Casa Claudia – Tuscany – Chianti

Accommodates 8 - 4 Bedrooms - 4 Baths - Pool - WiFi - A/C

Casa Claudia is an elegant country house located in a particularly attractive — and relatively untouristy — corner of Tuscany, about equidistant from Florence and Siena. In a word: Ideal!

How can this location possibly be untouristy? Well, it’s like Yellowstone: At Old Faithful, you’re amidst the hordes. Shift just 1000 feet away, and there’s no one except you and the grizzlies! Yes, Casa Claudia is close to tourist meccas you’ll undoubtedly want to visit, like San Gimignano and Greve in Chianti, but it’s also within a stone’s throw of such charming, far less visited hilltowns like Castelfiorentino, Certaldo, Montespertoli, San Casciano, Barberino, and Mercatale. Not to mention first-class cities like Pistoia and Prato, two of our personal favorites, full of delightful squares and important things to see, which, precisely because of their proximity to Florence, get totally overlooked. So take your choice.

Let’s talk about Casa Claudia itself. The precise location is about halfway between Castelfiorentino and Montespertoli, both of which are really pleasant Tuscan towns with restaurants, shops, and all services. The approach road to the villa by no means requires a Jeep. An ordinary car is just fine, and you don’t have to do the whole thing in first gear! But it’s paved rather roughly, and we wouldn’t recommend a low-slung car like a Ferrari or a classic Citroen!

Along the way, the views are just magnificent, and even moreso once you arrive. The villa is set in a beautiful lawn bordered with roses, cypresses, and olive trees. The lovely salt-water swimming pool enjoys ravishing views over the rolling hills featuring classic vineyards, olive groves, and cypresses. The estate itself is a producer of fine-quality extra virgin olive oil.

Inside, Casa Claudia, about 450sqm/5000sqft in size, is beautifully decorated and furnished with real style and elegance. The villa is perfect for a group of eight. Terracotta floors and beamed ceilings add to the villa’s feeling of authenticity. The four bedrooms are equal, and each has an en-suite or immediately adjacent bathroom. Casa Claudia is a true rarity: a perfect house for four couples traveling together.

Perhaps the best feature of Casa Claudia is the fact that the charming and cultivated owners live just down the road. They are totally unintrusive, but they are truly lovely people who will do anything and everything in their power to make your stay a pleasant one. They’re right there in case you need them, but not there when you don’t!

    • Welcoming entry hall with beautiful mirrors
    • Cloakroom
    • Elegantly appointed double living room with comfortable seating and equisite fabrics - French windows overlook the lawn and patios
    • Gaming table area: backgammon, chess, checkers, cards and other games
    • Large dining room with table for 8/10 people and decorative fireplace
    • Fully-equipped modern kitchen
    • Laundry room
    • Massage room
    • Guest half-bath
    • Large living room with decorative fireplace and a good selection of English and French books
    • Master bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed, decorative fireplace, satellite TV, and a safe. View over pool, gardens, and countryside
    • En-suite bathroom with walk-in closet and oval bathtub and hand-held shower
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed, satellite TV, and views over the countryside
    • En-suite shower room
    • Bedroom which can be made up as either matrimonial or twin, with satellite TV and views over the countryside including, on clear days, the Apuan Alps and the Apennines
    • Adjacent bathroom with a cast-iron tub
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed and marvelous views
    • En-suite shower room

    TechnoGym fitness center

    • Castelfiorentino - 5km
    • Montespertoli - 7km
    • Certaldo - 12km
    • San Casciano - 22km
    • San Gimignano - 23km
    • Greve in Chianti - 40km
    • Florence airport - 40km
    • Florence - 42km
    • Prato - 50km
    • Siena - 62km
    • Pistoia - 65km
    • Lucca - 70km
    • Pisa airport - 70km
    • Rome airport - 300km

    In three words: A superb house! Again, it’s that rarity: Four equal bedrooms for four couples traveling together. Or a (slightly) extended family. Or two (small) families, who need to note that only one of the bedrooms has twinnable beds.

    The owners have tried to go the extra step: a gym in the basement, for example; a massage room; air-conditioning not just in the bedrooms; really elegant furnishings; arrangements with local outfits for things like ballooning and tennis and archery, even bowling!

    The road is a little rough but not impossible. And the house is somewhat remote, but not too much so. You’re just 5km from the nearest town.

    You can tell we’re struggling to find something “bad” to say about Casa Claudia. Well, there really isn’t anything bad to say. It’s really a lovely villa.

    • Daily housekeeping
    • Arrival meal
    • Wine tasting at villa with sommelier
    • Weekly change of bed linens
    • Mid-week change of bath linens
    • Air-conditioning except in the kitchen and upstairs sitting room
    • Wi-Fi
    • TechnoGym fitness room in the basement
    • Massage room
    • Salt-water swimming pool
    • Four mountain bikes with helmets
    • Satellite TV with international channels
    • CD/DVD player
    • BlueRay 3D
    • Barbecue
    • Gas range
    • Double oven
    • Washing machine and dryer
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • European and American coffee makers
    • Juice maker
    • Grill
    • Electric gate
    • Safe
    • Additional housekeeping
    • Personal laundry and ironing
    • Childcare
    • Guided tours
    • Advance grocery shopping
    • Cook
    • Sommelier
    • Cooking classes
    • Wine tasting
    • Masseur/masseuse
    • Beautician/aesthetician
    • Tours by helicopter
    • Golf, ballooning, and tennis by arrangement
    • Airport transfer
    • 23 Jun - 25 Aug

      €7400/Week
    • 31 Mar - 23 Jun
      25 Aug - 29 Sep

      €6200/Week
    • Other Periods

      €4950/Week

    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday
    Extras: Tourist tax; electricity consumption exceeding  €50/week
    Pool open: 12 May - 29 Sep

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