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5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Anghiari, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany

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tkny44
Bourne End, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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“Idyllic Italy!”
Reviewed 13 June 2017 for a stay in May 2017
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This is a truly wonderful place. I wish I could keep it all to myself but as all the hundreds of other glowing reviews have already let the cat out of the bag, I'll let you know just how great we think it is!

Firstly, it's really easily accessible from several directions. Florence is closer than Bologna but we couldn't get flights from there so some of our party came from Bologna and others from Rome. Bologna was a really easy drive, Rome a little longer. Approaching Anghiari is something I won'f forget for a while. The magnificent walled town rises up as you approach on a long, straight Roman road. Winding down a typical narrow street into the gorgeous town centre, we were met by our wonderful hosts, Di and Leigh, who led us the short drive to Barliano, the quaint farming hamlet in which Casa Leana is situated.

The house is a wonderfully authentic Italian farmhouse, with everything done to consider your every comfort, whilst maintaining the rustic, traditional feeling which immediately makes you feel on holiday somewhere very special.

One of the things we loved the most was the many seating areas all over the house and garden which ensure that you will always have a sun trap to sit in, whatever the weather. The accommodation is arranged over three floors and although only one bedroom, which in our party lent itself more to the older children, has an en-suite bathroom, this was almost insignificant as the other bedrooms are all lovely and the shared bathrooms spacious. I imagine the top floor bedrooms must get very hot in the summer as they were pretty hot already but ours on the middle floor was just right. The basement bedroom was gloriously cool.

The garden is wonderful. Arranged on terraces, there is loads of seating (I adored the hammocks looking over the olive groves and vineyards up to the hills) and the heated pool with tons of seating around it is brilliant. There are boxes of pool toys, garden games - so much thought has gone into keeping everyone entertained. There were lovely fresh strawberries for the picking just below the pool too.

The lovely farmhouse table in the kitchen seats 10 but we used it for serving only and dined alfresco on the wonderful back patio with its 10-seater square table every night. Every night when darkness fell, we were treated to a show by the fireflies!

Di and Leigh could not have been more helpful and welcoming hosts. We thoroughly recommend their shopping service and it was great to be able to get on with our first day and night without thinking of shopping. They also arranged for our friend to have an art lesson in the garden, which she loved and we all went horse riding and to a nearby driving range. The golf and riding are adjacent to each other and the hotel they're part of has lovely coffees and lunches on the hillside terrace.

Anghiari was lovely to visit and walk round but just as close and probably easier to reach and park at (and with a tiny store and cafe too) was the picture-postcard village of Citerna. We adored it - sweeping elevated views, delicious strong coffee, locals conversing animatedly and bells ringing from the church. What a beautiful little traffic and tourist-free gem of a place!

We even took a day trip to Florence and booked a parking in a garage on the doorstep of the Duomo, which was brilliant. We also pre-booked 'skip the line' entry to the Uffizi, another recommendation. It was an easy drive from Casa Leana and perfect for a day trip. We got there in an hour and 20 minutes.

The house has an unbelievable collection of DVDs for all ages - we think we counted nearly 600! in the spacious TV room and a great library of holiday reads too. The playroom is a dream for older kids with fussball, ping-pong and pool tables. For the adults, there is a brilliant honesty bar system and an impressive wine cellar too.

All in all, Casa Leana is relaxing, tranquil, spacious, well-appointed and beautiful. Its owners are hugely hospitable and have thought of everything to make your visit a success and I can't wait to return. Thank you Di and Leigh - we hope to see you soon.

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Management Response
14 Jun 2017
Oh my goodness. Thank you so much for your glowing review - we cannot tell you how grateful we are to you for writing your thoughts down. Not just about the house but about all the wonderful things you found to do in the area! It was an absolute pleasure having you guys stay and it was so nice to meet you all. We will certainly look forward to seeing you again the future. Di and Leigh
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romanlea
Cookham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautifully relaxing.”
Reviewed 12 June 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Stunning location. Beautifully appointed farmhouse with plenty of room for everyone to chill out. Loads of outside seating and terrace areas to enjoy. Within easy drive of some stunning towns. Day trips to Florence, Sienna and Pisa easily doable. Activities available to book : art classes with local artist and horseriding 20 mins away.
Thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Would recommend to anyone.

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Management Response
12 Jun 2017
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a great holiday, your words are music to our ears. We look forward to welcoming you back to this beautiful part of the world in the future.
Thanks again! Di and Leigh
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Lin777777
2 reviews
“Beautiful Farmhouse”
Reviewed 11 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017

We have just come back from a lovely stay in Casa Leana ,Anghiari The farmhouse is Beautiful with everything you need for a fantastic family holiday with great accommodation, games room, children's playground and a relaxing heated swimming pool with stunning views. The owners Leigh and Diane are friendly hosts to help if needed The property is perfectly situated for visiting many places including Wonderful Florence We will certainly be going back.

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Management Response
13 May 2017
Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We enjoyed meeting you and your lovely family and we look forward to welcoming you back to Casa Leana in the future. Thanks again . Di and Leigh x
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21cookie
Wallonia, Belgium
1 review
“Idyllic Tuscan retreat set in stunning countryside managed by a delightful couple.”
Reviewed 20 October 2016 for a stay in August 2016

From the very first email contact to saying our farewell the service was top class. The property exceeded expectations from the images and description on the website. A Tuscan farmhouse with stunning views and its own swimming pool run by a friendly British couple set in a working hamlet. The property is tastefully furnished and fully equipped in the kitchen - also had a huge collection of books and DVDs to read and watch. We did several day trips as recommended in the visitors' book and all were really good. The highlight for us was the olive oil tasting which also included a delicious lunch and locally produced wines. A lot of time has been spent researching the best places to visit locally. It's also a great base for keen cyclists.

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Liked best: The setting and the welcome
Liked least: Nothing to fault
Travelling group: Large Group
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Nadia N
1 review
“A perfect taste of Tuscany”
Reviewed 24 August 2016 for a stay in June 2016

I was lucky enough to stay here for my friends' wedding in June. Slightly off the beaten track but near enough to shops, it is an ideal Tuscan villa for a group of friends wanting to have fun, chill and take in the countryside.
The villa and it's grounds were big enough for us all to have our own space and yet we were also able to congregate around in the communal areas too. The pool is heated (if needed) and the lawns/grounds perfectly manicured by the owners.
The owners, Leigh and Diane, were THE best at recommending restaurants, helping my friends with their wedding, taxi service, keeping the grounds beautiful and being a very good concierge service.
As I sit in my office back in Blighty, I often think about going back to Casa Leana...and I hope it won't be too long before I'm back.

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Liked best: The views, decor and how well maintained it is
Liked least: Because it is an old building with thick walls, wifi did sometimes play up
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
24 Aug 2016
Thanks for your fabulous review.. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday with us. We had a great time organising the wedding too and meeting everyone in your lovely group. Cannot believe how quickly the time has gone since you were here. It would, of course, be wonderful to see you again in the future. Thanks again. Di and Leigh
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AlanGodal...
Godalming, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Just perfect”
Reviewed 22 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

I don't have much more to add over the previous reviews. We were at Casa Leana for 2 weeks and we all thought it was perfect for our stay in Tuscany. Great, characterful house with sensational views of the countryside. Good base to explore main Tuscany highlights such as Florence and Siena as well as the pretty towns and villages nearer to home. Pool was brilliant for my 2 kids. Di and Leigh were great hosts.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
22 Aug 2016
Thanks Alan. We are so pleased you and your family had a great holiday here in Tuscany. It was so nice to meet you and your lovely family!
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Laura P
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“A superb find!!”
Reviewed 25 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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We have just returned from a magical week staying at Casa Leana with 8 of our friends and our baby son, where we got married in the beautiful local town of Anghiari.
The villa is fantastic, full of charm, history and pleasant surprises! From the games room to the wine cellar to the extensive (and beautifully kept) gardens and pool, it really does have everything you need for a super relaxing and fun holiday.
The house has spectacular views, and the peace and quiet, along with the birdsong really is a world away from the hussle and bussle of the UK! The (heated) pool is a wonderful place to be on a sunny day or evening.
Di and Leigh are superb hosts, and they work extremely hard to make sure you have the best possible experience. In addition to recommending and booking authentic local restaurants, and providing a great taxi service for those evenings you all want to drink Chianti Classico, Di and Leigh did a superb job of arranging our entire Tuscan wedding!
From sorting out all the legal matters with the local authorities, booking the commune (local town hall where we were married) to arranging pre and post drinks at a local cafe/bar, a wedding cake, a 5 course meal in a great restaurant, photo shoot, chauffeuring the whole party around all day (in decorated car of course), they put many hours into every detail. They completely earnt our trust months before the big day, and everything was PERFECT thanks to them!
A final word on the town of Anghiari, it is one of Tuscany's hidden gems. A stunning walled town on a hill with amazing views, cobbled streets and a very friendly atmosphere. It is a great setting for any celebration, and a great base from which to explore Tuscany and beyond.
Thank you Diana and Leigh for such a memorable holiday!

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Management Response
27 Jun 2016
Thank you Laura and Martyn - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Leana and we made your special day one to remember. Thank you also for putting your thoughts down in words, we really appreciate it!
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