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Casale Elsa

Certaldo, Florence


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Location

In the heart of the Chianti region, halfway between Florence and Siena.

Special Features

Farmhouse with barn converted into seven rustic apartments.

Prices € 580 - 1230 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
Facilities
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Florence 55 km
    Pisa 70 km
    Rome 280 km

Overview

Surrounded by olive groves

Casale Elsa is a perfect starting point to explore Tuscany: situated in the heart of Chianti, the major attractions of the region can easily be reached. It is only a 15 minutes' drive to the jewel of San Gimignano, and within an hour you can reach both Florence and Siena. Closer are some lesser-known treasures: On the next hill lies the romantic old town of Certaldo, abuzz each July with its medieval pageant, the Mercantia, during the summer months concerts and art exhibitions are hold here. In Certaldo (4 km) you will find all kind of grocery shops, a supermarket, post office, banks, bars and restaurants. In the other direction lie San Vivaldo, a Franciscan monastery with its 13th century chapels, and Montaione, whose pedestrianised old centre is packed with shops and restaurants.

A short drive along a country lane lined with cypresses, leads to the property (500 m dirt road). Casale Elsa dates back to the 19th-century. The original building was just the Tower, built to see the arrival of strangers. Through the years, the structure has been enlarged to its present form. Once a modest farmhouse with barn it has been completely restored in 1992 and converted into seven rustic apartments. Another farmhouse is retained by the owners who are there to enjoy the peace of the countryside on occasional weekends. The property, immersed in the magical atmosphere of the Tuscan hills, is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, fields of sunflowers, cherry trees, walnut trees and woods. On return from a day out, you can relax with a swim in the pool, enjoying the nature and the peace of the estate. The pool is set in middle of a large and well-kept lawn.

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The large main house with tower houses 5 apartments, the smaller detached barn houses 2 apartments. All apartments have bedrooms which have beds that can be made up into either twin or double beds. (Please advise us of your preference at the time of booking). The apartments are equipped with Internet WIFI connection, satellite TV and dishwasher, oven/grill, there is a hair dryer in each bathroom, a fan in each bedroom and screens in all windows. All apartments have an outdoor area for al fresco dining (or a covered patio or an outdoor area with with parasol). When you prefer to dine out, there's a wide selection of restaurants within 10 minutes' drive, you will find a list of restaurant recommendations and useful hints about the region in the apartment.

The villa's location only 4 km from the railway station of Certaldo is a good base to visit Florence and Siena even without a car: You can park your car in Certaldo (free parking behind the railway station) and take the train in both directions. During the week, trains to Florence/Siena and back go regularly (approx. every 1.5 or 2 hours). The train ride takes less than an hour. In Florence the train will take you to the main train station which is right in the centre of Florence - it is just a short walk from the station "Santa Maria Novella" to the Cathedral or the Uffizi. In Siena the railway station is located approx. 3 km from centre, and you have to take a bus to reach the old town on top of the hill. One hour of driving takes you to the sea.

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Villa Details

QUERCIA 2

  • 58 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • TV

Quercia is located in the small barn.

Ground floor:
1 kitchen-dining room 
1 double bedroom
1 shower room
An open wooden stairway leads up to the mezzanine:
TV lounge in the rafters

There is a covered patio in front of the apartment for al fresco dining. 
Satellite TV, dishwasher, hair dryer, ceiling fan in the bedroom, screens in all windows.

CAMINO 2+1

  • 92 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • TV

Camino is located in the main house.

This large apartment is located on the ground floor:
1 open-plan living-dining room with arches, decorative fireplace (can not be used) and long wooden table (18 people can be seated) and sofa bed (for one person)
1 small kitchen 
1 double bedroom
1 shower room

The apartment has an outdoor area with parasol for al fresco dining.
Satellite TV, oven, dishwasher, hair dryer, ceiling fan in the bedroom, screens in all windows.
 

LECCIO 4+1

  • 78 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • TV

Leccio is located in the small barn.

This is a two-storey apartment:
Ground floor:
1 living-dining room with separate open-plan kitchen
1 double bedroom (additional single bed on request)
1 shower room
Upper floor:
1 small twin bedroom in the attic (as the room is small we consider it more suitable for two children than for two adults) with en suite shower room

There is a covered patio in front of the apartment for al fresco dining.
Satellite TV, dishwasher, hair dryers, ceiling fans in the bedrooms and in the living room, screens in all windows.
 

TORRINO 4+1

  • 70 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • TV

Torrino is located in the main house.

The old tower of the farmhouse has been converted into this delightful 3-storey apartment which enjoys lovely countryside views:
Ground floor:
1 small open-plan living-dining room with kitchenette; an open wooden stairway (unsuitable for toddlers) leads up to the first floor
First floor:
1 twin bedroom and a shower room (additional single bed on request)
Second floor:
1 double bedroom with en suite shower room

The apartment has an outdoor area with parasol for al fresco dining.
Satellite TV, dishwasher, hair dryers, ceiling fan in the bedrooms, screens in all windows.

FORNO 4+1

  • 82 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • TV

Forno is located in the main house.

This first floor apartment is accessed by a private, internal stairway:
1 open plan living-dining room with kitchenette 
2 double bedrooms (one bedroom with additional single bed on request)
2 shower rooms, one of which en suite

The apartment has an outdoor area with parasol for al fresco dining.
Satellite TV, dishwasher, hair dryers, ceiling fans in the bedrooms and in the living room, screens in all windows.

ARCHETTO 4+1

  • 76 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • TV

Archetto is located in the main house.

This apartment is located on the ground floor and accessed by a large French door:
1 open-plan living-dining room with kitchenette
2 double bedrooms (one bedroom with additional single bed on request)
2 shower rooms

The apartment has an outdoor area with parasol for al fresco dining.
Satellite TV, dishwasher, hair dryers, ceiling fans in the bedrooms and in the living room, screens in all windows.
 

LOGGIA 4+1

  • 102 Floor area sq m
  • Shared pool
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • TV

Loggia is located in the main house.

A private external stairway leads up to a covered patio located on the upper floor:
1 open-plan living-dining room with kitchenette
2 double bedrooms (one bedroom with additional single bed on request)
2 shower rooms

On the upper floor there is a covered patio in front of the apartment for al fresco dining.
Satellite TV, dishwasher, hair dryers, ceiling fan in the bedrooms, screens in all windows.
 

All beds of CASALE ELSA can be made up into either twin or double beds. Please indicate the arrangements of the beds upon booking if different than stated above.

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Weekly rates in

Location Our evaluation Interior
10% discount for all available weeks in April 2017!
Casale Elsa 01 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
27 May 2017 - 01 Jul 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
01 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Availability
QUERCIA
2 PAX 2
580 EUR 680 EUR 810 EUR Calendar Request BookingQUERCIA
CAMINO
2+1 PAX 2
610 EUR 720 EUR 850 EUR Calendar Request BookingCAMINO
LECCIO
4+1 PAX 4
760 EUR 950 EUR 1180 EUR Calendar Request BookingLECCIO
TORRINO
4+1 PAX 4
760 EUR 950 EUR 1180 EUR Calendar Request BookingTORRINO
FORNO
4+1 PAX 4
760 EUR 950 EUR 1180 EUR Calendar Request BookingFORNO
ARCHETTO
4+1 PAX 4
760 EUR 950 EUR 1180 EUR Calendar Request BookingARCHETTO
LOGGIA
4+1 PAX 4
800 EUR 1000 EUR 1230 EUR Calendar Request BookingLOGGIA

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During July and August reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
During the other months the reservations are not limited to rental periods from Saturday to Saturday. Minimum 4 days: prices on request.
Availability only during the above mentioned dates.
Pool size: 6 x 12 m / opening dates: April 29th - September 30th.
Baby bed and high chair available upon request when booking: free of charge.
Pets not allowed.

Extra services available only on request on the premises:

  • Maid service (house cleaning) available on request on the premises: EUR 15 per hour.
  • Use of washing machine: EUR 5 per use.
  • Extra set of bath linens during the week: EUR 6 per set.
  • Extra set of bed linens during the week: EUR 9.50 per set.
  • Rent of pool towels: EUR 5 per towel.
  • Mountain bikes: 4 bikes are available (Eur 10 per day/Eur 50 per week).

Security deposit, heating, additional beds, final cleaning to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 150 per apartment.
  • Heating (if required): metered / EUR 4 per m3.
  • Additional bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 80 per person per week.
  • Final cleaning: EUR 60 for Quercia and Camino; EUR 80 for Leccio, Torrino, Forno, Archetto and Loggia.

Bed, bath and kitchen linens, bath towels changed twice a week (Tuesday and Saturday), water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, pool cleaning service all included in the price.

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Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Traumhafte Ferienwohnung in wunderschöner Anlage
Left on Sep 6, 2016 for a stay in Jul 2016
Wir haben zwei Wochen mit unseren Kindern (4 und 7 Jahre) in der Casale Elsa verbracht und jeden Tag genossen. Schon die Ankunft in den Hügeln um Certaldo war grandios, der Empfang sehr herzlich. Unsere Wohnung (Loggia) war sehr großzügig, stilvoll rustikal eingerichtet, sauber, und mit allem ausgestattet, was wir für unseren Urlaub brauchten. Sogar ein Willkommenskorb stand bereit. Die Außenanlagen waren sehr gepflegt, und wir haben sehr gerne am und im Pool gelegen. Wir kommen wieder und haben Casale Elsa weiterempfohlen.

Wunderschönes Anwesen
Left on Aug 26, 2016 for a stay in Jul 2016
Haben eine wunderschöne Woche verbracht - Wohnung ist komplett ausgestattet, es fehlt an nichts. Aussenanlagen und Wohnung und Pool sind gepflegt und vermitteln einen schönen Gesamteindruck. Empfang durch Barbara sehr herzlich und top, da wir uns auf deutsch verständigen konnten. Positiv war auch das Startetest in der Wohnung. Anmerkung für die Wohnung Loggia: Das Licht in der Küche ist zu wenig zum Arbeiten; eine zusätzliche Lampe wäre schön. Wir kommen gerne wieder!

Relaxing and lovely scenery - feet in the pool!
Left on Aug 17, 2013 for a stay in Aug 2013
We stayed in the apartment Forno for 2 weeks and had a lovely time. The apartment is very functional and roomy. Surroundings are very nice and very well looked after. The swimming pool is a very good thing to have if you don't feel like travelling and still want to enjoy the day relaxing in the sun. We are thinking about going back next summer it was that nice.

Nice stay
Left on Sep 4, 2013 for a stay in Aug 2013
Well located in the heart of Tuscany, clean, nice and excellent views.

Liebe Frau Röhrig,

wieder zurück von unserer tollen Woche in der Casale Elsa, wollte ich mich nochmals herzlich bedanken für Ihre wertvollen Tipps, insbesondere für die Empfehlung des Restaurants Latini in Certaldo. Wir waren zweimal dort und waren von der Küche mehr als begeistert!! 
Mit besten Grüßen,

H. Nester & C. Fuczik, September 2010

Hallo,
wir haben im letzten Mai in "Camino" gewohnt. Hat uns sehr gut gefallen, so dass wir dieses Appartment wieder mieten möchten.
Lehmann, April 2008

Hallo aus Berlin,
Meine Freundin und ich waren vom 21.-28.5. im Quercia Apartment zu Gast und sehr zufrieden. Wir hatten einen wunderbaren Urlaub. Danke nochmals für die Vorbereitung und Betreuung. 
Dankeschön und liebe Grüße,
B. Liebke, Juni 2006