Description

Farmhouse Estate
Barberino Val d’Elsa
7 units, may be rented together or separately
Sleeps 2-28

€13,450/week for entire estate; see unit pricing below
Rental period Saturday to Saturday

Casa di Lusso is a family-run estate that provides you with the feeling of a luxury resort, but offers up all the Tuscan charm of an intimate villa. The farmhouse setting is perched high in the Chianti region offering expansive and glorious views of hilltop towns, vineyards and lovely open space. The proprietors have left their touches and passion for their farm in every corner of Casa di Lusso. The property location lends itself to daily excursions, but you might be hard-pressed to leave once you arrive at this lovely and lively sanctuary. Staying at Casa di Lusso is simultaneously a gastronomic pleasure. You will be treated to tastings of the wine and olive oil they produce. And should you decide to have them cook for you, they will not disappoint. They also offer cooking classes for both adults and children where you can learn the secrets to traditional Tuscan dishes.

Gelsomino
€1,400 – €2,255/week
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (sleeps 4+1)
A large, covered terrace invites you into Gelsomino, a relaxing sanctuary with surprisingly chic and modern decor. It is spacious, luxurious and flows effortlessly from kitchen to living area with a cozy fireplace to 2 king bedrooms with bathrooms in each and back onto the secluded terrace. It is the ideal rental for a family and spacious enough for 2 couples.

Prezzemolo
€700 – €1,260/week
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom (sleeps 2+2)
The Prezzemolo apartment is airy and light giving you the sense of openness inside to balance your private outdoor space. A lovely fireplace warms the living room, just outside the king bedroom and bathroom with shower.

Lavanda
€746 – €1,300/week
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom (sleeps 2+2)
The oldest portion of this apartment was built in 1798. A stone staircase takes you to this elevated apartment that overlooks the rolling hills of Tuscany. This unit can be paired with Ginestra to house a larger group or 2 families separately, and enables you the freedom to spend quality time on the lovely shared outdoor terrace with friends or family. When combined with the Ginestra apartment, 6-8 guests can be accommodated.

Ginestra
€1,240 – €2,045/week
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (sleeps 4+2)
Ginestra is one of the special units that travels through 2 floors. The first floor expanse houses the kitchen, one of the bedrooms with a king-sized bed and a bathroom with shower. The stone staircase leads you to the second king bedroom adjacent to an intimate sitting area. The most fantastic treasure of this apartment is the private terrace nestled between the rooftops with a breathtaking view of the Tuscan countryside and nearby hilltop towns. This unit can be combined with the Lavanda apartment to accommodate 6-8 guests.

Alloro
€1,290 – €2,110/week
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (sleeps 4+2)
The Alloro apartment is another bi-level unit with 2 king bedrooms, one on the lower level and the other on the upper level. The lower level invites you into an open kitchen overlooking the garden and swimming pool. A wide living area with a fireplace on the second level and the terrace offer guests the opportunity to gather privately.

Rosmarino
€650 – €1,130/week
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom (sleeps 2)
This is the most romantic and quietly intimate apartment on the grounds. It is located on the first floor of one of the picturesque, ancient stone buildings at Casa di Lusso. The seclusion of this unit offers panoramic views of the Chianti valley with a stunning view of the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Rosmarino has a lovely terrace, kitchenette, king bed and a wood burning fireplace.

Salvia
€1,110 – €2,130/week
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (sleeps 4+2)
The Salvia apartment is situated in the quietest area of Casa di Lusso. It offers spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside at sunset from its 2 terraces. This unit is equipped with a lovely kitchen, 2 spacious king bedrooms with bathrooms and an open gathering area.

Grounds:
The property that Casa di Lusso sits atop is breathtaking and expansive. You can find privacy in many hideaway spots around the farmhouse. The BBQ, pool and breakfast terrace are situated close to the apartments and offer a meeting place for families and friends. There is a gourmet kitchen situated in the middle of the property that is utilized for cooking classes and chefs for private meals. There is a wood-burning oven near the backside of the farmhouse where you can watch traditional Italian pizzas being made and relax in the patio-type setting overlooking the Tuscan countryside. With each apartment enjoying its own private terrace, there are many ways to take in the beauty and serenity that Casa di Lusso offers.

 

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Dishwasher
  • Electricity included
  • Pool
  • Stereo
  • TV & DVD
  • WiFi

Additional perks

  • Private terraces for most units (when rented together, Lavanda and Ginestra share a terrace)
  • Finnish sauna available for adults only
  • Small fitness center
  • Reception with helpful information (Open M-Sat from 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm)
  • Free wine and olive oil tasting from the on-site agrituismo

Add-on Services

  • Private chef
  • Babysitting services
  • Fee for extra people (utilizig the + 1 or + 2 spaces) is €70/person/week, free up to 5 years old
  • Final cleaning fee €15/person
  • Extra cleaning or extra linens for a fee
  • Laundry room with washer/dryer for extra fee (€5 per usage/per each)
  • Heating €25/day
  • Continental breakfast €20 per person, €12 under 13 years old, free under 5 years old

In room breakfast €10 per person

Food delivery €35 per person

Municipality Holiday Tax – From March to October, all guests above the age of 14 will be required to pay a daily tax of €1.50 for the first 7 days of their stay (€10.50 per week/per person) due at checkout to be paid in cash

Please note that location is approximate

Surrounding Area

Casa di Lusso is also a winery producing Chianti, Red Wine, White Wine, Vin Santo and Grappa. They also produce a lovely and aromatic olive oil. The countryside farmhouse is located halfway between Florence and Siena, both are easily accessible by car or train. Casa di Lusso is a 10-minute car ride from the old village of Barberino and is surrounded by charming villages, such as Certaldo, Greve and Panzano. And only a 20-minute romantic stroll through the roaming countryside of Tuscany will take you directly from Casa di Lusso to the charming hilltop village of Sant’Appiano, where you will find a church and restaurant. A mere 15 minutes by car will bring you to the famously picturesque town of San Gimignano.

Close to Siena

Close to SienaA few miles south of Florence lies what many consider to be the heart of Tuscany- the Chianti region. When most people picture Tuscany, they think of gently rolling hills covered in olive groves and vineyards. That is the perfect description of the Chianti region. Driving the area is exhilarating, with every turn revealing another

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Testimonials

Stephanie (Los Gatos, California), Summer 2014

"My lifelong dream to go to Italy came true this spring and thanks to Laura and Brandy from the Tuscan Travel Group it was just as I had imagined. Planning can be overwhelming and with their suite of villas we found one that provided the experience we were looking for. We stayed at Casa di Lusso with its beautiful vineyard and olive grove, overlooking the picturesque Tuscany countryside.

Only 3 minutes away from the villa is a charming family owned restaurant where they serve Chianti wine from their vineyard, homemade cheese and pasta. During the summer months you can sit on the patio and enjoy the breathtaking red sunset that is common this time of year. Laura and Brandy made several recommendations for activities and day trips to towns in the local area where we enjoyed sightseeing, history, food and shopping. The on-site staff at Casa di Lusso also provided wonderful concierge service for restaurant reservations, wine touring and museum tours. We stayed 5 days in the Tuscany area and thanks to Tuscan Travel Group with their knowledge and passion for this country, we experienced Tuscany to the fullest and returned home with priceless memories."


Nathan (San Jose, California) stayed at Casa dell’Arte and Casa di Viti Rossi during Summer 2014

"3 generations of our family made the journey to Italy this past summer, and it was truly one of the most memorable few weeks of our lives! 7 of us – ranging in age from 5 to 70 – spent 2 amazing weeks in Tuscany, and we couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Brandy and Laura truly created a spectacular experience – the two villas we stayed at were incredible, but it was really all of the other special touches, recommendations, and simple knowledge of the area that turned our trip into something truly remarkable. Our first villa was Casa dell’Arte, a beautiful villa in Impruneta, just outside of Florence. This was the perfect suburb for us to stay at – a beautiful town and a quiet villa nestled amid vineyards and olive groves, and yet just an easy 20 minute drive to Florence. We loved being able to get to the city easily to explore all the sights, but when it was time to head back to the villa, we could relax with a glass of chianti on the deck and enjoy the sunset. The villa was well stocked with everything we needed, and we had a great time learning to use the antique shutters and doors that made the place truly feel like “a castle” to our boys.

One of our favorite parts of the trip took place a few days in, at another villa that Tuscan Travel represents – Casa di Lusso. We didn’t stay here, but took a pasta making class with two wonderful women at the villa. My boys love pasta and, in fact, love to cook – so this was great. The women were amazing to cook with and just great with the boys – they were smiling from ear to ear as they helped roll out the dough and make ravioli! After the class and a tour of the grounds, we all sat down together to eat our home cooked meal and heard about their lives in Chianti – such a unique and fun experience for all of us.

Our second villa was at Casa di Viti Rossi in southern Tuscany. We chose this villa because it was a relatively short train ride to Rome (1.5 hours) but honestly once we got there, we almost couldn’t leave! Casa di Viti Rossi is more remote from the big cities than Casa dell’Arte, but you have access to amazing medieval towns that were just spectacular. Montepulciano, Montalcino, Monteriggioni, and more were an easy drive – and we all loved these towns even more than Rome or Florence. The people were so welcoming, the food seemed even better than in the city, and certainly the sights of these towns perched on the Tuscan hillsides were nothing short of breathtaking.

Overall we could not have been happier with our trip, and we owe that all to Brandy & Laura. It was their expert recommendations, after listening to the details of what we were hoping to experience, that guided us to this memorable journey. If you’re looking for your own unforgettable experience in Tuscany, look no further – Tuscan Travel Group is absolutely the right team to work with!"


Nicole (Woodside, California) Summer 2012

"I wanted to plan something festive and memorable for my 40th birthday and wanted to bring my family and friends to celebrate. My husband and I ultimately decided Italy would be the ideal country and we found Casa di Lusso to be the ideal setting. Casa di Lusso has 7 apartments (11 bedrooms) that allowed us to bring all our friends and their children and vacation in one place, that we could call our own while we were there. We wanted the luxury and intimacy of a private villa over a hotel environment.

Most nights, we cooked in our individual kitchens and dined family-style in the common areas together. Then, in celebration of my birthday, we had a chef come in and cook us an elaborate, traditional meal. On another occasion, we were entertained with an evening outdoors around the wood-burning oven learning how to cook authentic Italian pizzas. The food was outstanding. We also ventured into Siena for meals and took a nice 20-minute stroll through the countryside to the nearby town of Sant’Appiano. The kids, especially loved the hike through the vineyards and olive groves.

Casa di Lusso was the ideal location, being almost equidistant between Florence and Siena, which are both within a 40-minute drive. We did day trips to a number of the small, medieval towns, such as San Gimignano to explore, shop, and dine. The best part after all our adventures was to head back to Casa di Lusso to sit poolside, watch the kids be kids and relax in the summer sun with a glass or rose in hand.

The on-site staff offered concierge-type services such as directions, restaurant recommendations and reservations, private dining options and amenity services. They were very accessible when we needed them, while we always felt like Casa di Lusso was our own private estate.

I would recommend Casa di Lusso for both a romantic getaway and with a villa-full of friends and family. It was the perfect place to celebrate my 40th birthday…I cannot wait to go back."