wines from local winery's together with typical local dishes and products in a relaxed, almost party, atmosphere.

  • Bravio delle botti, Montepulciano:

A barrel rolling race between the eight Contradas (divisions) of Montepulciano competing for a Palio, a painted cloth banner. The barrels (which weigh 80 kilos) have to be rolled up about 1800 meters along the main street of the town of Montepulciano to end in the Piazza Grande. Costume processions precede the competition and a street banquet follows.

September:

  • Rassegna del Chianti Classico, Greve in Chainti, every year on second weekend of September and the preceding Thursday and Friday:

This is the biggest Tuscan celebration of local wines. Visitors can buy a glass at the entrance desk and taste up to 8 wines presented in the festival.

  • Pienza pecorino-fair and "Cacio al Fuso":

Pienza makes among the best pecorino in Italy and a wide range of excellent cheeses is available to be tasted and bought during this fair. The Cacio al Fuso is a cheese rolling competition. Cacio is the original Tuscan word for pecorino and the fuso or spindle is the target of the game.

  • Impruneta, festa dell'Uva (Grape Festival):

It is probably the most popular annual event in Impruneta both for natives and tourists. Over the years it lost some of the original rural characteristics but its essential popular nature has remained intact. The most important part of the parade, which usually starts at 3.30 pm, consists of allegorical carts built by the four districts of Impruneta: Fornaci, Pallò, Sant'Antonio and Sante Marie. During the day of the festival, popular dances, performances, tasting of agricultural products and shows of the local handicraft products are held.

  • Vino al Vino, Panzano:

Panzano in Chianti wine festival is held in the main square of Panzano. Wine from many of the Panzano wineries is available to be sampled. This is a smaller and more informal event than the Greve wine festival in preceding week

October:

  • Sagra del Tordo, Montalcino:

Drum parades and archery trials on Saturday, and a popular feast held inside the walls of the castle all day Sunday, with very good food and wine purchasable by the glass.

General Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella - visit the pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and discover all the different perfumes, herbals and soaps
  • Opera - head to Torre del Lago and attend one of the many performances based on plays written by Puccini (only in summer)
  • Wine and Olive Oil tasting - travel to Badia di Passigano and visit the abbey with its wine cellars before relaxing in the abbey's Osteria di Passigano, for a real Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting experience
  • The Chocolate Valley Tour - visit the Chocolate Valley which lies between Pisa and Montecatini and visit an esteemed factory where you will be tantalised by aromas and flavours of the process of traditional chocolate making and tasting session (not available during summer)
  • Carrara and Pietrasanta Marble - enjoy the marble caves of Carrara, the marble that Michelangelo chose to immortalise his masterpieces. Afterwards see artisans at work as you visit a Sculpture Studio in Pietrasanta
  • Fantastic Gelato - located in central Florence to visit one of the most well known " gelaterias"
  • Private Villa Concert - the ultimate Italian music experience in the intimacy of your villa. A Violin-Piano Duo, Harp and Flute, a String Quartet with Soprano and Tenor singers as well as Jazz and Neapolitan Folk formations can be arranged
  • Ferrari Touring - drive on winding roads through the hilltop villages of Tuscany, down cypress-lined avenues and along the coastal freeways of the Mediterranean…all behind the wheel of a Ferrari

Sporting Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Golf - 18 holes: 10 clubs; 9 holes: 10 clubs (golf is well established in Tuscany and a secret golfers paradise)
  • Jogging/ Walking - put your running shoes on and enjoy the beautiful countryside
  • Mountain Biking - many routes are on offer including challenging tours like the Monti Metaliferi
  • Horse riding - Tuscany is a paradise for going horse riding
  • Swimming - is offered in many touristic locations
  • Surfing - is possible along the Tuscan coastline
  • Diving - is recommended especially in the Archipelago della Toscana and the Golfo di Baratti
  • Tennis - is offered in many touristic locations

Local Attractions IN TUSCANY

  • Florence, Uffizi Gallery - Open all year round
  • Florence, Ponte Vecchio
  • Florence, Bargello National Museum - Open all year round
  • Florence, The Boboli Gardens - Open all year round
  • Florence, Santa Maria Novella - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Forte dei Marmi - beach and exclusive beach resorts
  • Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner - climb Giunigi Tower
  • Lucca, San Frediano Church - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Villa Reale Gardens of Villa Real - House and Garden open all year round
  • Arezzo, Gothic Cathedral
  • Arezzo, Main Square with Vasari's loggia
  • Arezzo, Mecenate Archeological Museum - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Medieval and Modern Museum and Gallery - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Petrarca Theatre - Changing program
  • Arezzo, Piero Francesca's fresco cycle "Legend of the True Cross"
  • Pisa, Campo dei Miracoli and Duomo - The Dome is open all year round
  • Pisa, Leaning Tower and Cathedral - Open all year round
  • Pisa, Zoological Museum - Open all year round
  • San Gimignano, Medieval Towers
  • Siena, Il Duomo - Open all year round
  • Siena, Piaza del Campo
  • Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale - Open all year round
  • Siena, Torre del Mangia
  • Grosseto, Tarot Garden - Open from April to mid October
  • Grosseto/Maremma, Rocca di Franssinello - winery designed by Renzo Piano
  • Livorno, Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR TUSCAN VILLA HOLIDAY

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Italian

Currency Information

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping IN TUSCANY

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather IN TUSCANY

In general, the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity SUPPLY IN TUSCANY

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

Driving IN ITALY

There are some important rules of the road -

  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • Always carry your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • Traffic drives on the right.
  • Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
  • Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked " biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.

Parking in Italy

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying " Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

Location

  • San Donato in Poggio 5km
  • Panzano in Chianti 9km
  • Tavarnelle 12km
  • Badia a Passignao 13km
  • Radda in Chianti 15km
  • Greve in Chianti 20km
  • Gaiole in Chianti 25km
  • Certaldo 26km
  • Monteriggioni 27km
  • Colle di Val d’Elsa 30km
  • San Gimignano 32km
  • Siena 33 km
  • Florence 38km
  • Volterra 55km

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year, however shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available at some villas during low and mid seasons.

  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Inclusions

  • Maid service 5 hours daily. Not available on Monday afternoon and Wednesday.
  • Air conditioning (portable air con units are available in the bedrooms).
  • Exclusive use of the swimming pool (13 x 7m / 42.6 x 23ft).
  • Wireless broadband internet. Please be advised that due to the rural location of the property the internet connection might be intermittent and at an inferior speed than what you are used to.
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels.
  • Final cleaning.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service - available on request at EUR 12 per hour.
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping - available at EUR 12 per hour plus the cost of items and reimbursement of petrol.
  • Cook service - available on request in advance at EUR 150 per meal plus the cost of groceries.
  • Breakfast - available on request at EUR 50 per morning plus the cost of groceries.
  • Central heating as per consumption.
  • Transfer from Florence Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 210. (Please note: between 7pm and 7am a supplement of 20% applies).
  • We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience such as transfers, guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, art classes and hot-air ballooning. Please see the Activities tab for further ideas and discuss with your Travel Consultant for further details.


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • La Castellina is part of a working wine estate. Noise will be kept at the minimum but some should be expected.
  • Check-in time is from 5pm to 7pm. Early check-in from 3pm is only possible with advance notice and at an extra cost (non-refundable) of EUR 50.
  • One balcony and the courtyard are not fully childproofed; young children need to be supervised.
  • The estate manager and her family live in an independent apartment on the lower ground floor the villa. The apartment has an independent entrance.
  • The road to the villa (750 meters) is unpaved and bumpy and therefore not suitable for low slung cars.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • In case extras are requested, a deposit might be due on arrival in cash euro.
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.

VILLA EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Florence's Renaissance past with a knowledgeable local guide. The Uffizi and the Bargello galleries are unmissable treats.
  • See Chianti from above with a hot air balloon ride from Tavarnelle in Val di Pesa.
  • Visit one of the world class vineyards of the Chianti region.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.


  • Air Conditioning (Partial)
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Phone
  • Piano
  • Safe
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • Table Tennis
  • Tea / Coffee Making Facilities
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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