Casalone is only 10mins from Greve and 30 minutes from Florence but it seemed hours from anywhere because of the blissful peace and quiet. All views overlook stunning Tuscan hillside of olives farms and you are only aware of other houses at night with lights in the distance.
The large infinity pool is fabulous with a deep end and a diving board so it kept the children entertained all day. Luxurious sun-beds ad parasols kept everyone happy as well as wifi by the pool!!
The house is stunning with high end furnishings but maintaining a very Italian feel. The kitchen is a cook's dream. Outside pizza oven was a great and enjoyable challenge to cook authentic pizza.
We were very lucky to be there when the garden fig trees were hanging with fruit waiting to fall or be picked!
The small historic village of Montefioralle a few miles away en route to Greve is worth a visit where probably very little has changed over the centuries.
Overall, our week at Casalone was blissful and a holiday we will never forget.
We are a family of five (7, 9 and 11 year old) and stayed at Casalone for a week in July 2019.
The place is truly magical. Tranquility does not do it justice, it is relaxation personified in a setting that is picture perfect.
You arrive at Casalone along a private track and are immediately in love with the traditional stone Tuscan Villa. The accommodation is spacious with 3 large bedrooms and a 4th room which is multi purpose and has a sofa bed. There is a very large bathroom which the 3 bedrooms share and then a further toilet and shower downstairs. The entertaining space is all open plan, beautiful kitchen which is amazingly well stocked, great dining area with seating for 10, and plenty of room for a boogy, my kids anyway! And a nice comfortable lounge space - perfect for an early afternoon DVD for the kids while mum and dad relax by the pool.
Outside there are numerous terraces with entertaining spaces, all looking out over the far reaching views across the Tuscan Hills. The gardens are full of Olive Groves and Figs - a bottle of Casalone Olive Oil is waiting for guests, we nearly finished the whole bottle! There is also an amazing pizza oven, which was a highlight for us.
The infinity swimming pool is beautifully done. Plenty of loungers, and a pool room with sink and fridge. Probably the nicest pool and views we have ever experienced. The diving board is also great fun!
There is so much to do nearby by, but if you are as taken by Casalone as we were, we didn’t want to go very far! We did do a nice day trip to Siena. Head off early and have lunch there. then stop off in Castellina on your way back for an ice cream - a very pretty hilltop village with amazing views. Another recommended trip (aside from the obvious Florence day trip) is to San Gimignano. There are also lots of nice wineries nearby that you can visit and do tastings.
Eating out - we had three nights out, La Castellana (mentioned above), La Cantanetta Di Rignana (amazing food and amazing views - great for lunch or dinner) and a pizzeria in Greve, La Cantina (doesn’t look like much from the outside but a very unique experience with a very quirky owner).
Lastly and by no means least, the attention and support we received from the owner Barclay and Ester, who is the local contact, was outstanding. Ester got in touch with us a couple of weeks before our arrival and made us feel very at ease with everything. She is extremely knowledgeable about the local area and knows everything about Casalone. She booked us restaurants (which is sometimes a little tricky as our Italian wasn’t great!) and her responsiveness on whatsapp with any questions about Casalone was so comforting. It really made our trip as we felt very looked after and special.
We can't wait to return to Casalone.
We have had the most fantastic family holiday this summer in Casalone. The villa was the perfect retreat for a week of much needed rest and relaxation for our family of 6 (two young children, two teenagers and two adults needing a break!). We were greeted by the delightful and efficient Esther who was much in touch before our arrival to ensure a smooth process.
The setting of the Villa is absolutely spectacular – on a south facing hillside with superb views across tree covered hills; beautiful sunrises. Our ideal was not to have to have to spend time out and about in the car and the heat – and so the scenic pool area provided the ideal base – combined with the original pizza oven which we made much use of (plenty of kindling and wood helpfully provided). We would highly recommend Casalone for a chilled family retreat in a beautiful location.
We were lucky enough to be there around the time of the August Paleo in Sienna so prised ourselves away for the day to absorb the festivities. The Tuscan hills and vineyards are on your doorstep and ready to be explored and this is an ideal base. Thank you Barclay for sharing.
Casalone is simply the perfect place to stay in Tuscany if you want a central location with complete privacy and tranquility. The spacious interior and extensive grounds with stunning views and amazing pool are exceptional and all yours while you're here. I booked after seeing a friend's photo of the pool - I was immediately sold, saving me hours of trawling the internet. What a wise decision - all of us loved everything about it. The hosts couldn't have been more helpful and Ester, who made us feel at home straight away, even cooked a wonderful meal for seven of us one evening. Dining at the house is a real pleasure, particularly outside on the substantial terrace. It's extremely well equipped and the location is great. Greve, the closest town, has all the amenities you require and its charm grows on you during your visit. We look forward to returning.
This is a lovely home nestled in the Tuscan hills which comfortably sleeps 6 adults. There is one full bath with shower and tub, a shower in the mud room and another toilet off of the living room and at the base of the stairs that leads to one of the bed rooms. This would best suit a family or close friends.
The view from the back looks over the Tuscan hills. The kitchen is well stocked for your cooking needs with a wood burning stone pizza oven outside. The swimming area feels as if you are at a resort. It overlooks the olive trees and the rolling Tuscan hills. It is a very quiet and restful. I would recommend this home for your Tuscan get away.