We stayed in apartment number 5 ('Mulberry Trees) during the last two weeks of September 2012. Podere Casarotta is located in a truly stunning location, lovely and peaceful with amazing views over the Valdarno to the Chianti Hills. Our apartment was very clean, tidy, spacious and well equipped (there is no TV but there is a TV in a separate communal building). The bathroom was modern and the shower had good water pressure (no bath). The only minor downside was that the oven was a very small countertop oven - so best to do most cooking on the hob!
Our apartment did not have a balcony but this was not a problem as all the apartments have their own private areas in the extensive grounds, in addition to the communal area around the swimming pool. We very much enjoyed sitting in the garden, gazing at the wonderful view and listening to the wildlife - however, in late September you have to watch out for the midges. We were eaten alive! Plenty insect repellent required.
Simone and the other staff on site were very friendly and helpful. Simone recommended several places to visit in the area, as well as restaurants, etc. All his tips were spot on! We'd particularly recommend L'Acquolina and Cassia Vetus - the food was amazing!
A car is essential if you are staying at the Podere and it's worth bearing in mind that there are no restaurants etc within walking distance. It's the price you pay for staying in such a beautiful, tranquil, rural location. Driving along the windy Setteponti road every day did get a little tiresome, but we could hardly blame Podere Casarotta for this. Having said that, the location is good. We were able to visit Siena, Arezzo, San Gimignano and even Assisi on day trips.
I would definitely recommend Podere Casarotta if you want to get away from it all and enjoy the wonderful Tuscan countryside and food in a relaxed rural location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Podere Casarotta is a beatiful, ancient 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 villa initially belonged to the "gonfaloniere" (the ancient mayor) of Loro Ciuffenna; then was run by farmers that made a living with their own production of olive oil and wine. The farmhouse was later owned by the Antinori family, and by the S.Maria nuns. On an original stone in the walls of the main building is carved the date "1774", when the farmhouse became part of Loro Ciuffenna. The actual owner's intention was to restore the villa maintaining as much as possible of the original Tuscany architecture: in all the apartments you will find terracotta floors and ceilings with exposed wooden beams.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 4km from the nearest town, Castelfranco di Sopra) offers a perfect balance in 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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- Also Known As:
- Podere Casarotta Italy/Tuscany - Loro Ciuffenna