Casale Fornaci is a magnificent country house located inside the beautiful Tenuta of Arceno in the Chianti Classico. Surrounded by a grove of olive trees atop lush green hillsides, this 13th century restoration with its terracotta floors, wood beamed ceilings and stone walls is the perfect vacation villa for families and friends wanting to enjoy Tuscan life at its finest.
The location of the villa makes it easily accessible to the most beautiful destinations in Tuscany (30-60 min drives). Decorated in a true and classic Tuscan style, furnished and equipped to the highest of standards and with NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES OR HIDDEN FEES.
We offer all the modern comforts one could want; air conditioning and heating, wireless high speed internet access, indoor and outdoor wi-fi, local and satellite TV, DVD player, a large collection of movies and an iPod dock. All is included within the rental fee.
We aim to make all of your planning simple and pleasurable to ensure that your stay with us is comfortable, stress free and memorable.
YOUR ARRIVAL AT FORNACI
Myself or our local representative will personally escort you to our Villa. You will be given a tour of the villa and its features, provided with an instruction booklet and a guide to the surrounding area and attractions. You can ask questions and request assistance with arranging outings and booking events at home.
After a long day of travel, upon your arrival at Casale Fornaci, your only thought should be to relax, so we provide our guest with a WELCOME BASKET filled with delicious, locally sourced essentials to carry you through to breakfast the next day and beyond. Some items included in the basket; (white and red wine, water, fruit juice, pecorino, parmigiano cheese, olive oil, bread and other staples like honey, jams, cereal, etc.) Also included a mobile phone prepaid up to 10 Euro.
We highly recommend that our guests have a car at their disposal. There are 3 covered parking spaces reserved for the exclusive use of our guests. In keeping with the rules of the Consortium of Villa Arceno, the roads, as with all aspects of the estate, are maintained to remain as they were in their original state, centuries ago. As such, the surroundings are tranquil and the unpaved roads allow for long, peaceful walks, mountain cycling or jogging on the estate.
SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS AT FORNACI
The main house has comfortable sleeping accommodations for six (6) guests. Should your family be larger we can accommodate comfortably up to 10 guests by taking advantage of the guest house (located within our private courtyard) and the coach house (located just steps from the villa). These accommodations are exclusive to you and your guests and they will not be shared or rented to anyone outside of your party during your stay.
The Main floor features a large master bedroom with a luxurious ensuite bathroom, a library and a second full bathroom. The upstairs houses 2 bedrooms with matrimonial beds, ample storage and another full bathroom.
The guest quarter, located in the private courtyard features a living room with a double bed, a large bathroom, TV and A/C.
The coach house located outside the courtyard features a full kitchen, a matrimonial pull-out, a large bathroom and TV.
If you are travelling in a large group there won't be any fights for the showers!
The lower level of the villa features a spacious lounge and a walkout to the private courtyard. The main house has AIR CONDITIONING.
EATING AND COOKING
For the enthusiast or professional cook, the villa features a stunning fully equipped kitchen, a living/dining room with a huge original wood burning fireplace and an extendable fine dining table that can seat 12.
Dine al fresco in the private courtyard while sipping wine from the vineyards on the grounds estate. Our courtyard also features an original, centuries-old wood-burning oven that has been skillfully restored and now perfectly ready to make delicious pizza.
But perhaps you may prefer a barbeque in the garden? You can enjoy a meal in our private and extensive gated park, to which only you have access. How about a lamppost-lit dinner, in the shadow of an ancient oak tree, next to our grape vines? The grill set atop antique bricks and the large white-stone table and benches, will create the perfect setting for an outdoor lunch. You may chose to pack a picnic and enjoy the shade of our olive grove.
Should you not wish to cook, we can help to arrange for PRIVATE TUSCAN MEALS to be cooked at the house for you. We can also pre-arrange for a COOKING LESSON at the Villa, it will be a meal to remember.
THE OUTDOORS OF FORNACI
If you like to walk in the open air, the private park offers over 40 thousand square feet of land. The villa's private landscaped garden rich with cherry, walnut, pomegranate, fig, apricot and almond trees, our 80 tree olive grove enjoys expansive views of the countryside, including the distant Monte Amiata. You can walk among our olive grove or simply sit and wait in silence to watch the deer and wild boars that, in a distance, cross the park in the hours of dawn and dusk while searching the sky for pheasants and falcons.
Enjoy a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Although seldomly used, as it is hard to leave the loggia, the pool is shared by the guests and residents of the Casale Fornaci Estate. The pool is open from May 15 to Sep 15. Equipped with loungers and umbrellas. Pool depth : 47" to 86". Pool dimensions : 44' x 19'.
Read a book and sip a cocktail on the loggia, while taking in the breath taking views.
The courtyard is furnished with a dining table, chairs and an umbrella while the poolside is furnished with loungers and umbrellas and the loggia with lounge chairs and side tables.
Casale Fornaci is located on the private Villa Arceno estate in the heart of Tuscany.The estate is protected by the Consortium of Villa Arceno and the preservation of the natural and historical characteristics of the 1000+ acre property is of the utmost importance to the Consortium. As a result the magnificent property looks today just as it did centuries ago.
Casale Fornaci is one of 30 Casali on the estate and is only 20 Km northeast of Siena, 8 Km near the quaint town of Castelnuovo Berardenga in the Chianti region and only 3 Km from the medieval borghi of San Gusme' and Montebenichi. The position of Casale Fornaci makes it an ideal place for day trips into the entire Chianti area as well as cities such as Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Arezzo. There are countless superb Tuscan restaurants and local farms selling oil and wine in the vicinity.
We encourage our guests to visit the outdoor market in Castelnuovo Berardenga boasting local farms and their divine produce and products, open every Thursday.