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 has a hi-fi 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.
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.
Thanks Luca...what a great location for exploring the region.
The Mill is gorgeous, even better than the pictures and the sounds of the river from the bedroom (sigh)
wish we could have stayed longer
Luca has been very prompt with his replies to our queries and even took the time to give us his recommendations for things to do in the region
we will be back
Grant and Kelley
Four of us (2 couples) recently enjoyed 5 days at Casa Carlotta, cooking meals in the comfortable kitchen and sitting around the wonderful dining room table, relaxing on the patio for breakfast in the morning and antipasto and wine in the evenings. The house 's location was convenient to hill towns like San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena, Radda in Chianti, and Greve. We saved Florence to visit for several days after we left Ponte Agli Stolli. The house itself was more than adequate for our needs for privacy and comfort, and Laura's music collection only added to our feeling at home.
Arrangements with Luca (and airbnb) went smoothly and Laura graciously met us to open the house and introduce us to things. Luca's emailed suggestions for things to do and places to visit were most useful, and we enjoyed dinners at the local restaurants in Dudda and Stolli.
We would certainly recommend staying at this house most highly and enthusiastically, and extend our sincere appreciation for having had this opportunity to enjoy part of our Italian vacation in such a wonderful place.