casa castagna

Your unforgettable escape to hidden Tuscany

Situated between Florence and Lucca, the house offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an authentic medieval Tuscan village. Recently restored, it offers extraordinary views from every window. Both bedrooms have luxury en-suites furnished with local Carrara marble, and are supplied with complimentary organic toiletries and monogrammed White Company bedlinen and bathsheets. Spend lazy evenings dining al-fresco on the terrace or indulge in a gastronomic feast in the four excellent restaurants within five to ten minutes’ drive.

Sleeps 4
Luxury en-suites
Free Wifi
Extraordinary views
1 hr Florence/Pisa
Secret river swimming
4 excellent restaurants
Cultural treasure trove
Views from luxury holiday rental Tuscany

Rooms to dream in

Dive into sumptuous White Company bedlinen with luxury down feather duvets

Wake to panoramic views stretching across the valley accompanied by birdsong and church bells

The master bedroom needs very little introduction – your own exclusive ‘room with a view’. The double height ceiling gives the space a feeling of airiness, echoed in the four poster bed with sumptuous White Company bedlinen – monogrammed for that extra little touch of luxury. An en-suite furnished with rainshower and locally sourced Carrara marble tiles and of course White Company bathsheets and you might never want to leave!

Two antique mahogany sleigh beds complete the sleeping arrangements in the downstairs twin bedroom, which can be combined as a superking (on request). Another luxury en-suite with walk-in rainshower, complimentary toiletries and mesmerising view over the private terrace.

All the finer touches

Awaken your inner culinary artist with a fully equipped kitchen - Alessi cookware, designer Italian crockery and large Smeg oven

Savour the views from the elegantly furnished living space with antique sofa and chairs, chaise longue and woodburner

Luxury kitchen in Tuscany holiday rental

The kitchen is immaculately equipped with designer Italian crockery, Alessi cookware and Joseph Joseph kitchenware. The bespoke table and seats are a welcome addition for your complimentary bottle of prosecco whilst keeping the budding cook company – and if you do turn your hand to a bit of Italian cooking, there are numerous recipe books on the well-stocked shelves.

Elegant antique sofa and chairs in the living room compliment the heritage of the 400 year old house, and subtle lighting invites one to settle in with a novel from our well-stocked bookshelves along with a good glass of red. For those venturing here in the cooler months (perfect for sightseeing!) or that cheeky weekend away we have a gorgeous Murso woodburner with ample supplies.

Take advantage of those glorious summer evenings and the epic views across the valley with an outdoor terrace and ample relaxing seating. The twinkling lights across the valley will keep you mesmerised late into the evening, perfectly accompanied by a bottle of local vino.

Tuscany village views across the valley

Authentic living in Tuscany

Step into a traditional medieval village in the heart of the Tuscan hills, where heritage and community remain central

Enjoy an evening aperitivo in the local bar - the heartbeat of village life

Indulge your inner foodie in four excellent local restaurants

The house is located in one of 10 medieval villages where time is marked by church bells echoing across the valley. The local bar (circolo) is the hub of village life – locals come here to chat, to argue, to exchange views and there is always a game of cards on the go. The terrace has fabulous views over the valley and we can’t think of a better place for an aperitivo. Barbara and her wonderful daughters run the circolo and she has a smile for everyone – you will be greeted like a local and we can guarantee it will become part of your evening ritual. If you can drag yourself away from the house and village there are four excellent restaurants within 5-10 minutes drive (or a leisurely stroll) where you can savour Tuscan gastronomy at its’ best – after all this is the birthplace of the slow food movement.
 

You’re also in for a treat every morning as the ‘bread van’ arrives with all manner of freshly baked pastries and croissants – and of course glorious foccacia for your al-fresco dining. If you need any other essentials, this is a great opportunity to stock up, but  the main large supermarkets are in our local town, Pescia, approximately 15 minutes drive. Don’t miss the Saturday morning market where farm to market is literally a matter of hours.

If you are able to tear yourself away from the views, you will find the local area offers plenty of opportunity to explore an Tuscany that has barely changed for centuries – a welcome relief from the mass tourist trail. Fagiola di Sorana (Sorana beans) are produced only in this valley and are awarded IGP status and recognition by the Slow Food movement. If you are lucky enough to be visiting at the end of August, the village festival celebrating the Sorana bean is not to be missed – an epic two days of feasting, dancing, and celebrating.
 

And the icing on the cake – a little ‘wild’ swimming. We provide Hammam towels (locally sourced in Morocco) and on booking we reveal the popular local secret swimming spot. It’s the perfect way to cool down at the end of a summer’s day. The beach is less than an hour away and we provide all the information on where to go and how to pick a spot. Closer to home (10 minutes drive) there are two country club swimming pools where for a small fee you can hire deckchairs and parasols and enjoy a cocktail whilst topping up your holiday tan.

 

You’ll have the house, private terrace and garden to yourself

Complimentary toiletries, tea, coffee etc, hairdryer, backpack, swimming towels, just ask!

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Amenities

  • White company linens
  • Bathsheets
  • Swimming towels
  • Extra throws
  • Quality mattresses
  • Hypo-allergenic duvets
  • Hypo-allergenic pillows
  • Free Wifi
  • Tea/coffee etc
  • Organic toiletries
  • Iron and board
  • Backpack
  • Stocked bookshelves
  • Alessi cookware
  • Kettle and toaster

Facilities

  • FREE village carpark
  • Woodburner
  • Free wood
  • Private terrace
  • River swimming
  • Beach 45 mins
  • PYO herb garden
  • Shady pergola
  • Outdoor dining
  • Deckchairs
  • Self check-in
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Bathroom radiators
  • Local village festivals
  • Excellent restaurants

Location

Neighbourhood

The house is located in one of 10 medieval villages where time is marked by the church bells echoing across the valley. The local bar (circolo) is the hub of village life – locals come here to chat, to argue, to exchange views and there is always a game of cards on the go. The terrace has fabulous views over the valley and we guarantee it will become part of your evening ritual. For a traditional Tuscan meal there are four excellent restaurants within 10 minutes of the house – perfect for sampling local specialities.

Nearest main town, Pescia, has 3 large supermarkets, plus a fabulous Saturday morning market well worth visiting to stock on the freshest produce. In just over half an hour you can be strolling along the walls of ‘Fall in love at first sight’ Lucca or on an air-conditioned train to Florence and that iconic duomo.

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Hello from your hosts

We were smitten on our very first trip to Tuscany – the long drive through olive groves, exploring cities and villages where time has stood still and the evening aperitivo followed by extraordinary Italian cuisine.

We always had a passion for the country and culture and many years later we realised our dream of finding and restoring our medieval house. It took many long months to find the right place, but the combination of location – a real authentic Tuscan village – and the most beautiful house and garden, and it was love at first sight! Now our mission is to share this little slice of heaven with you, our guests.

David & Michelle

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what our lovely guests say

'best place I've stayed - could not recommend more highly'

We had the most wonderful Autumnal stay at Casa Castagna and I could not recommended this beautiful house more highly. It’s the best place I’ve stayed; a real gem. The luxury standard throughout is just ‘wow’ whether that’s the Alessi & design gadgets in the kitchen with stunning Smeg oven and hob to create your own Italian delights, or the high quality of every detail that Michelle has put in.. in every room. The photos are great, but you will be blown away even more so. The Tuscan hills are quite something; a perfect base to explore Florence, Lucca and beyond. Definitely returning…

Carlie Oct 19

 

'the local restaurants are all superb'

We had an excellent stay at Casa Castagna. The house is a wonderful base to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany, with Lucca and Florence a short train journey or drive from the property. The local restaurants recommended by the owners are all superb and the accommodation with its views was just perfect.

Dan May 19

 

 

'magical views from windows and garden'

We spent a wonderful week at this house at the end of Sept/early Oct. It has been beautifully restored and offers magical views from its windows and garden. The selection of books in the house was a bonus! Besides being great for lazy days the location is also a good base for exploring the region. We loved Lucca so much we visited it twice. We also visited Da Sandrino and Da Carla, two of the restaurants recommended by the house’s owner and only five minutes drive away. Both were very good. I’d recommend the wild boar and olives at Sandrino and steak with green peppercorn sauce at Carla. I’d advise future guests to arrive at the house during daylight if possible. The 15-minute drive to it from Pecia is rather challenging if you aren’t used to country roads. Saying that the owner provides excellent directions.

David & Adam Oct 19

'beautifully and artistically furnished'

What can I say…the most amazing place to stay! Glorious valley views from the villa windows and terrace. Beautifully and artistically furnished holiday property with attention to detail, without compromising on comfort. Tranquil evenings lounging on the terrace watching the sun go down. Wonderful restaurant nearby serving locally sourced Italian cuisine. A holiday to remember – I will definitely be returning!

Amanda Sept 21    

 

'best cultural and historical sights in Tuscany'

An amazing location, within driving distance of some of the best cultural and historical sights in Tuscany, but still secluded and authentic. The house itself is beautifully renovated whilst retaining its’ original charm.

Freddie Sept 20

 

'very informative description of location and facilities'

Very beautiful home with an absolutely stunning location. Communication with Michelle has been impeccable – very informative description of location and facilities. Clearly an advantage to get to the house by car. We can definitely recommend the accommodation and host.

Trine & Claus (Denmark) Oct 21

'we loved preparing dinner and eating on the terrace'

We loved the luxury standard, the interior design, the soft sheets, the equipment in the kitchen, the welcome bottle of Prosecco, the terrace and the view, the swimming spot and the whoe experience. We loved preparing dinner and eating on the terrace. We absolutely loved the natural river swimming (but by lat afternoon it loses the sunshine). We did a lot of hiking to the surrounding villages. To Castelvecchio and San Quirico you can leave from the doorstep. From Vellano there are also nice trails. Being from Switzerland we are used to better hiking paths but we still had fun. And the olive oil tasting with Luca was very local and authentic – we loved it. Thank you very much for sharing this fantastic home.

Raphael & Guillaume (Switzerland) Sept 21

'we would recommend the natural river swimming'

We loved the peacefulness of the house and the surroundings and the comfort of the house. We visited local restaurant Da Carla and had a lovely lunch in Montecarlo. We liked Montecarlo and Pescia – not too big or too busy. We would recommend the natural river swimming – we went there with our teenage girls every day!

Jolanda (Germany) Aug 21

 

 

'views over the valley is really something special'

A beautiful house in the most stunning part of Tuscany. The views over the valley when waking each morning is really something special. The interior of the house is flawlessly elegant throughout, warm and comforting. The local authenticity of the area is a refreshing escape from the fast-paced lives of home. By far my two favourite things about this house are the local restaurants nearby producing the best Italian cuisine, and the natural pools to bathe in during the day when the Tuscan sun is at its’ best!

Thomas Aug 20

'the property has been beautifully restored'

We spent a happy week at Casa Castagna. The property had been beautifully restored and fitted with lovely furnishings. All local restaurants were superb and the local Italians very friendly. A great base to explore the local area. Many thanks for a lovely holiday.

Owen & Angela Sept 19

'local people are incredibly friendly and had a wonderful night''

What a wonderful holiday we had at Casa Castagna. The house is beautiful and luxurious. We totally relaxed during our stay. The driving was exciting and you get used to the roads really quickly. One of our best days was driving out to some of the other villages – all beautiful and all different. There is a bus service throughout the day to Pescia for supples and train connections to Lucca, Montecatini and Pistoia. We were lucky to be in Sorana for the bean festival. The local people are incredibly friendly and we had a wonderful night of eating, drinking and dancing with them. The circola, bar, is a great place for an evening drink. We bought a beautiful souvenir from a market stall in Lucca – a man carves little houses and towers from beautiful wood which go together to make a simple street. It takes me straight back to the village every time I look at it. Only disappointment was we couldn’t find a porcupine quill to take home.

Ali Aug 19

'wonderful cottage in one of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany'

A wonderful cottage in one of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany. Once you have mastered the way to the cottage for the first time – the description on the website is very helpful – it is not particularly difficult and leads to a picturesque small village. The cottage is fully equipped, beautifully furnished and perfect for four people. Visits to the local bar, the mobile shop coming every morning and to the multiple events on the little market square are highly recommended. Florence, Pisa or Lucca are the obvious places for visits, we would however recommend also to spend time in Pistoia and Pescia. Our favourite spot: In the east of the village a place to sit and read, especially also on hot days.

Bianca Aug 19

'owner Michelle was fantastic at responding to our queries'

Recently back from a very hot week staying in this beautifully refurbished and thoughtfully equipped house. It had everything we needed and the owner Michelle was fantastic at responding to our queries, before and during our stay. We loved having breakfast and dinner outside, watching the constantly changing views across the valley. The village was characterful and friendly and getting up for the bread etc van an experience. Despite the appeals of the house, we dragged ourselves away to a couple of the local restaurants and had good food (including the local beans!) at modest prices. A great base for exploring Lucca and local towns and villages, with high mountain walks about a 90-minute drive away.

Prys Jul 19

'kitchen had everything that was needed'

We had the most amazing time at Casa Castagna. It is in such a beautiful setting and we felt very at home. We did a lot of walks from the door, exploring the other villages in the area. We didn’t make it to the wine tasting in the end, but we did take up your recommendation of La Sandrino – that wild hare pasta blew our minds and our tastebuds! We also made the most of our last day which was very rainy by booking a table at the Agri-Turismo for their gastro feast, and what a feast it was. We felt very welcome as the ‘x 4 Ingleses’. The kitchen had everything that was needed to cook up some tasty meals of our own and we enjoyed a lovely day in Lucca cycling around the city walls. We really had no complaints even with the patchy weather. We would certainly consider returning and have already shared details of where we stayed with friends. Many thanks again for helping to make our stay truly special.

Shona & Jon Apr 19

 

'local swimming hole - hidden treat and highlight of our holiday'

From the upper windows, views across a wooded valley reveal medieval villages. Birds flutter and chirp. The cockerel crows and the church bell rings out the hours. Inside, the house is comfortable, stylish and well-equipped for our stay, and the detailed information provided by the owners makes everything easy. On our last day, we followed directions to the local swimming hole – a hidden treat and highlight of our holiday.

Anna Aug 20

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