Have you ever dreamt to spend your holidays in the Tuscan country-side in a romantic, cosy house on a river? Your dream has come true!
Casa Carlotta is an old house, a mill, completely restored, preserving its original image with a warm and cosy atmosphere where the old and the new perfectly meet. It is the ideal place to spend both a relaxing and cultural holiday.
Casa Carlotta is a two-storey house: on the ground floor there is a living-room with a fireplace, a dining room, a kitchen (equipped with all the modern comforts) a toilet and another smaller living-room, in addition to a terrace where it is possible to relax. There is also a garden equipped with tables, chairs and check-chairs where guests can have their meals or relax surrounded by the Tuscan countryside. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms with private bathroom and shower and a living-room/studio with a sofa-bed. Guests can enjoy a private terrace overlooking a river, a paradise for reading and relax. The outdoor area also features a barbecue grill and a dining table to enjoy the outdoors while cooking a typical Tuscan product on the grill. The house (email hidden) music system with a wide classical music collection. The house is also equipped with an internet mobile wifi router, for guests use. The router is portable, so it can be also used outside the house.
The house is extremely fresh even during summer months (it is not unusual to sleep with a blanket even during August).
The house is situated in an old, quiet village called Ponte agli Stolli, in the famous area of Chianti Classico (10 km from Greve), a strategic point to reach the most famous Tuscan cities such as Firenze, Siena and Arezzo. It is the ideal place to spend both a relaxing and cultural holiday. The house is in the middle of nature, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. The site is of untouched nature, very panoramic/romantic and charming. Walking distance to the house (200 meters) there are a grocery shops, a bar and a restaurant/pizzeria (extremely good and value for money, only open on saturdays and sundays). The house is very close to Greve in Chianti (around 10 Km, around 10\15 minutes), Florence (35 minutes by train or car), Arezzo (40 minutes by train or car), Siena and San Gimignano (1 hr by car). Nearby the house there are horse riding facilities (1km) and a swimming pool (1km). The house overlook a small river that forms some natural pools where (in the right conditions) it is possible to swim.
The neighborhoods offer wonderful walking itineraries and wine tasting experiences. There are some nice market places close to the house: Greve, Panzano, Arezzo with its antiques market.
Upon request, we can arrange cooking lessons with an English speaking chef who will teach you to prepare a delicious Tuscan lunch or dinner. In the same way we can also organize a wine tasting session with a certified sommelier, both in the house or through a tour of local wineries.
The prices include taxes, bed-linen, towels, the consumption of water, gas and power and final cleaning. Expenses for heating will be charged separately (on consumption - to be paid at check-out).
At arrival we ask for a deposit of €150 against possible damages and/or losses. This deposit will be refunded at departure, expenses caused by damages or losses may be deducted.
The house is owned by a lovely family and is fully equipped. The hosts were very responsive. Luca contacted us in advance regarding our stay with suggestions for dining, and points of interest. We were met by Laura, Luca's mother, upon our arrival and she was friendly, welcoming, and very hospitable. She showed us the particulars of the house, and gave us great recommendations for dining in the area and shopping. The house is authentically rustic and unique--it is literally built over a stream. The bird song is enchanting and the rush of the river ever peaceful. It is two stories and has multi levels within the stories which give it it's charm and creates different visual and sitting interests, but it may be difficult for anyone who is challenged by steps. The kitchen is a pleasure to cook in. The dining room is a pleasure to eat in. The living room with its working fireplace that radiates good heat, was truly a pleasure to sit in at the end of a long day exploring Tuscany. If you are not visiting in the summer months be prepared to pay extra for the heating. WiFi is a bit weak unless you're close to it, and between 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM we had a hard time getting on the Internet except for email, but it is certainly not a deterrent. Ponte agli Stolli is a tiny hamlet and having a car is a must. It has a small bottega where you can buy basics including wine. There is also a restaurant in the community center open on weekends that serves great local fare and many pizza options. It is a favorite with the locals and well worth it. If you like hiking or walking, there are beautiful walks all around. In Feligne Valdarno, 6 kilometers away, there is a giant COOP supermarket where you can buy virtually anything you would need. Bottom line, if you like rustic and gorgeous Tuscan countryside, you will love this house--it is a beautiful and serene place. We highly recommend it.
I stayed here in March 2014. The house is as described and there were no real surprises. I was met at the house by Carlotta, Luca's sister, who got me settled in the house and showed me how everything worked. The house itself is in an incredible location that spans a stream, complete with a pretty impressive waterfall underneath. You'll be hard pressed to find a more interesting location to stay.
The house is thoughtfully decorated and has almost everything you need. It spans two floors (plus a laundry room in the basement) and feels large and spacious. I stayed here with my wife and 1.5 year-old daughter and we had much more space than we needed. If you are bringing small children, be mindful that there are a lot of steps in the house, so you can't leave them to play alone. The stream can be heard at all hours of the day and night; I personally found it very peaceful. The kitchen is well equipped to cook in and we made several meals while there. Also, the bed in the master bedroom is pretty comfortable!
Luca was incredibly helpful with providing information on places to visit and restaurants to eat in. Before you try and plan everything yourself, ask Luca for advice.
One thing you should be aware of: If you're here during a cold month, bring some extra clothes to bundle up in. The house gets very cold and the heating system is not able to compensate. You can build a fire in the living room, which helps (and is romantic), but your bedroom will be cold. Along this same vein, be prepared to pay a LOT of money for natural gas, which is very expensive in Tuscany. Over 3 days, I racked up a €75 gas bill. Don't forget that you'll need to pay cash upon check out for the gas you use.
Overall, the house is located in a great region of Tuscany and is quite a gem of a find. The heating issue was just a slight inconvenience for me and didn't detract much from the wonderful experience I had at the house. Stop looking around and book the house already!
Thanks Craig for your kind words.
As per your comment on gas, gas is expensive in Tuscany. We charge 2€/sqm (and we do not surcharge at all) but lot of houses charge up to €5/sqm as they are served with liquid gas (much more expensive than normal gas).
That is also why we decided to significantly lower rates in winter in order to allow for an extra cushion for heating.
As a guideline for future guests, daily gas charge in winter is approx. 20-25€ if you do not turn it off at night, which we always advise to do.
I've stayed at some some great airbnb places. The Charming Old Mill is by far the best airbnb home I've stayed in. The pictures look good but this place is way better than the pictures. Not only does a creek run under the house, it exits the other side of the house to a waterfall!
And the little town of Ponti Agli Stolli is fantastic. The homes are mostly connected by a series of lighted sidewalks and the town has it's own community outdoor fireplace. The local restaurant that everyone raves about is actually owned by the community and run with volunteers. In the middle of February on a Saturday night it was packed. The pasta and pizza were amazing and ridiculously inexpensive. The restaurant in Dozza a few kms up the road was nearly as good too.
Some things you should know... the hot water only works with the heat on and if the radiators are cold, they need five minutes or so to warm up before the shower is warm enough. A little quirky to figure out but Luca's daughter helped us out with it. The cost of heat is not included and was quite a bit more than we expected at 135 euros for a 5 night stay. We just left the thermostat alone (20C daytime 18C at night) and the outside temperatures were warmer than average during our stay. I would suggest turning the temp lower at night and shutting it off when you leave during the day to save some money.
I'm very grateful that Luca shared his family treasure with us. I will always remember our stay there fondly, my girlfriend and I got engaged during our stay on Valentines day.
This is a very charming authentic Tuscan villa. We felt like we were in our own home away from home. The apartment was as described and in the pictures. The location was terrific since we could take many day trips from the apartment. We went to Lucca, to Greve, to Rudda, to Sienna, to San Gimignano and Lemole. Then back to the apartment for a relaxing evening.
The unit has a book where previous visitors have shared locations for meals and sightseeing. The book was very helpful and interesting. The vistas in Tuscany that you will see as you drive around are absolutely amazing!! This is a trip of a lifetime and an apartment that will be a lasting memory. We would stay here again if the opportunity ever presents itself again.
Luca was terrific in offering suggestions for wine tasting, for dinners, and for sight seeing. He was responsive, patient, and always pleasant with our many e-mails and questions. P.S. loved the sound of the waterfall at night!!
My family and I stayed in this gorgeous old mill for six nights in July. The house is lovely, with charming details, and we enjoyed exploring the little town of Ponti Agli Stoli. It was a good base for exploring Tuscany, including Florence, Greve, Sienna and San Grimignano. Staying at the mill is a truly relaxing, authentic experience. The locals are friendly. The house has plenty of space. The owners, Luca and Carlotta, are extremely helpful and went out of their way to look after us. We loved our stay. Thanks!
The Chianti Mill was a charming and tranquil house which provided a wonderful base for our family to explore the region. The house is beautifully furnished and the kitchen well-equipped to cook meals using local produce. The hosts were very responsive and friendly. Our stay was memorable but too short!!
Luca's Mill is a great place for vacation in Tuscany. Well situated in between Florence and Siena will allow you to visit not only those but several small town around such as Greve, Panzano, Castellina, Rada, Volpaia and other, a little bit remote, such as San Giminianio and Cortona. Apartment's decor is traditional with many antics pieces. Kitchen is well equipped and the adjacent dinning room can easily accommodate six persons, everything is very comfortable. We enjoyed browsing through nice collection of books about art and architecture.
I would definitely recommend to spend your vacation in Ponte Agli Stolli.
We had a splendid time at Luca's old mill. We were 4 friends staying for 3 days around new year's eve. Our hosts were very kind, accommodating and helpful. The house is large, very charmingly decorated, located in a small village in Chianti, provided with anything one may need. We especially loved the sound of the waterfall flowing below the house, the perfectly functioning fireplace, and the sound system and classical music collection.
A few practical tips worth knowing: in the winter it takes some time for the house to get warm (so the fireplace comes in very handy); the mobile phone's reception is somewhat patchy in the house, but ok 20-30 metres outside of it; the internet connection is reliant on the mobile network (do place the wireless thingie by the window), so it's ok to receive/send emails and check something online, but not for navigation; if you want to listen to music from your PC, place it on a USB key, plug it into the sound system manager, navigate it from the TV (it does work...).
I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone.
Luca and Laura are really great hosts and the house is perfect! I recommend this place for anyone seeking for enjoying a time in Tuscany.
This is a wonderful home in Chianti, in a lovely wee village totally untouched by the tourist world. The "mill" itself has been lovingly restored by Luca's family, and shows his father's fine touch as an architect. Because it sits on two levels, it's also a great place to hide away from time to time from your travelling companions and contemplate the beauty all around. We couldn't have asked for more, and when the family gets internet next season it will be the ultimate place to stay in Chianti.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.