- Villa6458 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs2
- Min. Stay3 - 7 nights
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 22 Sep 2018
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
A house of pros and cons
We were a group of 13 adults and 9 children aged 9 months - 15 years, needing a large holiday home on a budget.
This house was perfect in many ways; good value for money, good room layout, activities for the kids and a pool. The location is quaint - a small village in the mountains, opposite the church (which bell rings on the hour and half hour). We had elderly people with us too so with access to the middle of the hous from the garden as well as to the bottom floor meant fewer stairs for those less able. The owners were very helpful, easily contacted and very kind to provide complimentary lasagne and homemade pasta as well as a birthday cake and were efficient with deposit return and utilities (which you pay for at the end - be aware. €300 for us). The were unintrusive but were there if needed, though a slight language barrier.
However, the house is in need of some investment. There is so much potential for this to be great! It just needs some love. The playroom on the top floor is a superb idea, but most things are broken and it is poorly stocked (could do with some paper, drawing stuff etc and things to be fixed). It’s also worth mentioning that small children couldn’t be left - the windows are at shin height with insufficient bars to stop them falling - or jumping(!) out. This is the same for the bedroom windows too. Also disappointing was the lack of utensils in the kitchen. For a group of 22 we struggled to cater with very few chopping knives, serving utensils and dishes/pans for the group, despite asking for more.
The map layout of the property is quite confusing and if you don’t hire it all, I just wouldn’t see it working to share the house. There are some sofas up in the playroom but no ‘lounge’ area to relax, only the kitchen table with benches. The property is rustic, so if you’re looking for luxury this probably isn’t for you.
There was no ‘pack’ to tel you about local sights, restaurants etc, or to tell you where things were or how they worked. Electricity tripped a lot if too many things were on - eg you couldn’t have kettle and microwave on at the same time.
The pool was freezing and I mean freezing. My 1 y/o would not go in and neither would I. The playground was a nice touch and the view in the garden is lovely. Good lighting outdoors too.
The property worked for us as a group, we got by, and we had a great week here, just a shame as the place itself could’ve been a lot better given a bit of care and investment.
We had a wonderful time at the villa, with good food, good weater and the unbeatable hospitality of the Mattoni Family! A Must do in Tuscany!
Thank you Again to Monica and Leonardo for making their place our home away from home!
Thanks a lot, will be a pleasure meet you another time.
Thanks, Monica's Family
Wonderful place for my large family!
I just got back from a one week stay with my large extended family of 30 and we had a wonderful time! The villa was great and had plenty of space for all of us with a large kitchen where we could all eat together! The owner Monica was very helpful with setting up excursions to Florence, the zoo and a beautiful vineyard and airport transfers etc. she also greeted us with a cake on our arrival, cooked us a wonderful dinner mid week and surprised my daughter with a very tasty, authentic Italian cake on her 4th birthday that we celebrated while on vacation!
Painting and drawing in Tusany
We were a group of fourteen art students who stayed at Villa Casalino May 13 to May 20.
The Villa was fantastic, clean , well equipped, nicely furnished and with a lot of space for us all.
Our host Monica was more than fantastic and so was her brother. Monica fixed all our arrangements for us such as transfers, excursions and lunches. They even rented a car for our shopping which was waiting for us at our arrival at the villa and which they returned to the car rental when we left.( Ths is more than perfect service ) When we arrived two lovely pasta dishes and a big lovely cake waited for us. It made us feel more than welcome.
We had a perfect stay at a perfect place and a perfect host who has a wonderful and helpful brother. We had a few in our group with some walking difficulties and before we knew it he fixed racks in the stairway so they could easily get up to our dining-room.
We were all very satisfied with our stay and can highly recommend Villa Casalino.
Berit Jenshagen Paloheimo
Fantastic and beyond any expectation!
We stayed at Casalino last october with a group of 30 art students, we arrived late at nigh and Monica was there to check us in and make sure everything was ok, we had a very warm welcome, and the heating was on during the day before our arrival so it was very nice and coszy! The Rooms and the batrooms were extremely tidy and clean, there was plenty of Room for everybody and was pefect for our group. But Monica and her family went the extra mile when they prepared for us dinner with Homemade Lasgna and Cake that everybody loved (Inclduing a vegetarian one!). The Location is ideal to explore Tuscany and is alot more authentic and and quiet than let's say areas around florence or siena who are too much like in the movies. The kids loved it, we had great walks outdoors, they even spoke with the locals who where very happy to have us there with all this youth. We had a pallet with all art stuff being delivered before our arrival and that worked out very well as Monica coordinated all that as well. What else to say I wish to keep the place secret for us only and we will definitely go back every year and hopefully more then once a year!
Thank you again!
Grazie mille,, la recensione è meravigliosa, sarà' sicuramente utile per nuovi gruppi.
Mi auguro di incontrarvi nuovamente. Un caro saluto, spero a presto. Monica e Famiglia
Fabulous, Spacious & Authentic Italian Property
We had a fantastic 10 days with exclusive use of the entire property celebrating a 30th birthday with family and friends. Monica and family went out of their way to make us feel welcome. They cooked numerous dinners for us, provided multiple birthday cakes and arranged group activities such as wine tasting, private chefs and transportation. The property is fantastic value for money and has all the necessary ameneties to host a large group. Thanks to Monica and family for going the extra mile and making the birthday one to remember!
Grazie mille a tutti J. e T. , ci fa piacere abbiate un buon ricordo, vi ringraziamo anche della bella recensione. monica
VILLA CASALINO is located into the Casentino valley, the first valley crossed by Arno river; the river of Tuscany. Casentino valley, 50 km far from Florence, offers a soft landscape full of vegetation and characteristic places like Casentino Forest Park, the medieval village of Poppi with his castle, S.Francisco sanctuary of La Verna, Camaldoli Hermitage, Romena towers and a lot of ancient churches. Ideal to daily escursions to all Tuscany cities as Florence, Arezzo, Siena, Lucca and Tuscany historical villages as Cortona, S.Gemignano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Assisi and to Chiantishire.
Perfect setting for outdoor acivities, including walking, mountain biking, riding, playing tennis and Golf.
To remember Palio of Siena, a medieval horse race; the Arezzo monthly market of antique furniture; the Gusto dei Guidi of Poppi to celebrate the Tuscan wine.
The villa is 30 kilometers far from the village of Caprese Michelangelo, where is the house where Michelangelo was born.
Other Activities: football, volley, tennis, riding -
Golf: Golf course of Casentino, located on a panoramic hill, offers a beautiful and relaxing view of the Casentino valley and of the village of Poppi.
It has 9 holes, but early the holes will be 18. Before the end of 2012. Always open. It's possible to rent what you need to play Golf.
Additional pricing information
VILLA CASALINO Since our property is an exclusive use, please contact owner, for further information and questions", homeaway system price, calculated, allow the exact calculation up to 22 guests, from 23 ° guest or if you want in 24 guests rent the entire structure shown in the map with the colors: orange + pink + green Total 12 rooms 9 bathrooms must be specifically requested, and the owner shall formulate the exact amount depending on your needs. Time of arrival and departure: Check-in 15.00 to 18.00 Check-out from 7.00 to 9.00 Payment: • 30% deposit by bank transfer to the IBAN that will be described in the booking contract. • Balance due 60 days before arrival also by bank transfer. Always call 1 hour before arrival and present the name of the holiday home.CASALINO Cancellation Policy • The 50% down payment will always be at your disposal for a new booking in any of our available holiday homes - even for cancellations made 1 day before arrival. • • If cancelled between 59 and 42 days before arrival 30% of the balance must be paid by the Guest. • If cancelled between 41 and 28 days before arrival: 50% of the balance has to be paid by the Guest. • If cancelled later than 27 days before arrival: 100% of the balance has to be paid by the Guest. Security deposit The Guest must pay a security deposit in cash on arrival equal to 100€ per bedroom. NATALE e CAPODANNO 100€ per person. The deposit will be returned at check-out after inspection of the property . Miscellaneous • Swimming pools are open middle and high season • The maximum number of guests has to be as written in the contract • Towels and bed linen are included in the price (you must return all the supplied linen). • Cleaning is included in the price, but you have to empty the fridge and do the dishes. Waste and bottles have to be removed and thrown into the designated public containers. • Gas 5,50€ mcb - electricity 0,40 at KW to consumption MONICA +39 333 700 9807 - MATTONI@TECHNET.IT