The combination of the comfortable La Casina and the charming British owners proved a winning combination.
A house proved to be a peaceful and spacious retreat for our two large families. The little children - 6 in total under 7 years old - all loved the entire experience. Plenty of swimming in the huge pool, the odd game of wiff-waff, outside dining with breath taking views & quiet time in the cool cavernous sitting room watching their favourite DVD's.
As parents -we all felt surprisingly well rested too! Especially as the british owners, Adrian & Gill and family - were especially welcoming & helped with babysitting or cooking delicious suppers on request. Adrian's wood fired pizza oven creations were a spectacle for the children as was his Tuscan Rabbit Stew. Even an enormous lemon drizzle cake miraculously appeared on afternoon - unprompted but gladly received.
You could easily spend two weeks rarely leaving the isolated comfort of la Casina although Montepulciano, Montefollonico beckon when you want to soak up that italian 'la dolce vita'!
Its no surprise La Casina is booked up already taking bookings for next year by returning satisfied customers!!
I'd go back in a minute, and I hope to! My husband and I shared the villa with 6 good friends very comfortably. Although we each had our own quiet spaces to retreat to, we had plenty of options for sharing time with our friends - beautiful outdoor patio, user friendly kitchen, kick-back family room. Our host, Adrian, was available just as we needed him to be and is well versed in the ways of Tuscany and Italy.
Villa La Casina in Montepuciano is a fabulous vacation home. We had four couples share this amazing four bedroom house which had so much space for us all. The kitchen was terrific with all the modern equipment and the house was spacious and inviting. The patio with its wonderful views and lovely swimming pool and outdoor wood burning pizza oven make for an ever more fantastic stay. Adrian, the owner and his family made us all feel so welcome and his pizza night party was great. He has a delightful family and a friendly dog named Purdy. Adrian made us feel very at home and was there with any help we needed.
It was wonderful to see the sights each day and come back to this comfortable home each night. I highly recommend this rental for a vacation of a lifetime.
We loved our stay at La Casina this summer - we holiday in Tuscany each year and have found our perfect place to stay. The view is amazing and the house and pool perfect for a wonderful family holiday. Adrian and his family are delightful and could not be nicer or more helpful! We totally recommend it!
In July 2010, in a discussion with some friends, we dreamed of the idea of going to Tuscany for a week to learn how to cook Tuscan cuisine...while this idea changed slightly during the last year, the week that we spent at the Casina was just like a dream!
We were 4 couples, sharing this sumptuous 200 years old villa recently renovated (2008) with an absolutely incredible view from the patio (you can see some pictures of the renovation at this web side: http://www.reniella.com/lacasina/index.php and some pictures of the view that I have attached to this review). Imagine complete peace under the Tuscan sun, which changes the color of the scenery as it advances in the day, with the city of Montepulciano admirably pointing at the horizon over the fields of vines and wheat and all other beautiful country side pictures. That is the view...
The villa is probably perfect for a family, but is surely also perfect for the 4 couples that we were (each couple had a beautiful bedroom with private bathroom). The living room, the kitchen which opens directly to the patio, the pool, all was part of the dream...
And the people... a beautiful family to discover! At the pizza night (cooked by the owners and shared with the whole family), we shared life stories and learned how this English family moved to Tuscan a few years ago... and now speaks Italian! Really, a beautiful family...
And finally, as we decided not to subscribe to cooking lessons, Adrian offered to cook for us... He had started with the pizza night with his other guests, and now cooked for us 2 absolutely delicious meals (3 services including wine)... what a wonderful time we had! And as some of us had special requirements... all were happy with his special individual touch!
As a plus for this villa, we spent a whole week visiting different gorgeous spots in Tuscany, but all of us agreed that Montepulciano was one of our "Coup de coeur"...
I would certainly recommend this villa...
My sister and I took our parents, their best friends, and their kids to LaCasina for a week last November to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. The house was great for a group of nine adults....beautiful, very new American-style bathrooms, huge eat in kitchen where all nine of us sat comfortably for wine-filled dinners, easy access to Montepulciano and surrounding hill towns, and wonderfully comforable beds. The owners were so accomodative and helpful, doing everything they could to make our time at the villa as special as possible. We had absolutely no complaints and want to go back soon....highly recommended for anyone!
My husband and I just returned from two weeks at La Casina. We had a great time!
La Casina is an excellent way to experience what life in Tuscany is all about. The renovated farm house is situated among beautiful hilltop towns which are easily accessible by car. Montepulciano, Montefollonico, Pienza are all within a few kilometers. You have the pleasure of being 'at home' where you can enjoy the great local food and wine al fresco with a brilliant view of Montepulciano or of eating out at one of the numerous great restaurants all serving local specialties. Adrian and Gill helped us in lots of little ways which made our stay even more enjoyable. Their recommendations were spot on. They are wonderful hosts and have created a little piece of heaven which you may be lucky enough to share. We will never forget this beautiful place. Thank-you Adrian and Gill!