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Casa Castello

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3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
6 guests
1 night minimum
Villa
The villa sits on the side of the hill overlooking the town & the river valley. Higher up on the hill is the Castel San Niccolo which gives its name to the district. Casa Castello is constructed of local stone & the origins of the house date back to the 13th century when it was the servants quarters to the castle. The Casentino district is famous historically as the home of painter Piero della Francesca, for the battle of Anghiari, as birthplace of Michelangelo and site of the Franciscan abbey at la Verna. Its local cuisine features wild game including wild boar, hare & rabbit as well as being a distinctive wine growing district where you can travel the 'Strada da Vini'. The town boasts a local swimming hole & picnic spot on the river & swimming pool, and a 9 hole golf course in only 5...The villa sits on the side of the hill overlooking the town & the river valley. Higher up on the hill is the Castel San Niccolo which gives its name to the district. Casa Castello is constructed of local stone & the origins of the house date back to the 13th century when it was the servants quarters to the castle. The Casentino district is famous historically as the home of painter Piero della Francesca, for the battle of Anghiari, as birthplace of Michelangelo and site of the Franciscan abbey at la Verna. Its local cuisine features wild game including wild boar, hare & rabbit as well as being a distinctive wine growing district where you can travel the 'Strada da Vini'. The town boasts a local swimming hole & picnic spot on the river & swimming pool, and a 9 hole golf course in only 5K away in Poppi. The town is well serviced with shops, butchers, fruiterers, banks & a weekly market.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Alison P
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:January 2010
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RachaelH941
RachaelH941
Derbyshire, United Kingdom2 contributions
Just back from an amazing 12-day break at this beautiful Tuscan hideaway, and it really is hidden away. The property is reached by climbing a steep cobbled path, through an impressive gateway and along a woodland path. It is a secluded paradise but you still feel part of the town as the property directly overlooks the valley. The house itself is charming - very rustic but with everything you could possibly need. We mainly cooked for ourselves, and ate outside with a roaring fire most nights. There are a couple of fabulous restaurants in the town, as well as butchers, fruiterers, bakeries and a couple of small supermarkets. However, don't do a huge shop when you first arrive as it all has to be carried up the hill. Casa Castello was perfect for our family of four, including a 16-year-old and a 13-year-old who were each able to have their own rooms. They usually offered to take the rubbish down to the town so that they could use the free wi-fi at the pizzeria across the bridge. Our incredibly knowledgeable hosts, Tina and Zaffy, were terrific, even giving us a call to make sure we were OK when the weather changed midway through our holiday, making sure we knew where extra bedding and umbrellas were. We didn't need them though as we soon returned to beautiful sunshine. We spent a lot of time at the house as it was so peaceful, reading a good book on the terrace, but also visited nearby Arezzo, Siena and Florence, leaving Pisa until our last day as that was where we flew from. We also did the long drive up to Maranello to the Ferrari Museum - a long way but well worth the drive, if only for the reaction from our normally cool-as-a-cucumber 13-year-old. We had an amazing time and are only sorry that we couldn't have stayed longer.
Visited August 2014
Written 10 September 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Sherpa398799
Sherpa398799
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Castello and made the most of the lovely Casentino district. The weather was strangely changeable this year but sounds like you coped and made it work for you. Hopefully you may be able to have a return holiday sometime soon.
Written 9 October 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Shuffam
Shuffam
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Trip advisor review My friend and I went on a four week sojourn of Italy - and Casa Castello was our absolute highlight. The house itself is gorgeous - it's rustic, extremely comfortable, and there's a breathtaking view from every window. Small but decent bathroom. Only room you probably won't use is the semi-formal dining room (unless you have lots of people) as the kitchen is so cosy. We cooked local steak on the open fire one night. Being secluded amongst trees at the top of a small hill, it's the best possible way to feel 'off the beaten track' while still a five minute walk to all conveniences. We even saw a baby hedgehog and dozens of fireflies on our private path one night! During the day we visited some of the bigger neighbouring towns by car, went to wineries, or simply relaxed with books on the terrace. At night we walked down to one of about six local delis/grocers (very friendly and understood our pointing and gesturing!) to pick up fresh bread, an antipasto feast and a couple of bottles of cheap and delicious red for dinner. We had no problems booking with Allison, she was very responsive and made sure we had good directions to get there! Can't recommend this place highly enough.
Visited June 2014
Written 25 June 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

06Karen
06Karen
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
We arrived late in the afternoon and were met on time by Alison, our charming host. She proved to be very knowledgable about the local area and its history and customs and gave us excellent suggestions. Everything we needed for a great week's vacation in an authentic Tuscan hill village was provided. There's even a selection of useful guidebooks to the area in the villa. We loved the food and wine of the area available in the village (which is just across the little bridge) and really enjoyed a couple of local festivals on that week (walking distance) - the cherry festival and the Notte Bianca (see photo). The latter had all the town out enjoying themselves throughout the night as shops stayed open. The local shops sell delicious cheeses and meats (see spread in photo) and fruit and vegetables. There are also some good restaurants nearby. But mainly we enjoyed cooking our own finds and relaxing with a wine on the private terrace and in the garden. Visits to the sanctuary of La Verna, a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary (see photo) and cultural trips to Arezzo, Anghiari, San Sepolchro and the lovely medieval town of Poppi rounded out the experience, although we were always a bit reluctant to leave the terrace! I hope to go back next year.
Visited June 2013 Travelled as a couple
Written 15 August 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jacqui H
Jacqui H
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My husband and daughters 8 & 11 and I arrived at the village by car. We parked and headed up the cobbled stone path to open the beautiful black garden gate. I decided then we had been given our own private Eden. When we closed the gate we had our own personal path leading to the open deck of the cottage over looking the village where we would have many a meal after a day's adventures over the next week. This stone cottage lays majestically between the village bells & the castle bells. I loved every moment of the bells going. In Australia I do not live near church bells so i knew I was on holiday. Each room has its own quaint feel & i loved the kitchen., this place is not for the 5 star hotel person although I love that too, this is for those who want to experience the culture & really feel they are a part of the town. The big dining room was great to dress and the 4 of us would buy from the village and eat our fresh local produce. The central court in town sells divine pizzas & the upstairs restaurant was wonderful! Alison made us feel welcome and made sure every thing was ready on our arrival. Poppi, near by, is truly beautiful and amazing at night to walk around, great to time it with a wine festival or another occasion, to see the streets lit up. My husband wanted to explore Tuscany which meant leaving our haven, however, there was so much to see within 30 k in any direction I did not feel the need, but if one must leave the cottage, at least you know you will be back that evening to savour the view and the mountain air.
Visited July 2011
Written 29 January 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Kelly D
Kelly D
6 contributions
I stayed in this property with some friends a few years ago and could have stayed forever. The house is in good condition with a lovely historic feel and big rooms that make it easy for friends to share. It's easy to walk around the town and we enjoyed heading down to the farmers market on the weekend to pick up produce for cooking in the evening. The hearth is a wonderful feature in the kitchen. I believe the house was originally the old slaves' quarters to the castle above but I felt like the princess of my little Tuscan village. Highly recommended!
Visited October 2011 Travelled with friends
Written 23 January 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Rosemary C
Rosemary C
Hope Island, Australia
A month my partner and I stayed in this Villa. We had no idea that the photos had not done justice to this character filled Villa. We were confronted with the quaintest village "Cosentino" crossed the Bridge over the river and set off for a fairly steep access though a relatively narrow cobblestone path. The short climb was well worth it because the Villa is set high which provides breathtaking views of the valley. Accommodation and facilities were very good indeed. The Villa had a lovely feel to it. Amazing rustic kitchen. The open air decking at the front was fabulous for outside dining, stunning views and the odd Cocktail! We found this location perfect for our travels. We used this Villa as our base only one hour from Florence. We also travelled to Assisi, Orvieto, Arezzo, Bagnoregio etc from the our Villa stay. Poppy Castle is just 20 minutes away. The big plus was there was total privacy. We had a hire car but there was a bus service from the Village. We are saving up to go back.
Visited May 2012 Travelled as a couple
Written 29 October 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
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There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
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About the neighbourhood
Situated only 55 Ks from Florence and a half hour drive to Arezzo there are many possibilities for visiting sites of historical interest as well as enjoying local festivals. Arezzo is famed for its monthly antiques fair which takes place in the streets & historical piazzas, also known for the sites where 'Life is Beautiful' was filmed. Local festivals in the region include potato festivals, mushroom sagras, an historical farm machinery & threshing festival. Known also as a stone carving & wood carving region there are biennial festivals for both in alternate years.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Casa Castello

Casa Castello is able to accommodate up to 6 guests. See all property details.

Casa Castello has one bathroom available. See all property details.

Casa Castello has 3 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at Casa Castello must last at least one night. See all property details.