Casale Luisa – Tuscany – Chianti

Accommodates 10 - 5 Bedrooms - 5 Baths - Pool - Wi-Fi - A/C

Here is a truly lovely restored — but not OVER-restored — farmhouse in the heart of Chianti country, about 30-40 minutes to either Florence or Siena. You’ll definitely need a car at Casale Luisa, just as with any country rental you consider, but you can in fact walk to the nearby village of Fiano, a little over a kilometer away, with a good grocery store and other simple shops, coffee bar, and a couple of trattorie. Tavarnelle and Montespertoli are the more important villages in the neighborhood.

We just love the fact that Casale Luisa lies nestled right off the paved road — no 10-mile drives down a dirt road — and yet feels totally removed the madding crowd. Moreover, while it’s fully free-standing and has its own lovely swimming pool set in a spectacular position, Casale Luisa is part of a tiny compound of buildings (maybe 5 structures in all), with a manager resident. So you’re not totally isolated in the event of need. Very atmospheric old home, with modern conveniences. Beamed ceilings and terracotta floors throughout. Also good lighting and closet space throughout, and nice rugs as well.

Daily housekeeping is included at Casale Luisa, as well as an arrival meal and basic provisions. The house manager speaks English fluently and is an excellent cook. She will greet you on arrival, and we highly recommend that you arrange at least one or two meals through her, as well as cooking classes. She can also be relied upon for things like arranging guided tours, restaurant reservations, and day-to-day planning. Recent guests have been ecstatic about Casale Luisa — its location, its amenities, its truly excellent staff.

    • Big, welcoming entry hall/foyer

    • Lovely bedroom with an indivisible matrimonial bed
    • En-suite bathroom with shower
    • Direct access to the outside, without any stairs

    Also on this level:

    • Independent dining room
    • Large bi-level rustic eat-in kitchen with 6-burner stovetop and all other appliances, as well as a huge wood-burning pizza oven
    • Direct access to the outside, furnished in a particularly panoramic position for alfresco dining and lounging
    • Just outside the kitchen: a small but complete shower room, useful for those wanting to wash up after using the pool but before tramping around the house
    • Second big landing/hall with attractive rolltop desk
    • Formal living/dining room with fireplace and comfortable seating for all
    • Bedroom with divisible matrimonial bed
    • En-suite bathroom with tub and separate shower
    • Bedroom with divisible matrimonial bed
    • En-suite bathroom with shower
    • Bedroom with joinable twin beds
    • En-suite bathroom with shower
    • Second master bedroom in a quasi-Alpine style woodwork, with divisible matrimonial bed
    • En-suite bathroom with shower
    • Fiano, nearest village – 1km
    • Siena – 45km
    • Florence – 40km
    • Certaldo – 65km
    • Monteriggioni – 40km
    • San Gimignano – 30km
    • Greve in Chianti – 30km
    • Lucca – 80km

    Casale Luisa is not a luxury property, but it is a very, very nice property, very authentic and old-fashioned with a number of excellent modcons, in particular air-conditioning in the bedrooms.

    Casale Luisa is really perfect for up to 4 or 5 couples (one of the bedrooms is quite a bit smaller than the other four), as all bedrooms have en-suite or immediately adjacent baths.  Obviously, it also works beautifully for two or three small families or one extended family, or a group of single friends (note, however, the number of bedrooms with indivisible matrimonial beds).

    You must have a car at Casale Luisa, as it’s most definitely a country property. But you CAN definitely walk to the nearby village of Fiano, for basic services including that all-important coffee bar and a couple of simple trattorie.

    • English-speaking house manager who acts as a de facto concierge
    • 3 hours’ daily housekeeping
    • Simple arrival meal
    • Continental breakfast Monday to Saturday mornings
    • Bed linens changed at end of each week
    • Bath linens changed mid-week
    • Gardener 5 days per week
    • Fireplaces
    • Pizza oven
    • Swimming pool, 5 x 11 meters
    • Air-conditioned bedrooms
    • Wi-Fi
    • Window screens
    • Telephone for incoming and local outgoing calls
    • Satellite TV
    • CD player
    • DVD player
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Pizza oven
    • Barbecue
    • Clothes washer/dryer
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Crib/cot
    • High chair
    • Additional housekeeping
    • Personal laundry and ironing
    • Cooking
    • Cooking lessons
    • Food shopping
    • Initial provisions
    • 23 Jun - 25 Aug

      €7800/Week
    • 31 Mar - 23 Jun
      25 Aug - 29 Sep
      22 Dec - 5 Jan 2019

      €7000/Week
    • Other Periods

      €6200/Week

    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday, but flexible in low season
    Extras: Tourist tax; Utilities above €50/week; final cleaning €250
    Pool open: 12 May - 29 Sep

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