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“Italian charm in the heart of Tuscany”

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Villa il Castellaccio
Reviewed 16 February 2016

As a group of us are nearing another adventure in this beautiful region, I was looking back over my previous reviews and I was surprised to discover that I had never reviewed our stay at Villa il Castellaccio in June 2013.

Having had a number of options for large villas when we rented this property, we found the location to be exactly what we were looking for, but more importantly, it had a large number of rooms, each one with its own private bathroom (which was high on our list), and it also had a washer / dryer. But that's just for starters. Situated in Greve in Chianti, our group of ten (5 couples) were privileged to have been able to secure this villa and our host Leonardo was as gracious as you would hope for. He welcomed us upon our arrival, gave us the grand tour of his villa, pointed out all of the key items to ensure we were comfortable before his departure, and even made arrangements for our first evening after a long day of traveling so have an executive chef prepare a fabulous Tuscan meal for us - which we then proceeded to wash down with a dozen bottles of wine (over a 5 hour period of course). The villa is nestled in a wonderful vineyard complete with olive trees, and a fabulous view of the rolling hills which are typical of a postcard photograph (I've included a couple here for reference).

There was nothing left to chance, we had the full run of the villa, access to his wine cellar (if needed and we ran out of purchases from the local store), a large pool, outdoor patio, BBQ, lounge chairs - and so on, as you can appreciate from my description so far. We visited the Co-op in the village which is a very large supermarket that had all of the ingredients / supplies we would need for breakfast and lunches (which we rarely had at the property as we were out and about), and Leonardo gave us excellent recommendations for local restaurants in the area that were all within 30 minutes or less.

We would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone with a large family or group of friends. It has everything for the discerning traveler, and it is in a great location for touring several excellent towns and villages in the region. Cannot wait to be back again in May / June again this year when we will continue our journey into Umbria.

Grazie mille Leonardo for the wonderful hospitality !

Room Tip: Large villa, vineyards, two pools, outdoor patio area
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 September 2015

We were a total of 5 couples, from Ontario, Canada, who have just spent probably the best two weeks of our lives at the wonderful villa of Il Castellaccio.
The accommodations were great, with all five bedrooms having individual ensuites. All bedrooms and bathrooms were beautifully appointed, with really comfortable beds and spotless bathroom facilities.The big country kitchen had everything was needed: a special thanks to chef Jacopo for the elegant Tuscan meal prepared in our kitchen.
We also cooked pizza, steaks,hamburgers, and gnocchi at the villa, stimulated by numerous bottles of wine from the region. Leonardo, our gracious host, has a well stocked drinks buffet in his living room, featuring excellent wines at affordable prices.
Add to all this a refreshing swimming pool, great to relax around after a day's excursion,plus vineyards, olive trees, and a forest including wild boar and deer, and this is really the perfect holiday location.
Finally,our thanks to Leonardo, who was our Italian voice in making dinner reservations, solving rental car issues, and train schedules. He is always accessible and approachable.We loved our visit, and we hope to return in the near future.

Room Tip: The bedroom at the top of the villa has his and hers bathrooms, plus a skylight.
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Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2015

We returned to Villa il Castellacio for the fourth time in June, it was great to see Leonardo again and experience his warm welcome and fabulous smile! We took another couple with us and they had the most amazing time as it was their first visit to Italy, so Castellaccio left a memorable impression in their hearts. We chose Castellaccio 3 this time and were pleasantly surprised by how roomy it was. The outside courtyard is perfect for sitting and having a glass of local wine after a day of sightseeing or having breakfast in the crisp morning sun. The weather was fantastic, hot enough to use the pool, though still cool in the evenings. Castellaccio is our favourite place to stay in Tuscany, thanks to Leonardo and his team who just know how to make you feel welcome, we even get waves and a smile from the little Italian lady in the farmhouse at the end of the driveway. We will be returning in 2017 for a milestone birthday celebration, this time with a large group of friends. If you are looking for a dream holiday, we highly recommend Villa il Castellaccio. You will need a car if you want to explore the surrounding countryside and cities, well worth it.

Room Tip: Castellaccio 3 has a great courtyard and lots of living area.
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2015

We had an enjoyable stay at the villa for our family of 11 which included 3 grandsons. Leonardo was very helpful as we planned activities for our week’s stay. He suggested a list of things which we used to put together our plan, and then he arranged for a chef for dinner and cooking class, a guide for Accademia and Ufuzzi museum tours in Florence, and drivers for village tours in the area. Our museum guide was terrific; a professor of art history who provided colorful background for the exhibits in the museums. We appreciated Leonardo’s suggestion to park at the train station in Figline and take the short train ride into Florence for our museum visits.

We ate most meals outside at the large table in the beautiful patio setting. The family enjoyed preparing several pasta dishes and especially enjoyed the whole experience of making pizza dough, and then making a variety of pizzas which we cooked on the wood burning grill at the villa. The highlight was the cooking class which most of our group participated in, and then we all ate for dinner.

The grandsons enjoyed swimming in the pool each afternoon after we returned from our days of sightseeing.

We can’t say enough about the home itself, which provided abundant “space” for our family—four couples, one of whom with three young children. We also can’t say enough about Leonardo’s attentiveness and quick response both in the planning and during our stay.

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2015

Our multi-generational family of 9 recently returned from a one week stay at the beautiful and charming Villa Il Castellaccio. Leonardo welcomed our family warmly and provided us with all the necessary information to enjoy our stay in this amazing villa. What an experience! Our entire family hopes to return again to breathe the fresh air and feast our eyes on the incredible scenery from every window and vantage point. I can not find one fault with the Villa. Beautifully appointed, charming, comfortable for a larger group and centrally located. The location made for easy day trips throughout Chianti and even Cinque Terre (2 hours by car). You certainly need a car to truly enjoy this area of Tuscany properly. The Hertz location in Figline worked well for us (beware they close from 1-3 daily). Two four door Fiat's worked for shuttling our group of 9. Don't miss the pizzeria / restaurant in Dudda or the charming town of Lucolena. Other suggested side trips are Greve, Monteriggioni, Castellina (don't miss!!!), Volterra and Cinque Terre. You can pickup any provisions you might need at Coop in Figline - grocery and essential wares. You will not regret choosing Villa il Castellaccio for your vacation! But - fair warning, you will start dreaming about returning as soon as you leave!

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2015

We just returned from a week stay at Villa Il Castellacio and couldn't have been more pleased with our choice! Our family of 9 (5 adults, 2 teens & 2 children) stayed in the private villa and had plenty of room. Leonardo met us promptly at our pre-determined arrival time and gave us a thorough walkthrough of the property in addition to a complementary bottle of Chianti to welcome us to Tuscany. The beautiful villa has 5 bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom in addition to two large living areas on the main floor (including a cabinet full of local wines that can be purchased), a game room on the top floor and an amazing kitchen and dining room on the ground floor.

The property itself is nestled in the hills of the Chianti region and overlooks the town of Lucolena and is a short 15-20 minute drive away from the Figline Valdarno train station that connects to Rome & Florence. Words cannot describe the beautiful view and waking up each morning to the sound of the church bells ringing faintly in the distance was amazing. The villa has its own private swimming pool and outdoor area replete with lounge chairs, an outdoor wood-burning BBQ and covered dinner area big enough for 10-12.

Villa Il Castellacio is centrally located in the Chianti region and was a perfect launching spot for the many day trips that we took to the surrounding villages, each one seemingly more charming than the next. Definitely check out San Gimignano, Volterra, and the villages of Castellina and Greve in Chianti!

Overall, we couldn't have been more pleased with our stay at Villa Il Castellacio. The property is amazingly beautiful with superb views and an extremely attentive staff. Leonardo and his team exceeded our expectations at every turn and we hope to return again one day.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

We spent a week in apartment 1. There were 4 of us (65 to 70 year-olds) and the accommodations were perfect.. Leonardo was extremely helpful and the setting is ideally Tuscan. We ate at the Casa del Popolo in Lucolena twice and both meals were terrific in taste and value. We also used the bbq which had a pizza oven too.Leonardo showed us around the Villa and we would love to return there one day with our families.
A delightful experience and highly recommended.

Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: Lucolena di sotto | Lucolena, 50020, Greve in Chianti, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Greve in Chianti
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 58 Speciality Lodging in Greve in Chianti
Price Range: $53 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Panoramic location in the heart of Chianti at Lucolena near Greve, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Villa il Castellaccio makes an ideal homebase for relaxing in the quiet of nature but also being near to famous Tuscan cities: Florence, Siena, SanGimignano, Arezzo it’s great for day trips ,exploring medieval villages along the way. The Structure has a Villa with a private garden and pool and 4 apartments sharing another terrace and pool. ... more   less 

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