Tuscany: Casa Rossa
Tuscany Chianti Villa with Large Terrace
- Name: Casa Rossa
- Sleeps: 4 + 1
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Price: €840-€1200/wk, 3 night min
Views were wonderful, location magnificent
Picture-perfect views of the rolling Chianti hillsides, vineyards, olive orchards.
Set atop gently rolling hills of vineyards and olive orchards, Casa Rossa is a peaceful retreat that typifies the beauty, serenity and charm of the famous Chianti region of Tuscany.
Casa Rossa was just what we wanted and we enjoyed our stay immensely.
According to one Italian legend, farmers used to plant a cypress tree to announce the birth, and subsequent marriage eligibility, of each daughter. When the cypress tree reached viewing height across the countryside it was a signal to suitors that papa was ready to find a match for his bella figlia (daughter)! While this tale has dubious origins, it`s certainly an amusing thought as you gaze across the cypress-dotted hills spotting a lone tree here or an entire row there.
Casa Rossa is located in the countryside between Florence and Siena, yet it is only 25 minutes south of Florence, and 45 minutes to Siena making it easy to pop into either city for a day of sightseeing, strolling, shopping or even just for dinner. The nearest towns are San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, just a short drive away where you will find restaurants, grocery stores.
We loved the location. Especially loved the little towns of Tavarnelle in Val di Pesa and San Casciano. Close to Florence.
Casa Rossa is located at the western edge of the famous Chianti Classico region in Tuscany, between Florence and Siena. The landscape is a patchwork quilt of vineyards, the occasional tall cypress tree, umbrella pines and the grey-green of olive groves.
Less then 1 mile away are the small villages of Romita, Tavarnelle and San Cristina in Salivolpe. Only 7 miles away, less then 10 minutes, is the ancient hilltop town of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, located between the Greve and Pesa valleys. This scenic town is surrounded by an ancient wall dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries and has beautiful views looking down over the Chianti countryside. Every Monday morning is market day in San Casciano where you can shop for the freshest produce, meats, fish, cheese and flowers. Be sure to sample the wonderful array of local extra virgin olive oils and honey too. San Casciano and Tavarnelle both have supermarkets, and numerous small shops if you prefer, such as a butcher, fruit and vegetable shops, post office, bank, gas station. Tavarnelle has a farmer`s market on Thursday mornings. In San Casciano there are numerous good restaurants, pizzerie.
The nearby village of Cerbaia, about 6 miles from San Casciano, has the distinction of having one of Italy`s most celebrated restaurants, La Tenda Rossa. It is one of the handful of restaurants in all of Italy to receive a remarkable two stars from the revered Michelin Red Guide!
Just beyond Cerbaia is Montespertoli, famous for its red wines. You won`t forget for a minute that you`re in the heart of Chianti. Keep going in the direction from San Casciano towards Florence and you`ll find a great cafe in the tiny village of Santa Andrea in Percussina. This village is famous for being the home of the writer-politician Niccolo Macchiavelli
Hop onto the autostrada (highway) going north and in 25 minutes you`re in Florence to see the sights, take in the art, enjoy a meal, linger at an outdoor cafe or shop. Siena is only 45 minutes to the south.
The house is conveniently situated in one of the best parts of the Chianti region of Tuscany for daily excursions to see the famous towers of San Gimignano, the sites of beautiful Siena, the baths of Montecatini, and is a wine aficionados paradise if you want to sample the many excellent varieties of Chianti! You can even make a day trip to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa as it`s only a 1.5 hour drive away, as is Lucca.
The aptly named Casa Rossa or "Red House" is a restored farmhouse painted the warm red tones reminiscent of frescos at Pompeii. It is set off a small country road on an estate that produces a lovely Chianti wine from the robust San Giovese, Malvasia, Trebbiano and Canaiolo grapes grown there. Additionally, the estate grows olives that are pressed into an excellent extra virgin olive oil.
The house is entered up one short flight of stairs. All the rooms are are on one level. The living room is comfortably furnished with a sofa bed and two upholstered chairs. The sofa opens up to become a double bed.
The house was very well furnished, comfortable, and serene Location was great as well.
The country-style open plan kitchen flows from the living room. Dining table can seat 8 people. Kitchen has original wood burning fireplace that truly makes it the hearth of the home. Just off the kitchen is a small room that contains the washing machine.
Off the living room is a large terrace with views galore that sum up everything that is beautiful about "bella Tuscany". Enjoy meals al fresco throughout the warm months. Just below the terrace the vineyards stretch out and down the gently rolling hillside.
We loved the gorgeous view of the rolling hills in the early morning and evening from our large patio!
There are screens on the windows.
The bottom part of the house is the cantina that is used for winemaking during the grape harvest and is not accessible to guests. We will happily arrange to show you the large cantina below the house where antique aging barrels are still used today during the autumn vendemmia -- grape harvesting season. We hope you`ll oblige and try a bit of the very nice Chianti that is produced on the premises!
The house does not have a swimming pool. In addition, please note that across the yard is Casa San Vito another vacation rental villa. Because of its proximity it`s very convenient for two families or friends that want togetherness but want their privacy too. The two houses are 30 meters (32 yards) apart, separated by a grass lawn. The road leading to the house is very lightly traveled as it only services a couple of other local farms.
The large master bedroom has a wrought iron framed queen bed, armoire for clothing, nightstands on either side of the bed with small reading lamps. The ceiling rises high above with exposed beams and tiles. In the morning throw open the shutters and take in the fresh country air.
The second bedroom with two twin beds has an adjoining bathroom. There is a nightstand next to each bed and small lamp for nighttime reading, an armoire for clothing and two windows that overlook the property. A twin rollaway bed is available with advance arrangement.
The is a large bathroom off the hallway that leads to the master bedroom. It has a jetted bathtub, a sink with good countertop space and storage in the cabinet underneath, a bidet and a toilet.
The second bathroom adjoins the second bedroom and has a toilet, shower, sink, bidet.
Property and area amenities
|Location||San Casciano Val di Pesa|
|Bedrooms||2 bedrooms. Master bedroom with queen size bed, second bedroom with two twin beds. Beds have thick mattress atop frame, the standard in Italy. Single rollaway bed available upon request. Sofa bed in living room.|
|Bathrooms||2 bathrooms. 1 with tub, toilet, sink, bidet. 1 adjoins 2nd bedroom with shower, toilet, sink, bidet.|
|Floor||1st European, 2nd North American|
|Mobility||House is up 15 stairs|
|Size||2500 sq ft, 230 m2|
|Outlook||Expansive terrace off the living rooms with stunning views of the Chianti countryside. Terrace has table, umbrella, 8 chairs, 2 lounge chairs, barbeque.|
|Dining||Dining table & 6 chairs in eat-in kitchen. Table & 8 chairs on terrace.|
|Kitchen||4-burner stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, Italian-style espresso pot. American-style drip coffee maker on request. No microwave.|
|Laundry||Washer, iron and ironing board. Outdoor clothes line, collapsable drying rack & heated (in winter) bathroom towel racks for drying clothes.|
|Air Conditioning||No. Two electric fans provided.|
|Heating||Heat €25/day paid in cash at check out. Dates of heat available controlled by the Italian government, typically Nov 1 - March 31.|
|Utilities||Included except heat which is paid separately.|
|Crib||Portable crib with advance arrangement|
|Recreation||Casa Rossa does not have a swimming pool|
|Entertainment||Satellite TV with a few English language news channels, European DVD player (will not play N. American DVDs)|
|Family||Excellent for families|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning included|
|Parking||On site parking|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
2020 Prices in Euros
Apr 1 - Nov 1
Dec 29 - Jan 3
Nov 1 - Apr 1
Not included is €50 final cleaning, security deposit €300 paid in cash at check in. Security deposit refundable at check out less damage, if any. Please go to www.italyperfect.com/tax for information on local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in. Heat is €25 Euro/day paid in cash at check out. Date of heat availability is controlled by the Italian government, typically November 1 to March 31.
Early Check In or Late Check Out: To guarantee check in before 5pm or to check out after 10am, you may reserve the night before or the night after your stay, if available, for ½ the nightly price calculated against the price for the number of nights you are staying in the property. Early Check In from 9am. Late Check Out until 5pm. We cannot guarantee you will be able to check in early or check out late if you do not reserve these extra nights.
• Spectacular views, wonderful location, warm welcome
• Comfortable, casual atmosphere
• Terrace has remarkable views
• Refrigerator is small
• Casa San Vito, another one of our vacation rental properties, is 32 yards away
Our Guest Reviews
a little piece of heaven in Tuscany
We spent 5 amazing days in Tuscany and couldn't have asked for a better place to stay than Casa Rossa! The accommodations were outstanding and along with the beautiful scenery of the Chianti region, everything was perfect!
[Thank you for your great review Lynn. We are thrilled to hear that you loved the location and property! The Italy Perfect Team]
We had a great time at Casa Rossa!
We had a great time at Casa Rossa! The owner helped us with any questions and gave us valuable tips. The house is large and the terrace gives a great view of the Chianti region. We would come back anytime!
Francesco met us at the property. He was very accommodating. He even brought us a bottle of wine from his own wine cellar. The views from the terrace are breathtaking. There wasn’t any air conditioning, but the nights in June got cool enough not to really need any air conditioning. I would recommend getting a fan for some white noise and air circulation. We didn’t have one and still did fine. The location was perfect for us. A lot of privacy but close enough to Florence and wineries. I would highly recommend staying here. We would stay here anytime we return.
[Thank you for your suggestion, we will mention it to the owner. We look forward to working with you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Couldn't have asked for a better location for our Tuscany trip. Wonderful place, great sights and just terrific weather. Would definitely stay again. Close to everything as well.
When we arrived, mother Sonia greeted us and showed us the house and how to operate everything. The view is to die for and a painters paradise. The home is centrally located, Florence less than 15 minutes to park and take bus to center of city, Seina about 45 minutes to old wall and park, San Giamono is so close you can ride your bike there, but is probably the most interesting place to visit. Go early for parking and shopping. Higher end shops there too.
We love the quiet back country feel and restaurants, small vineyards, and markets nearby.
Ciao, and drink Chanti.
[Thank you for your great review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
We arrived late and Francesco mother met us. She showed us around. Francesco came by later to answer any of our questions. He even introduced us to his newborn son. The house is beautifully decorated and the beds were all comfortable. The view seeing the sunset in the morning was spectacular. We did have one issue on the second day. The water was turnoff due to a pipe being replaced somewhere. Francesco was on it. Only issue we had with the house was the second bathroom shower/tub. Water did not come out hardly at all and the other couple staying with us had to use our shower.
[Thank you for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your recent stay and that you got to meet Francesco's newborn son! It was an exciting time for the family and glad that his mother was able to pitch in and help him by coming for your late arrival to welcome you, despite the lack of English, sounds like all went well! Happy that you alerted Francesco to the water issue and it was solved promptly. Please come back again! The Italy Perfect Team]
We absolutely loved staying at this vacation rental . The location of the rental is perfect for exploring Tuscany and the surrounding areas. Anything needed to make the stay comfortable was provided and communication was great. The view from the balcony is beautiful , also from the bedrooms . Wonderful and helpful host , we were definitely impressed!
Wonderful place, great location.
[Thank you so much! The Italy Perfect Team]
Great Tuscany Location
We spent 5 fantastic days in Tuscany at Casa Rossa. Our host, Francesco, greeted us and gave us some wonderful suggestions for nearby shopping, restaurants, and destinations. He was extremely accommodating and very interested in making our stay memorable. He grows grapes and olives on the property.
Casa Rossa was a great location for exploring Tuscany. It is remotely located, but central to Tuscany and all of our destinations were easy drives. The villa is very charming, comfortable and well kept. It is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. The terrace is a wonderful place to start the morning or finish the day with a good local wine and some cheese.
Casa Rossa is a great location to experience the Tuscany countryside and an ideal base for exploring Tuscany.
The process of booking through Italy Perfect was smooth, and the instructions for our arrival were great. I would suggest a car with GPS navigation to get around, but there are groceries, restaurants, wineries close by and easy to get to.
Magnificent terrace with a view
Casa molto accogliente, c'è tutto il necessario, magnifica terrazza panoramica. Posizione isolata. Magnifica accoglienza e persone molto disponibili . Casa veramente stupenda per trascorrere del tempo rilassandosi in mezzo alle colline. Nessun tipo di problema.
Translation: The house is very welcoming and has everything you need, a magnificent terrace with a view. Private location. Wonderful welcome from the greeter who was very kind. The house is really great way to spend time relaxing in the hills. There were no problems.
Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property
Map and Location
|Romita village 6 minutes by car|
|San Casciano or Tavarnelle Val di Pesa 15 minutes by car|
|Florence 25 minutes by car|
|Greve, San Gimignano, 25-35 minutes by car|
|Florence airport 35 minutes by car|
|Siena 45 minutes by car|
|Pisa airport 90 minutes by car|