Once a chestnut drying barn, built in the mid 1800s to dry the harvested chestnuts before making flour. The barn has been renovated to a high standard and still retains many of its original features and charm. The barn is tastefully decorated and furnished and is equipped throughout with modern appliances. As well as being a beautiful holiday location, it is home to the owners during the winter months, hence the ‘home from home’ feel.
It is the perfect holiday retreat for those that love walking, cycling, photography and exploring the various hilltop towns and magnificent abbeys and churches that lie within easy reach. Alternatively Casa Castagno is an ideal place to escape where you can immerse yourself amongst the stunning scenery and vast array of wildlife. The absence of ambient light is an astronomer’s dream and during the month of July is only rivalled by the natural spectacle created by the fire flies.
The town of Arezzo which is famous for its jewellery production and monthly Antiques Market is one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany; here you will find the rail link to Florence and Pisa and the rest of Italy.
Outside in the garden there is a pretty shaded pergola and a private swimming pool from here you look out on breathtaking views of the mountains of Altuccia and Monte il Castello, some 1400 metres above sea level. The barn sits in a clearing surrounded by 12 very private acres of ancient chestnut groves and oak and beech forest. Secluded but not isolated, the nearest village is only 1km away at the end of a bumpy white road.
The garden is well maintained and is enclosed by a criss cross chestnut fence. There is a herb garden for your use and paths have been cut through the wild meadow and woods for your enjoyment. A wooden gazebo is positioned at the top of the meadow where you can soak up the magical views as your eyes are drawn deep into the Tiber valley and the dusky blue distant hills of Umbria. Here you can watch a magnificent sunrise, the changing colours and the typical Tuscan pink hue which briefly transforms the landscape. A wall of lavender bushes provides a haven for an abundant variety of butterflies. The peace and quiet is only interrupted by birdsong, the call of the cuckoo, and the occasional drilling of our resident woodpecker.
There are a wide range of fantastic restaurants offering typically Tuscan dishes made with local seasonal produce including Truffles and Porcini, all within 15 minutes drive from Casa Castagno.
Interaction with guests
A free welcome basket and basic provisions will be waiting for you.
Honeymoon hampers together with bouquets of flowers, boxes of chocolates and champagne for those special occasions, can also be arranged for an additional fee which you can pay for when you arrive.
We also offer the opportunity for our guests to enjoy authentic Italian meals cooked on the premises.
Various dishes can be chosen. For prices and menu options please contact me.
Other things to note
One well behaved dog is allowed to stay per week at an additional cost of €5.00 per night..
- Well behaved dogs are allowed at an additional charge of 50 euros per dog , payable upon arrival. No more than 1 dog staying at any one week..Dogs stay at the sole responsibility of their owner.
- Bookings Saturday to Saturday only
- Guests are advised to bring their own portable devices if they wish to watch tv as the villa tv is dvd only..we will provide a vpn address and a cable if you wish. WIFI Available.
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