|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Castellare is a small farm in the high hills (470 m/1400 ft) surrounded by
woods and meadows with 1000 young olive trees. 20 kilometres from Florence,
it is a magical place, in a natural environment, intact and unspoiled. The
buildings are made of stone and date back many centuries. It is said that,
at one time, a small community of nuns lived here.
4 apartments are available, for 2 to 4 persons, each one tastefully
furnished and decorated.
In the large meadow a swimming pool is at our guest's disposal.
Only half an hour from Florence, it is suitable for those wishing to get
away completely, yet are unwilling to go without modern conveniences
(fireplace, sat. TV, Hi-Fi and washing machine in each apartment).
Castellare is an ancient building on the high hills that surround Florence (just 20km away). It is set on top of a private hill, invisible from the public street, and completely surrounded by nature. We offer just two accommodations this year, for we have opened an art etching laboratory too. Houses are even more warm and inspiring. The Stalla is our larger one, and is displayed on two floors. Upstairs two spacious bedrooms and a bathroom; downstairs a big open space with a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living room area. The Stalla house is perfect for a family or a small group of friends. In restructuring it we tried to maintain its medieval flavour, so you will find an original stone floor and family pieces of furniture. And lots of art pieces, from well known artists we work with. Music, films and books are at your disposal for more inspiration. Outside the living room door there is a private garden with table and chairs for romantic outside dinner.
the Art possibility: Castellare Art is a new laboratory we have just opened in the Castellare location. We offer a unique service for the Artists, just out of Florence. They can come with loved ones in a holiday facility, in a magical and inspiring location, and at the same time, in the same spot, have maestro Lorenzo Bencini, art printer, realize their etchings in the most wonderful way. Individual seminars for professionals are also held, for a unique insight on the art of etching print.
We stayed in Catina's Castallere for two weeks in July and could not have been happier that we did so. We rented the Stalla, Stalletta, and Capanna, and when we were all present there was 11 of us.
Firstly, Catina is the most wonderful host; she truly goes above and beyond to make her guests feel welcome. She is such a kind, warm person -- I immediately felt like I wanted to be her friend lol. She is very attentive to every need, and truly went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable and easy. She is just such a genuine, compassionate, and welcoming person, and it was our whole group's consensus that she made our stay unforgettable.
The property itself is remarkably stunning. It is about a 15-20 minute drive from the Sieci train station, and it essentially all uphill -- you really climb a mountain. It is so quiet, and so peaceful -- such a nice break from the busy-ness of Florence. In fact, one of the most memorable days of our vacation was when we all stayed home and napped and swam and ate and napped and swam some more; the place engenders relaxation, and we ended up spending a lot more time at the house than I thought.
There are a few towns within short driving distance from the house, and also a cooking school where we did a lesson -- a lot of fun. It's a relatively easy half hour drive to a huge supermarket, and a much shorter drive to a smaller market in Molina del Piano. Catina had a binder of information at the house that was very useful -- we consulted it a number of times. Overall, I will definately be back to this place -- just a lovely retreat -- perfect for relaxing and enjoying the stunning beauty of Tuscany.
- Janeen (and Marg, Neil, Cori, Marc, Michelle, Holly, Ash, Stacey, Maurita, and Molly!)
There are not enough words to describe the Paradise of this Place.... First of all, the owner its a wonderful and very familiar person, called Catina. She is always there to help you in anything you need, and shows you the really way of Tuscan people living. We are a young couple of Spain, that used to go there every year, because there you can relaxed and disconnect of everything.
The apartments are full equipped, with all the details you can imagine in Tuscan design. When you arrive to the apartment, a very good surprise is waiting for you there....a home made cake done from Catina that welcomes you in the great Tuscan cuisine!!! Also the surrounding of the property is fascinating with a swimming pool and a very cared garden full with flowers and plants.
Its really a secret Paradise in the Tuscan forest ideal for families or for couples.
Teresa y Pablo
We had a wonderful time.
Florence is near - but far away enough to make ist possible to appreciate the peaceful place at Molino del Piano. The farmhouse is furnished so tastefully, there are gas cookers so the meals we cooked tasted so well and last but not least the warmhearted and kind personality of the host made us fell in love with the place. We recommend the ancient farmhouse and we love to come back next year.
I had booked a two week stay at castellare in july, it was absolutely fantastic , romantic wooded setting gorgeous property.The villa I stayed in had a fabulous renaissance ambiance giving me an experience of the tuscan lifestyle I had always imagined, the owner was most gracious and warm , and they made themselves available to our every need, I would definitely reccomend staying here to anyone I know, I had a truly wonderful stay, and plan to return as soon as I can..Vincenzo
We spend two times three splendid weeks at Castellare. We love this place so much and Catina and Giacomo are great hosts, always helpfull, friendly and charming. The little lodges have a lovley interior decoration, the beds are confortable and in the kitchen you find everything you need to make yourself a propper dinner- we both bake and cook a lot there and realy nothing is missing. And if it is realy hot, a swimming pool is there also.
The property of Castellare lies peacefully surrounded by olive trees. With a car you are just mintues away from good restaurants and a little grocery. The City of Florence ist just 30 minutes away. For us Castellare is the perfect mix between a vacation on the countryside and a city trip at the same time. We are really looking forward to our third visit in october 2015.
What a find! I was looking for an inspiring place to write and explore Tuscany from - I couldn't have found a better launching pad. Catina is a premium hostess, with superb English and so many helpful suggestions. Nothing is too much trouble. The building development is very sensitively done - it has a strong eco feel, in sympathy with the forests, but with only a short train/car ride you're in central Florence. Furnishings are modern and more than comfortable. There are castles to explore nearby, vineyards, forests and olive groves (you can even help harvest!) and village life isn't far away and full of real characters. This was the best start to my love affair with Tuscany - and I'll be returning this year to explore some more, it's thanks to Catina's 'homeaway' hospitality and the very special Castellare.
The Castellare farmhouse is set in private woods between the tiny villages of Doccia and Fornello, fractions of Molino del Piano, Pontassieve county, in the Florence province. Although it's in a very private spot, it takes minutes to arrive to the closes restaurant and grocery store, and less than a half an hour to get in the centre of Florence. There's also a very convenient train station, in Sieci, 6 km away from Castellare. In a short drive you can get there, park your car safely and for free, and take a commuter train to the centre of Florence. It only takes 15 minutes, and trains are very frequent. There are two horse riding places within a ten minute drive, two golf course within a 25 minute drive, and tennis camps in Molino del Piano. All major cities of Tuscany are within an hour drive, and you could even go to the beach, swim in the sea and come back in a morning.
Other Activities: Wine tasting! food! Florence! peace....