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Podere Casentino

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Talla  | Bedrooms: 6 | Sleeps: 10

Rates: from £5,638 per week

Newly refurbished Podere Casentino offers a sanctuary immersed in unspoiled nature and away from the crowds.

Hidden in a forest with incredible views over the valley, yet conveniently located to reach towns like Arezzo and Sansepolcro, Podere Casentino has retained all typical architectural features that one looks for in a Tuscan country-retreat: terracotta floors, beamed ceilings, rustic chic furniture, several outdoor dining and sitting areas - and views over lush green hills and mountains.

The villa, after an attentive restoration work completed in late 2014, is now equipped with all modern amenities that one expects to find in a luxury accommodation: private swimming pool, sauna, WiFi internet, satellite TV, just to name a few. 

The drive to Podere Casentino couldn't be more scenic: drive off the main road that takes you from the charming village of Talla to the mountains and into an unpaved road. The forest will immediately embrace you and guide you to the villa, leaving behind the stress and worries of the everyday life. The villa appears in front of you, surrounded by an immaculately maintained lawn and with the mountains of northern Arezzo as backdrop. In the main building find the generously sized common areas as well as five bedrooms, all with private en suite bathrooms. The annex with a bedroom and sauna is located next to the private swimming pool. The pool area is fronted by a hand-painted fountain while the area immediately underneath it has a separate section equipped with stones, perfect for spa-like feet massages. The grounds surrounding Podere Casentino are the proud result of the patience and hard work of Luca, the head gardener of the estate. These are the perfect setting to enjoy numerous outside sitting and dining areas scattered all around: by the pool (with fully equipped kitchen and BBQ area), right outside the annexe's or ground floor bedrooms, behind the kitchen. A path eventually leads you down, after a pleasant stroll, to the river where one can fish or enjoy a picnic. The unspoilt nature of the Casentino mountains, the area North of Arezzo, with its chestnut, beech and oak tree forests invites to unwind and enjoy the simple yet exquisite pleasures of life: meals prepared with fresh produce, the company of good friends and local wine.

 ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

Main Villa - Ground Floor

  • Dining room with antique oven and access to a covered area with table and chairs.
  • Modern and fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table, access to the garden and a covered dining area.
  • TV room with satellite TV, which opens up to a living room with comfortable sofas and fireplace
  • Bedroom (24sqm) with double bed (1.4m x 1.8m), living room and adjacent bathroom (shower). This room can also be accessed directly from outside. The washing machine is located in this bathroom.

Main Villa - First Floor

  • Loggia overlooking the annex and pool area.
  • Bedroom with double bed (1.6m x 1.9m), en suite bathroom (tub & separate shower), office/ living room with sofa (total of approx. 47sqm)
  • Bedroom with double bed (1.5m x 1.9m) and en suite bathroom (tub & separate shower) (total of approx. 24sqm).
  • Twin bedded room (0.9m x 1.9m) with en suite bathroom (shower) (total of approx. 24sqm).
  • Bedroom with double bed (1.6m x 1.9m) and en suite bathroom (shower) (total approx. 23sqm).

Annex

  • Ground Floor:
  • Bathroom with shower and sauna.
  • First Floor (accessible from outside):
  • Bedroom with double bed (1.6m x 1.9m) and WC. The room is characterized by low ceilings.


NOTES:
The road to the villa is unpaved but in fair condition

April:

  • Fiera antiquaria, Arezzo:

This famous antique market, namely the biggest in Tuscany, takes place in the lovely setting of Piazza Grande and nearby little streets every first Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday. About 500 exhibitors from all over Italy gather here to present the best pieces of antiques available on the market ranging from furniture, ceramics, jewels, glassware, fabrics, watches, sculptures, paintings, iron and copper items, as well as trinkets of all sorts.

  • Craft fair, Anghiari:

Important event dedicated to local arts & crafts of very good quality.

June:

  • Giostra dell’archidado, Cortona:

Dating back to the Middle Ages, this historical event is today a competition between archers for the conquest of the golden arrow. The contest is held in Piazza Signorelli.

  • Giostra del Saracino, Arezzo:

This medieval-style joust is the re-enactment of an ancient game of chivalry dating back to the Middle Ages and is basically a competition of the city districts. The event includes a colourful parade of local people dressed in historical costumes with the flag waivers as well. Held in June and September.

  • Palio dei Rioni, Castiglion Fiorentino:

Roman-style horse race in which the town districts (or Rioni of Porta Cassero, Porta Fiorentina and Porta Romana) compete against each other. The event includes an impressive historic parade which brings the old centre back to ancient medieval life.

July:

  • Cortona On the Move:

Annual event dedicated to the travel photography and reportage and featuring exhibition of famous photographers scattered in various locations of the town.

August:

  • Cortona Antiquaria:

This renowned antique fair is hosted in the charming Palazzo Vagnotti, right into the old town centre. More than 40 exhibitors, strictly selected by a special jury, gather here and present the best of their products ranging from furniture, jewellery, tapestry and bronzes.

September:

  • Giostra del Saracino, Arezzo:

This medieval-style joust is the re-enactment of an ancient game of chivalry dating back to the Middle Ages and is a competition of the city districts. The event includes a colourful parade of local people dressed in historical costume with the flag waivers as well. Held in June and September.

  • Palio della Balestra, San Sepolcro:

Large numbers of citizens dress in medieval costume and the evocative Piazza Torre di Berta becomes the site for the historical competition of the “Palio of the Ballestra”, during which the crossbow-men of Sansepolcro challenge those from Gubbio in neighbouring "Bella Umbria". In the morning, as an ancient custom requires, the Herald proclaims the challenge against the rivals. In the afternoon, after the crossbows are blessed, the crossbow-men come into the square after the flag-throwing ex-ercise is completed. For both of these displays, Renaissance costume is worn, inspired by the paintings of Piero della Francesca.The challenge between the towns of Gubbio and Sansepolcro has very ancient origin: in a document dated 1619, the crossbow-men of Sansepolcro invite those from Gubbio to take part in the Palio of Saint Egidio on the second Sunday of September.

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:

  • Basic shops: Talla, 3km
  • Closest airport:
  • Florence 91km
  • Other relevant distances: Natural Park 20km, Arezzo 30km, Camaldoli and its monastery 32km, Castelfranco di Sopra 38km, Sansepolcro 50km, Anghiari 52km, Monterchi and Piero della Francesca’s Madonna 58km

 

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Availability Information

  •  Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
  • 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.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K concierge services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Maid service 4 hours on Wednesdays.
  • Wireless broadband internet (fair usage only, max. 10GB per week). 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 15 per hour.
  • Chef service (professional service) - available from EUR 80 per person (based on a minimum of 6 guests) to include 4 courses, groceries, time to do the shopping and clearing up afterwards.
  • Cookery class - available from EUR 110 per person (based on a minimum of 4 guests).
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping - available at EUR 30 (up to 8 guests) or EUR 50 (up to 10 guests) plus the cost of items. The service is available up to a grocery cost of EUR 200. This service is included within our A&K Hosted offering.
  • Transfer from Florence Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 365. (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:
  • The road to the villa is unpaved but in fair condition.
  • 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.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.

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.


  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • 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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