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Podere Casarotta
Thatcham, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“perfect retreat....”
Reviewed 24 June 2012

Website holiday reviews are perfect to find out whether places are 'Great' to stay at, or dismal dumps... But I think there must be another category of holiday home which is just perfect. So perfect that you are in two minds whether to tell the world(wideweb) about it or just keep it is a secret place and only tell family and immediate friends. Podere Casarotta is one of those perfect places.

PC is an old farmhouse full of character that has been converted into five separate apartments (we had No5). There is another building alongside which used to be the hayloft and is now used as an occasional communal area, sun terrace, TV room or kitchen area when the site manager (Simone) visits and makes meals for guests (on request). Within a very short walk through the olive grove and rose garden there's a nice sized swimming pool to enjoy after a day's sight-seeing and each apartment has an individual secluded 'garden area' to sit in if you want to be on your own.

We went in the first week of June, so the start of Mid Season. We had the place all to ourselves which was just great! Set fairly high up in the Pratomagno hills overlooking the town of San Giovanni Valdarno it commands some great views and on one of the mornings we were there we woke to find we were basking in the sun actually above the clouds in the valley below! At height of summer it would be nice and cool up in the hills rather than the baking heat lower down, which is another good thing about the place.

The apartment we had was pretty big, the bed was comfortable, the shower (and water pressure) was good and warm and the kitchen was well enough equipped (although in truth we ate out every night so only used it for breakfast). The price was very good too (where else can you stay for £400 for a week with those views?) Apparently if you look for accommodation in that part of Tuscany to the west of the A1 motorway the prices are far higher.

And another thing, communication with Simone was first class. Good emails, a few phone calls when we arrived in country and were on our way up from Rome so he was on site to greet us (he has to come over from Florence) and I'm sure any problem would have been sorted if we had any! Great service.

If you're visiting, you'll soon get used to driving along very winding roads (I thought the Romans built 'straight roads') which is great fun and it's a steep(ish) winding road up to the villa, probably about a mile off the main road. The villa is easily found though.

There are small shops for your groceries in the local towns (Loro Cuifenna) but I found it easier just going down to Montevarchi as there's a big Ipercoop supermarket and garage there.. Good local restaurant? La Continella.

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this part of Tuscany and if we ever came back we'd be looking to stay at this villa.

And now I've gone and told you all about it, keep it to yourself won't you? Only let your family and friends know.....

Room Tip: Ours was Apt 5 which overlooked the valley, but I think they all probably had good views...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

This lovely Tuscan farmhouse was the perfect antidote to the dizzying pace of Naples and Rome where we spent a few days beforehand. Although the owner was not on site, Enzo the groundskeeper / olive picker was there every day to greet us with his warm grandfatherly smile and took care of whatever we needed (which we managed to communicate with our embarrassingly broken Italian and hand gestures). Enzo even let us play around and help them pick olives for a little while one sunny afternoon! The house is situated high above rolling hills of olive trees, giving you a breathtaking panoramic view. We stayed in Apt. #3 which was the perfect size for me and my husband - very cozy with a well equipped kitchen. It also comes with tons of books and local maps as well as an Idiot's Guide to Learning Italian. It is very close to a few local towns (Loro Ciufenna, San Giovano and Castelfranco) and the daily fresh markets are great! The only complaint I have is that the the windows are not very big (guessing they are the original windows from a few centuries ago) so there is not much sunlight during the day. The lights inside the house are also quite dim so it is not brightly lit at night. But apart from that, we had the perfect holiday at Podere Casarotta and even extended our stay from 7 nights to 10 nights!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

Nice place for whose who went tired of everyday noisy life. The place is quiet, has no internet connection and less people around.
Wonderful views all around.
A car is really recommended for a trip. Visit to the local market is obligatory!
Have fun!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

Podere Casarotta was the perfect villa in the Tuscan countryside. My husband and I spent a week there it was fantastic. The views are breath-taking, the pool is relaxing, and there are so many great small towns in the area to visit for dinner or shopping. We will definitely go back to Casarotta!
There is no internet service however, we found it nice to break away from the rest of the world for a while.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lugano, Switzerland
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

The Podere, resting on the southern slopes of the Pratomagno massive in Valdarno amidst tranquil olive groves, is offering an ideal atmosphere to relax.

This ancient farmhouse of the 18th century has been lovingly restored into generous apartments, keeping some original atmosphere with a touch of modernity.

We have enjoyed: lazy times at the beautifully set swimming pool, some cultural enrichment visiting villages, and nearby Florence and Arezzo, tasted local vines and cuisine prepared by Simone at the Podere’s hayloft, and at close by Osterie & Ristoranti.... and biked along the “Setteponti” road or around the hills to appease our guilty conscience after these feasts.

After a week of such contemplative days, we were again perfectly fit to get back and deal with the hassle of daily life.

We have not been here for the first time, and will surely not miss the chance to enjoy this place whenever possible.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Podere Casarotta
Address: Localita Millepini - Malva Snc, 52024 Loro Ciuffenna, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Loro Ciuffenna
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Loro Ciuffenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Podere Casarotta is a XVIIIth century farmhouse in Tuscany which has been renovated in recent years, converted in holiday house with private swimming pool and divided into luxurious apartments for your holiday rentals. In the farmhouse there are six indipendent apartments for rent, each with one or two double bedrooms; the whole holiday house can sleep up to 20 persons. All the apartments are furnished in classic Tuscany style, and each apartment has its own kitchen (well equipped), bathroom and private garden outdoor. The whole property (Podere Casarotta farmhouse together with the Conca d'Oro farm) covers approximately 30 acres, mostly planted with olive groves that surround the farmhouse. The place was called from long ago the "Conca d'Oro" ("the Golden Basin") for its climate, particularly pleasant to people and beneficial to olive oil production. We still produce on the farm our high-quality, organic, tuscan extra-virgin olive oil! Podere Casarotta farmhouse, because of its privileged position in the very heart of Tuscany (and just 5km from the nearest town, Castelfranco di Sopra) offers a perfect balance between rest & relaxation and wandering around: the apartments of our villa will be your luxurious and comfortable starting point for visiting Tuscany! Whatever you are looking for: art, history, culture, parks and nature, wine and food routes, or just relax by the swimming pool in the silence of the Tuscany countryside, you will find them all at hand! ... more   less 
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