Welcome to Casa Castagno, ‘un piccolo pezzo di paradiso’ as the Italians here about say, ‘a little piece of paradise’ nestled in the foothills of Monte Il Castello, Tuscany, just a stone’s throw from Caprese Michelangelo, the ancient cliff-top village and birthplace of the famous renaissance artist and sculptor Michelangelo Buonarotti.
Casa Castagno was 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. Find out more about the villa and the associated book, ‘A Chestnut Barn in Tuscany’ here.
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.
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, and we are also dog friendly (we welcome one well behaved dog per week and can also offer a dog sitting service). We are a gay friendly villa. 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.
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.
Casa Castagno | A Chestnut Barn in Tuscany