La Corte

Tuscany, Florence, San Casciano Val di Pesa

    • Sleeps 14 Guests
    • Bedrooms 7 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 7+1 WC Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 350 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Daily maid
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Dog welcome
    • Airport distance:
      Florence 25 km
      Pisa 118 km
      Rome 290 km

    € 5000 - 6790 per week

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    Overview

    A farmhouse near to a village

    The La Corte estate stretches out over a hillside covered with vineyards, olive trees and woodland. It is set in the very heart of Chianti near the main road from Florence to Siena, only 16 km south of Florence. This lovely estate on the western fringe of Chianti is owned by one of Italy's oldest families, descendants of both a saint and Pope Clement XII (who commissioned the Trevi Fountain in Rome). At one time the property owner could ride all the way from this estate to their palace in Rome without ever leaving their own land. Despite its august background, this property is a refreshingly friendly and relaxed estate: The Renaissance Villa (no picture here), one of the finest in Tuscany, stands on the highest hill in the very centre of the estate. The Italian garden overlooking the Pesa Valley and the vast fourteenth century wine cellars and oil jar-storage, built into the embankment in the garden, complete the picturesque scenario. There is a small family owned restaurant on the premises, by the winery, open for lunch from Monday to Sunday and on the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    Having entered the hudge estate, a private access road of approx. 200 m leads to the La Corte farmhouse. La Corte stands by its own. The house has 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, a total of 14 people can be accommodated. If your group is larger than 14 people another bedroom and bathroom can eventually be opened additionally (to be requested when booking). 

    The house was restored and modern amenities were installed while retaining the original architectural structure and characteristic farmhouse features. The interior is still "farm style". Some rooms have antique terracotta tiled floors, others have wooden floors. The brick roof rests on mighty oak beams. Just outside the dining room there is a terrace for al fresco dining equipped with table, chairs and a large garden parasol. A lawn leads to the pool. From the swimming pool, the garden fades naturally into the surrounding olive groves.

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    The house has views over the gently rolling hills, olive growes, vineyards and the village of San Casciano. It is just outside of the village, approx. 1.5 km distant. You could even walk there! San Casciano offers a good choice of excellent restaurants, a geleteria, several Cappuccino bars, all kind of grocery shops, a cinema, a bank, a post office and a beautiful local market every Monday morning. In the house you will find a list of recommended restaurants and information about the region. If you travel during the colder months you will enjoy the heated public indoor pool of San Casciano which is only 500 metres from the property. The villa's location only 1.5 km from the next bus stop is a good base to visit Florence even without a car. During the week buses go regularly to Florence (approx. every 1.5 hours). In Florence the bus 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.

    La Corte is suitable for anyone interested in the inner workings of an olive-oil- and wine-producing estate. The extensive vine and olive cultivations stretch as far as the eye can see. A selection of the best vintages is stored in the winery cellars in large kegs, and the olive oil is delcious. The estate offers those seeking to immerse themselves in the green hills of Chianti Classico the possibility of absorbing nature, history and culture in one!

    The estate has another small holiday structure (La Scala / also featured in our portfolio), a small apartment for 4 people. It does not disturb the privacy of the La Corte guests since it is at a distance of approx. 300 metres, it can not be seen, it has its own access road and even its own pool.

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    The Chianti area

    The Chianti area
    The hills of Chianti, criss-crossed with vines and crested with cypress trees have become the hallmark of Tuscany, the beauty of the landscape married to a quality of life which would be rare anywhere in the world. Chiantishire, as the English call it, has an infinite variety of hilltop villages where you can sip a cappuccino in one of the outdoor cafes in the medieval squares, of cellars where you can sample the local wines from the barrels, of little trattorias serving robustly satisfying Tuscan food with its hams and salamis and delicious pastas and wild boar stew with white beans and salads growing wild in the hedgerows. The back roads wind uphill and down, between old stone walls crested with pale violet irises past Romanesque cloisters, sandstone farmhouses and shepherds with their flocks of sheep producing the famed 'pecorino' cheese.

    Sightseeing
    You are in the heart of Tuscany (San Casciano is "the doorway to Chianti"), and the list of excursions half or a whole day away is long: Florence, famous for its fine Renaissance art, the walled city of Lucca with its 99 churches, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Val d'Orcia with the Renaissance town of Pienza and the wine-making meccas of Montepulciano and Montalcino and the awe-inspiring abbey of Sant'Antimo are just a few...

    Distances
    Florence is 15 to 20 minutes away, Greve in Chianti 25 minutes, San Gimignano 30 minutes, while Siena can be reached in 50 minutes. Montalcino and Pienza are a one and a half hour's drive, while the Thyrrenian sea is one hour away. Pisa and Lucca are one hour by car while the jet-set sea resort of Porto Ercole can be reached in approx. two hours.

    Airports and transport
    The Florence airport is 25 kilometres away and Pisa is at 118 kilometres, while the airport in Rome is less than three hours away and approx. 290 kilometres further south. The nearest railway station with most travel options is Florence.

    Guests Reviews

    Our Guests Reviews

    We had a fantastic time at the Villa La Corte. Everyone was very helpful getting us to the property (we got there after dark) and it was everything you see in the photos. It only took us about 20 minutes to get into Florence each day. There were grocery stores and a supermarket in the nearby town San Casciano, lovely village in walking distance. Beautiful countryside. Lovely family restaurant on the grounds. We wish we had more time to stay here and plan to come back with more family!
    K. Wilson, August 2018

    Left on Sep 19, 2016 for a stay in Aug 2016
    Our group was very impressed with the property. A wonderful welcome basket greeted us on arrival. The rooms were very spacious and each came with its own bathroom . We had daily housekeeping and a complimentary wine tasting came with our rental. The swimming pool was very clean and was enjoyed by young and old. The only negative was the amount of steps in the building. We had two toddlers so we had to be constantly vigilant with them We were able to close doors between the different rooms. The location was wonderful with a 20 minute drive to Florence and easy access to Sienna and Chianti area I would definitely recommend this property.

    Heavenly house
    Left on Aug 20, 2013 for a stay in Jul 2013
    The way the sun moves around the house, the sound of the cicadas, how each window frames a breathtaking view; these are unforgettable memories. We spent the whole month of July here. The house is well maintained and comfortable. The ac was only used on very hot nights, we used fans that we bought in town during the day. The beds are very comfortable, the bathrooms clean and modern, the kitchen equipped well enough. The winery's little restaurant on the estate was so convenient and the food delicious. We had the cook come down to make us a special dinner at the house one night, which was lovely. Everyone who works on the property is very professional and helpful, especially alessandra. They provide a large stock of wine and bottled water in the house which you can buy as you wish (keep tabs on this!). We did our food shopping at the coop nearby. There is a nice gym on the property next door. Very convenient. Stairs in the house could be tricky for elderly or young kids- No railings. Mosquitoes were fierce in July. Pool was fantastic and cleaned constantly. Florence is a 1/2 hour bus ride from town - get tickets at the tobacco shop. This was easy. Town of San Casciano is charming. No tourists- local people doing errands in the mornings, socializing in the evenings. Some very charming restaurants in town. Some cute shops. You can find what you need. Good pharmacy, good hardware/houseware store. It was wonderful. I could have stayed forever.

    Truly my best vacation to date--and I've taken a lot!
    Left on Nov 15, 2011 for a stay in Nov 2011
    This was a wonderful villa. First, where can you find a villa where each bedroom had its own bathroom? All of our friends were extremely happy with the accommodations. Great farmhouse, in great location, not far from town (where, yes, we did interact with the locals). Just fun, fun, fun. I really can't say enough. Would highly recommend this place to anyone. It is not fancy, but just so authentic, situated in a beautiful countryside. Just lovely.

    Total Tuscan Experience
    Left on Oct 2, 2011 for a stay in Sep 2011
    We had 13 people at the villa for two weeks. We could not have been more pleased. The villa bathrooms have all been updated and were extremely great shape considering we were in a Tuscan farmhouse that had all the old world charm you would expect. The views are spectacular... You overlook the grape vines and olive trees that cover the property. The staff was very attentive to our every need. We did do cooking school at the owner's villa and that was very special. (Strongly suggest you do this if you want to understand and prepare true Tuscan meals). They arranged a wine tour of the winery for us and a tasting. You will really enjoy the wine. Arranged Guido's wine tours for us that was outstanding... (full day of visits to wineries that are outside the large tour bus route) The winery is only 2 minute walk from the villa... we picked up wine everyday for our meals. We cooked outside in the evening and sat under the Tuscan sunset with the charming views of the countryside. The restaurant at the winery was great for lunch if you were staying home that day . We did a closing night dinner for 13 that the staff handled perfectly!! The village is about a 1.5 mile walk... charming, non tourist with small shops and restaurants. Bus to Florence is in the city center and takes about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes depending on traffic. Maid service everyday was a plus... Good idea to have a car at villa. We shopped for groceries at the COOP which was about 4 miles away . Local market with everything you will need. This was not our first villa rental and collectively everyone enjoyed our stay. Only recommendation to the staff would be to get better / sharper knives in the kitchen for groups that like to cook at the villa...

    Toscana, a place to relax and meet history face on.
    Left on Jul 20, 2011 for a stay in Jul 2011
    The Villa was fantastic, setting exceptional. Great location to be between Florence and Siena, so many lovely towns within easy reach The owners were real people, taking the time to make sure all was a-OK. Those looking after the Vila on a day to day basis were attentive and most helpful. When we need special help, there were there. Villa was well cared for as was the pool and grounds. The kitchen could do with a few more items like pepper grinder, mortar and pestel, and a good steel to sharpen the knives, especially as we were using the facilitues early every day. Many of the dining and kitchen chairs were weak and wobbly. Cleaning service excellent. Overall I would give the Vila 9 out f 10. We had a great time.

    Buonasera, We stayed at Villa Corte last week. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the beautiful villa, and will recommend it to friends.
    S. del Vecchio, August 2010

    We had a group of 14 adults and it was a wonderful setup for all of us. The house was comfortable and what I expected of an old Italian villa. The kitchen was large and accommodated a lot of cooks! We took cooking lessons at the main residence on the property where the family that own the estate lives. Everyone on the estate was friendly and accommodating. We loved every minute!
    Pruett, June 2010

    Dear Bettina, We have already used your properties in the past (La Corte and Olivella) and have been more than satisfied.
    E. & C. Chammas, June 2008

    Amenities

    HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
    • Pool: 5 x 9m
    • Air conditioning in all rooms
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Telephone
    • Satellite TV
    • CD-stereo
    • Large fridge with freezer and icemaker
    • 4-ring gas hob
    • Oven
    • Bread oven in the kitchen
    • Dishwasher
    • Washing machine
    • Mixer
    • Toaster
    • Electric coffee machine
    • Hair dryers
    • Mosquito nets for all beds
    • Barbecue grill
    • Garden
    • Terrace for al fresco dining to seat 16 people
    • Parking
    DISABLED FACILITIES

    One of the ground floor bedrooms has a bathroom accessible for wheelchair (this room is not connected to the interior of the house, it has an independant access from the garden).

    Touring ideas

    Family restaurant 300 m
    San Casciano 1 km
    Cafés 1.5 km
    Grocery shop 1.5 km
    Greve in Chianti 12 km
    Florence 16 km
    Radda in Chianti 27 km
    San Gimignano 39 km
    Gaiole in Chianti 45 km
    Siena 54 km
    Arezzo 87 km
    Lucca 91 km
    Montalcino 92 km
    Coast Versilia 117 km
    Pisa 118 km
    Montepulciano 121 km
    Porto Ercole 175 km
    Rome 290 km

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    Activities

    SPORTS

    Private swimming pool 
    Heated public indoor pool 500 m
    Tennis club 2 km
    Horse riding 2 km
    Golf course 15 km

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    La Corte

    7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms:

    Ground floor:
    1 entrance hall with guest bathroom
    1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (bathtub with shower facility)
    1 double bedroom (beds can be seperated) with en suite bathroom (bathtub with shower facility)

    Mezzanine with garden access:
    1 kitchen with hearth and an old oven for baking bread
    1 pantry
    1 dining room

    First floor:
    1 central living room with two sofas and some armchairs
    1 small additional living room opening to the garden
    1 master bedroom with en suite bathroom (bathtub and shower)
    1 king-size bedroom with en suite bathroom (bathtub with shower facility)
    1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (bathtub with shower facility)
    1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)

    7th bedroom:
    On the ground floor there is 1 more double bedroom (French bed 1.40 m wide) with en suite bathroom (bathtub as well as a shower suitable for wheelchair). This bedroom has an independant access from the garden (it is not connected to the interior of the house), and the bathroom is suitable for wheelchair. 

     

    Garden:
    Lawns, 2 terraces (one with shadow roof the other with parasol) for al fresco dining for 16 people and pool (9 x 5 m)

    Request BookingLa Corte
    05 Jan 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
    27 Apr 2019 - 18 May 2019
    12 Oct 2019 - 14 Dec 2019
    5000 EUR
    13 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
    18 May 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
    31 Aug 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
    5600 EUR
    29 Jun 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
    14 Dec 2019 - 04 Jan 2020
    6600 EUR
    13 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
    6790 EUR

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    31 Aug 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
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    13 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
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    RENT INCLUDES

    • Bed, bath and kitchen linens
    • Pool towels
    • Electricity
    • Air conditioning
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • 2 baby beds with linen and 1 high chair
    • Pet allowed on request upon booking
    • Maid service (some hours daily house cleaning from Monday to Friday and for rentals longer than a week also on Saturday / the cleaning service does not include the washing of the dishes and the guest's personal washing).
    • Final cleaning
    • Pool cleaning 
    • Wine tasting & tour to the wine cellar 
    • Should you have rented La Corte for more than 1 week, the linen will be changed on Saturday.

    EXTRAS

    • Heating (if required): metered. Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy. The average cost in winter varies from EUR 70 to 90 per day according to the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on.
    • Telephone: metered
    • Tourist tax
    • Additional person (a child up to 6 years) if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded perhaps possible (must be requested upon booking): EUR 100 per week. The child sleeps in one of the two twin bedrooms as one twin bedroom has two very large single beds (1.30 m wide each), and in one of the beds two small children could sleep together.
    • If rented for 16 people: On the first floor there is 1 more double bedroom with en suite bathroom, which can eventually be opened at an additional charge, to be requested upon booking: price on request. 

    SECURITY DEPOSIT

    EUR 500 cash deposit are due on arrival. For groups with many children the security deposit might increase.

    SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)

    • The wine restaurant on the estate is open daily for lunch and dinners on reservation. Guests have 10% of discount on the a la carte menu, for children under 6 years is free. Booking is essential. Please confirm the arrival dinner at least 6 weeks ahead, other meals on the premises one day ahead. 
    • In house cooking of grand dinners or simple summer lunches: please check prices and menu on the premises. Booking ahead is essential.
    • Cooking courses for adults: EUR 100 per person, minimum 2 people. The fee is not inclusive of wine. Cooking courses can be arranged from Tuesday to Friday, or in the morning commencing at 10.30 am or in the afternoon at 4.30/5 pm. The chef speaks English.
    • Cooking courses for children eventually possible: please check prices on the premises.
    • First shopping: for shoppings up to EUR 100 the cost is EUR 50 plus expenses for the shopping items; for shoppings more than EUR 100 the cost is EUR 70 plus expenses for the shopping items. Please send us your shopping list.
    • Extra set of linen during the week: please check price on the premises.
    • Extra domestic help (house cleaning): EUR 15 per hour
    • Babysitter: please check price on the premises.
    • Horse riding excursions: please check price on the premises.

    NOTES

    • Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
    • PLEASE NOTE: For this property the check-in is possible between 4:00 and 5:30 pm.
    • The restaurant, by the winery, is open for lunch every day and also on the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    • Pool opening dates: beginning June - end of September

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