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.