Cassia Estate - Merlot
Looking for the perfect Tuscany vacation rental that won’t require a second mortgage? This may be it. Between Florence and Siena you’ll find this family-run working estate, spanning Chianti hillsides covering 70 acres, and providing the kind of authentic, typically rustic and rural travel experience appreciated by the true adventure seeker.
The estate is located between Florence and Siena, a few kilometers from Monteriggioni and San Gimignano. The small town of Staggia Senese (Staggia) is about 1 mile away and here you’ll find a small grocer, post office, café, a small restaurant and the ancient Castello di Staggia – a fortress from the 10th Century built to fend off attackers from the city-state of Siena. While the town is only about a mile away, keep in mind that this is rural farmland, and you’re better of in a car than on foot along these typically narrow two-lane roads. There are larger grocery stores and shops in Poggibonsi, about 5 miles away. Also in Poggibonsi is a train station which provides service to Florence, the trip lasts about an hour.
This working farm is set on the top of a hill overlooking the beautiful Chianti landscape and enjoys spectacular sunsets. It produces Chianti wine, Olive oil, Vinsanto and Grappa as well as various grain crops. Guests of the farm can tour the facilities and purchase wines and olive oil from the cantina and taste for themselves the high quality of this small production estate. There are also uncultivated areas which, in the spring are covered with red poppies. Picturesque paths through these areas lead to adjacent farms. The original 19th century farmhouse has been carefully restored and transformed into six modernized apartments each with its own entrance.
The farmhouse is situation in the middle of the property around which are the estate’s outbuildings including a cantina, a reception office, outdoor tables where wireless internet is available, shared swimming pool (14m x 7m) and cement tennis court (racquets are available). There is a large communal area with ping-pong table, a play house, swing and bikes for the children. The estate provides a shared laundry facility (on payment) for the 6 apartments, shared outdoor spaces with tables and barbecues. A large parking area is located in front of the farmhouse. Each apartment enjoys wireless internet connection. Please note there is no air conditioning, and there are no screens on the windows. Please bring your insect repellent during the hottest months of July and August!
Farmhouse on first floor; 635 sq ft.
The Merlot apartment is on the first floor. There is a living/dining room with single sofa bed, a kitchen corner (oven and dishwasher), 1 double bedroom with queen size four-poster bed, 1 twin bedded room (can be combined to form a queen), and 1 bathroom with shower. An internet connection is possible.
- Cable/Satellite TV
- Central Heating
- Parking Space Available
- Shared Swimming Pool
- Shared Tennis Court
- Washing Machine
|Season||Price per Week|
|March 3, 2012 - April 28, 2012||$1,313|
|April 28, 2012 - June 30, 2012||$1,575|
|June 30, 2012 - September 1, 2012||$1,838|
|September 1, 2012 - September 29, 2012||$1,575|
|September 29, 2012 - December 1, 2012||$1,313|
- Minimum stay is one week; arrivals on Saturday between 3:00PM-8:00PM and departures by 9:00AM
- There is no security deposit required on arrival; guests will be charged on site for services ordered or accidental damage to the property
- One set of bed and bath linen per week included in the price
- High-speed Internet line available
- Heating, if available, is charged according to consumption. In Italy heating is generally not used between April 1 and November 1