Casa Giardino

A beautifully situated, fully restored and private ancient Tuscan house sleeping up to 6 people situated in its own grounds with beautiful  pool.  All modern comforts are included in this superb holiday rental.

Casa Giardino is situated approximately 50 Km (28 Miles) east of Florence and is in the historic village of Spalanni with the nearest large village being Castel San Niccolo where there are a wide range of local shops being about 5 minutes away by car.  The nearest town is Bibbiena which is 15 minutes by car.  Arezzo, the provincial capital is about 40 minutes away. The house is well placed to explore the local area and to allow visits to Florence, Chianti, Sienna, Cortona and even Rome can be reached from Arezzo in an hour by train. The small village of Spalanni – a collection of ancient stone cottages nestling above the larger villages of Strada and Castel San Nicolo. We enjoy spectacular views across the valley and the mountains beyond. The village was once a 13th century convent and the whole area is steeped in history.

The house combines a sense of history with all the features which go to make our idea of modern living. The  property has central heating for the colder months and for the chilly Spring and Autumn evenings, we have a wood burning stove.    The main and most imposing feature of the living room is the hugely magnificent Tuscan fireplace with its wood burner.  There is wireless internet access and this is provided with small charge subject to fair usage  – we like to feel that we  provide a real opportunity for you to keep in touch with your work and regular life while basking and relaxing in the Tuscan Countryside.

The kitchen is beautifully fitted with ample utensils, crockery, cutlery etc.  Even though it is great to sample Tuscan food in local restaurants, we appreciate how much it can be part of the holiday to buy local ingredients and create your own Tuscan Meals.   Once you have prepared your meals, enjoy eating them outside on your beautiful and private furnished terrace.

The bathroom is large, bright and airy and  is fitted with a large shower cubicle, bidet, WC and wash hand basin.

There are two excellent bedrooms, both well furnished with comfortable beds, wardrobes and chests of drawers.  Beds are made with duvets of appropriate weight for the season.

Upstairs is a further sitting room which can double as an additional bedroom with two single sofa beds.

Outside is beautiful with a large and secluded garden where you can relax and enjoy the fantastic views. Central is of course the pool and sun terraces – our guests love to return after a day of sightseeing and have a relaxing and refreshing swim – indeed, so relaxing is the garden that many people are reluctant to leave and  prefer to laze the day away in the shade of an olive tree while enjoying the peace and tranquility.  Ample garden furniture is provided. The grounds are full of interesting features, ancient old walls, olive trees, vines – not so long ago, the garden was producing its own wine.  Close to the front door, here is a huge vine which produces beautiful table grapes. All the hard terraces are either in Tuscan ‘cotto’ or natural stone.

The gardens are safe for children (obviously guests need to be aware that the pool is at hand and that children must be appropriately supervised at all times).  The road past the house is in any way quiet, but there are gates which can be kept closed as an additional safeguard.  There are large grassed areas for games and general play.  The site is lit at night.

There is space for parking two cars within the grounds with plenty of additional space in parking areas nearby.

We can organise a cooking class for you – you can do it under the vine at Casa Giardino – make your own pasta, gnocchi – all the Tuscan Specialties.  Ask Peter for further details and to make a booking

Please contact us if we can give any further information – in any event, have a look at the website of Casa Giardino – www.letstuscany.co.uk

Richard and Deryl hope that they will get the chance to meet you and in any event can be contacted on the contact numbers and addresses given on this site or alternatively on +44 (0)1829 782 776.